Players share Fantasy Footy Tips

Players share Fantasy Footy Tips

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To help you prepare for a successful season of fantasy footy, we’re asking AFL players from across the league to nominate the best picks from their clubs.

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Richmond – Tips from Shane Edwards

AFL 2015 Rd 23 - Richmond v North Melbourne

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Edwards says: “Dustin Martin gets better each year and is in really good shape – probably the best shape of his career. He’s improving all the time”

Dustin Martin: SuperCoach: ($569,300 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($573,000 Mid, Fwd)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Edwards says: “Nick Vlastuin got better as the season went on last year and has a really cool head on his shoulders. He’s set for a big year in 2016.”

Nick Vlastuin: SuperCoach: ($410,100 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($347,000 Fwd)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Edwards says: “Connor Menadue has had a really good pre-season. He’s played well in the NAB Challenge and has some weapons – he’s super quick and has a big kick.”

Connor Menadue: SuperCoach: ($155,400 Fwd, Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($138,000 Fwd, Mid)

western Bulldogs – Tips from Bob Murphy

AFL 2016 Media - Western Bulldogs Team Photo Day

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Murphy says: “Jason Johannisen has had a stand-out summer. He had that sort of break-out season last year, but his preseason has been faultless. Koby Stevens is probably the other one who looks to have a bit of steel in his eyes.”

Jason Johannisen: SuperCoach: ($418,200 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($426,000 Def)

Koby Stevens: SuperCoach: ($466,800 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($462,000 Mid)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Murphy says: “I think it will be Tom Boyd. We had a bit of a taste in the NAB Challenge of how dominant he could be in the future. He gets a lot of attention and an unfair amount of criticism, but I feel he’s ready.”

Tom Boyd: SuperCoach: ($284,500 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($280,000 Fwd)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Murphy says: “Caleb Daniel is a guy who can slot straight into the 22 and play a number of different roles. And he seems to have an impact on every game he plays.”

Caleb Daniel: SuperCoach: ($295,000 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($285,000 Fwd)

West Coast Eagles – Tips from Shannon Hurn

AFL 2016 Media - Captains Day

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Hurn says: “Luke Shuey has been going pretty well and I think will have another good year. He’s been performing pretty consistently, so he’d be my pick.”

Luke Shuey: SuperCoach: ($523,400 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($524,000 Mid)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Hurn says: “Jackson Nelson and Liam Duggan have been coming along well, they’ve been playing pretty good footy.”

Jackson Nelson: SuperCoach: ($210,400 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($238,000 Def)

Liam Duggan: SuperCoach: ($229,800 Mid, Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($250,000 Mid, Fwd)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Hurn says: “Matty Allen and Luke Partington are two draftees who have been pretty good. They’ve played a little bit of senior footy so they’re starting to understand it a little bit now.”

Matthew Allen: SuperCoach: ($117,300 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($125,000 Fwd)

Luke Partington: SuperCoach: ($117,300 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($162,000 Mid)

Fremantle – Tips from David Mundy

AFL 2015 Rd 09 - Adelaide v Fremantle

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Mundy says: “Michael Barlow is a ball magnet and is looking like he might spend a bit more time in the midfield this year, so he’ll be around it a little bit more. He loves getting his hands on the footy.”

Michael Barlow: SuperCoach: ($505,300 Mid, Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($515,000 Mid, Fwd)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Mundy says: “Of our young players Lachie Weller is well placed to have a good crack at it. He’s been given a few opportunities over the pre-season and handled himself pretty well. I’d be pretty confident with him coming into the side.”

Lachie Weller: SuperCoach: ($206,900 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($175,000 Mid)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Mundy says: “Darcy Tucker certainly springs to mind here. He’s been ultra-impressive since he first came in. He had a bit of a hiccup with his knee in our first NAB Challenge game but is back fully healthy, and if he comes in, he’ll be a good asset.”

Darcy Tucker: SuperCoach: ($117,300 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($158,000 Def)

NORTH MELBOURNE – TIPS FROM ANDREW SWALLOW

AFL 2016 NAB Challenge - Hawthorn v North Melbourne

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Swallow says: “Daniel Wells, just because he’s genuine quality and we think he’ll be out on the park and injury free.”

Daniel Wells: SuperCoach: ($243,900 Mid, Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($293,000 Mid, Fwd)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Swallow says: “We really rate Jamie Macmillan, which you can see by the fact he’s in our leadership group. He’s had a few little injuries over the past few years that have got in the way whenever he’s started to play some good footy. He hasn’t been able to have a good consistent run at it, but I think he’s on the verge of getting to that next level now.”

Jamie Macmillan: SuperCoach: ($436,000 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($478,700 Def)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Swallow says: “There are two guys that come to mind. Trent Dumont is in his third year now and I think he’ll have an impact, and of the first-year players I think Ryan Clarke looks a really likely type as an inside midfielder.”

Trent Dumont: SuperCoach: ($247,500 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($237,000 Mid)

Ryan Clarke: SuperCoach ($117,300 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($164,000 Mid)

Essendon – Tips from Brendon Goddard

AFL 2014 Rd 14 - Essendon v Adelaide

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Goddard says: “A guy like Matthew Leuenberger who was somewhat limited in his opportunities at another club has come in for more exposure at senior level. He could potentially be our number one ruckman and have a pretty good year.

“Looking at guys who have probably underperformed in the last few years, and one that springs to mind is David Zaharakis. He’s one who I see relishing the opportunity of spending more time as an inside midfielder and being exposed to different roles within the team.”

Matthew Leuenberger: SuperCoach: ($310,700 Ruc, Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($301,000 Ruc, Fwd)

David Zaharakis: SuperCoach: ($414,800 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($415,000 Mid)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Goddard says: “Jayden Laverde and Kyle Langford are two guys who are into their second years and with that comes a more mature body, and they have hardened bodies at such a young age, particularly with Jayden who’s quite strong and powerful.

“International rookie Connor McKenna stands out at training. He’s quick and already has good skills and he’s eye-catching at training so he might have an impact if he gets the opportunity at AFL level.”

Jayden Laverde: SuperCoach: ($309,400 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($316,000 Fwd)

Kyle Langford: SuperCoach: ($188,200 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($187,000 Fwd)

Connor McKenna: SuperCoach: ($189,900 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($210,000 Fwd)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Goddard says: “The obvious ones are Darcy Parish and Aaron Francis. Darcy’s had a pretty solid pre-season while Aaron has very much been on a fitness-based program so he’s a little bit behind Darcy. But in terms of their potential influence throughout the year, those guys will be exposed to senior footy pretty early.”

Darcy Parish: SuperCoach: ($202,800 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($260,000 Mid)

Aaron Francis: SuperCoach: ($198,300 Mid, Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($221,000 Mid, Def)

GWS Giants – Tips from Phil Davis

AFL 2016 Portraits - AFL Captains

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Davis says: “Ryan Griffin was good last year but I think he’s back to his best. I’m not sure how much he costs but he’d be pretty good value I would’ve thought and he’s in for a really big season.”

Ryan Griffin: SuperCoach: ($489,500 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($436,000 Mid)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Davis says: “Nathan Wilson has been in and out of the side for the last couple of years, I think he’s played 30-odd games now, and is ready to go.”

Nathan Wilson: SuperCoach: ($277,700 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($266,000 Def)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Davis says: “I think Jack Steele and Caleb Marchbank will play a lot of footy this year. Steele is as hard as they come and is a tough inside player who gets a lot of tackles. And Marchbank is a good defender, is good in the air and is creative.”

Jack Steele: SuperCoach: ($312,200 Mid, Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($324,000 Mid, Fwd)

Caleb Marchbank: SuperCoach: ($215,800 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($174,000 Def)

GEELONG – TIPS FROM JOEL SELWOOD

AFL 2016 Portraits - AFL Captains

Which established player is in for a huge season?

“I think we’re going to see Harry Taylor have a really big year. He’s looking relaxed about his game and he has that full trust in the guys around him. He’s fit, healthy and he’s had a super preseason.”

Harry Taylor: SuperCoach: ($442,700 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($412,000 Def)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Josh Caddy. He’ll play midfield/forward and hopefully kick a lot of goals.”

Josh Caddy: SuperCoach: ($505,800 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($495,000 Mid)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

”We saw the impact Cory Gregson had last year and I reckon he’ll go again. No second-year blues and I expect him to play a lot games this year.”

Cory Gregson: SuperCoach: ($293,500 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($311,000 Fwd)

 

GOLD COAST – TIPS FROM GARY ABLETT

Gary Ablett

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Ablett says: “I think Matty Rosa will be really good for us. We felt we needed an experienced outside player. He knows the game really well and I think he’ll be a consistent player for us.”

Matt Rosa: SuperCoach: ($419,000 Def, Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($411,000 Def, Mid)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Ablett says: “I’m expecting that Steven May will take his game to another level. He’s already a very good one-on-one player and a great kick but the area of his game he’s been working on over summer is giving us a bit more attack out of the backline. ”

Steven May: SuperCoach: ($404,000 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($291,000 Def)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Ablett says: “Touk Miller obviously had a stand-out year and he’s followed it up with another fantastic summer. Normally it takes a young bloke two or three years to get that conditioning into the body to withstand 22 games, but he’s already there.”

Touk Miller: SuperCoach: ($394,200 Mid, Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($388,000 Mid, Fwd)

CARLTON – TIPS FROM  ED CURNOW

AFL 2015 Rd 23 - Hawthorn v Carlton

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Curnow says: “Matthew Kreuzer has had a great preseason, and with no injuries he’ll have a big impact.”

Matthew Kreuzer: SuperCoach: ($481,900 Ruc)

AFL Fantasy: ($460,000 Ruc)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Curnow says: “Mark Whiley is an inside, grunt type midfielder who’s had another awesome preseason. He’s got his body in elite shape and is dominating stoppages at training.”

Mark Whiley: SuperCoach: ($270,500 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($268,000 Mid)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Curnow says: “I can’t say my brother, Charlie Curnow, can I? He’s a bit of hybrid player who can go through the middle and get a few kicks while also traveling up forward – which is why I think he could have a bit more of an impact as opposed to only playing up forward.”

Charlie Curnow: SuperCoach: ($171,300 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($244,000 Fwd)

 Collingwood – Tips from Brodie Grundy

 AFL 2016 Training - Collingwood Intra-Club Match

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Grundy says:Steele Sidebottom ran a personal best in early January for his 2km time trial, which is already at an elite level. He’s developing his leadership capabilities and has been consistently burning up the track.’’

Steele Sidebottom: SuperCoach: ($562,200 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($565,000 Mid)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Grundy says: “In much the same way, Brent Macaffer looks to be in the best physical condition since I’ve been at the club and seems to have an air of confidence about his ability to get the job done. He’s progressed from that tagging role we saw him relish and is now showing he can win his own ball and sneak forward.’’

Brent Macaffer: SuperCoach: ($174,200 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($199,000 Mid)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Grundy says:Darcy Moore has continued to grow as a player. His pack marking and ability to mark at full stretch are some of his greatest assets that set him apart – which will only grow as he develops his body.’’

Darcy Moore: SuperCoach: ($290,800 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($259,000 Fwd)

Sydney Swans – Tips from Ted Richards

AFL 2012 2nd Qualifying Final - Adelaide v Sydney

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Richards says: “Dan Hannebery won’t be cheap but he’s set himself up this pre-season, so I can’t see why he can’t improve in 2016, even off a really good 2015.”

Dan Hannebery: SuperCoach: ($617,900 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($613,000 Mid)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Richard says: “For me Dean Towers is someone who has been in and out of the team and a fringe player, but the way he finished off 2015 in the finals series, and what he’s shown in the pre-season – he kicked three goals last weekend but probably should’ve kicked four – I think he’s someone who play an important role for us this year.”

Dean Towers: SuperCoach: ($259,000 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($236,000 Fwd)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Richard says: “There’s an opportunity to take Rhys Shaw’s old spot and Callum Mills, despite being young, has taken every chance that’s come his way so far. He could have just as big of an impact as Isaac Heeney did last year but in the back half of the ground.”

Callum Mills: SuperCoach: ($211,800 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($227,000 Mid)

Port Adelaide – Tips from Brad Ebert

AFL 2015 Rd 23 - Port Adelaide v Fremantle

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Ebert says: “It’d be similar to the last few years with Robbie Gray and Travis Boak. They have been standouts and continue to play strong, consistent footy.”

Robbie Gray: SuperCoach: ($595,900 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($536,000 MID)

Travis Boak: SuperCoach: ($535,200 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($532,000)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Ebert says: “Sam Gray finished off the year really well and he’s another who will be strong again.”

Brendon Ah Chee is also looking really strong. He played a few games last year but he could really step up and Karl Amon as well.”

Sam Gray: SuperCoach: ($480,800 MID, FWD)

AFL Fantasy: ($427,000 FWD, MID)

Brendon Ah Chee: SuperCoach: ($334,100 MID)

AFL Fantasy: ($314,000 MID)

Karl Amon: SuperCoach: ($282,900 MID, FWD)

AFL Fantasy: ($253,000 MID, FWD)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Ebert says: “Darcy Byrne-Jones has been looking pretty great off the half-back line.”

“From the first year players, Riley Bonner has a good amount of dash off half-back, but I don’t know how much AFL footy he’ll be playing this year because our half-back line is pretty strong.”

Darcy Byrne-Jones: SuperCoach: ($123,900 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($125,000 Def)

Riley Bonner: SuperCoach: ($117,300 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($158,000 Def)

Brisbane Lions – TIPS FROM Daniel Merrett

AFL 2014 Rd 21 - Collingwood v Brisbane

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Merrett says: “Our skipper Tom Rockliff is a lock. He’s your fantasy grabber and in for a big year.”

Stefan Martin really came along last year and won’t be dropping off anytime soon.”

Tom Rockliff: SuperCoach: ($550,100 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($579,000 Mid)

Stefan Martin: SuperCoach: ($597,600 Ruc)

AFL Fantasy: ($631,000 Ruc)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Merrett says: “Not so much of a breakout year, but young Lewis Taylor has had a great pre-season which has set him up to continue improving. He’s been our best and most consistent trainer all pre-season.”

Lewis Taylor: SuperCoach: ($387,500 Fwd, Mid)

AFL Fantsay: ($414,000 Fwd, Mid)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Merrett says: “From the weekend’s game, Rhys Mathieson looks like he could play some senior footy this year. He had 13 touches on the weekend – six of them from free kicks.”

Rhys Mathieson: SuperCoach: ($117,300 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($158,000 Mid)

HAWTHORN – TIPS FROM JORDAN LEWIS

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Lewis says: “Well, I haven’t seen much of Shaun Burgoyne on the track, but we did play a practice match the other day and he seemed to be getting the ball at will, so he would be my older guy.”

Shaun Burgoyne: SuperCoach: ($456,700 Def)

AFL Fantasy: ($413,000 Def)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Lewis says: ” I think Billy Hartung is ready to take the next step … he probably could be a little smokey for that one.”

Billy Hartung: SuperCoach: ($319,600 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($333,000 Mid)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Lewis says: “Probably Zac Webster, he’s one of those players who probably came to the club having soft-tissue injuries and then he’s really built his body up over the preseason and seems to be playing really well. So I can’t wait to see him play senior footy this year.”

Zac Webster: SuperCoach: ($123,900 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($125,000 Fwd)

ST KILDA – TIPS FROM JACK STEVEN

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Steven says: “Leigh Montagna, I reckon. He’s looking good, just training really well at the moment.”

Dom Tyson: SuperCoach: ($431,000 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($449,000 Mid)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Steven says: “I think Jack Billings only played 10 games last year so if he can get a full season, he’ll be through the roof.”

Jack Billings: SuperCoach: ($455,100 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($452,000 Fwd)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Steven says: “Blake Acres, he should be pretty cheap and he’s been training really well.

“Or our first round draft pick Jade Gresham, he’s been training really well, as well.”

Blake Acres: SuperCoach: ($256,700 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($238,000 Mid)

Jade Gresham: SuperCoach: ($144,300 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($187,000 Mid)

Melbourne – TIPS FROM jack watts

Which established player is in for a huge season?

Watts says: “I probably recommend picking up Dommy Tyson. He’s the prince of Sorrento, he’s had the best pre-season of his life, he’s on fire and i think he’ll be getting a lot of time in the midfield and racking up a lot of touches.”

Dom Tyson: SuperCoach: ($431,000 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($449,000 Mid)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Watts says: “Last year was pretty solid for him, but Jack Viney‘s ready to take control of that midfield and start to really assert himself as a gun midfielder in the comp.”

Jack Viney: SuperCoach: ($497,100 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($462,000 Mid)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Watts says: “Christian Petracca; if he can get his body right and get out on the field, I think he’ll play a lot of games this year.

“Also, i reckon Jayden Hunt might be a little smokey. He’s trained the house down over pre-season and shown some great attributes. If he can get out on the park, he’ll be flying off half-back.”

Christian Petracca: SuperCoach: ($123,900 Fwd/Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($238,000 Fwd/Mid)

Jayden Hunt: SuperCoach: ($123,900 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($125,000 Fwd)

adelaide crows – tips from nathan van berlo

AFL 2015 Rd 22 - Adelaide v West Coast


Which established player is in for a huge season?

Van Berlo says: “Tex Walker looks set for a big year up forward for us.”

Taylor Walker: SuperCoach: ($449,200 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($454,000 Fwd)

Who do you expect to have a breakout year?

Van Berlo says: “Brad Crouch – he’s been training really strongly and is itching to play again after missing most of last year through injury.”

Brad Crouch: SuperCoach: ($306,100 Mid)

AFL Fantasy: ($415,000 Mid)

Which young gun will have a big impact in 2016?

Van Berlo says: “Riley Knight, up forward for us. He showed us last year that he can play a great role for us.

“Of our new recruits, Wayne Milera looks like he will make the most of every opportunity that he’s given this year and is definitely one to keep an eye on.”

Riley Knight: SuperCoach: ($290,800 Fwd)

AFL Fantasy: ($286,000 Fwd)

Wayne Milera: SuperCoach: ($175,800 Fwd) 

AFL Fantasy: ($199,000 Fwd)

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