Fantasy A-League Update

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Here is a quick wrap during the International Break on the potential to be found in the A-League fantasy game. The season is now 6 rounds through so we are starting to see some form and trends amongst the starting line ups and performances. That said with a competition of only 10 teams it can still be difficult to find regular starters to fill out our 15 man squads while having enough cash for the top quality players who bring in the points.

 A-League Bargain Buys

Naumoff – Sydney FC – MID – $75,000: The 18 year old who was signed last season but sent straight back on loan to the state leagues has featured in the last 3 games for Sydney FC. Friday night’s game against the heart was his first start for the club and he looked impressive if raw on the ball. At $75,000 he is a base price player playing OOP (Out-of-position) on the left wing. With Del Piero playing at the top of the midfield diamond distributing with ease this youngster will get plenty of service. He is possibly the best base price midfielder in the league.

Hoole – Newcastle Jets – DEF – $126,000: The 20 year old right back has found himself reinstalled on the right wing and has managed to impress over the last few weeks. At such a lower price point and another OOP prospect the young right-sided player is offering excellent value. Job security is potentially not that high with James Virgili fighting for a position on the right wing but the OOP is clearly a winner. If you want a safer option at the Jets, Scott Neville – $164,000 – has the right back role nailed down an is forming a good partnership with Hoole.

Reddy – Central Coast Mariners – GK – $147,000: The 32-year-old goalkeeper has had his personal issues. He has over 120 games of A-League experience under his belt and regardless of his off-field instability is an excellent option over the error prone Pasfield. The moving on of Graham Arnold could have a detrimental effect on the defensive unit as a whole but only time will tell. With Reddy being the only real price differential in goalkeeping department key funds can be used elsewhere.

Caira – Wellington Phoenix – DEF – $105,000: The young left back made only two appearance for WSW last season and has started all of Wellington’s games this season. Boxall (76,000) was the early market mover but Caira seemingly has his spot nailed down. Wellington are currently adjusting to Ernie Merricks style of play with better performances expected as the season goes on.

Under the Radar

Burns – Newcastle Jets – MID – $248,000: The midfielder has returned from his stay in China and has started to find his groove. Having missed a penalty this week his point production thankfully for those not invested continues to go under the radar. Burns is only going to get better and at 3% ownership he presents a compelling option in midfield.

12 comments on “Fantasy A-League Update

    • Liam Post Author

      Heskey needs 4 to 5 weeks to get his fitness up and running (he said it himself). They are slowly bringing him in 20 and then 30 minutes in the last few weeks. With Taggart’s current form the team has to find a spot for the both of them in a traditionally 4-3-3 set up which is interesting.

      I would place him on the watchlist but I couldn’t expect him to hit form for another month at the earliest. His quality could shine through earlier but I would stick the pennies into ADP at the present time.

  1. Zeus

    Yeah good write up mate. I actually went for Neville this week over Hoole as I wasn’t sure about his job security. Also a decent captaincy option this week.

    I’m ranked 90 odd and I’m in my first season, so either game is wayyyyy too easy OR I’m just getting lucky.



    • Zeus

      Also, I must admit, if anyone is needing any advice or anything on the a-league, I must give credit where it is due. Supercoach hq is great for a league fantasy, probably the sole reason why I’m ranked so high.

    • Liam Post Author

      Picking a great starting team is the key in the a-league game followed by good captain choices so its much more then luck.

      I must say I hadn’t heard of Supercoach HQ but James kindly provided the link in the first comment. It seems the premium source for fantasy A-League content.

      • baysietoff

        Dunno mate, luck is giving me a right rodgering this season… Traded Juric out for Duke (then Juric scores 2, and Duke gets a bye). Then last week traded out Chianese for Sidnei. Chianese scores and assists… For the record I’ve dumped Zahra this week so…

          • Liam Bednarski

            Take the hate elsewhere James. I failed to trade appropriately for the CCM and Wellington Bye and Chianese is a hack who got a fortunate tap in against the worst side in the league.

            I don’t know if it is luck baysietoff as Juric had his merits over Duke. I wouldn’t feel too hard done by about Chianese I think his time is going to be limited.

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