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AFL Insider - February 2008

Smoke On The Horizon, Fire, The Coach

Some coaches seem to think they deserve to stay forever, and while sometimes that is the case it usually isn't. Here are the AFL coaches, listed from safe to being very close to the door.


Paul Roos - They will never fire him. But he may leave one day, which might also coincide with the retirements of Hall, O'Loughlin, Barry, Everitt and Kirk. Roos wasn't horsing around when he said Longmire would be his eventual replacement, but at a time when Roos will choose.

Mark Williams - Not really the coach of Port Adelaide, more like The King. The 2004 Premiership was great, and rebuilding to once again be a contender was nearly as impressive. Some clubs take a decade to rebuild, Mark Williams did it in six months. He seems to have the job for as long as he wants it.


Leigh Matthews - No chance that anyone there fires him, one reason is that nobody in the Brisbane administration would be brave enough to stroll into Lethal's office and tell him he was fired. The three premierships are also worthy of being mentioned as a reason why he will stay until he wants to retire.

Mark Thompson - It was win or go home for him in 2007, lucky for him and the City of Geelong that he won. If trancing like a cat on a hot tin shack is a good thing to do, he is doing it.

John Worsfold - Howard Jones may have been brought in to review the inner workings of the Eagles, and his verdict was that no-one ever is to blame. The coach got them to two Grand Finals, winning one, so he will be there for a long time to come.

Mick Malthouse - He seems to have gone through the rough patch a few years ago and has them on the way up again. Collingwood can't see anyone better than him available to coach them so he won't be going anywhere else soon.


Alastair Clarkson - He got to start at the bottom with a lot of draft picks and fast approaching is when the results are expected. He will get at least two chances to get this group into a Grand Final.

Ross Lyon - He has a long contract, so he isn't going anywhere for another two or three years.

Mark Harvey - The least successful AFL club, but they have the players to do something in September. He probably gets a couple of years to make them into a contender.

Dean Bailey - He takes over at a club that is running off the rails. On the field and off the field there are problems, but he might be able to fix plenty of things there. He should be safe for a few years, as Melbourne start a needed rebuild.

Dean Laidley - He got lucky, his team started to win just as his contract expired. They gave him a new deal and they can't afford to fire him so he will be around, snarling at everyone, for a few more years.

Brett Ratten - They have all the resources to find a star coach but went with a job for the boys approach. Possibly someone new to the place could have gone about cleaning it up, instead of excusing the problems. He doesn't have a long deal and they can certainly afford to give him a buyout and fire him, so if it is July and they are playing for Daniel Rich there could be another coaching change.

Matthew Knights - He has big footsteps to follow. In many sports, when someone replaces a legendary coach at a club they are often a sacrificial coach that won't last long. Maybe Knights will be able to build a new version of the club, but things could get tough for him when Michael, Fletcher, Johnson, Lloyd and Lucas start retiring.

Neil Craig - When he first became the coach at Adelaide he was great, then very good, after that was good, and he is now teetering on being below average. If he keeps declining he will be out the door, as the Crows won't accept failing like other clubs do. The preseason form is good, but during the previous three seasons the team that won preseason was terrible in the real games so that may not be a good thing.

Terry Wallace - He actually hasn't done a lot as a coach, in terms of winning things. He keeps trying to succeed with small-ball, but it just doesn't work. With every month that goes by, the money he is due decreases and the chance of him being fired goes up.

Rodney Eade - He has won a Grand Final as a coach, but it was in the reserves competition, with the Brisbane Bears, and the game was played at VFL Park so it isn't a recent success. The Bulldogs are going downhill and eventually the coach has to go. In some ways Liberatore was actually right, a lot of changes have to happen there, but he was wrong if he thought he was up to the task. This could be a job for Kevin Sheedy unless Richmond get to him first, and if he landed with the Bulldogs if Eade was sent out there would certainly be a lot more size on the field and also being picked in the draft.


The Cult liked to say fire, and a few club presidents might not be far away from saying it too.




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Totally Positive Outlook, Why The Western Bulldogs Will Win in 2008

Johnson, West and Akermanis are still among the most skilled players in the AFL.

Ben Hudson will add strength and experience as their new number 1 ruckman.

Scott Welsh brings the goal-kicking prowess that they have lacked.

Cross, Boyd and Cooney have now become star players.

Lake, Brian Harris as he was last year, became a top class full back.

Jordan McMahon and Sam Power were finally sent out, meaning the Bulldogs will be more accountable in the back half now.

Murphy and Hahn are over their injuries.

Will Minson will provide a huge target to kick to in the forward line.

Williams and Everitt are tall, agile and are going to keep getting better.

Higgins and Griffen are ready to have a breakout season.
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Totally Positive Outlook, Why Melbourne Will Win in 2008

A new coach, from a winning club, will bring in different and better ideas.

Travis Johnstone is out of there, so someone else can deal with all that now.

Nathan Jones might be a replica of Paul Chapman.

Rivers is back for season 2008, he was certainly missed at half back last year.

Neitz is still large and in charge, and can kick a lot of goals.

They drafted Cale Morton and Old Grimey, Jack Grimes, and they are ready to play.

Jeff White is still one of the top ruckmen in the AFL.

Cameron Bruce can win a game with some great plays.

Ricky Petterd won't have the bad luck he did last year.

Brent Moloney can lift the Melbourne midfield into the top onball groups of the AFL.


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Totally Positive Outlook, Why Carlton Will Win in 2008

Adding Judd certainly improves their premiership chances.

Nick Stevens is recovered and ready to go.

First overall pick Matthew Kreuzer brings everything that Carlton was deficient in last year.

With Lappin gone, the Carlton side is suddenly a lot stronger and smarter.

Hadley is another addition that brings some premiership experience.

Gibbs, Grigg, Walker, Murphy and Bower are ready to step up.

One O'hAilpin was a good thing, now they are better with two O'hAilpins.

Hampson is another player that brings the size they have been lacking.

Their home is going to be called Princes Park again, much better than MC Hammer Park.

Carrazzo is a much better player than anyone would have thought he could be.
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Totally Positive Outlook, Why Richmond Will Win in 2008

They have Richardson, one of the best key forwards in the AFL.

Their ruckmen, who are very mobile, are healthy for this season.

When Cotchin debuts he will have an instant impact.

Coughlin is back and ready to play.

If they did implement a 5-Year Plan a few years back, it is right now when results start to appear.

Edwards and Connors will do for Richmond what Thomas and Pendlebury did for Collingwood.

Brown's leg, and the rest of him, is in top shape.

Alex Rance is the next Glen Jakovich.

Any team that has someone called Riewoldt in their forward line will be hard to beat.

Removing Kent Kingsley results in premierships, an example is Geelong last year.



Last season, reasons why every team would win were posted, and some of the ideas for Geelong's possible success came true. The Cats came from outside the top 8 in 2006 to win the AFL Grand Final in 2007, so that provides some proof that fans of all teams have a reason to be optimistic.
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All The AFL Football Information

www.allfooty.info


A new football internet site has been created to display many of the AFL posts that have normally been on this site. All the information for the AFL, fantasy footy, the drafts and all parts of the football landscape will now be posted on All Footy Info.

The Draft Kit has been updated and expanded, and should be the most useful page for researching the players that you are choosing for your AFL fantasy teams. Projected statistics for 2008, lists of underpriced bargain players and stats from last year are already posted. Updated fantasy rankings by team will be added soon, and when the Dream Team competition officially opens it will be evaluated to find the best value fantasy players. News from this weekend's preseason games will be posted there too.

This site, AFL Insider, will continue with some fun feature stories and other football items.

Please add www.allfooty.info to your bookmarks, favourites and links. If there is anything that you would like on the site then please leave a suggestion. Also, if you are wanting to ask questions about your fantasy teams, there is a post on that site to leave a question via the comments form.

On the right side of the page is the Key Posts. The AFL Fantasy Draft Kit and Cheat Sheets page can be found here as well as the page featuring all the team lists and AFL schedule. Later in the season, draft news links will be added as the clubs scout the "Rich" pickings for the 2008 AFL Draft.

Please have a look at www.allfooty.info and also use an extra feature that should enhance all your footy research. At the top left of the page there is a search function, typing in a player name and clicking "search blog" will result in all the posts that mention that player appearing on the screen.
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Monfries With That Midfield

The Bombers lost a lot of experience, from their playing group and also their coach, and that means there are opportunities for some of the younger Bombers to step up in season 2008. Expect Monfries to fire in a new role with increased minutes in the midfield.


From The Age: Monfries stakes his claim for a midfield role

"It's learning off some of the better players about how they go about playing through the midfield," Monfries said yesterday. "What I'm trying to do this year is step up into that midfield role and get out of half-forward, and by playing on some of the better guys there you just learn where they run and how they get ball.

Like a legion of younger Essendon players upon whom more responsibility will be thrust in 2008, Monfries is relishing a new coaching regime, and a markedly different pre-season to previous years.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Essendon have several players who could now move into the middle, and score much higher in fantasy points. Monfries is as good as any of the other younger Bombers to take a chance on for fantasy teams. Even if he doesn't have a huge year he can bring in fantasy points with a few goals if he is played forward, but if he does have a huge year he will help fantasy teams as he grabs some of the possessions that are available with Hird and others gone.
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Chris Mayne In the Main Game

The Dockers may be a chance to win the preseason competition, even with Hasleby out of the lineup. Pavlich is their main man, and he might have some assistance from Chris Mayne.


From the Fremantle site: Changes planned for Adelaide clash

Fremantle will make at least five changes to the line up that accounted for West Coast on Sunday for their round two NAB Cup clash against Adelaide this Sunday.

Chris Mayne will come into the side after sitting out of Fremantle’s 44 point win over the Eagles and is a strong chance to feature in the club’s rotating midfield. Sixteen players had roles in the centre for Fremantle at the weekend and it is something Mark will experiment with more over the pre-season to see which players will be able to offer solid contributions when moved to the midfield.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Mayne played a great game for the Dockers when they were in South Africa. That was as a medium forward, which isn't something that will be available to him during the regular season with Headland, Solomon, Murphy and Campbell among the options to play next to Pavlich, Tarrant and Farmer. But maybe Mayne could rotate through the forward line, midfield and bench, swapping around with someone like Headland. While that may not provide a lot of minutes and stats for Mayne, if he does get into the Dockers lineup he will only have to do a little to have a useful fantasy price rise.
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2008 AFL Stats Projections - Fantasy Contributors - Fremantle

Shaun McManus
7k, 5h, 12p, 4m. 4 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!!
Notes: Dockers will want to go younger and faster.

Dean Solomon
9k, 6h, 15p, 4m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Joining Fremantle was a good move for him, and his stats.

Ryan Crowley
9k, 7h, 16p, 5m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: A contributor, but doesn't have a big role, maybe that changes.

Antoni Grover
7k, 7h, 14p, 5m. 2 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Unlikely to ever be huge in stats.

Matthew Carr
9k, 7h, 16p, 5m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: His role is more about stopping people.

Daniel Gilmore
9k, 7h, 16p, 5m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: They need to find him more minutes, not just as a reserve ruckman.

Steven Dodd
8k, 8h, 16p, 5m. 2 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Seems to have cemented a spot in the back line.

Aaron Sandilands
6k, 7h, 13p, 5m, 24ho. 9 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Yet to really become an elite fantasy ruckman.

Brett Peake
11k, 8h, 19p, 5m. 11 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: Expect a big year from him.

Jeff Farmer,
9k, 4h, 13p, 5m. 40 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Should kick a lot of goals for a small player.

Scott Thornton
5k, 6h, 11p, 4m. 0 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: Not the best player to have on a team.

Robert Warnock
5k, 7h, 12p, 3m, 14ho. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Could be very good for fantasy stats if Sandilands missed games.

Rhys Palmer
11k, 7h, 18p, 5m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: 1st year
Notes: Will start on the bench for a lot of fantasy teams.

Byron Schammer
10k, 8h, 18p, 4m. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Should take minutes from McManus and Bell.

Paul Hasleby
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Injured!
Notes: Expected to miss all of season 2008, knee injury.
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Farren Ray To Miss Round 1

The Bulldogs are one of several teams that had players injured during the weekend games. Although Farren Ray's injury is not as serious as those of Malceski and Hasleby. But it does seem that Ray won't be ready when the Bulldogs play in round 1.


From the Herald Sun: Injury curse strikes early

Western Bulldog Farren Ray is the latest injury casualty. In a big blow, the midfielder is set to miss the start of the home-and-away season.

Ray will miss four to six weeks after suffering a cracked fibula in the club's 11-point NAB Cup win against the Kangaroos on Friday night.


From the Western Bulldogs site: Softly softly approach for cautious Dogs

"[Lindsay] Gilbee, [Jarrod] Harbrow and [Farren] Ray won't play, and Ryan Griffen won't play either, because he's got some family involvement in Adelaide," Eade said on Tuesday.

"We'll probably be down to the bare numbers, to be honest. Hopefully Shaun Higgins will be right, Andrew McDougall we're hoping will come back, but he may not get up.



AFL Fantasy Impact:

It probably doesn't change a lot there, but maybe it makes Griffen, Higgins or Giansiracusa a slightly better signing. West and Cross will still do a lot of the work in the middle, with Boyd and Cooney also capable of a lot of possessions.

While the Bulldogs did defeat the Kangaroos last weekend, they did not find a big forward to help out Johnson, Murphy and Welsh. There was talk that Minson could play against Essendon. Neither Minson or McDougall are expensive in fantasy leagues, but one of them would have to have a big NAB Cup game before being considered for a fantasy team.


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2008 AFL Stats Projections - 10 Fantasy Superstars - Fremantle

Matthew Pavlich
13k, 4h, 17p, 8m. 80 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: One of the best for AFL fantasy games.

Peter Bell
10k, 8h, 18p, 4m. 22 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!!
Notes: Has to slow down a bit, in probably his last year.

Josh Carr
12k, 10h, 22p, 5m. 16 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Always a risk for getting suspended.

Roger Hayden
11k, 7h, 18p, 5m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: The general in the back line there.

Heath Black
14k, 7h, 21p, 5m. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Always gets his numbers.

David Mundy
11k, 8h, 19p, 6m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Coaching change should mean more stats.

Michael Johnson
12k, 8h, 20p, 6m. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Exciting potential.

Chris Tarrant
10k, 4h, 14p, 7m. 35 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Does seem to have trouble kicking at goal.

Luke McPharlin
9k, 5h, 14p, 7m. 3 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: One of the better key defenders in fantasy.

Des Headland
12k, 5h, 17p, 5m. 22 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Can be inconsistent.

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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Carlton's Fisher To Miss A Few Games

Whitnall and Mr Kennedy are gone, and now Brad Fisher will miss a few games with a hand injury. Fevola has the whole forward line to himself, something that he won’t mind.


From the Carlton site: Fisher’s bad break

The 70-gamer, now in his sixth season at senior level, underwent surgery on Monday afternoon to have a pin inserted in his thumb.

Fisher is expected to miss six to eight weeks.


From The Age: Fisher out for 8 weeks

"We have four weeks, nearly five, before the first round, so he could miss three to four weeks of the season," Icke said. "… Putting the pin in should help the recovery but I think it would be safe to assume he will miss round one.

Having lost Josh Kennedy through the Judd trade and with a preference for Jarrad Waite to hold down centre half-back, the club had developed a hole at centre half-forward it was hoping Fisher could fill. "We have a few options for players we will look at," Icke said. "Richard Hadley is waiting to come back (from injury) and he could play that role. He has played similar roles for Brisbane and he is some chance to play this weekend."


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Brad Fisher was not going to be their real centre half forward, but in terms of fantasy footy stats and also helping Carlton as an option behind Fevola he is just as important. The idea at Carlton seemed to be that they would just place a big body at centre half forward, like Hartlett or Hampson, with Fevola their primary forward and Fisher next in line.

With Fisher out, they could replace him with someone like Grigg, Wiggins or Edwards. All those three have similar characteristics to Fisher, with covering plenty of ground and being a good mark of the football.

Maybe, for a few games at least, their centre half forward does get a lot more of the ball directed to them. Hartlett and Hampson are inexpensive in fantasy leagues and worth looking at. C Cloke and S O’hAilpin are other options Carlton have for centre half forward, but they are not cheap in fantasy leagues. Cain Ackland is between those two above groups on fantasy price.

Fevola was going to have plenty of the ball directed towards him even if Fisher was there, so for the opening rounds it would seem that Fevola would be expected to have more stats than he usually does.
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2008 AFL Stats Projections - Fantasy Contributors - Essendon

Andrew Lovett
11k, 5h, 16p, 5m. 25 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: A chance for some more midfield minutes.

Andrew Welsh
12k, 7h, 19p, 6m. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Usually a solid player for stats.

Angus Monfries
11k, 7h, 18p, 6m. 18 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Bombers might expect a big season from him.

Jay Nash
11k, 7h, 18p, 5m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: A player to watch, might have bigger role.

Jason Johnson
9k, 8h, 17p, 4m. 2 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!!
Notes: Not really the future there, but can still get some fantasy footy stats.

Paddy Ryder
7k, 7h, 14p, 6m. 2 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Made a huge leap in stats last year.

David Hille
5k, 7h, 12p, 4m, 15 ho. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: The number 1 ruckman there is still uncertain.

Mal Michael
6k, 5h, 11p, 4m. 0 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Not really important in fantasy AFL.

Jason Laycock
7k, 3h, 10p, 4m, 12ho. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Also showed ability to kick goals in 2007.

Henry Slattery
6k, 7h, 13p, 4m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Can do more, for stats, if asked.

Alwyn Davey
8k, 5h, 13p, 4m. 22 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: That was his first year in 2007, can get even better.

Ricky Dyson
9k, 7h, 16p, 4m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!!
Notes: Has to see a big jump in games and minutes.

David Myers
10k, 8h, 18p, 5m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: 1st year
Notes: Has the skills to be the best first year player in fantasy AFL.

Scott Gumbleton
7k, 5h, 12p, 5m. 15 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Hard to find a spot with Lucas and Lloyd there.

Adam Ramanauskas
7k, 5h, 12p, 3m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: New coach might have a new role for him.

Tom Hislop
7k, 8h, 15p, 4m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: Has what it takes to play AFL.
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Fremantle’s Hasleby Out A Year With Knee Injury

The Dockers played very well in their NAB Cup game against the West Coast Eagles, and looked like a team headed back to the top 8 after a disappointing 2007, but Fremantle now have to deal with a long-term injury to one of their best players, Paul Hasleby.


From The West Australian: NAB Cup knee injury ends Hasleby’s season

Hasleby’s left knee buckled under pressure from Adam Selwood and Matt Spangher in the third quarter of Sunday’s 44-point victory, leaving Hasleby in agony.

“The left knee injury sustained in last night’s game against West Coast will now require a full knee reconstruction,” the club statement said.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

He was one of their main players in the middle, getting the ball out of the congestion and delivering it to his teammates. There are now a lot of possessions available for someone else. It could be an old player who takes on more centre square minutes, like Bell or McManus, or a younger player like Peake or Schammer. They can also put into the centre some former Bombers with Solomon, Mark Johnson and Bradley all Dockers now. It might get a bit confusing there, as their other “M Johnson” could also be moved into the middle, Michael Johnson. The next NAB Cup game might provide some information for who will be playing in the middle, and increasing their fantasy stats. A rookie will probably be elevated due to the Hasleby injury, so Ryley Dunn could be back on the team.

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SuperCoach AFL Fantasy Game Prices For All Players

The important news first, the AFL fantasy footy season has begun. You can sign up for a team now, using your previous email and password.

SuperCoach - Herald Sun

SuperCoach - AdelaideNow

PerthNow looks like it will have SuperCoach running soon. AFL news on PerthNow


Here are all the players, from most expensive to least expensive. Search the list for some bargain players to help when constructing your SuperCoach team. Some of the players below are eligible at multiple positions, an example is Chad Cornes who is also a defender. So when you check the SuperCoach site, as you draft the team the other available positions are listed for the players.


(GEE) 1. BARTEL, Jimmy
mid
$675,200


(WCE) 2. KERR, Daniel
mid
$642,500


(PTA) 3. CORNES, Chad
mid
$631,600


(RIC) 4. BOWDEN, Joel
def
$629,200


(STK) 5. DAL SANTO, Nick
mid
$621,600


(FRE) 6. PAVLICH, Matthew
fwd
$620,400


(STK) 7. RIEWOLDT, Nick
fwd
$612,700


(GEE) 8. ABLETT, Gary
mid
$612,600


(BRL) 9. DRUMMOND, Josh
def
$608,200


(GEE) 10. CHAPMAN, Paul
fwd
$604,900


(PTA) 11. CORNES, Kane
mid
$602,800


(BRL) 12. BROWN, Jonathan
fwd
$597,000


(HAW) 13. HODGE, Luke
mid
$594,300


(BRL) 14. ADCOCK, Jed
mid
$594,100


(PTA) 15. BURGOYNE, Peter
def
$588,600


(KAN) 16. HARVEY, Brent
mid
$586,700


(SYD) 17. KIRK, Brett
mid
$584,500


(WBD) 18. GILBEE, Lindsay
def
$579,100


(GEE) 19. MILBURN, Darren
def
$577,700


(GEE) 20. COREY, Joel
mid
$577,000


(CAR) 21. SCOTLAND, Heath
mid
$572,600


(CAR) 22. JUDD, Chris
mid
$570,800


(COL) 23. SHAW, Heath
def
$570,400


(BRL) 24. LAPPIN, Nigel
mid
$568,700


(WBD) 25. JOHNSON, Brad
fwd
$566,600


(MEL) 26. BRUCE, Cameron
mid
$564,300


(SYD) 27. GOODES, Adam
mid
$562,600


(ADE) 28. MCLEOD, Andrew
def
$560,900


(PTA) 29. BURGOYNE, Shaun
mid
$556,500


(BRL) 30. POWER, Luke
mid
$553,400


(COL) 31. LOCKYER, Tarkyn
mid
$552,100


(STK) 32. HAYES, Lenny
mid
$551,700


(CAR) 33. CARRAZZO, Andrew
mid
$550,200


(ESS) 34. FLETCHER, Dustin
def
$549,500


(STK) 35. MONTAGNA, Leigh
mid
$549,300


(WBD) 36. WEST, Scott
mid
$549,100


(KAN) 37. SIMPSON, Adam
mid
$548,200


(WBD) 38. CROSS, Daniel
mid
$546,500


(HAW) 39. MITCHELL, Sam
mid
$543,400


(SYD) 40. MALCESKI, Nick
def
$541,600


(COL) 41. SWAN, Dane
mid
$541,400


(ADE) 42. EDWARDS, Tyson
mid
$539,400


(BRL) 43. BLACK, Simon
mid
$537,000


(ADE) 44. GOODWIN, Simon
mid
$537,000


(ESS) 45. LUCAS, Scott
fwd
$534,300


(STK) 46. FISHER, Sam
def
$534,100


(WBD) 47. HARRIS, Brian
def
$531,900


(GEE) 48. JOHNSON, Steve
fwd
$530,800


(MEL) 49. MCDONALD, James
mid
$529,900


(WCE) 50. COX, Dean
ruc
$525,800



(ADE) 51. THOMPSON, Scott
mid
$523,300


(WCE) 52. LYNCH, Quinten
fwd
$521,400


(SYD) 53. O'KEEFE, Ryan
fwd
$515,500


(RIC) 54. FOLEY, Nathan
mid
$515,300


(SYD) 55. BOLTON, Jude
mid
$512,100


(COL) 56. BURNS, Scott
mid
$511,400


(ESS) 57. LLOYD, Matthew
fwd
$511,400


(PTA) 58. CASSISI, Domenic
mid
$510,400


(ESS) 59. MCVEIGH, Mark
mid
$507,900


(ESS) 60. STANTON, Brent
mid
$507,300


(FRE) 61. BELL, Peter
mid
$505,500


(ESS) 62. MCPHEE, Adam
def
$504,600


(MEL) 63. GREEN, Brad
mid
$502,800


(HAW) 64. LEWIS, Jordan
mid
$502,600


(KAN) 65. SINCLAIR, Jess
mid
$498,000


(MEL) 66. WHEATLEY, Paul
def
$496,600


(GEE) 67. OTTENS, Brad
ruc
$496,400


(RIC) 68. BROWN, Nathan G.
fwd
$495,000


(GEE) 69. ENRIGHT, Corey
mid
$493,300


(RIC) 70. NEWMAN, Chris
def
$490,900


(RIC) 71. DELEDIO, Brett
mid
$490,800


(WCE) 72. STENGLEIN, Tyson
mid
$490,800


(HAW) 73. FRANKLIN, Lance
fwd
$490,100


(MEL) 74. ROBERTSON, Russell
fwd
$489,600


(WCE) 75. HUNTER, Adam
def
$488,500


(ADE) 76. KNIGHTS, Chris
mid
$486,200


(HAW) 77. LADSON, Rick
mid
$484,700


(WBD) 78. COONEY, Adam
mid
$484,600


(BRL) 79. NOTTING, Tim
mid
$484,300


(STK) 80. GODDARD, Brendon
def
$483,600


(WCE) 81. PRIDDIS, Matt
mid
$483,300


(HAW) 82. GUERRA, Brent
def
$482,600


(PTA) 83. RODAN, David
mid
$482,100


(WBD) 84. BOYD, Matthew
mid
$477,000


(HAW) 85. SEWELL, Brad
mid
$477,000


(KAN) 86. WELLS, Daniel
mid
$476,800


(CAR) 87. SIMPSON, Kade
mid
$476,500


(HAW) 88. CRAWFORD, Shane
mid
$476,000


(FRE) 89. CARR, Josh
mid
$475,900


(KAN) 90. PETRIE, Drew
fwd
$475,800


(COL) 91. PENDLEBURY, Scott
mid
$475,600


(WCE) 92. WIRRPANDA, David
def
$475,200


(KAN) 93. JONES, Corey
fwd
$472,900


(ESS) 94. WATSON, Jobe
mid
$471,800


(STK) 95. SCHNEIDER, Adam
fwd
$471,000


(SYD) 96. BOLTON, Craig
def
$470,900


(RIC) 97. POLAK, Graham
def
$469,900


(HAW) 98. JACOBS, Danny
def
$469,700


(ADE) 99. BASSETT, Nathan
def
$469,600


(PTA) 100. SALOPEK, Steven
mid
$469,200



(STK) 101. GEHRIG, Fraser
fwd
$467,800


(FRE) 102. HASLEBY, Paul
mid
$467,600


(CAR) 103. FEVOLA, Brendan
fwd
$466,200


(ESS) 104. PEVERILL, Damien
mid
$465,900


(FRE) 105. FARMER, Jeff
fwd
$464,700


(ADE) 106. JOHNCOCK, Graham
def
$464,700


(STK) 107. BALL, Luke
mid
$464,400


(KAN) 108. HARRIS, Daniel
mid
$462,600


(GEE) 109. MOONEY, Cameron
fwd
$458,500


(STK) 110. GRAM, Jason
def
$458,200


(SYD) 111. KENNELLY, Tadhg
def
$458,100


(FRE) 112. JOHNSON, Michael
def
$453,900


(CAR) 113. HOULIHAN, Ryan
mid
$453,700


(GEE) 114. LING, Cameron
mid
$453,200


(SYD) 115. EVERITT, Peter
ruc
$453,100


(STK) 116. KOSCHITZKE, Justin
ruc
$452,100


(FRE) 117. BLACK, Heath
mid
$449,100


(HAW) 118. YOUNG, Clinton
mid
$449,100


(HAW) 119. BIRCHALL, Grant
def
$448,500


(MEL) 120. WHITE, Jeff
ruc
$447,200


(FRE) 121. MCPHARLIN, Luke
def
$447,100


(RIC) 122. TUCK, Shane
mid
$446,800


(STK) 123. HARVEY, Robert
mid
$446,400


(CAR) 124. FISHER, Brad
fwd
$445,900


(SYD) 125. BARRY, Leo
def
$445,000


(WCE) 126. WATERS, Beau
def
$445,000


(WCE) 127. ROSA, Matt
mid
$443,400


(RIC) 128. TIVENDALE, Greg
mid
$441,900


(RIC) 129. RICHARDSON, Matthew
fwd
$441,600


(MEL) 130. MCLEAN, Brock
mid
$441,100


(BRL) 131. STILLER, Cheynee
mid
$440,200


(CAR) 132. WAITE, Jarrad
fwd
$439,900


(CAR) 133. BENTICK, Adam
mid
$438,600


(WCE) 134. FLETCHER, Chad
mid
$436,900


(WCE) 135. JONES, Brett
def
$436,800


(MEL) 136. DAVEY, Aaron
fwd
$436,700


(WCE) 137. BRAUN, Michael
mid
$436,300


(FRE) 138. SOLOMON, Dean
fwd
$435,400


(PTA) 139. LADE, Brendon
ruc
$434,600


(RIC) 140. PETTIFER, Kayne
fwd
$434,100


(BRL) 141. JOHNSTONE, Travis
mid
$433,800


(SYD) 142. BUCHANAN, Amon
mid
$431,500


(PTA) 143. EBERT, Brett
fwd
$430,700


(CAR) 144. MURPHY, Marc
mid
$429,900


(WBD) 145. HARGRAVE, Ryan
def
$429,200


(BRL) 146. ROE, Jason
def
$428,500


(FRE) 147. MUNDY, David
def
$427,200


(COL) 148. WAKELIN, Shane
def
$426,900


(GEE) 149. HUNT, Josh
def
$426,700


(COL) 150. CLOKE, Travis
fwd
$426,500



(GEE) 151. STOKES, Mathew
fwd
$425,600


(KAN) 152. SMITH, Jesse W.
def
$424,800


(SYD) 153. HALL, Barry
fwd
$424,400


(WCE) 154. STAKER, Brent
fwd
$424,400


(CAR) 155. WALKER, Andrew
def
$424,400


(FRE) 156. DODD, Steven
def
$424,200


(FRE) 157. HEADLAND, Des
fwd
$424,200


(WBD) 158. GIANSIRACUSA, Daniel
fwd
$423,600


(SYD) 159. JOLLY, Darren
ruc
$423,600


(COL) 160. O'BREE, Shane
$423,600


(SYD) 161. DAVIS, Nick
fwd
$421,000


(COL) 162. JOHNSON, Ben
mid
$421,000


(BRL) 163. BRENNAN, Jared
fwd
$420,800


(GEE) 164. KELLY, James
mid
$420,300


(ADE) 165. SHIRLEY, Robert
mid
$419,900


(KAN) 166. GRANT, Shannon
fwd
$419,700


(COL) 167. ROCCA, Anthony
fwd
$418,700


(FRE) 168. HAYDEN, Roger
def
$418,500


(MEL) 169. RIVERS, Jared
def
$418,500


(COL) 170. THOMAS, Dale
fwd
$418,200


(WCE) 171. HANSEN, Ashley
fwd
$418,100


(ADE) 172. VAN BERLO, Nathan
mid
$417,700


(GEE) 173. MACKIE, Andrew
def
$417,200


(RIC) 174. JOHNSON, Kane
mid
$415,300


(GEE) 175. SELWOOD, Joel
mid
$414,900


(KAN) 176. MCINTOSH, Hamish
ruc
$413,100


(HAW) 177. WILLIAMS, Mark
fwd
$413,100


(RIC) 178. KING, Jake
def
$412,500


(KAN) 179. PRATT, Daniel
def
$411,900


(WCE) 180. EMBLEY, Andrew
mid
$411,200


(COL) 181. MAXWELL, Nick
def
$411,200


(COL) 182. FRASER, Josh
ruc
$410,600


(PTA) 183. PEARCE, Danyle
mid
$409,500


(BRL) 184. RISCHITELLI, Michael
mid
$409,200


(ESS) 185. LOVETT, Andrew
mid
$408,700


(MEL) 186. BATE, Matthew
fwd
$408,600


(HAW) 187. BROWN, Campbell
def
$408,500


(BRL) 188. CHARMAN, Jamie
ruc
$408,100


(MEL) 189. JONES, Nathan
mid
$406,500


(STK) 190. GILBERT, Sam
def
$406,200


(CAR) 191. THORNTON, Bret
def
$405,700


(PTA) 192. CHAPLIN, Troy
def
$405,300


(WCE) 193. SELWOOD, Adam
mid
$405,200


(BRL) 194. SELWOOD, Troy
mid
$405,100


(ADE) 195. STEVENS, Scott
def
$405,100


(COL) 196. DAVIS, Leon
fwd
$404,700


(COL) 197. SHAW, Rhyce
mid
$402,800


(GEE) 198. SCARLETT, Matthew
def
$402,600


(ESS) 199. JOHNSON, Jason
mid
$402,400


(COL) 200. GOLDSACK, Tyson
def
$402,000



(BRL) 201. MACDONALD, Joel
mid
$401,800


(FRE) 202. MCMANUS, Shaun
mid
$401,400


(ESS) 203. WINDERLICH, Jason
mid
$399,900


(FRE) 204. TARRANT, Chris
fwd
$399,100


(GEE) 205. BYRNES, Shannon
mid
$397,000


(KAN) 206. SWALLOW, Andrew
mid
$396,800


(SYD) 207. ABLETT, Luke
mid
$395,900


(WBD) 208. EAGLETON, Nathan
mid
$395,700


(WBD) 209. AKERMANIS, Jason
fwd
$395,600


(PTA) 210. WESTHOFF, Justin
fwd
$394,900


(RIC) 211. MCMAHON, Jordan
def
$393,400


(ADE) 212. BOCK, Nathan
fwd
$392,700


(STK) 213. FIORA, Aaron
mid
$392,600


(CAR) 214. JAMISON, Michael
def
$391,600


(COL) 215. RUSLING, Sean
fwd
$390,600


(KAN) 216. GIBSON, Josh
def
$390,500


(WBD) 217. WELSH, Scott
fwd
$390,300


(KAN) 218. SANSBURY, Eddie
fwd
$389,900


(FRE) 219. SANDILANDS, Aaron
ruc
$389,500


(KAN) 220. HALE, David
ruc
$388,800


(PTA) 221. LONIE, Nathan
mid
$388,800


(KAN) 222. RAWLINGS, Brady
mid
$387,500


(ESS) 223. NASH, Jay
mid
$387,300


(SYD) 224. O'LOUGHLIN, Michael
fwd
$387,000


(WBD) 225. HUDSON, Ben
ruc
$384,200


(ESS) 226. LOVETT-MURRAY, Nathan
def
$383,900


(WBD) 227. MURPHY, Robert
fwd
$383,800


(ESS) 228. WELSH, Andrew
def
$383,800


(ADE) 229. REILLY, Brent
mid
$382,300


(SYD) 230. MATTNER, Martin
def
$381,200


(SYD) 231. FOSDIKE, Nic
mid
$380,900


(MEL) 232. YZE, Adem
fwd
$380,200


(FRE) 233. JOHNSON, Mark
mid
$379,800


(PTA) 234. THURSTANS, Toby
def
$377,700


(BRL) 235. HOOPER, Rhan
fwd
$377,600


(ESS) 236. RYDER, Patrick
def
$377,600


(ADE) 237. SYMES, Brad
def
$377,300


(ESS) 238. HILLE, David
ruc
$377,000


(RIC) 239. RAINES, Andrew
def
$377,000


(FRE) 240. GROVER, Antoni
def
$376,800


(PTA) 241. BROGAN, Dean
ruc
$375,200


(MEL) 242. HOLLAND, Ben
def
$374,500


(WBD) 243. EVERITT, Andrejs
def
$372,900


(COL) 244. CLARKE, Martin
mid
$372,600


(PTA) 245. THOMSON, Adam
mid
$372,000


(MEL) 246. BELL, Daniel
def
$371,100


(COL) 247. DIDAK, Alan
fwd
$370,500


(ESS) 248. MONFRIES, Angus
fwd
$370,500


(PTA) 249. SURJAN, Jacob
def
$369,400


(FRE) 250. GILMORE, Daniel
ruc
$369,000



(ADE) 251. DOUGHTY, Michael
mid
$366,500


(PTA) 252. MOTLOP, Daniel
fwd
$365,200


(MEL) 253. DUNN, Lynden
fwd
$364,800


(RIC) 254. TAMBLING, Richard
mid
$364,600


(ADE) 255. BURTON, Brett
fwd
$364,500


(ESS) 256. DAVEY, Alwyn
fwd
$363,300


(GEE) 257. HARLEY, Tom
def
$363,300


(FRE) 258. WEBSTER, Luke
mid
$363,300


(ADE) 259. MASSIE, Kris
def
$362,900


(BRL) 260. CLARK, Mitch
fwd
$362,100


(GEE) 261. WOJCINSKI, David
mid
$361,600


(WBD) 262. MORRIS, Dale
def
$361,200


(RIC) 263. HYDE, Chris
mid
$361,100


(KAN) 264. MCMAHON, Scott
def
$361,100


(HAW) 265. GILHAM, Stephen
def
$360,900


(CAR) 266. BETTS, Eddie
fwd
$360,700


(WCE) 267. HURN, Shannon
def
$359,900


(STK) 268. CLARKE, Xavier
mid
$358,300


(ADE) 269. JERICHO, Luke
fwd
$357,700


(PTA) 270. WHITE, Damon
fwd
$357,000


(PTA) 271. GRAY, Robert
fwd
$356,200


(FRE) 272. CROWLEY, Ryan
mid
$354,700


(HAW) 273. MCGLYNN, Ben
mid
$354,600


(HAW) 274. CROAD, Trent
def
$354,400


(SYD) 275. RICHARDS, Ted
def
$352,900


(RIC) 276. PATTISON, Adam
ruc
$351,400


(STK) 277. BAKER, Steven
mid
$351,100


(ESS) 278. MICHAEL, Mal
def
$349,900


(ADE) 279. PORPLYZIA, Jason
fwd
$349,500


(FRE) 280. CARR, Matthew
mid
$349,400


(MEL) 281. CARROLL, Nathan
def
$348,700


(KAN) 282. BROWN, Leigh
fwd
$348,500


(CAR) 283. JACKSON, Ryan
mid
$348,000


(HAW) 284. BATEMAN, Chance
mid
$346,700


(CAR) 285. BANNISTER, Jordan
mid
$346,000


(PTA) 286. WILSON, Michael
def
$344,000


(BRL) 287. COPELAND, Robert
fwd
$343,900


(CAR) 288. HADLEY, Richard
mid
$343,400


(MEL) 289. MOLONEY, Brent
mid
$342,800


(STK) 290. FISHER, Leigh
def
$342,100


(WBD) 291. HAHN, Mitch
fwd
$341,800


(WCE) 292. GLASS, Darren
def
$339,500


(FRE) 293. THORNTON, Scott
def
$339,500


(PTA) 294. BOAK, Travis
mid
$338,500


(MEL) 295. SYLVIA, Colin
fwd
$338,300


(WCE) 296. SEABY, Mark
ruc
$338,200


(CAR) 297. GIBBS, Bryce
mid
$338,000


(WBD) 298. GRIFFEN, Ryan
mid
$338,000


(WBD) 299. RAY, Farren
mid
$337,200


(GEE) 300. EGAN, Matthew
def
$336,500



(BRL) 301. SHERMAN, Justin
mid
$336,100


(PTA) 302. TREDREA, Warren
fwd
$335,800


(KAN) 303. FIRRITO, Michael
def
$335,700


(WBD) 304. HIGGINS, Shaun
mid
$335,600


(KAN) 305. POWER, Sam
def
$333,000


(ADE) 306. RUTTEN, Ben
def
$332,900


(STK) 307. GWILT, James
def
$332,600


(RIC) 308. MOORE, Kelvin
def
$332,600


(HAW) 309. ROUGHEAD, Jarryd
fwd
$332,600


(WCE) 310. LE CRAS, Mark
fwd
$331,400


(WCE) 311. ARMSTRONG, Steven
fwd
$330,400


(ADE) 312. GILL, Nick
fwd
$329,000


(HAW) 313. CAMPBELL, Robert
ruc
$328,200


(SYD) 314. MCVEIGH, Jarrad
mid
$328,200


(KAN) 315. EDWARDS, Aaron
fwd
$328,000


(COL) 316. HOLLAND, Brodie
mid
$327,300


(CAR) 317. STEVENS, Nick
mid
$326,800


(SYD) 318. MATHEWS, Ben
mid
$326,000


(KAN) 319. WATT, Shannon
def
$324,900


(HAW) 320. CLARKE, Tim
mid
$324,600


(MEL) 321. PETTERD, Ricky
mid
$323,700


(GEE) 322. TENACE, Kane
mid
$323,700


(COL) 323. MEDHURST, Paul
fwd
$323,400


(RIC) 324. HOWAT, Cameron
324
$323,300


(STK) 325. BIRSS, Shane
mid
$322,300


(STK) 326. MILNE, Stephen
fwd
$320,900


(CAR) 327. BLACKWELL, Luke
mid
$320,400


(HAW) 328. MURPHY, Thomas
def
$320,000


(BRL) 329. PATFULL, Joel
def
$319,600


(RIC) 330. MORTON, Mitch
fwd
$319,200


(CAR) 331. SADDINGTON, Jason
def
$317,400


(HAW) 332. BOYLE, Tim
fwd
$316,500


(CAR) 333. CLOKE, Cameron
ruc
$316,500


(GEE) 334. ROOKE, Max
def
$315,500


(STK) 335. BLAKE, Jason
def
$314,300


(SYD) 336. SCHMIDT, Tim
mid
$313,500


(CAR) 337. O'HAILPIN, Setanta
def
$311,700


(RIC) 338. JACKSON, Daniel
mid
$310,500


(FRE) 339. DUFFIELD, Paul
def
$310,300


(KAN) 340. LOWER, Ed
def
$308,900


(SYD) 341. ROBERTS-THOMSON, Lewis
def
$307,900


(GEE) 342. ABLETT, Nathan
fwd
$307,300


(RIC) 343. MCGUANE, Luke
def
$306,600


(FRE) 344. SCHAMMER, Byron
mid
$306,600


(MEL) 345. NEWTON, Michael
fwd
$305,800


(RIC) 346. THURSFIELD, Will
def
$304,700


(PTA) 347. PETTIGREW, Michael
def
$303,900


(RIC) 348. POLO, Dean
mid
$302,500


(ADE) 349. MCGREGOR, Ken
fwd
$301,800


(HAW) 350. OSBORNE, Michael
def
$301,800



(GEE) 351. JOHNSON, David
def
$300,000


(MEL) 352. MILLER, Brad J.
def
$299,800


(COL) 353. LONIE, Ryan
mid
$299,500


(WBD) 354. SKIPPER, Wayde
ruc
$299,000


(SYD) 355. BEVAN, Paul
def
$298,400


(ESS) 356. RAMANAUSKAS, Adam
mid
$298,300


(BRL) 357. MCGRATH, Ashley
fwd
$297,200


(MEL) 358. NEITZ, David
fwd
$294,000


(SYD) 359. CROUCH, Jared
mid
$293,500


(FRE) 360. DRUM, Marcus
def
$293,300


(STK) 361. KING, Steven
ruc
$288,600


(STK) 362. CLARKE, Raphael
def
$287,700


(CAR) 363. BOWER, Paul
def
$287,600


(CAR) 364. WIGGINS, Simon
mid
$287,600


(BRL) 365. MERRETT, Daniel
def
$285,100


(BRL) 366. BRADSHAW, Daniel
fwd
$284,800


(STK) 367. GARDINER, Charlie
fwd
$284,300


(ADE) 368. MARIC, Ivan
ruc
$284,300


(BRL) 369. BEGLEY, Colm
def
$284,100


(BRL) 370. CORRIE, Anthony
fwd
$283,600


(COL) 371. O'BRIEN, Harry
def
$282,700


(COL) 372. COX, Shannon
def
$282,300


(STK) 373. DEMPSTER, Sean
def
$280,600


(HAW) 374. DEW, Stuart
fwd
$279,000


(WCE) 375. BUTLER, Sam
mid
$278,500


(GEE) 376. HAWKINS, Tom
fwd
$278,400


(FRE) 377. PEAKE, Brett
mid
$275,800


(HAW) 378. TAYLOR, Simon
ruc
$275,600


(FRE) 379. FOSTER, Andrew
mid
$275,400


(PTA) 380. LOGAN, Tom
mid
$275,400


(ADE) 381. DOUGLAS, Richard
mid
$275,300


(MEL) 382. JOHNSON, Chris A.
def
$274,300


(KAN) 383. GRIMA, Blake
mid
$269,800


(ESS) 384. SLATTERY, Henry
mid
$269,300


(STK) 385. HUDGHTON, Max
def
$268,800


(CAR) 386. ACKLAND, Cain
ruc
$268,500


(RIC) 387. SCHULZ, Jay
fwd
$267,800


(COL) 388. BRYAN, Chris
ruc
$267,700


(ESS) 389. DEMPSEY, Courtenay
mid
$266,700


(COL) 390. TOOVEY, Alan
def
$266,100


(WBD) 391. STREET, Peter
ruc
$266,000


(MEL) 392. WHELAN, Matthew
392
$265,000


(GEE) 393. VARCOE, Travis
fwd
$264,100


(KAN) 394. CAMPBELL, Matt
fwd
$263,700


(RIC) 395. EDWARDS, Shane
mid
$262,900


(GEE) 396. PRISMALL, Brent
mid
$262,900


(ESS) 397. LAYCOCK, Jason
ruc
$262,600


(WBD) 398. WILLIAMS, Tom
def
$261,600


(RIC) 399. COUGHLAN, Mark
mid
$260,500


(WBD) 400. HARBROW, Jarrod
fwd
$260,400



(MEL) 401. BODE, Jace
def
$260,200


(ESS) 402. DYSON, Ricky
mid
$260,000


(MEL) 403. JOHNSON, Paul
ruc
$259,200


(WCE) 404. GRAHAM, Jaymie
def
$258,600


(HAW) 405. ELLIS, Xavier
def
$258,300


(KAN) 406. THOMAS, Lindsay
mid
$258,000


(COL) 407. EGAN, Chris
fwd
$257,500


(ADE) 408. HENTSCHEL, Trent
fwd
$257,500


(SYD) 409. BRENNAN, Luke
def
$256,400


(FRE) 410. WARNOCK, Robert
ruc
$254,800


(BRL) 411. HARDING, Scott
mid
$254,100


(CAR) 412. RUSSELL, Jordan
mid
$253,300


(PTA) 413. BENTLEY, Greg
mid
$250,400


(COL) 414. ILES, Sam
mid
$249,100


(GEE) 415. BLAKE, Mark
ruc
$248,900


(KAN) 416. THOMPSON, Nathan
fwd
$248,200


(RIC) 417. HUGHES, Cleve
fwd
$247,600


(RIC) 418. WHITE, Matt
mid
$243,700


(STK) 419. MAGUIRE, Matt
def
$243,600


(WCE) 420. SCHOFIELD, Will
def
$241,400


(COL) 421. DICK, Brad
fwd
$240,500


(WCE) 422. JONES, Chad
fwd
$239,400


(STK) 423. ATTARD, Jayden
def
$236,300


(WCE) 424. NICOSKI, Mark
def
$236,100


(RIC) 425. SIMMONDS, Troy
ruc
$229,600


(ADE) 426. VINCE, Bernie
fwd
$228,900


(WCE) 427. KENNEDY, Josh J.
fwd
$226,600


(WCE) 428. BROWN, Mitchell
fwd
$226,400


(RIC) 429. COLLARD, Clayton
fwd
$225,300


(WBD) 430. MCDOUGALL, Andrew
def
$224,300


(SYD) 431. BARLOW, Ed
mid
$222,800


(MEL) 432. FRAWLEY, James
def
$221,200


(MEL) 433. JAMAR, Mark
ruc
$221,000


(FRE) 434. CAMPBELL, Adam
fwd
$220,000


(RIC) 435. RIEWOLDT, Jack
fwd
$218,000


(PTA) 436. KRAKOUER, Nathan
fwd
$217,500


(STK) 437. RIX, Michael
ruc
$216,200


(COL) 438. WOOD, Cameron
ruc
$215,300


(STK) 439. MCQUALTER, Andrew
mid
$214,600


(HAW) 440. THORP, Mitch
fwd
$214,600


(MEL) 441. WARNOCK, Matthew
def
$214,600


(PTA) 442. CARLILE, Alipate
def
$213,900


(BRL) 443. MILLS, Wayde
def
$208,300


(COL) 444. STANLEY, Danny
def
$206,600


(STK) 445. JONES, Clinton
mid
$205,700


(BRL) 446. MCDONALD, Beau
ruc
$205,200


(BRL) 447. LEUENBERGER, Matthew
ruc
$203,900


(KAN) 448. RIGGIO, Matt
def
$203,900


(WBD) 449. ADDISON, Dylan
mid
$202,900


(ESS) 450. JOHNS, Courtney
fwd
$201,200



(WBD) 451. MINSON, Will
ruc
$201,200


(FRE) 452. MURPHY, Ryan
fwd
$200,000


(WBD) 453. WIGHT, Cameron
def
$197,400


(FRE) 454. O'BRIEN, Brock
def
$196,400


(WBD) 455. TILLER, Stephen
fwd
$195,300


(ADE) 456. BIGLANDS, Rhett
ruc
$191,600


(MEL) 457. BUCKLEY, Simon
mid
$191,400


(ADE) 458. GRIFFIN, Jonathon
ruc
$189,200


(COL) 459. PRESTIGIACOMO, Simon
def
$188,900


(KAN) 460. ADAMS, Leigh
mid
$187,800


(ADE) 461. MORAN, Brad
def
$187,800


(SYD) 462. MOORE, Jarred
mid
$185,100


(PTA) 463. COCKSHELL, Adam
fwd
$182,400


(BRL) 464. MOODY, Matthew
mid
$180,900


(CAR) 465. GRIGG, Shaun
mid
$180,300


(KAN) 466. HARDING, Leigh
fwd
$179,900


(CAR) 467. ANDERSON, Joe
def
$177,000


(FRE) 468. BRADLEY, Kepler
def
$177,000


(PTA) 469. THOMAS, Matt
mid
$177,000


(FRE) 470. BROWNE, Andrew
mid
$176,500


(STK) 471. ARMITAGE, David
mid
$175,300


(STK) 472. GARDINER, Michael
ruc
$175,100


(SYD) 473. GRUNDY, Heath
fwd
$175,000


(ESS) 474. GUMBLETON, Scott
fwd
$173,800


(FRE) 475. DUNN, Ryley
mid
$171,700


(BRL) 476. DZUFER, Daniel
fwd
$171,700


(ESS) 477. HISLOP, Tom
mid
$165,300


(STK) 478. FERGUSON, Matthew
def
$157,700


(SYD) 479. JACK, Kieren
mid
$157,400


(SYD) 480. LAIDLAW, Matthew
mid
$154,500


(ESS) 481. JETTA, Leroy
fwd
$152,900


(COL) 482. COOK, Ryan
fwd
$152,300


(RIC) 483. MEYER, Danny
mid
$150,200


(GEE) 484. LONERGAN, Tom
def
$149,400


(MEL) 485. BARTRAM, Clint
mid
$148,100


(ESS) 486. HOULI, Bachar
mid
$147,400


(CAR) 487. HARTLETT, Adam
def
$146,500


(RIC) 488. CONNORS, Daniel
mid
$144,800


(KAN) 489. DAVIES, Ben
mid
$144,700


(CAR) 490. KREUZER, Matthew
ruc
$144,200


(COL) 491. REID, Ben
fwd
$140,200


(ADE) 492. CAMPBELL, Bryce
mid
$139,500


(SYD) 493. PLAYFAIR, Henry
fwd
$139,500


(RIC) 494. COTCHIN, Trent
mid
$139,200


(FRE) 495. IBBOTSON, Garrick
def
$138,400


(WBD) 496. CALLAN, Tim
mid
$137,600


(ESS) 497. HOCKING, Heath
mid
$135,200


(WCE) 498. MASTEN, Chris
mid
$134,200


(ESS) 499. NEAGLE, Jay
fwd
$134,100


(MEL) 500. GARLAND, Colin
fwd
$131,400



(MEL) 501. MORTON, Cale
mid
$129,200


(ESS) 502. REIMERS, Kyle
fwd
$128,800


(WBD) 503. GRANT, Jarrad
fwd
$124,200


(CAR) 504. AUSTIN, Mark
def
$123,400


(ESS) 505. MYERS, David
def
$119,200


(WCE) 506. MACKENZIE, Eric
def
$118,000


(WCE) 507. MCKINLEY, Ben
fwd
$118,000


(BRL) 508. SCHMIDT, Chris
mid
$118,000


(WCE) 509. MCNAMARA, Jamie
mid
$116,400


(FRE) 510. PALMER, Rhys
mid
$114,200


(MEL) 511. MEESEN, John
ruc
$112,700


(HAW) 512. TUCK, Travis
mid
$112,700


(BRL) 513. HENDERSON, Lachlan
fwd
$109,200


(HAW) 514. DOWLER, Beau
fwd
$107,300


(STK) 515. MCEVOY, Ben
ruc
$104,200


(PTA) 516. DELUCA, Fabian
ruc
$101,900


(RIC) 517. GRAHAM, Angus
ruc
$101,900


(CAR) 518. HAMPSON, Shaun
ruc
$101,900


(KAN) 519. HANSEN, Lachlan
fwd
$101,900


(WBD) 520. HILL, Josh
fwd
$101,900


(STK) 521. HOWARD, Brad
mid
$101,900


(WBD) 522. LYNCH, Malcolm
fwd
$101,900


(HAW) 523. MOSS, Garry
mid
$101,900


(RIC) 524. OAKLEY-NICHOLLS, Jarrad
mid
$101,900


(BRL) 525. PROUD, Albert
def
$101,900


(ADE) 526. DANGERFIELD, Patrick
mid
$99,200


(STK) 527. ALLEN, Jarryd
def
$94,200


(COL) 528. ANTHONY, John
def
$94,200


(CAR) 529. ARMFIELD, Dennis
def
$94,200


(ADE) 530. ARMSTRONG, Tony
mid
$94,200


(BRL) 531. AUSTIN, Matt
mid
$94,200


(HAW) 532. BAILEY, Max
ruc
$94,200


(COL) 533. BARHAM, Jaxson
mid
$94,200


(ESS) 534. BELLCHAMBERS, Tom
ruc
$94,200


(CAR) 535. BENJAMIN, Clinton
def
$94,200


(SYD) 536. BIRD, Craig
mid
$94,200


(WBD) 537. BOUMANN, Jarrad
fwd
$94,200


(SYD) 538. BRABAZON, Ryan
mid
$94,200


(COL) 539. BROWN, Nathan J.
def
$94,200


(CAR) 540. BROWNE, Steven
mid
$94,200


(RIC) 541. CASSERLEY, Travis
mid
$94,200


(MEL) 542. CHENEY, Kyle
def
$94,200


(BRL) 543. COLLIER, Tom
def
$94,200


(RIC) 544. COLLINS, Andrew
mid
$94,200


(STK) 545. CONNORS, Eljay
mid
$94,200


(ADE) 546. COOK, Myke
mid
$94,200


(SYD) 547. CURRIE, Daniel
ruc
$94,200


(BRL) 548. DALZIELL, Bradd
mid
$94,200


(ESS) 549. DANIHER, Darcy
fwd
$94,200


(GEE) 550. DAVENPORT, Jason
mid
$94,200



(COL) 551. DAWES, Chris
fwd
$94,200


(HAW) 552. DAWSON, Zac
def
$94,200


(GEE) 553. DJERRKURA, Nathan
mid
$94,200


(GEE) 554. DONOHUE, Adam
def
$94,200


(WCE) 555. EBERT, Bradley
mid
$94,200


(CAR) 556. EDWARDS, Jake
fwd
$94,200


(PTA) 557. FARMER, Mitchell
mid
$94,200


(SYD) 558. FAULKS, Peter
def
$94,200


(ADE) 559. GALLMAN, Greg
def
$94,200


(GEE) 560. GAMBLE, Ryan
fwd
$94,200


(STK) 561. GEARY, Jarryn
mid
$94,200


(PTA) 562. GILES, Jonathon
ruc
$94,200


(KAN) 563. GOLDSTEIN, Todd
ruc
$94,200


(RIC) 564. GOURDIS, David
fwd
$94,200


(KAN) 565. GREENWOOD, Levi
def
$94,200


(MEL) 566. GRIMES, Jack
mid
$94,200


(BRL) 567. HAWKSLEY, James
def
$94,200


(FRE) 568. HEAD, Joshua
def
$94,200


(FRE) 569. HINKLEY, Clayton
mid
$94,200


(GEE) 570. HOGAN, Simon
fwd
$94,200


(ESS) 571. HOOKER, Cale
def
$94,200


(WCE) 572. HOULIHAN, Tim
def
$94,200


(ADE) 573. JACKY, Jarrhan
fwd
$94,200


(HAW) 574. KENNEDY, Josh P.
mid
$94,200


(ADE) 575. KITE, Aaron
def
$94,200


(ESS) 576. LEE, Andrew
def
$94,200


(PTA) 577. LOBBE, Matthew
fwd
$94,200


(ESS) 578. LONERGAN, Sam
mid
$94,200


(PTA) 579. LOWER, Nick
def
$94,200


(ADE) 580. MACKAY, David
mid
$94,200


(MEL) 581. MARIC, Addam
fwd
$94,200


(MEL) 582. MARTIN, Stefan
ruc
$94,200


(FRE) 583. MAYNE, Christopher
fwd
$94,200


(COL) 584. MCCARTHY, John
mid
$94,200


(HAW) 585. MCENTEE, Luke
ruc
$94,200


(WCE) 586. MCGINNITY, Patrick
mid
$94,200


(GEE) 587. MCKENNA, Dan
fwd
$94,200

(MEL) 588. MCNAMARA, Tom
def
$94,200


(SYD) 589. MEREDITH, Brett
mid
$94,200

(PTA) 590. MINSON, Hugh
ruc
$94,200


(HAW) 591. MORTON, Jarryd
fwd
$94,200


(PTA) 592. MOTLOP, Marlon
fwd
$94,200


(HAW) 593. MUSTON, Beau
mid
$94,200


(WCE) 594. NOTTE, Tony
fwd
$94,200


(SYD) 595. O'KEEFE, Daniel
fwd
$94,200


(WBD) 596. O'KEEFE, Guy
fwd
$94,200


(WBD) 597. O'SHEA, Paul
def
$94,200


(CAR) 598. O'HAILPIN, Aisake
ruc
$94,200


(ADE) 599. OTTEN, Andy
mid
$94,200


(ESS) 600. PEARS, Tayte
def
$94,200



(CAR) 601. PFEIFFER, Darren
def
$94,200


(BRL) 602. POLKINGHORNE, James
mid
$94,200


(RIC) 603. PUTT, Dean
ruc
$94,200


(RIC) 604. RANCE, Alex
def
$94,200


(WBD) 605. REID, Sam
mid
$94,200


(HAW) 606. RENOUF, Brent
ruc
$94,200


(HAW) 607. RIOLI, Cyril
fwd
$94,200


(KAN) 608. ROSS, Ben
fwd
$94,200


(ADE) 609. SELLAR, James
fwd
$94,200


(WCE) 610. SELWOOD, Scott
def
$94,200


(BRL) 611. SHELDON, Sam
mid
$94,200


(GEE) 612. SIMPSON, Dawson
ruc
$94,200


(GEE) 613. SIMPSON, Scott
fwd
$94,200


(KAN) 614. SMITH, Josh
fwd
$94,200


(WCE) 615. SPANGHER, Matthew
def
$94,200


(WBD) 616. STACK, Brennan
fwd
$94,200


(STK) 617. STEVEN, Jack
mid
$94,200


(PTA) 618. STEWART, Paul
fwd
$94,200


(KAN) 619. TARRANT, Robert
fwd
$94,200


(GEE) 620. TAYLOR, Harry
def
$94,200


(KAN) 621. THOMPSON, Scott D.
def
$94,200


(WCE) 622. THOMSON, James
def
$94,200


(COL) 623. THOOLEN, Tobias
fwd
$94,200


(SYD) 624. THORNTON, Kristin
mid
$94,200


(ADE) 625. TIPPETT, Kurt
fwd
$94,200


(BRL) 626. TYLER, Matt
def
$94,200


(KAN) 627. URQUHART, Gavin
def
$94,200


(SYD) 628. VESZPREMI, Patrick
fwd
$94,200


(ADE) 629. WALKER, Taylor
fwd
$94,200


(WBD) 630. WARD, Callan
mid
$94,200


(KAN) 631. WARREN, Ben
fwd
$94,200


(MEL) 632. WEETRA, Isack
fwd
$94,200


(GEE) 633. WEST, Trent
ruc
$94,200


(PTA) 634. WESTHOFF, Matthew
fwd
$94,200


(SYD) 635. WHITE, Jessie
ruc
$94,200


(HAW) 636. WHITECROSS, Brendan
mid
$94,200


(ESS) 637. WILLIAMS, John
mid
$94,200


(PTA) 638. WILLIAMS, Ryan
mid
$94,200


(PTA) 639. WILLITS, Ryan
fwd
$94,200


(WCE) 640. ARROWSMITH, Ashley
$83,400

mid
(ESS) 641. ATKINSON, Jarrod
def
$83,400


(SYD) 642. BECKMANS, Matthew
fwd
$83,400


(GEE) 643. BEDFORD, Liam
mid
$83,400


(PTA) 644. BOYLE, Daniel
def
$83,400


(SYD) 645. BRUCE, Aaron
def
$83,400


(RIC) 646. CARTLEDGE, Tristan
ruc
$83,400


(COL) 647. CASEY-LEIGH, Luke
def
$83,400


(ESS) 648. CHARTRES, Danny
def
$83,400


(STK) 649. CHIVERS, Glenn
def
$83,400


(BRL) 650. CLOUSTON, Scott
def
$83,400



(FRE) 651. CONNELLY, Brent
ruc
$83,400


(ADE) 652. CURNOW, Edward
mid
$83,400


(WCE) 653. DAVIS, Ryan
fwd
$83,400


(ESS) 654. DICK, Dean
def
$83,400


(COL) 655. DYAS, Kevin
mid
$83,400


(STK) 656. EDDY, Robert
mid
$83,400


(CAR) 657. ELLARD, David
mid
$83,400


(KAN) 658. GARLETT, Cruize
mid
$83,400


(BRL) 659. GARNER, Pat
def
$83,400


(HAW) 660. GRIMA, Alex
mid
$83,400


(KAN) 661. GRIMA, Nathan
def
$83,400


(PTA) 662. GROSE, Gavin
def
$83,400


(BRL) 663. HANLEY, Pearce
mid
$83,400


(STK) 664. HARETUKU, Khan
fwd
$83,400


(CAR) 665. HILL, Lachie
mid
$83,400


(WBD) 666. HUGHES, Gavin
mid
$83,400


(CAR) 667. JACOBS, Sam
ruc
$83,400


(CAR) 668. JOSEPH, Aaron
mid
$83,400


(GEE) 669. KANGARS, Chris
def
$83,400


(BRL) 670. KIEL, Haydn
def
$83,400


D
(GEE) 671. LAIDLER, Jeremy
fwd
$83,400


(COL) 672. MACAFFER, Brent
fwd
$83,400


(ESS) 673. MAGIN, Rhys
mid
$83,400


(ADE) 674. MARTIN, Brodie
mid
$83,400


(STK) 675. MILES, Luke
mid
$83,400


(GEE) 676. MOLES, Brodie
mid
$83,400


(ADE) 677. MOSS, James
def
$83,400


(FRE) 678. MOURISH, Calib
fwd
$83,400


(WBD) 679. MULLIGAN, James
ruc
$83,400


(GEE) 680. MUMFORD, Shane
ruc
$83,400


(SYD) 681. MURPHY, Brendan
mid
$83,400


(SYD) 682. O'DWYER, Matthew
mid
$83,400


(KAN) 683. OBST, Alan
def
$83,400


(SYD) 684. ORREAL, Jake
ruc
$83,400


(ADE) 685. PETRENKO, Jared
def
$83,400


(FRE) 686. PRATT, Luke
def
$83,400


(PTA) 687. SALTER, Nick
def
$83,400


(HAW) 688. SANDILANDS, Hugh
def
$83,400


(WBD) 689. SHAW, John
ruc
$83,400


(CAR) 690. SHIELDS, Michael
mid
$83,400


(RIC) 691. SILVESTER, Jarrod
def
$83,400


(FRE) 692. SMITH, Chris
fwd
$83,400


(SYD) 693. SMITH, Nicholas
mid
$83,400


(BRL) 694. SMITH, Phil
def
$83,400


(MEL) 695. SPENCER, Jake
ruc
$83,400


(WCE) 696. STEVENSON, Lewis
mid
$83,400


(HAW) 697. STOKES, Cameron
fwd
$83,400


(HAW) 698. SUCKLING, Matthew
def
$83,400


(WCE) 699. SULLIVAN, Will
ruc
$83,400


(SYD) 700. TERLICH, Dean
mid
$83,400



(BRL) 701. TIPPETT, Joel
ruc
$83,400


(MEL) 702. VALENTI, Shane
fwd
$83,400


(HAW) 703. WALSH, Timothy
ruc
$83,400


(COL) 704. WELLINGHAM, Sharrod
mid
$83,400


(WBD) 705. WHITE, Henry
mid
$83,400


(WCE) 706. WILKES, Beau
def
$83,400


(KAN) 707. WILSEN, James
def
$83,400


(WCE) 708. WILSON, Callum
fwd
$83,400


(MEL) 709. WONAEAMIRRI, Austin
def
$83,400


(WBD) 710. WOOD, Easton
mid
$83,400


(KAN) 711. WUNDKE, Michael
def
$83,400


(MEL) 712. ZOMER, Trent
def
$83,400


(STK) 713. VAN RHEENEN, Luke
ruc
$83,400
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2008 AFL Stats Projections - 10 Fantasy Superstars - Essendon

Brent Stanton
16k, 8h, 24p, 7m. 18 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: More responsibility, and more pressure, but he is ready for it.

Dustin Fletcher
13k, 4h, 17p, 6m. 2 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: One of the older players, but still high in total kicks.

Scott Lucas
13k, 3h, 16p, 7m. 55 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: At the top of his career.

Adam McPhee
11k, 5h, 16p, 6m. 18 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: If played as a forward by Essendon, his stats could be lower.

Mark McVeigh
14k, 7h, 21p, 5m. 22 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Improved a lot last year.

Damien Peverill
11k, 11h, 22p, 5m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: Not the most precise with his disposal.

Matthew Lloyd
10k, 4h, 14p, 6m. 70 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Plenty of goals expected.

Jobe Watson
9k, 14h, 23p, 4m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Will win a lot of the ball.

Jason Winderlich
13k, 9h, 22p, 8m. 16 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: One of the players ready to step up.

Nathan Lovett-Murray
12k, 6h, 18p, 6m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Last season wasn't his best, expect more in 2008.
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NAB Cup AFL Fantasy Notes - Hawks, Swans, Dockers, Eagles

Hawthorn

Birchall - 11 kicks, 8 handballs, 5 marks.
It looks like he will be a great fantasy defender again, so worth his price.

Murphy - 10 kicks, 9 handballs, 4 marks, 3 frees for.
Might find a spot in their side as the third tall defender.

Williams - 6 kicks, 3 marks.
Will do more next game he plays, but did some good things here too.

Morton - 10 kicks, 7 marks, 2 goals.
The Morton family are suited to fantasy leagues that consider kicking accuracy.

Muston - 10 kicks, 8 handballs, 6 marks, 2 tackles.
May not be in their best 22, but with suspensions to other Hawks he could be in for round 1 and 2.

Kennedy - 7 possessions, 3 marks, 2 tackles.
Another young player there who could get fantasy points if he got the playing time.


Sydney

White - 8 possessions, 5 hitouts.
Another promising preseason game from him, should play some real games this year.

Roberts-Thomson - 13 handballs, 5 kicks, 4 marks, 8 hitouts.
Stats went up with no Everitt, Jolly, Barry and C Bolton.

Jack - 11 kicks, 7 handballs, 4 tackles.
The Swans have a few injury worries, so Jack might be in their round 1 team.

Mattner - 10 kicks, 9 handballs.
If Malceski is out for the season, Mattner will be asked to play a more important role.

Bird - 9 kicks, 8 handballs, 6 marks, 6 tackles.
Someone to put on the fantasy bench, he is cheap but has a lot of skills.

Brabazon - 12 kicks, 7 marks.
One of their many younger players trying to win a spot.


Game Stats



Fremantle

Palmer - 9 kicks, 5 handballs, 1 goal.
Could be the best, for fantasy stats, of the first year AFL players.

Drum - 10 kicks, 10 handballs, 6 marks.
Not guaranteed a spot in round 1, unless he repeats this in their next game.

Headland - 20 kicks, 1 goal.
Only had 1 handball, which is good because kicks bring in more fantasy points.

M Carr - 17 possessions.
Hasleby could be out injured, M Carr has shown he can stop players while also getting the ball he M Carr’s stats could rise now.

Mundy - 2 goals, 12 kicks, 6 marks.
Has the skills for fantasy AFL, and might have the right position on the ground with the new coach in charge.

McPharlin - 10 kicks, 10 marks.
Big defenders are not usually the best for fantasy points, but McPharlin contributes solid stats.


West Coast

Seaby - 2 goals, 7 kicks, 7 marks.
The goals are important, that might keep him on the ground when Cox is back in the side.

McNamara - 8 kicks, 8 handballs.
If the Eagles pick him in round 1, a lot of fantasy teams will too.

Nicoski - 8 handballs, 5 kicks.
Should be a good signing this season for fantasy footy teams as he is over his injuries.

Staker - 6 kicks, 10 handballs, 4 marks, 4 tackles.
Was contesting some hitouts against Sandilands, Staker won't be doing that with Cox back.

Ebert - 6 kicks, 6 handballs, 2 tackles.
A solid debut at AFL level.

LeCras - 12 kicks, 2 goals.
Could have kicked a couple more goals too, so he can help fantasy teams as he is usually very accurate.


Game Stats
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Nick Malceski Injured, Could Be Out For The Year

It looks like another player that was going to be signed for the AFL Insider fantasy footy team is injured before the season starts. Like Rhett Biglands, Malceski is expected to miss the entire season with a knee injury.


From the Sydney site: Malceski likely to miss season

“It looks like [an ACL injury], the doctors are pretty certain,” Roos said shortly after the match.

“I think it shows you how important Marty Mattner coming across the line was,” Roos said, after the former Crow looked poised in a similar role on Sunday.

From The Age: Swans lose match and Malceski

Malceski underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee in 2002. He returned to claim a regular place in the Swans line-up and then, last year, became one of their most effective players filling the void left by the injured Tadhg Kennelly with his explosive run and long-kicking from half-back and making the shortlist for All-Australian selection.



AFL Fantasy Impact:

Mattner was brought in by the Swans to play an important role but with Malceski out it will mean Mattner does a bit more. Mattner should have a big fantasy season after leaving Adelaide during the trade period. Barlow is another player that could benefit with more playing time due to Malceksi's injury. Someone like Bevan could have more consistent playing time now too, and the Swans could also look to a younger player as well, with several of their younger players performing well in the NAB Cup game.

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2008 AFL Stats Projections - Fantasy Contributors - Collingwood

Alan Didak
10k, 5h, 15p, 4m. 28 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Collingwood have more forward options this season.

Leon Davis
12k, 4h, 16p, 3m. 20 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Could have more time in the midfield.

Anthony Rocca
8k, 2h, 10p, 5m. 50 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Still plenty of goals to kick before he becomes an Oakland Raider.

Shane Wakelin
9k, 3h, 12p, 5m. 0 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: They will need him and his experience on the field.

Rhyce Shaw
11k, 5h, 16p, 5m. 2 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: Is getting passed on the depth chart by some of their younger players.

Harry O'Brien
7k, 5h, 12p, 3m. 0 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: An accountable defender, so not the best role for fantasy AFL.

Nick Maxwell
7k, 6h, 13p, 5m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Takes on a big number and may play better.

Paul Medhurst
9k, 1h, 10p, 5m. 22 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Kicks are worth more than handballs in fantasy, he usually kicks.

Tyson Goldsack
9k, 6h, 15p, 4m. 2 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Clement's spot could now be his.

Martin Clarke
12k, 8h, 20p, 5m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: There is plenty for him to learn, and his fantasy stats should go up.

Sean Rusling
8k, 2h, 10p, 5m. 40 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!!
Notes: Still an unknown in fantasy, but the potential is there, does get hurt a bit though.

Shannon Cox
7k, 6h, 13p, 5m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Should develop into a versatile player.

Brad Dick
10k, 3h, 13p, 3m. 14 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: Adds some pace to their team, so he might play plenty of games in 2008.


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NAB Cup AFL Fantasy Notes - Cats, Demons, Power, Blues, Bombers, Lions

Geelong

Ling - 35 possessions.
He won't be that prolific in the real games, but is still a good player to have.

Prismall - 35 possessions.
That is a big number, but he may not make the team for the real games.

Stokes - 35 possessions, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 4 frees for.
His numbers should increase from last season's, but not that much.

Lonergan - 2 goals, 6 marks.
Did a bit more than Hawkins, in the position battle to replace N Ablett.

Taylor - 10 handballs, 7 kicks, 4 marks.
Could be useful in the early rounds if Egan, and maybe Scarlett, are out.

Wojcinski - 13 kicks, 12 handballs, 2 goals.
An excitement machine last year, but this season he might become a fantasy stats machine.


Melbourne

Garland - 3 goals, 8 kicks.
Their best forward this game, Neitz didn't play.

Meesen - 15 possessions, 1 goal.
Seems to have the edge over Jamar and P Johnson.

White - 11 kicks, 8 handballs, 8 marks.
Was used in several positions, which is good for stats.

McDonald - 24 possessions, 5 tackles.
He will always try and always bring in stats.

Buckley - 9 kicks, 8 handballs, 1 goal.
Will be cheap in fantasy leagues.

Bell - 11 possessions, 6 frees against.
He should be an improved player for stats, but this game wasn't great.


Game Stats



Carlton

Hampson - 12 possessions, 11 hitouts, 2 goals, 5 frees for.
Was very active, ruck spot still unsettled there.

Kreuzer - 6 possessions, 1 goal.
They are bringing him on slowly, but he still showed his skills here.

Thornton - 2 goals, 11 possessions.
Maybe they found their replacement for Whitnall and Kennedy.

Stevens - 9 kicks, 3 handballs, 3 tackles.
First game in a long time.

Bower - 7 handballs, 2 kicks, 5 tackles.
Not the best kick-to-handball ratio there.

Carrazzo - 24 possessions, 3 marks, 5 tackles.
Looks like he will still get plenty of stats despite new additions to the side.


Port Adelaide

Boak - 12 kicks, 10 handballs, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 3 frees for.
Considering his stats potential, he could be a fantasy bargain, this season's Pendlebury.

Salopek - 18 kicks, 9 handballs, 9 marks, 3 goals.
Will be very good, but not that great when the Cornes and Burgoynes play too.

Logan - 7 marks, 4 tackles, 11 handballs, 8 kicks, 2 frees for, 1 goal.
A good sign when a player contributes in numerous statistics.

Thomas - 21 handballs, 5 kicks.
If he gets a chance at big minutes, he will be a fantasy steal.

M Motlop - 10 kicks, 6 handballs.
He can play like a Motlop, but Power have a lot of depth at his position.

Krakouer - 11 kicks, 5 handballs.
Another player there who could be a fantasy star, if he gets the playing time.


Game Stats



Essendon

Hille - 3 goals, 19 hitouts, 7 marks, 13 possessions.
With the Bombers down in key forwards, there was time for both ruckmen to star.

Laycock - 11 possessions, 4 marks, 15 hitouts.
If Essendon play only one of Hille and Laycock, they will be a star fantasy ruckman.

Dempsey - 12 handballs, 7 kicks.
Collected a lot of the football at half back, where plenty of fantasy points are found.

Nash - 27 possessions.
He did increase his production, but several midfield stars were missing from this game.

Dyson - 11 kicks, 11 handballs.
A good chance to be a fantasy steal in 2008.

Johnson - 13 handballs, 10 kicks.
He might have one good year left, but still a risky signing.


Brisbane

Henderson - 3 goals, 5 marks, 9 kicks.
Good stats with Brown absent, but could be a good fantasy forward for the bench.

Leuenberger - 19 hitouts, 5 possessions, 2 tackles.
Didn't have it easy going against two big bodies, still showed some of his class.

Brennan - 11 possessions, 3 goals, 3 marks.
You never know what he will do, this time he was very good for stats.

Proud - 11 handballs, 4 kicks, 2 tackles, 3 frees for.
He got noticed with how he played, might get him into their round 1 team, and some fantasy teams.

Patfull - 11 possessions, 8 marks.
A few more stats than he usually has.

Johnstone - 16 kicks, 3 handballs, 2 frees for.
He seemed to fit in well, should be a solid fantasy player in 2008.


Game Stats
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2008 AFL Stats Projections - 10 Fantasy Superstars - Collingwood

Dane Swan
16k, 8h, 24p, 8m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: One of the big fantasy stars at Collingwood.

Tarkyn Lockyer
15k, 6h, 21p, 7m. 14 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Might be at the peak of his skills.

Heath Shaw
14k, 6h, 20p, 7m. 4 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Should be a star fantasy defender for many years.

Shane O'Bree
10k, 11h, 21p, 4m. 4 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Will continue to win the ball.

Travis Cloke
12k, 4h, 16p, 7m. 45 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: His kicking for goal might be getting better.

Dale Thomas
12k, 6h, 18p, 7m. 33 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: There isn't a lot he can't do.

Ben Johnson
15k, 4h, 19p, 5m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: A player who sometimes is askew with his kicks.

Scott Burns
9k, 9h, 18p, 4m. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: His minutes could be limited to keep him fresh for September.

Scott Pendlebury
10k, 10h, 20p, 6m. 25 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Still several years away from his best, so his stats can still go up.

Josh Fraser
9k, 5h, 14p, 6m, 14ho. 20 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Should be healthier this season, and might kick more goals too.
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Saints Order An Extra Large From NSW

Craig Bird, Taylor Walker and James Wilsen could all become star players after joining their AFL cubs through the NSW scholarship program. St Kilda have already plundered big-man Khan Haretuku from NSW and have now added an even larger prospect.

From the Saints site: Saints Sign 208cm Basketballer – Blake McGrath

"Reaching out to our next generation players is all a part of our job and thinking "outside the square" to get the best result is crucial. A 208cm 17 year old is hard to come by but there's a lot of potential in Blake and we look forward to developing him to become an AFL ruckman," said Recruiting Manager, John Peake.

The other Scholarship holders are:
Josh Duncan - 16 year old from Pennant Hills
Kane Murphy - 15 year old from St Ignatius Riverview
Khan Haretuku from the 2007 program is now at St Kilda on our NSW Scholarship Rookie List
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2008 AFL Stats Projections - Fantasy Contributors - Carlton

Bret Thornton
10k, 4h, 14p, 6m. 0 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Sometimes his stylish kicks don't hit their target.

Adam Bentick
8k, 8h, 16p, 4m. 6 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: New midfield additions could limit his games in 2008.

Ryan Houlihan
12k, 5h, 17p, 4m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: Might be a defensive forward, not the best spot for fantasy stats.

Bryce Gibbs
12k, 6h, 18p, 5m. 18 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: Should improve a lot on a tough first year.

Setanta O'hAilpin
5k, 5h, 10p, 3m. 3 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Would make sense for Carlton to play him at full back.

Eddie Betts
6k, 5h, 11p, 3m. 25 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Is needed more in a forward pocket than the midfield.

Cain Ackland
5k, 3h, 8p, 3m, 10ho. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: The ruck spot is more crowded at Carlton this season.

Shaun Grigg
9k, 6h, 15p, 5m. 20 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: Should find a spot as he can play in most positions.

Matthew Kreuzer
5k, 5h, 10p, 4m, 10ho. 15 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: 1st year
Notes: He is already one of Carlton's best talls.

Paul Bower
9k, 5h, 14p, 5m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Should become a regular player this season.

Ryan Jackson
7k, 8h, 15p, 4m. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Harder to get into the action for Jackson with Judd there.
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NAB Cup AFL Fantasy Notes - St Kilda, Richmond, Kangaroos and Bulldogs

St Kilda

C Gardiner - 10 marks, 15 kicks, 2 frees for.
A great game for him, but obviously when Riewoldt returns it will mean C Gardiner sits.

M Gardiner - 2 kicks, 14 hitouts.
Started the game in the ruck, didn't do a lot.

King - 8 kicks, 16 hitouts.
Picked up some possessions in the back half as he filled in the space.

Gehrig - 8 marks, 8 kicks, 3 goals.
Retirement didn't change him.

S Fisher - 13 kicks, 7 marks.
They may have paid him twice last year, but he did deserve extra.

Armitage - 8 possessions, 6 tackles, 2 frees for, 3 frees against.
There might be some fantasy value there with Armitage.


Richmond

Deledio - 11 kicks, 8 marks, 5 tackles, 2 goals.
Looks like he can help fantasy teams if Richmond play him as a forward.

McMahon - 11 kicks, 5 handballs.
May not help Richmond win, but he will probably help fantasy teams.

Richardson - 10 kicks, 7 handballs, 7 marks, 1 goal.
He was all over the ground, not a bad thing for fantasy stats.

Simmonds - 7 kicks, 7 marks, 12 hitouts.
Not back to his best yet, but should be a good player in fantasy AFL again.

Moore - 13 kicks, 5 marks.
He had a great game.

Brown - 7 kicks, 6 handballs, 5 marks, 2 goals.
Useful numbers for fantasy teams.


Game Stats



Western Bulldogs

Cooney - 13 kicks, 13 handballs.
He had plenty of the ball.

Eagleton - 17 kicks, 5 marks, 1 goal.
Also kicked 3 behinds, so he can do a bit better.

Hudson - 8 possessions, 14 hitouts.
Didn't do a lot in his first game with his new club.

Welsh - 3 kicks, 3 tackles, 1 goal.
They didn't really kick the ball to him a lot.

Murphy - 13 possessions, 6 marks.
Still asked to play too big, his miss from right in front was something to see.

Lake - 6 possessions, 2 frees against.
Maybe Brian Harris was better.


North Melbourne Kangaroos

Edwards - 10 kicks, 7 marks.
Was marking the ball well in difficult conditions.

N Thompson - 2 kicks.
Still a long way to go.

Harding - 13 possessions, 3 frees for, 2 frees against.
He was in the action, might be a good, and cheap, fantasy signing.

S Thompson - 6 kicks, 4 handballs, 2 frees for.
Look like he belonged at AFL level.

Power - 2 kicks, 5 handballs.
This time he helped the Bulldogs get a win, Sam might make fantasy teams powerless.

Adams - 5 kicks, 3 tackles, 2 frees for, 2 goals.
Fantasy potential as a small forward.


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2008 AFL Stats Projections - 10 Fantasy Superstars - Carlton

Heath Scotland
17k, 7h, 24p, 7m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Gets a lot of easy football, and fantasy points, at half back.

Chris Judd
14k, 9h, 23p, 3m. 25 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Only injury can stop him from being among the elite of AFL fantasy.

Andrew Carrazzo
12k, 11h, 23p, 6m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Had his best ever season in 2007.

Brendan Fevola
10k, 2h, 12p, 6m. 89 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: More supply forward should really equal more goals for him.

Kade Simpson
14k, 5h, 19p, 6m. 15 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Didn't really improve from 2006 to 2007.

Marc Murphy
14k, 7h, 21p, 5m. 22 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Last season he was tagged and sometimes benched, won't happen this year.

Andrew Walker
13k, 8h, 21p, 6m. 14 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: He can still improve on some parts of his game.

Nick Stevens
13k, 8h, 21p, 4m. 9 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: He is the same but his teammates have changed.

Jarrad Waite
10k, 5h, 15p, 6m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Expected to be their regular centre half back.

Brad Fisher
10k, 3h, 13p, 7m. 45 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: A consistent fantasy forward for stats.
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A Possible 2008 Dream Team AFL Fantasy Side - Bench

B Lachland Hansen
B Albert Proud

C Jamie McNamara
C Rhys Palmer

R Matthew Leuenberger
R Ivan Maric

F Anthony Corrie
F Tom Hawkins



Hansen or Proud would have been considered to be solid signings for a fantasy bench a year ago, although it didn't really work too well when the actual games started. If the Kangaroos can't find a spot this season for an athletic tall who was top 3 in the draft they might have a problem, as would the fantasy teams that have him again this season. Brisbane do have plenty of depth among their smaller players, so it won't be easy for Proud to win a spot but if he does he could be a good producer of fantasy points.

There were a lot of changes at West Coast and that might open up playing time for McNamara. He should be at a low fantasy price. Palmer seems to be one of the best first year players to sign. Fremantle were old and slow in the middle last year, Palmer is young and quick and was their top draft pick so the Dockers will want him in the team.

Maybe there is only enough salary cap left for one of Leuenberger and Maric, although having both should mean the ruck spot is under control for the entire season. Maric seems to have the lead in the race to be Adelaide's number 1 ruckman, although there are two or three others that Adelaide will consider. At Brisbane, there is Charman and Leuenberger, and that is all in the ruck. Even splitting minutes with Charman, Leuenberger is going to be well worth his fantasy price. If Charman missed games during the season, Leuenberger would be huge for stats.

Once again, until the official prices are released, there may not be enough money left for the two players listed on the forwards bench. Hawkins should be who Geelong pick at full forward, without N Ablett there it is expected that Hawkins will bring in plenty of goals and marks. Corrie has been injured, delisted and then rookie-listed and promoted back to the senior list by Brisbane, and he also showed late last season that he can get the ball when they play him. If he is cheap he will be a good player for the bench, but if his price is higher than expected a better alternative for this spot could be Sellar or Leigh Harding, if Harding is eligible as a forward like has was in previous seasons.

A Possible 2008 Dream Team AFL Fantasy Side - Forwards
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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Western Bulldogs

Goals

B.Johnson 59
A.Cooney 28
S.Higgins 26
D.Giansiracusa 22
J.Akermanis 20



Behinds

B.Johnson 26
A.Cooney 21
J.Akermanis 17
D.Giansiracusa 13
R.Murphy 13



Marks

B.Lake 182
B.Johnson 165
M.Boyd 137
D.Giansiracusa 131
N.Eagleton 126



Kicks

M.Boyd 295
B.Johnson 292
L.Gilbee 270
N.Eagleton 263
A.Cooney 262



Handballs

S.West 329
M.Boyd 250
D.Cross 241
A.Cooney 207
D.Giansiracusa 150



Disposals

M.Boyd 545
S.West 540
A.Cooney 469
N.Eagleton 406
B.Johnson 406



Frees For

S.West 34
L.Darcy 31
D.Cross 27
A.Cooney 26
B.Johnson 21



Frees Against

L.Darcy 37
R.Hargrave 33
M.Boyd 25
J.Akermanis 21
B.Lake 21



Tackles

S.West 82
A.Cooney 79
M.Boyd 77
D.Giansiracusa 61
D.Cross 58



Hitouts

P.Street 213
L.Darcy 172
W.Minson 73
W.Skipper 53
C.Wight 25



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Matthew Boyd 545
2 Scott West 540
3 Adam Cooney 469
4 Nathan Eagleton 406
5 Brad Johnson 406
6 Daniel Giansiracusa 402
7 Ryan Hargrave 392
8 Lindsay Gilbee 373
9 Daniel Cross 367
10 Jordan McMahon 345
11 Brian Lake 343
12 Farren Ray 305
13 Jason Akermanis 299
14 Dale Morris 261
15 Shaun Higgins 247
16 Robert Murphy 233
17 Luke Darcy 228
18 Sam Power 222
19 Ryan Griffen 143
20 Tom Williams 140

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Teams For The West Coast v Fremantle NAB Cup Game

WC FB Mark Nicoski, Darren Glass, Brett Jones
Fr FF Jeff Farmer, Matthew Pavlich, Ryan Murphy

WC HB Adam Selwood, Jaymie Graham, Scott Selwood
Fr HF Des Headland, Chris Tarrant, Byron Schammer

WC C Matt Rosa, Matt Priddis, Shannon Hurn
Fr C Rhys Palmer, Paul Hasleby, Brett Peake

WC HF Brent Staker, Ashley Hansen, Brad Ebert
Fr HB David Mundy, Michael Johnson, Ryan Crowley

WC FF David Wirrpanda, Quinten Lynch, Mark LeCras
Fr FB Roger Hayden, Luke McPharlin, Steven Dodd

WC Foll Mark Seaby, Chad Fletcher, Jamie McNamara
Fr Foll Aaron Sandilands, Josh Carr, Matthew Carr


West Coast bench Josh Kennedy, Mitch Brown, Chad Jones, Steven Armstrong, Will Schofield, Matthew Spangher, James Thomson, Patrick McGinnity, Ben McGinley, Beau Wilkes
Fremantle bench Daniel Gilmore, Dean Solomon, Mark Johnson, Shaun McManus, Antoni Grover, Adam Campbell, Garrick Ibbotson, Marcus Drum, Clayton Hinkley, Paul Duffield
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Teams For The Hawthorn v Sydney NAB Cup Game

Ha FB Michael Osborne, Stephen Gilham, Brent Guerra
Sy FF Nick Davis, Heath Grundy, Daniel O'Keefe

Ha HB Jordan Lewis, Tom Murphy, Grant Birchall
Sy HF Paul Bevan, Ed Barlow, Ryan O'Keefe

Ha C Clinton Young, Sam Mitchell, Chance Bateman
Sy C Nick Malceski, Craig Bird, Ryan Brabazon

Ha HF Shane Crawford, Lance Franklin, Josh Kennedy
Sy HB Martin Mattner, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Kristin Thornton

Ha FF Mark Williams, Tim Boyle, Cyril Rioli
Sy FB Ben Matthews, Peter Faulks, Jarrad McVeigh

Ha Foll Robert Campbell, Luke Hodge, Brad Sewell
Sy Foll Jesse White, Jude Bolton, Amon Buchanan


Hawthorn bench Simon Taylor, Brent Renouf, Xavier Ellis, Beau Muston, Tim Clarke, Travis Tuck, Zac Dawson, Garry Moss, Jarryd Morton, Cameron Stokes
Sydney bench Kieren Jack, Brett Meredith, Jared Moore, Nick Smith, Matthew O'Dwyer, Matthew Beckmans, Aaron Bruce, Dean Terlich
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Teams For The Brisbane v Essendon NAB Cup Game

Br FB Tom Collier, Joel Patfull, Albert Proud
Es FF Jason Laycock, Courtney Johns, Courtenay Dempsey

Br HB Jed Adcock, Josh Drummond, Robert Copeland
Es HF Kyle Reimers, Scott Gumbleton, Adam McPhee

Br C Travis Johnstone, Nigel Lappin, Cheynee Stiller
Es C Ricky Dyson, Jason Johnson, Leroy Jetta

Br HF Justin Sherman, Wayde Mills, Tim Notting
Es HB David Myers, Patrick Ryder, Nathan Lovett-Murray

Br FF Rhan Hooper, Lachlan Henderson, Jared Brennan
Es FB Henry Slattery, Mal Michael, Tayte Pears

Br Foll Matthew Leuenberger, Luke Power, Troy Selwood
Es Foll David Hille, Damien Peverill, Angus Monfries


Brisbane bench Anthony Corrie, James Polkinghorne, Scott Harding, Bradd Dalziell, Matt Austin, Joel Tippett, Daniel Dzufer, Haydn Kiel, Phillip Smith, Scott Clouston
Essendon bench Jay Nash, Heath Hocking, Cale Hooker, Bachar Houli, Sam Lonergan, Dean Dick, Danny Chartres, Rhys Magin, Jarrod Atkinson
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Teams For The Port Adelaide v Carlton NAB Cup Game

PA FB Tom Logan, Alipate Carlile, Nathan Lonie
Ca FF Eddie Betts, Brendan Fevola, Ryan Houlihan

PA HB Jacob Surjan, Troy Chaplin, Michael Pettigrew
Ca HF Shaun Grigg, Matthew Kreuzer, Brad Fisher

PA C Danyle Pearce, Domenic Cassisi, David Rodan
Ca C Kade Simpson, Nick Stevens, Bryce Gibbs

PA HF Daniel Motlop, Damon White, Justin Westhoff
Ca HB Heath Scotland, Jarrad Waite, Jason Saddington

PA FF Brett Ebert, Warren Tredrea, Robbie Gray
Ca FB Paul Bower, Michael Jamison, Bret Thornton

PA Foll Dean Brogan, Steven Salopek, Travis Boak
Ca Foll Cameron Cloke, Andrew Carrazzo, Marc Murphy


Port Adelaide bench Fabian Deluca, Nathan Krakouer, Matt Thomas, Marlon Motlop, Greg Bentley, Adam Cockshell, Nick Lower, Paul Stewart, Ryan Williams, Jonathan Giles
Carlton bench Shaun Hampson, Simon Wiggins, Ryan Jackson, Jordan Bannister, Mark Austin, Jordan Russell, Dennis Armfield, Darren Pfeiffer, Jake Edwards, David Ellard
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Back Line Easy For Harding

Thompson wasn't the only player for the Kangaroos who missed time last year because of a knee injury, Leigh Harding was out too and is also back in the team for the NAB Cup.


From The Age: Harding destined for defence

Harding has lost none of his pace, said Laidley, who is hopeful the 26-year-old can cement a spot in the back line.

"He has got good pace, he kicks the ball well, he should be able to run the lines and penetrate the game. (But) he has got a lot of things to learn," Laidley said.



AFL Fantasy Impact:

It was only a couple of years ago when Harding was the Kangaroos equal-second best for goals, although that was also when Saverio Rocca was in the team so things have changed since Harding was a forward. The back line is where players can get plenty of easy fantasy points, Archer is gone, and Smith does have an injury at the moment, so there is an opportunity for Harding to play an important role.

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Teams For The Geelong v Melbourne NAB Cup Game

Ge FB Darren Milburn, Tom Harley, Josh Hunt
Me FF Aaron Davey, Michael Newton, Russell Robertson

Ge HB Andrew Mackie, Tom Lonergan, David Wojcinski
Me HF Matthew Bate, Paul Johnson, Colin Sylvia

Ge C Jason Davenport, Jimmy Bartel, James Kelly
Me C Adem Yze, Brad Green, Simon Buckley

Ge HF Steve Johnson, Cameron Mooney, Ryan Gamble
Me HB James Frawley, Brad Miller, Tom McNamara

Ge FF Shannon Byrnes, Tom Hawkins, Matthew Stokes
Me FB Daniel Bell, Ben Holland, Kyle Cheney

Ge Foll Brad Ottens, Gary Ablett, Cameron Ling
Me Foll Jeff White, James McDonald, Nathan Jones


Geelong bench Mark Blake, Scott Simpson, Harry Taylor, Nathan Djerrkura, Kane Tenace, Brent Prismall, Trent West, David Johnson, Jeremy Laidler, Liam Bedford
Melbourne bench John Meesen, Colin Garland, Matthew Warnock, Stefan Martin, Jace Bode, Isaac Weetra, Mark Jamar, Shane Valenti, Austin Wonaemirri, Trent Zomer
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2008 AFL Stats Projections - Fantasy Contributors - Brisbane

Jared Brennan
9k, 3h, 12p, 5m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: Might be up forward, or in the middle, or on the bench for the Lions.

Troy Selwood
12k, 7h, 19p, 5m. 4 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Could have big stats one week, and a tagging role with less stats the next.

Robert Copeland
6k, 3h, 9p, 3m. 7 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: Kicked a few goals in 2007 with Bradshaw out.

Colm Begley
8k, 5h, 13p, 4m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Could be the next Tadgh Kennelly.

Jason Roe
8k, 3h, 11p, 5m. 2 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: A big fantasy star two seasons ago, some struggles in 2007.

Jamie Charman
6k, 5h, 11p, 4m, 16ho. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: Leuenberger will take some of his minutes.

Daniel Merrett
5k, 5h, 10p, 4m. 1 goal.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Big, strong full back for Lions, not really a fantasy option.

Joel Patfull
5k, 4h, 9p, 3m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Solid for Lions, quiet for fantasy stats.

Justin Sherman
8k, 7h, 15p, 5m. 20 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Could bounce back with a role at half forward.

Ashley McGrath
6k, 3h, 8p, 2m. 14 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Will miss the preseason, and possibly more, with injury.

Scott Harding
6k, 6h, 12p, 3m. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: A lot of competition for his spot in the side.

Joel Macdonald
8k, 8h, 16p, 4m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Might be underrated, but there isn't a big role for him yet.

Rhan Hooper
11k, 7h, 18p, 4m. 20 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Will be better this time as he will have a preseason.

Matthew Leuenberger
4k, 8h, 12p, 4m, 15ho. 16 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: A fantasy star, very soon.

Daniel Bradshaw
6k, 3h, 9p, 5m. 35 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: He is back.
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2008 AFL Stats Projections - 10 Fantasy Superstars - Brisbane

Jed Adcock
14k, 8h, 22p, 5m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Made the jump to fantasy star last season.

Tim Notting
10k, 6h, 16p, 5m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!!
Notes: Could lose stats to Johnstone and Bradshaw.

Nigel Lappin
14k, 10h, 24p, 5m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Successful comeback last year.

Cheynee Stiller
12k, 7h, 19p, 6m. 9 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Seems to get under the guard of a lot of teams.

Luke Power
14k, 11h, 25p, 3m. 15 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Should have another big year for statistics.

Simon Black
10k, 11h, 21p, 3m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Addition of Johnstone won't change Black's numbers.

Jonathan Brown
12k, 4h, 16p, 9m. 75 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: A superstar, and reportedly in best ever preseason form.

Travis Johnstone
14k, 4h, 18p, 4m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Change of teams might give him a chance to improve.

Josh Drummond
14k, 7h, 21p, 7m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: An elite fantasy defender.

Michael Rischitelli
9k, 9h, 18p, 4m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Is ready to do more if Lions lose midfield stars to injury.
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A Possible 2008 Dream Team AFL Fantasy Side - Forwards

F Nick Reiwoldt
F Ryan O'Keefe
F Jonathan Brown
F Robert Murphy
F Gary Ablett
F Quinten Lynch
F Sean Rusling


Riewoldt and Brown will cost a lot and do a lot. Last season it wasn't the best idea to have these players in round 1 fantasy teams, as Riewoldt was injured and Brown had a very high fantasy price, but this time around they are ready to play and worth their price.

If Ablett and Murphy are eligible as forwards it will increase their worth to fantasy teams. G Ablett is one of the biggest fantasy stars while Murphy can bring in plenty of stats wherever the Bulldogs play him. If one of them is not eligible to play as a fantasy forward, then Deledio might be someone else to put in that spot, as long as Deledio is a forward in fantasy.

R O'Keefe might have to increase his already high work-rate if Hall and O'Loughlin decline in their fantasy numbers. Big Q is still one of the only ways for the Eagles to score goals, so they should continue kicking it to him and he will be consistent for fantasy points. In most games, Lynch brings in fantasy points with his goals, but there were times last season when he ran all over the ground for marks and kicks.

Rusling is the missing piece for the Collingwood forward line, if he is finally healthy it could mean plenty of marks, kicks and goals.

A Possible 2008 Dream Team AFL Fantasy Side - Rucks
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Beau Knows Retirement

With some AFL fans reeling from the news of umpire Goldspink's impending retirement, there is also another person who won't be out on the football field. Giant Brisbane ruckman Beau McDonald is done. Injuries limited him over many years, but he did win a Grand Final.

This does change some of the plans that Brisbane had, and also questions trading away Wood as well as some of their drafting choices. But the Lions did the right thing when they sent out Wood. They had to come up with new contracts for Charman, Leuenberger and Wood, and could really only afford two of them. Charman was proven and had to be retained. Extending Leuenberger's deal was the smartest thing the Lions have done in a long time, as soon as he gets close to having an expiring contract there will be 15 other clubs chasing him. One problem the Lions might have is that they didn't draft a real ruckman to have as a backup, and there were some available in the draft from Queensland that they overlooked.


From The Courier-Mail: Injuries end it for Big Beau

McDonald shocked the Lions yesterday when he said his body, which has endured numerous operations over a horror five-year stretch, could not withstand another AFL season.

Promising ruckman Joel Tippett is set to make his debut in the NAB Cup against Essendon on Saturday night and would be a leading contender.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Charman and Leuenberger were always going to be the starting ruckmen in Brisbane, and the ones helping fantasy teams, so this news doesn't change things. It probably makes Leuenberger an even better choice for fantasy teams, and he would be a great player to have as the backup ruckman on the fantasy bench. But if one of them is injured, it could open up minutes for someone to contribute fantasy points. Henderson and Clark could be used in the ruck if needed, Joel Tippett would have the low, low price that all rookies in fantasy have so if he is elevated and does play a few games he will rapidly increase in price.
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Staker In The Middle At West Coast

The Eagles lost a lot of their midfield power during the offseason, but they still have plenty of capable players to fill their onball group. Staker was used occasionally as a ruckman early in 2007 when Dean Cox was out, this time Staker could be in the midfield with Cox directing the ball to him.


From the West Coast site: Staker to plug Eagles’ midfield

“We’ll wait and see whether Stenglein’s fit as well – he probably won’t play,” he said. “So it’s a great opportunity. Jamie McNamara, Matt Priddis, David Wirrpanda, Brent Staker, Will Schofield, Shannon Hurn – there’s a lot of different guys that we will potentially have a look at through there.”

In close to 100 matches for the club, Staker hasn’t laid claim to a permanent position, but Worsfold said his ability to pinch-hit for the side was very valuable.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

At various times during his career, Staker has put together a few weeks of great fantasy stats but then been injured, dropped by West Coast or played in a different spot for lower stats. If he can secure a permanent spot in the Eagles' midfield it will help his fantasy points.

McNamara showed potential last season. He would be a good player to have on a fantasy bench. Hurn has the skills, if he gets a role in the middle he could become a star fantasy player.


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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - West Coast

Goals

Q.Lynch 52
M.LeCras 36
D.Wirrpanda 25
A.Hansen 22
C.Judd 20



Behinds

Q.Lynch 46
M.LeCras 19
A.Hansen 17
B.Staker 17
C.Judd 14



Marks

Q.Lynch 167
M.Rosa 163
D.Cox 155
A.Hunter 145
A.Selwood 142



Kicks

M.Priddis 305
Q.Lynch 290
D.Wirrpanda 268
M.Rosa 267
C.Judd 240



Handballs

M.Braun 287
A.Hunter 268
M.Priddis 260
A.Selwood 259
R.Jones 245



Disposals

M.Priddis 565
M.Braun 514
M.Rosa 476
A.Selwood 467
T.Stenglein 463



Frees For

D.Kerr 51
D.Cox 38
A.Selwood 34
T.Stenglein 26
M.Braun 26



Frees Against

M.Seaby 33
D.Chick 23
B.Jones 21
A.Hunter 20
D.Kerr 20



Tackles

M.Priddis 128
T.Stenglein 104
M.Braun 68
D.Chick 61
D.Kerr 61



Hitouts

D.Cox 484
M.Seaby 306
Q.Lynch 18
B.Staker 8
A.Selwood 5



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Matt Priddis 565
2 Michael Braun 514
3 Matt Rosa 476
4 Adam Selwood 467
5 Tyson Stenglein 463
6 Daniel Kerr 461
7 Adam Hunter 456
8 Brett Jones 455
9 Chris Judd 437
10 Rowan Jones 436
11 Beau Waters 413
12 Dean Cox 397
13 Quinten Lynch 374
14 David Wirrpanda 362
15 Shannon Hurn 329
16 Brent Staker 286
17 Darren Glass 274
18 Andrew Embley 266
19 Mark Seaby 245
20 Chad Fletcher 235
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Joel Selwood Wants To Play At Half Back

There are not a lot of minutes available in the Geelong midfield, even for Joel Selwood, so if he wants to play more he will need to find some extra minutes as a defender or forward.


From The Geelong Advertiser: Young Cat Joel Selwood eyes the backline as he goes forward

``I'm looking to play a bit more this year and even if it was to go down back or up forward, I've just got to learn a whole lot of different positions now.''

``I love it across the half-back line, so I've worked a little bit on my game down there and hopefully (I'll) be able to blend in down there every now and then,'' Selwood said.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Last season, Selwood started on the bench and then went into the middle. If he started the game in a back pocket and then moved into the centre later in the quarter it would mean a large increase in playing time and probably a few more stats too.
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Teams For The Richmond v St Kilda NAB Cup Game

Ri FB Mitch Morton, Joel Bowden, Jake King
SK FF Justin Koschitzke, Fraser Gehrig, Stephen Milne

Ri HB Andrew Raines, Graham Polak, Chris Newman
SK HF Clint Jones, Nick Riewoldt, Aaron Fiora

Ri C Richard Tambling, Kane Johnson, Shane Edwards
SK C Shane Birss, Leigh Montagna, David Armitage

Ri HF Brett Deledio, Jack Riewoldt, Kayne Pettifer
SK HB Sean Dempster, Sam Fisher, Jason Blake

Ri FF Nathan Brown, Matthew Richardson, Jay Schulz
SK FB Steven Baker, Max Hudghton, James Gwilt

Ri Foll Troy Simmonds, Nathan Foley, Shane Tuck
SK Foll Steven King, Nick Dal Santo, Robert Harvey


Richmond bench Adam Pattison, Jordan McMahon, Daniel Jackson, Kelvin Moore, Greg Tivendale, Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls, Chris Hyde, Travis Casserly, Jarrod Silvester, Tristan Cartledge
St Kilda bench Michael Gardiner, Michael Rix, Xavier Clarke, Raphael Clarke, Charlie Gardiner, Brad Howard, Jarryn Geary, Robert Eddy, Luke Miles, Andrew McQualter
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – New Forward Structure For Bulldogs

Never underestimate the power of the Schwarz, that was significant in Spaceballs and the Bulldogs hope it will be good for footballs.


From the Herald Sun: Schwarz to help Bulldogs

Schwarz will work closely with key forwards, such as Will Minson, and the resting ruckmen, recruit Scott Welsh, Brad Johnson, the promising Tom Williams, Cameron Wight and Robert Murphy.

"I can relate to 'Murph' more than most. He had a reco, he's been near the top of his club and fallen over with injury and he knows what it's like to get back," Schwarz said.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

The only way that Minson or Wight will be useful on fantasy teams is if they become the centre half forward for the Bulldogs. Johnson will always be a fantasy star. Welsh should again kick around 50 goals.

Murphy might be at his best for fantasy AFL on a half back flank, but it seems he will be a forward. If he is played as one of the prime marking options it won’t be good for his health, going up against some of the bigger key defenders. If Murphy splits his time leading from half forward to the middle of the ground and also some minutes close to goal it will bring in the most fantasy points.

Tom Williams being mentioned among the possible forwards would be a change. He was drafted as a midfield prospect, and after all his injury problems he debuted as a key defender.

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Teams For The Western Bulldogs v Kangaroos NAB Cup Game

WB FB Tim Callan, Brian Lake, Dale Morris
Ka FF Shannon Grant, Nathan Thompson, Aaron Edwards

WB HB Lindsay Gilbee, Cameron Wight, Andrejs Everitt
Ka HF Lindsay Thomas, David Hale, Scott McMahon

WB C Ryan Griffen, Matthew Boyd, Adam Cooney
Ka C Daniel Wells, Daniel Harris, Andrew Swallow

WB HF Robert Murphy, Andrew McDougall, Jason Akermanis
Ka HB Josh Gibson, Drew Petrie, Jess Sinclair

WB FF Brad Johnson, Scott Welsh, Shaun Higgins
Ka FB Daniel Pratt, Michael Firrito, Leigh Harding

WB Foll Ben Hudson, Scott West, Daniel Cross
Ka Foll Hamish McIntosh, Adam Simpson, Brent Harvey


Western Bulldogs bench Peter Street, Nathan Eagleton, Farren Ray, Ryan Hargrave, Mitch Hahn, Brennan Stack, Dylan Addison, Stephen Tiller, Jarrod Harbrow, Josh Hill
Kangaroos bench Brady Rawlings, Lachlan Hansen, Robbie Tarrant, Scott Thompson, Shannon Watt, Gavin Urquhart, Leigh Adams, Matt Campbell, Ben Davies, Sam Power
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2008 AFL Stats Projections - Fantasy Contributors - Adelaide

Robert Shirley
7k, 10h, 17p, 3m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Useful for fantasy but unlikely to ever be a huge star.

Michael Doughty
9k, 10h, 19p, 5m. 3 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: A solid player for Adelaide and fantasy teams.

Scott Stevens
10k, 5h, 15p, 6m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Very versatile, a good thing for fantasy footy.

Brent Reilly
13k, 7h, 20p, 5m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Might have the skills to play close to goal.

Ben Rutten
7k, 7h, 14p, 5m. 0 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Crows' defenders like sharing the ball around.

Jason Porplyzia
8k, 8h, 16p, 5m. 15 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: Trying to break into their midfield.

Kris Massie
7k, 8h, 15p, 5m. 4 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: The Crows can use him to fill a few spots.

Richard Douglas
12k, 7h, 19p, 4m. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!!
Notes: It could be his breakout season.

Jonathon Griffin
5k, 2h, 7p, 3m. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Showed potential for fantasy points last season.

Nick Gill
8k, 5h, 13p, 6m. 18 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Keeps presenting on leads and is a strong mark.

Ken McGregor
7k, 4h, 11p, 5m. 25 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Welsh and Perrie are gone.

Luke Jericho
7k, 4h, 11p, 5m. 15 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: When, or if, they play him he is a solid player.

Bernie Vince
7k, 6h, 13p, 4m. 8 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Weekend At Bernie's was often in the SANFL, that might change.

Ivan Maric
5k, 7h, 12p, 4m. 15ho. 10 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!!
Notes: Possibly their number 1 ruckman.

Trent Hentschel
7k, 3h, 10p, 4m. 35 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!!
Notes: Returning after a year out.

Brad Symes
9k, 8h, 17p, 5m. 4 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: Arrives from Port Adelaide, Symes is good for fantasy teams.

James Sellar
6k, 3h, 9p, 4m. 25 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!!
Notes: A couple of spots available up forward.

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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Henderson Kid At Full Forward For NAB Cup

Lachlan Henderson was taken early in the draft by the Brisbane Lions and Brisbane fans will get an early look at him in the NAB Cup game. With injuries possibly keeping a few other tall forwards out of the lineup for the regular season opener, Henderson could be combining with Jonathan Brown in the forward 50 when the real games begin.


From Fox Sports: Clark contributes to big man woes

Although Brown will be ready by then, Bradshaw will still be at least a month away from playing and Clark might struggle for selection given Matthews's long-standing rule that players must have had competitive match practice before a senior call-up.

By then Henderson could have impressed enough to earn a spot, either in attack or across half back, making him just the second draftee in 10 years to play his first game in round 1 of his first season at the Lions.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Henderson could provide some financial value for fantasy teams in the first month of the season. If he plays the first 4 or 5 games his initial fantasy price could at least double, which would make him a useful trade asset.

When Brisbane have Bradshaw back to his best, and Brown dominating, there probably won’t be a spot for Henderson up forward. Maybe he can find a spot in the back half, as there isn’t a lot of height back there, although that didn’t seem to be a problem last year for the Lions.
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A Possible 2008 Dream Team AFL Fantasy Side - Rucks

R Jeff White
R Aaron Sandilands



Every year White is a valuable fantasy ruckman. He might be getting a bit older but he still has a bounce in his step, and is a very mobile player that accumulates marks and possessions around the ground as well as bringing in hitouts.

As Sandilands has an advantage over all other ruckmen when it comes to getting his hand to the hitouts, he can help fantasy AFL teams. He hasn't really achieved his best yet too, so he has the potential to bring in more stats and also increase in fantasy price.

A Possible 2008 Dream Team AFL Fantasy Side - Centres
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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Sydney

Goals

B.Hall 44
M.O'Loughlin 40
N.Davis 33
A.Schneider 27
R.O'Keefe 23



Behinds

B.Hall 30
R.O'Keefe 18
A.Schneider 18
J.McVeigh 15
M.O'Loughlin 14



Marks

N.Malceski 150
C.Bolton 138
B.Hall 135
A.Goodes 134
R.O'Keefe 122



Kicks

N.Malceski 333
A.Goodes 298
R.O'Keefe 282
N.Fosdike 277
C.Bolton 244



Handballs

B.Kirk 293
J.Bolton 198
A.Goodes 166
N.Malceski 148
A.Buchanan 146



Disposals

B.Kirk 516
N.Malceski 481
A.Goodes 464
J.Bolton 412
N.Fosdike 405



Frees For

J.Bolton 46
B.Kirk 37
D.Jolly 28
A.Goodes 27
R.O'Keefe 27



Frees Against

B.Hall 41
A.Goodes 34
D.Jolly 33
R.O'Keefe 32
B.Kirk 31



Tackles

B.Kirk 149
J.Bolton 105
N.Fosdike 89
R.O'Keefe 83
A.Goodes 77



Hitouts

D.Jolly 458
P.Everitt 405
A.Goodes 31
L.Ablett 18
C.Bolton 6



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Brett Kirk 516
2 Nick Malceski 481
3 Adam Goodes 464
4 Jude Bolton 412
5 Nic Fosdike 405
6 Ryan O'Keefe 404
7 Craig Bolton 354
8 Adam Schneider 325
9 Jarrad McVeigh 318
10 Luke Ablett 305
11 Ben Mathews 305
12 Amon Buchanan 295
13 Leo Barry 276
14 Ted Richards 273
15 Michael O'Loughlin 266
16 Peter Everitt 256
17 Barry Hall 238
18 Darren Jolly 227
19 Tadhg Kennelly 218
20 Nick Davis 212

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2008 AFL Stats Projections - 10 Fantasy Superstars - Adelaide

Scott Thompson
14k, 11h, 25p, 6m. 25 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Gets goals and possessions, makes him more valuable in fantasy AFL.

Tyson Edwards
12k, 9h, 21p, 5m. 11 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: Still one good year left in him, maybe two.

Andrew McLeod
14k, 6h, 20p, 3m. 15 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Down!
Notes: Getting older now. A move forward could limit his stats.

Simon Goodwin
11k, 9h, 20p, 4m. 22 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: Now the captain of the Crows.

Chris Knights
13k, 13h, 26p, 7m. 12 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: He is the new star in the Adelaide midfield.

Nathan van Berlo
12k, 9h, 21p, 5m. 14 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: He is the future of their team, and important in 2008 too.

Nathan Bock
12k, 3h, 14p, 7m. 15 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Same!
Notes: A capable forward but better for fantasy if played down back by Adelaide.

Graham Johncock
12k, 7h, 19p, 6m. 5 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Stats could go up if McLeod goes up forward.

Nathan Bassett
10k, 7h, 17p, 7m. 2 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Leader of their back line, which is good for stats.

Brett Burton
11k, 4h, 15p, 6m. 35 goals.
2008 fantasy stats change from 2007: Up!
Notes: Jumping so high takes a toll on his knees, does miss games.



One of the more useful parts of a fantasy sports draft kit is when the statistics for the upcoming season are projected. Using stats from the previous season, and often the previous seasons, an estimate can be made for how the player will perform. Injuries, retirements, delistings, coaching changes and the change of playing personnel at their club will also affect their numbers.

Older players sometimes suddenly slow down, others have a gradual decline, although Robert Harvey is a different subject and remains a star. Younger players can take a few years to get it, ruckmen can take half a decade, but there are some first year players who defy the trend and are important fantasy players.

These are estimates, so take them with as many grains of salt as required.

The projected numbers for season 2008 are also accompanied by a brief note and also one word to consider for how 2008 will differ from 2007. For many players, especially the established stars, their numbers will be the Same. Varying degrees of Up and Down are signified by the amount of !!!.

Ten of the biggest fantasy stars at each club will have their projected statistics for season 2008 posted. Then other fantasy contributors, including some worthy of being called fantasy stars, from that club will be addressed in another post here. A few minor players form each club, the quietest of the fantasy sleepers, will be overlooked for projected stats but if there is a specific player that you would like added to the list go to the comments section of the post and leave a note for the player you want information on.

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A Possible 2008 Dream Team AFL Fantasy Side - Centres

C Chris Judd
C Brent Stanton
C Kane Cornes
C Nick Malceski
C Ryan Griffen
C Shane Edwards


Judd might cost a lot, Edwards should be a bargain, so it all balances out with the salary cap. Judd may not have Dean Cox helping him now, but he should still be one of the best midfielders in fantasy AFL. Richmond have some young players that have shown they are ready for AFL, Edwards should be in the Richmond team every week in 2008.

Stanton and K Cornes will be stars for total possessions. The Bombers will be a different team this year, due to retirements and delistings, and Stanton should be one of their best in the middle. The Bombers also have a couple of other onballers that get a lot of the ball, and while their use of the football is not a problem for dreamteam stats, there were times last year when Watson or Peverill were sat down by the former Essendon coach. Fantasy points can’t be scored on the bench, or in the VFL. Either of the Cornes at Port Adelaide will help fantasy teams.

Malceski was a big improver last season, he should be one of Sydney's best again. Griffen hasn't really taken off yet for stats, 2008 should be his year. Griffen’s price should be very affordable, and with a few big performances early in the season he should increase in value and might also become a trade asset.

A Possible 2008 Dream Team AFL Fantasy Side – Backs
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Swans Might Only Have Jolly In The Ruck For Round 1

The Swans are complaining about the problems the NAB Cup could supposedly cause, but even without playing a game their injury list is increasing.


From the AFL site: Everitt in doubt for season opener

The Swans start the season proper against the Saints on March 22 at Telstra Dome and Everitt has been listed as being out for up to six weeks with a knee complaint before the opening match against his old club.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

This news is something that fantasy coaches will use to their advantage. If both Jolly and Everitt are solid for fantasy stats when they share time, if one of them is out it must mean the other will have a huge amount of hitouts and other stats. It could also increase Jesse White’s fantasy value.

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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - St Kilda

Goals

F.Gehrig 59
N.Riewoldt 42
S.Milne 32
J.Koschitzke 26
A.Fiora 12



Behinds

F.Gehrig 35
N.Riewoldt 26
S.Milne 22
A.Fiora 19
X.Clarke 16



Marks

N.Riewoldt 194
S.Fisher 186
A.Fiora 116
J.Koschitzke 116
L.Fisher 115



Kicks

L.Montagna 339
S.Fisher 296
N.Riewoldt 293
N.Dal Santo 290
J.Gram 258



Handballs

L.Hayes 204
N.Dal Santo 182
L.Montagna 163
R.Harvey 161
L.Ball 154



Disposals

L.Montagna 502
N.Dal Santo 472
L.Hayes 432
S.Fisher 406
R.Harvey 392



Frees For

N.Riewoldt 45
L.Ball 32
N.Dal Santo 29
J.Koschitzke 26
M.Rix 24



Frees Against

S.Milne 26
J.Blake 25
S.Baker 24
S.Fisher 22
J.Koschitzke 22



Tackles

L.Hayes 109
L.Ball 89
N.Dal Santo 81
L.Montagna 75
S.Gilbert 62



Hitouts

M.Rix 206
J.Koschitzke 155
M.Clarke 142
J.Blake 79
N.Riewoldt 18



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Leigh Montagna 502
2 Nick Dal Santo 472
3 Lenny Hayes 433
4 Sam Fisher 406
5 Robert Harvey 392
6 Jason Gram 370
7 Nick Riewoldt 361
8 Luke Ball 344
9 Aaron Fiora 339
10 Leigh Fisher 305
11 Jason Blake 278
12 Stephen Milne 270
13 Steven Baker 265
14 Sam Gilbert 255
15 Justin Koschitzke 247
16 Xavier Clarke 235
17 Fraser Gehrig 207
18 Shane Birss 173
19 Jayden Attard 150
20 Brendon Goddard 130
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Power Amplification From Westhoff, Boak, Krakouer and Gray

Port Adelaide had a bunch of first year players who played much better than expected in 2007. If the Power are to improve in 2008 it will be due to these players getting even better.


From Fox Sports: Williams sticks to his plans

"We're looking forward to seeing (last year's debutants) Justin Westhoff, Travis Boak, Nathan Krakouer and Robbie Gray become more experienced, more poised and get a better result for us."

"If the Grand Final was replayed today, three or four spots in the line-up would be up in the air, but the rest would be playing," he said.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Boak before J Selwood in the draft will be argued for a long time, but Port Adelaide are happy with who they got. Fantasy coaches will probably get a useful player for stats with either one of them.

The Hoff should continue to kick goals, and find his way onto numerous fantasy teams.

Playing time for Gray and Krakouer won’t be guaranteed, compared to Boak and J Westhoff. Maybe there will only be room for one of Gray or Krakouer in the Port Adelaide side, with Mahoney retiring it might mean Gray can take his role. Fantasy coaches might also want to consider Marlon Motlop, he could be as good in his first year as Gray and Krakouer were in 2007.

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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Richmond

Goals

M.Richardson 53
K.Pettifer 37
N.Brown 21
B.Deledio 21
R.Tambling 17



Behinds

M.Richardson 40
K.Pettifer 21
J.Schulz 14
N.Brown 14
B.Deledio 10



Marks

M.Richardson 197
J.Bowden 179
G.Polak 163
K.Pettifer 147
C.Newman 138



Kicks

J.Bowden 329
K.Pettifer 283
C.Newman 272
M.Richardson 261
S.Tuck 253



Handballs

N.Foley 286
S.Tuck 237
J.Bowden 220
A.Raines 205
K.Johnson 197



Disposals

J.Bowden 549
N.Foley 532
S.Tuck 490
K.Johnson 440
A.Raines 428



Frees For

J.King 36
M.Richardson 34
B.Deledio 24
K.Johnson 23
S.Tuck 23



Frees Against

N.Foley 30
M.Richardson 30
A.Raines 27
A.Pattison 25
J.King 25



Tackles

N.Foley 90
K.Johnson 70
S.Tuck 61
R.Tambling 49
G.Tivendale 49



Hitouts

A.Pattison 176
T.Simmonds 127
G.Polak 58
S.Tuck 32
M.Richardson 18



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Joel Bowden 549
2 Nathan Foley 532
3 Shane Tuck 490
4 Kane Johnson 440
5 Andrew Raines 428
6 Chris Newman 401
7 Kayne Pettifer 357
8 Greg Tivendale 356
9 Brett Deledio 349
10 Graham Polak 348
11 Matthew Richardson 333
12 Jake King 321
13 Richard Tambling 272
14 Adam Pattison 239
15 Cameron Howat 211
16 Daniel Jackson 210
17 Chris Hyde 194
18 Nathan G. Brown 174
19 Shane Edwards 165
20 Luke McGuane 158
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A Possible 2008 Dream Team AFL Fantasy Side – Backs

Using estimated prices, a possible Dream Team will be posted over the coming days.

B Heath Shaw
B Lindsay Gilbee
B Jason Gram
B Michael Johnson
B Tadgh Kennelly
B Xavier Ellis
B Daniel Pratt


Heath Shaw and Lindsay Gilbee get a lot of the ball, they are top defenders in every type of AFL fantasy game. Gram should continue to run in space and get a lot of the ball, although maybe Goddard's return could change Gram's role. Johnson didn't really get to his best last season, as he started late due to a suspension, so he might improve more this time. Michael Johnson could one day be a top 5 fantasy defender, combining size, running ability and solid foot and hand skills.

Kennelly might be a bit cheaper than he should be. Ellis has a lot of ability and with more playing time and responsibility his stats should increase. Joel Smith's departure should mean Ellis gets all the minutes on the ground that he deserves. Pratt is usually a solid player for stats who doesn't cost too much.
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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Port Adelaide

Goals

B.Ebert 56
D.Motlop 44
S.Burgoyne 39
J.Westhoff 34
W.Tredrea 31



Behinds

B.Ebert 28
S.Burgoyne 23
W.Tredrea 21
D.Motlop 19
D.White 15



Marks

C.Cornes 174
K.Cornes 170
B.Lade 131
B.Ebert 128
T.Thurstans 124



Kicks

C.Cornes 427
P.Burgoyne 389
K.Cornes 360
S.Burgoyne 271
D.Pearce 271



Handballs

K.Cornes 336
D.Cassisi 270
P.Burgoyne 222
C.Cornes 216
J.Surjan 214



Disposals

K.Cornes 696
C.Cornes 643
P.Burgoyne 611
D.Cassisi 529
S.Burgoyne 472



Frees For

K.Cornes 40
B.Lade 28
D.Cassisi 28
C.Cornes 28
S.Burgoyne 26



Frees Against

D.Brogan 38
B.Lade 34
C.Cornes 32
K.Cornes 32
D.Cassisi 28



Tackles

D.Cassisi 110
D.Rodan 97
S.Burgoyne 95
K.Cornes 94
P.Burgoyne 70



Hitouts

B.Lade 517
D.Brogan 222
T.Thurstans 30
C.Cornes 27
F.Deluca 26



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Kane Cornes 696
2 Chad Cornes 643
3 Peter Burgoyne 611
4 Domenic Cassisi 529
5 Shaun Burgoyne 472
6 Danyle Pearce 415
7 Jacob Surjan 406
8 David Rodan 401
9 Nathan Lonie 321
10 Steven Salopek 311
11 Brendon Lade 309
12 Toby Thurstans 307
13 Michael Pettigrew 287
14 Brett Ebert 285
15 Michael Wilson 282
16 Troy Chaplin 246
17 Travis Boak 225
18 Dean Brogan 216
19 Warren Tredrea 212
20 Daniel Motlop 172
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Daniel Bradshaw Aiming For Round 1

High-flying forward Daniel Bradshaw will miss the NAB Cup but could be in the Brisbane team when the real stuff starts.

From the Brisbane site: Landing clearance for round one

BRISBANE Lions forward Daniel Bradshaw has ruled out making a NAB Cup appearance, and will continue to aim for a return to the game early in the Telstra AFL Premiership season.

With "still a bit of jumping and landing work to go", the 29-year-old is refusing to put a definite date on his first appearance in over a year, but is excited nonetheless about his impending return.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Last season, opposition teams were sending extra defenders to Jonathan Brown to try to contain him. If they use that tactic in 2008 Bradshaw will have an easy time. Missing a year should bring down Bradshaw’s price in fantasy leagues, so if he is playing at his best it will mean he really helps fantasy teams.

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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Melbourne

Goals

R.Robertson 42
D.Neitz 26
A.Davey 24
M.Bate 19
M.Newton 14



Behinds

R.Robertson 28
D.Neitz 16
C.Bruce 14
A.Davey 13
B.Green 8



Marks

N.Brown 137
J.White 127
N.Carroll 123
B.Green 117
C.Bruce 96



Kicks

J.McDonald 263
N.Brown 245
T.Johnstone 225
B.Green 220
N.Jones 219



Handballs

J.McDonald 226
C.Bruce 183
N.Brown 171
J.White 170
B.Green 164



Disposals

J.McDonald 489
N.Brown 416
B.Green 384
C.Bruce 377
N.Jones 365



Frees For

J.White 28
J.McDonald 27
B.McLean 27
B.Green 23
A.Davey 22



Frees Against

S.Godfrey 24
N.Jones 24
J.McDonald 23
J.White 20
B.McLean 19



Tackles

J.McDonald 131
N.Jones 86
A.Davey 70
C.Bruce 66
D.Bell 61



Hitouts

J.White 461
P.Johnson 119
M.Jamar 97
B.Holland 15
C.Sylvia 12



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 James McDonald 489
2 Nathan D. Brown 416
3 Brad Green 384
4 Cameron Bruce 377
5 Nathan Jones 365
6 Jeff White 356
7 Daniel Ward 331
8 Matthew Bate 294
9 Travis Johnstone 294
10 Paul Wheatley 285
11 Nathan Carroll 264
12 Aaron Davey 258
13 Brock McLean 254
14 Simon Godfrey 232
15 Daniel Bell 226
16 Colin Sylvia 209
17 Brad Miller 182
18 Russell Robertson 169
19 Brent Moloney 166
20 Adem Yze 165
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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Kangaroos

Goals

C.Jones 46
S.Grant 39
D.Petrie 38
B.Harvey 36
A.Edwards 23



Behinds

C.Jones 31
S.Grant 21
D.Wells 18
B.Harvey 17
L.Brown 16



Marks

D.Petrie 138
S.Grant 135
J.Sinclair 126
A.Edwards 116
B.Harvey 116



Kicks

B.Harvey 351
J.Sinclair 331
A.Simpson 327
S.Grant 281
H.McIntosh 252



Handballs

D.Harris 310
A.Simpson 283
B.Rawlings 281
B.Harvey 243
J.Sinclair 215




Disposals

A.Simpson 610
B.Harvey 594
J.Sinclair 546
D.Harris 510
B.Rawlings 489



Frees For

C.Jones 40
D.Harris 35
A.Swallow 33
D.Petrie 29
H.McIntosh 28



Frees Against

D.Harris 38
M.Firrito 34
A.Simpson 24
D.Pratt 23
H.McIntosh 23



Tackles

A.Swallow 127
D.Harris 111
A.Simpson 110
J.Sinclair 84
B.Rawlings 76



Hitouts

H.McIntosh 463
D.Hale 166
D.Petrie 125
A.Simpson 34
L.Brown 17



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Adam Simpson 610
2 Brent Harvey 594
3 Jess Sinclair 546
4 Daniel Harris 510
5 Brady Rawlings 490
6 Shannon Grant 418
7 Hamish McIntosh 392
8 Andrew Swallow 367
9 Daniel Pratt 358
10 Michael Firrito 332
11 Daniel Wells 332
12 Jesse Smith 330
13 Corey Jones 315
14 Glenn Archer 314
15 Drew Petrie 304
16 Shannon Watt 275
17 Kasey Green 247
18 Leigh Brown 226
19 David Hale 221
20 Aaron Edwards 200
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NAB Cup AFL Fantasy Notes - Adelaide and Collingwood

Adelaide

Sellar - 3 goals, 9 kicks, 6 marks.
He was just pencilled in on many fantasy benches.

Goodwin - 4 goals, 5 marks, 9 kicks.
Fewer possessions, but a lot more goals.

McLeod - 7 kicks, 2 goals.
Played forward, not the best spot for fantasy points.

Douglas - 11 possessions, 5 tackles, 1 goal.
He could take a big step up this season, his tackles total was a good sign.

Symes - 13 kicks, 9 handballs, 6 marks.
New team, same state, same potential for stats.

Porplyzia - 22 possessions, 4 tackles, 1 goal.
Was very effective in the middle of the ground.



Collingwood

Thomas - 10 marks, 13 kicks.
He has improved every year in his career, so he could be even better this season.

Medhurst - 10 marks, 9 kicks, 9 handballs.
A good amount of possessions for someone who is often a forward pocket.

Iles - 21 possessions, 4 tackles.
Very active, but not guaranteed a spot in the team.

H Shaw - 28 possessions.
Already playing at his best, an elite fantasy defender.

Reid - 6 kicks, 6 marks, 1 goal.
Might be useful in fantasy AFL if Rocca doesn't play.

Josh Fraser - 16 possessions, 12 hitouts, 3 tackles.
Should be a top fantasy ruckman again this year.


Game Stats
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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Hawthorn

Goals

L.Franklin 73
J.Roughead 40
T.Boyle 32
B.Dixon 24
L.Hodge 23



Behinds

L.Franklin 62
J.Roughead 36
T.Boyle 25
L.Hodge 14
B.Dixon 12



Marks

J.Lewis 177
C.Young 166
G.Birchall 153
S.Gilham 150
B.McGlynn 142



Kicks

L.Hodge 320
J.Lewis 310
B.Guerra 307
C.Young 303
G.Birchall 292



Handballs

S.Mitchell 331
B.Sewell 306
J.Lewis 284
S.Crawford 261
L.Hodge 222



Disposals

J.Lewis 594
S.Mitchell 593
L.Hodge 542
S.Crawford 539
B.Sewell 512



Frees For

J.Lewis 34
S.Mitchell 32
B.McGlynn 31
L.Hodge 29
T.Croad 25



Frees Against

L.Franklin 45
L.Hodge 43
S.Taylor 42
S.Mitchell 34
R.Campbell 31



Tackles

B.Sewell 104
S.Mitchell 96
L.Hodge 96
S.Crawford 76
S.Taylor 58



Hitouts

R.Campbell 385
S.Taylor 336
J.Roughead 37
L.Hodge 12
T.Boyle 10



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Jordan Lewis 595
2 Sam Mitchell 593
3 Luke Hodge 541
4 Shane Crawford 539
5 Brad Sewell 512
6 Grant Birchall 507
7 Brent Guerra 481
8 Rick Ladson 455
9 Clinton Young 448
10 Ben McGlynn 351
11 Chance Bateman 348
12 Campbell Brown 337
13 Stephen Gilham 310
14 Lance Franklin 293
15 Joel Smith 271
16 Trent Croad 246
17 Robert Campbell 243
18 Simon Taylor 209
19 Jarryd Roughead 202
20 Tim Boyle 175

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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Lonergan On Again For Geelong

It seems that the Cats are going to choose between a couple of Tommy guns to replace Nathan Ablett up forward. Although with Egan out of the team as well for at least a few rounds, there might be room for both Lonergan and Hawkins in the Geelong side.


From the Geelong site: Race to replace Ablett begins

Hawkins and Lonergan spent three quarters of the scratch match at full-forward on opposing teams before Lonergan was switched on to Hawkins’ side in the final term.

Ten Cats sat out Saturday’s match: Matthew Egan (foot), Matthew Scarlett (knee), Darren Milburn (family commitments), Paul Chapman (groin), Joel Selwood (general soreness) Travis Varcoe (tonsils), Simon Hogan (stress reaction in his foot), Brodie Moles (rookie being rested) and Shane Mumford (rested rookie).


AFL Fantasy Impact:

The VFL Grand Final would not have affected Lonergan’s fantasy price but it would have got the attention of plenty of fantasy coaches. Lonergan showed in that game that he can kick a bunch of goals. But it could be the back line where Lonergan has a real chance for playing in round 1, and he would be a more likely addition to the team at centre half back than someone untried like Harry Taylor.

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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Geelong

Goals

C.Mooney 67
S.Johnson 49
N.Ablett 34
M.Stokes 32
G.Ablett 30



Behinds

C.Mooney 38
S.Johnson 33
G.Ablett 26
N.Ablett 18
B.Ottens 16



Marks

C.Mooney 191
D.Milburn 179
A.Mackie 153
S.Johnson 144
J.Bartel 143



Kicks

G.Ablett 358
J.Bartel 341
J.Corey 338
C.Enright 322
A.Mackie 315



Handballs

J.Corey 312
G.Ablett 309
J.Bartel 291
D.Milburn 288
C.Ling 261



Disposals

G.Ablett 667
J.Corey 650
J.Bartel 632
D.Milburn 562
C.Enright 548



Frees For

J.Corey 46
G.Ablett 42
J.Selwood 35
J.Bartel 34
S.Johnson 32



Frees Against

J.Corey 29
C.Mooney 29
D.Wojcinski 29
B.Ottens 27
C.Enright 27



Tackles

J.Corey 134
J.Bartel 122
J.Selwood 94
G.Ablett 86
J.Kelly 84



Hitouts

B.Ottens 417
M.Blake 379
S.King 81
J.Corey 22
J.Bartel 16



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Gary Ablett 667
2 Joel Corey 650
3 Jimmy Bartel 632
4 Darren Milburn 562
5 Corey Enright 549
6 Andrew Mackie 477
7 Cameron Ling 476
8 James Kelly 447
9 Paul Chapman 416
10 Matthew Scarlett 415
11 Joel Selwood 404
12 David Wojcinski 381
13 Steve Johnson 372
14 Mathew Stokes 354
15 Cameron Mooney 330
16 Brad Ottens 296
17 Josh Hunt 275
18 Matthew Egan 257
19 Tom Harley 234
20 Mark Blake 209

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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Fremantle

Goals

M.Pavlich 72
C.Tarrant 33
P.Bell 28
D.Headland 25
J.Farmer 19



Behinds

M.Pavlich 48
C.Tarrant 27
D.Headland 15
P.Bell 12
R.Crowley 11



Marks

M.Pavlich 203
L.McPharlin 152
C.Tarrant 135
D.Mundy 123
R.Hayden 116



Kicks

M.Pavlich 298
P.Bell 266
J.Carr 249
R.Hayden 230
H.Black 229



Handballs

P.Hasleby 241
P.Bell 218
S.McManus 193
J.Carr 171
S.Dodd 141



Disposals

P.Bell 484
P.Hasleby 451
J.Carr 420
S.McManus 394
M.Pavlich 381



Frees For

D.Solomon 33
P.Bell 29
M.Pavlich 25
J.Carr 24
C.Tarrant 21



Frees Against

S.McManus 28
L.McPharlin 25
C.Tarrant 23
D.Solomon 22
H.Black 22



Tackles

D.Solomon 108
J.Carr 79
S.McManus 71
P.Hasleby 64
P.Bell 63



Hitouts

A.Sandilands 404
R.Warnock 120
D.Gilmore 71
L.McPharlin 14
M.Johnson 13



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Peter Bell 484
2 Paul Hasleby 451
3 Josh Carr 419
4 Shaun McManus 394
5 Matthew Pavlich 381
6 Heath Black 364
7 Roger Hayden 358
8 David Mundy 353
9 Ryan Crowley 319
10 Dean Solomon 316
11 Michael Johnson 313
12 Des Headland 301
13 Luke McPharlin 297
14 Chris Tarrant 291
15 Antoni Grover 284
16 Matthew Carr 271
17 Steven Dodd 268
18 Daniel Gilmore 235
19 Scott Thornton 208
20 Aaron Sandilands 190

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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Essendon

Goals

M.Lloyd 62
S.Lucas 61
M.McVeigh 20
A.Monfries 16
A.Lovett 16



Behinds

M.Lloyd 31
S.Lucas 28
M.McVeigh 16
A.Monfries 12
A.Lovett 11



Marks

A.McPhee 181
S.Lucas 159
D.Fletcher 144
B.Stanton 139
J.Winderlich 132



Kicks

B.Stanton 322
D.Fletcher 309
S.Lucas 292
A.McPhee 279
J.Hird 278



Handballs

D.Peverill 249
J.Watson 248
A.McPhee 166
B.Stanton 147
M.Michael 142



Disposals

D.Peverill 474
B.Stanton 469
A.McPhee 445
J.Watson 441
D.Fletcher 394



Frees For

A.Monfries 31
J.Hird 27
M.Lloyd 27
S.Lucas 26
D.Hille 23



Frees Against

M.Lloyd 31
A.McPhee 31
S.Lucas 28
D.Fletcher 27
M.McVeigh 24



Tackles

H.Slattery 78
A.McPhee 68
J.Watson 62
M.McVeigh 60
A.Davey 53



Hitouts

D.Hille 292
J.Laycock 174
P.Ryder 57
A.McPhee 14
M.Michael 11



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Damien Peverill 474
2 Brent Stanton 469
3 Adam McPhee 445
4 Jobe Watson 442
5 Dustin Fletcher 394
6 Mark McVeigh 386
7 James Hird 372
8 Scott Lucas 358
9 Jason Winderlich 320
10 Mark Johnson 311
11 Angus Monfries 295
12 Andrew Welsh 288
13 Matthew Lloyd 273
14 Andrew Lovett 273
15 Mal Michael 253
16 David Hille 228
17 Patrick Ryder 220
18 Jason Johnson 207
19 Henry Slattery 187
20 Jay Nash 180
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Michael Gardiner Plays A Game Without Being Injured

2003 was the last time that Michael Gardiner was a consistently healthy and contributing player. The Saints think he can get back to that form and he showed he is injury-free during their intra-club match.


From the Herald Sun: Former Eagle ready to fly

While the Saints rested a host of their stars, including star forward Nick Riewoldt, Gardiner joined former Geelong premiership big man Steven King in a new-look St Kilda ruck set-up.

"But he has been in full training for a fair while now and we were always confident that he was going to play today and play Round 1.

From The Age: Gardiner passes test

"There's no No. 1 or No. 2 (ruckman), it's about rotations and sharing the load. One week, one will do 60 per cent and the other 40, it depends on opposition and form, but fundamentally, it will be rotating the role between Rix, King, Gardner and (Justin) Koschitzke."

He said Goddard's recovery from knee surgery was on track. "We're just graduating his competing work . .. he's trying to get up for round one but it's not about round one, we learnt that with Maguire last year," Lyon said.

AFL Fantasy Impact:

The fantasy value of any ruckman at St Kilda is dependant on where Koschitzke is played. If they go with a forward line of Riewoldt, Gehrig and Koschitzke it will mean a lot of available ruck minutes for King, M Gardiner, McEvoy or Rix.

Both King and M Gardiner are expected to be in their NAB Cup team next week, that game could show where Koschitzke plays and who is next in line for the ruck. The price in fantasy leagues for Gardiner and King will be low, but the risk in signing them is still something that will deter many fantasy coaches.



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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Collingwood

Goals

A.Rocca 55
T.Cloke 39
L.Davis 31
A.Didak 25
P.Medhurst 23



Behinds

T.Cloke 39
A.Rocca 37
D.Thomas 21
L.Davis 21
P.Medhurst 16



Marks

T.Lockyer 203
D.Swan 187
T.Cloke 186
H.Shaw 164
D.Thomas 154



Kicks

D.Swan 422
T.Lockyer 405
H.Shaw 361
S.O'Bree 295
T.Cloke 294



Handballs

S.Burns 229
S.Pendlebury 197
S.O'Bree 188
D.Swan 173
T.Lockyer 147



Disposals

D.Swan 595
T.Lockyer 552
H.Shaw 487
S.O'Bree 483
S.Burns 472



Frees For

S.Burns 33
J.Fraser 32
H.Shaw 30
T.Lockyer 26
N.Maxwell 25



Frees Against

A.Rocca 30
D.Thomas 30
N.Maxwell 25
S.O'Bree 24
H.O'Brien 21



Tackles

L.Davis 104
S.Burns 102
N.Maxwell 98
S.O'Bree 97
D.Swan 85



Hitouts

J.Fraser 298
G.Richards 205
C.Bryan 90
N.Maxwell 28
A.Rocca 19



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Dane Swan 595
2 Tarkyn Lockyer 552
3 Heath Shaw 487
4 Shane O'Bree 483
5 Scott Burns 472
6 Scott Pendlebury 435
7 Dale Thomas 394
8 Travis Cloke 362
9 Ben Johnson 348
10 Leon Davis 300
11 Nick Maxwell 283
12 Josh Fraser 281
13 Alan Didak 268
14 Harry O'Brien 246
15 Rhyce Shaw 242
16 Tyson Goldsack 228
17 Anthony Rocca 220
18 James Clement 213
19 Shane Wakelin 210
20 Martin Clarke 200

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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Jesse Smith Ankle Injury News

There hasn’t been a lot of talk about this, which might be a good thing as it may not be too serious of a problem, but Jesse Smith is still troubled by ankle injuries.


From The Australian: Saints open wallet to fix old wounds

Smith, who missed the entire 2006 season after an ankle reconstruction, hurt the same right ankle in December and has barely trained with team-mates on the track since.

"We're still hopeful that he'll be right for round one because he had a good build up before Christmas, but we've got to wait on his progress over the next few weeks," McDonald said.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

He was a star last season, the first time he has been healthy, and he was expected to be an improved player this time. At his best, Smith could be a fantasy defender who brings in the points of a star midfielder. But any injury that keep him out of their round 1 team will mean a lot of fantasy coaches look for a different player.

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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Cale Morton Ready To Star

The Eagles decided the Morton family wasn't needed, trading Mitch and deciding not to draft Cale. It seems that Cale Morton could have a big first year of AFL with Melbourne if they continue to play him where they did in their intra-club match.


From the Melbourne site: Young Dees stake their claim

Morton, the Demons' first round selection in last year's AFL National Draft, collected plenty of possessions on the wing and across half-back, while Valenti won his share of clearances in the middle and used the ball with precision.

"[The quality was] probably okay, overall. Our skills were down a bit and there was a little bit of fumbling, but there was still plenty of good passages," he said. "We moved ahead today in preparation for next week. There are a few younger guys that did well, Wonaeamirri, [Isaac] Weetra, [John] Meesen did well around the ground, and [Kyle] Cheney did some nice things.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Cale Morton will be on many benches as a fantasy defender. That will probably be a wise investment, with the potential for plenty of stats and a large and rapid price rise.

Meesen gets another mention and he must be on his way to a spot in their round 1 team. He would not be a bad choice as a 4th ruckman on a fantasy roster. He could be one injury or suspension away from playing big minutes if White or one of their tall forwards miss some games during the season.
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Bulldogs Experiment With Wight and Minson Up Forward

The Bulldogs must have got the message, they are trying to put a bigger team on the field. Will Minson would be a big help to their undersized forward structure, Wight would add some height too.


From the Bulldogs site: Aker shines in intra-club gloom

Eade said intra-club games gave him the chance to experiment with a few positions, including trialling Cameron Wight as a tall forward.

"We've been trying that over the pre-season and also tried (Will) Minson up forward, which gives us a bit more size," Eade said. "Cameron's form is alright at the moment and has shown a bit of promise."


AFL Fantasy Impact:

With Hudson's arrival, no other ruckman there will play enough to be on fantasy teams. If Minson is going to get enough stats to be used in fantasy AFL he will need to play centre half forward, with some minutes in the ruck when Hudson needs a rest. Wight has played most of his games in the back line, with a few runs in the ruck too, so the forward line is the last place for him to find a spot.
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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Carlton

Goals

B.Fevola 59
B.Fisher 39
J.Waite 28
E.Betts 21
M.Lappin 21



Behinds

B.Fevola 41
M.Murphy 17
L.Whitnall 16
J.Waite 15
B.Fisher 15



Marks

H.Scotland 155
B.Fisher 137
A.Carrazzo 114
J.Waite 111
K.Simpson 103



Kicks

H.Scotland 378
R.Houlihan 297
A.Carrazzo 287
K.Simpson 281
M.Murphy 264



Handballs

A.Carrazzo 282
H.Scotland 197
A.Bentick 193
A.Walker 139
R.Houlihan 134



Disposals

H.Scotland 575
A.Carrazzo 569
R.Houlihan 431
K.Simpson 411
M.Murphy 394



Frees For

M.Murphy 44
C.Ackland 29
A.Carrazzo 24
A.Bentick 22
B.Fisher 21



Frees Against

A.Bentick 27
A.Walker 27
J.Waite 26
A.Carrazzo 23
B.Fevola 22



Tackles

A.Bentick 121
A.Carrazzo 101
E.Betts 65
M.Murphy 64
K.Simpson 64



Hitouts

C.Ackland 295
S.O'hAilpin 97
C.Cloke 60
J.Kennedy 40
A.Carrazzo 23



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Heath Scotland 575
2 Andrew Carrazzo 569
3 Ryan Houlihan 431
4 Kade Simpson 411
5 Marc Murphy 394
6 Andrew Walker 391
7 Adam Bentick 365
8 Jarrad Waite 323
9 Bryce Gibbs 286
10 Brad Fisher 266
11 Bret Thornton 266
12 Matthew Lappin 257
13 Setanta O'hAilpin 231
14 Brendan Fevola 208
15 Eddie Betts 202
16 Lance Whitnall 202
17 Jordan Russell 189
18 Cain Ackland 188
19 Anthony Koutoufides 178
20 Luke Blackwell 173
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AFL Fantasy Draft Kit and Cheat Sheets

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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Brisbane’s McGrath Injured Once Again

It seems that every year in Brisbane it begins with an announcement that Ashley McGrath is injured and the season finishes with Ashley McGrath trade rumours. Here is the injury announcement, and in September the talk of a trade to Fremantle or West Coast can begin again.


From the Brisbane site: McGrath to miss NAB Cup

"I'm probably another four weeks away. It's a bit unfortunate that it happened at this time of year. It would have been good if it had happened before Christmas, then I could have been playing NAB Cup.

"Now I'm looking forward to round one or two."


AFL Fantasy Impact:

More Rhan Hooper will be a good thing for the Lions and fantasy teams. With McGrath out of action, Hooper should be getting all the playing time he wants. Hooper might get 30 goals in 2008, and also spend a bit of time in the middle getting possessions. McGrath is very injury-prone, so even when it says he could play in round 1 or 2 it could be later than that.
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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Brisbane

Goals

J.Brown 77
J.Brennan 24
A.McGrath 22
T.Notting 16
R.Copeland 15



Behinds

J.Brown 38
A.McGrath 17
J.Brennan 15
S.Black 11
T.Notting 11



Marks

J.Brown 195
C.Stiller 143
T.Notting 133
J.Brennan 123
J.Adcock 98



Kicks

J.Adcock 277
T.Notting 275
N.Lappin 257
C.Stiller 253
L.Power 246



Handballs

N.Lappin 226
S.Black 222
M.Rischitelli 209
L.Power 207
C.Stiller 191



Disposals

N.Lappin 483
S.Black 466
T.Notting 463
J.Adcock 455
L.Power 453



Frees For

J.Adcock 43
S.Black 31
J.Charman 29
J.Brown 26
J.Roe 24



Frees Against

J.Charman 30
J.Brown 29
J.Adcock 25
S.Black 22
L.Power 22



Tackles

J.Adcock 109
M.Rischitelli 99
L.Power 96
S.Black 91
N.Lappin 75




Hitouts

J.Charman 314
B.McDonald 109
C.Wood 97
M.Leuenberger 73
J.Brennan 9



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Nigel Lappin 482
2 Simon Black 466
3 Tim Notting 463
4 Jed Adcock 455
5 Luke Power 452
6 Cheynee Stiller 444
7 Michael Rischitelli 367
8 Jonathan Brown 353
9 Jared Brennan 298
10 Troy Selwood 272
11 Colm Begley 245
12 Robert Copeland 234
13 Richard Hadley 234
14 Josh Drummond 234
15 Jamie Charman 214
16 Daniel Merrett 200
17 Joel Patfull 193
18 Jason Roe 189
19 Justin Sherman 184
20 Joel Macdonald 155
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Monster Key Position Size At The Bulldogs

Every team could use a seven-foot, four-inch tall monster key position player. The Bulldogs must have thought their recruiting dreams had come true when Wilbur turned up to meet the Bulldogs. Putting aside the fact that his arms are as long as Liberatore’s and he is a freaky-looking thing who may be related to the Cookie Monster, he would not be a bad target to kick to at centre half forward.

Go to the Bulldogs site to see Wilbur towering over Brad Johnson and Daniel Cross. It is part of a promotion for their family day, and an exchange of showerheads.

From the Bulldogs site: Save on water and support the Western Bulldogs


There will also be a free showerhead exchange at the Carlton family day.
From the West Water site: Showerhead exchange at Blues Family Day
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Teams For The Collingwood v Adelaide NAB Cup Game From Dubai

Co FB Nick Maxwell, Shane Wakelin, Tarkyn Lockyer
Ad FF Brett Burton, Kurt Tippett, Jarrhan Jacky

Co HB Heath Shaw, Nathan Brown, Shannon Cox
Ad HF Scott Thompson, James Sellar, Jason Porplyzia

Co C Martin Clarke, Ben Johnson, Scott Pendlebury
Ad C Nathan van Berlo, Simon Goodwin, Brent Reilly

Co HF Dale Thomas, Travis Cloke, Brad Dick
Ad HB Scott Stevens, Nathan Bock, Andrew McLeod

Co FF Alan Didak, Anthony Rocca, Leon Davis
Ad FB Brad Symes, Ben Rutten, Graham Johncock

Co Foll Josh Fraser, Shane O’Bree, Dane Swan
Ad Foll Ivan Maric, Chris Knights, Tyson Edwards


Collingwood bench Chris Bryan, Ben Reid, Ryan Cook, Paul Medhurst, John Anthony, Danny Stanley, Rhyce Shaw, Chris Egan, Alan Toovey, Sam Iles
Adelaide bench Richard Douglas, Michael Doughty, Robert Shirley, Brad Moran, Kris Massie, Ken McGregor, David Mackay, Andy Otten, Bernie Vince, Bryce Campbell
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2007 Statistics Leaders By Club - Adelaide

Looking at the top players for the stats last season, it can be determined where the opportunities will be this year for other players at the club to increase their statistics. Trades, retirements and delistings will take away a few of the fantasy stars of the past. Some of the older players might start to slow down for stats too.


Goals

S.Welsh 49
N.Bock 29
B.Burton 24
K.McGregor 18
I.Perrie 17



Behinds

S.Welsh 20
N.Bock 19
B.Burton 17
S.Thompson 16
N.van Berlo 12



Marks

S.Stevens 141
N.Bock 136
T.Edwards 132
S.Thompson 132
J.Torney 127



Kicks

A.McLeod 373
T.Edwards 348
S.Thompson 309
C.Knights 276
S.Goodwin 268



Handballs

S.Thompson 271
S.Goodwin 248
C.Knights 239
T.Edwards 232
N.van Berlo 215



Disposals

T.Edwards 580
S.Thompson 580
A.McLeod 550
S.Goodwin 516
C.Knights 515



Frees For

S.Goodwin 31
N.van Berlo 27
S.Welsh 19
S.Thompson 19
J.Torney 16



Fress Against

S.Stevens 30
S.Thompson 29
B.Hudson 29
N.Bock 26
T.Edwards 22



Tackles

S.Thompson 101
T.Edwards 92
R.Shirley 80
N.van Berlo 76
J.Torney 59



Hitouts

B.Hudson 366
J.Griffin 142
I.Maric 48
N.van Berlo 20
S.Goodwin 16



2007 Disposals Leaders

1 Tyson Edwards 580
2 Scott Thompson 580
3 Andrew McLeod 550
4 Simon Goodwin 516
5 Chris Knights 515
6 Nathan van Berlo 434
7 Robert Shirley 363
8 Jason Torney 355
9 Michael Doughty 353
10 Scott Stevens 334
11 Brent Reilly 321
12 Nathan Bock 316
13 Graham Johncock 295
14 Ben Hudson 293
15 Martin Mattner 291
16 Ben Rutten 259
17 Brett Burton 223
18 Scott Welsh 208
19 Jason Porplyzia 205
20 Nathan Bassett 201

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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Deledio To The Richmond Goal-Square

Richmond want to have a fresh, new look for season 2008 and moving Deledio forward permanently would create a forward line with plenty of firepower.


From Fox Sports: Deledio to take pressure off Richo

The club's bold experiment will see Deledio leading from the square, with Richardson positioned 40m out and Nathan Brown and Kayne Pettifer lurking in the forward arc.

Richmond insiders hope that as a 189cm forward with skills and pace, Deledio might average two to three goals a game in the mould of Western Bulldogs forward Brad Johnson, combined with brief midfield appearances.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Probably a bad thing for Deledio’s fantasy points. His possessions totals will take a big hit. But he may be able to compensate for that with contested marking and goals. Deledio did play forward a little bit last year, and even coming off a broken hand he was very capable in the air. So in fantasy leagues that count contested marks, Deledio might still be a fantasy star.

If the fantasy positions have already been assigned, then Deledio will be a fantasy centre who is playing as a forward for his AFL club. If the positions are still being allocated, based on what clubs are saying and where players are put in preseason games, then maybe Deledio becomes a forward in fantasy leagues too. That would increase his fantasy worth.

If Deledio is out of the middle, that allows another player or two to get in the action, and the stats. A chance for Edwards, Connors or Cotchin, when he is healthy, to become a star in the Richmond midfield.
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Richmond Won't Play Cotchin In the Preseason

The Tigers only have one injury at the moment, Trent Cotchin won't be available to play in the preseason games for Richmond.


From the Richmond site: Cotchin won't be risked in NAB Cup

RICHMOND’S first pick in the 2007 NAB AFL National Draft, Trent Cotchin, will not feature during the club’s NAB Cup campaign.

The 17-year-old, who underwent ankle surgery before the draft, has suffered achilles soreness and assistant coach David King says the club won’t be risking him.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

There are 22 rounds in the season, so it won't hurt fantasy AFL teams if Trent Cotchin doesn't make it into Richmond's round 1 team. Looking at Joel Selwood's fantasy season in 2007, it took a few rounds for him to cement a regular spot with the Cats and to start producing consistent fantasy points. Selwood was playing for a premiership contender then, Cotchin was the first round choice of the team that finished last in 2007 so Cotchin should be in the Richmond side as soon as his ankle is right. Cotchin could have a similar price rise and points totals to Selwood, although they are different types of players.
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2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - Western Bulldogs

An early look at the fantasy value that players might have for season 2008, listing them from best to worst.


Scott West
Brad Johnson
Daniel Cross
Lindsay Gilbee
Matthew Boyd
Adam Cooney
Andrejs Everitt
Daniel Giansiracusa
Shaun Higgins
Ryan Griffen
Scott Welsh
Brian Lake
Robert Murphy
Ben Hudson
Jason Akermanis
Nathan Eagleton
Ryan Hargrave
Farren Ray
Tom Williams
Mitchell Hahn
Wayde Skipper
Jarrod Harbrow
Dale Morris
Tim Callan
Dylan Addison
Will Minson
Malcolm Lynch
Andrew McDougall
Josh Hill
Stephen Tiller
Peter Street
Brennan Stack
Paul O'Shea
Cameron Wight
Callan Ward
Jarrad Grant
Sam Reid
Guy O'Keefe
Easton Wood
Jarrad Boumann

2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - West Coast
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Hawkins Is Fit And Ready To Fire

The Cats took a cautious approach with Tom Hawkins last year, but in 2008 they will put him at full forward for round 1 and unleash him on AFL full backs.


From The Geelong Advertiser: Young Cat Tom Hawkins in fit and ready

``Yeah, being a lot fitter and having a few games of experience under my belt I feel I'm looking forward to this year, it's exciting,'' he said.

With the physical aspect of his game coming together, Hawkins, already installed as favourite to win this year's NAB Rising Star award, is also preparing to put his body to good use.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins should be very popular in fantasy leagues in 2008. Nathan Ablett kicked 34 goals last season, Hawkins might be a chance to double that if Geelong own the midfield again and keep supplying Hawkins with the football.

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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Harry Taylor An Option For Cats With Egan Out

The Cats drafted several key position prospects, and if Egan is not ready to go when the season starts it could be up to one of the Cats' young players to man a key defensive position. Harry Taylor could be joining Tom Harley in the Geelong back line for round 1.


From the Geelong site: Skipper tips new Cat for defensive post

Egan, who missed last year’s premiership after breaking his foot in round 22, will now undergo bone graft surgery.

“We’ll have to make do with what we’ve got and someone like Harry Taylor, who has come to the club as a mature age recruit, might get an opportunity.”


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Harry Taylor does have a few things that will get him noticed by fantasy coaches. He joins a team that has a vacancy up forward, with N Ablett going away for a while, and a significant hole in the back line for a few early rounds with Egan still hurt. Taylor is also older than many of the players who were just drafted, and is physically ready to play. Taylor's totals for marks and kicks last season in the WAFL were also good numbers for a taller player.

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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Tippett Tipped For Adelaide Ruck

The ruck position at Adelaide may be deeper than expected, as it is being suggested that Kurt Tippett is an option with Biglands injured.


From The Advertiser: Tippett ready to ruck and roll

"The one that's in the shadow a bit and nobody has seen a lot of is Kurt Tippett," Redden, who has been succeeded by Matthew Clarke, said.

"I've got a lot of time for Kurt. He is a real natural ruckman and I had discussions with Craigy about him because he (Neil Craig) would like to see him develop as a forward.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

At this time in his career, Tippett seems better suited to playing as a forward, with only some occasional time in the ruck. But he does have a few advantages over the other ruck candidates. He is a better marking player than Maric and is a lot stronger than Griffin. Those two players do have more experience than Tippett, and that may give them the advantage when Adelaide pick their round 1 team.
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Morton and McMahon Impressing Richmond

Richmond are hoping for a big improvement in 2008, their young stars will keep getting better and they are expecting big seasons from players they traded for.


From the Herald Sun: Tigers to unveil McMahon

McMahon and Mitch Morton - a highly rated trade from West Coast - were both exceptional in the club's intra-club match on Friday.

Richmond is in an excellent position on the injury front, with only No. 2 draft pick Trent Cotchin out long-term.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Both Morton and McMahon have the potential to help fantasy teams, but they have to find a spot in the side to do that. McMahon would seem to be a favourite of Richmond’s coach so he might grab a spot in the back line. As the Richmond back line has produced a number of good fantasy players recently, including King and Newman, if McMahon does play a lot of minutes he will be high in stats.

Morton goes from a great team to one down the other end of the ladder, so there have to be more opportunities for him to play. As with plenty of other players in the AFL, the preseason games might give Morton the chance to win a regular spot on his team and fantasy teams.
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2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - West Coast

An early look at the fantasy value that players might have for season 2008, listing them from best to worst.


Dean Cox
Daniel Kerr
Matthew Priddis
Matthew Rosa
Andrew Embley
Michael Braun
Adam Selwood
Adam Hunter
Tyson Stenglein
Beau Waters
Chad Fletcher
Quinten Lynch
David Wirrpanda
Brett Jones
Shannon Hurn
Ashley Hansen
Mark Nicoski
Jamie McNamara
Brent Staker
Mark LeCras
Darren Glass
Sam Butler
Steven Armstrong
Bradley Ebert
Chris Masten
Mark Seaby
Mitch Brown
Patrick McGinnity
Jaymie Graham
Chad Jones
Josh Kennedy
Scott Selwood
Eric Mackenzie
Ben McKinley
Will Schofield
Matthew Spangher
Tim Houlihan
James Thomson
Tony Notte

2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - Sydney
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The 1997 Collingwood Bulldogs

FB Rohan Smith, Mal Michael, Shane Watson

HB Leon Cameron, Craig Ellis, Gavin Crosisca

C Paul Williams, Scott West, Scott Russell

HF Anthony Rocca, Chris Grant, Brad Johnson

FF Nathan G Brown, Saverio Rocca, Gavin Brown

Foll Scott Wynd, Nathan Buckley, Tony Liberatore


bench Damian Monkhorst, Scott Burns,
Graham Wright, Luke Darcy


emergency Jose Romero, Andrew Schauble, Josh Mahoney




With the recent talk that a Collingwood and Footscray merger was once discussed, here is what a combined side might have looked like. Although back in 1997 they would not have had 4 on the bench.

Size in the ruck would be a big advantage for the combined team, and there were plenty of skilled midfielders to use the ball properly. The forward line would have been the best in the league, with plenty of tall options complemented by medium and small forwards. The back line also had plenty of run, and was adequate for height.

From the Herald Sun: Gordon reveals Pies' merger bid
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Cameron Bruce Injured

Melbourne need to have all their stars firing if they are to bounce back from a disappointing 2007. Cameron Bruce is in doubt for round 1, and without him the Demons would be in a bit of trouble.


From the Melbourne site: Bruce "ready for round one"

Bruce, sidelined from training after damaging the medial ligament in his right knee, had a “50-50 chance” of playing in the pre-season NAB Cup competition, Connolly said.

Bruce’s injury was “just some soreness”, and the pre-season competition would take a back seat to ensuring Bruce was properly recovered before taking the field.


From the Herald Sun: Bruce injury a blow for Dees

While the Demons put a positive spin on Bruce's injury and said he would be fit for Round 1, it is terrible timing.

Ruck recruit John Meeson has starred on the track, while Adem Yze, Clint Bartram and Brent Moloney are on target after struggling with injury last season.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Cameron Bruce was often a favourite of fantasy coaches, especially when he had position eligibility as a forward, but with an injury cloud over his round 1 availability he may be avoided by fantasy coaches until he has proved he is fit. Even if he does miss an early game or two he would still be a good player to sign later in the season.

The article above also seems to mention John Meesen, maybe he is close to securing the job as White’s backup.

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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Lions To Try Henderson and Collier

Jonathan Brown is in prefect health and ready to dominate the AFL again, that is good news for the Brisbane coach. The article below also says that young Lions Henderson and Collier are a chance to play in the senior side, that could be good news for fantasy footy coaches.


From The Courier-Mail: Lion Jonathan Brown ready after trouble-free pre-season

The club's top draft pick, Lachlan Henderson, is a tall marking forward from Brown's old junior side Geelong Falcons. He will play in attack tonight and may get a run up forward against the Bombers.

Although Henderson has played the majority of his football in attack, defence is the one area with positions up for grabs at the Lions and he may find himself in a battle with Collier for a position down back this year.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Henderson might have more fantasy stats potential as a defender, with Brown and Bradshaw up forward the best Henderson could do would be similar to Mills’ and Clark’s numbers last year. There is still a chance that Henderson does find a spot in the back half, and he might have some big fantasy games due to his marking and sharing the ball with Drummond and Adcock.

Collier can play most of the positions on the football field, which is a good thing for fantasy stats. He can be a big body in the midfield, can play on tall or short forwards in the Brisbane back line and has also shown some ability to kick goals too. Collier may have gone a round later in the draft than Henderson did, but his fantasy value this season could be as good or better than Henderson’s.

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A Possible 2008 SuperCoach Team - Bench

B Ed Barlow
B Cale Morton

C Rhys Palmer
C Tom Hislop

R Ivan Maric
R Matthew Kreuzer

F James Sellar
F Leroy Jetta


Barlow showed in a few games last season that he has a multitude of skills, and in 2008 he is a chance to be a regular player for the Swans. Cale Morton enters the league with foot skills that are better than most AFL players, and he joins a club that should play him all the time. C Morton is one of the few first year players who might be on a large number of fantasy teams.

The Dockers need speed in the middle so they need to play Rhys Palmer. Hislop showed promise when he played for Essendon last year, although injuries did limit his number of appearances, he should be a bargain buy in fantasy leagues. Hislop may also have position eligibility as a fantasy defender, as he did play in the back line for Essendon in 2007.

Biglands was the initial choice for this spot, but he is injured again. That means Maric, Griffin and Moran will come into consideration in fantasy leagues. As the Crows have plenty of tall forwards this season, maybe Griffin won't be needed forward, which is often where his stats come from, so Maric might be the better fantasy choice. The game on Saturday might show who the Crows’ new number 1 ruckman will be. It will also depend on their fantasy prices, but none of the Crows’ remaining ruckmen will be very expensive. Kreuzer is already impressing those at Carlton, and he should impress fantasy coaches too.

Sellar and Jetta have been in the league for a year now and both bring something that their AFL teams need, the Crows need a marking forward like Sellar and the Bombers require the pace that Jetta has.

A Possible 2008 SuperCoach Team - Forwards
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Sydney’s Fosdike To Miss The Preseason Games

The Swans made it to a couple of AFL Grand Finals in recent years with plenty of good luck when it came to injuries, or the lack of them. But Nic Fosdike may be a late starter for the Swans this season after hurting his knee.


From Fox Sports: Knee injury sidelines Fosdike

AN awkward landing during an innocuous marking drill at training has left Sydney midfield star Nic Fosdike in doubt for the Swans' AFL season opener against St Kilda.

Fosdike has avoided surgery after damaging the medial ligament in his knee but the hard-running 27-year-old is still likely to be sidelined for the next four to six weeks.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Fosdike’s injury could allow the early Bird to quickly establish himself as a part of the Swans’ midfield. Craig Bird may have just been recently drafted to the Swans, but as a NSW scholarship player he has been training there for quite a while and is ready to play. Jude Bolton could also benefit with more playing time.

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2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - Sydney

An early look at the fantasy value that players might have for season 2008, listing them from best to worst.


Adam Goodes
Brett Kirk
Tadhg Kennelly
Nick Malceski
Ryan O'Keefe
Jude Bolton
Craig Bolton
Amon Buchanan
Barry Hall
Luke Ablett
Leo Barry
Michael O'Loughlin
Darren Jolly
Peter Everitt
Nic Fosdike
Martin Mattner
Nick Davis
Jarrad McVeigh
Ed Barlow
Paul Bevan
Craig Bird
Ted Richards
Patrick Veszpremi
Jesse White
Tim Schmidt
Ben Mathews
Jared Crouch
Kieren Jack
Henry Playfair
Lewis Roberts-Thomson
Matthew Laidlaw
Ryan Brabazon
Heath Grundy
Daniel O'Keefe
Kristin Thornton
Jarred Moore
Luke Brennan
Brett Meredith
Daniel Currie
Peter Faulks

2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - St Kilda
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Nathan Thompson Ready To Play

The Kangaroos were successful last season with Nathan Thompson out of the lineup, he is now back and will either add an extra weapon up forward for the Kangaroos or possibly cause his coach a few problems if he thinks there is enough space up forward for Thompson, Jones, Edwards and Hale.


From the Kangaroos’ site: Nathan Thompson's return imminent

Speaking at the Kangaroos’ Telstra AFL Community Camp in Bairnsdale, Bewick said Thompson would make his return against the Western Bulldogs next Friday after a 12-month layoff with a knee injury.

“He just wants to play a game of footy and I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t playing up in Darwin.”


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Like all older players returning from a year out of the game, it is a risk in signing him for fantasy teams. He wasn’t the most mobile player before his injury, so his projected stats for season 2008 might be a bit lower than what he brought in a couple of years ago.

Not only will fantasy coaches have to decide if Thompson is worth having on their team, but the rest of the forwards at the Kangaroos will be affected by Thompson’s return. Hale probably won’t fit alongside Thompson in the forward 50. Edwards didn’t really do as well as expected last season, after joining the Kangaroos after his 100 goals in the VFL, and Thompson may not be sharing the goal-square with him too often. Corey Jones should still be an effective player, as he can go for a run up the ground as well as marking the ball up forward.
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A Possible 2008 SuperCoach Team - Forwards

F Matthew Pavlich
F Nick Riewoldt
F G Ablett
F Brad Johnson
F Scott Welsh
F Andrew Embley
F Sean Rusling


Pavlich and N Riewoldt are a couple of solid fantasy forwards to build a fantasy league contender around. G Ablett, B Johnson and Embley can all kick goals while still accumulating possessions around the ground.

Rusling was supposed to be a fantasy sleeper a year ago, and after missing most of 2007 with an injury he could still be a bargain in 2008. Scott Welsh joins a team that needs him to kick goals, he might be someone who helps fantasy coaches a lot more than McDougall, who was in the same position as Welsh as the Bulldogs' new forward hope, did last year.

A Possible 2008 SuperCoach Team - Rucks
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The NFL Super Bowl Versus AFL

It's like an episode of Sliders, and the NFL players are now playing AFL.


NE FB Rodney Harrison 6-1, Pierre Woods 6-5, Junior Seau 6-3
NY FF Eli Manning 6-4, Plaxico Burress 6-5, Ahmad Bradshaw 5-9

NE HB Kelley Washington 6-3, Mike Vrabel 6-4, Lonie Paxton 6-2
NY HF Amani Toomer 6-3, Kevin Boss 6-6, Michael Johnson 6-2

NE C Donte' Stallworth 6-0, Wes Welker 5-9, Jabar Gaffney 6-1
NY C R.W. McQuarters 5-10, Antonio Pierce 6-1, Kevin Dockery 5-8

NE HF Tom Brady 6-4, Kyle Brady 6-6, Troy Brown 5-10
NY HB Michael Strahan 6-5, Michael Matthews 6-4, Domenik Hixon 6-2

NE FF Chad Jackson 6-1, Randy Moss 6-4, Asante Samuel 5-10
NY FB Osi Umenyiora 6-3, Gerris Wilkinson 6-3, Reuben Droughns 5-11

NE Foll Wesley Britt 6-8, Tedy Bruschi 6-1, Kevin Faulk 5-8
NY Foll Kareem McKenzie 6-6, Reggie Torbor 6-2 , Steve Smith 5-11


NE bench Ryan O'Callaghan 6-7, Ellis Hobbs 5-9,
Chris Hanson 6-2 (Punter), Stephen Gostkowski 6-1 (Kicker)
NY bench Justin Tuck 6-5, Zak DeOssie 6-4,
Jeff Feagles 6-1 (Punter), Lawrence Tynes 6-1 (Kicker)


The above AFL teams are comprised of NFL players from the New England Patriots and New York Giants. Their heights are included, to show how they could suit a specific AFL position. Their weights are not included, as the players in the NFL are often a bit big for AFL.

Wes Welker and Mike Vrabel would be some of the Patriots who could step into an AFL team, the Giants could provide Plaxico Burress, who would make things difficult for AFL full backs, and Michael Strahan.
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Hartlett In A Key Forward Role At Carlton

Carlton lost again, but they did find someone who can kick a few goals. Adam Hartlett might become a regular contributor for Carlton as a forward.


From the AFL site: Fremantle gives Carlton the old heave-ho

It did seem to charge Fremantle however, which had trailed 2.4 to 1.2 at the first change after Blue Adam Hartlett had nailed two goals in the opening term.

Carlton: 2.4 5.6 5.9 9.10 (64)
Fremantle: 1.2 6.4 10.6 11.12 (78)

Goals: Carlton – Hartlett 3 Bannister Betts Cloke Kreuzer Russell Stevens. Fremantle – Crowley 2 Headland 2 Mayne 2 Mundy 2 Gilmore Murphy Tarrant.

Best: Carlton – Murphy Hartlett Hampson Russell. Fremantle – Headland Crowley Gilmore Schammer Murphy Johnson


AFL Fantasy Impact:

With Waite mentioning he will be in the back line at Carlton, there is a spot or two up for grabs in their forward line. Fevola will be at full forward while Fisher will be floating around the forward 50 too, and they are both good fantasy players. They will need help from a couple of taller forwards.

Playing around half forward for Carlton, Hartlett might be useful for fantasy teams. Last season, when he was used a bit more as a defender, it was said that he was recruited by Carlton due to his skills as a tall forward. His work in the back line wasn’t the greatest, and a spot up forward does seem like a better fit for him.

Kreuzer, Hampson, Cloke and Ackland will all be given time up forward too. Kreuzer would have to be the best fantasy player to choose from that group.
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2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - St Kilda

An early look at the fantasy value that players might have for season 2008, listing them from best to worst.


Nick Riewoldt
Nick Dal Santo
Lenny Hayes
Samuel Fisher
Leigh Montagna
Jason Gram
Robert Harvey
Brendon Goddard
Luke Ball
Justin Koschitzke
Adam Schneider
Fraser Gehrig
Aaron Fiora
Steven Baker
Sam Gilbert
Leigh Fisher
Xavier Clarke
Stephen Milne
Raphael Clarke
Matthew Maguire
Sean Dempster
Jason Blake
Shane Birss
Max Hudghton
David Armitage
Steven King
James Gwilt
Clinton Jones
Michael Rix
Brad Howard
Ben McEvoy
Jack Steven
Jarryn Geary
Jarryd Allen
Eljay Connors
Matthew Ferguson
Charlie Gardiner
Michael Gardiner

2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - Richmond
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Crows Verify Biglands Is Out Again

The Crows just got a bit closer to a wooden spoon, and their coach may not last much longer too. Rhett Biglands could miss the season, which is not the best news for a Crows team that lost Hudson and Meesen to trades.


From the Adelaide site: Crows confirm Biglands' knee injury

Biglands has sought several different medical opinions and won’t make an official announcement until later this week, but results are expected to confirm that the 30-year-old has again torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

“It leaves us very inexperienced in the ruck,” Craig said.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

At the start of season 2007, the Crows only had two ruck options, Hudson and Griffin. That was an easy situation for fantasy coaches to figure out. This time, the Crows seem to only have three ruckmen to choose from with Maric, Griffin and Moran. Griffin and Moran might have the most potential but the Crows probably see Maric as a stronger player for the ruck and he might get the majority of the playing time.
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A Possible 2008 SuperCoach Team - Rucks

R Dean Cox
R Troy Simmonds


Dean Cox is the superstar fantasy ruckman of the AFL. He should be worth the price. Cox is also healthier at the moment than he was 12 months ago.

Simmonds might be a bargain this time, if fantasy leagues use 2007 as the basis for his initial player price. In 2006, Simmonds was among the top 10 at Richmond for possessions and marks, and as the Tigers haven't added a new ruckman for 2008 it should mean Simmonds is again a very good fantasy ruckman.

A Possible 2008 SuperCoach Team - Centres
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Waite To The Carlton Back Line

Carlton tried to win by outscoring people last year, often playing all their quality talls in the forward line, but it was not a successful tactic. Jarrad Waite has said he will be playing in the back line in 2008, which should solidify the defensive structure at Carlton and also allow provide Waite with a role that will help him bring in more fantasy stats.


From the Carlton site: The case for the defence: Waite

“The way Ratts is speaking, I think I’ll be starting down back at the start of the year and see how I go down there,” Waite said.

“I hope to play centre half-back. I wouldn’t mind making that position mine this year. I sort of got moved around a fair bit last year, so I wouldn’t mind making it mine.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

His numbers are consistently higher when he is settled in as their centre half back, Bock at Adelaide and Polak at Richmond are similar fantasy players to Waite as they can help when played as a forward but their effectiveness for fantasy teams is probably at it's best when they are defenders for their AFL clubs.

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2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - Richmond

An early look at the fantasy value that players might have for season 2008, listing them from best to worst.


Brett Deledio
Joel Bowden
Nathan Foley
Matthew Richardson
Andrew Raines
Chris Newman
Shane Tuck
Trent Cotchin
Kayne Pettifer
Graham Polak
Troy Simmonds
Nathan G. Brown
Jake King
Richard Tambling
Shane Edwards
Dean Polo
Daniel Connors
Greg Tivendale
Mark Coughlan
Kane Johnson
Jordan McMahon
Alex Rance
Daniel Jackson
Adam Pattison
Jack Riewoldt
Luke McGuane
Mitch Morton
Will Thursfield
Chris Hyde
Jay Schulz
Danny Meyer
Travis Casserly
Cleve Hughes
Matthew White
Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls
Andrew Collins
Kelvin Moore
David Gourdis
Dean Putt
Angus Graham

2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - Port Adelaide
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes - Egan and Scarlett Still Injured

The Cats will still start the season as favourites to win again but they are not having the ideal preparation with a couple of their important defenders


From The Geelong Advertiser: Scarlett's knee rules him out

Scarlett had an arthroscopy on his left knee to remove loose materials, but Cats football manager Neil Balme said there was no cartilage damage and expected it to sideline the full back for ``a couple of weeks at worst''.

About Egan:
``It's obviously not ideal, he'll miss the first few weeks of the season but we're not putting a time frame on it. It's just good it was found now and not later.''


AFL Fantasy Impact:

Egan will miss a few games, but Geelong already showed how they play without him. Hunt, Harley and Mackie do a bit extra in the back line with Egan out. While it doesn't look like Scarlett is expected to miss any games, if he was also out it might require Geelong to restructure their back line and give an unexpected player enough minutes to help fantasy teams. Lonergan might be someone who becomes a fantasy player, the above article also mentions Harry Taylor could be called on to provide some height in the back line.

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It's Your ABC, But Where Is The Football?

Football was finally back on TV, at least the Northern Territory variety of the game was scheduled for the ABC digital channel, but football fans were in for a shock.

They didn't see Jethro Calma-Holt or someone called Rioli or even Lance Whitnall. ABC2 showed a rugby match from 1972, it might have been Australia versus New Zealand, but it was difficult to tell who was who on the black and white broadcast.

Now, the ABC should have a huge warehouse full of tapes of the VFL/VFA, SANFL, WAFL and NTAFL, and for some unknown reason they throw a rugby show on when there was a problem with the round 15 NT AFL show. At least find a tape with Danny Del Re or Jack Aziz dominating the VFL, or even a DeGrassi Junior High episode, instead of the poor-quality pictures of the rugby rerun.

The NAB Cup starts in a week, but before Collingwood and Adelaide play there is once again supposed to be NT AFL during the afternoon next Saturday.

NT AFL
ABC2
4:00pm - 6:00pm

ABC2

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A Possible 2008 SuperCoach Team - Centres

C Daniel Cross
C Sam Mitchell
C Brent Stanton
C Daniel Wells
C Brad Sewell
C Jason Winderlich


A few of the star Hawthorn players are suspended for the early games, which should mean Mitchell and Sewell get even more of the ball then. They will also be solid players for statistics when Hawthorn have all players available too.

Cross and Stanton are in the process of taking over as the new leader in their teams' midfields. That should be a good thing for fantasy points. Both players should be among the AFL leaders for total possessions.

Wells is always someone who has the potential to be a star, and maybe this time he gets there. Winderlich might have a bigger role with Hird and Camporeale gone.

A Possible 2008 SuperCoach Team - Backs
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2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - Port Adelaide

An early look at the fantasy value that players might have for season 2008, listing them from best to worst.


Chad Cornes
Peter Burgoyne
Kane Cornes
Shaun Burgoyne
Steven Salopek
Domenic Cassisi
Brendon Lade
Travis Boak
Danyle Pearce
Troy Chaplin
Brett Ebert
Jacob Surjan
Michael Pettigrew
David Rodan
Justin Westhoff
Michael Wilson
Warren Tredrea
Nathan Lonie
Daniel Motlop
Adam Thomson
Tom Logan
Toby Thurstans
Robert Gray
Dean Brogan
Damon White
Greg Bentley
Nathan Krakouer
Matt Thomas
Nick Lower
Marlon Motlop
Alipate Carlile
Mitchell Farmer
Matthew Lobbe
Adam Cockshell
Ryan Williams
Paul Stewart
Matthew Westhoff
Fabian Deluca
Jonathan Giles
Hugh Minson

2008 AFL Player Fantasy Rating - Melbourne
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Collingwood v Adelaide NAB Cup On Channel 7

The TV guide on the yahoo site has a listing for the NAB Cup game between the Magpies and Crows.


2008 NAB Cup

8:30pm - 11:30pm | Seven
Saturday February 9

Collingwood and Adelaide kick off the first AFL match of the NAB Cup in Dubai. The Magpies have a poor record against the Crows recently having lost five of their last six encounters. They've also lost the experience of 10 Copeland Trophy winners over the summer, with the departure of Nathan Buckley - who will take up a post in the Channel Seven commentary box - James Clement and Paul Licuria. However, the Crows will be with out retired star Mark Ricciuto, so both sides will take the chance to test out new blood.
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A Possible 2008 SuperCoach Team - Backs

The fantasy season for AFL is about to start, and a possible SuperCoach team will be posted over the next few days. Taking into account the stats and player prices and positions from last season, and estimating a few others, this team should fit under their salary cap.


B Chad Cornes
B Heath Shaw
B Jess Sinclair
B Andrew Walker
B Beau Waters
B Martin Mattner
B Michael Pettigrew



Chad Cornes was a star last year and he will probably be a star again for fantasy statistics. Maybe he is position eligible in the centre as well as the back line this time, but it is better to play him and other dual position players as a defender or forward as that leaves room for another centre player in the fantasy team. H Shaw and Sinclair get midfield amounts of possessions while playing as fantasy defenders.

Walker and Waters might be a bit cheaper than they should be, although until the actual player prices are revealed that isn't known for sure. Mattner is a fantasy sleeper to think about choosing because he has changed AFL teams, and with Sydney he should be at his best after falling out of favour with the coaches at Adelaide. Pettigrew can put together some big games for fantasy points, and if he can produce them with more consistency his fantasy value will go up.
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AFL Fantasy Player Notes – Ebert, Nicoski And Other Eagles Battling For Vacant Positions

The Eagles have a lot of depth to call on, and they will need it as several big names departed this offseason. Ebert and other players acquired via the recent draft will be vying for spots with players like Nicoski and others who were not regulars in 2007.


From theWest.com.au: Eagles get ready for first full encounter

Carlton recruit Josh Kennedy, who West Coast received as part of the Judd trade, and draft picks Chris Masten, Brad Ebert, Tony Notte, Scott Selwood and Patrick McGinnity will get their first chance to impress the coaching staff after joining the club at the end of 2007.

Mark Nicoski, Chad Fletcher and Steven Armstrong will want to remind selectors of their importance to the team after struggling through 2007.


AFL Fantasy Impact:

There should be a few fantasy bargains provided by the Eagles. Nicoski and Sam Butler might be two to look at, although Ebert could be a surprise. Chris Masten, drafted with a pick from the Judd deal, seems to be copying Chris Masters as he has been suspended, but later in the year Masten should be helping fantasy teams.

Another part of the Judd trade was Mr Kennedy, the Eagles seemed to insist that he was included in the deal so maybe they have a role in mind for him. As the third big forward, supporting Hansen and Lynch, Josh Kennedy might be used as a marking option along the spacious wings of Subiaco and around half forward, that could provide a solid amount of fantasy stats.
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