AFL Fantasy & SuperCoach nerds rejoice… there is finally a place to find your favourite stat — CBAs — right here at The Draft Doctors!
The Centre Bounce Attendance, better known within the fantasy community using its abbreviation CBA, is a statistic that measures the amount of times a player is present at a centre bounce at the beginning of a quarter or following a goal.
CBAs are useful to gauge which players in your fantasy teams are spending bulk time in the midfield, because players attending centre bounces typically play more fantasy friendly roles (aside from those pesky taggers, of course!)
Take this centre bounce from the round 15 match-up between Fremantle and Carlton:
Four players from each team attend the centre bounce in the dying stages of the game — which followed a Sam Switkowski goal for the Dockers. Each player present at the centre bounce here would be awarded 1 CBA on the stat sheet.
For Fremantle: Sean Darcy, Nat Fyfe, David Mundy, and Connor Blakely are at the centre bounce, while Matthew Kreuzer, Ed Curnow, Marc Murphy, and Jack Silvagni (who clears the ball for Carlton) are in attendance for the Blues.
I’ve had a look at all the games in round 15 and recorded every single centre bounce attendance — with 164 players across the 18 teams attending 1 or more centre bounces from a grand total of 226 centre bounces — no, I do not have a life.
Before you jump into analysing the pretty pictures below, here is a quick explainer of what you are digesting:
Additionally, underneath the spreadsheet for each game, I’ll provide a brief analysis of some things that I deem may be handy for your fantasy draft teams — generally just single season and keeper related, DFS is not my bag baby!
Enjoy the numbers, we hope they bring you fantasy footy success — be sure to check out our podcast and continue checking in on The Draft Doctors website for plenty of fantasy draft content all year round.
Round 15 CBAs
ESSENDON / GWS
Following Tom Bellchambers calf injury in the 3rd quarter, Essendon used a mixture of Hooker and McKernan for ruck duties — with the latter being used more predominantly during the Bombers late surge. With Bellchambers expected to be out for six weeks, Shaun McKernan could be a worthy option for the run home. Let’s just hope Johnny doesn’t bring in Zac Clarke…which he probably will.
On the GWS side, expect a bump in CBAs for the prime movers while Matt de Boer remains on the sidelines. The Clamp was a major centre bounce attendee due to his lock down role.
GEELONG / ADELAIDE
Mark Blicavs role in this game had fantasy coaches licking their lips. It’s been a while since the 28-year-old has been fantasy relevant — I totally forgot he averaged 97.1 AFL Fantasy and 103.9 SuperCoach points back in 2015! But with the potential hitout numbers back on the cards in a hybrid ruck role, to go with the tackle/disposal numbers that come from being around the ball, Blicavs could be a genuine option for your draft teams.
Keep an eye on Lachlan Fogarty in your keeper leagues: 55 AFL Fantasy and 52 SuperCoach points in just 56% time on ground (TOG) — a stash prospect in deeper leagues.
HAWTHORN / WEST COAST
The return of Nic Nat did not disappoint. Providing silver service to the West Coast midfielders, Naitanui proved his worth in only 58% TOG, notching 75 AFL Fantasy and 99 SuperCoach points. Great to see him back out there.
Shaun “Silk” Burgoyne‘s durability is simply remarkable. Turning 37 later this year, Burgoyne was called upon to have a run through the middle in the wet conditions this week. While I won’t be rushing to pick him up just yet in my draft team, a rock solid performance from the savvy vet.
While it didn’t affect his scoring in this game (125 AF 93 SC), Liam Shiels spent less time on the inside with Burgoyne around the footy and the return of tagger Daniel Howe.
SYDNEY / GOLD COAST
Callum Sinclair’s double shoulder blow during this game opened the door for Aliir Aliir to spend significant time in the ruck. While Sam Reid had a slight bump, it was Aliir that had the lion’s share of CBAs in the ruck department. Certainly an option in all formats as a streamer while Sinclair is out (unless my boy Micky Knoll gets a gig! #StefMartinLight).
The Gold Coast Suns midfield mix must be monitored in the coming weeks. With consistent CBAs from Will Brodie, David Swallow and Anthony Miles in recent times, it begs the question what happens when Touk Miller is back to full fitness. Is the consensus GOAT in the fantasy footy community, Brayden Fiorini in for a further unwarranted dip in CBAs? Time will tell.
Collingwood / North Melbourne
It’s Jy Simpkin season folks! Simpkin was a full time midfield in round 15, following a gradual build up over the last few weeks adjusting him to the new role. He exploded in this one, proving he belongs in the engine room: 30 disposals, 11 clearances, 4 tackles, and a whopping 17 contested possessions — tying teammate and notorious contested monster, Ben Cunnington for most on the ground. Eligible as a forward this season, 21-year-old Simpkin is still available in plenty of leagues, snap him up now!
Interestingly enough, Jack Ziebell did not attend a single centre bounce until after half time. Preferred at the centre stoppages was first-gamer, Kyron Hayden — whose debut was sadly cut short by a season-ending Achilles injury.
Steele Sidebottom, Josh Thomas, and Jordan De Goey took a slight bump in CBAs following Brayden Sier‘s early concussion.
Port Adelaide / Western Bulldogs
Significant bump for first-year Bulldog, Bailey Smith in the wet conditions at Adelaide oval. The 18-year-old put up tons in both formats, aided by his ferocious tackling and thirst for the contest, piling on 14 tackles and 15 contested possessions. A valuable commodity in keeper leagues, Smith’s value is highest in the AFL Fantasy platform, where he is available as a forward.
The likely return of Tom Rockliff, following 57 disposals in the SANFL, should alter midfield time of a number of recent regulars in the Power midfield — namely Robbie Gray according the The Draft Doctors, Jono Crockett, who stated his case on this week’s podcast.
Saint Kilda / Richmond
The Saint Kilda midfield mix going forward is something we will be paying close attention to. There are barely any exciting elements from a fantasy perspective coming from the Saints engine room aside from Rowan Marshall and Seb Ross. That could change with the return of Jack Steele and the resurrection of Dan Haneberry. Watch this space.
Jack Graham has been a consistent fixture in the Tigers engine room for a few weeks now and appears to have found a role with his tackling pressure on the inside. If you’re struggling for midfield options, Graham could be a viable option for the foreseeable future.
Brisbane / Melbourne
Tough season for Angus Brayshaw following his 3rd place Brownlow finish in 2018. Despite an underwhelming fantasy score in this game (89 AF 69 SC), Brayshaw actually spent more time at centre bounces compared to the Fremantle match-up in round 14. The problem with Brayshaw is now seemingly less about role — he’s shifted back to the inside — rather, it is a time on ground issue. In his last 2 games, Brayshaw has spent just 71% and 72% TOG. #GoodwinOut?
The gradual integration of Jarrod Berry back into the Lion’s midfield following a long stint on the sidelines will be something to watch in the coming weeks.
Fremantle / Carlton
Well folks, the answer to Patrick Cripps missing a week and being down by 5 goals at quarter time is…Jack Silvagni?
You may think I’m joking. But Silvagni had zero, that’s right ZERO CBAs in the first quarter. He then attended 19/20 for the remainder of the game as the Blues came back to stun the Dockers. It was rookie sensation Sam Walsh who moved more onto the outside after being in at the centre bounces during the first quarter onslaught.
With Cripps back potentially as soon as this week, the Silvagni train may get stuck at the station just as its about to take off. But with the Blues trajectory, it wouldn’t surprise me if they role Silvagni out in midfield units more consistently going forward. Needless to say, I’m all aboard!
Sorry, got a little sidetracked. FREMANTLE!
Connor Blakely finally took a significant spike in midfield time late in the third quarter and into the final quarter. After getting his very first CBA with just 7 minutes left in the third quarter, he went on to attend 8 of the final 10 centre bounces. Round 16 will let us know whether the role change is here to stay.