THE PRICES have been released and AFL Fantasy coaches have now started their search for cheap underpriced options. One of the keys to Fantasy success is finding these hidden gems, so let's start hunting.
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The 30 to 35 per cent off sale
So what is Tom Mitchell (MID, $671,000) priced at?
This has been the No.1 question asked this pre-season and rightfully so. He received a 30 per cent discount on his average of 129 after breaking his leg before the first game this year. This places our beloved pig at an average of 91 and a dead set lock in your team from round one.
Sadly, we haven't seen Sam Docherty (DEF, $563,000) on the football field for two years. Due to this, the star defender, who averaged 116 in 2017, is now a steal and priced at an average of 76.
In a similar boat to Docherty, Dylan Robertson (DEF, $327,000) has received a 30 per cent discount after playing just four games across the past two seasons due to his heart issues. He is priced at an average of less than 45 so if he's ready go, then he is a near lock considering he has averaged 90+ in the past.
Hawthorn will be hoping recruit Jonathon Patton (RUC/FWD, $366,000) is back, fit and firing come round one and so will Fantasy coaches, who can pick up the former Giant at a bargain price. When fully fit, Patton can average 70, but after missing the entire 2019 season, he finds himself priced at an average 49 with some nice dual position flexibility as well.
Bounce back bargains
In Fantasy, it's always a smart idea to look at which players are coming off a season to forget. A season that might have seen them average significantly less than years before. This could be due to a role change within the team, injuries or a player moving to a new club.
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Players who played less than 10 games last year will have their prices slashed with a three per cent discount applied to every game they missed. Callan Ward (MID, $539,000) managed just one game for the Giants last season which entitles him to a 27 per cent discount off his 2018 average of 97. Ward has averaged over 90 seven times prior to last year and is now priced at an average of 73. The former captain will be a highly popular Fantasy pick.
Angus Brayshaw (MID, $653,000) averaged a healthy 105 in a dominant 2018 season, but despite playing all 22 games this year, his output was well down and averaged just 88. If he can get back to his best, then he is potentially 15 to 20 points underpriced.
The rollercoaster of James Sicily (DEF, $620,000) had too many dips in 2019 as he averaged 12 points less than the 96 from the year before. If you believe he can bounce back, then he, along with Sam Menegola (MID, $710,000) could also be viable selections. Menegola's average dropped from 99 to just 78 in an injury-interrupted season with Geelong.
Lance Franklin (FWD, $523,000) is looking fit and trim during the Swan's pre-season and looms as an intriguing selection. Before last season, the superstar averaged 90+ for three years running until he managed just 10 games at an average of 71.
For those who plan on locking in the most expensive player in the game, Brodie Grundy (RUC, $906,000), as their main ruckman, you might want to consider pairing him with value picks Sam Jacobs (RUC, $514,000) and Nic Naitanui (RUC, $471,000).
Jacobs lost his No.1 ruck mantle at the Crows, managing just five games at an average of 80. He's discounted at his new club and is now priced under 70. He rucked solo and scored 115 in his final game with Adelaide which makes him a steal for those who don't like paying top dollar.
Another one big man to consider is Naitanui who played only three games in the home and away season. He is even cheaper than Jacobs and scored 77 and 96 in the finals, scores that don't count towards his current price.