JONATHON Harmey is one of the country’s best AFL Fantasy coaches.
Last season, Harmey’s team Hirdy’s Heroes led the competition following the mid-season byes up until round 23. His lead going into the final round was not enough to hold on after 10 weeks at the top with Craig Wegener’s team Top Me Up Buttercup overtaking the Heroes with some clever trading.
Harmey opted to trade out Max Gawn, who was under an injury cloud, and missed out on 154 points from the ruckman. Wegener decided to hold him and bring in Jeremy Cameron for a career high 154 which proved to be the decision that saw him win the car.
The efforts of Harmey were still handsomely rewarded. He attended the 2019 Toyota AFL Grand Final and pocketed $10,000.
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While his second-place result was his best performance to date, he finished sixth overall in 2017, proving that last season wasn’t a fluke.
Maybe Harmey is the second most successful AFL Fantasy coach behind back-to-back champion Selby Lee-Steere?
Harmey shares nine players he liked the look of over the Marsh Community Series that have put their hands up for inclusion in Hirdy’s Heroes come round one.
This Magpies back knows how to score Fantasy points. I owned Crisp for most of the 2019 season and he was very reliable. He increased his season average by 11 points in 2019 with 7 scores over 110 along the way and could see that average improve again in 2020.
Adams will have to be monitored as he pulled up sore after a fall against the Saints; however, all indications at this stage are that he will line up round one. He had a season average of 115 in 2017 and is currently priced at 95 after an injury-affected 2019. Last season he managed scores of 135 and 134 and is set to play as a full-time midfielder at the Pies again in 2020. His low ownership percentage makes him a more attractive option.
Viney achieved a season average over 100 in 2016 and looks to have put his injury concerns behind him for the 2020 season. He is priced at an average of 82 with scope for this to increase based on his Marsh scores. This is the type of player I like to start the season with, he will have a good role in the Dees’ midfield and scoring will increase, he presents some value.
Many Fantasy coaches have written off Brayshaw after a lower output in 2019. Do not forget that this guy had a score of 166 in round 10, 2018 and his scores in 2019 included 129 against the Pies. The Dees have recruited Tomlinson and Langdon to play purely on the wing which should see solid midfield minutes for Brayshaw this season. The final Marsh game was his first outing after an elbow injury and he played as a full time mid, the role is there. Coaches may wait and see but I would have him on your watchlist.
It was a 2019 season to forget for Jacobs but he has arrived at the Giants as the number one ruck looking for redemption. He has received a discounted starting price based on his 5 games in 2019 and presents value for potential owners. He had a season average of 99 in 2017 from 22 games, and the GWS midfield is going to be a force once again this season.
If you are looking to start with the traditional Guns and Rookies structure and can afford to spend up in the ruck department then Max is your man. He looks to have put a pre-season knee concern behind him, completing additional sprint work during the half-time break before sitting out the second half in the tracksuit in the final Marsh game. The Dees need him firing in the ruck if they are to have a successful season and he is a real competitor, a Grundy and Gawn set and forget scenario would have coaches sleeping easy at night in 2020.
MacPherson is arguably the player of the Marsh series, helping the Suns to their two wins. With 131 points against the Cats and 117 against the Crows he is certainly putting pressure on Fantasy coaches to find room for him in their starting sides.
If MacPherson is the form player of the Marsh series then Schultz is the rising star, it appears he really wants to be in our starting sides. If the rookie crisis is real and we are looking to spend a little more to get the points then Schultz would be considered. Looks to be best 22 at the Dockers and could prove to be a real improver in 2020 - did I mention he scored 107 against the Blues and had 50 at half-time against the Eagles? Priced at 43 there may be upside here.
The unfortunate shoulder injury to Taranto appears to have opened up a spot in the GWS midfield, at least for the start of the season. The Giants have a history of players proving themselves before playing senior games. Hately had good Fantasy numbers as a junior and continued that into the NEAFL last season. The guy can score and given the opportunity could provide the stepping stone for coaches to jump up to a fallen premium prior to the first bye round. He did score 84 points in his debut game last season.