The Knee-jerk – Round 26

Although Jamie Maclaren’s hattrick against Melbourne City made him the highest scoring player of round 26, the standout Fantasy performance came once again from a forward in Sky Blue.

It’s the fourth consecutive gameweek that Marc Janko has been overshadowed by his forward partners in Bernie Ibini and Alex Brosque. Restricted to mere support roles to Janko for the majority of the season, Ibini and Brosque have now found scoring form themselves, with the latter returning 16 points in Sydney’s 4-3 win over the Jets. I hinted at a possible but unlikely power shift last week, and after another goalless game for Janko it’s apparent the tables are well and truly turning.

With one game of the regular season remaining before Sydney play finals football, it’s feasible that Brosque ($264k) and Ibini ($244k) continue to outscore the big Austrian. Ditching Janko, with almost 30% ownership, for one of Brosque  or Ibini (3.4% and 5.3% respectively) is a move that could catapult your team up the standings, should this trend continue.

And if the season so far is anything to go by, it should continue. Both Brosque and Ibini are the most in form players in Fantasy A-League at the moment, racking up 11 shots on target between the pair in the past two weeks. Now’s the time if you’re considering plumping for either.

An honourable mention for: Roly Bonevacia, who equaled Brosque’s 16 point tally this weekend with his pivotal role in the Phoenix’s comeback win against the Mariners. Bonevacia has almost carried the Phoenix in the past two weeks, with the most shots (5), and equal most assists (1) and shot assists (5). With Nathan Burns still looking a little shaky, Bonevacia’s price ($206k) and ownership (15.3%) give him the edge over the game’s second highest pointscorer.



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