IT'S ALL about Rowell … but for all the wrong reasons. First-year sensation Matt Rowell (MID, $527,000) has been outstanding this year, averaging 91 before dislocating his shoulder last week. With his return unknown, Rowell now sits as the most traded out player this week with Lachie Whitfield (MID/FWD, $677,000) the most common replacement.
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With SANFL experience behind him, Dylan Stephens (MID, $262,000) will get his first run with the Swans after being selected at No.5 in last year's NAB AFL Draft. Stephens averaged 18 disposals and 78 points across his 13 games in 2019. However, alongside Stephens is another debutant and ball-magnet Chad Warner (MID, $194,000). Warner averaged 79 in the NAB U18 Championships last year and a massive 107 in the WAFL Colts after accumulating 27 possessions and seven tackles a game.
Izak Rankine (FWD, $170,000) also will make his long-awaited debut for the Suns after being drafted at pick No.3 in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft. Rankine averaged 78 in the NEAFL last year from four games before injuries derailed his season.
Hawthorn will debut Will Day (DEF, $246,000) and Josh Morris (FWD, $170,000) against Collingwood on Friday night and the Crows will unleash mature-aged Andrew McPherson (DEF, $170,000). McPherson averaged 63 in his nine SANFL games with 15 disposals and five marks a game.
Joining the big crew of debutants is son of gun Pie Craig Kelly, Will Kelly (FWD, $170,000). Standing at 194cm, Kelly is athletic and gets his first chance after being drafted in 2018. Atu Bosenavulagi (FWD, $170,000) should line up at the opposite end of the ground to Kelly, however, both are not renowned Fantasy scorers.
The most popular traded in player this week is Jake Aarts (FWD, $197,000) after debuting last week with a score of 54. With the Tigers currently decimated with injuries, Aarts' job security appears to be as solid as ever.
Roy's Top Trade Targets
- Lachie Whitfield (MID/FWD, $677,000) – After his 101 last week, this is as cheap as he gets.
- Jake Aarts (FWD, $197,000) – 15 disposals and 54 points last week on debut.
- David Swallow (MID/FWD, $638,000) – Gets more MID time with Rowell out. Had 94 last week.
- Nick Haynes (DEF, $668,000) – One of the reliable defenders, coming off 115 from 11 marks.
- Jordan Ridley (DEF, $569,000) – 79 last week and a breakeven of 14. He’s still cheap!
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 Hawthorn @ GIANTS Stadium
Grundy loves Friday night football and is currently averaging 110 in his last three this year. The Hawks are not one of his favourite teams though but that shouldn’t slow the big man down.
No. 2 – Jack Macrae v Carlton @ Metricon Stadium
Facts are fact. Macrae loves playing the Blues and over his career, he has a lowest score of 101 against them over his career spanning across eight games. During this time, he has averaged 119 and even scored 140 when they met last year.
No. 3 – Max Gawn v Gold Coast @ GIANTS Stadium
Max averages 111 in his last five against the Suns with a 91 last year. However, Witts can be a difficult opponent. Gawn is coming off a round-high 131 and should get the job done once again.
No. 4 – Adam Treloar v Hawthorn @ GIANTS Stadium
After playing his first game last week with a score of 105, I’ve seen enough. Last week against the Hawks, the Giants had four players who scored over 100 which indicates that Treloar will be around that mark as well.
No. 5 – Andrew Gaff v Adelaide @ the GABBA
This has the ingredients of something special. Adelaide are still the easiest team to score against and Gaff has averaged 120 in his last five against them. He was tagged last week to 66, and if he can avoid attention from Ben Keays, Gaff will be massive.