THEY have been two of the most popular and most successful Fantasy players of 2020, but knee injuries have now sidelined Jeremy Howe (DEF, $638,000) and Sam Naismith (RUC, $368,000). Fantasy coaches will need a creative solution to cover the pair, who were cut down before their prices reached their full potential.
With an ownership of 56 per cent, Jarrod Brander (DEF/FWD, $354,000) added more pain to selection night, as he was ruled out for the Eagles due to injury.
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It capped off a bad week of outs with the news that Steele Sidebottom (MID, $800,000) will now join Zach Merrett (MID, $791,000) on the sidelines due to suspension.
The only shining light when teams where announced was the fact that Adam Treloar (MID, $839,000) will return for Collingwood which will finally give his Draft owners something to cheer about.
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At the age of 23, Mitchell Hibberd (MID, $197,000) will play his fifth senior game and first at his second club in Essendon. Hibberd was impressive in the VFL last year where he averaged 99 with his tackling a highlight.
Caleb Serong (MID, $282,000) looks to have held his spot after an impressive 60 last week from 10 centre bounces attendances. Fremantle's top draft pick looks all but set to fill the void left by their injured captain, Nat Fyfe.
Roy's Top Trade Targets
1. Jy Simpkin (MID/FWD, $629,000) – If you missed his 91 last week, don’t let him slip again.
2. Brandan Parfitt (MID/FWD, $604,000) – Averaging 91 and 9.5 tackles in his last two games.
3. Caleb Serong (MID, $282,000) – debuted with 60 and will get more mid-time with Fyfe out.
4. Brayden Maynard (DEF, $651,000) – A swap for Howe? In six per cent of teams averaging 83.
5. Lachie Whitfield (MID/FWD, $685,000) – Has dropped $159k but now has a breakeven of 84.
In AFL Fantasy, your captain scores you double points for that week. Here are Calvin’s top five picks for you to consider.
No. 1 – Brodie Grundy v Essendon @ the MCG
Coming off 117 in round four, Grundy is as reliable as they come. He averages 131 in his last three games against the Bombers and although his regular opponent in Tom Bellchambers is out, his replacement Andrew Phillips shouldn't cause him too much of a problem.
No. 2 – Max Gawn v Richmond @ the MCG
All four opposition ruckman who have played Richmond this year have all scored 80+. Max loves playing at the MCG and is averaging 107 in his last three this year.
No. 3 – Lachie Neale v Port Adelaide @ Metricon Stadium
Port are by far the most restrictive team in the game at the moment, but can they slow Neale down? It's highly unlikely based on his form that sees him averaging 119 in his last three this year.
No. 4 – Jake Lloyd v West Coast @ the SCG
The Eagles are one of Lloyd's favourite teams to score against. In his last four games against them he has scored 149, 105, 115 and 110.
No. 5 – Taylor Adams v St Kilda @ the MCG
Last week, Carlton had six players scores over 80 against the Bombers with two of them hitting 100+. Adams scored 123 and 120 against them in 2019 and should continue his hot run again.