Players to draft to rebuild your keeper league.

The majority of players will be still hurting from another season where our keeper league did not add anything to the trophy cabinet and plotting away to find the right mix to be premiers in 2018.  If you are in the rebuild phase and need to look at the longer term build before a premiership hopefully we can help you find a few gems here.  This week we will look at the Forwards and Defenders.

Firstly I need to cover that Luke Partington was named as forward so I have also included him in this article.  I was expecting him to retain his midfield status so enjoy his breakout year as the forward (unsure if he will retain, let’s hope so).


The Defenders –

Callum Mills – Sydney.  It’s a very interesting discussion on this young jet.  Although he has impressed us with the quality of football he has played, he has struggled to show us any real fantasy chops yet.  Not that a first year of 20 games and 70 average is poor in any sense, nor should a second-year slight drop be a surprise either.  What it does is drop his value and will now be available in more leagues with under 100 keepers for the re-draft.  The biggest question is what position will he hold in 3-5 years’ time.  Is he an elite defender or a mid-range midfielder?  Either way I’m thinking it’s a fun ride, hop on.  2017 ADP of 114


Nick Haynes – Greater Western Sydney.  We have seen little glimmers of the 25-year-old before. He is classy, productive and has scoring ability but is always trying to cement a spot in a team with, so much talent around has been a challenge.  With 76 games under this belt, the departure of Nathan Wilson and the injury to Zac Williams opens the door for Nick to become a top 20 defender for the next 4-5 years. When playing half back flank or plus one in defence he has averaged over 85.  Enjoy a late pick up treat here.  2017 ADP of 219



The Forwards –

Darcy Lang – Carlton.  We are quick to forget at times.  Darcy was a first round draft pick, Josh Kelly, Bont, Billings, KK, Luke McDonald, Salem, Sheed and Patrick Cripps were all first round picks the same year.  The difference was Lang was drafted to Geelong with some of the best mids going around so he has seen limited opportunity.  He averaged over 25 disposals and 6 tackles in the VFL playing in the midfield but when his opportunities came for the Cats it was up forward.  The Blues need midfielders to support Cripps and Murphy and it is perfect timing.  This does give us the question, how long will he keep is forward status?  That’s maybe the good news from his Cat’s days.  Playing that role so well it is likely that his role will be shared on ball and on the half forward line.  Worthwhile pick here without all the hype. 2017 ADP of 295


Luke PartingtonWest Coast Eagles.  Lot of talk about who gains with the changing of the guard at the Eagles.  We should not forget the upcoming talent that will also get a major boost with opportunities and roles.  Partington will be one of the big winners and will be value in every format in 2018, not least the keeper leagues.   He dominated the WAFL in 2017 playing through the midfield, earning himself an AFL debut in round 19 and played in six games whilst the team was fighting for a finals position.

Earning a spot that late in the year with Priddis and Mitchell still in the team is a good sign for the young SA lad, who is set for a breakout third season in 2018.  Will be a magnet for years to come. 2017 ADP of 422.