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Swans v Eagles – NAB Challenge (27th February)

On a wet night on the 27th of February, two half strength AFL teams played each other. It’s still only NAB so who cares about the result, how did our potential fantasy players go!?


Sydney Swans v West Coast Eagles.
Blacktown. Friday 27th February, 2013.
Click here for AFL Match Centre.


With both teams leaving much of their best 22’s out for this game, we had the chance to see the future of both clubs in action.
Promising result for West Coast taking out the win 37 – 72.
With so many players from each team missing and playing during an incredibly wet night, we can’t read too much into results as structures and roles will differ.

But lets take a look at the fantasy relevant results. As always I’ll include each players score in comparison to their Time On Ground percentage.


Mark Hutchings – ($480,200- MID) Backed up last weeks ton with another. This guy just goes about his business as he pleases with no one paying any attention to him. Will never receive the number one tag, honesty I don’t think he’d even be in the top 5 for the tag, but if he keeps flying under opposition clubs radars and producing numbers like these then we may have to seriously consider him! 124 points from 72% TOG!

Andrew Gaff – ($378,700 – MID) Here is a player who I think should seriously be considered. Hampered last year as he found it difficult to break tags. But after another year in the the system he’s looking bigger and if he’s learnt to shake a tag he could be ready to explode. Has an elite tank which let him run all night. 111 from 76% TOG

Xavier Ellis – ($135,500 – MID) Wore the vest tonight but still managed an impressive 75 points from 67% TOG. Floating around the backs of packs and waiting for the release handball see’s him get a lot of the ball. Only concern is if he’ll be match fit enough to play a full game by Round 1? Honestly at this stage, after these performances, I’d say he’s in the best 22, question is only whether he’s wearing a vest or not.

Chris Masten – ($533,400 – MID) Also wore the vest but still knocked out a very respectable 89 points from 65% TOG! Plays a very friendly fantasy game involving a high kick to handball ratio, loves to push forward for a goal and is very rarely tagged. Can’t see him averaging under 100 this year.

Gary Rohan – ($138,400 – FWD) 80 points from 83% TOG. Lock him into your fwd line and watch this cash cow fatten! Played well as a second target today, taking advantage of the space that Buddy leaves after leading and drawing multiple players. Finished with 3 of the Swans 5 goals.

Jeremy Laidler – ($135,500 – DEF) Reignited hope for us again tonight as a cheap rookie defender for our benches after last weeks impersonation of ‘Where’s Wally?’. Here’s hoping tonights effort of 75 points from 76 minutes is enough to snag him a round 1 spot!

Harry Cunningham – ($135,500 – MID) Definitely did his chances of 2014 game time no harm with 92 points from 83% TOG. Worked hard all game to cover the ground but most impressive was his 7 tackles. We know that defensive pressure is something that the Swans covet so certainly put his hand up to be noticed tonight.


Lance Franklin – ($426,500 – FWD) Oh Buddy… only 31 points from 70% TOG. Yes it was wet and opportunity wasn’t abundant in the swans forward line tonight. But he was pushed up onto the wing to find the ball and only managed to give away a few head high free kicks while there. Not the greatest debut in the Swans colours. They’ll be hoping he can watch the tapes back and learn.

Lewis Roberts-Thomson – ($146,700 – DEF/FWD) It’s a bit harsh having LRT in this section as we should never expect great fantasy numbers from the man. But at his price he seems to be tempting quite a few coaches. Keep in mind he’s one who is at this price for a reason, that reason being that scores like tonight are an average return. 31 points from 69% TOG

Josh Hill – ($318,400 – FWD) Here’s another player who’s honestly probably delivered what we’d expect, but i’ve still seen him sneak into a few teams as a POD. In the 3rd quarter of tonights game, Sydney did not score while West Coast had 10 scoring shots. This would usually be party time for most forwards. Hill finished the game on 22 points from 80% TOG

Luke Parker – ($459,000 – FWD/MID) Didn’t ‘falter’ exactly but finished the game on 26 points from 18% TOG due to an eye injury forcing him to sit the rest of the match out. Haven’t heard the extent of the injury yet but if he’s named round one then you’d still lock him in.



My honourable mentions are players who scored well and should be on your watchlist. Keep an eye on these guys in your Draft Leagues.

Craig Bird $387,300 – FWD/MID (119 points 68% TOG)
Heath Grundy $292,700 – MID (134 points 100% TOG)
Sharrod Wellingham $391,900 – MID (86 points 69% TOG)
Brad Sheppard $274,700 – MID (68 points 66% TOG)


So that’s all I have to say on this game. Anything to add feel free to comment below. Anything you disagree with feel free to blast me on twitter! @Anthonydsmith86




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    Big Feller

    February 28, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Nice work Anthony – what about Jack Darling?
    Anything to report on his role and relevance?

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      February 28, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Darling scored 60 from 52% TOG. Click on the AFL Match Centre link at the top of page to find other scores.

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    February 28, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Good analysis Anthony. A few more rookies coming close to a round 1 start, and a big question-mark over the value of Buddy.

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    February 28, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Thanks Anthony great write up again. How long was B.Jack on ground quite like his price and would put him in if he’s named R1 also Cunningham looks good and Masten for me is locked in. Had Parker in from my first attempt at a team this year and hope he doesn’t miss with injury

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    Cold War Vet

    February 28, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I’m really struggling to keep Buddy in my team, sure he’s a good price and is capable of massive scores. However, I think he is the most over rated player in the AFL, if the Swans want to continue pushing him up on the wing I can’t see him adding much value. Any thoughts? Maybe I’ll be proved wrong?

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      February 28, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Im definitely concerned too hmm

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    February 28, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Bit harsh re: LRT. First game back in nearly a year. Should average 50-55

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    February 28, 2014 at 9:53 am

    J. McVeigh when interviewed said he’ll play more midfield.

    Do you think this will have a positive or negative effect on him?
    His highest scoring year has come from him playing more down back.

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      February 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      McVeigh locked in mine. cant refuse after last season.. be in top 5 defenders at years end again. get on board..

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    February 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

    What about Elliot Yeo? Is he worth a punt for a defensive POD?

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      February 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      I wouldn’t, think he’ll be a good player – but not an accumulator.

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    February 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Where can we get the TOG states from? Can’t seem to find them on the match centre link.

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      D Day

      February 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Match centre -> full time stats -> advanced stats.

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      February 28, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      advanced stats tab, TG%

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    February 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Hutch has the problem of being priced the same as Beams (and 30k under Cotchin), which is an easy banker on who I’d rather have

    nice player, but other options are too attractive for mind

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    March 1, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Hi im am doing a Afl Fantasy Elite Draft league on 7pm WA time need few more people to fill up the league. Anyone welcome just have to be there for the draft.

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    March 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    parker is expected to miss the upcoming practice match, but swans are hopeful he will play round one!

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    March 2, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I wonder if West Coast will be April Premiers again this year. They look pretty fit atm, can they keep it up?

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