The 2019 Home and away season is done, the wheat has been separated from the chaff, and we head into footy’s glory zone – The Finals. Here’s some of the big hitters from the final round who’ll be looking to continue their form in the sweetness of September.
Brodie Grundy, Collingwood
Chances are if you’re in any sort of AFL fantasy draft league, you know how important it is to get an early pick at the draft. You would also know that it’s a fairly sage choice to lock in a ruckman with said pick. Assuming that knowledge, it is an absolute given then, that either a Max Gawn or a Brodie Grundy fills that pick.
On Friday night, Brodie Grundy may have shown that not only is he a lock for the number one pick for every fantasy draft league in the nation, but that he is indeed the league’s premier big man, and at the very least, a smokey for the Brownlow.
From the opening siren, Grundy seemed omnipresent. Not only did he take the game by the scruff of the neck, he slung it around, kicked it in the face, insulted it’s mum and threw rocks at it, keeping the Pies top four aspirations alive – amassing 33 disposals to go with his 35 hit-outs.
Patrick Dangerfield, Geelong
Keeping the draft fantasy theme going – chances are, if you’ve missed out on Grundy and Gawn, this man’s name is your next priority.
Games like the one Dangerfield had against Carlton on Saturday are the reason why you take the man with your first pick. It was an ominous first half as he racked up 18 touches and three sausage rolls. His influence set the tone and finished with 34 and four goals, his little mate Gary chiming in with 28 and three as the Cats romped home against the Blues – Cripps strong again with 35, eight tackles and a goal.
Jeremy Cameron, GWS
In the last couple of weeks, power forwards have made a real resurgence. Big Benny Brown last week with a veritable bag of 10, and this week, big bad (in a reasonably poor tribunal record way, not a holy mary here comes Fraser Gherig way) Jeremy Cameron slotted 9.5 in a commanding display, overtaking the aforementioned Brown (who was 6 ahead leading into the round).
Marcus Bontempelli, Western Bulldogs
The rampaging dogs look set to do some damage in September, their stunning turnaround in form has been highlighted by some Bont performances that hearken back to 2016, when they barnstormed the finals and ran away with the flag.
On Sunday, with a lot on the line for both clubs, the Bont tore Adelaide a new one, 10 tackles, 31 touches (16 contested) seven clearances and a goal setting up a 34 point win over the Crows.
Matt Crouch was again prolific for Adelaide, a whopping 47 touches and a goal, with Rory Sloane performing well for the underwhelming Crows.
Lachie Neale, Brisbane
Bucking the trend of featuring big games from winners on the weekend, Lachie Neale was in a class of his own on Sunday against the tiges, racking up 51 disposals (25 contested!) at 88% disposal efficiency as his lions went down to Richmond by 27 points.
Zorko tried valiantly also, 718 metres gained, two goals and 27 touches alongside 9 tackles. For the Tiges, Jack Riewoldt (4 goals) and Dion Prestia were amongst the best.