Brendon Ah Chee – Deck of DT 2018

AhCheePress portrait.jpgName: Brendon Ah Chee
Team: West Coast Eagles
Position: MID/FWD
AFL Fantasy: $392,000
Bye Round: 12
2017 Average: 58.6
2017 Games Played: 5
Predicted Average: 80+
Draft Range: 100+ but could be a late steal with forward eligibility.

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Why should I pick him?

Ah Chee has found himself in a unique position here where we could see great things happen fantasy wise for him next year. I genuinely believe there is enough evidence to suggest he could be this years Will Hoskin-Elliot.
Here’s a list of similar potential stars which are lining up.

New Club/New Role: Ah Chee shopped himself around during trade time with the understanding that the club who picked him up could give him consistent game time as an inside midfielder. With West Coast losing a lot of experience in their midfield they need an AFL ready body to come in and have an impact while their younger midfielders are developing.
This mutual need means that Ah Chee’s desired role is there for the taking.

Cheap: While just under $400K doesn’t seem cheap at first glance, he’s only about $120K more than the high priced rookies. This places him at a slightly awkward price point where he’s sitting above the rookies but below the traditional midpricers meaning he may end up being overlooked, becoming a sneaky pod.

Forward Eligible: This speaks for itself, saving cash by selecting Ah Chee as a forward means you’ll have more cash to spend in your mids without sacrificing a mid spot, bit like Hoskin-Elliot at the start of last year right?

Lastly we’re going to want some kind of indication that Ah Chee can produce decent numbers at the highest level when given this role. It’s all well and good that he’s been putting up great numbers in the SANFL, averaging 92 points in his last 3 seasons but can he produce this on the big stage.
Luckily Port Adelaide gave Ah Chee free range as a midfielder against the Hawks in round 11 when Amon and Wingard missed through injury.
That game saw Ah Chee replicate his SANFL form with 26 disposals, 4 tackles and a goal equaling 93 Fantasy points and finishing among Port’s Best.

Unfortunately the very next week summed up Ah Chee’s last few seasons in a nutshell.
With Wingard coming back, Ah Chee was banished back to the forward line to only score 37 points, then back to the SANFL the week after.

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Why shouldn’t I pick him?

As mentioned above, the first point of contention when thinking of Ah Chee is ‘why would West Coast play a guy who couldn’t get a game for Port?’
Ah Chee’s natural game is as an inside midfielder, it’s where he scores his best, where he won Port Magpies fairest and best last year and where he finished second in the Magarey Medal as the best player in the SANFL.
Port Adelaide are so flush with similar players that they can afford to swing their dual All Australians in Robbie Gray and Travis Boak forward for extended periods of time and barely notice a drop off!
Unfortunately Ah Chee doesn’t score or impact as well as a forward and this has meant his head is the first on the chopping block during selections.

The biggest concern for Ah Chee is whether he can cement his place in West Coast’s best 22. While the recent retirements of Mitchell and Priddis certainly means a spot is there, the competition for that spot is higher than outsiders may realise. After his finish to the year, Jack Redden has a place locked down right now but Luke Shuey, Elliott Yeo, Dom Sheed, Liam Duggan, Luke Partington, Daniel Venables and Brayden Ainsworth could all be floating through that inside role at some point too.
With the limited JLT series this year we may not even have an idea of West Coast’s pecking order once round 1 rolls around so having him on your ground could be a massive risk.

Last area of concern for me is that Ah Chee is incredibly handball happy. While this is a great trait for him on the field given he possesses quite an impressive handball and vision to execute it (check out this video) it does mean that he is leaking few points a game by opting to use his handball where other players would kick.

Deck of DT Rating.

JACK – While the Jack isn’t super valuable on it’s own, you still need it for a Flush!
Add Ah Chee to your watchlist now and if West Coast name him in round 1 then jump on and thank/roast me later!

However I completely stand by my call that if West Coast gives him consecutive games as an inside midfielder, I honestly believe he will be this years Hoskin-Elliot.

Will you take a chance with me on Ah Chee next season?

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20 Comments

  • Nice article! He is certainly one I will be monitoring.
    Surely he was recruited to be an inside mid, with the likes of Rioli and Ryan being small forwards to fill in the void there it doesn’t leave much room for him to play there.
    Yeo should move into the mid, which leaves Duggan to play that half back role, which he did towards the end of the year and did well.
    Priced at 56 he would need to go 85+ to be worth it tho, christienson is 60k and should score similar. How many value players can we have in the forward line, with Bennell being there to

  • I feel that your “why I shouldn’t pick him” was probably more compelling.
    I think that if someone like a LDU, Brayshaw or Cerra can average 70+ for the first 7-8 games, they will make a lot more cash than Ah Chee will even if he were to average 80-85.

    • But the players you mention can’t be selected as a forward.

      Ah Chee is a classic (potentially underpriced) out of position mid. Personally I don’t like the WHE comparison as he’s a flanker; Ahch is more comparable to Menegola and should have a similar role. Not saying he’ll score as well as Menegola did last season, but barring injury I’ll be taking the punt on Ahch in all formats as the upside potential outweighs the downside risk imo.

      • Sorry mate, the comparison wasn’t so much about the roles they play in their teams but more so the circumstances they found themselves in at the beginning of the season.
        New Club, More opportunity, Selectable as a FWD ect.
        WHE has a much higher ceiling but I think the value is there.

  • Has been in my draft team since day dot. I’m calling a 90+ average and eventual keeper at F6.

  • Shouldn’t he be priced at around 49.8pts after the 15% discount?

  • Cheers Warnie! looking to scrape together any extra salary cap space i can this season

  • Any chance we could see a similar discussion of someone in a similar spot (Aaron Young)

  • Ah Chee pfffttt more like ah choo. No thanks

  • Will consider him can’t be any riskier than Devon Smith =P

    Don’t want to be one of those guys, but you don’t need a Jack for a Flush you need it for a royal straight or a straight flush…

  • haha. ya saying what we are thinking.

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