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West Coast Eagles v Essendon – MARSH2

FANTASY NOTES: Anthony reviews Eagles v Dons.

Essendon flew west, jumped West Coast in the wet and held them off for the win. In a game that was played in a thunderstorm, skills were down but the contest was high. Missing from Essendon’s best 22 were Daniher, Heppell, Ambrose, Stringer, Bellchambers, Hooker, McKenna and Saad while West Coast went in without Yeo, Gaff, Sheppard, Allen, McGovern and Darling.

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Team as named

B:Β T.Cole 28 W.Schofield 31 S.Hurn 25
HB:Β L.Jetta 23 T.Barrass 37 L.Duggan 14
C:Β J.Nelson 30 D.Sheed 4 J.Redden 8
HF:Β J.Petruccelle 21 J.Brander 10 J.Cripps 15
F:Β L.Ryan 1 J.Kennedy 17 B.Ah Chee 41
Foll:Β N.Naitanui 9 T.Kelly 11 L.Shuey – C 13
I/C:Β J.Waterman 2 T.Hickey 16 N.Vardy 19 H.Brayshaw 22 F.Watson 26 B.Williams 32 M.Hutchings 34 A.Treacy 43

Emerg:Β X.O’Neill 24 B.Ainsworth 33 B.Johnson 38 H.Edwards 42

Shuey (MID $749,000)

Shuey led from the front in his first hitout as captain. Finishing with 110 points from 83% game time. While the concern going in was that Kelly would be taking a bit of Shuey’s first touch possessions ruck taps (more on this later) it looks like Shuey’s workrate around the ground is more than making up for it. 1% ownership if you’re looking for a unique mid.

Josh Kennedy (FWD $401,000)

Is a fit Josh Kennedy too cheap to ignore? Kicked 6 goals today and every time he went near it the commentators mentioned how he’s had his ‘first full preseason in years’. Finished with 93 points! Keep in mind when considering him that tonight he played on a first gamer and still has Darling to come back into this forward line. Currently sitting in 3% of forward lines.

Other notes

Jarrod Brander (DEF/FWD $217,000) did as promised, playing as a defensive wing. Finished with 45 points from 72% TOG. Unfortunately can’t see him getting regular games in this position with Gaff and Yeo to come back into the midfield, might get games as insurance due to his versatility.

Bailey Williams (DEF/RUCK $170,000) 59 points from 70% TOG. Wasn’t given a crack in the ruck till half way through the second quarter but played in tandem with Nic Nat from that point onward. If he keeps this up he’s a certainty to jump Vardy and Hickey in the pecking order, could be our perfect R3.

Tim Kelly (MID $719,000) 91 points from 85% TOG. Started slow but worked into the game to finish with a decent score. Looked to be Nic Nat’s preferred tap target but fumbled multiple attempts. Not sure if weather or nerves but if he held onto a few of those we’d be looking at a 100+ score. Rotated between midfield and the forward flank. Currently 8% ownership.

Nic Naitanui (RUCK $471,000) 64 points from 51% TOG. After a full preseason Nic Nat is still only playing in bursts off the bench. Still has an impact when on the field but I’m not convinced he’s going to get enough game time to boost his score. If I were in the 15% of coaches with him I’d be shuffling cash around now!

Team as named

B:Β A.Francis 10 M.Hurley – C 18 M.Gleeson 8
HB:Β J.Ridley 14 C.McBride 41 B.Zerk-Thatcher 30
C:Β D.Zaharakis 11 A.McGrath 1 M.Guelfi 35
HF:Β I.Mosquito 22 D.Smith 5 J.Laverde 15
F:Β A.McDonald-Tipungwuti 43 S.McKernan 44 O.Fantasia 13
Foll:Β A.Phillips 34 D.Shiel 9 Z.Merrett 7
I/C:Β H.Jones 23 J.Townsend 20 K.Langford 4 B.Ham 33 W.Snelling 40 D.Parish 3 N.Lockyer 49 B.Teakle 47

William Snelling (FWD, $420,000)

If he wasn’t on your watchlist before he should be now. 113 points from 65% TOG. While the warning is that Essendon were missing a bunch of players from their best 22, Snelling did his chances no harm especially going at a tidy 85% disposal efficiency. Playing as a high half forward floating through the midfield Snelling has a brilliant fantasy game. 9 kicks, 11 handballs, 7 marks, 7 tackles and 2 goals. Snelling has enough in his bag of tricks to keep his fantasy score ticking over. At $420k Snelling is sitting at an awkward price point but could be worth the gamble. Currently 0% ownership! Definitely keep him in mind for the later stages of your draft!

Zach Merrett (MID, $803,000)

Here with a handy reminder to check ‘Time on Ground/Minutes played’ in relation to their score is Zach Merrett. At first glance his 68 points don’t look very impressive but it’s when we see he scored that from 65% TOG that it looks like business as usual for Merrett going at over a point a minute. Only 4% ownership could see this fantasy jet be a unique POD in round 1.

Other notes

Jacob Townsend (FWD $266,000) Popular selection finding himself in 22% of coaches teams, Townsend scored 42 points from 66% TOG. Looked to tick all the boxes needed providing a target and contest along the Bombers half forward line. Unfortunately looked to injured himself in the last few minutes, went off with trainers holding his arm/shoulder. Keep an eye on that.

Andrew Phillips (RUCK $507,000) 71 points from 85% TOG. Won his fair share of hitouts but gave away a few too many free kicks when worried Nic Nat or Williams would jump over him. Only 1% ownership and should definitely get more opportunity.

Devon Smith (MID/FWD $720,000) 84 points from 83% TOG. 6 tackles to go with his 20 disposals saw him lift his score but looked more interested in hitting players than impacting the contest tonight. Rotated between midfield and half forward, currently 15% ownership.

Andrew McGrath (MID, $554,000) Is this the year McGrath breaks out? 78 points from 83% TOG but was instrumental through the middle in setting up the Bombers win early. Looks to have put on more size and used it to get himself a team high 7 clearances, proving how valuable he is to the Bombers midfield brigade. Currently only 2% ownership.

Darcy Parish (MID/FWD $589,000) Lastly while we’re talking about players waiting to break out, Parish scored 104 points from 65% TOG! While this should look very positive, his 48% disposal efficiency may mean he’s the first on the chopping block when Heppell or Stringer want to walk back into the midfield. If he can keep taking his chances though he may be worth a spot late on your draft bench!



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    February 28, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Thought Devon looked too much like FWD/MID Devon from GWS days.

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      Bin Chicken

      February 28, 2020 at 7:30 am

      Irving Mosquito was Buzzing

      • Euman


        February 28, 2020 at 1:42 pm

        Dad your doing jokes on this site too?

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      February 28, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Yeah I was at the game and keeping a close eye on him, he played alot of time fwd. Will be interesting to see his CBA’s cos i think they will be pretty low.

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    David C

    February 28, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Townsend didn’t do enough, don’t think he is best 22 despite all the Essendon injuries. McGrath, Parish and Snelling all preferred plus Shiel and Smith, then Heppell to come back in.

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    February 28, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Ham played on wing. Sneaky F4/F5 maybe

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    Mad Snake

    February 28, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Who the heck is B TEAKLE who is listed above as Essendon’s No. 47. I can find no mention of him (or No. 47) on Essendon’s list.

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      Mad Snake

      February 28, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Found him! AFL site match summary says “Ruckman Brynn Teakle was given limited opportunities in a baptism of fire against Nic Naitanui, finishing with two hitouts as he fights for a rookie spot.”

      • Fooz


        February 28, 2020 at 11:45 am

        very rookie.

  5. Fooz


    February 28, 2020 at 11:53 am

    From what I saw of the game, it looked like WCE were only chugging along in 2nd gear. You could almost see the players thinking about how they were applying this years version of their game plan.
    The Dons were having a crack, all hoping that they were putting on a good show for Woosha and the members, and all just thinking “I hope I don’t get injured”.
    Meh. Pretty boring game. I didn’t get much out of it from a Fantasy perspective, except to see that Townsend (currently my F6) hobbled off late. Brander did okay, but not really enough for a D6 atm.

    Restructures are coming.

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    February 28, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    brander and townsend did just enough for mine considering their price

    • Euman


      February 28, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Yes just need to see them in second hit out with an expected near side expected to turn up in round 1 (excluding injured players). Devon concerned me but was ok really seemed from comments to play more forward in first half, will need to see the 2nd game.

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    February 28, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    If Devon Smith’s mid time doesn’t drastically improve in Marsh3 i won’t be picking him. Brander was unconvincing in the wing role, need to see improvement next game if he’s any chance to be picked, by the actual team and fantasy coaches alike. Also not sold on Townsend, but if he’s named Round 1 i think you go with it.

    The big thing from this game though is Zach Merrett, I’m pretty keen on him as I always am. The 68 will put people off but i thought he looked good and wasn’t really conditions that suit him. I am worried however about the mid rotations, they have Shiel, Heppell, D.Smith, McGrath, Parish and even Stringer to float through there when he’s back so I don’t know if Merrett will be a 100% pure mid when on the ground? Keen for other people’s thoughts on this.

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      Anthony Smith

      February 28, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Out of the players you mentioned, Merrett sits with Heppell and Shiel as your pure mids. Even with rotations it’s Smith who impacts as a fwd, Parish who impacts as a forward and McGrath who impacts as a defender.
      Rotations for Merrett is going from the Centre bounce to the wing.

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        Jeff the man

        February 28, 2020 at 10:10 pm

        Nah the starting midfield will be Merrett, Shiel and McGrath this season. Heppell will be in the wing like he was for the majority of last season. The rotations in the guts will be Parish and Devon and Dylan Clarke if he gets a game. I’m all aboard McGrath at 550k! Looks good value to me.

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    February 28, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Devon Smith if low mid time marsh 3 becomes either Gresham or Andrew Brayshaw depending on how they look

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