2022 Fantasy Review: Glorified Traffic Cones

West Coast… Let’s just say, thank f*ck Norf are in the competition! It just about couldn’t have gone worse for the Weagles with experienced players waving the white flag and youngsters being plucked out of Peel Thunder’s 3rd grade side for a game…

In these reviews, we will take a closer look at each club’s Fantasy snapshot for season 2022, whilst I nominate players for MVP, best rookie and biggest flop. I will also provide my two cents on what to look out for in 2023!

Most Valuable Player (MVP)

It’s a sad state of affairs when your MVP is 35 years of age, plays back pocket and has osteoarthritis that could flare up any second… With due respect, Shannon Hurn will go down as one of the Eagles best when it is all said and done, playing over 300 games and can now add this honour to his list of individual accolades! Fair to say the ball was down there a fair bit and he had bulk kick-ins inflating his scoring, but credit where credit is due. He finished the season with 19 games to his name at an average of 93.5! He finished the season strongly, posting six tons in his last seven outings and the evergreen veteran has put pen to paper to go around again in 2023… No doubt his experience and leadership will be just as important as his performances on field.

Can see why he takes the kick-ins… Loooooong unloaded bombs!

Best Rookie

One thing that the Weagles weren’t short on this season was rookie-priced selections… We had the like of Patrick Naish, Junior Rioli, Gregga Clark, Brady Hough, Hugh Dixon, Isiah Winder, Big Jammo, Rhett Spazzo Bazzo as well as J.Williams, J.Fiorenca and D.Mountford at our disposal (whoever the f*ck they are…)! From this list, I’m ruling out Big Jammo after he put in a shift of 7 points in R15 with some coaches fried enough to field the big boi. Looking purely at the numbers, I’m giving it to big Bailey J Williams. I know what you’re thinking… “Who?” However, the stats don’t lie as Williams went on to play 17 games at an average of 55 including two tons in the final month of the season. Hands down Naish was a clear clubhouse leader heading into the byes but then shat the bed and barely featured thereafter to finish with only 11 games at an average of 60. Shoutout to Junior Rioli who was in calculations with 13 games @ 57… Special congratulations to Junior also for getting out of that sh*tshow of an establishment!

Biggest Flop

My word you could genuinely raffle this one, not even taking the piss… so lets settle it with a poll!

2023 Watchlist

Surely the only way is up for the hapless Weagles… For Fantasy coaches, this potentially leaves a few of us who are a bit more bullish on the Weagles of 2023 rubbing their hands together! Unfortunately, I think they are in for more short-term pain. We all know Tim Kelly is capable of running rings around opposing midfielders on his day, however, given how sh*t the Weagles are I can’t see him going 100+ – would love to be proved wrong! Coaches will likely be more interested in the rookies coming through. It’s fair to assume that rooks running around for West Coast should have better job security if they can show enough. At the draft table, they have picked up Reuben Gibney and Elijah Hewett with picks 9 and 14 respectively. These blokes are both local products classified as midfielders so worth watching their roles over the preseason. They also have picks 23 and 29 at their disposal which could provide coaches some fresh meat early in 2023!

So there you have it folks, the second last of the Fantasy Fanatic’s 2022 Reviews! Stay tuned for more new content, Western Bullfrogs are up next.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Feedback, comments and banter welcome.

Cheers legends,

Fantasy Fanatic #70

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