In AFL Fantasy, role changes can inflate or deflate scores. With a nice friendly role, their scores increase and none have been bigger this year than Caleb Daniel (FWD/DEF, $651,000).
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Daniel has never averaged over 79 in his career but has found a new lease of life coming off of the backline for the Bulldogs. His impressive 125 on the weekend has now boosted his average to 98 for the season.
At the start of the year, Jack Ziebell (FWD, $535,000) played as a deep forward for the Kangaroos, but in recent weeks a move up the ground has resulted in back to back scores of 100. If this continues, expect Fantasy coaches to pounce now that he is $66k under his initial price.
Up until last week, Josh Dunkley’s (FWD/MID, $605,000) highest Fantasy score for the year was just 85. He attended the most centre-bounces for the Dogs on the weekend which gave him more midfield opportunities on his way to 145. But will it happen again, or will Luke Beverage change it all around like he has so many times this year?
ROOKIES GETTING IT DONE
Who needs premium players on your field when the rookies are scoring just as much.
Not only are they scoring well, but they are more importantly rocketing up in price. Jay Lockhart (DEF/MID, $281,000) scored his first 100 on the weekend and went up a huge $53K in value.
Sydney Stack (DEF/MID, $361,000) rewarded his coaches with a nice 89, but it was Adelaide’s replacement ruckman Reilly O’Brien (RUC, $452,000) who stole the show with his 120.
O’Brien started at $232,000 and with Sam Jacobs on the sideline injured, O’Brien has taken the most of his chances dominating as the Crow’s No.1 ruckman.
THE RUCK BATTLE
Max Gawn (RUC, $754,000) v Jarrod Witts (RUC, $721,000).
Both ruckmen have been sensational this year averaging 106 and 104 respectively. However, do two positives equal a negative?
Gawn is the second hardest ruckman to score against this year, while Witts sits as the third hardest overall. Gawn did score 111 and 111 on Witts last year, but Witts is bigger and stronger than ever before.
No ruckman has registered over 100 on Witts this year with Stef Martin (91) coming the closest.
Prediction: Gawn 104 defeats Witts 101
AYE AYE CAPTAIN
Carlton is the easiest team for ruckman to score against, and it doesn’t matter who they play. Let’s have a look at the breakdowns of the year so far.
Rucks against Phillips: Goldstein (99), Lycett (114) and Nankervis (115) all racked up the points.
Rucks against Kreuzer: McEvoy (103) and English (109) found it easy.
Rucks against Lobbe: Witts (126) and Sinclair (120) both had their highest scores for the year.
Brodie Grundy (RUC, $792,000) gets to have his turn this week, after scoring 103 and 141 against them last year. Expect big things from our ruck Pig.
Richmond are the second easiest for midfielders to score against and this week Nat Fyfe (MID, $726,000) meets them at home. He had 124 last week and 126 against them last year and will be huge in the final game of the round.
Finally, a man who has done it all before, in fact, in his last eight games against Carlton he has scored over 100+ each and every time. Scott Pendlebury (MID, $712,000) is the No.1 man in the game based on form averaging 122 in his last three.
He has form and runs on the board against his favourite team and should have a day out, along with his teammate Adam Treloar.