Hawthorn AFL Fantasy Prices 2016
The full prices and positions for Hawthorn and aflratings.com.au’s top five potential targets for 2016.
With each AFL Fantasy team price reveal, Peter from aflratings.com.au takes a look at five potential targets from each club. Click here to read Calvin’s look at the Hawks over on AFL.com.au.
Luke Hodge MID $615K
Hodge is among one of the highest priced AFL Fantasy players to begin the 2016 season, he averaged 111.1pts last year which included 12 games that exceeded 100pts or more with 6 going over 120pts or more. Hodge is entering his 15th year in the AFL and doesn’t appear to be slowing down, the toughest sell to many coaches will be his age combined with paying top dollar. Only 17 players in AFL Fantasy had 6 or more games the exceeded 120pts or more in the 2015 Home & Away season, Hodge was one of those players and was also quite reliable with only 2 scores fewer than 80pts. Hodge will likely have a low early ownership rate, if he starts hot in 2016 then it could be a while before you can upgrade to him if that’s part of your plan.
Jordan Lewis MID $613K
Lewis has been a quality premium option in the last 2 years in AFL Fantasy, he averaged 110.7pts last year with 13 of his 19 games going for 100pts or more 4 of which were turned in to 120pts or more. Hawthorn are the highest scoring team in AFL Fantasy therefore AFL Fantasy coaches will be paying a premium price to secure the services of many Hawks players, Lewis is certainly amongst the higher priced premium players to begin 2016 and avoiding him early could be costly. Lewis averaged 131.7pts from his first 6 games in 2015, a 101.1 average from his final 13 games has lowered his price to begin this season. If your game plan is to start with reliable premium options then Lewis fits the criteria.
Liam Shiels MID $549K
Shiels is one of the quiet AFL Fantasy achievers at Hawthorn, despite a horrible start to the 2015 season in which he averaged 67.3pts from his first 3 games he finished strongly averaging 105.7pts from his final 15 games. During his late season run Shiels exceeded 100pts or more in 9 of those 15 games with 5 going over 120pts or more. Shiels won’t be a first or second choice of many AFL Fantasy coaches in 2016, but if he can continue his good form he will be a very good point of difference for those willing to take the plunge.
Jack Gunston FWD $510K
While many AFL Fantasy coaches quite correctly look for ball accumulators Gunston provides a different but solid option as a forward, he averaged a career high 92.2pts last year which included 8 games exceeding 100pts or more with 3 going for 120pts or more. Gunston had a season high 161pts against Carlton in Round 17 last year, when he kicked 4 goals or more in a game he exceeded 100pts or more in 5 of 6 Home & Away games in 2015. Gunston is a must consider for putting your forward line together at Round 1, if you decided to pass on him early make sure that he is on your watch list as selecting him at a cheaper price could be well worth it by the end of the 2016 season.
Sam Mitchell MID $547K
Entering his 15th AFL season Mitchell will again be relied upon by those AFL Fantasy coaches that back him in each year, despite his lack of pace he has a fantastic ability to find the football and accumulate points with ease. Mitchell exceeded 100pts or more in 12 of 20 games in 2015 with 4 exceeding 120pts or more, he had a season high 142pts against Fremantle in Round 15. With a slightly high price tag most AFL Fantasy coaches will take time in deciding whether to select Mitchell or not, considering he could have a low ownership rate he would provide a great point of difference if he was able to produce yet another solid year.
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