Welcome back to SCHQ Fantasy A-League for another year.
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Let’s get right into it, starting with tonight’s fixture:
Adelaide v Western Sydney
This is such a tough game to call, because Western Sydney will have a point to prove after a woeful second half last week. No players scored over 5 fantasy points and recruit Aritz Borda (DEF, $147k) copped a red card. His absence perhaps presents the chance for cheapie Jack Clisby (DEF, $110k), but we’ll need to see an improvement on last week before committing to WSW defenders.
For Adelaide, Jesse Makarounas (MID, $143k) was gifted a goal on a silver platter and didn’t miss out, scoring 10 fantasy points from his first game in red. The Adelaide attacking group didn’t click like we came to expect last season but a home game against a battered Wanderers outfit might be exactly what they need.
Sydney v CCM
Two attacking options are in for the all-New South match-up: Berni Ibini (FWD, $218k) and Fabio Ferreira (FWD, $258k). Ferreira especially has been a great fantasy scorer in the past, but I’d advise jumping on so quickly. Connor Pain (MID, $142k) looks like value and should only continue to rise in popularity (currently 29%).
All of Sydney’s attacking options were on show last week and the key will be picking which one you think will be best and committing. Bobo (FWD, $292k) and Filip Holosko (FWD, $261k) are fine options but won’t come cheaply, whereas Brandon O’Neill (MID, $185k) displayed is set shot prowess and perhaps offers some value in midfield.
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City
For those poor buggers out there who had James Troisi (MID, $286k) in the opening week, it’s not good news. Luckily we’ve got the best options to replace him with for your convenience.
Besart Berisha (FWD, $300k) was hugely underwhelming last week but he’s a Melbourne Derby specialist with a record seven goals in the grudge matches. The return of Marco Rojas (FWD, $250k) raises question marks whether or not goal scorer Mitch Austin (FWD, $200k) will keep his spot, so don’t commit to the former Mariner just yet.
Anthony Caceres (MID, $232k) rose above the other City mids last week to top the tree with 10 points, thanks to his goal. We know that Tim Cahill (FWD, $320k) will debut this week and that might cause a bit of City reshuffle.
Newcastle v Brisbane
Couldn’t imagine there will be too much interest in this game for fantasy managers, other than whether or not Jamie Maclaren (FWD, $310k) can get on the score sheet. Those with Brisbane’s cheap defenders such as Brown, Hingert and DeVere will be hoping there’s no Wayne Brown (MID, $251k) heroics for the Jets this weekend.
Andrew Nabbout (FWD, $200k) top scored for the Jets last week with an assist and 10 points, and given he’s only in 2.5% of teams, he’s a serious point of difference.
Perth v Wellington
After an admirable effort last week, the Nix get some crucial players back in the form of Kosta Barbarouses and Michael McGlinchey. It should give them some more attacking firepower Perth’s defence showed a few weaknesses last week.
Adam Taggart (FWD, $254k) scored the most in the opening round with 16 points thanks to his two goals, and at home will no doubt get more chances. Diego Castro (MID, $322k) is a must get again this year after beginning his season with a goal, an assist and 13 points.
Let us know if you have any selection worries or player concerns.