Melbourne regressed quite significantly in the 2019 H&A season, the Demons averaged 391.0 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (Rank 2) and 363.5 Disposals last season (Rank 13).
The unhealthy list going into the 2019 pre-season was too much to overcome for Melbourne, a total of 17 players were impacted by off-season surgeries.
The positive heading into the 2020 season is that the Demons are quite healthy and are well placed to rebound from 17th on the AFL Ladder, many won’t consider looking at Melbourne for potential targets due to recency bias.
2020 Potential Targets:
Max Gawn RUCK $826K
The Round 13 Bye shared with Brodie Grundy may see reduced ownership on Gawn early in 2020, selecting Gawn over Grundy will likely be a unique path to kick-start the season.
Gawn has been consistent over the last 2 years, he scored 100pts or more in 76.2% of games & 120pts or more in 42.9% of games in 2019.
Angus Brayshaw MID $653K
Just looking at the name Angus Brayshaw will have many cringing with fear, but if the Demons rise from the bottom of the ladder in 2020 expect Brayshaw to play a big part with the bonus of depressed ownership.
You may need therapy trying to convince yourself of overcoming fear at Round 1 if his numbers are once again big in pre-season games.
— AFL Fantasy (@AFLFantasy) December 20, 2019
Christian Petracca FWD $563K
It is time for coach Simon Goodwin to take the cotton wool off Petracca & significantly increase his midfield usage, there have been suggestions out of the Demons recently that it could occur in 2020. The downside looking at Petracca is that he has only averaged 20 Disposals or more in only one season over his career, the options in the forward line appear to be limited in AFL Fantasy at Round 1 in 2020 and at this stage throw him down the bottom of your watch list.
What do we need to see in pre-season games: near full midfield usage & an average of 25 Disposals or more.
Article by @aflratingsPete
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