It’s coming to the point in fake football for 2013 that free agency talent who look like being fantasy relevant are being snapped up. It’s getting a lot tougher to find any value on the waiver wire for owners to strengthen their team’s stocks. There are a few very good midfielders on offer in Kane Lucas and Jamie MacMillan this week. Probably the best pickup is Scott Gumbleton in the forward line who booted four goals and finished with 112 AFL fantasy points against St. Kilda.
Dylan Roberton: After moving over from Fremantle, Roberton was always a player to keep on the fantasy watchlist. He averaged just 44 AFL fantasy points from 10 games last season but has shown great improvement in 2013. Roberton has played all four games for the Saints and is averaging 72 AFL fantasy points. His highest score came against GWS where he racked up 102 fantasy points and his low was 60 points against Gold Coast. If in need of a defender Roberton is one to look at given he is owned in just 44 per cent of leagues.
Andy Otten: In a tough week for finding a defender, Otten represents a good pick. He finished with 88 AFL fantasy points against the Western Bulldogs last week – a season high. As Otten starts to string some good performances together, there will hopefully be a rise in his fantasy average but also consistency. Owned in just 18 per cent of leagues with an ADP of 320.3, Otten is a good pickup.
Kane Lucas: Lucas’ fantasy numbers have continued to improve each week. In Carlton’s win against West Coast he finished with 80 AFL fantasy points bringing his season average to 70.3 after four games. It’s becoming apparent that 2013 will mark Lucas’ fantasy breakout year. Considering that he is owned in just 33 per cent of leagues and had an ADP of 260.6, why wouldn’t you add him to your midfield?
Ed Curnow: Another Carlton midfielder to consider picking up this week is Curnow. In his first game for the season with Carlton, Curnow finished with 63 AFL fantasy points. He averaged 70 AFL fantasy points from 18 games with Carlton last year. He is owned in just 24 per cent of leagues and had an ADP of 287.3, making him widely available. Although, be weary in that Curnow is still on Carlton’s rookie list and is considered a fringe player. His job security is questionable but is still a good midfield acquisition.
Jamie MacMillan: His scores have continued to improve this season and he can’t be overlooked any longer. MacMillan is owned in just 15 per cent of leagues. He finished with 99 AFL fantasy points in North Melbourne’s win against Brisbane last week and is now averaging 72 points for the season. This might just be MacMillan’s breakout year.
Scott Gumbleton: This might be the season that Gumbleton finally delivers on his potential. Essendon have showed a lot of faith in Gumbleton and he re-payed them on the weekend. From a fantasy perspective he finished with 112 AFL fantasy points. He finished with four goals, 18 possessions and 12 marks. Many will be hoping Gumbleton can continue his good form and with fantasy relevant forwards so hard to come by, he’s probably the best pickup this week. Gumbleton is owned in just 43 per cent of leagues.
Aaron Hall: Gold Coast’s Aaron Hall is averaging 70.8 points in four games this season. Hall is owned in just 34 per cent of leagues and could be a decent pickup if looking for a bench option.
Jason Winderlich: A known fantasy scorer in the past but has had terrible luck with injury in recent times. Winderlich made his way back into the Essendon side last week but scored just 27 AFL fantasy points. However, he started the match as the substitute. If his body can hold up Winderlich could be a good forward acquisition for the rest of the season. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get the substitute vest this week.
David Hille: Hille is a proven ruck who can put up good fantasy numbers. With the Ryder suspension, Hille is back in the picture. He scored 76 AFL fantasy points against St. Kilda on the weekend and is a good pickup for any owner looking for a ruck this week. He is however owned in 65 per cent of leagues and had an ADP of 179.2 and thus might not be available. If he is acquired remember that he doesn’t have the best job security and it looks like he will be playing second fiddle to Ryder this year.