Round three was undoubtedly the Westhoff show. He was one of our forward waiver wire picks for round two. It’s probably too late to jump on the bandwagon now with the Port Adelaide forward now owned by 92 per cent of teams. He’s put up scores of 100, 154 and 140 for an average of 131.3 AFL fantasy points and if Port keep keeping on then who knows how long this hot streak will last. But never fear, we’ll present you with a new lot of potential acquisitions this week to help get you over the line in fantasy.
There are quite a few options this week. There are players returning from injury, players previously overlooked putting up good numbers as well as a few debutantes.
Jake Carlisle: It looks like this could be a fantasy breakout year for the young Essendon defender in Carlisle. He is now averaging 79.7 AFL fantasy points in the first three games with scores of 71, 101 and 67. Carlisle is getting the job done thus far. He kept Pavlich quiet on the weekend while getting 18 disposals himself. You’d think if he keeps beating his opponents he would have decent job security. Carlisle is now owned by 63 per cent of teams on Ultimate Footy. If you’re looking for a defender this week Carlisle is a good pickup if available.
Nathan Wright: Wright averaged 15 disposals at Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup last year. He also averaged 54 AFL fantasy points in last year’s National Championships. Last week Wright debuted for St. Kilda and finished with 69 AFL fantasy points. The Saints did come up against the Giants so don’t expect big scores from Wright at this point. He also doesn’t have job security but is someone to think about acquiring for any coverage.
Sam Docherty: Pre-season talk had Docherty pencilled in to take over Drummond’s role with his retirement. Docherty’s form in the pre-season wasn’t all that impressive and hasn’t made the cut, until now. Docherty’s scoring potential was noted in the NEAFL where he averaged 21 disposals a game. Consider acquiring Docherty but take caution in that he doesn’t have much job security at this point and is seemingly competing for his position with the likes of Yeo. Docherty is owned by just 10 per cent of Ultimate Footy teams and had an ADP of 297.6.
Domenic Cassisi: If available and in need of a midfielder, Cassisi is someone definitely worth picking up. His scoring seemed to decline dramatically last year where he averaged just 75 AFL fantasy points compared to his 2011 average of 89. Cassisi is coming off some good form for West Adelaide in the SANFL where he has had 18, 24 and 21 disposals. Cassisi is owned by 60 per cent of teams and had an ADP of 178.6.
Heath Hocking: Hocking is unique for fantasy. Most owners would stay away from him because of his lock-down tagging roles limit his scoring potential. Last week he tagged Fremantle’s David Mundy but still put up a respectable score. It’s hard to overlook Hocking from hereon. He is averaging 79.3 AFL fantasy points this season with scores of 98, 76 and 64. His ADP was 294.4 and is owned by just 54 per cent of teams.
Robbie Gray: After spending last season on the sidelines, Robbie Gray is back and has recovered from his knee reconstruction. Gray has suited up for West Adelaide in the SANFL for the last three weeks with 12, 16 and 11 disposals. Finding a forward as a potential acquisition target is proving quite a challenge. With Gray only being owned by 47 per cent of owners and an ADP of 265.8 he could be a worthy pickup.
Sam Mayes: Mayes looks to be a fantasy relevant player. He averaged 78 AFL fantasy points in last year’s National Championships. Mark Harvey was bullish about Mayes in the pre-season, believing that he could have an immediate impact for Brisbane. In his first game Mayes finished with 95 AFL fantasy points. His ADP was 303.8 and is owned by 59 per cent of teams.
Stephen Motlop: His numbers have continued to improve and was a breakout contender. He averaged 59 AFL fantasy points from 22 games with Geelong last season. He has gotten off to a fast start this season making the most of his opportunities. So far he is averaging 82.7 points with scores of 80, 79 and 89. His ADP was 311.1 and is owned by 63 per cent of Ultimate Footy teams.
Jackson Macrae: Macrae looked good for the Western Bulldogs in the pre-season and has shone for Williamstown in the VFL. Macrae has been racking up possessions but has also been damaging near goal. With the Western Bulldogs injury list growing you’d think he will get a lot of opportunity this year.
Jake Stringer: The Western Bulldogs look thin up forward, especially with the injuries to Shaun Higgins and Tory Dickson. Stringer is currently listed on the extended interchange list. If he debuts this week he could be a good pickup. Stringer was on fire for Williamstown last week booting five goals in their win over Coburg.
Majak Daw: Daw is set to debut this week. Reports are indicating that he has been playing good footy for Werribee in the VFL. He could be a handy option if you’re looking to acquire a ruckman.
Robert Warnock: With Kreuzer on the sidelines Warnock is set to get a few opportunities. He averaged just 62 AFL fantasy points from five games last year but there are limited ruck options on the waiver wire this week.