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Why should I pick him?
Zac Fisher’s recent move to North Melbourne could very well be the fresh start he needs to revitalize his AFL Fantasy prospects in 2024. Having been traded from Carlton, Fisher is in a prime position to capitalize on the “new club boost,” often enjoyed by players who manage to secure a stable role in their debut season with a new team.
North Melbourne has indicated that Fisher will be occupying a half-back role, a position that has become quite conducive to fantasy scoring in recent years. Case in point, Harry Sheezel, Aaron Hall and Jack Ziebell both thrived in this role in previous seasons. Fisher’s stint in this role at Carlton during the tail end of 2023 yielded an impressive 86-point average from rounds 21 to 24. While Colby McKercher seems set to take over Harry Sheezel’s former role in this position, North Melbourne’s track record suggests there’s room for multiple players to score well from the half-back line.
Adding to his appeal, Fisher has been listed as a forward in AFL Fantasy, a position that’s particularly scarce this season. Currently sitting as the 29th best forward based on average draft position in our mock draft simulator, he’s an attractive option. Fisher’s dual-position status offers valuable flexibility, allowing fantasy coaches to maximize scoring potential across their line-ups.
Why shouldn’t I pick him?
Fisher’s prospects are not without their red flags.
He suffered two injuries during the preseason and is now part of the rehab group due to a hamstring strain, which has kept him from participating in main group training sessions.
His inconsistent inclusion in Carlton’s best 22 also raises questions about his stability in the side. Despite more opportunities at North Melbourne, the presence of several promising young players means Fisher must hit the ground running and perform from the outset to cement his spot.
Furthermore, his versatility in playing various roles—such as small forward, midfield, or wing—poses a risk; a shift away from the half-back flank could result in a dip in his fantasy output, as those roles are typically less lucrative in terms of AFL Fantasy points.
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Zac Fisher’s trade to North Melbourne comes with a blend of risk and reward for AFL Fantasy coaches in 2024.
While his dual-position status as a forward and his potential to excel in the fantasy-friendly half-back role make him a compelling selection, coaches must carefully consider his pre-season injuries and his need to establish himself in a competitive young side.
If Fisher can overcome these hurdles and lock down his role, he stands to be a valuable asset in the coming AFL Fantasy season.
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