Boy oh boy, wowee!
If there is something I love in fantasy football more than an old bloke or an expensive ruckman, it’s identifying a midpriced forward.
Last year I had a close look at Eddie Betts, Nick Riewoldt, Brent Harvey and Brendon Goddard; all of whom were under $450K at one point in the season and all of whom averaged at least 86 for the year. Eddie Betts was the one who started at under $450K in 2015 and I think he shows the value that we can extract if we research hard enough and have a little bit of luck on our side.
So in 2016 what should we be looking for in our forward line midpricers?
- Increased midfield time– every year we hear that forwards are going to be spending more time in the midfield but we need to identify the ones who will actually do it. Jack Riewoldt is an example from 2015; he trained with the midfield more and ended up averaging 91.4 for the year. If we can find 2016’s Jack Riewoldt we’ll be in good stead.
- Discounted players– another common occurrence is selecting players who have had a price reduction due to previous injuries. In 2015 we had Mitch Clark and in 2016 we could be looking at player like Rhys Stanley, Daniel Wells or Dale Thomas. The key is to look for players that will have a higher output than they are priced to produce.
- New team– I love looking at players who have switched teams, especially the cheaper ones. Generally they have been recruited by their new team to fill a specific role in the short term meaning they should play the majority of games throughout the season (Charlie “Weekend At Bernie’s” Dixon excluded). Jonathan Simpkin and Matthew Leuenburger spring to mind as prime candidates.
- New role– Maybe it’s a player moving from a forward pocket to a halfback role or a small-forward moving into the midfield, every year we have players who excel in a new role and it’s up to us to watch the preseason enough to identify those blokes. Last year I was bullish on Christian and this year I think Jack Redpath is a smokey to do the same.
- Breakout Players– these are the young guns that decide that 2016 will be their year; these are also often the hardest guys to identify. I’m talking about your Cory Gregson’s (shoutout to Throttlefinger), your Blaine Boekhort’s or your Daniel Menzel’s (I’m talking to you Patch). All risky selections but beautiful when executed properly.
I’m currently looking at both Toby Greene and Aaron Hall as my risky midpriced picks and depending on their roles I’ll be saving a spot in my side for them come round 1.
So what do you say community, is there anything else we need to identify with our midpricers and who will you be selecting in 2016?