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Watchlist 2016

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MIDFIELDERS

One thing that there is never a shortage of in fantasy is centres. But while getting those gun midfielders is important for any fantasy side, spotting the value at the bottom end of the list is incredibly useful.

Josh Kelly (U50:102/36 games/21yo/UF avg:73)
For the second year running Kelly earns a U50 score over 100, and all the signs are pointing to a breakout. Having spent time as mid-forward over his first two years, Kelly is poised to fill the gap left by Adam Treloar’s departure. Kelly failed to top the ton last year, which means he could well fly under the radar of many coaches, but his 140 against Melbourne in his debut year shows exactly what he’s capable of.

Nick Graham (U50:101/16 games/21yo/UF avg:73)
Primed for a breakout year after forcing his way into the Carlton side midway through last year. Graham has been a huge ball-winner at every level throughout his career, and this was evident after he scored three fantasy tons in a row before injury ended his season. He’ll be a key part of the Blues’ rebuild, and is very much one to watch this year.

Billy Hartung (U50:98/26 games/21yo/UF avg:62)
Set to benefit more than anyone by the scrapping of the sub rule, having worn the green vest ten times in 2015. When he was on the ground he showed he was a very capable ball-winner. Averaged 80 fantasy points when his sub-affected games are removed, and his elite endurance means that he could well be in a position to take advantage of the interchange cap this year. Dead set smokie.

Luke Dunstan (U50:98/35 games/21yo/UF avg:70)
Burst onto the fantasy scene with a Round 1 ton in his debut year in 2014, but has failed to live up to the hype since. Because of that sensational introduction many coaches may forget that he has still only just turned 21, and is entering only his third year in the system. Four 90+ scores last year and a ton in round 19 shows that he is still very much on the right track, and he fits the breakout mould to a T.

Cam Ellis-Yolmen (U50:106/12 games/23yo/UF avg:74)
Makes his way onto these rankings due to a spell of form at the start of the year that saw him manage four 90+ scores in six games. His form tailed off and he found himself playing SANFL footy by the end of the year, but with Dangerfield departing, the Crows could find need for his ability at the contest.

Mitch Hallahan (U50:106/18 games/23yo/UF avg:78)
Three tons in a row between rounds 7 and 9 ensured a healthy U50 score for the ex-Hawk, but reality suggests that history is unlikely to repeat itself. Got his chance due to an injury ravaged Suns midfield, and will find it much tougher this year. Having said that, he has scoring potential, and if injuries occur again, keep an eye on him.

Seb Ross (U50:92/37 games/22yo/UF avg:71)
Looked set for a possible breakout last year after a strong NAB Challenge, but was stopped in his tracks by a hamstring injury. He failed to pick up where he left off when he made his return in round 10, but his fantasy average of 90 over the last three rounds of the season showed promise. He’s got competition in the middle of the ground, and he will need to lose the tagging role, but he has the potential to be a very useful late rounder.

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