21/02/2024

Monique Conti on the field in action: AFL Photos

Round 1 saw premiums fire, while there's value in mid-pricers and some rookies are set to soar in price.

In round 1 of the AFLW for fantasy coaches there were plenty of unknowns. The well-known names of the competition certainly provided some big scores, while some new faces also provided cheaper options for coaches.

Here at The Inner Sanctum, we were abuzz when we heard about the AFLW fantasy competition set up by the AFL Fantasy champion Selby Lee-Steere.

There were some big performances in the opening round of the competition, resulting in a great run of scoring for fantasy coaches.

There were some expected names that made the list of top scorers, but also some who caught the competition by surprise. 

Player of the round

Player of the round had to go to Ashleigh Riddell, an impressive game with 35 touches and a score of 113. With only 9.1% ownership those who were able to jump on her would be very happy with the choice, getting them a point of difference from the rest of the competition.

Top 10 scores of the round

Over 50% of the competition started Dockers star Kiara Bowers, and the most expensive player in the game rewarded with a league-high 123 points against the Eagles.

Kiara Bowers Fremantle: 123 

Anne Hatchard Adelaide: 120 

Ashleigh Riddell North Melbourne: 113

Orla O’Dwyer Brisbane: 106

Alicia Eva GWS: 105

Tarni White St. Kilda: 100

Alyce Parker GWS: 98

Ebony Marinoff Adelaide: 97 

Tyla Hanks Melbourne: 97

Brittany Bonnici Collingwood: 96

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Rookie of the week

A whopping 77% of us jumped at having Georgie Prespakis in our teams, and it certainly paid off. Her performance included 16 touches and a huge 6 tackles, leading to a score of 79 for her debut. 

Geelong AFLW Round 1 2022 Georgie Prespakis
Georgie Prespakis starred in her AFLW debut. Photo: Geelong Cats AFLW

Lowest breakevens

North defender Jasmine Ferguson exceeded her price by the most of all players in the competition in Round 1, and as a result her price is set to boom with the lowest breakeven in the league ahead of Round 2.

Jasmine Ferguson North Melbourne: -17

Georgie Prespakis Geelong: -9

Ann McMahon Fremantle: -7

Meagan Kiely Richmond: -7

Round 2 targets

If your team was hit with a few of last weekend’s injuries, consider some of the below with your three trades ahead of Round 2. 

Brittany Bonnici: With Brianna Davey’s injury, it will likely create more opportunity for Bonnici bolstering her already impressive score of 96 last round. She could be a good sideways trade option and will be assured her centre bounce role for the season.

Monique Conti: With 14 CBAs last weekend Conti seems to have elevated her game in the offseason. With a current breakeven of 58, she is looking like a good option that will rise in price – jump on now or never.

Tarni White:  Starting the season there were plenty saying that the omission of Georgia Patrikios would allow White to step up – she certainly took advantage of the opportunity and rewarded those who jumped on her with 100. Currently priced at $45,700, she has a breakeven of 20 and looks like a great downgrade option from a premium with the potential to keep getting high scores as a focal point of the Saints’ midfield.

Going into Round 2, we now have a clearer picture of the competition and who some of the targets are going to be to strengthen some of the gaps in your team.

COVID is sure to bring a few last minute surprises to team announcements, being ready to make changes will keep you ahead of the competition.

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