Big Bang for Your Buck: Four Breakthrough Players to Get into Your Fantasy Team

Discussion in 'Blog' started by walesy, Feb 12, 2018.

By walesy on Feb 12, 2018 at 2:06 PM
  1. walesy

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    Source: Sydney Swans via Facebook

    Selecting your fantasy team before the season gets underway is always a tedious and time-consuming affair. It's always tricky trying to fit those big-name players into a budget that always seems just a little too small, as well as looking for that diamond in the rough that no one else will have in their side, but you have a feeling it's their time to shine.

    Quite often, many people will have the same top-tier stars and it's usually the breakout players that tend to make the difference between winning and losing. We're talking about young talent that is about to have their best season yet, someone that is on the verge of unleashing their full potential upon the league. Predicting who these new game changers are going to be is no easy task, but if you can manage to pick them correctly, the rewards for your team will be massive. There are several things to consider when scouting for one of these players, so let's take a look at a few viable candidates that could be ready to explode in 2018.

    Callum Mills (Sydney Swans - DEF)
    After a solid rookie season in 2016 that saw him average 73, Mills was tipped for a big year last term. Unfortunately, he stepped off the gas a little and subsequently his average went down to 69. But now he is looking like a prime selection for a breakout player, with the Swans most likely to use him more in the midfield than across half-back. All things are pointing to a big year for the 20-year old that may see him pull an average of 80 or more.

    Put that together with a team that was in devastating form towards the end of last season, and it's easy to see why he would be such a handy asset. The Swans don't look like slowing down this year either and are currently equal favourites for the flag at $5.00 according to the latest AFL odds. Adelaide Crows and the Greater Western Sydney Giants are the other two teams whom bookmakers are liking to win the Grand Final.


    Source: Melbourne Football Club via Facebook

    Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne Demons - DEF/MID)
    Picked at number three in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft, Brayshaw has had an unlucky run with concussion injuries over the past two years, resulting in him missing a total of 14 games. But that's the reason you can pick him up on the cheap this year and he looked fantastic when he returned to the senior side in round 21. In his last three games of the season, he recorded fantasy scores of 89, 83 and 86, and if he can keep improving on that, he could be scoring an extremely valuable 90-plus per game.


    Source: Corey Cornell via Facebook

    Christian Petracca (Melbourne Demons - FWD/MID)
    Here we have another Demon who looks set to have a breakthrough season, with a lot of talk suggesting he will be spending more time in the midfield, where he was an abundant scorer during his junior years. He hit 80-plus in eight games last campaign and is only cheap due to a couple of below-par performances, which saw him rack up scores of 33 and 39. It seems like the 22-year old has put those howlers behind him now, though, and his round-23 result of 87 points is the new benchmark for 2018.


    Source: The Zanotti Files via Facebook

    Rory Lobb (Greater Western Sydney Giants - FWD)
    At 24 years of age, Lobb has never jumped out as a must-have for the majority of fantasy players. However, during the absence of Shane Mumford in the finals last season, Lobb finally got his chance to impress when he took over the ruck position. He was extremely impressive throughout the campaign and recorded scores of 90 and 83. Great value for money in this year's league and it wouldn't be surprising to see him posting scores of 85 and up.

    So, there are a few breakouts that may have gone under your radar while looking for some quality but cheap options. Now we just have to wait to see if they can bring home the points from their performances out on the pitch.
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Discussion in 'Blog' started by walesy, Feb 12, 2018.

    1. stripey
      I personally won't be going with any of these but am looking likely to roll the dice on Sicily thanks to his role change midway through last year.
    2. Senator96
      Is anyone thinking of Birchall this year at 277k? Pretty tempting at that price especially with Hodge gone.
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    3. TheTassieHawk
      I was fairly certain I have heard he has had further injury concerns and should miss JLT and be unlikely for Round 1.
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    4. Owen
      Anyone got any news on David Armitage?
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    5. stripey
      I'm not sure how well this will work but saw this somewhere on twitter...

      Attached Files:

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    6. TheTassieHawk
      Armitage is listed as definitely OUT for AFLX which seems to list any previously injured or underdone players in the definitely OUT category

      The reduction in preseason games this year means we probably have to be prepared to pick players based on 1 JLT game, with possibly limited game time, or look elsewhere.
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    7. TheTassieHawk
      AFLX squads - 15/16/17 Feb


      PORT ADELAIDE (19?)
      Robbie Gray, Trent McKenzie, Todd Marshall, Karl Amon, Tom Clurey, Jimmy Toumpas, Jack Trengove, Jack Watts, Kane Farrell, Riley Bonner, Joel Garner, Jasper Pittard, Dougal Howard, Jake Patmore, Jarrod Lienert, Dom Barry, Dan Houston, Cameron Hewett, Sam Gray.

      GEELONG (18?)
      Brandan Parfitt, Dan Menzel, Tim Kelly, Wylie Buzza, Lachie Fogarty, Jordan Murdoch, Mitch Duncan, Aaron Black, Jed Bews, Tom Hawkins, Sam Menegola, Jordan Cunico, Gryan Miers, James Parsons, Zach Guthrie, Jackson Thurlow, Tom Stewart, Mark Blicavs.

      ADELAIDE (19?)
      Jordan Gallucci, Jake Kelly, Curtly Hampton, Jackson Edwards, Andy Otten, Kyle Cheney, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Patrick Wilson, Elliott Himmelberg, Matthew Signorello, Paul Hunter, Harry Dear, Tom Doedee, Ben Davis, Alex Keath, Reilly O’Brien, Lachie Murphy, Ben Jarman.

      COLLINGWOOD (14?)
      Jarryd Blair, James Aish, Tom Phillips, Steele Sidebottom, Josh Thomas, Jack Crisp, Nathan Murphy, Tim Broomhead, Will Hoskin-Elliott, Jaidyn Stephenson, Brayden Maynard, Ben Crocker, Josh Smith, Jack Madgen.

      WEST COAST (15?)
      Jarrod Brander, Liam Duggan, Daniel Venables, Jack Petruccelle, Hamish Brayshaw, Francis Watson, Tom Cole, Jackson Nelson, Ryan Burrows, Brayden Ainsworth, Josh Rotham, Malcolm Karpany, Matt Allen, Willie Rioli, Jake Waterman.

      FREMANTLE (20?)
      Griffin Logue, Brandon Matera, Danyle Pearce, Tom North, Andrew Brayshaw, Bradley Hill, Michael Walters, Tommy Sheridan, Mitch Crowden, Darcy Tucker, Connor Blakely, Cam McCarthy, Ed Langdon, Brady Grey, Cam Sutcliffe, Brennan Cox, Luke Ryan, Bailey Banfield, Stefan Giro, Taylin Duman
    8. TheTassieHawk
      AFLX squads - Friday night (16th Feb)

      Carlton (16-man squad)
      1. Jack Silvagni, 2. Paddy Dow, 4. Lochie O’Brien, 7. Matthew Kennedy, 11. Sam Kerridge, 13. Jed Lamb, 22. Caleb Marchbank, 24. Cameron O’Shea, 25. Zac Fisher, 26. Harrison Macreadie, 27. Matthew Lobbe, 28. David Cuningham, 29. Cameron Polson, 31. Tom Williamson, 33. Jarrod Pickett, 42. Kym LeBois

      Essendon (17-man squad)
      1. Andrew McGrath, 3. Darcy Parish, 4. Kyle Langford, 8. Marty Gleeson, 11. David Zaharakis (c), 15. Josh Green, 16. Josh Begley, 20. Jackson Merrett, 27. Mason Redman, 29. Patrick Ambrose, 35. Matt Guelfi, 41. Ben McNiece, 42. Adam Saad, 43. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, 44. Shaun McKernan, 45. Conor McKenna, 49. Matt Dea

      Hawthorn (19-man squad)
      5. Ryan Burton, 6. James Sicily, 15. Blake Hardwick, 17. Dan Howe, 19. Jack Gunston, 20. Dallas Willsmore, 21. Kieran Lovell, 22. Luke Breust, 23. Tim O’Brien, 25. Ryan Schoenmakers, 26. Liam Shiels(c), 32. David Mirra, 35. Harry Morrison, 37. Jackson Ross, 38. James Worpel, 41. Oliver Hanrahan, 42. Teia Miles, 45. Conor Nash, 46. James Cousins

      Melbourne (15-man squad)
      4. James Harmes, 5. Christian Petracca, 9. Charlie Spargo, 10. Angus Brayshaw, 15. Billy Stretch, 18. Jake Melksham, 20. Corey Maynard, 25. Tom McDonald, 30. Alex Neal-Bullen, 31. Bayley Fritsch, 32. Tomas Bugg, 33. Oskar Baker, 37. Dion Johnstone, 39. Neville Jetta, 42. Josh Wagner

      North Melbourne (15-man squad)
      1. Majak Daw, 4. Shaun Higgins (c), 9. Luke Davies-Uniacke, 10. Ben Cunnington, 11. Luke McDonald, 12. Jy Simpkin, 15. Paul Ahern, 18. Shaun Atley, 24. Sam Durdin, 30. Jarrad Waite, 31. Braydon Preuss, 34. Jamie Macmillan (c), 39. Billy Hartung, 41. Gordon Narrier, 44. Cameron Zurhaar

      St Kilda (20-man squad)
      5. Shane Savage, 6. Seb Ross, 7. Luke Dunstan, 8. Blake Acres, 9. Jack Steele, 11. Hunter Clark, 13. Jack Lonie, 19. Sam Gilbert, 21. Ben Long, 25. Koby Stevens, 26. Josh Battle, 28. Tim Membrey, 29. Jimmy Webster, 30. Ed Phillips, 33. Nick Coffield, 35. Jack Sinclair, 37. Bailey Rice, 40. Ray Connellan, 43. Rowan Marshall, 44. Maverick Weller
    9. TheTassieHawk
      AFLX squads - Saturday night (17th Feb)

      Brisbane (14-man squad)
      1. Ben Keays, 3. Allen Christensen, 5. Mitch Robinson, 7. Tom Bell, 8. Rohan Bewick, 10. Daniel Rich, 19. Jacob Allison, 20. Cedric Cox, 26. Tom Cutler, 33. Zac Bailey, 36. Rhys Mathieson, 39. Corey Lyons, 42. Mitchell Hinge, 43. Jake Barrett

      Gold Coast (14-man squad)
      6. Alex Sexton, 8. Brayden Fiorini, 10. Kade Kolodjashnij, 11. Touk Miller (c), 12. Sam Day, 15. Aaron Young, 18. Brad Scheer, 23. Sean Lemmens, 29. Jack Bowes, 36. Josh Schoenfeld, 38. Jesse Joyce, 39. Nick Holman, 43. Max Spencer, 44. Darcy Macpherson

      Greater Western Sydney (16-man squad)
      6. Lachie Whitfield, 9. Tom Scully, 10. Aiden Bonar, 11. Will Setterfield, 13. Isaac Cumming, 31. Jeremy Finlayson, 20. Adam Tomlinson, 25. Lachlan Keeffe, 33. Lachie Tiziani, 34. Nick Shipley, 36. Harry Perryman, 38. Daniel Lloyd, 41. Jack Buckley, 42. Jake Stein, 43. Dylan Buckley, 50. Sam Reid

      Richmond (15-man squad)
      7. Daniel Butler, 11. Jason Castagna, 15. Jayden Short, 27. Sam Lloyd, 28. Jack Higgins, 30. Reece Conca, 32. Corey Ellis, 35. Nathan Broad, 26. Callum Moore, 38. Noah Balta, 41. Mabior Chol, 43. Derek Eggmolesse-Smith, 44. Tyson Stengle, 46. Ben Miller, 48. Liam Baker

      Sydney (20-man squad)
      1. James Rose, 6. Jordan Foote, 7. Harry Cunningham, 13. Oliver Florent, 20. Sam Reid, 22. Dean Towers, 24. Dane Rampe, 25. Ben Ronke, 27. Daniel Robinson, 28. Nic Newman, 29. George Hewett, 30. Tom McCartin, 31.Harrison Marsh, 32. James Bell, 38. Colin O’Riordan, 40. Nick Smith, 41. Jake Brown, 42. Robbie Fox, 44. Jake Lloyd, 45. Angus Styles

      Western Bulldogs (12-man squad)
      2. Lewis Young, 19. Lukas Webb, 20. Ed Richards, 26. Billy Gowers, 27. Patrick Lipinski, 28. Callum Porter, 30. Fergus Greene, 33. Aaron Naughton, 37. Roarke Smith, 40. Nathan Mullenger-McHugh, 43. Jack Redpath (c), 44. Tim English
    10. TheTassieHawk
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    11. walesy
      Tell you what though, that is gunna have a huge effect on how we play the game- not just in jumping on/off the players who are moving clubs, but also in the effects that it will have on their team mates- both new and old.

      Watch that space I guess!
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    12. walesy
      Start the hypebus
    13. TheTassieHawk
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    15. walesy
      whelp, draw a line through this option.

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    16. Len
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    17. walesy
      180k SC teams moving across to Goldi is my guess :D
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    18. Len
      He read well in the article I read yesterday, I'm pretty locked into Ryder and Gawn, have been sence my 2nd (of 20 odd) revision
    19. walesy
      Ryder feels like a safe option, but his bye almost draws a line through him for me. It's pretty much a guaranteed zero based on the lack of F/R options.
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