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West Coast v Fremantle – AAMI Fantasy Notes

Anthony’s takeaways from the Eagles v Dockers AAMI Community Series game.

A very open contest with a fair bit of fire which has turned into a possible injury crisis.
You know what they say though, where there is crisis, there’s opportunity, or as the germans call it ‘crisitunity’
Here are all the players you asked me to keep an eye on, if I’ve missed anyone feel free to hit me up on twitter!

Who’s missing: Josh Kennedy, Tim Kelly, Elliot Yeo, Jarrod Brander and Brendon Ah Chee

Alex Witherden (DEF, $654,000)

83 points from 77% time on ground.
Took a few kick outs and got involved in the kick/mark game across the backline. Went at a tidy 93% disposal efficiency which should help solidify his role.
Definitely worth consideration.

Liam Duggan (DEF, $661,000)

88 points from 82% time on ground.
Played primarily as a mid and on the wing with 8 centre bounce attendances for the game to go with his 22 disposals.
While he’s trained with the mids all preseason, his role still concerns me. Mainly due to Shuey only playing half a game and Kelly coming back in time for round 1. Add to that Sheppard may miss round 1 due to concussion and we might see Duggan get sent back to cover.
All that said, really brought pressure to the contest for West Coast.

Jermaine Jones (FWD, $366,000)

60 points from 79% time on ground.
Played as a high half forward, definitely had less midfield time this week. Good defensive forward pressure and should be named in round 1.
Would expect 60’s to be about average for his scores though.

Luke Shuey (MID, $657,000)

75 points from 54% time on ground.
Only played half a game before being put on ice after rolling his ankle. Business as usual, 10 cba’s while getting silver service from Nic Nat’s ruck taps. In all honesty I didn’t realise how cheap he was… only 1% ownership… ok, I’m now considering him…

Andrew Gaff (MID, $831,000)

98 points from 83% time on ground.
Cruised up and down the wing all day on his way to 31 disposals, open style of play really suited him today with an opposition player rarely near him. Seemed to take his foot off the pedal in the last quarter.

Jack Redden (MID, $554,000)

75 points from 89% time on ground.
24 disposals helped Redden keep a respectable score. Had the least amount of CBA’s for West Coast showing others are definitely ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.

Harry Edwards (DEF, $170,000)

Pinch hit in the ruck for the second week, he’s really getting thrown around in terms of positions as he’s well behind McGovern, Barrass and Rotham for his natural key back role. Can’t see him getting a game every week.

Who’s missing: Luke Ryan, Caleb Serong, Adam Cerra, Griffin Logue and Nathan Wilson

Hayden Young (DEF, $337,000)

72 points from 82% time on ground.
Had kick in duty for most of the game and used it well. Fremantle were looking to get the ball in his hands when coming out of defence. Only concern is this was without Luke Ryan and Nathan Wilson. All 3 play very similar roles.

Josh Treacy (RUC/FWD, $170,000)

24 points from 75% time on ground.
Quiet day but could be a heartbeat on your bench early if Lobb looks like missing a few games. Pinch hit in the ruck but spent majority of the game forward, had opportunity but just wasn’t his day.

Lloyd Meek (RUC, $170,000)

70 points from 83% time on ground.
If Sean Darcy isn’t ready by round 1 the the Meek shall inherit the Ruck!
Compete really well in the ruck today and certainly did enough last week. Also gets involved in backline kick to kick which you love to see.
My only question is if he plays round 1 his opponent is big Maxy Gawn, if he doesn’t hold his own and Sean Darcy is ready by round 2, does Meek keep his spot?

Heath Chapman (DEF, $244,000)

20 points from 16% time on ground.
Only played the last quarter but got busy in that time. Definitely has a fantasy game but it’s a hard backline to break into.

Nat Fyfe (MID, $720,000)

98 points from 79% time on ground.
Was the most dominant midfielder on the ground. Played the first half as a pure mid, the third quarter as a lead up forward then was put on ice for the last. Hasn’t missed a beat and looks ready for a big year.

Lachie Schultz (FWD, $481,000)

77 points from 88% time on ground.
At times he looked like Fremantle’s most dangerous forward.
Pushed up high to finish with 17 disposals means he isn’t relying on goals to supplement his score. Could see a bump if Walters hamstring keeps him out a few weeks. Risky but could work…

Blake Acres (MID, $646,000)

89 points from 83% time on ground.
Cruised up and down the wing all game for 22 disposals. Possibly matched up on Gaff, would explain a lot.
Open style of play really benefit him, pushed forward to take a few shots at goal.

Connor Blakely (MID, $485,000)

47 points from 58% time on ground.
Played across half back early, moved into the midfield once Fyfe moved out.
Made the most of his limited opportunity.

Joining the DT Talk writing team in 2013, Anthony is a West Coast boy (man, we have a lot of Eagles lovers here) and he will bring us plenty of great content again this year. @anthonydsmith86.



  1. Charlie

    March 8, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Michael Frederick? 100 from 94% time on ground. (Fwd, $292,000)

    • andrew griffiths

      March 8, 2021 at 5:12 am

      is he worth a look rookie fowards look weak

    • bomberpap

      March 8, 2021 at 8:29 am

      Watching the game, he looked elite. Always in the right spots as a link up player and ran hard. Would be a ballsy pick, but if he can bring that form into the season then it’s definitely value.

    • Yeh mate

      March 8, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      Worth a look at that price but I think he was getting a lot of mid time last night because Cerra was resting. And Cerra will almost certainly be back round 1.

  2. Euman

    March 8, 2021 at 7:56 am

    Ok assuming there are 5 playing rookies in the mids available with good JS. Option 1 – Tom Green gws and LUD from north and 4 rookies or 2. Dusty and 5 rookies. By rookies I mean under 280k

    • Daniel

      March 8, 2021 at 8:10 am

      Option 1. I don’t think Dusty will have a 2017 year as he has been hyped to have. He’s okay as a fallen premium but I doubt he’ll score more than himself and a rookie vs green and LDU. Having four rookies is very impressive, and will most likely help you out a lot in the long run.

    • bomberpap

      March 8, 2021 at 8:27 am

      Depends on what the rest of your team looks like. So you’re going to go hard on mid rookies, and then strengthen other lines?

      I tried that strategy last year but seemed like I was giving up points each week to teams with less mid rookies on field due to how well mid premos can score compared to every other line.

      This year I’m currently rolling with 2 mid rookies on field only. Then will probably start 3 in the forward line, 1 in defence.

      To answer your question though, I would go with Green and LDU, option 1. I know you love Dusty but he’s such a better player in real life than Fantasy. LDU looked very good this week too.

      • Euman

        March 8, 2021 at 9:26 am

        Thanks all, yes i have Dusty man crush love his head in my team maybe i can get him alter. Ok what if and i can afford it, what if the same scenario but i can have a player worth 823k, so Bont or Kelly or Mitchell if fit? Does htat change it or am i stil lbetter backing in the mid pricers and having only 2 rookie mids on field rather than 3.

        I mean i guess if its Bruhn and Bont and they go 60 & 105 that’s 165 rookie goes up as has B/E 33 but Bont does not.

        Now LUD 63 & Green 70 predicted is 133 far less but b/e 69 & 58 – now how much will they really score. I liked Green and was near full strength GWS, where as LUD for north was ok but a that price not enough hand an undermanned Roos team im not sold. What if i stretch LUD to Sloane does that sound better?

  3. Euman

    March 8, 2021 at 7:56 am

    And why please

  4. Mafia

    March 8, 2021 at 8:57 am

    YEO Missing for WCE

  5. Euman

    March 8, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Sloane v LUD?

    • Dukx

      March 8, 2021 at 11:19 am

      Sloane for me but look at BE’s as well

      • Euman

        March 8, 2021 at 11:20 am


  6. Cody O'Brien

    March 8, 2021 at 11:07 am

    hayden young or jordan clark?

  7. Euman

    March 8, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Big price difference. $85k i actually have both. Its about role, seems Clark has the wing and if named there he would be a higher priority to me over Young but only if you had the cash. What would i know but, my teams that bad Clark is my D3 lol.

    Young is hard to read i think hes best 22 but scoring wise he was ordinary yesterday but thats only one game but what happens when Ryan back? Good though the team looked to give him the ball. Young is at D4 for me.

    So if Clark named on wing or even on bench then hes a lock, if named in defence i will have a rethink. But i believe the Cats mids were near full strength but not sure if Duncan being out would alter things?

    I would assume you read this?

    “Jordan Clark (DEF/MID, $422,000)

    The story of the night was Clark’s game. Absolutely sensational, racking up the most points for the match with 135 (66% TOG). Roy has been hot on him all pre-season with mentions in the AFL Record, his Cats’ preview and even as a sleeper in our Draft Kit. Time to jump on board if he can hold down that wing role. It was a thing of beauty as he was basically running where he wanted. Not only was he taking kick-ins (and running out of the square like a good boy), he also hit the scoreboard kicking 1.2. If you are looking at guys like Cumming, Young, etc in that $300k range, then you’ve got to grab Clark at $422k.”

  8. Jmak

    March 8, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Any thoughts on Brayshaw, thinking he could be a potential break out

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