WITH three wins in the first three rounds, Gold Coast started the season on fire.

Brayden Fiorini (MID, $740,000) hit the ground running, averaging 114 in his opening six games as he shaped up as one of the best Fantasy midfielders in the game. But as the year went on, his scores (like the Suns) took a dive.

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Two-time premiership player, Brandon Ellis (MID, $629,000), joins the Suns in 2020 as he hopes his experience rubs off on the youth around him. After having the two top picks in the NAB AFL Draft, the Suns hope they have secured two long-term gems in Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson, and as Fantasy coaches, we hope they are nice little cash cows who are ready to play round one.

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Lock them in

Only three players from the Suns averaged over 90 last year. Shouldering the load was big man Jarrod Witts (RUC, $775,000) who was a Fantasy scoring machine, averaging 104.

He averaged 117 in his last five games, capped off by his best-ever Fantasy score of 154 in round 23.

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Last year's No.3 pick in the NAB AFL Draft was Izak Rankine (FWD, $170,000) but unfortunately, a hamstring injury sidelined him for the majority of the season. He managed to play just three games in the NEAFL for an average of 60 (limited game time). If his pre-season is injury-free, then he's a lock to play for the Suns in 2020 and at a bargain price.

Dual-position tempter

Jack Lukosius (DEF/FWD, $388,000) played all but one game in his debut season and averaged 52. He finished the season stronger than he started, averaging 65 after his mid-season bye.

His best game came in round 20 against Collingwood playing in defence. He took nine marks and had 21 possessions for his career-high of 99 Fantasy points. Could he be a break-out contender for 2020?

Draft sleeper

After saying goodbye to the Crows, Hugh Greenwood (MID/FWD, $581,000) has made his way to Gold Coast in the hope he can string together more than the 14 games he managed in 2019.

Greenwood is a prolific tackler, averaging six a game. He laid 13 on the Eagles in round 10 and is much better than the 78 Fantasy points he averaged last year. He has forward eligibility and needs to be moved up your Draft rankings as he could be knocking on the door to be a top-10 forward.

Hugh Greenwood (r) lays a tackle on Bulldog Patrick Lipinski. Picture: AFL Photos

Bargain basement

You don't get to be the No.1 draft pick for no reason and Matthew Rowell (MID, $270,000) is certainly a name to remember. He averaged 124 from his seven games in the NAB League after averaging 30 possessions and nine tackles a game. Rowell averaged 102 in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, ranking him third overall on points scored.

Drafted at No.2 was Rowell's teammate and close friend, Noah Anderson (MID, $268,000), who averaged 108 from his seven NAB League games. The Suns also swooped on Sam Flanders (MID/FWD, $250,000) with pick No.11.

Flanders was just one of seven draftees to average 90-plus in the NAB League. He placed within the top five scorers in the under-18 championships, averaging 98 and could potentially get a game as early as round one.

Sam Flanders, Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson after they were drafted by the Suns. Picture: AFL Photos

Forgotten warrior

After improving his average by 16 points last year, Darcy MacPherson (MID/FWD, $648,000) certainly had a breakout season that went under the radar. He played all 22 games at an average of 87 and this year, he's the 12th-best option up forward based on his average.

Buyer beware

Look, it is what it is… and unfortunately the best Fantasy days of Pearce Hanley (DEF, $567,000) are behind him. He was a proven jet back in his prime, but injuries have taken their toll on the 31-year-old who now provides experience and not the Fantasy numbers he used to. 

Gold Coast Fantasy prices for 2020

PLAYER

POSITION

2019

AVG

2019

GMS

2020

PRICE

Jarrod Witts

RUC

104.4

22

$775,000

Brayden Fiorini

MID

99.7

21

$740,000

Touk Miller

MID

90.9

18

$675,000

David Swallow

MID

87.9

22

$652,000

Darcy MacPherson

MID/FWD

87.3

22

$648,000

Anthony Miles

MID

85.4

17

$634,000

Brandon Ellis

MID

84.8

20

$629,000

Will Brodie

MID

87.8

8

$612,000

Lachie Weller

DEF

82.5

17

$612,000

Hugh Greenwood

MID/FWD

78.3

14

$581,000

Pearce Hanley

DEF

76.4

16

$567,000

Jack Bowes

MID

71.5

15

$531,000

Jarrod Harbrow

DEF

70.7

21

$525,000

Peter Wright

FWD

68.4

17

$508,000

Ben Ainsworth

MID/FWD

65.1

12

$483,000

Jacob Dawson

DEF

72.7

6

$475,000

Sam Day

FWD

63.7

10

$473,000

Nick Holman

FWD

63.3

12

$470,000

Jesse Joyce

DEF

58.7

16

$436,000

Alex Sexton

FWD

58.6

22

$435,000

Zac Smith

RUC

73.3

3

$430,000

George Horlin-Smith

DEF/MID

46.7

7

$425,000

Jordan Murdoch

DEF

55.8

14

$414,000

Wil Powell

MID

54.9

13

$407,000

Charlie Ballard

DEF

54.5

21

$404,000

Jack Lukosius

DEF/FWD

52.3

21

$388,000

Corey Ellis

DEF

62

4

$377,000

Sean Lemmens

MID/FWD

52.9

8

$369,000

Sam Collins

DEF

48.3

9

$348,000

Joshua Corbett

FWD

44

9

$317,000

Ben King

FWD

39.1

14

$290,000

Jack Hombsch

DEF

39

18

$289,000

Jacob Heron

FWD

45.4

5

$286,000

Matthew Rowell

MID

0

0

$270,000

Caleb Graham

DEF

45.7

3

$268,000

Noah Anderson

MID

0

0

$268,000

Christopher Burgess

DEF

35.6

14

$264,000

Sam Flanders

MID/FWD

0

0

$250,000

Jeremy Sharp

MID

0

0

$218,000

Josh Schoenfeld

FWD

31

1

$170,000

Mitchell Riordan

MID

0

0

$170,000

Rory Thompson

DEF

0

0

$170,000

Jez McLennan

DEF

0

0

$170,000

Izak Rankine

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Sam Fletcher

MID

0

0

$170,000

Jy Farrar

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Connor Budarick

MID/FWD

0

0

$170,000

Matthew Conroy

RUC

0

0

$170,000

Malcolm Rosas

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Patrick Murtagh

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Luke Towey

DEF

0

0

$170,000

 

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