Essendon AFL Fantasy Classic Prices 2018

Essendon averaged 1679.5 fantasy team points in the 2017 H&A season (Rank 3), they recorded 400 Disposals or more in 9 games finishing with an average of 398.0 Disposals per game (Rank 3). The Bombers were ranked 10th in contested possession differential in the 2017 H&A season (+1.0), off-season moves and developing talent will likely improve those numbers in 2018.

Essendon has a fantasy friendly game plan under John Worsfold, fantasy coaches will likely be more confident rostering his players in 2018.


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2018 Potential Targets:

Zach Merrett MID $825K

The forecast end for Zach Merrett last year didn’t eventuate as he put together another stellar season averaging 117.1pts in the H&A season, he scored 100pts or more in 68.2% of games & 120pts or more in 50.0% of games (Incl. Finals). Merrett’s numbers are elite and aren’t likely to regress anytime soon, it’s just a matter of selecting him at Round 1 or trying to scrape enough coin together during the season to trade him in at some stage.

Devon Smith FWD $575K

Smith averaged 81.3pts from 16 games in 2017 & 80.9pts from 14 games in 2016 (Incl. Finals), he played in just 61.2% of games in the last 2 years at GWS due to injury. Smith is scheduled to start the 2018 season as a FWD in AFL Fantasy and will attract plenty of attention from fantasy coaches, the key to improving his average will be a heavy midfield role at Essendon. Certainly worth watching over the JLT Series, if his points per minute spike due to a midfield role then could be a very good choice. The injury concerns will be around for a while.

Andrew McGrath DEF $496K

McGrath has been forecast to spend more time in the midfield and with a 2nd full pre-season should be able cash in on his elite ball winning ability, he averaged 71.5pts in his first season as a Bomber and 81.3pts from his final 4 games (Incl. Finals).  McGrath averaged 87.9pts when he recorded 22 or more Disposals in 2017 & has DEF status in 2018, he should be strongly considered at Round 1.

Michael Hurley DEF $663K

After averaging 74.0pts in his opening 4 games in 2017 Hurley averaged 99.9pts from his final 17 games of the year (Incl. Finals), he scored 100pts or more in 42.9% of games & 120pts or more in 9.5% of games. Hurley will likely be low owned again to begin 2018 as many fantasy coaches decide not to roster him, based on value there is likely not much growth in Hurley to begin the season but as a point of difference he could be a sharp selection.

Adam Saad DEF $429K / Jake Stringer FWD $403K

New club & likely a similar role for Saad at the fantasy friendly Bombers, his numbers haven’t been great but it is worth keeping an eye on him over the pre-season. Excellent Job security.

A fresh start for Stringer in 2018, his starting price does warrant some consideration but consistency will likely be an issue. Could be a good F6/F7 at Round 1 and see what happens.

Kobe Mutch MID $170K / Dylan Clarke MID/FWD $170K

Mutch may well debut in 2018 and is worthy of instant selection in your fantasy team, if given a decent run he could turn out to be a significant cash cow.

The Bombers are in need for contested ball winners and Clarke suits that criteria, if/when he is named this season trade him in.

 

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PlayerPos2017
Avg
2017
Gms
2018
Price
Merrett, ZachMID117.121$825000
Goddard, BrendonMID101.7322$716000
Heppell, DysonMID100.3622$707000
Zaharakis, DavidMID99.6822$702000
Hurley, MichaelDEF94.1520$663000
Daniher, JoeFWD84.7322$597000
Bellchambers, TomRUC84.0813$592000
Smith, DevonFWD81.6316$575000
Parish, DarcyMID/FWD78.2619$551000
Leuenberger, MatthewRUC82.297$527000
Hooker, CaleFWD74.2520$523000
McGrath, AndrewDEF70.520$496000
Fantasia, OrazioFWD68.2619$481000
Colyer, TravisMID/FWD6821$479000
McDonald-Tipungwuti, AnthonyFWD67.9122$478000
Baguley, MarkDEF65.0521$458000
Gleeson, MartinDEF64.7117$456000
Myers, DavidMID64.6414$455000
Dea, MattDEF63.676$446000
Langford, KyleMID/FWD64.336$434000
Stewart, JamesFWD61.3315$432000
McKenna, ConorDEF61.0618$430000
Saad, AdamDEF60.8622$429000
Stringer, JakeFWD57.1916$403000
Brown, MitchDEF63.754$402000
Green, JoshFWD53.4717$377000
Laverde, JaydenFWD50.65$372000
Hartley, MichaelDEF52.8817$372000
McKernan, ShaunRUC/FWD663$367000
Ambrose, PatrickDEF50.119$342000
Merrett, JacksonDEF/FWD00$337000
Begley, JoshuaFWD57.52$308000
Francis, AaronDEF/FWD46.52$259000
McNiece, BenDEF47.52$254000
Long, JakeMID00$233000
Redman, MasonDEF00$176000
Houlahan, JordanFWD00$174000
Lavender, LukeRUC00$170000
Draper, SamRUC00$170000
Mynott, TrentMID00$170000
Zerk-Thatcher, BrandonDEF/FWD00$170000
Ridley, JordanDEF00$170000
Mutch, KobeMID00$170000
Clarke, DylanMID/FWD00$170000
Guelfi, MattFWD00$170000

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1 Comment

  • Strange decision: Hooker is FWD only. Last year he was FWD/DEF and spent a fair bit of time in defence. There are strong tips this year that, with newbies such as Stringer & Smith and with others such as McGrath likely to get more mid time, Hooker will be required down back almost exclusively.

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