West Coast weren’t overly impressive as a fantasy team but the reigning Premiers did provide options last season that were quite significant, Andrew Gaff, Elliot Yeo & Jack Redden all averaged more than 100pts last season.
West Coast averaged 357.1 Disposals in the H&A season (Rank 16), the Eagles averaged 1590.3 Fantasy Team Points over the same period (Rank 8).
The absence of Nic Naitanui for likely the majority of the 2019 season will provide a volatile situation in the Ruck from a fantasy perspective, the Eagles lost Scott Lycett but acquired Tom Hickey & Keegan Brooksby for coverage.
Overall, it appears West Coast should provide a similar outlook again in 2019 with little change except for the Ruck roles.
2019 Potential Targets:
Elliot Yeo MID $775K
Yeo finally delivered on the fantasy promise with a consistent season averaging 106.1pts (Incl. Finals), he scored 100pts or more in 60.0% of games & 120pts or more in 28.0% of games.
The numbers for Yeo to finish the H&A season were elite, he averaged 123.0pts from his final 6 H&A games. Yeo averaged 102.3pts from 3 Finals including 144pts in the first Final for the Eagles.
Yeo recorded a career season high average of 6.7 Tackles in 2018, his role in the midfield is favourable to his fantasy game.
Many could by-pass Yeo at a high starting price at Round 1, as a result he could see a relatively low ownership which could provide a very good point of difference.
Jack Redden MID $698K
After a relatively slow start to the 2018 H&A season Redden finally started to put up decent fantasy numbers, he averaged 66.8pts from his opening 5 games of the year then finished the H&A season with an average of 104.9pts. Redden averaged 129.3pts in 3 Finals.
The return of Andrew Gaff may deter some from selecting Redden, in games without Andrew Gaff he (Redden) averaged 108.0pts and in the 5 games prior to the Gaff suspension his averaged spiked at 122.8pts per game.
Redden has been a prolific scorer in fantasy over the majority of his career, after dealing with injury issues prior to 2018 his game suffered. Ownership could be low-moderate for Redden at Round 1, he is definitely worth consideration.
Luke Foley MID $210K
It is always tough for a first year player to break into a team let alone a Premiership team, Luke Foley (2018 Draft: selection 31) played 1 year in the WAFL Colts for Subiaco after being overlooked in the 2017 Draft.
Foley averaged 17 Disposals & 8 Tackles in the 2018 U18 National Championships, at 188cm he plays as a tall midfield/forward role and can hit the scoreboard.
It is worth monitoring the pre-season for Foley, in 2018 coach Adam Simpson was willing to debut 8 players for the Eagles (AFL Rank: Eq 1).
|Kennedy, Josh J.||FWD||65.18||11||$473000|
|Ah Chee, Brendon||FWD||59.25||8||$404000|