FOR most of the year there have been hot rookie names filtering through our sides on a weekly basis. However, as we round the corner for home, there are still some cheap AFL Fantasy targets who are yet to appear in their respective senior sides. While it’s time to start thinking about your final team, cash generation is still super important. Here are some of the popular names we could see earn a call-up before year’s end.
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Will Snelling – Bombers, MID, $207K
2019 STATS: 3 VFL games, 109 AVG; 7 SANFL games, 128 AVG
THERE might not be a rookie surrounded by as much excitement or anticipation as Will Snelling. After monstering the SANFL to start the season, Essendon took a chance on the SA born product in the mid-season rookie draft at pick 7. Snelling previously spent three years on Port Adelaide’s list, culminating in one senior game against the Suns in which he recorded 15 touches for a score of 66. The change of postcodes hasn’t slowed Snelling down and fresh off a 131 in the VFL it seems like his Essendon debut is a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’.
Isaac Quaynor – Magpies, DEF, $246K
2019 STATS: 10 VFL games, 66 AVG
FIRST-round picks often make their AFL debut during year one at their new club, but Isaac Quaynor has been forced to patiently bide his time. Breaking into a premiership calibre outfit like Collingwood is a tall task for the rebounding defender, but he has been plying his craft at VFL level in an effort to break through. A groin niggle might keep out of action this week, but with Jeremy Howe and Tom Langdon dealing with greater injuries, Quaynor could still be in line for a late-season berth.
Hugh Goddard – Blues, DEF, $170K
2019 STATS: 9 VFL games, 74 AVG
NAMED as an emergency for the 423rd consecutive week, we might not see Hugh Goddard in 2019. However, if the basement priced defender does get a game at AFL level, there’s a chance that he can cement a spot in the Blues’ back six. Originally drafted by St Kilda and appearing in 10 games (for an average of 35.7) over a three-year span, the first-round pick found himself on the outs last offseason before Carlton pounced in the rookie draft. Averaging 15 disposals and eight marks a contest at reserve level, Goddard has made strides in his game, but I’d still advise waiting a week on him if he does finally get the call-up.
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Rhylee West – Bulldogs, MID, $220K
2019 STATS: 9 VFL games, 66 AVG
AWKWARDLY priced at $50k more than other rookies, West’s numbers and gameplay might not see him get picked for the Dogs’ AFL side or for our fantasy outfits. The son of prolific ball-winner and one of my personal favourite players Scott West, Rhylee has been on the fringe for selection multiple times this year. However, Footscray’s on-ball brigade features some heavy hitters, making it tough for players to squeeze into the rotation. Another injury or two and we could see West earn an AFL debut, but my gut says we’ll be waiting until 2020.
Ben Cavarra – Bulldogs, FWD, $182K
2019 STATS: 4 VFL games, 58 AVG
STICKING with the Dogs and mature ager Ben Cavarra who seems like a likely debutant at the pointy end of the season. Injuries ruined his first half of the year and after stringing a few games together in a row, Cavarra could enter the selection frame in the near future. The Bulldogs’ win/loss record could dictate how soon we see the untried forward with a few more L’s potentially leading to early season surgeries for more seasoned players, freeing up spots for youngsters to gain experience.
Izak Rankine – Suns, FWD $266K
2019 STATS: N/A
MULTIPLE hamstring issues have kept Izak Rankine on the sidelines since the pre-season and finally, the star-studded draftee will make his NEAFL debut this weekend. In the lead up to being drafted 3rd overall by Gold Coast, Rankine averaged 65 playing for West Adelaide’s league side in the SANFL, with his impact on the game measured by far more than just fantasy points and disposals. If he can string a few games together for the Suns’ NEAFL team, Rankine will surely come into their senior side for a handful of games to end 2019. When he does, he’ll likely be a hot trade target.
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Toby Wooler – Lions, FWD, $170K
2019 STATS: 10 NEAFL games, 102 AVG
THERE aren’t many players averaging triple figure fantasy scores who are stuck in the reserves, but Toby Wooler is one of them. He may very well win the NEAFL MVP award this year posting 21 touches a contest with 17 goals from 10 outings. It’s impossible to tell whether he’ll play this year or not, with Brisbane seemingly set on keeping him stuck in the two’s to develop. Wooler can’t do much more to get selected, so hopefully, he gets some reward for effort late in the season.
Patrick Wilson – Crows, MID, $278K
2019 STATS: 10 SANFL games, 118 AVG
MUCH like Wooler, Patrick Wilson has been tearing up the South Australian state league this year. He’ll be hard to stop for the Magarey Medal (SANFL B&F), but not even that could see him enter Adelaide’s senior side. They aren’t really starved for ball-winning midfielders, already boasting Rory Sloane and the Crouch brothers, which makes it tough to find room for Wilson. His price means there won’t be a ton of teams trading him instantly in, even if he’s named closer to the end of the season. However, his high-scoring pedigree could help him plug a gap if things get dire during the fantasy finals.
Jackson Ross – Hawks, FWD, $170K
2019 STATS: 9 VFL games, 72 AVG
WITH the Hawks crying out to find a reliable forward rotation I’m somewhat surprised to see Jackson Ross stuck playing for Box Hill. Ross’ 24 goals this season are tied for the most in the entire VFL and you’d think if he keeps hitting the scoreboard, Hawthorn’s hand will be forced at some point. As they try to find their next Lance Franklin we’ve seen the likes of Dylan Moore, Mitch Lewis and this week, Oliver Hanrahan all get a chance at senior level. Ross is surely next in line.
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