Injuries hit Adelaide hard last season providing a volatile situation for fantasy coaches to navigate through; Rory Laird (107.8pts) was the highest averaging player at the Crows but managed only 20 games, Matt Crouch (104.9pts) was the 2nd highest averaging player and managed only 18 games, Rory Sloane played only 12 games for an average of 89.9pts and Brad Crouch did not play at all in 2018.
Bryce Gibbs (103.8pts) was the only premium midfielder at the Crows to complete a full 2018 H&A season, Adelaide averaged 383.0 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season which was a regression compared to their 2017 H&A season when they averaged 397.3 Disposals.
Adelaide were ranked 5th averaging 1617.1 fantasy points in 2018, the Crows averaged 1785.7pts when they scored 100pts more in a game last season.
Adelaide were ranked 8th in the 2018 H&A season averaging 88.2pts FOR per game, they were the highest ranked team in the 2017 H&A season averaging 109.8pts FOR per game.
If you think Adelaide can bounce back in 2019, then there will be a few options to choose from.
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2019 Potential Targets:
Rory Laird DEF $782K
Despite missing 2 games last season Laird provided stability at a volatile position for fantasy coaches, he scored 100pts or more in 70.0% of games & 120pts or more in 35.0% of games last season.
Laird wasn’t significantly impacted by the poor form of the Crows in 2018, he averaged 110.2pts from winning games & 104.1pts from losing games. Laird averaged 112.5pts when Adelaide scored 100pts or more last season.
With the long term injury to Sam Docherty the ownership for Laird will likely be high again next season, based on his recent fantasy history Laird will likely be a comfortable own in 2019 providing a generous amount of ceiling games.
Matt Crouch MID $761K
Crouch was another that had an interrupted season after sustaining a hamstring injury in Round 2, he averaged 116.2pts from his final 9 games which could be an indicator of his value at Round 1 next season.
Crouch scored 100pts or more in 66.7% of games & 120pts or more in 33.3% of games last season, he averaged 106.4pts from losing games.
There a multiple premium midfield options to choose from to begin the 2019 season, Matt Crouch is one of those options based on his previous scoring history.
Brad Crouch MID $524K
After missing the entire 2018 season with Osteitis Pubis Brad Crouch is severely discounted entering the 2019 H&A season, of course his pre-season needs to be monitored but at this stage there are no issues.
“He’s tracking really well, he’s pain free.. He’s excited about coming back & getting into full training” Don Pyke on Brad Crouch in mid-December.
Crouch averaged 103.1pts in the 2017 H&A season, he averaged 121.0pts from 3 Finals. During the 2017 season Crouch scored 100pts or more in 70.0% of games & 120pts or more in 25.0 of games, if he can replicate those numbers in 2019 then he will be a bargain selection.
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