The Ressies may be losing relevance for 2018, but astute coaches will be watching closely as planning begins for next season. Did I miss anyone you’d like to hear about? Let me know in the comments below.
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FREMANTLE: Harley Bennell (255K fwd)! Maybe? Possibly? For the sake of Supercoach, let’s hope not. 22 possessions and a goal against South Freo. Everyone’s favourite loophole from 2017 Luke Strnadica (124K ruc) had 11 touches to go with 46 hitouts.
WEST COAST: Brayden Ainsworth (157K mid) has yet to step up in AFL, but has been very solid in the WAFL, amassing 25 disposals against Claremont. Liam Ryan (238K fwd) could only manage six touches, but remains in 21% of teams.
PORT ADELAIDE: With Paddy Ryder struggling with injury, surely Billy Frampton (124K ruc/fwd) can’t continue to be ignored after 19 touches, 19 hitouts and two goals. Riley Bonner (311K def) and Dom Barry (182K mid) each had 17 possesssions.
ADELAIDE: Brodie Smith (452K def) finally returned from a knee reconstruction and was fantastic, recording 25 possesssions off halfback. Expect the Crows to be conservative with such an important player, which should make him a prime Supercoach target in 2019!
GWS: Pick 11 Aiden Bonar (158K mid/fwd) has been exceptional in his rookie year despite not earning an AFL debut yet, and amassed another 22 touches and two goals against the Lions. Tall forward Zach Sproule (124K fwd) is one to watch out for in 2019, as he booted four majors from his 18 disposals in another encouraging performance.
BRISBANE: Tom Bell (287K fwd) with 31 disposals was the best of the Lions’ NEAFL regulars, none of whom seem to be able to break into their senior squad.
SYDNEY: Jordan Dawson (124K mid/fwd) tried to beat the Suns on his own, and his 29 touches, three goals and 23 tackles were fantasy football gold. Another to put in the book for 2019.
GOLD COAST: More ludicrous NEAFL stats from the Suns last weekend. Check out these digits: Brayden Fiorini (392K mid) with 42 possessions and two goals, Michael Barlow (463K mid/fwd) 50 disposals, and Jacob Dawson (102K mid) with 42 possessions. Crazy, crazy, crazy!
CASEY (Melbourne): Tim Smith (224K fwd) was among the Scorpions’ best this week with 21 possessions, keeping his name in the frame as the Dees head towards finals.
ESSENDON: Young swingman Aaron Francis (220K def/fwd) looks almost certain to get a call-up this week, after his 22 possession effort against the Pies last weekend. Kobe Mutch (164K mid) and Dylan Clarke (124K mid/fwd) both saw plenty of the pill, and will hopefully feature heavily in the new season.
FOOTSCRAY: Tim English (287K ruc/fwd) had his season derailed by a foot injury, but 20 disposals and 51 hitouts against Williamstown points to good things in 2019. Fergus Greene (124K fwd) booted another three majors.
NORTH MELBOURNE: Braydon Preuss (347K ruc) was great again with 32 hitouts to go with 17 disposals, while talented draftee Will Walker (117K mid) totalled 23 disposals and a goal.
SANDRINGHAM (St Kilda): 36 touches and 7 tackles should be enough to see Blake Acres (462K mid/fwd) back in the senior squad, but judging by Richo’s comments during the week Nathan Freeman (124K mid) will have to wait at least one more week, despite 29 possessions against the Tigers.
GEELONG: Charlie Constable (117K mid) is a ball magnet that keeps putting his name out there, and he had 28 disposals to be among the Cats’ leaders. Mature-age ruckman Ryan Abbott (124K ruc) recorded 47 hitouts to go with his 11 disposals.
RICHMOND: Tyson Stengle (148K fwd) was best on ground for Richmond for the second week running, while under-valued midfield bull Anthony Miles (311K mid) racked up another 33 disposals.
CARLTON (Northern Blues): Cam O’Shea (200K def) may earn a recall this weekend after 19 disposals in a Blues win over Werribee.
COLLINGWOOD: Up-and-coming defender Josh Smith (370K def) continued his comeback with 16 possessions and two goals. Not Supercoach relevant, but it was pleasing to see multiple knee reco survivor Alex Woodward amass 31 touches in another great performance!
BOX HILL HAWKS had the bye.
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