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Angus Brayshaw – Deck of DT 2020

Can Brayshaw recapture his 2018 form?

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Name: Angus Brayshaw
Team: Melbourne
Position: MID
Price: $653,000
Bye round: 13
2019 average: 88.0
2019 games played: 22
Predicted Average: 105
Draft range: Approx. 3rd-4th round

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Why should I pick him?

Let me take you back to 2018, where Brayshaw’s fantasy talent was exposed. He missed the first 3 games as he was playing in the VFL, and in his first 3 games back, he played in defence for an average of 66. But after he moved into the midfield, his average inevitably spiked, which saw him average 105.1 for the season. 

He also had a game where was ordered to tag Jack Crisp where he scored 47. I know fantasy has it’s ups and downs and we cannot control them, but if you take out these games where externalities saw his scores dip, he averaged approx. 117, ranking him amongst the elite fantasy midfielders. 

When Brayshaw played in the midfield in 2019, he scored well, similar to his 2018 numbers. He started the season with 5 scores over 100 in 6 games and finished with 2 hundred’s in his last 3 games. His scoring isn’t the problem, it’s the role. 

But the arrival of Ed Langdon and Adam Tomlinson to the Demons has got me excited over the prospect of Brayshaw in 2020. As Brayshaw spent a lot of time on the wing in 2019, his dream team scores suffered severely. But with the Dees picking up 2 wingers in the trade period, surely Gus won’t be playing there in 2020? And we know he scores much better in the midfield, which is why this is a very promising sign. 

We can’t forget about the small things that make Brayshaw a great option in 2020. He played 22 games last season and was reasonably consistent given his role was the same (whether that was consistently poor or positive). He has a great ceiling, managing scores of 166, 143 and 142 in 2018, and he is a natural ball winner. When in the guts, he tackles, pushes for marks and +6’s and scores with ease.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Langdon and Tomlinson’s arrival ensures that Gus won’t play on the wing….but doesn’t guarantee that he will play in the midfield. He rested forward at times in 2019, in particular vs the Bulldogs in round 17. He sat forward in the first half, resulting in 2 points at QT and 11 points at HT. In a game where Dunkley scored 189, I wasn’t too happy when Brayshaw finished on 44 points. 

With a midfield of Oliver, Viney, Jones, Petracca and Harmes, there’s no certainty that Bryahsaw will spend all his time in the midfield, let alone start there. 

His talent and potential are undeniable but we can’t just simply forgive the pain he forged in 2019. For some, it meant holding him for most of, if not the whole year for his terrible scores. It’s not easy to just flip the switch and score as he did in 2018. At times in 2019, he looked like he was lacking effort, fitness and will for the ball, reflective by his performance. 

Brayshaw has had a lot of injury problems in the past as well, evident through his renowned helmet. Last year was the first time in his career where he played 22 games but was carrying small injuries throughout the season. It’s on the minor side, but a factor to consider.

Luckily this season we are posed with plenty of value and premium options int he midfield, such as Ward, Mitchell, Coniglio, Yeo, Merrett, Steven etc who are all underpriced based on previous averages, as well as proven premiums such as Treloar, Macrae and Dunkley who we know will score well. Brayshaw might be squeezed out of a lot of peoples teams due to the wide variety of options in the guts. 

Deck of DT Rating.


Brayshaw was close to getting the king rating, but I can’t ignore his previous lacklustre season. Regardless, I see him as a bargain at $653K and opposed to someone priced around $800K, will be a great option given he has a friendly role in the JLT and shows signs of improvement on last season. Predicting an average of 110+ would be very naive however I think he can certainly reach his previous highest average of 105, and maybe even push it a little further. 

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    January 23, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Rather Selwood, is cheaper and has proven to be a fantasy stud year in year out. Bar last year.
    Burnt last year not getting fooled again.
    He would have to force my hand for me to pick him.

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    January 23, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Feel like 2018 was an aberration. Fools gold imo

    Let’s not forget Cotchin has a 110 season to his name and has never got back to that

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    January 23, 2020 at 8:20 am

    To cheap not to have in your team

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    The Chosen Won

    January 23, 2020 at 8:32 am

    How did Brayshaw go?

    Good Luck in 2020

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    Kirk Mackintosh

    January 23, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Never again list, burnt me in my keepers draft burnt my in RDT. Would need something massive to get back on him

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    January 23, 2020 at 10:37 am

    If I put him in he will score 56 first week and 85 season

    If I leave him out I bet he hits 121 first week and 107 season

    I’ll leave him out so you guys can clean up

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    January 23, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    TEAM NAME: Goat. (AFL Fantasy 2020)
    Used: $12,994,000 (100%), Remaining: $6,000 (0%) On Ground: $11,634,000 (89.5%), On Bench: $1,360,000 (10.5%)
    Expected Total: 1690, Site Expected Total: 1690
    Def: J.Crisp (97.74), Z.Williams (92.75), D.Houston (80.35), S.Docherty (75.90), W.Gould (29.66), B.Starcevich (25.48) (B.Williams (22.92), H.Goddard (22.92))
    Mid: T.Taranto (112.56), J.Dunkley (111.08), S.Coniglio (103.67), T.Mitchell (90.46), A.Brayshaw (88.03), M.Rowell (36.40), M.Hibberd (26.56), M.Pickett (22.92) (T.Wooller (22.92), H.Brayshaw (22.92), N.Shipley (22.92))
    Ruc: B.Grundy (122.14), A.Phillips (68.35) (D.Cameron (22.92))
    Fwd: D.Smith (97.06), M.Walters (93.56), H.Greenwood (78.32), A.Brayshaw (69.56), I.Rankine (22.92), B.Cavarra (22.92) (S.McAdam (22.92), L.English (22.92))

    Any criticism welcome.

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      January 23, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      Hibberd out for 6 weeks

      And Tommy Mitchell ? Round 1

      Plenty of time to get it better mate good luck

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    January 23, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Weak AF fwd line your ruck 2 will not play. However, I do really like your backline and mids ! You probably need more cash to secure playing rooks.

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    January 23, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    fellas whats the mid structure looking like this year. And how many rookies to start with is the right amount?

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    January 23, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    I’m going 2 playing rookies 5 total including bench

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    January 23, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Goatman you need a lot of help with that team. It’s sad to see

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    January 23, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Brayshaw is what 23, I love his potential and the fact he played a full season from a guy that has had injury and concussion issues big tick in my book. We’ve seen his ceiling so we know it’s there and his discounted I think people need to get past the recency bias he has bounce back written all over him. I had him last and am not scared to back him again because the demons and brayshaw can’t be any worst then last year

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    January 23, 2020 at 7:16 pm


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    January 23, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Jarryd Lyons

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    January 23, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    If Simon Goodwin wants to keep his job then Brayshaw’s a lock.

    2018 – Brayshaw 3rd in Brownlow, high average, Demons prelim final

    2019 – Brayshaw ZERO Brownlow votes, mediocre average, Demons 17th place

    Simon, for God sake man do the maths.

    Personally I would have been filthy with the role change.

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      January 23, 2020 at 10:35 pm

      Agreed about the role change, but you play whatever role the coach wants or you find yourself in the 2s.

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        February 2, 2020 at 5:16 pm

        Coaches can find themselves sacked too

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          February 13, 2020 at 10:23 am

          Not sure if Simon Goodwin has what it takes.

          The 2’s for coaches is called ‘Assistant Coach’

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    January 25, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    That supposed tag for 47 has always been a load of bs. Firstly, it was Tom Phillips not Jack Crisp. Second, it wasn’t a run with role they essentially just cancelled eachother out on the wing. It was just a shit score.

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