While there are not many who expect St Kilda to be challenging for a top-half finish this season, that is not to say the club does not have a host of players who could be crucial to your Fantasy hopes in 2015. Last season was another tough year for Saints fans, with head coach Alan Richardson overseeing a dismal 4-18-0 campaign which resulted in the club finishing bottom of the AFL ladder.
While the young, inexperienced squad is looking stronger this year, it still looks as though 2015 will be a long and tough campaign for the Saints. But that is not to say there are not some very interesting Fantasy options available to coaches as they finalise their plans ahead of the new season. So, who are those Saints players who Fantasy coaches should be looking at adding to their rosters?
Jack Newnes (DEF/MID)
There are a number of reasons Jack Newnes has proven to be so popular with Fantasy coaches, not least the fact he has been awarded dual-position status in 2015. The young Saints star ended 2014 in impressive fashion, averaging 22 disposals and eight marks in his last six appearances of the season at an eye-catching average of 94. With his price based on an 82 average, the defender stands out in a position short of genuine stars and could be one of the best bargains of the season if he can carry his end-of-year form into the new campaign.
Jack Steven (MID)
A mixed 2014 season has put off a number of Fantasy coaches looking at the Saints midfielder. While Steven’s average dropped to 86, the experience of his first full season in the AFL will have done the youngster the world of good and there is a strong feeling that the 24-year-old will bounce back in style this year. The Saints might be underdogs with the AFL betting odds, but having players as good as Steven means you cannot ever completely rule out the club of competing for a top-half finish.
Nick Riewoldt (FWD)
While the Saints forward saw his average drop by 12 points in 2014, it shows just how good Riewoldt is when looking at the fact he still finished with a more than respectable 91. In what was a modest season for the 32-year-old, Riewoldt recorded incredible games of 168, 148 and 125, missing just one match in the process. Whether it is his point scoring or the fact he rarely misses a game with injury, Fantasy coaches needing a reasonably priced forward could do a lot worse than look at the Saints veteran, despite the fact Riewoldt’s pre-season has been dramatically affected by the loss of his sister.
Tim Membrey (FWD)
Following a tough season in Sydney, Tim Membrey made the move to St Kilda in the hope of being given more of a chance to play regularly. It looks as though the Saints have picked up a real bargain. Fantasy coaches could now be set to follow suit and snap up a forward who is available for just $165,000. During his one and only appearance for Sydney, Membrey showed he has what it takes to succeed in the AFL and the youngster could be a very useful option from the bench for both St Kilda and Fantasy coaches.
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