Five Players To Include In Your AFL 2018 Fantasy Team
The 2018 AFL season is almost underway and fans across the nation will be busy poring over the stats as they bid to create the perfect fantasy team. Here are five key players to consider for inclusion in your side:
Eyebrows were raised when Heeney was named a mid/forward for 2018 and he looks a great shout to finish top of the pile in his position. He should see plenty of time in an elite team that is tipped to go far this season, and he should improve upon his 2017 points tally. He is pretty expensive, but it is hard to leave him out of your team at that price, given his attributes and the improvement he has displayed over the past couple of years. Heeney could well prove to be the player everybody has in their side this season, the new Taylor Adams, and you may well miss out if you overlook him.
Injury to Carlton’s Sam Docherty has opened the door for Adelaide stalwart Laird to be the number one player down back. At $707,000 he is the most expensive of all the defenders, but he is worth it as he will be starring for the Crows – who are favourites to win the Grand Final with the bookmakers on Oddschecker.com – and he is a solid and reliable points scorer. He performed at an elite level throughout last season and ended up as an All-Australian selection with an AFL Players’ Association MVP Award nomination. To balance out the cost of Laird, you could look at cheaper defenders like Aaron Naughton and Cam O’Shea to keep your overall budget in check.
There are so many elite midfielders to choose from, including Patrick Dangerfield, Dustin Martin, Josh Kelly, Gary Ablett, Zach Merrett and Adams, who has moved up from a defender. But how can you leave out Mitchell after his heroics last year? He topped the list for points scored with 127.2 per game, and he has wound up the most expensive fantasy player in history this time around, with a price tag of $896,000. However, Dangerfield and Ablett are not far behind him, so you ultimately have to make a choice as to which set and forget captain you want on your team most weeks. The likes of Dangerfield and Merrett are also very reliable, but Mitchell reigned supreme in 2017 and is likely to do so again this year. He did not produce a score below 100 until week 19 last season, and ended up with the best fantasy average of all time. There are plenty of ways you can afford him, and he should be well worth the outlay of 7% of your budget.
Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy leads the rucks in terms of price this year, but Kreuzer looks like the smarter choice. He improved his average by 21 points last year and ended up with 105 over 21 games. He posted a top score of 149 and six scores over 120, and he should be in for another big season for Carlton this time around. He is another set and forget player and could well go on to become the highest scoring big man this season. If you are looking for a more cut-price option, you could go for Max Gawn from the elite group, but you have to beware his injury-prone nature.
If you are going to pay top dollar for the likes of Mitchell, Kreuzer and Laird, you need to cut back in some areas, and Doedee represents strong value for money at just $170,000. He should nail down a place in Adelaide’s backline as a replacement for Jake Lever, and he is set for a breakout season. He led the SANFL for interceptions last year, and he was impressive in the JLT Community Series. Throw in a few more bargains like Tim Kelly, Shai Bolton and Lachlan Murphy, plus mid-priced options such as Matthew Kennedy and Sam Petrevski-Seton, and you can easily afford the stars like Mitchell, Kreuzer and Laird.