The team fantasy players don’t want a bar of. And with good reason – they just haven’t been a great fantasy team lately, finishing in the bottom 5 for total AFL Fantasy points in each of the last 3 seasons. Couple that with the fact that North are building a pretty deep list of mid/mid-forward types and the competition for spots will be intense, making life tough for fantasy coaches. Of course, that doesn’t mean there can’t be some good value to be found through the middle and later rounds.
RISKY BUSINESS – AARON HALL – MIDFIELD
71.6 AFLF/79.6 SC
I mean, we write this bit every year, yeah? You know the drill – often injured or in the doghouse but scores like a monster when he’s on the park. I thought North might like to use him off half-back, but reports say he’s through the midfield and forward. I like his recruitment to North as they could use some pace, hopefully things click for the player and club.
From his 6 games last year, Hall dished up 2 nice tons, 2 scores in the 80s a spudderific 5 disposal game and a game where he got injured and was out for the year. The only surprise with Hall is that you’re never surprised with what happens.
Mock Draft Simulator ADP: AFLF 141/SC 127
SLEEPER – JY SIMPKIN – FORWARD
59.5 AFLF/66 SC
A player I’ve really enjoyed watching over his first two AFL seasons is Jy Simpkin. A mid-forward heading into his third season who does all the things we like when trying to identify breakouts – he hits the scoreboard, lays tackles and can win a lot of contested footy. Heading into season 3 we can expect his tank to be more developed, hopefully leading to more time on ground and ability to win the ball in space.
I understand the fantasy game hasn’t been revealed yet, with low averages and a top DT score of 97 (has 2 SC tons), but the stats are there, it’s a matter of putting it together. Definitely a speculative pick.
Mock Draft Simulator ADP: AFLF 261/ SC 300
DON’T DRAFT – LUKE DAVIES-UNIACKE – MIDFIELD
40.2 AFLF/40.4 SC
Cracked it for a few games in his debut season, but I expect it to be another year of development for the anagram of every teenager’s favourite pre-mixed drink. With North having a reasonably well established midfield, as well as the recruitment of senior bodies Aaron Hall and Dom Tyson, it’s really hard to envision a world where LDU is an automatic best 22 player. Even if he is getting games, I’m expecting a pretty low time on ground. No doubt there’ll be a couple of fluff preseason pieces and is definitely one for the keeper coaches to keep an eye on, but it looks to be another year of growth.
Mock Draft Simulator ADP: AFLF 313/SC 235
GUN – SMITH AND WESSON
For me. I had to write about North Melbourne players for fantasy purposes. I need it.