AFL Fantasy: Round 1 Review

Welcome back AFL Fantasy and what a week it has been in football – Here is our total AFL Fantasy review from round 1

Fantasy Stud of the Week

Dyson Heppell – 156 – $578,000 – Avg. 156

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What a return for the Bomber. 12 months out of the game has not slowed him down one bit and I don’t expect to see him as a one week wonder. 26,826 coaches last week would have been very happy with the selection and I expect to see a lot more coaches get on the Dyson train.  


Top 5 – Each Position


DEFENDERS

1 Taylor Adams – 151 (DPP MID)

2 Rory Laird – 142

3 Kade Simpson – 126

4 Jeremy Howe – 114

5 Lee Spurr – 111

Taylor Adams has taken his preseason form in to round 1. 33 possessions and 12 tackles will certainly go a long way to massive fantasy scores. He will be a top 5 defender by the end of the year.

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40 Possessions for Rory Laird was also a great way to start the season for the proven fantasy defender. He will be having a crack at the number 1 spot in 2017 and the 142 is a really good start.

Kade continues to keep his spot in the top echelon of fantasy defenders. 126 is a good start for the 12468 people who took the punt on him.

Jeremy was one of the big improvers towards the end of last season and looks to be back to that form already. The Magpies are screaming out for a running defender who can deliver the football and Jeremy might be that guy.

Lee rounded out the top 5. He was the number 1 scorer for the Dockers on the weekend and looks like he will be a worthwhile investment in the coming weeks.


MIDFIELDERS

1 Dyson Heppell – 156

2 Andrew Gaff – 144

3 Marc Murphy – 139

4 Dustin Martin – 139

5 Scott Pendlebury – 135

The Bombers captain was simply magnificent on the weekend. 156 is a massive score and it will make him a big hit this week.

Andrew Gaff will only benefit from having Sam Mitchell in his side. The outside run he provides the Eagles will make him invaluable and should make him a must have for fantasy in 2017.

Marc put a very disappointing 2016 behind him with a fantastic round 1 performance. He is a proven player who could easily average above 110 this year.

Dustin continued to do what Dustin does best on the weekend. Last year he was a DPP player and ended up as one of the most owned players in the fantasy game. This year with the loss of his DPP status he lost a lot coaches but after that performance they might all be back on board.

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Scott is another player who just lost his fantasy shine a little in 2016. He was back to his best against the Dogs but I want to see that over a few weeks before I would be tempted to get back on board.


FORWARDS

1 Josh J. Kennedy – 125

2 Elliott Yeo – 120 (DP MID)

3 Jesse Hogan – 118

4 Jack Macrae– 116 (DP MID)

5 Alex Fasolo – 115

The 2015 and 2016 Coleman medalist went a long way towards winning the medal again. 7 goals straight from 16 possessions is an outstanding performance from the best big forward in the business.

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Elliott was back to his 2015 form with a great performance against the Kangaroos. He was inconsistent in 2016 and it will be interesting to see if he can get that consistency back this year and become a popular pick again.

Jesse is another big forward who had a good day at the office. He fell away due to some personal issues at the end of the 2016 season but that looks all behind him and he looks ready to dominate in 2017. I just don’t like having big forwards in my fantasy side as they can be very inconsistent.

Jack is almost the forgotten midfielder at the Bulldogs. He goes about his business with no fuss and could be a very handy pickup in your forward line.

Alex might be one of the Magpies main avenues to goals but he also gets up the ground and finds his own football. 3.3 on the weekend to go with his 22 touches is a big day at the office for Alex.


RUCKS

1 Matthew Kreuzer – 120

2 Max Gawn – 111

3 Jarrod Witts – 104

4 Stefan Martin– 101

5 Brodie Grundy – 94

Marc Murphy declared that Matthew Kreuzer could be the number one Ruckman this year and after that performance it’s hard to doubt him. 120 is an outstanding round 1 score for the former number 1 draft pick.

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Max just keeps on being Max. A back injury will be a bit of a worry for the 31204 coaches who currently have him. Hopefully it doesn’t hinder his jumping or work around the ground.

Jarrod was the surprise packet of the weekend. He languished away in the Magpies reserves last year seems to have found a new lease of life at the Suns. Will be interested to see if he can back it up this weekend.

Stefan and Brodie continue to be top 5 fantasy ruckman. I would expect 100 plus for both these guys almost every week. Brodie goes up against a Richmond side who gave up 120 to Matthew last weekend.

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