The fantasy footy numbers you love the most are back for another week — as we look at all the centre bounce attendances (CBAs) from round 19!

Jake Stringer provided us with one of the finest CBAs of the season in round 19, so what better example to use to explain what the heck a CBA is for the new readers:

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In this glorious example, the ruckman and each of the 3 midfielders from either team that attend the centre bounce receive 1 CBA — centre bounce attendance — on the stat sheet, pretty simple! Zac Clarke, Dylan Shiel, Darcy Parish and, of course, Jake Stringer are there for Essendon. While Jarrod Witts, Darcy MacPherson, David Swallow, and, unfortunately for his sake (Stringer’s direct opponent at this centre bounce), Anthony Miles are present for Gold Coast.

To help decipher the mess of numbers and colours you are about to witness below, use this explainer image and refer to the 1st game of the round if you are having trouble, or just want to better understand the stats you are consuming:

Thanks to Stevie Fizz and Jonathan Crockett, who recorded data and provided insight on 6 of the games this week.

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Round 19 CBAs

Collingwood / Richmond

  • Jack Graham played the Trent Cotchin role in the midfield after the Tigers captain injured his hamstring early in the game — not playing on after quarter time.
  • Fascinating ‘Dimma’s Dilemma’ at Tigerland, with Toby Nankervis getting through his 2nd game at VFL level. Ivan Soldo and Mabior Chol have filled the ruck hole admirably during Nank’s absence — but has this dynamic duo supplanted the premiership ruckman?
  • Collingwood’s midfield is decimated. The latest AFL injury report is grim for the Pies, with Taylor Adams (test), Dayne Beams (indefinite) and Brayden Sier (TBC), joined by Jordan De Goey (TBC) and Tom Phillips (TBC), following this game.
  • With the Pies injury carnage (granted De Goey’s injury did occur late in the game), Scott Pendlebury had a clear bump in attendance, while Steele Sidebottom had zero CBAs until half time, before attending 11/13 in the 2nd half.

Hawthorn / Brisbane

Jono says:

  • The Lincoln McCarthy midfield experiment is over as he took 0 CBA’s in this game down from 11 last week — but still scored 72 AF and 86 SC.

Carlton / Adelaide

Steve says:

  • An incredibly tight CBA grouping for Carlton, using only 4 midfielders for the match — very unusual for the Blues.
  • Andrew Phillips replaced the injured Kreuzer in the ruck; playing a nice game was a bonus.
  • The Crows continued on with their main three, but have a clear aim to bring some pace through the midfield, with traditional outside runners Seedsman, Milera and Smith continuing to get time on the inside.
  • With ROB having some concussion symptoms, will Jenkins get more time in the ruck?

West Coast / North Melbourne

Steve says:

  • Business as usual for the Eagles. It will be interesting to see if they deploy a tagger in the coming weeks with Mark Hutchings on the mend.
  • Jack Ziebell’s attendance rate in the middle continues to bounce around like a kid on a pogo stick. It’s tough for owners with the ceiling/floor combo. Higgins did not attend 1 centre bounce until the 2nd quarter; his midfield usage under coach, Rhys Shaw — who’s not afraid to mix things up — is of interest going forward.
  • Some of the younger faces got a crack in the last quarter with the game out of reach, as well as Tarryn Thomas getting an extended go. He’s a gem.

Saint Kilda / Melbourne

  • Viney’s numbers here are skewed due to an early injury in round 18. These numbers trickled down to many of the Dees prime movers, who were afforded greater opportunity in his absence last week.
  • Seems fantasy coaches weren’t the only ones frustrated with Angus Brayshaw‘s output in this game. After recording 17/20 CBAs to 3 quarter time, Goodwin unleashed Christian Salem into the midfield in the final term; with Brayshaw limited to 2/9 CBAs in that quarter.
  • What happens to the Saints midfield mix when/if Dan Hannebery and/or Jack Steven come in? #InRattenWeTrust
  • Hunter Clark is the real deal. Boasting AFL Fantasy and SuperCoach averages of 96.2 and 93.6 respectively in the last 5 rounds (!!), there are exciting times ahead for this 20-year-old jet. A gradual transition into the midfield appears the plan going forward; clearly, he’s a natural scorer wherever he plays — 2020 is Hunter Clark szn.

Port Adelaide / Greater Western Sydney

Jono says:

  • With Ryder back in the team, Lycett‘s time in the ruck dropped dramatically but did not affect his scoring; punching out 90 AF and 111 SC.
  • Robbie Gray spent nearly the whole time as a forward in this game. While he has played midfield throughout the year, it seems he will get limited opportunity as we have seen in previous years.

(The Statesman presumably says):


Western Bulldogs / Fremantle

Jono says:

  • Reece Conca‘s time in the middle was greatly affected by the return of Nat Fyfe. Additionally, Conca attended all his CBA’s in the 1st quarter.
  • Libba, Bont, Macrae and Dunkley were all in attendance for 1 centre bounce — TOGETHER — during the 3rd quarter, as Bevo went full Bevo. (Side note: Dunkley actually tried to contend with Aaron Sandilands in the ruck…it went as well as you’d expect.)

Sydney / Geelong

Steve says:

  • Interesting on the Swans side, with 4 different rucks taking a turn. Obviously, McLean isn’t the optimal option and needs a chop out, this was unusual though and makes him a tough to play option.
  • Big drops and ups on the Cats side, with Dangerfield and Duncan making way for Scott Selwood and some Ablett, the latter being incredibly quiet in the first half.
  • Joel Selwood’s CBAs have improved steadily in the last few weeks and SuperCoach owners who stuck fat may be getting the rewards when it matters most.

Gold Coast / Essendon

  • Jake Stringer spent much of the 2nd half in at the coal face, attending 17/22 centre bounces after the major break — including one of my favourite CBAs of the year, pictured in GIF form at the top of this article.
  • Even with Dyson Heppell out injured, Darcy Parish failed to register a CBA in the 1st half. Worsfold did give Parish midfield minutes in the back half, but his time on ground (TOG) in recent weeks (71, 66, 72 in his last 3) is well down on the previous 6 weeks when the 22-year-old was playing some exciting footy.
  • Sean Lemmens sudden emergence as a midfield preference at the Suns in the last 3 rounds has not translated to fantasy scores. Get ready for some late-season Jack Bowes midfield action (he played NEAFL on the weekend), as Stewie Dew continues his search to find the right crew to put in there moving forward.