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Roy’s Best 22 for 2019 – March Edition

Roy updates his Rolling Best 22 on the eve of the 2019 season.

The season starts in a couple of days, so it is time to update the rolling best 22. This is how I see the top players in each of the lines for the year. So here you go to use as you please, whether that me be for a guide, entertaining reading or as a source of anger to get genuinely heated about, here it is.

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Click here to recap the January edition.
Click here to recap the December edition.

DEFENDERS

   2018
Avg
Proj
Avg
Change

D1

Jake Lloyd
Sydney Swans, DEF
Looks to have the safest role clarity of the big three defenders.
100.1
(22)
107

D2

Rory Laird
Rory Laird, DEF
Slips back slightly behind Lloyd due to the increased roles of Smith and Milera.
107.8
(20)
106

D3

Lachie Whitfield
GWS Giants, DEF
The talk of his half forward role is the last thing I wanted to hear on the eve of the season.
101.6
(22)
105

D4

James Sicily
Hawthorn, DEF
Remains the number on kick in guy which adds a few bonus points.
95.6
(14)
100

D5

Alex Witherden
Brisbane Lions, DEF
In career best condition and will take his share of kick ins.
88
(22)
99

D6

Kade Simpson
Carlton, DEF
The old boy remains the safest of the next crop of contenders.
95.3
(21)
94

In the mix: Nil.

MIDFIELDERS

   2018
Avg
Proj
Avg
Change

M1

Jack Macrae
Western Bulldogs, MID
Set to maintain his awesome form from last year.
122.6
(19)
120

M2

Stephen Coniglio
GWS Giants, MID
Carries a huge amount of responsibility in the midfield this season… And is capable of doing it.
110.4
(21)
116

M3

Patrick Cripps
Carlton, MID
The 6-6-6 rule makes him even more dangerous. AFL version of Bodacious the bull.
109.3
(22)
115

M4

Angus Brayshaw
Melbourne, MID
A genuine star, the second half of last year was no fluke.
105.1
(19)
114

M5

Adam Treloar
Collingwood, MID
The extra space will be lapped up by the explosive star.
108.5
(13)
114

M6

Matt Crouch
Adelaide, MID
The ball magnet is set for a career high season.
104.9
(18)
112

M7

Clayton Oliver
Melbourne, MID
No shoulder concerns, business as usual for the young star.
109.1
(22)
111

M8

Zach Merrett
Essendon, MID
An interesting pre-season from Merrett, but he should be fine.
101.5
(22)
110

In the mixDayne Beams (Collingwood, MID), Lachie Neale (Brisbane Lions, MID), Seb Ross (St Kilda, MID),  Taylor Adams (Collingwood, MID), Josh Kelly (GWS Giants, MID).

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RUCKS

   2018
Avg
Proj
Avg
Change

R1

Brodie Grundy
Collingwood, RUC
Set for another huge year, no concerns about a slow-pre season.
120
(22)
120

R2

Max Gawm
Melbourne, RUC
Will start the year solo ruck and should maintain his average for the year.
111.3
(22)
111

In the mixJustin Westhoff (Port Adelaide, RUC/FWD), Todd Goldstein (North Melbourne, RUC), Stefan Martin (Brisbane Lions, RUC).

FORWARDS

   2018
Avg
Proj
Avg
Change

F1

Patrick Dangerfield
Geelong, MID/FWD
In for a monster season.
106.2
(21)
117

F2

Josh Dunkley
Western Bulldogs, MID/FWD
Looks to be fourth in line in the midfield, which means plenty of time in there.
95.8
(19)
109

F3

Devon Smith
Essendon, MID/FWD
Indifferent pre-season and reports of a slight role change leave some question marks.
106.6
(22)
101

F4

Tim Kelly
Geelong, MID/FWD
Will be a frequent flyer in the midfield and his scores will reflect it.
86.8
(22)
100

F5

Sam Menegola
Geelong, MID/FWD
Knows how to score no matter where he lines up on the ground.
98.6
(22)
100

F6

Justin Westhoff
Port Adelaide, RUC/FWD
This attacking game plan Port claim to be deploying could actually see the old boy set another career high.
101.9
(22)
100

In the mixIsaac Heeney (Sydney Swans, MID/FWD), Jack Billings (St Kilda, MID/FWD)

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

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