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Bulldogs Fantasy: Prices, locks, bargains, who to avoid

Jack Macrae sits behind only Tom Mitchell in Fantasy price - AFL,Fantasy,Western Bulldogs
Jack Macrae sits behind only Tom Mitchell in Fantasy price

AFTER improving his average by a massive 19 points, Jack Macrae (MID, $890,000) leads the Bulldogs as their most expensive player. He averaged 123 from his 19 games and sits behind the pig himself, Tom Mitchell (MID, $938,000) as the second most expensive player in the game.

Macrae loves playing at Marvel Stadium (formerly known as Etihad Stadium). He played there 10 times last year with a lowest score of just 107 and an average of 127. He plays two of his first three games there in 2019 where he will be up against Sydney, Hawthorn and Gold Coast.

Lachie Hunter (MID, $765,000) had his best Fantasy season to date averaging 105, which was boosted by two scores over 140.

The Bulldogs have been a very Fantasy-relevant team in recent years and with 2019 just around the corner, can they once again provide the goods?

Make no mistake about it, Josh Dunkley (MID/FWD, $695,000) will be one of the top three forwards in 2019 and should be locked into your team from the beginning.

After moving into the midfield, Dunkley averaged 112 in his last nine games, and during that time his lowest score was just 96.

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In 2013/14 Tom Liberatore (MID, $392,000) played all 44 games and averaged 97 and 99 respectively. Since then, things haven't gone to plan, and to make matters worse, Liberatore ruptured his ACL in round one against GWS.

He's back training and rumoured to be back to 100 per cent fitness. After receiving a discount on his price, Liberatore can be selected at an average of just 54. If we see him in the JLT Community Series, he'll be a very popular pick.

Toby McLean (MID/FWD, $686,000) started 2018 on fire. After the bye round, he struggled to find his feet and averaged just 83 in the latter half of the year.

McLean currently ranks as the sixth best forward we have available to us. If he can emulate the way he started 2018 where he averaged 100 in his first 11 games, he's certainly tempting especially when you consider his impressive ceiling that saw him score 143 and 152 early in the year.

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Former Tiger Sam Lloyd (MID, $450,000) and Hawthorn's Taylor Duryea (DEF, $448,000) found new homes at the Bulldogs over the trade period, but as far as Fantasy goes, they don't offer us a great deal as they both haven't averaged better than 70 in the last three years.

Lloyd might be given more opportunities in the midfield than he had at Richmond, and after averaging 109 and 120 in the VFL in the last two years, we might just see a little spike in his numbers.

The ruck situation at the Bulldogs is a very interesting one. Tim English (RUC, $446,000) and Jackson Trengove (DEF, $522,000) are the obvious options, so let's throw 20-year-old Jordon Sweet (RUC, $170,000) into the mix as well.

Sweet is a SANFL premiership player and stands at 202cm. He could be a sneaky bench option if he looks like getting a game early in the year.

Bailey Smith (MID, $258,000) looks likely to get early games and 173cm forward Ben Cavarra (FWD, $182,000) might feature as well.

As a midfielder, the 22-year-old won the Morrish Medal and since then he has received back to back VFL Team of the Year selections.

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After not playing a game this year, Liam Picken (FWD, $387,000) receives a 30 per cent discount off his price, which now makes him very relevant if he's fit and firing.

Picken played every game for two years leading into 2018, where he averaged 76 and 88.

He can be tagged, and only has hair that only a mother could love. Jason Johannisen (DEF, $551,000) is the kind of player we need to pass on when selecting your team.

He has averaged 76 for the last two seasons now and needs to spend more time tackling and marking than worrying about his hair style.

Player

Position

2018 Average

2018 Games

2019 Price

Macrae, Jack

MID

122.63

19

$890,000

Hunter, Lachie

MID

105.43

21

$765,000

Dunkley, Josh

MID/FWD

95.79

19

$695,000

McLean, Toby

MID/FWD

94.5

22

$686,000

Bontempelli, Marcus

MID

92.42

19

$671,000

Suckling, Matthew

DEF

88

11

$639,000

Wallis, Mitch

MID/FWD

82.06

18

$595,000

Williams, Bailey

DEF

79.86

14

$580,000

Daniel, Caleb

FWD

77.85

20

$565,000

Johannisen, Jason

DEF

75.95

22

$551,000

Crozier, Hayden

DEF

73.71

17

$535,000

Trengove, Jackson

DEF

71.88

16

$522,000

Boyd, Tom

RUC/FWD

63.33

12

$460,000

Lloyd, Sam

MID

68.14

7

$450,000

Duryea, Taylor

DEF

61.69

16

$448,000

English, Tim

RUC

67.57

7

$446,000

Gowers, Billy

FWD

59.7

20

$433,000

Jong, Lin

MID/FWD

59.2

10

$430,000

Dale, Bailey

MID/FWD

58.3

10

$423,000

Lipinski, Patrick

MID/FWD

57.76

17

$419,000

Schache, Josh

FWD

57.69

13

$419,000

Wood, Easton

DEF

56.33

12

$409,000

Liberatore, Tom

MID

9

1

$392,000

Picken, Liam

FWD

0

0

$387,000

Richards, Ed

DEF

53.14

21

$386,000

Naughton, Aaron

DEF

51.89

18

$377,000

Dickson, Tory

FWD

45.75

8

$371,000

Cordy, Zaine

DEF

50.67

18

$368,000

Webb, Lukas

FWD

47.4

5

$339,000

Greene, Fergus

FWD

51.2

5

$316,000

Lynch, Brad

DEF/FWD

44.33

9

$312,000

Morris, Dale

DEF

42.82

11

$311,000

Smith, Roarke

DEF

39.9

10

$290,000

Young, Lewis

DEF

47

2

$286,000

Smith, Bailey

MID

0

0

$258,000

West, Rhylee

MID

0

0

$220,000

Roberts, Fletcher

DEF

39.5

2

$218,000

Vandermeer, Laitham

DEF/MID

0

0

$198,000

Cavarra, Ben

FWD

0

0

$182,000

Khamis, Buku

DEF

0

0

$170,000

Porter, Callum

MID

0

0

$170,000

Young, Lachlan

DEF

0

0

$170,000

Hayes, Will

MID

0

0

$170,000

Sweet, Jordon

RUC

0

0

$170,000

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