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Anthony Miles – Deck of DT 2019

He has scored well before and he’s only priced at 58.5. Calvin puts Miles under the microscope.

Name: Anthony Miles
Team: Gold Coast
Position: MID
Price: $425,000
Bye round: 14
2018 average: 78
2018 games played: 1
Predicted average: 84
Draft range: Very very late

Why should I pick him?

The price is right. Discounted down to an average of just 58.5, the price is definitely right. You’ll only need $425K to secure the services of this lad who can potentially improve his average by 25+ points. But is that enough? What more do we need?

25-points is enough. Yes. The issue is, where does he slot into your superstar midfield? Liberatore (25%) and Hannebery (29%) are the two popular mid-priced players at the moment and old mate Miles (19%) is slowly being pushed to the side… and with plenty of mature-aged rookies coming through you can see why.

However, Miles’ average will improve by a minimum of 20-points, and if he can push the 85 mark like Touk Miller, David Swallow and Jack Martin did last year, that’s a huge 26.5 point gain.

He’ll play midfield. Of course he’ll play in the guts for the Suns, who else do they have?

The former joint JJ. Liston Trophy from the VFL in 2018 is ready to go. The Suns need a big-bodied guy and Miles will slot straight in.

His record in the VFL speaks for itself. According to Champion Data, of 508 players to play at least 10 games in the past two seasons in the VFL, Miles ranks inside the top-five for disposals, clearances, contested possessions and inside 50s per game.

Another tick next to Mile’s name is the fact he won’t break-down. Miles isn’t coming off an ACL injury like Libba. Nor is he having hamstring issues like Hanners. He is fit and ready to go – in a team where he is drastically needed.

The man can score. Make no mistake about it, Miles can score. Over the last four years in the VFL (a real competition) Miles has averaged 105, 123, 105 and 110 averaging 30 touches a game.

Even at the AFL level, Miles hasn’t struggled to pick up the points. Let’s look back to 2014 where he averaged 89 from 13 games. The following year he played 23 games at 87 and then again in 2016 he averaged 86.

The thing is, he has only played six games over the last two years as he has slowly fell out of favour the Tigers. However, in his six games he did play – you guessed it, he scored well with two scores over 90 and the 78 he posted in his single game last year.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Just play a rookie instead. For the first time in a long time, we have a huge crop of mature-aged rookies waiting to debut.

Bewley, Hind, Constable and Gibbons headline the group and by playing an extra rookie instead of Miles will save you $255K. That’s the difference between Reece Conca to Patrick Cripps.

We can be safe to say, that these rookies will not average what Mile’s can, and their job security isn’t as good as his either.

However, they offer us significant cash for potentially 15-20pts less of an output. If we roughly say that $70K is 10pts, then the sums here simply just don’t add up.

The other thing is, no one wants him.

GWS didn’t want him, so he went to Richmond. Richmond didn’t want him so he went to the VFL and from there… he’s now at the Suns, who lets be honest, they will take anyone at the moment.

With so many departing players, of course they need him. The other issue is, with Gold Coast list this year, what can their midfielders score?

Fiorini (92) led the charge last year from his 11 games and other than Touk Miller and David Swallow, no other midfielders averaged over 75.


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Deck of DT Rating.

JACK – I do believe that Miles will be good this year. I believe he can average near the 85 mark and therefore he’s certainly an option for your side. For me though, I’m currently out. I have lots of rookies in my midfield that I am comfortable with… until I see some JLT action that is.

Miles has a point to prove, but even with more midfield minutes, he has to do it at the Suns. A team that will be flogged every week. Hannebery is only $8K more and Libba is even cheaper. Both these guys are guns, who have averaged 111 and 97 in their own right.

At the end of the day, I won’t be frowning at people who target Miles, I like it, it’s just not for me.

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9 Comments

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    Grey

    February 19, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Absolute lock for me at this stage, and a clear preference for Miles over Hannebery. No injury concerns or doubts, or wondering whether he can return to his former glory.
    Moving to a team where he will be close to the number 1 midfielder, unlike his time at GWS and Richmond. Should see strong minutes and have more TOG than recent years.
    The Suns likely ladder position does not impact on my thinking, he played for GWS when they first started. The Suns will have double games against most of the bottom 6 from last year. Richmond have been at the top end of the ladder in the last couple of years, but ranked down towards the bottom for fantasy points.
    My only concern is a higher than average handball to kick ratio. Miles does live a tackle though.

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      Grey

      February 19, 2019 at 11:16 am

      I will also add he has only scored below 66 in 11 of 71 games, and one of those was when he wore the green vest (remember those). Priced at 58, with 19 tons in those 71 games.

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        A$AP Rockliff

        February 19, 2019 at 6:22 pm

        This bloke is the definition of a ball magnet. GWS moved him on because they have so many youngsters. Richmond found his style of play unfitting for their system. Perhaps he is a sloppy with his disposal, I don’t know his efficiency numbers but that doesn’t matter for AFL Fantasy. All that matters is that he is a magnet and he will score well.

        I can’t seem to fit him into my team though…maybe I am not trying hard enough…lol

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      PK

      February 19, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      I’m with you Grey, I think he’s been under sold in this article. Averaged 89, 87, 86 in stacked full of talent midfields and now is in the top 3 midfielders at the suns who has zero chance of copping a tag. Should average 90-100 easily imho and could be the best pickup from all those mid-priced midfielders.

      Just hope he gets a couple of 80’s in the JLT, nothing too crazy, or everyone will jump on him.

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        A$AP Rockliff

        February 19, 2019 at 6:24 pm

        Talking about sloppy, Calvin hasn’t researched this bloke properly. Anyone seen his numbers as junior? I think he averaged something like 120 in TAC Cup. Don’t have my almanac from 2014 handy but I am fairly sure that’s why GWS grabbed him…Anyway he is back playing AFL so he couldn’t be doing all that bad…

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    Paultergeist

    February 19, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    You probably missed Jarryd Lyons in your paragraph about GC Mids because he moved clubs, but he averaged 95 last year.

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    Sam Stanton

    February 26, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Should be one of the most picked players without a doubt in my minds

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      bullant9

      February 26, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      How many mind’s have you got?

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        Sam S

        February 26, 2019 at 6:39 pm

        HAHA, about half of one by the looks of it.

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