THE BLUE CHIPS – LUKE PARKER/DAN HANNEBERY/JPK
2016: Games/22, 22, 21 Averages: DT/109, 108, 108 SC/111, 113, 113
I’ll be honest, I was starting to write about Luke Parker as the blue chip for Sydney, but how can you separate between these three gun Swans? It is a personal choice, all have the same injury risk, both Luke and JPK have positional issues at times but that is balanced by Dan Han being the main tag between the three.
How even? Well, add their AFL fantasy and SuperCoach averages from last year;
Luke Parker 221.6
Dan Han 221.2
If you picked one ahead of the others last year you would not have been disappointed and if you had all three you would simply be delighted. Looking forward it seems hard to separate them again.
In a keeper league the choice seems obvious just due to age and future development. It is Parker, Hannebery then JPK in that order, but for a one season league just pick your favourite and enjoy the journey. Safe as houses this lot.
BREAKOUT LOOMING – ISAAC HEENEY
2016: Games/20 Averages: 73 DT/79 SC
Yes, another person ranting about Mr. Heeney. It’s hard not to do an article on the Swans without mentioning him this year. Third year breakout is well known to all of us in fantasy land and it has all the signs of coming true. He is a jet, midfield rotations have opened up and of course how can we not forget that finals series.
Five tons last season showed us what he can do when given the midfield time, and as many of Sydney’s midfield can perform well inside 50 there is no reason to keep him anchored deep. Now I will say that I am not expecting him to be full time in the guts, it will only be an extra rotation each quarter but that will have enough benefit to remove his floor and add to that his natural development an increase of 15-20 points is very likely.
Yes, breakouts can vary but here is some recent ones:
Luke Parker – 19 points
Dustin Martin – 18 points
Luke Dahlhaus – 17 points
Enjoy the ride and hopefully a few more years of him scoring well for us as a forward.
ANOTHER YOUNG STAR – CALLUM MILLS
2016: Games/22 Averages: 72 DT/77 SC
It is not too often that a first year player becomes a general in the backline, yet that is just what Callum Mills did last year. He was the go to man, his skills are sublime and so is his poise. This is one class act.
We have all heard about the second year blues, but the guns don’t drop, they are driven to improve and if his first JLT game this year is any indication there is a big leap coming this year. 110 AFL Fantasy points from his 76 minutes of game time in JLT 1, he followed the play as a zoning defender which placed him in attacking positions and free to clean up any mess.
Expect him to play the attacking defender role and if anyone is going to be loose in the Swans back line it will be him, they want him kicking the ball. There will be few D4’s that can score 85 plus, but be mindful he may well be racing up the charts after his recent performance.
If he is not in your keeper, sorry you’re too late.