Today we released our ‘Top 20 Fantasy Draftees 2019’ mini-episode. Below are the top 5 players we have selected in our list going by their 2019 fantasy numbers:
1. Matthew Rowell (GC)
The number 1 draft pick was absolutely dominant in the NAB League this year, averaging 125 fantasy points.
He showed he not only has a great ceiling but also a high floor with his lowest score of the year only being 81.
If you want a glimpse of how good he can be, you just need to look at his performance in the NAB League Grand Final.
In the biggest game of the year, he had 44 disposals, 8 marks, 9 tackles and 2 goals. This equated to 176 AFL Fantasy points. No surprise he was awarded best on ground.
He also performed well in the Under 18 Championships, averaging 102 AFL Fantasy points across his four games.
If there is one player in 2020 who could do what Sam Walsh did this year, it’s Matt Rowell.
2. Deven Robertson (BL)
Robertson was probably the most talked about player in this year’s draft. But he somehow managed to slip to the second round of the draft.
An injury-interrupted year probably meant he went later than most thought. After copping a shoulder injury at the Under 18 Championships, his year ended early.
He played two games the WAFL Colts and had scores of 97 and 143.
From his two games, he averaged 14 kicks, 15 handballs, 7 marks, 5 tackles and 120 AFL Fantasy points.
He produced similar numbers at the Under 18 Championships. He averaged 113 fantasy points across the competition and only had one score under 100 in his four games.
Interestingly he averaged 30 disposals per game at the Under 18 Championships. This is more than Sam Walsh did in 2018.
While there is plenty of positives, he does tend to handball a bit too much for our liking. There’s also the unfortunate fact that he got drafted to the Lions.
The Lions’ midfield is young and strong, so he might have to bide his time in 2020 like Ely Smith did this year.
3. Caleb Serong (FR)
Playing as a mid-forward this season, Serong performed well in the 5 games he played for Gippsland Power in the NAB League.
He had scores of 97, 99, 106, 103 and 108 for an average of 103 AFL Fantasy points.
However, it was his U18 Championships campaign where his draft stocks significantly rose.
His game against South Australia was absolutely huge with 33 disposals, 9 marks and 9 tackles scoring 151 fantasy points.
But it wasn’t just a flash in the pan, as he scored 128, 89 and 90 in his other three games.
He’s been likened to Robbie Gray and looks an elite type mid-forward who should slot straight into the Fremantle side in round 1.
4. Trent Rivers (ME)
Potentially a surprise to a few that Rivers is named at number 4 on our list. But any fantasy tragic knows just how important defenders are.
Rivers put in a fantastic season in the WAFL Colts playing 9 games and averaged 18 kicks, 9 handballs, 5 marks, 5 tackles and 110 Fantasy points.
He backed that up on the big stage making the Under 18 All-Australian Team after a big Under 18 Championships campaign. He averaged 11 kicks, 11 handballs, 5 marks and 81 AFL Fantasy points across the competition.
His speed and rebounding ability have been hyped a lot this year, and are something Melbourne could use in 2020.
He looks to be one of those fantasy-friendly defenders that will make your rivals jealous for years to come.
5. Noah Anderson (GC)
Anderson started off the NAB League season with three tonnes in a row including a personal best of 155 in round 2.
That 155 point game included 44 touches, with 26 kicks and 18 handballs. He was purely dominant in that game with 20 contested possessions and 10 clearances to go with 2 goals.
The real strength of Anderson’s game is his ability to hit the scoreboard. As a midfielder, he averaged two goals a game in 2019 which is outstanding.
His Under 18 Championships form was also solid, averaging 24 touches a game and 84.5 fantasy points.
Look for him to make an impact instantly at AFL level. His body size will allow him to play round 1 and looks a great chance to be a talented mid-sized forward early in his career.