Well, the byes may be over but the carnage continues! Injuries to Caleb Daniel, Patrick Dangerfield, and Max Gawn will have many coaches scrambling, could the selection table serve up even more chaos? I really really hope so!
Round 16 kicks off 19:50 AEST Friday night so make sure you have all your trades and emergencies locked in by then! The Traders will be reacting LIVE today from 18:15 AEST 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.
Hawthorn vs Collingwood
The Hawks start us off this week by omitting a rookie 4.8% were still rolling with, Dylan Moore. Jonathon Ceglar is also out, Ben Stratton and Mitchell Lewis come in.
Isaac Quaynor (246k DEF) will FINALLY debut for the Magpies, he joins Jamie Elliot and James Aish coming into the team. Brayden Sier has overcome concussion so he holds his spot. The outs are Ben Reid, Levi Greenwood, and Travis Varcoe.
Essendon vs Sydney
Zac Clarke replaces the injured Tom Bellchambers for the Bombers. Jake Stringer and Matt Guelfi also come in for Josh Begley and Kyle Langford who are both omitted.
Sydney have gone the part-timer route to replace Callum Sinclair because their sole inclusion is Harry Cunningham. Sam Reid named in the ruck.
Gold Coast vs Richmond
Josh Corbett is back for the Suns (and 7% of Fantasy coaches), plus Jacob Heron will play his first game in 2019. Corey Ellis and Will Brodie have been omitted.
We have another debutant! Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (170k DEF) comes in for the injured Josh Caddy. Patrick Naish isn’t even an emergency?
Adelaide vs Port Adelaide
Heaps of changes for the Showdown! Wayne Milera, Josh Jenkins, and David Mackay are in but no Tom Lynch. Ben Davis is one and done, Bryce Gibbs is omitted AGAIN, as is Elliott Himmelberg. Sam Jacobs still an emergency.
Port have swung the axe as well with Joel Garner, Kane Farrell, Peter Ladhams (There goes some Max Gawn cover), and Willem Drew all omitted. Pig Dos Tom Rockliff is back! He’s joined by Justin Westhoff, Dougal Howard, and Karl Amon. No room for Paddy Ryder or Sam Powell-Pepper.
Western Bulldogs vs Geelong
Caleb Daniel will miss 3-4 weeks with a hamstring, he’s replaced by Toby McLean.
Geelong have made no changes, meaning that for now Patrick Dangerfield is playing. Strange because they had previously locked in Gary Rohan returning this week and now he’s first emergency… watch out for the late change.
Fremantle vs West Coast
It’s Derby time! Aaron Sandilands plays his first game of 2019! Rory Lobb is also back from injury alongside Mitchell Crowden and Travis Colyer. Bailey Banfield and Brett Bewley have been omitted, Sean Darcy is ‘managed’, and Brennan Cox is injured.
Jeremy McGovern and Tom Barrass are back in for the Eagles. Mark Hutchings is out with a hamstring, and Will Schofield is omitted.
Carlton vs Melbourne
Charlie Curnow is the only confirmed out so far injured, but the big news is no Patrick Cripps! Alex Fasolo, Andrew Phillips, Darcy Lang, Hugh Goddard (170k DEF), and Matthew Cottrell (170k MID/FWD) have been added to the extended bench.
Max Gawn is not out yet as they’re give him every opportunity to get up. Oskar Baker however is, he’s omitted and Tim Smith is injured. Jordan Lewis, Corey Wagner, Braydon Preuss, Josh Wagner, Kyle Dunkley (170k MID), and Oscar McDonald have been added to the extended bench.
North Melbourne vs St. Kilda
Kyron Hayden looks to be done for the season after having surgery on his ruptured achilles. Jamie Macmillan looks an obvious inclusion, other contenders are Curtis Taylor (185k MID/FWD), Lachlan Hosie (170k FWD), Paul Ahern, and Tom Campbell.
No outs for St. Kilda yet. David Armitage, Jack Newnes, Nathan Brown, and Sam Rowe (287k DEF) are the potential ins.
GWS vs Brisbane
One out so far for GWS, Shane Mumford is injured. The potential inclusions are Ian Hill (224k MID/FWD), Lachie Whitfield, Dawson Simpson, Jake Stein (189k DEF), and Matthew Flynn (170k RUC).
Oscar McInerney is out after his concussion. Brisbane have named plenty of likely ins though, Alex Witherden, Archie Smith, Josh Walker, Marcus Adams, and Nick Robertson.