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The best Fantasy free agents for round 22

The question: Why is GWS defender Nick Haynes still available in so many leagues? - AFL,Fantasy,Tag-Fantasy
The question: Why is GWS defender Nick Haynes still available in so many leagues?

OH YES, it is now do-or-die for Fantasy Draft coaches.

Teams competing in round 22 are playing the preliminary finals and are looking to book a place in the Grand Final. Bragging rights for the summer hinge on getting the next two weeks right.

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Bench cover is one thing, but looking at which players to field based on match-up could be the difference in the knockout games.

Hawthorn take on Gold Coast on Sunday. The Suns have given up the most points this season. They are followed by Carlton, who St Kilda take on this week. Recently, the Swans, Bombers and Demons have been conceding more points than usual to their opposition.

If you miss out on who you want when it comes to free agents this week, make sure you're online when the teams drop on Thursday night. There could be an inclusion or two who may score well that is available in your league.

Defenders

Hunter Clark, DEF, St Kilda (ADP Nil, 51 per cent)

Clark's Fantasy stocks continue to rise as Classic coaches have enjoyed his value. Draft coaches are marking Clark down in their little black books for 2020 as he looks certain to offer a lot more value than his 78 average suggests. Over the last five rounds, Clark has scored 119, 105, 88, 84 and 99 to be one of the better performers down back. If he's available in your league, get on for the points he could score against the Blues this week.

Hunter Clark in action against the Dockers. Picture: AFL Photos

Nick Haynes, DEF, GWS Giants (ADP 249, 40 per cent)

Why is Haynes still available in so many leagues? Prior to his 89 in the Canberra snow, he had scored 104 and 92, picking off plenty of marks. While his average of 20 disposals in that time helped boost his score, it was the 10 marks per game that he was taking that made him a startable defender.

Dan Houston, DEF, Port Adelaide (ADP 272, 40 per cent)

Still there? Another ton on the weekend and a tasty match up against the Roos this week makes Houston a must-have.

Midfielders

Isaac Smith, MID, Hawthorn (ADP 108, 54 per cent)

Smith hasn't quite delivered what those who drafted him expected. His last three weeks (106, 87 and 112) have been solid, but it is the game versus the Suns this week that makes him a tantalising prospect.

Will Isaac Smith score big against the Suns? Picture: AFL Photos

Dan Hannebery, MID, St Kilda (ADP 193, 47 per cent)

If no one in your league jumped back on Hanners when he was named last Thursday night, then make him your first choice RFA selection. The former Swan kicked two goals, but did it all racking up 23 disposals, six marks and six tackles to score 117 in his third game in an injury interrupted season.

Jack Graham, MID, Richmond (ADP Nil, 29 per cent)

Graham is averaging 88 this season after a nice bump from the 146 he scored against the Blues on Sunday. While he kicked four goals to help him to a career-high score, Graham laid 14 tackles.

Rucks

Sam Jacobs, RUC, Adelaide (ADP 77, 49 per cent)

Based on ADP, Jacobs was the ninth ruck taken in pre-season Drafts. He played his first game since round two on the weekend racking up 95 points. If Reilly O'Brien stays out of the side, Jacobs could be a very handy inclusion for sides with a shaky ruck department.

Do you roll the dice on veteran ruckman Sam Jacobs? Picture: AFL Photos 

Aaron Sandilands, RUC, Fremantle (ADP 161, 30 per cent)

Fremantle's round 21 opponent, the Bombers, are one of the easiest match-ups in the league for ruckmen. Despite sharing the role with Sean Darcy, Sandi wound back the clock on Sunday scoring 92 thanks to 32 hitouts, 12 disposals and six tackles. Put him on your bench for one of the last opportunities you have to include '211' in your Fantasy team. 

Forwards

Chad Wingard, MID/FWD, Hawthorn (ADP 83, 49 per cent)

Wingard's first season as a Hawk hasn't returned the Fantasy numbers most would have expected. He is averaging 72 for the season and has missed eight games through injury. Wingard's last two games produced scores of 88 and 105. You would think he'll continue to play extra midfield minutes in the final two rounds.

Andrew Brayshaw, MID/FWD, Fremantle (ADP 228, 29 per cent)

Another player who is putting his hand up for 2020 selection that will be much higher than his average shows. Brayshaw is averaging 69 this season but is good for a mid-to-high-80 at the moment with 86 on the weekend and a five round average of 88. Fremantle's round 22 opponent, Essendon, gave up the most points last week.

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