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The best Fantasy free agents for round two

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WE'RE back! The scores have been tallied for the first weekend of and savvy coaches of Fantasy Draft teams have already hit up the player pool and put in their bids for the restricted free agents.

Most Draft leagues opt for restricted free agents (RFAs) as part of their settings, so that it isn't first in best dressed.

If your league doesn't have this setting on, league commissioners should consider

enabling RFAs as a fair way to pick up players available each week. The preferred setting has a one-day time period to get bids in, and the lowest on the ladder gets first choice.

The first few rounds are the busiest for free agent pickups, so we have a bumper edition full of players who may be available in your league. Generally, they will be owned by fewer than 70 per cent of teams competition wide, but with a variety of league sizes and settings, you'll need to check your player pool.

Defenders

Jamie Macmillan, DEF, North Melbourne (ADP 193, 56 per cent)
After posting 145 in his only JLT appearance, Macmillan's stocks were already on the rise. Despite only averaging more than 74 once in his 10-year career, his 37 disposals helped him score 118.

Daniel Rich, DEF, Brisbane Lions (ADP 201, 53 per cent)
Always a Fantasy tease, Rich seems to have embraced the new rules, and his numbers are likely to see him as a startable defender in most leagues.

 

Ryan Burton, DEF, Port Adelaide (ADP 198, 48 per cent)
Played in defence and enjoyed a fantastic debut for his new club. Taken much later in drafts than the previous year, Burton can average in the mid-80s with Port Adelaide's new gameplan.

Zak Jones, DEF, Sydney Swans (ADP 273, 29 per cent)
Jones has been a frustrating player to own over the years, but he will certainly outperform his ADP. Find a bench spot for him and hope he can push a few more scores like the 94 he posted at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

Midfielders

Trent Cotchin, MID, Richmond (ADP 129, 68 per cent)
Richmond's skipper is highly owned, but there are clearly some leagues that have him still available as a free agent. If he's there in yours, put your bid in. Cotchin must be owned, especially if you watched his super game leading the Tigers' midfield for 107 points in the season opener.

Bradley Hill, MID, Fremantle Dockers (ADP 140, 54 per cent)
Hill comes with some risk due to his body, but if the Dockers can play with the confidence they did on Sunday, some more Fantasy tons could be on the cards for the 26-year-old.

Jacob Hopper, MID, Greater Western Sydney (ADP 179, 51 per cent)
The Giants were one of the top scoring teams for the round and the Fantasy community was singing the praises of Stephen Conigio and Tim Taranto, who scored 161 and 137 respectively. Hopper took his chance in the midfield in the absence of Josh Kelly and Callan Ward. While their return could be a concern, Hopper has shown he is more than capable of scoring 100.

Anthony Miles, MID, Gold Coast (ADP 169, 49 per cent)
Miles was touted as an early Fantasy Classic bargain when the prices dropped, but coaches cooled on him. His role at the Suns will be predominantly in the thick of things in the engine room and he should rack up mid-20 disposals each week alongside Brayden Fiorini.

Anthony Miles will be in the engine room and is a good option. Picture: AFL Photos

James Cousins, MID, Hawthorn (ADP 248, 24 per cent)
With Tom Mitchell out of the Hawks side for the year, there are a few more disposals – and midfield minutes – to go around. With a score of 98, Cousins played a lot of time through the middle laying six tackles, and was impressive as he rotated forward, kicking two goals.

Rucks

Sean Darcy, RUC, Fremantle (ADP 210, 49 per cent)
Rucks aren't running very deep and it's always handy to have a back-up option. Aaron Sandilands' calf remains an issue and Darcy will continue to develop as 211's successor in the purple.

Andrew Phillips, RUC, Carlton (ADP Nil, 18 per cent)
While Matthew Kreuzer is on the sidelines, Phillips will always post solid Fantasy numbers. With 27 hit-outs, he finished with 83 points to continue his run of positive scoring when rucking solo. Last year he posted 65, 77 and 93 as the king pin.

Forwards

Zac Fisher, MID/FWD, Carlton (ADP 194, 49 per cent)
Played through the midfield for a score of 84. With forward eligibility, Fisher would be worth more than a place on your bench if he can score in that vicinity.

Jack Newnes, MID/FWD, St Kilda (ADP 205, 47 per cent)
One of the four St Kilda Jacks who scored 90 or more, Newnes spent time in the midfield as well as forward, which could see him return to his 85-plus average he managed from 2015-2017. Durable, and showed some great JLT form with 75 and 102 – we'll call the 26-year-old's 66 average from last year a blip on the radar.

Tom Papley, FWD, Sydney Swans (ADP 270, 23 per cent)
Scored 92 in Saturday night's loss to the Bulldogs. Papley played up the ground and was able to get the ball on the outside taking six marks as well as laying six tackles.

Jack Lonie, FWD, St Kilda (ADP Nil, 6 per cent)
Going undrafted, Lonie has been in-and-out of the Saints' side over his five-year career. He looks to have cemented his spot based on his round one showing.

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