The Geelong midfield was stacked in 2018 with the return of Gary Ablett & the emergence of Tim Kelly, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan & Sam Menegola all regressed and players deep on the midfield depth chart found it difficult to make an impact.
The addition of Luke Dahlhaus during the recent trade period further dilutes scoring again in 2019 but that will likely be a minimal impact, Dahlhaus will highly likely play a small pressure forward type role next season along with Gary Rohan.
Geelong averaged 382.7 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (Rank 6), they averaged 386.7 Disposals at GMHBA Stadium. Geelong were 8-1 at home last season, they averaged 395.1 Disposals from winning games at home.
The Cats have 9 home games scheduled for GMHBA Stadium in 2019, a word of warning for those willing to rely on high numbers at Geelong. Stronger opponents at GMHBA Stadium in 2019 include Melbourne (R2), GWS (R4), West Coast (R6), Sydney (R11) & Adelaide (R15).
2019 Potential Targets:
Patrick Dangerfield MID/FWD $771K
The 2018 season didn’t start well for Patrick Dangerfield as he missed Round 1 with a hamstring injury, he averaged 100.3pts from his next 12 games which did not include a game scoring 120pts or more.
After the Round 14 Geelong Bye Dangerfield averaged 114.1pts from his final 9 H&A games, he scored 85pts in an elimination loss to Melbourne.
Ownership will be high for Dangerfield at Round 1 next season if he completes an injury free pre-season, the MID/FWD status likely can’t be ignored and will assist in forward line scoring.
Sam Menegola MID/FWD $716K
Alarm Bells were ringing after 2 games last year for Menegola sitting on an average of 59.5pts, he averaged 102.6pts from his remaining 20 H&A games and scored 73pts in an elimination final loss.
After the slow start Menegola averaged 98.9pts at GMHBA Stadium & 105.5pts at all other venues during the H&A season (R3-23), he averaged 100.8pts from all winning games in 2018.
The MID/FWD status is quite beneficial for Menegola, his ownership may be low to start the season with others likely to utilise funds elsewhere. Worth considering to start at Round 1.
Jordan Clark DEF $242K
One to keep a close eye on is Jordan Clark, he looked composed across half back in the U18 National Championships averaging 19.5 Disposals for WA.
Clark might not be an option for fantasy coaches early in 2019, he was recently diagnosed with glandular fever and was a late starter to pre-season training.
Once Clark is ready for AFL level expect him to slot nicely into a half back role as his career progresses, he is worth pursuing once named.