WHEN David Teague took over the coaching role at the Blues, it wasn't just ladder positions they began to climb. More importantly, the Fantasy output from a large number of key personnel also rose.

This is a great sign moving forward and if the end-of-season form is anything to go by, we may have some underpriced options who shone with the new playing style.

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You only had to look at the likes of Marc Murphy (MID, $712,000) who thrived with the shackles off, finishing the year in vintage fashion with an average of 113 in his last five games.

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Patrick Cripps (MID, $753,000) has elevated himself to one of the undeniable superstars of the competition and he basically did it in a year hampered by injury and some uncustomary low scores following the close attention of taggers (which he usually brushed off). His best is in the uber-elite bracket and he is underpriced after averaging just 101, down from 109 in 2018.

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Ed Curnow (MID, $667,000) was another who thrived in the back end of the season. He embraced the opportunity to move back into the midfield where he averaged 100 in 2018 and once again flourished in the role. After the bye he scored triple figures on six occasions for an average of 105 and presents some value given he is priced at an average of 90.

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Dual-position tempter

After playing a variety of roles, highly touted Blue Sam Petrevski-Seton (DEF/MID, $577,000) found himself playing across half-back enough to earn defender status. That could come in very handy if he in fact plays up the ground with the likes of Kade Simpson, Sam Docherty and Nic Newman pushing him back towards the midfield. He is coming into his fourth year and after averaging in the 70s for two seasons in a row, it feels like he could be on the verge of a breakout year.

Sam Petrevski-Seton could be on the verge of a breakout year. Picture: Carlton Media

Draft sleeper

After weeks of speculation, Jack Martin (FWD/MID, $619,000) finally became a Blue and finds himself in a prime position to live up to his undeniable potential. The fact he is available as a forward but is every chance to play extended minutes through the midfield is an eye-catcher for a player who started 2019 in ripping form for the Suns with two 110+ scores in the first three rounds. Can he elevate his game beyond his current three-year ceiling of 83? I think 'yes', which makes him an interesting Draft prospect with big upside.

Bargain basement

The Blues obviously saw something in Liam Stocker (DEF, $285,000) to grab him following the infamous pick swap with the Crows. Now, although he didn't show much from his five games with a top score of just 52, he will be given every chance to succeed and can be selected as a defender. The reason I highlight the defender eligibility is because he was drafted as an inside mid and has every intention of earning a spot in there.

Forgotten warrior

After a pre-season injury shattered our dreams of selecting an underpriced Sam Docherty (DEF, $563,000) during last year's pre-season, we are now poised to pounce on the elite defender… and for a ridiculously discounted price. It doesn't get much better back there, in his last season (way back in 2017) he averaged 117 while pumping out five scores over 140. My first picked player!

Sam Docherty gets a kick away from Zac Fisher. Picture: Carlton Media

Buyer beware

Is the 'second-year blues' a real thing? If you are a believer, you better say no to rookie sensation Sam Walsh (MID, $684,000) who averaged 92 on debut which included seven hundreds. Actually, even if you are a believer in second-year blues, Walsh is a rule-breaking star who will average triple figures in 2020.

Carlton Fantasy prices for 2020

PLAYER

POSITION

2019

AVG

2019

GMS

2020

PRICE

Patrick Cripps

MID

101.5

20

$753,000

Marc Murphy

MID

95.9

19

$712,000

Nic Newman

DEF

93.4

20

$693,000

Sam Walsh

MID

92.2

22

$684,000

Ed Curnow

MID

89.9

22

$667,000

Jack Martin

MID/FWD

83.4

16

$619,000

Matthew Kreuzer

RUC

82.7

15

$614,000

Kade Simpson

DEF

80.2

18

$595,000

Sam Petrevski-Seton

DEF/MID

77.7

22

$577,000

Sam Docherty

DEF

0

0

$563,000

Jack Newnes

MID

69.7

20

$517,000

Will Setterfield

MID

67.1

18

$498,000

Jack Silvagni

FWD

66.2

17

$491,000

Levi Casboult

DEF/FWD

65.3

20

$485,000

Charlie Curnow

FWD

65

11

$482,000

David Cuningham

FWD

66.3

9

$477,000

Zac Fisher

MID/FWD

63.2

21

$469,000

Michael Gibbons

FWD

62.4

21

$463,000

Lachie Plowman

DEF

62

21

$460,000

Harry McKay

FWD

61.5

20

$456,000

Darcy Lang

FWD

45.9

8

$448,000

Eddie Betts

FWD

58.6

21

$435,000

Caleb Marchbank

DEF

56.4

13

$419,000

Jacob Weitering

DEF

56.2

20

$417,000

Paddy Dow

MID/FWD

53.5

19

$397,000

Lochie O'Brien

MID

53.1

17

$394,000

Mitch McGovern

FWD

48.8

16

$362,000

Matthew Kennedy

FWD

48.4

10

$359,000

Liam Jones

DEF

44.9

13

$333,000

Marc Pittonet

RUC

54

2

$305,000

Liam Stocker

DEF

45.2

5

$285,000

Tom Williamson

DEF

44.5

2

$251,000

Brodie Kemp

MID

0

0

$238,000

Sam Philp

MID

0

0

$232,000

Cameron Polson

FWD

25.3

3

$195,000

Tom De Koning

RUC

0

0

$190,000

Sam Ramsay

MID

0

0

$178,000

Hugh Goddard

DEF

23.5

2

$170,000

Harrison Macreadie

DEF

8

1

$170,000

Matthew Owies

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Josh Honey

MID/FWD

0

0

$170,000

Fraser Phillips

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Ben Silvagni

DEF

0

0

$170,000

Finbar O'Dwyer

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Matthew Cottrell

DEF

0

0

$170,000


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