A-League Fantasy Round 3 Review

Concept Art of the A-League

Concept Art of the A-League

We are in a vastly different realm of fantasy as @liambednarski embarks on a journey into the wilderness of the Australian game.

After three rounds of action within the Hyundai A-League we can begin to make some assessments on the potential of players within the league. Although information is still quiet light on the ground in terms of matches played, additionally the general coverage of the A-League is limited as discussed last week.

Goalkeeper Review Fox Sports Competition

Defensive value was a large part of my opening discussion ahead of Round 3 with the goalkeepers serving a number of performances worthy of discussion.

The prohibitive price of the goalkeepers within the A-League (a reminder they are double the cheapest starting defenders) combined with the 3-players-per-team rule creates a genuine headache.

Round 3 was littered with some horrendous goalkeeping with Dean Bouzanis ($210K), Paul Izzo ($177K) & Andrew Redmayne ($210K) on the chopping block for their various offences.

The most interesting alternative to the above three is Jerrard Tyson ($139K) of the Western Sydney Wanderers. Keep an eye out for him this season.

Value Pick

Jack Duncan ($202K) at Newcastle looks a well-priced option given the upturn at the Jets this season, he is the best value goalkeeper in the game at the moment. Combining him with Necevski ($122K) or Tyson ($139K) will provide the opportunity to maximise your funds elsewhere.

Top Performer

Danny Vukovic ($277K) is highly priced but is proving his value early in the season as part of a rock-solid defence at Sydney FC. With Sydney FC offering a number of budget players in other positions it is difficult to justify him as a selection (3 players per team only).

Moving Forward (Goalkeepers Aside) Fox Sports Competition

To provide the best guide to the A-League we will endeavour to cover each side individually in our reviews this week, looking for star performers, breakout contenders, value picks, dark horses and the all important injury information. With links to some of the best (fantasy) football minds in the country we hope to provide an every improving coverage of the league across the season.

Feedback is highly recommended (via the comments) as we put together the most appropriate format over the course of the season.

Adelaide United

The Champions have started the season slowly after significant changes to the squad and a number of key injuries to start the campaign. The side has continued to produce a number of chances but have lacked the cutting edge to convert over the opening three weeks and are left with a single point from a possible nine.

Star Performers

The main stars for the Reds are currently out injured with Carrusca ($295K) and Cirio ($272K) out for the first third of the season. Avoid.

Isaias ($209K) is more of a creator deep in midfield and looks set to suffer if those around him are not fit to perform. Monitor.

Breakout Contenders

Sergi Guardiola Navarro ($268K) was unfortunate not to score on the weekend, hitting the woodwork twice. The striker is getting opportunities to score whilst creating chances for his team mates. The Spaniard is still settling into his new surroundings with the best creators in the team currently injured we may not see the best of Sergi until later in the season. Monitor.

Henrique ($250K) has proven a good pick up for the team with a strong start to the season. Although he is in much doubt after limping off the field with a muscular injury, the story of his career. Avoid.

Value Picks

Ben Garuccio ($143K) can play at either left-back or left-wing as an attacking outlet he is the value pick within the Champions defence. Buy.

Ryan Kitto ($102K) will greatly benefit from the large amount of injuries in the side, is shaping as the must have 5th midfielder. Buy.

Dark Horses

Jesse Makarounas ($148K) the former Melbourne Victory player started against his former side, although he was substituted at half time. Scored a goal in the opening round but his influence is an inconsistent one with his potential largely unknown. Light Monitor.

Danny Choi ($148K) enjoyed a delightful run in the FFA Cup before securing a contract with the Reds. The left-winger made his first appearance off the bench and looked sharp but his categorization as a striker deters interest. Light Monitor.

Brisbane Roar

With the aging superstar Thomas Broich being carefully managed throughout the season the side from Brisbane are currently lacking balance as the new signings settle in.

Star Performers

Jamie MacLaren ($308K) attempted to open his account against the Mariners in Round 3 with a number of clear chances. He scored 20 goals last season and remains one of the main threats in the competition. The supply lines are currently rather dry of chances for the striker though with a slight drop in form as well. Monitor.

Thomas Broich ($317K) he fought for his position in the team with a tough and creative performance against the Mariners after being dropped the previous week. Not currently justifying the high price tag though as he begins to enter the later stages of a wonderful A-League career at 35. Light Monitor.

Breakout Contenders

Tommy Oar (209K) looks to be a starter in the side with an impressive goal threat over the early rounds of the competition. Moved to the right-wing to accommodate Broich on the weekend. Strongly Consider.

Dark Horses

Luke DeVere ($168K) was the ability to be one of the best central-defenders in the competition, if his body can hold together. Monitor.

Manuel Arana ($245K) we have yet to see the visa-player appear in the A-League with a wide-role likely (left-winger) it will be interesting to see how the player fits into the side. Intriguing.

Central Coast Mariners

The Mariners have installed Paulo Okon as manager although after the club recruited its players for the season which leaves little for fantasy managers to feast on.

Star Performers

Roy O’Donovan ($221K) is the star of the show on the Coast with penalties in his locker he has started the season strongly. His lack of supply will make things tough in the long run though. Monitor.

Dark Horses

Connor Pain ($143K) looking for a fresh start on the Central Coast the left-winger has been performing to a higher standard. He carries limited threat for his price though with Kitto (102K) a better option. Light Monitor.

Melbourne City

Star Performers

Bruno Fornaroli ($331K) first name on your team-sheet and could be captained every week for the entire season. Superstar. Buy.

Nicolas Colazo ($291K) was former Boca Junior left-back has been converted into an attacking midfielder at City with set pieces in his locker. Currently under an injury cloud he was mightly impressive in the Melbourne Derby, greatly missed in the match against Perth Glory. Strongly Monitor.

Dark Horses

Luke Brattan ($264K) has returned from a failed spell overseas to re-launch his career and looks a class above the A-League. Whether his translates into consistent fantasy points at a difficult price point is questionable. Monitor.

Melbourne Victory

A last gasp winner secured a victory in Round 3 after indifferent performances for the pre-season title favorites.

Star Performers

Marco Rojas ($251K) cruelly categorized as a striker in the game the right-winger could have lead the midfield of our sides this season. The New Zealander has returned to the A-League to re-launch his career after suffering a broken foot early in his European adventure. He is a classy contributor with 14 goals and 10 assists in his last season in Melbourne. Buy.

Besart Berisha ($297K) is the leading man at the Victory with penalties in his locker he is sure to be one of the top goal scorers by seasons end. Although Rojas could prove better bang for your buck here. Strongly Consider.

Value Picks

Sebastian Pasquali ($100K) the 16 year old looks to have the right attributes to make it as a creative midfielder although he will be eased into action at such a tender age. Monitor.

Dark Horses

Maximilian Beister (Unknown) the former German youth international has yet to be priced within the game after signing on deadline day for the Victory. He ss a creative midfielder with a history of injuries who was bought in to play the role behind Berisha an obvious point of weakness within the side. Monitor.

Newcastle Jets

Have struggled in recent years although Scott Miller started to piece together a squad which has started the season respectably, a potential finals contender.

Breakout Contenders

Andrew Nabbout ($206K) the surprise packet of the season so far after an adventure in Malaysia to improve his focus the former Melbourne Victory winger has returned to impact the league. Monitor.

Wayne Brown ($252K) looks to have a touch of class in midfield but was priced appropriately for this. Has quite a lot to do to justify his value. Light Monitor.

Andrew Hoole ($239K) the youngster has returned to Newcastle in style proving a constant threat this season. His price is awkward for someone who is not a regular goalscorer. Light Monitor.

Value Picks

Ivan Vujica (101K) the young defender has taken his opportunity well early in the season and looks to have cemented his place in the side. Buy.

Dark Horses

Morten Nordstrand ($243K) was a shining light in the second half of last season and should provide a constant source of goals when fit. Monitor.

Perth Glory

After imploding on the opening day of the season the side from the west has put together two impressive victories in a strong start to the season.

Star Performers

Diego Castro ($326K) top class talent with penalties in his locker and a constant goal threat. Categorised as a midfielder the attacking player should be the second player on your team sheet. Buy.

Andy Keogh (307K) is one of the top strikers in the league and should be a consideration in your side after scoring a hat-trick, even beforehand. Buy.

Value Picks

Marc Warren ($127K) much maligned on the east-coast after a horror season with Sydney FC the 24-year-old has matured into a reliable left-back for Kenny Lowe. Faces competition from visa-player Mills (144K) Monitor.

Brandon Wilson ($100K) has started the first three matches of the season and has been impressive for a 19-year-old. Faces competition from Smilijanic ($195K) who is currently building his fitness. Monitor.

Dark Horses

Adam Taggart ($250K) was the leading striker in his last season at the Jets but has suffered badly from injuries, was impressive in week one but remains plagued by various issues. Monitor.

Nebojsa Marinkovic ($248K) is a dangerous player who has been at Perth for a number of years now, plays a slight deeper-role but remains a threat in fantasy. Monitor.

Sydney FC

After missing the finals last season the Sky Blues have fantasy options a plenty, unfortunately you can only have three of them.

Star Performers

Bobo ($299K) has started his A-League career in fine fashion with four goals in the opening two matches before drawing a blank this week. Buy.

Filip Holosko ($272K) has penalty duties and is linking well with Bobo early in the season, unfortunately categorized as a striker. Strongly Consider.

Milos Ninkovic ($294K) popped up with a late goal to seal the victory for the Sky Blues against Wellington. Has taken his game to another level this season, shaping as a strong option in midfield. Strongly Consider.

Breakout Contenders

Joshua Brilliante ($151K) could prove a viable option amongst the lower-tier midfielders as a controlling midfielder, unlikely to accumulate attacking points though whilst taking up a valuable Sydney FC spot in your squad. Light Monitor.

Value Picks

Michael Zullo ($164K) is accumulating points from left-back at a favourable price given his issues with injury in the past. Buy.

Matthew Jurman ($163K) an alternative to Zullo especially if he picks up an injury, is a threat from set-pieces and has become a defensive rock for the side. Strongly Consider.

Wellington Phoenix

Have started the season slowly after having half the side on international duty before a long trip to Perth and a last minute loss to Sydney FC at home.

Star Performers

No one is currently worthy of the tag after a slow start to the season, Roy Krishna ($257K) has been close to scoring on a number of occasions but there is better strikers in the game.

Gui Finkler ($308K) carries a significant price tag and is unlikely to justify the lofty valuation at Wellington, same with former team mate Kosta Barbarouses ($278K) who has yet to return attacking points.

Roly Bonevacia ($288K) is another who carries a lofty price tag but can not justify the outlay at this early stage given his teams form. Avoid.

Value Picks

Jacob Tratt ($102K) looks to have secured a place within the back four at Wellington this season although don’t expect an awful lot of clean sheets. Monitor.

Tom Doyle ($119K) the defender can prove a threat moving forward using his height and pace to his teams advantage. Has been a bit part player so far this season but could prove a valuable defender. Monitor.

Dark Horse

Vince Lia ($160K) having worked with Ernie Merrick previously the midfielder has been trusted to perform this season for his manager. Could provide some value in the mid-priced bracket if he plays for the whole season. Light Monitor.

Western Sydney Wanderers

Have started in mixed fashion with plenty of upside the club will be looking forward to the Asian Champions League later in the season.

Star Performers

Mitch Nichols ($302K) has a rather high price tag but is currently justifying it after a strong start to the season. Strongly Consider.

Breakout Contenders

Jumpei Kusukami ($216K) has started the season well with his technical ability and creativity clear for all to see. Whether he has the ability to contribute regular goals and assists is unknown but his play will prove important to the Wanderers. Buy.

Value Picks

Borda ($145K) suspended for a red card offense in the Sydney derby the central-defender returned with a goal to prove his worth to the fantasy manager. A well priced defender worthy of investment. Buy.

Jack Clisby ($110K) looks to have secured the left-back role in the side after a poor derby from other defenders in the team. A worthy forth or fifth defender in the game. Buy.

Dark Horses

Kerem Bulut ($188K) looks to be match-fit but lacking a little bit of confidence in front of goal. The supreme dark horse as a PR disaster is only ever a few steps away. Monitor.

Steven Lustica ($129K) is currently playing on the left-wing as Martinez ($277K) builds up to full fitness, may return to a central-midfield role at a fine price. Monitor.

The A-League Review will return at the conclusion of Round 5 with a more analytical perspective on the performers within the league. Please leave a comment with your thoughts on the content.

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5 comments on “A-League Fantasy Round 3 Review

  1. EmGee says:

    Thanks Liam. I am running with the CCM pairing of keepers due to the outrageous pricing. There looks to be little value for the top end keepers, particularly as the a-league defences don’t seem to be all that solid.

    I like the short fire format per club. Quick and to the point. Cheers

    • EmGee says:

      Oh also, I have noticed that the FoxSports platform seem to take an eternity to update the game at the end of the gameweek (especially the automatic substitutions). Seems a bit odd given there are only 5 games per round. Maybe I am just used to the more popular fantasy providers but it surely is an issue they need to look at

    • Liam says:

      Thanks EmGee. That is a fair call I went with Redmayne although Duncan would have been the better option for a GK outside of CCM for $10K less and giving me more WSW places in my team.

      Didn’t think that far ahead at the time. I looked at double CCM but figured they only picked up so few clean sheets last season that it wasn’t worth sacrificing that many points for extra cash with the amount of cheap defenders in the game.

      Thanks for a comment on the format I hope to narrow the long list of players above over the course of the season, get some insight from club ‘experts’ and get some actual data to go alongside the ‘opinions’.

  2. ed24f1 says:

    Where is the concept art in the header from? it seems strange with some club logos staying the same (e.g. Melb City and Brisbane) and others changing (e.g. Perth Sydney) and then some new clubs coming in.

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