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Will you pick Chad Wingard in your Fantasy team? - AFL,Fantasy,Hawthorn Hawks
Will you pick Chad Wingard in your Fantasy team?

WHERE do I start? I don't even have the words to express the way the AFL Fantasy community feels after hearing the horrific news that our favourite player Tom Mitchell (MID, $938,000) has broken his leg and will likely miss the entire season.

He is our beloved 'Pig', a name we assign to only the greatest Fantasy players. These players feast above and beyond when it comes to scoring points and Mitchell definitely did that in 2018, scoring over 140 in more than half of his games, reaching career-highs of 187 and 195.

The Traders and the Fantasy community would like to wish Tom a speedy recovery, and hope that he and his injured ham hock are back to even bigger and better things when he returns.

This will place a huge emphasis on Jaeger O'Meara (MID, $695,000), who ended 2018 on fire. Despite playing a limited amount of football for a long period of time, we expected a slow start from O'Meara but once he got going, he flew home averaging 104 after his bye.

However, with a tear in my eye, we must move forward and see what else the Hawks have to offer in 2019.

Last year, Chad Wingard (MID/FWD, $598,000) averaged 10 less than he did the previous year which makes him a bargain at his new club. The question of Wingard's role at Hawthorn should be known by the end of the JLT Community Series but with Mitchell injured, the door appears to be open for Wingard. If this is the case, you can lock him in to average 95+ which makes him a worthy selection in your Classic team.

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If Grant Birchall (DEF, $350,000) is named in round one, he needs to be in your team. He missed the entire 2018 season and therefore receives a 30 per cent discount on his 2017 average of 69, placing him at an average of just 48. Birchall averaged 81 not long ago, and if he plays any part in the JLT Community Series, that will be enough for me.

From round 18 onwards, James Worpel (MID/FWD, $480,000) became a regular within the Hawks best 22, playing the six remaining games at an average of 83. During this time he ranked third at the club for disposals behind Mitchell and Shiels. Due to his slow start to the season, Worpel is now priced at an average of 66. With a position now vacant in the midfield, he'll only be better in 2019 and could be a huge smokie in your Classic team and a definitely sleeper on Draft day. 

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After four games with the Gold Coast Suns in 2017, Jack Scrimshaw (DEF, $203,000) finds himself at a new club, at a juicy price. His best effort was only 64, but if he can cement his place within the side, he's a great bench option in defence.

He has the name, but will we see Jacob Koschitzke (DEF/FWD, $170,000) this year? Cousin of former Saint Justin Koschitzke, Jacob is a versatile tall from the Murray Bushrangers. Koschitzke stands at 195cm and was named full-back in the AFL Under-18 All Australian Team where he represented the Allies. Not one Hawthorn rookie played more than 10 games last year so Koschitzke has the odds against him, but he’s a name for the future.

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Liam Shiels (MID, $704,000) has averaged 90+ in three of his last four seasons and as he enters his 11th season, he is still getting it done. Last year, Shiels averaged 97, his best season since 2015 where he averaged 99. He will be called upon again to be a ball-winning midfielder and as we know, he loves a tackle, registering over 10 four times last year.

After only playing 14 games through injury and suspension, James Sicily (DEF, $694,000) created constant headaches for his Fantasy coaches. When he played, he dominated with an average of 96 and was one of the standout defenders in the competition. However, when we’re looking for reliability and durability, Sicily isn’t at the top of the list.

 

Player

Position

2018 Average

2018 Games

2019 Price

Mitchell, Tom

MID

129.18

22

$938,000

Shiels, Liam

MID

97

21

$704,000

O'Meara, Jaeger

MID

95.75

20

$695,000

Sicily, James

DEF

95.57

14

$694,000

Smith, Isaac

MID

89.09

22

$647,000

Gunston, Jack

FWD

86.67

21

$629,000

McEvoy, Ben

RUC

86.59

17

$628,000

Breust, Luke

FWD

84.45

22

$613,000

Henderson, Ricky

MID

84.1

20

$610,000

Wingard, Chad

MID/FWD

82.33

21

$598,000

Burgoyne, Shaun

MID

78.67

15

$571,000

Howe, Daniel

MID

77.2

15

$560,000

Roughead, Jarryd

FWD

73.35

20

$532,000

Impey, Jarman

DEF/FWD

69.95

22

$508,000

Morrison, Harry

MID/FWD

66.21

19

$481,000

Worpel, James

MID/FWD

68.22

9

$480,000

Hardwick, Blake

DEF

64.64

22

$469,000

Miles, Teia

DEF

66.88

8

$456,000

Ceglar, Jonathon

RUC/FWD

62.9

10

$456,000

Scully, Tom

MID

23

1

$446,000

Puopolo, Paul

FWD

59.28

18

$430,000

Frawley, James

DEF

54.28

18

$394,000

Mirra, David

DEF

60.17

6

$384,000

Stratton, Ben

DEF

49.91

22

$362,000

Brand, Kaiden

DEF

49.8

10

$361,000

Schoenmakers, Ryan

FWD

47.75

8

$361,000

O'Brien, Tim

FWD

48.5

12

$352,000

Birchall, Grant

DEF

0

0

$350,000

Nash, Conor

FWD

60.33

3

$346,000

Cousins, James

MID

50.5

4

$329,000

Minchington, Darren

MID

0

0

$324,000

Glass, Conor

DEF

47.5

4

$315,000

Pittonet, Marc

RUC

52.5

2

$290,000

Mohr, Tim

DEF

42.5

2

$234,000

Scrimshaw, Jack

DEF

0

0

$203,000

Lewis, Mitch

FWD

25.5

2

$170,000

Jiath, Changkuoth

DEF

0

0

$170,000

Jones, Harrison

DEF

0

0

$170,000

Koschitzke, Jacob

DEF/FWD

0

0

$170,000

Moore, Dylan

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Ross, Jackson

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Hanrahan, Oliver

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Greaves, Damon

DEF/MID

0

0

$170,000

Golds, Will

MID

0

0

$170,000

Walker, Mathew

MID/FWD

0

0

$170,000

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