TEAM selection on Thursday night often brings some pain for Fantasy Draft coaches with an injury you didn't see coming, Stephen Coniglio a case in point last week. Having the best bench cover possible is always the best way to be prepared for the issues that face us around 24 hours from lockout.

It could be a time for leagues to consider what bench size they look at for their 2020 competition. The majority opt for a four-player model, making it hard to hold onto injured players and keeping the free agents pool ticking over.

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Many coaches find it tough to manage and a hit to the ego dropping someone you took in the first handful of rounds because they're missing a month of footy through injury, so choosing a squad structure that allows eight on the bench might be something that could suit your league in the future.

For now, you have to deal with your current league set up so manage your squad as well as you can, especially in the lead up to the bye rounds.


Nick Vlastuin, DEF, Richmond (ADP 151, 31 per cent)

The Tigers have had two impressive Fantasy games in a row, turning around their form to see some big numbers. Vlastuin returned to the side to post 101 and should score well again this week against the Bombers and continue to collect 'startable' scores the following round versus North Melbourne.

Jackson Trengove, DEF, Western Bulldogs (ADP 252, 14 per cent)

As the Dogs' No. 1 ruckman, Trengove not only gets some bonus points from hitouts, but finds himself around the ball more often than in his usual role as a defender. Scores of 99 and 100 in the last two rounds would see him starting in almost every Draft league. Coaches may even think there is upside as he only took one mark last week. The added bonus of potential DPP in round 12, Trengove should be considered as a free agent this week.


Jarryd Lyons, MID, Brisbane (ADP 74, 56 per cent)

As someone who drafted Lyons in the ninth round, I understand why he has been dumped by some his owners. He has, however, started to improve his numbers in the last month after a shocking run early on. If he's available in your league, grab him for the simple fact that Lyons has averaged in the mid-90s for the last couple of seasons.

Luke Dunstan, MID, St Kilda (ADP 156, 41 per cent)

Being out of the senior side from rounds four to seven saw a few of those who drafted Dunstan send him to the player pool. Back in with 101 and 100 should see him picked up for his match-up with the Blues, considering they allowed the Giants to score 2049 against them, including four players over 120, one of those being Lachie Whitfield's 190.

Luke Dunstan might feast on the battling Blues. Picture: AFL Photos

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Adam Tomlinson, MID, Greater Western Sydney (ADP 267, 40 per cent)

Maybe I'm excited by Tomlinson's 117 in that massacre of Carlton, but the Giants' opponents over the next month look pretty tasty. The Demons, Suns, Crows and Roos are coming up before the bye and if he can get on the end of a few marks like he did on Sunday, 100-plus scores should result.


Jonathon Ceglar, RUC/FWD, Hawthorn (ADP Nil, 20 per cent)

With Ben McEvoy going off the ground in the first quarter, Ceglar had more responsibility in the ruck on Sunday, despite being beaten by Ivan Soldo. He finished with 101 Fantasy points thanks to 26 disposals and eight marks. McEvoy is in doubt this week and Ceglar could come off the bench if you need some support from a dual-position player in round 10.


Jaidyn Stephenson, FWD, Collingwood (ADP 268, 38 per cent)

Three goals helped Stephenson to 91 against the Saints and continues his run of scoring 75 or more every time he kicks at least two goals this year. Stephenson uses his speed to make himself an option whenever the Pies go forward and has increased his average disposals by four and marks by three a game to average 80 this season.

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Jake Stringer, FWD, Essendon (ADP 260, 19 per cent)

While his raw numbers weren't huge on the weekend (17 disposals), Stringer's increased midfield time makes him work a punt as a Fantasy forward. There's a good reason he's in fewer than 20 per cent of teams, he's scored in the 50s in one-third of his games this year, but worth a punt as bench cover with the Tigers and Blues leading into the byes.

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