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Roy’s Best 22 for 2019 – December Edition

Roy takes an early look at what the best 22 could look like in 2019.

We’ve got the new positions in our hands and it’s time to start planning for 2019. The AFL Fantasy Classic prices and positions will be revealed for each club, in reverse ladder order, starting in a couple of weeks. For now, it’s time to have a look at what the top averaging players could look like for the new season ahead in the form of Roy’s Rolling Best 22. This is version 1.

DEFENDERS

2018
Avg
Proj
Avg

D1

Sam Docherty
Carlton, DEF
Won’t miss a beat upon return given he could have played at the end of last season.
DNP114

D2

Rory Laird
Adelaide, DEF
Ball magnet coming off career high average of 108.
107.8
(20)
106

D3

Lachie Whitfield
GWS Giants, DEF
Averaged 100 last year with some thumping scores including 150.
100.1
(22)
105

D4

Jake Lloyd
Sydney Swans, DEF
Finished the season in great fashion with five scores over 110 in the last nine games.
101.6
(22)
101

D5

Connor Blakely
Fremantle, DEF
Back to back averages of 91, will break out with increased mid responsibility.
91.5
(13)
100

D6

James Sicily
Hawthorn, DEF
Didn’t drop under 90 in the last six rounds.
95.6 (14)99

In the mix: Alex Witherden (Brisbane Lions, DEF), Kade Simpson (Carlton, DEF).

MIDFIELDERS

2018
Avg
Proj
Avg

M1

Tom Mitchell
Hawthorn, MID
Absolute freak, coming off a career high and world record average of 129.
129.2
(22)
127

M2

Jack Macrae
Western Bulldogs, MID
Massive year, averaging 123. Will be huge again.
122.6
(19)
120

M3

Zach Merrett
Essendon, MID
Recovered from a disastrous start to the year to average 101. Will be back to beast mode with the inclusion of Shiel.
101.5
(22)
118

M4

Patrick Cripps
Carlton, MID
Gets tagged, doesn’t care. Had a low score of 96 in the last 11 rounds.
109.3
(22)
115

M5

Lachie Neale
Brisbane Lions, MID
Will be in his element at the Lions and return to his elite scoring ways.
100.2
(22)
113

M6

Matt Crouch
Adelaide, MID
Averaged 105 despite injury effected games including 33.
104.9
(18)
112

M7

Josh Kelly
GWS Giants, MID
Averaged 108 despite an interrupted season and will be back to his dominant best.
108.4
(15)
111

M8

Dayne Beams
Collingwood, MID
Could be massive, even push his career high average of 116 if all goes to plan.
105.8
(21)
110

In the mix: Stephen Coniglio (GWS Giants, MID), Adam Treloar (Collingwood, MID), Clayton Oliver (Melbourne, MID).

RUCKS

2018
Avg
Proj
Avg

R1

Brodie Grundy
Collingwood, RUC
Will have a snout by season end… enough said.
120
(22)
122

R2

Max Gawm
Melbourne, RUC
Coming off an outstanding 113 average but there are certainly concerns about sharing ruck duties next season.
111.3
(22)
100

In the mix: Justin Weshoff (Port Adelaide, RUC/FWD), Stefan Martin (Brisbane Lions, RUC).

FORWARDS

2018
Avg
Proj
Avg

F1

Patrick Dangerfield
Geelong, MID/FWD
Dropped in average by 14 points last year but is a gift as a forward.
106.2
(21)
110

F2

Devon Smith
Essendon, MID/FWD
The way he finished the year, he is every chance to surpass Danger.
106.6
(22)
109

F3

Josh Dunkley
Western Bulldogs, MID/FWD
Dominated as a midfielder in the second half of the year.
95.8
(19)
108

F4

Sam Menegola
Geelong, MID/FWD
Finished the year really well with a low of 97 in the last six weeks.
98.6
(22)
101

F5

Tim Kelly
Geelong, MID/FWD
Seven scores over 98 in the last nine weeks.
86.8
(22)
99

F6

Isaac Heeney
Sydney Swans, MID/FWD
Needs to improve his ceiling.
90.7
(21)
95

In the mix: Justin Westhoff (Port Adelaide, RUC/FWD), Toby McLean (Western Bulldogs, MID/FWD).

What do you think, has Roy got this right? What order would you have the players in? Post your thoughts in the comments.

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