Another week, another high-scoring round full of over-performing rookies! The likes of Charlie Constable (+$107k), Xavier Duursma (+$79k), and Willem Drew (+$102k) may make this one of the best Fantasy rookie classes ever! Thankfully some of the mid-pricers busted to give me hope for this season, Nic Newman (66) and Jamie Elliot (48) have hopefully set an example that others can follow.
Round three kicks off tonight, so make sure you have all your players from Adelaide and Geelong locked in before 19:50 AEDT! The Traders will be reacting LIVE from 18:15 AEDT on the Official AFL Fantasy Facebook page to the team announcements, so think of this article as your text-based companion guide.
As always, this post will be updated as more information comes in, so if you’ve seen some news that I’ve missed feel free to tweet it at me and I’ll follow it up.
Selection News & Rumours
Adelaide vs Geelong
Ruckman Sam Jacobs is officially out this week with a knee injury. Reilly O’Brien ($232k RUC) will play his third AFL game, and his first since 2016.
Geelong have made one change as well, Jack Henry has a hamstring strain and is replaced by Lachie Henderson.
No late changes to either team!
Melbourne vs Essendon
Josh Wagner and Corey Wagner ($196k MID) in for the Demons. Corey is listed last spot on the bench but Josh is listed on the halfback line. Steven May will likely miss three games with a groin injury, he’s joined by Tom Sparrow who it omitted after being a late inclusion last week. Jay Lockhart survives but Marty Hore isn’t even an emergency.
Zac Clarke ($270k RUC) will make his Essendon debut! Kobe Mutch ($344k MID) is also in at the expense of Mitch Brown and Kyle Langford.
Carlton vs Sydney
Caleb Marchbank is back alongside Lochie O’Brien and Levi Casboult, but ruckman Matthew Kreuzer will spend yet another week on the sidelines. Charlie Curnow is injured, and Jarrod Garlett and Alex Fasolo are omitted.
Tom McCartin, Jackson Thurlow, and Jordan Dawson in for Sydney. Lewis Melican, Ryan Clarke,and Colin O’Riordan all omitted. Another week in the NEAFL for Kieren Jack.
GWS vs Richmond
Superstar midfielder Josh Kelly plays his first game of the season, but Toby Greene is set to miss another week with a calf complaint. Shane Mumford is back from retirement and suspension, and Tommy Sheridan is the final inclusion. Lachlan Keeffe and Dawson Simpson are omitted, while Brett Deledio is injured.
Ryan Garthwaite, Sydney Stack ($170k MID), and Noah Balta are in. Mav Weller is omitted, Dylan Grimes suspended, and Jack Riewoldt injured.
Brisbane vs Port Adelaide
No changes at Brisbane as Lincoln McCarthy successfully overcomes a rib injury.
Three changes for Port this week as advertised by coach Ken Hinkley. Todd Marshall is omitted, he joins the two injured players Karl Amon and Jack Watts on the sidelines. In comes Ollie Wines, Sam Gray, and Dougal Howard.
Collingwood vs West Coast
Taylor Adams is back! Travis Varcoe makes way for him.
For West Coast, Liam Duggan, Josh Smith, and Daniel Venables out, Josh Rotham ($170k DEF), Jamie Cripps, and Andrew Gaff in.
Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast
No changes to either team! Jordan Sweet has to wait for another week.
Hawthorn vs North Melbourne
Liam Shiels and Shaun Burgoyne are out injured, so Chad Wingard comes in with David Mirra.
Marley Williams misses with an ankle injury as expected, he’s replaced by Trent Dumont.
Fremantle vs St. Kilda
Two changes for Fremantle, Lachie Schultz has been omitted and Sean Dar y has been rested, this leaves Rory Lobb as the sole ruck. The two inclusions are Brandon Matera, and Taylin Duman.
St. Kilda stick with the one change, Jack Steven is being managed after a limited preseason. Hunter Clark comes in for this first game of the season.