With only 1 round left in the fantasy season, every bit of information matters. If you want that premiership and the smug satisfaction of bragging rights — you’ll need the stats that matter most.
Enter: CBAs — Centre Bounce Attendances!
At this centre bounce from the heart-thumping final quarter of the Brisbane Geelong game; the Lions opted for a lineup consisting of Stef Martin, Dayne Zorko, Lachie Neale and Hugh ‘The Suitcase’ McCluggage. The Cats went with Mark Blicavs, Patrick Dangerfield, Cam Guthrie and Tim Kelly.
Identifying the players who are attending centre bounces can be a useful tool for fantasy coaches — as we know that midfielders have a greater opportunity to score fantasy points. Equally important, is identifying when players are either gaining or losing attendances — which may signify a role change that could either positively or negatively affect scoring potential.
This picture should tell you all you need to know about how to read the tables below, refer to it when required:
Once again, a big thank you to Stevie Fizz and Jonathon Crockett who gathered the data and sent through their notes for 3 games each.
From all of us at The Draft Doctors, good luck in your grand finals this week!
Stay with us for plenty of offseason content — WE GO ALL YEAR ROUND!
Round 22 CBAs
Melbourne / Sydney Swans
- Oliver Florent continues his run, even with Hewett (tagging Oliver) back in the CBAs this week. Very much a watch for 2020.
- Sydney reduced their mix with Papley and Rowbottom getting the flick. Aliir took most of the ruck work.
- Demons ran tight as usual, Petracca took the 2 ruck contests Gawn was out for.
Carlton / St Kilda
- Dan Hannebery‘s time in the middle doubled from the previous week. If he is able to keep fit throughout the summer, “Dan Han” will be a value pick late in your drafts for 2020.
- Will Setterfield played in defence in this game — recording 0 CBAs. This could hint toward a role change in 2020 with the departure of Dale Thomas.
Brisbane Lions / Geelong Cats
- Mark Blicavs remains a great stream in his current ruck role, putting up 82 AFL Fantasy and 95 SuperCoach points against the Martin/McInerney combo. A solid grand final stream IF he’s named solo ruck again!
- Stef Martin was back to being the primary ruck after copping a late injury last week that restricted his game time and hence attendances.
- Brisbane tend to use a lot of combinations in the midfield mix, with Lachie Neale and Jarryd Lyons being the 2 constants. Geelong in the past 3 weeks have been similarly hefty on mixing it up, with Tim Kelly and Patrick Dangerfield the only steady high-rate attendees.
Adelaide Crows / Collingwood
- A split ruck situation for the Crows wasn’t ideal for fantasy owners at this stage of the year.
- Gibbs saw a dive, as did Milera — who was out of the mix completely. Sloane was back to his usual numbers after the head knock last round. Chayce Jones got a look in the midfield once the game was out of reach.
- Pies have tightened the mix up as they head into finals.
North Melbourne / Port Adelaide
- Trent Dumont took all 13 of his CBAs in the 2nd half after Anderson went off with a hamstring injury.
- Outside of Ben Cunnington, it seems like it will be a bit of pot luck as to which Kangaroos players will line up in the middle in 2020.
- Peter Ladhams only took 2 CBAs in the 2nd half after being soundly beaten by Goldstein. Expect Lycett to come back for round 23.
Fremantle / Essendon
- All of Essendon’s prime movers got a bump with Dylan Clarke relegated to the 2’s. Clarke had been a major attendee since entering the side to tag Patrick Cripps in round 11 — often tasked with a run-with role until his demotion.
- David Mundy was back at the coalface as the Dockers tried to keep their slim finals hopes alive to no avail. His 89 AFL Fantasy and 91 SuperCoach points were a welcome return — but what happens now with #LyonOut?
- ALL of Connor Blakely’s CBAs came in the 4th quarter, while Brayshaw and Walters had zero in the final term. Darcy Tucker played more wing and had very limited time on ground.
Richmond / West Coast Eagles
- 1 team had an unidentified player at 1 CBA. Very unusual but is what it is — assumption would be it was Dustin Martin and Elliot Yeo, make of that what you will.
- West Coast had their usual tight rotation, not deviating too much at all.
- Richmond had some massive swings with Martin and Soldo back in and Nankervis out.
- Graham‘s spike in CBA’s from 2 weeks ago was short lived, last week’s score may have tricked owners.
GWS Giants / Western Bulldogs
- The return of Matt De Boer and Josh Kelly greatly impacted Toby Greene and Zac Williams, who combined for only 5 CBAs in the 2nd half — with 2 for Greene and 3 for Williams.
- The Bulldogs used Jackson Trengove as their main ruckman after Tm English was a late withdrawal – expect English to return for round 23.
Hawthorn / Gold Coast Suns
- Some great discussions to be had with regards to young gun James Worpel for 2020. With the return of ball-magnet Brownlow medalist Tom Mitchell next season and the impending loss of dual-position player (DPP) status — where do we draft the breakout midfielder?
- McEvoy only had 1 CBA to his name with Ceglar and O’Brien shouldering most of the ruck duties — Clarkson seemingly giving Big Boy a rest ahead of their crucial West Coast matchup in round 23.
- My boy, Brayden Fiorini got a bump in CBAs, doing his chances of sticking in there no harm with 30 disposals (16 contested), 7 clearances, 3 centre clearances and 53% disposal efficiency. Wait, ignore that last one…
- George Horlin-Smith had 12/14 CBAs in the 1st half and 2/15 in the 2nd half, while Jack Bowes and Lachie Weller had their 8 combined CBAs in the 2nd half only.