There are quite a few good waiver wire options this week for all positions. On the back of a fantastic performance for Coburg last week many will have Chris Knights on their fantasy radar. If selected this week he looms as a great acquisition if he is able to reproduce his VFL form at AFL level.
Port Adelaide defenders in Stevenson and Pittard are probably the best options to consider for defence if Dixon isn’t available. They’re scoring has been consistent over the first two rounds and it will be interesting to see how they fare this week against tougher opposition in Adelaide.
There are some great midfield options and perhaps Wingard has been one of the most underrated midfielders from a fantasy perspective.
Dean Terlich: A known accumulator in the SANFL for Norwood last season, Terlich scored 56 AFL fantasy points in his first game for Melbourne. If he keeps his spot in the side this week then Terlich is a good coverage option in defence.
Jasper Pittard: It looks like this really will be Pittard’s break-out season. Pittard is averaging 70 AFL fantasy points in his first two game scoring 62 and 78 points respectively. This week will be Port’s first real test of the season coming up against Adelaide in the showdown. With Pittard seemingly putting his injury ridden past behind him he’s a great addition. Pittard is owned by just 40 per cent of teams and has an ADP of 253.9.
Lewis Stevenson: There was a lot of pre-season hype for Lewis Stevenson and the early signs indicate that he is delivering. In the first two rounds he has averaged 72.5 AFL fantasy points with scores of 74 and 71. Owned by 47 per cent of teams and an ADP of 280.1 makes Stevenson a great pickup.
Charlie Dixon: It seems that Dixon has been a bit of a fantasy surprise so far this year. His ADP was just 291.6 but is now owned in in 81 per cent of leagues. Dixon is averaging 104 AFL fantasy points with scores of 98 and 110 in the first two rounds.
Chad Wingard: The early signs are great for the highly touted Port Adelaide midfielder. The sub vest did damage to his fantasy scoring potential last season and perhaps kept him off the radar for many owners this year. His ADP was 293 and is owned in just 43 per cent of leagues. Although, Wingard has delivered in the first two rounds, albeit against weak opposition. Averaging 89 AFL fantasy points with scores of 71 and 107 make Wingard a great acquisition.
Clay Smith: Another waiver wire option for your midfield. Clay Smith is averaging 66.5 AFL fantasy points with scores of 28 and 105, but don’t let that deter you. Smith was the victim of the sub vest in round one which limited his scoring potential. Smith looks like he is continuing to improve and will post good numbers this season. His ADP is 270 and is owned in just 41 per cent of leagues.
Lachie Whitfield: The Giant’s number one overall draft pick looks all class. Owned in 62 per cent of leagues with an ADP of 226.1 Whitfield is a good pickup. His averaging 74.5 AFL fantasy points with scores of 47 and 102.
Aaron Mullett: Another good option this week with Mullett averaging 95.5 AFL fantasy points in his first two games with scores of 89 and 102. Mullett is owned in 50 per cent of leagues making him a highly available target.
Chris Knights: If you need help in your forward line then Knights could be the answer. While Richmond’s free-agent signing hasn’t played a senior game yet, he starred in the VFL for Coburg last week. Reports suggest that he had 41 possessions in what was a dominant performance. He has been named as an emergency for Richmond the past two rounds and you’d think he will have a good chance of making the cut this week. Knights is owned by 51 per cent of teams and his ADP is 202.1 making him available for acquisition in many leagues.
Ricky Petterd: Owned in just 37 per cent of leagues with an ADP of 296.9 Petterd is another waiver wire option for your forward line this week. Playing his first game for Richmond in their win against St. Kilda Petterd finished with 75 AFL fantasy points.
Sam Dwyer: Owned in just 22 per cent of leagues the dual-position midfielder and forward is a waiver wire option for round three. Dwyer is averaging 62 AFL fantasy points from two matches where he scored 34 and 90 points. Dwyer averaged 22 disposals from 16 VFL games last season.
Sam Rowe: Debuting for Carlton against Collingwood last week Rowe finished with 59 AFL fantasy points. If he can keep his spot in the side he is someone to look at if you need coverage in the ruck because of injury to a starter.
Ben Hudson: A true journeyman of the AFL. Now at Collingwood it seems Hudson could get an opportunity this week. Darren Jolly has been forced to the sidelines through injury and will miss at least a week. Hudson and Witts are backup options. If selected, Hudson is a good acquisition to provide some cover. Hudson averaged 72 AFL fantasy points for Brisbane last year. His ADP was 278.5 and is owned in just 21 per cent of leagues.
Max Bailey: Owned in just 34 per cent of leagues Bailey is another good ruck option. Bailey has averaged 64 AFL fantasy points with scores of 47 and 81 in his first two games. If he stays healthy then he could be in for a break-out fantasy year.