The Bulldogs won 8 of their final 11 H&A games to qualify for the 2019 Finals Series, they averaged 397.1 Disposals over the same period (Rank 2).
The Bulldogs recorded 400 Disposals or more in 8 games last season (Rank 4) with 6 of those produced in winning games, they averaged 397.3 Disposals in winning games & 382.8 Disposals from losing games (Incl. Finals).
Luke Beveridge delivered some uncertainty through the middle of the ground early in 2019, by the end of the season the midfield was settled & producing big numbers.
The upcoming 2020 season for the Bulldogs will likely attract the attention of fantasy coaches once again.
2020 Potential Targets:
Josh Dunkley MID $824K
Once Dunkley was utilised heavily in the midfield his numbers were big, after averaging 77.5pts from his opening 6 games the change in role attributed to averaging 123.7pts from the remaining 16 H&A games.
The price tag for Dunkley is high to begin the 2020 season, a check for his playing role during the pre-season is a must to reinforce the salary spend.
Based on his finish to the 2019 H&A season Dunkley is arguably under-priced to begin 2020, the ownership levels may be increased as a result at Round 1.
Jack Macrae MID $8585K
Macrae produced a consistent 2019 H&A season averaging 115.6pts, he scored 100pts or more in 78.3% of games & 120pts or more in 43.5% of games.
The numbers were equally as impressive for Macrae in winning & losing games throughout the 2019 season, he averaged 116.2pts in wins & 116.3pts in losses (Incl. Finals).
None of the Top 10 overall finishes last season started with Macrae at Round 1, a hefty price tag to begin the 2020 season may provide a light ownership at Round 1.
68%/32% Mid/Fwd spilt for Macrae between Rnds 5-8. Bevo was doing his thing. Averaged 97 points over those rounds and 120 points from Rnd 9+.
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) January 9, 2020
Tim English RUCK $572K
The emergence of English as a top tier Ruck in the AFL is getting closer, at the age of 22 he is yet to enter his prime in a position that requires experience in order to thrive.
English averaged 78.5pts from 20 games last season (Incl. Finals), he has a career average of 72.9pts from 29 games since his debut in 2017.
For those not intending to start with the Grundy/Gawn combo English does has the appealing Round 14 Bye, his inconsistent scoring last season still is a concern however his average of 98.0pts from his final 3 games of 2019 does provide optimism.
Starting with English does come with some level of risk, however there is significant upside if 2020 is his breakout season.
Article by @aflratingsPete
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