The first round of the AFL Draft is done and dusted, so let’s take a look at their fantasy numbers.
Key forwards made up three out of the first five picks in the draft with Jamarra Ugle-Hagan taken at pick 1, Riley Thilthorpe at pick 2, and Logan McDonald taken at pick 4. We all know key forwards aren’t the best fantasy scorers, but out of the three, Riley Thilthorpe is the pick of the bunch. He averaged 66.1 AFL Fantasy points in West Adelaide’s SANFL League side in 2020.
Out of the top 5 players picked, Braeden Campbell is the best fantasy scorer of the lot. He averaged 65 fantasy points along with 8 kicks, 7 handballs, 3 marks, and a very encouraging 5 tackles per game. You know we love tacklers here at The Keeper League, so hopefully, he can replicate these numbers at AFL level.
Highly touted midfielders Will Phillips and Elijah Hollands ended up at North Melbourne and Gold Coast respectively. Both should get opportunities early on in their careers (provided Hollands is over his injury concerns), and have decent fantasy scoring pedigree. Both played in the NAB League in 2019, with Phillips averaging 77 points, and Hollands averaging 84.7 AFL Fantasy points. These numbers might seem low for midfielders, but we need to remember they were bottom agers in the 2019 season, playing against older kids.
A player that seemed to be a reach was Luke Pedlar, but we’re happy he went this early so we can drop his fantasy numbers in this article. Selected by Adelaide, he averaged 14 kicks, 8 handballs, 5 marks, and 5 tackles for an AFL Fantasy average of 102 in the SANFL U18s in 2020.
While we’re talking about South Australian players, North Melbourne took another underage fantasy gun in Tom Powell who averaged 119 points in the same competition last year.
The table below shows the fantasy averages of players drafted in the first round of the 2020 AFL Draft.
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|1||WB||Jamarra Ugle-Hagan||NAB League*||9||8.6||1.4||5.2||1.4||0.7||1.2||0.3||2.7||1.6||65|
|2||AD||Riley Thilthorpe||SANFL League||9||6.2||5.7||4.1||2.9||1||1.1||10||0.6||0.9||66.1|
|3||NM||Will Phillips||NAB League*||10||7.7||14.4||2.6||4||0.3||0.4||0||0.3||0.4||77|
|4||SY||Logan McDonald||WAFL League||9||7.1||4.4||1.2||1.2||1.1||0.7||0||2.3||1.3||52.6|
|5||SY||Braeden Campbell||NAB League*||4||11.5||4.3||3||7||1.3||1.3||0||2||1.5||91|
|6||HW||Denver Grainger-Barras||WAFL League||8||8||2.2||2||2||0.6||1.1||0||0.1||0||40.3|
|7||GC||Elijah Hollands||NAB League*||4||11.3||5.8||5.5||3.8||1||0.5||0||1||2||84.7|
|8||ES||Nikolas Cox||NAB League*||10||8.2||4.3||4.9||2||0.4||0.9||0.1||0.9||0.3||59.4|
|9||ES||Archie Perkins||NAB League*||6||9.3||4.8||4.2||1.8||0.3||0.2||0||1.7||1.2||68.4|
|10||ES||Zach Reid||NAB League*||15||5.9||5.1||3.9||2||0.5||0.8||2.4||0.1||0||48.7|
|11||AD||Luke Pedlar||SANFL U18s||4||14.2||7.5||4.5||5.2||2||0.8||0||1.5||1||101.5|
|12||GWS||Tanner Bruhn||NAB League*||2||11.5||5.5||1.5||4||2||1||0||1.5||0.5||74.5|
|13||NM||Tom Powell||SANFL U18s||15||17.8||15.7||5.7||3.6||1.8||1.7||0||0.7||1.3||118.5|
|14||FR||Heath Chapman||WAFL Colts||8||15.4||7||2.6||2.6||0.5||0.5||0||0||0.4||77.8|
|15||GWS||Conor Stone||NAB League*||8||6.8||2.9||2.9||2.9||0.8||0.5||0||1.4||0.6||54.8|
|16||PA||Lachlan Jones||SANFL League||16||8.5||3.6||3.6||1.9||1.2||0.8||0||0.1||0.1||50.6|
|17||CW||Oliver Henry||NAB League*||15||7.7||2.3||4.4||1.1||0.5||0.7||0||1.2||0.7||51.6|
|18||GWS||Ryan Angwin||NAB League*||11||4.9||6.6||2.6||1.8||0.5||0.2||0||0.1||0.1||43.7|
|19||CW||Finlay Macrae||NAB League*||7||8.7||8.1||3.9||2.6||0.3||0||0||0.4||0.9||68|
|20||GE||Max Holmes||NAB League*||1||9||6||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||55|
|21||ME||Jake Bowey||NAB League*||16||9.2||6.6||3.6||3.1||0.7||0.3||0||0.4||0.7||66.9|
|22||ME||Bailey Laurie||NAB League*||7||8.3||7||3.1||3.6||0.3||0.3||0||0.9||0.4||67.8|
|23||CW||Reef McInnes||NAB League*||12||7.5||7.2||3.9||3.1||0.6||0.3||0||0.5||0.2||63.9|
|24||BL||Blake Coleman||NAB League*||5||6.4||3.6||1.4||2||0.2||0.6||0||1||0.2||43.2|
|25||AD||Brayden Cook||SANFL U18s||13||14||4||7.1||1.9||0.5||1||0||2||2.1||90.5|
|26||SK||Matthew Allison||NAB League*||10||3.6||4.6||1.5||2.9||0.5||0.5||0.1||0.2||0.3||36.7|
*NAB League scores taken from 2019 due to COVID-19.