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.