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AFL Draft Fantasy Scores 2021

Finn Callaghan, Jason Horne-Francis and Sam Darcy

The AFL Draft is done and dusted, so let’s take a look at the AFL Fantasy numbers.

As expected, Jason Horne-Francis was taken at pick 1 in the 2021 AFL Draft. This underage superstar was a dominant force for South Adelaide this season, splitting his game time between midfield and forward. He played 20 games in the League side, averaging 11 kicks, 5, handballs, 4 marks, and 4 tackles per game for an AFL Fantasy average of 74 points. This might seem a little on the low side, but let’s remember he was playing in the seniors.

Nick Daicos slid to pick 4, but he was one of the standout performers from a fantasy perspective in the NAB League. He only played 5 games this year due to COVID-19 lockdowns and being heavily managed, but still managed to average 22 kicks, 14 handballs, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 2 goals, and 136 AFL Fantasy points per game in 2021.

Josh Ward is another underage fantasy gun who was taken at pick 7 by Hawthorn. He’s a crafty, left-footed inside midfielder who averaged 109 AFL Fantasy points in the NAB League this season. If you want to know more about him, you can read Dos’ article on him here.

One of the more surprising picks in a pretty predictable first round was Neil Erasmus heading to Fremantle. Growing up as a West Coast supporter (who were expected to take him at 14 but it wasn’t to be), he played 4 games in the WAFL Colts this year for an AFL Fantasy average of 109 points.

A draft bolter with a good fantasy pedigree is Angus Sheldrick. The hardworking inside midfielder played 9 games in the WAFL Colts for Claremont, averaging 18 kicks, 8 handballs, 3 marks, and 4 tackles, averaging 103 AFL Fantasy points.

The table below shows the fantasy averages of players drafted in the first round of the 2021 AFL Draft.

1NMJason Horne-FrancisSANFL League2011.
2WBSam DarcyNAB League312.33.76.3160.310.3072.7
3GWSFinn CallaghanNAB League61311.
4CWNick DaicosNAB League522.
5GCMac AndrewNAB League66.
6ADJoshua RacheleNAB League413.
7HWJosh WardNAB League515.614.65.24.800.6100.4108.8
8FRJye AmissWAFL Colts158.
9RIJoshua GibcusNAB League107.
10FRNeil ErasmusWAFL Colts417.210.87.8401.
11SKNasiah Wanganeen-MileraSANFL Reserves811.
12PAJosh SinnNAB League512.653.42000.80.20.465.2
13ESBen HobbsNAB League614.210.82.7501.81.30.7195
14WCCampbell ChesserNAB League3108.331.700.
15GWSLeek AlleerSANFL League116.
16BLDarcy WilmotNAB League79.162.72.300.71.10.1054.9
17RITom BrownNAB League5115.851.400.20.200.265
18SYAngus SheldrickWAFL Colts918.
19MEJacob Van RooyenWAFL Colts99.
20BLKai LohmannNAB League98.374.73.300.

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  1. Henry

    November 27, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Just love this article each year, Heff. It’s a great service for those of us in leagues with a heavy rookie involvement. Gulden was the highlight for me last season, even though I had a late pick.

  2. Heff

    November 27, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks mate. I got Gulden at pick 8 in my dynasty draft last season. Such a good get.

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