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YOUR TOP PLAYER PROJECTIONS FOR 2017 – FWDS

Posted {{post.formattedDate}} by Kones

After discussing the big men in the middle yesterday, it's now time to talk about both those big and small in the forward 50.

It's likely there will be a bit more experimenting in this department in comparison to the rucks, with DPP's, returning players (from injury/suspension) and rookies all to consider. I suspect many will choose players in these three categories as opposed to the boys with the highest projection, at least in the early stages of the season anyway.

SUPERCOACH – FORWARDS

PLAYERTEAMPRICE2017 SEASON PROJECTION (TOTAL POINTS)PROJECTED AVERAGE POINTS PER GAME
LANCE FRANKLINSYD$514600215297.8
JOSH J. KENNEDYWCE$532200214597.5
TOM J. LYNCHGCS$507200206698.4
NICK RIEWOLDTSTK$549500203897.1
LUKE DAHLHAUS
(MID/FWD)
WBD$520700202396.4

AFL FANTASY – FORWARDS

PLAYERTEAMPRICE2017 SEASON PROJECTION (TOTAL POINTS)PROJECTED AVERAGE POINTS PER GAME
NICK RIEWOLDTSTK$6670002219105.7
LANCE FRANKLINSYD$569000208194.6
LUKE DAHLHAUS
(MID/FWD)
WBD$557000201996.1
JOSH J. KENNEDYWCE$536000192487.5
TOM LYNCHADE$545000191391.1

REAL DREAM TEAM – FORWARDS

PLAYERTEAMPRICE2017 SEASON PROJECTION (TOTAL POINTS)PROJECTED AVERAGE POINTS PER GAME
NICK RIEWOLDTSTK$6553002219105.7
LANCE FRANKLINSYD$558900208194.6
LUKE DAHLHAUS
(MID/FWD)
WBD$547500201996.1
JOSH J. KENNEDYWCE$526000192487.5
TOM LYNCHADE$535300191391.1

KONES’S COMMENT:

Interestingly here we have six players in the top 5 but their projections vary in order across the different scoring formats.

Nick Riewoldt, at a ripe age of 34, is the most expensive forward in all 3 formats, particularly in AFL fantasy and RDT where he’s a hefty 100k more than anyone else. We know he’s got one of the biggest tank’s in the comp, is incredibly passionate about his footy and consistently scores well. He averaged over 100 in SC and over 110 in AFL fantasy/RDT last season despite often going under the radar. Somehow my gut feeling is that this will happen again. Most of us never pick him to start with even though he never fails to deliver. Surely at his age he's bound to slow down at some point? He’s given up the captaincy and the Saints have more depth than ever with Carlisle, Bruce, McCartin and Membrey for forward selection if all fit.

Lance “Buddy” Franklin kicked 74 goals last season, picked up more than 17 disposals a game and ended the season in all 3 formats with an average of 94. He’s in a similar boat to Riewoldt in terms of fantasy selection, as many Fantasy footy players do their best to steer clear of picking key position players. However, the Swans could be set for a big season. With a strong midfield providing plenty of forward 50 delivery and players like Heeney, Hewett and Papley surrounding him, Buddy has his best chance to ton up since 2008.

Another key forward, Tom J. Lynch (GCS) has been impressive for some time now and is often considered a bit of a lone ranger in the Suns forward line. He bagged 66 and led the competition in contested marks in 2016.  Lynch will essentially be the Suns only big target in the 50 after Sam Day’s horror injury on the weekend. 2017 could be his year, with a few tipping him for the Coleman.

Just to confuse us, the man with the same name from Adelaide is projected to score well in the AFL fantasy/RDT format for 2017. He averaged a healthy 19 disposals a game last year and kicked 42 goals in 21 games.

JJK doesn’t get as many disposals as the blokes I’ve already mentioned but is a ‘dead-eye’ with his unattractive, stuttering set shot routine. He won the Coleman in 2016 and will be the Eagles key man up front against this season.

And finally a DPP to dicuss! Luke Dahlhaus will be one of the more popular selections across all formats in 2017. We love blokes that accumulate the footy, dispose of it well and snag a couple a game (although he didn’t kick too many last year). We also love blokes that we can swing into the midfield to cover injuries and suspensions! You’d be crazy not to have him or Jack Macrae (or both) in your team from the get-go.

VERDICT:

If I was going to pick one of the 5 tall men listed above it would probably be Tom J. Lynch (GCS). He's got age on his side and really has the potential to set the competition alight. However, I (like many others) will more likely go with one or both of the duel position doggies boys, Dahlhaus or Macrae. Blokes not mentioned, such as Roughead (cheap on return) and Ryder (RUC/FWD), will probably be more than enough tall timber for most fantasy players forward lines and are both likely to get a gig in my team.