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AFL Fantasy News – 14 FEB 2014

From St Kilda Cash Cows, the new Jaeger, Xavier Ellis being a midfield bench option to Griffen’s injury and Ivan Maric’s pre-season, Ben Gogos has the AFL Fantasy news your need to know from the last week,

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A quick round-up of the happenings in the footy world, with a fantasy spin.

 

Cash Cow’s Go ‘MOOOO’

St Kilda had their first intra club practice match last Saturday morning, and the rookies shone brightest. Billings played through the midfield racking up touches in half a game whilst Dunstan extracted from the middle all day. Alan Richardson had this to say on his two young stars;

“Billings showed the class that we know he has throughout the first half. We’re going to make sure he’s right. I would think that he’ll play a fair bit of NAB Challenge footy. Dunstan’s whole game (was good), really. He played a bit of inside, a bit of outside. He was impressive. Luke’s a really mature kid. He’s very impressive physically. He’s lifting as big a weights as third and fourth-year players, so he’s a really powerful guy. If he continues, there’s every chance he’ll play some footy for us early (in the home and away season).”

Ben Says: Although many of these reports can be blown out of proportion, it’s certainly positive that Richardson backs up the claims that these two are Round 1 candidates. Billings, pick 3 in last year’s draft is priced at $257,400 in Fantasy and $202,800 in RDT. Whilst he is a pricey option, the advantage is that he appears likely to play majority of the season and has dual position status (mid/fwd). To add further fuel to the fire, he managed a respectable 93 point average in the TAC Cup. Dunstan, who is priced at $216,800 (Fantasy) and $127,800 (RDT) is a somewhat more enticing option at this stage. He has had a trouble free preseason and is already built like a seasoned footballer (weighing in at 82kg before preseason). He averaged 90 at the Under 18 Champs and 117 per 120 minutes. He appears to be the obvious inclusion for Dal Santo at this early stage.

 

O’Meara II

Jack Martin is expected to follow in the footsteps of Jaeger O’Meara after the club suggested that he’ll play a full season, much like Jaeger did in his first campaign. Gold Coast football manager Marcus Ashcroft had this to say to the waiting media;

“We know Jack’s a different player … but I think for Jack, he’s fit and ready to go so we’ll play him and then assess him after every game. He’s had a full year with us and we think he’s been fairly resilient in that time. We’re confident he can handle the rigours of the AFL from week to week, but until he gets into it and experiences it, we won’t really know.”

Ben Says: If you can look past his price tag, Jack Martin appears to be the pick of the rookies this season. Priced at $268,300 in Fantasy and $217,800 in RDT, Jack is expected to play in the middle and up forward in his first season for the Suns. After having a perfect preseason, Jack will be looking to replicate the 97 average he put up in the NEAFL last season. Given he has had an extra year with the Suns the expectation is that he’ll hit the ground running.

 

X On Track

The Eagles first intra club practice match was played on Tuesday night and the Eagles star forwards shone (Kennedy kicked 5 and LeCras had 4) whilst ex-Hawk Xavier Ellis, managed a half of competitive football for the first time in months. Xavier had this to say to the clubs website;

“It’s been really good. I haven’t missed a training session. I haven’t been able to say that for a few years so it was good to get out there and play a game and not get subbed off. I’m fit and really looking forward to what the Eagles can produce this year.”

Ben Says: Whilst some suggest a cold breeze could wreak havoc on X’s fragile body, given his price, he must be high on our radars. Ellis is priced at $163,900 in RDT and $135,500 in Fantasy. After previously managing averages of 76 and 75 in 2010/11 respectively, he will surely have large ownership if named in Round 1. Whilst he’ll always be an injury risk, he can score big and thus make a quick profit, as proved by his 136 in the ’08 GF.

 

Griffen Worries

Newly appointed captain, Ryan Griffen, sat down with AFL.com on Tuesday and opened up about his recent back injury, due to overload.

“It’s nothing to worry about. Just a slight niggle. I’m hoping to play two of those games. I actually haven’t sat down with ‘Macca’ (Brendan McCartney) to discuss it yet.”

Ben Says: Whilst this doesn’t appear to be particularly worrisome, I’d voice a word of warning for any prospective buyers. Back injuries are notorious for their ability to stick around, and given the workhorse style approach Ryan has to his football, it’s unlikely to go away as quickly as his quotes suggest. Priced at an average of 105, Griffen finally announced himself as a top tier fantasy midfielder with a top 10 average for the first time in his career. Given he averaged a touch over 108 in the second half of the season, fantasy coaches have been considering him as a unique option, but this news is sure to deter many.

 

Maric To Hit Heights Once More

After end of year groin surgery, Ivan Maric has managed his first quality preseason in years. Ruck coach, Brendon Lade spoke to the press on Friday;

“He had a groin op towards the end of last year but he’s been training fully for us. It really helped, the operation. He’s a big player for our team and we need him playing. Having the workload he (Maric) had over the past two years, we probably contributed to the injury as coaches but he was all we had.”

Ben Says: With majority of fantasy coachers yet to feel comfortable with their rucks, Maric may well prove to be a solid option. Entering his third season with the Tigers, Maric managed an incredible 97 average in his first season with the club, before falling back to a 74 average last time out. Due to his ongoing hip soreness, Maric lost the ability to fully extend which saw a decrease in his hitout average by 6.8 per game. With the inclusion of Hampson and a strong preseason, it appears that Maric will have less physical burden in 2014. While Hampson may cut into some of Maric’s ruck time, it’s rather likely that Ivan will improve considerably on his 2013 numbers. Given he has only missed 4 games in his last 2 seasons, he can be counted on for his durability.

 

I hope you guys enjoyed my fantasy review of the week’s news. You can follow me on twitter @B_Gogos and check out my fantasy blog at JustAnotherFantasyBlog! Have a great weekend!

 

 

24 Comments

24 Comments

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    Matt

    February 14, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I was actually really considering Maric, this just reinforces that. Should definitely improve his average from last year and up against GC round 1, could be a really solid option.

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      Ben Gogos

      February 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      yeah I can see him averaging 85 or so bud, which will be there or thereabouts in the rucks. great thing with him is the dependency the tigers have on him and thus i can see him playing 22.

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    Cooper

    February 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Nice work mate :)

    On a side note, I hate to be that guy that asks the stupid questions, but can anyone fill me in on what Real Dream Team is as compared to Fantasy? Thanks!

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      Albert Lloyd

      February 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Fantasy is lame.

      Stick with Real DT

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      CaptScott

      February 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      There was an article posted on this site about a month ago listing the changes.

      Fantasy – was called DT last year, changed name to Fantasy. Official AFL comp. Runs like DT last year but with unlimited trades over round 1.

      Real DT – guys who ran DT last year have their own comp, calling it ‘real DT’. Real DT is like supercoach, but using DT scoring and no rolling-lockouts.

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      Icame7thlastyear

      February 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      i suspect any dt comp you enter this year you will come last in.

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        Bandicoot

        February 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        So are you just a prick on this site or are you a prick no matter where you are.
        I was taught as a youngster that if you have nothing nice to say about someone say nothing at all – in your case, that would mean you would never open your mouth.
        We are all totally sick of your 100% negativity to everyone who comments here.

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          Icame7thlastyear

          February 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm

          just calling it like I see it Bandic#nt
          Not my issue if nuffers cant do some research.

          I will always give credit where credit is due, and if you think I am always negative, that is probably the best indication of the crud that gets posted.

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            Cooper

            February 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm

            And he’s giving you credit for being a dick. Stop being a wank

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        kelonwheels

        February 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm

        Did you playsoggybiscuitlastyear?

        if so i wouldn’t be telling everyone

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          Shy

          February 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm

          lol @ kelonwheels

          :)

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            Dulcify

            February 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm

            I am a little surprised that someone so young knows about soggy biscuit, LOL.

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        Shy

        February 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        And I am guessing you would win all yours Icame7th??? :)

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      Ben Gogos

      February 14, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Cheers Cooper

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      Cooper

      February 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks everyone :)

      Except Icameseventhlastyear

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    micbul87

    February 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    +1

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    LUke

    February 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    nice read lads

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    charlie

    February 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Join my leagues for good competition.

    AFL Dream Team: 416819

    AFL Fantasy: UC3U5TCF

    SuperCoach: 437384

    Join at your own risk.

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      Shy

      February 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      I am in Charlie, even though seeing the League name I blushed :)

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    Lewis

    February 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    what about dom sheed?

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    Shy

    February 14, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Come play with me!

    Real Dream Team

    Champs V Chumps

    Code: 704397

    • Brendan

      Brendan

      February 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Thanks for the invite, shy. Just joined. Compelling team name, gotta say. 3PeatDejaVu

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        Shy

        February 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

        Thanks Brendan. I hope we still have 18 players @round 23. :)

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    Ross

    February 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    N Roo worth the money given StKilda’s soft start or better spent elsewhere

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