AFLW Fantasy Round 3 Review

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Another round of AFLW Fantasy is done and dusted, and it’s a quick turnaround between rounds 3 and 4, so Azza is back on hand to provide you a full review of Round 3 and a preview of the round to come, including a new addition – a full injury list!

Let’s dive straight in shall we?

Player of the Round

Kiara Bowers, the absolute superstar of the AFLW fantasy world is once again the player of the round, a mantle Bowers will have a hard time giving up.

The AFLW fantasy world was in awe of Bowers’ performance against Richmond on Saturday, at one point looking like she was going to smash the AFLW fantasy record amassing 8 tackles and 48 points in the first quarter alone.

Unfortunately, the brakes came on late in the game, but she still managed the 3rd highest AFL fantasy score on record with 152. Definitely made me regret not having her as captain, but for the 49% of coaches that did, bravo to you.

Other players to round out the top 10 were:

Kiara BowersFremantleMID$92,20015253.3%
Ebony MarinoffAdelaide CrowsMID$73,2009819.2%
Tilly Lucas-RoddSt. KildaMID$52,600960.9%
Amy McDonaldGeelong CatsMID$69,100960.7%
Ashleigh RiddellKangaroosMID$77,3009011.6%
Brittany BonniciCollingwoodMID$82,2008925.2%
Jaimee LambertCollingwoodMID$68,500897.1%
Stevie-Lee ThompsonAdelaide CrowsFWD$43,600863.5%
Erin PhillipsAdelaide CrowsMID$67,600854.9%
Emily BatesBrisbane LionsMID$54,600841.0%
Eloise JonesAdelaide CrowsFWD$40,8008416.1%

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Cash Cows and Rookies

This weeks top performing rookie, Leah Cutting put in a mighty performance against Melbourne on Saturday, holding her own against the more experienced Lauren Pearce with 12 hitouts, 10 tackles and 10 possessions for a total of 78 points.

With a season average of 54 points now, this puts Cutting into top spot as the most improved cash cow, with an overall price increase of $13,100 just in front of Georgie Prespakis who has seen an increase of $12,900. 

As for the other top performing rookies, the top 5 for Round 3 were as follows:

Leah CuttingSt. KildaRUC$27,4007822.0%
Courtney JonesCarltonMID$25,000620.9%
Olivia FullerGeelongRUC$22,5005922.9%
Zimmorlei FarquharsonBrisbane LionsFWD$17,6005813.8%
Eliza WestMelbourneMID$23,6005512.9%

Value Buys of the Round

Zimmorlei Farquharson had a debut to remember against Carlton on Tuesday with 12 disposals, 5 marks, 1 goal and 2 behinds for a total of 58 AFLW fantasy points. Given Farquharson was priced at only $17,600 heading into Round 3, Farquharson was this week’s value buy of the round.

Abbie Ballard (FWD $16,900) and Leah Cutting (RUC $27,400) rounded out the top 3, but since most of the value picks were under $25,000, let’s take a look at some of the other value picks from the round.

Leah CuttingSt. KildaRUC$27,4007822.2%
Dana EastFremantleMID$26,3004913.7%
Libby BirchMelbourneDEF$34,0005942.7%
Orla O’DwyerBrisbane LionsMID$55,500778.3%
Eloise JonesAdelaide CrowsFWD$40,8008416.2%

Time on Ground and Points per Minute

Another big metric that is used in the fantasy community is Time on Ground (TOG) and Points scored per minute (PPM). This really helps identify the fast scorers in the game and may help us find some hidden gems that struggled to get some game time this round but could explode if given the opportunity.

Sitting atop the list with the highest PPM this round is none other than Kiara Bowers with 2.1 points per minute. As to be expected, the list features a lot of the same players as the top scorers, but Lauren Pearce managed to sneak in after registering 72 points from 64% game time for 1.53PPM

This week it was Adelaide’s turn to dominate the fast scorers with 4 in the top 11 (Marinoff, Thompson, Jones, Phillips) following on from Carlton with 4 players in the top 10 in Round 2 and GWS with 3 in the top 10 in Round 1.

Anyway, here’s a list of the other fast scorers in Round 3.

Kiara BowersFremantleMID$92,2001522.10
Amy McDonaldGeelong CatsMID$69,100961.82
Ebony MarinoffAdelaide CrowsMID$73,200981.72
Tilly Lucas-RoddSt KildaMID$52,600961.72
Stevie-Lee ThompsonAdelaide CrowsMID$43,600861.61
Lauren PearceMelbourneRUC$50,700721.53
Brittany BonniciCollingwoodMID$82,200891.53
Ashleigh RiddellKangaroosMID$77,300901.51
Jaimee LambertCollingwoodMID$68,500891.49
Eloise JonesAdelaide CrowsFWD$40,800841.48

Round 4 Preview

The AFLW is still in its infancy, so we don’t have a great deal of historical data to go on, so AFLW fantasy matchups aren’t entirely useful just yet.

But that won’t stop me from sharing the data and selecting my best picks for each game next round based on their past performance against their opponent and at the ground they’re playing at this round.

Best Player Pick
Round 4 MatchesPlayerAverage against opponentAverage last 5
Collingwood v Fremantle
Victoria Park, VIC
Kiara Bowers
(MID $92,200)
GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs
Henson Park, NSW
Ellie Blackburn
(MID $74,400)
St. Kilda v West Coast Eagles
Skybus Stadium, VIC
Emma Swanson
(DEF $59,000)
Adelaide v Melbourne
Norwood Oval, SA
Ebony Marinoff
(MID $73,200)
Brisbane Lions v Geelong Cats
Maroochydore Oval, QLD
Emily Bates
(MID $54,600)
Carlton v Kangaroos
Ikon Park, VIC
Ashleigh Riddell
(MID $77,300)
Gold Coast Suns v Richmond
Metricon Stadium, QLD
Monique Conti
(MID $63,400)


Injury Report

Unfortunately, AFLW injury lists aren’t published in the same manner as the AFLM competition, and information can often be hard to come by. But not to worry, as I’ve done the hard work for you, scouring each site, reading through countless articles, watching press conferences and as a result, have been able to collate a full injury list for the AFLW competition heading into Round 4.

Adelaide Crows

Caitlin GouldConcussionTest
Chelsea RandallHamstringTBC
Dayna CoxKnee2 weeks
Hannah MunyardHS ProtocolTest
Anne HatchardPlantar FasciitisTBC

Brisbane Lions

Maggie HarmerFootTBC
Dakota DavidsonFoot2-3 weeks
Taylor SmithKneeTBC
Sophie ConwayHS ProtocolTest
Lily PostlethwaiteACLSeason
Kate LutkinsACLSeason


Mimi HillKneeIndefinite
Grace EganRibs3-5 weeks
Gabriella PoundHS ProtocolTest
Jess GoodHS ProtocolTest


Bella SmithConcussionTest


Philipa SethSyndesmosisIndefinite
Janelle CutherbertsonConcussion1 week


Annabel JohnsonHealth and SafetyTest

Gold Coast

Jacqui YorstonKneeTest
Tori Groves-LittleConcussionTest

GWS Giants

Bec BeesonAnkle3 weeks


Lily MithenHS ProtocolTest
Maddi GayHS ProtocolTest
Olivia PurcellKnee3-4 weeks
Isabella SimmonsFootSeason




Tessa LaveyHS ProtocolTest
Ellie McKenzieCalf2 weeks
Poppy KellyKnee3 weeks
Harriet CordnerKneeSeason
Courtney WakefieldShoulderTBC
Laura McClellandSuspension1 week

St. Kilda

Nat ExonLegTBC
Paige PriceHipSeason
Tyanna SmithKneeSeason

Western Bulldogs

Isabel HuntingtonKneeSeason
Kirsten McLeodConcussionIndefinite

West Coast Eagles

Ashlee AitkinsHS ProtocolTest
Evangeline GoochSuspension1 week

Lot to digest in a short amount of time, but best of luck to all AFLW coaches for Round 4!

If you have any questions or stats for Azza, hit him up on Twitter at @azzajewell.


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