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Roy’s Best 22 for 2019 – January Edition

Roy updates his potential best 22 for the 2019 season.

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As expected, there has already been a few big changes to the rolling 22, none more so than two of the biggest stars of all Tom Mitchell and Sam Docherty losing their spot due to injury.

Click here to recap the December edition.

DEFENDERS

   2018
Avg
Proj
Avg
Change

D1

Rory Laird
Rory Laird, DEF
What’s up Doc? Laird is… One spot to be the top ranked defender.
107.8
(20)
106

D2

Lachie Whitfield
GWS Giants, DEF
Zac Williams' return only boost Whitfield after his admission that he looks to get him the ball whenever possible.
100.1
(22)
105

D3

Jake Lloyd
Sydney Swans, DEF
One of the guys who is going to benefit most from the bonus kick in points.
101.6
(22)
105

D4

James Sicily
Hawthorn, DEF
Will be the number one kick out guy for the Hawks which will guarantee an increase in average.
95.6
(14)
101

D5

Alex Witherden
Brisbane Lions, DEF
His decision making and ability to execute in challenging situations will ensure he takes full advantage of the kick in rule despite Hodge and Rich trying to steal a few.
88
(22)
101

D6

Connor Blakely
Fremantle, DEF
A solid option to round out the top six playing between mid and half back. Looks fit and raring to go.
91.5
(13)
100

In the mixKade Simpson (Carlton, DEF).

MIDFIELDERS

   2018
Avg
Proj
Avg
Change

M1

Jack Macrae
Western Bulldogs, MID
The number one man in the middle now and serious contender to replace Mitchell in starting squads as a walk up captain.
122.6
(19)
120

M2

Zach Merrett
Essendon, MID
Nothing has changed here, all looking good so far this pre season and he is set to return to his dominant best.
101.5
(22)
118

M3

Patrick Cripps
Carlton, MID
The way he is looking this pre-season, he is every chance to bump Merrett. Set for a huge season!
109.3
(22)
115

M4

Taylor Adams
Collingwood, MID
I have convinced myself he is returning to a full time mid role despite the Pies being inundated with talent in there. Has Pig qualities and I am expecting huge things.
95.1
(19)
115

M5

Josh Kelly
GWS Giants, MID
On track for a career best season where the sky is the limit.
108.4
(15)
114

M6

Lachie Neale
Brisbane Lions, MID
I just fell this environment is going to bring out a career best average for the ball magnet.
100.2
(22)
113

M7


Matt Crouch
Adelaide, MID
Under-rated, finished the season with five scores over 120 in his last nine and set for a huge year.
104.9
(18)
112

M8

Dayne Beams
Collingwood, MID
Edging out a lot of stars I know but he is ripping up the pre season as a full time mid and is back with the high scoring Pies.
105.8
(21)
112

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

RUCKS

   2018
Avg
Proj
Avg
Change

R1

Brodie Grundy
Collingwood, RUC
Looking a picture of fitness and set to dominate from the get go in the star studded midfield.
120
(22)
122

R2

Max Gawm
Melbourne, RUC
Despite concerns about shared ruck duties, still a clear number two option at this stage.
111.3
(22)
100

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

FORWARDS

   2018
Avg
Proj
Avg
Change

F1

Patrick Dangerfield
Geelong, MID/FWD
Genuine star, easy option as the number one and set to return to 110+ average.
106.2
(21)
110

F2

Devon Smith
Essendon, MID/FWD
The security of role and tackling prowess should ensure he is in the mix for remain a top three forward.
106.6
(22)
109

F3

Josh Dunkley
Western Bulldogs, MID/FWD
The risk of a role change is there, but well worth the slight risk considering what he can do a midfielder.
95.8
(19)
108

F4

Sam Menegola
Geelong, MID/FWD
Seems a little high but the way he finished the year reinforces his scoring ability.
98.6
(22)
101

F5

Chad Wingard
Hawthorn, MID/FWD
Chad has the ability to rack up impressive numbers as a midfielder and I think he will spend plenty of time in there, especially without Mitchell.
82.3
(21)
99

F6

Tim Kelly
Geelong, MID/FWD
Tough call but holds his spot from challengers such as Isaac Heeney and Jack Billings at this stage.
86.8
(22)
99

In the mix: Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans, MID/FWD), Jack Billings (St Kilda, MID/FWD), Justin Westhoff (Port Adelaide, FWD/RUC)

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

12 Comments

12 Comments

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    jimmy

    January 19, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    think you may have blakely’s description for witho

    • Warnie

      Warnie

      January 19, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      Fixed. My bad!

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    Paultergeist

    January 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    So you reckon Adams is 20 unders? Interesting…. Didn’t he post his best numbers off the HB in the past?

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      Tarn

      January 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      No he’s always produced his best being an inside mid, just happened to have def status that year he went 115. Though i think he will get rotated too often to avg 110+ but definitely should go over 100.

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    David

    January 19, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Biggest surprise is Sicily, with Roy advising we “Don’t even think about it” in the Hawks price reveal article AND making the rolling Best 22 as the #4 Defender.

    • Warnie

      Warnie

      January 19, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      That was actually Calvin’s article.. the byline was messed up by AFL.com.au.

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    Euman

    January 20, 2019 at 10:29 am

    3 cats in the forward line maybe a little ambitious but I’m no expert

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    Austin Ward

    January 20, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    I have major concerns about selecting Collingwood mids, with the addition of Beams, the return of Adams to the midfield, Sidey, Treloar, Sier, Phillips, Pendles and a ball winning ruckman in the middle there are only so many points to go around.

    Would it seem plausible that players in this mix are likely to flucuate in scoring each week or will the creme of the crop rise to the top in the likes of Beams, Sidey and Treloar whilst the others maintain or drop their averages?

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      Jaxon

      January 20, 2019 at 12:42 pm

      Think Sidey, Beams and Treloar, even Pendles can swing forward or outside and still be good. Adams however is far better inside than anywhere else, so you’d think Adams stays in his inside mid role…

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    PowerAde

    January 22, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Love it, I did my own and ended up going hurn over blakey, congilo over adams and maclean over Kelly.

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    DiggDT

    January 25, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I have Westoff in the fwd line with the cheap ruck from Geelong (Ruck/Fwd) as emergency ruck. Any good or do I have no idea?

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    RICHO

    January 26, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    no fyfe ???

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