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The AFL fantasy draft: Round 5

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28th May, 2020
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Four rounds down, 18 to go.

Welcome to the fifth round of the fantasy AFL draft. With 72 players off the table, it will be interesting to see whether they start going on a needs-basis in the fifth round of the draft.

In case you missed the first three rounds of the fantasy draft, this is how it works:

  • Every current player on an AFL list is placed into an open pool.
  • The draft order is based on the home-and-away AFL ladder between 2012 and 2019.
  • Every club is building towards a fantasy best 22.

Pick 73: Jack Riewoldt

Key forward, Gold Coast
The 31-year-old key forward may be on the other side of 30, but despite his aging, the Tigers forward has been selected to provide some experience in a relatively inexperienced forward line thus far, with Aaron Naughton in only his third year at senior level this year. Riewoldt, along with Patrick Dangerfield, will give a boost for the ‘now’ in this Suns line-up as well as allow for some extra experience, with 263 games played by the spearhead.

Gold Coast fantasy 22
B: Dougal Howard
HB:
C: Patrick Dangerfield ( ice-captain)
HF: Jack Riewoldt
F: Aaron Naughton
Foll: Patrick Cripps (captain)
IC:

Jack Riewoldt Richmond Tigers Grand Final AFL 2017

(Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Pick 74: Christian Petracca

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Midfielder/forward, Carlton
Trac had an unlucky first season, missing the entire year due to an ACL injury. But he’s shown glimpses of what he is capable of as a midfielder-forward player across his career, with 79 goals from 85 games, and there is genuine hope he will break out this year following 38 disposals and four goals in a preseason game against Adelaide, in which he looked invincible. Even if he doesn’t break out and continues to provide glimpses, he will still be a handy player for this side’s midfield and attack.

Carlton fantasy 22
B:
HB:
C: Nathan Fyfe
HF: Christian Petracca
F: Nick Blakey
Foll: Rowan Marshall, Zach Merrett (captain)
IC:

Christian Petracca Melbourne Demons AFL 2017

(AAP Image/Julian Smith)

Pick 75: Ben Brown

Key forward, Melbourne
Brown was a smokey, taken with pick 47 in the 2013 draft. The man wearing the No. 50 for the blue and white has been so close to winning the Coleman Medal in the last three years, finishing in the top three in 2017-19. He provides a tall forward for the Dees to centre their forward line around, with Brown leading their attack.

Melbourne fantasy 22
B: Darcy Moore
HB: James Sicily, Nick Haynes
C:
HF:
F: Ben Brown
Foll: Marcus Bontempelli (captain)
IC:

Ben Brown

(Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Pick 76: Luke Shuey

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Midfielder, Brisbane
The soon-to-be-30-year-old and current West Coast skipper has been a key part of their midfield for quite a while now. Shuey joins Dustin Martin in the engine room for the Lions and will most certainly be a leading part of the Brisbane midfield in the fantasy world. Shuey is a premiership player, Norm Smith Medallist and two-time club best and fairest.

Brisbane fantasy 22
B:
HB: Lachie Whitfield
C: Adam Tomlinson, Dustin Martin
HF: Darcy Fogarty
F:
Foll: Luke Shuey
IC:

Luke Shuey of the Eagles looks to mark the ball

(Will Russell/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Pick 77: Tom Doedee

Key defender, St Kilda
The man touted as the ‘replacement’ when Jake Lever left the Crows will join his former teammate in the Saints defence. Doedee has only played 21 games but presents plenty of upside. He’s smaller than most key defenders, but that gives him an aerobic advantage over his opponents. He gives the Saints another defensive option for them alongside Lever.

St Kilda fantasy 22
B: Jake Lever
HB: Tom Doedee
C: Elliot Yeo
HF:
F: Tom Lynch
Foll: Jacob Hopper
IC:

Tom Doedee plays for the Adelaide Crows in 2018's AFLX tournament.

(AAP Image/Sam Wundke)

Pick 78: Dylan Shiel

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Midfielder, GWS
The former Giant has been drafted back to his former club in the fantasy AFL world. Shiel is a solid midfielder, having made the All Australian team once and being the runner-up in the Essendon best and fairest in 2019. Shiel is a tough, big-bodied midfielder who will compliment Josh Dunkley and Walsh in their engine room.

GWS fantasy 22
B:
HB:
C: Dylan Shiel
HF: Isaac Heeney
F:
Foll: Brodie Grundy, Sam Walsh, Josh Dunkley
IC:

Dylan Shiel

(Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Pick 79: Brad Crouch

Midfielder, Western Bulldogs
Crouch presents himself as a tough, in-and-under inside midfielder for the Crows. Despite his injury history presenting a risk at all times, he didn’t miss a beat last year in a career-best season and could certainly be a wonderful pick for the Dogs in the fantasy world. Crouch joins Max Gawn and Luke Parker in building what could be a dangerous midfield for the red, white and blue.

Western Bulldogs fantasy 22
B:
HB:
C: Brad Crouch
HF:
F: Jaidyn Stephenson, Bayley Fritsch
Foll: Max Gawn (captain), Luke Parker (vice-captain)
IC:

Crow Brad Crouch Celebrates

(AAP Image/Ben Macmahon)

Pick 80: Jesse Hogan

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Key forward, Essendon
Jesse Hogan has had his personal challenges in recent years and presents risk, but this pick is certainly a risk-versus-reward pick for the Bombers, who are in need of a key forward in their line-up to build their attack around. At his best Hogan is a force to be reckoned with by opposition defenders, but unfortunately he has not been able to recapture his best form for the Dockers thus far. There will be hope that a change of scenery in the black and red will do Hogan good.

Essendon fantasy 22
B: Tom Stewart
HB:
C: Ben Cunnington (vice-captain)
HF:
F: Jesse Hogan
Foll: Jack Macrae, Dion Prestia (captain)
IC:

Jesse Hogan

(Will Russell/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Pick 81: Jeremy McGovern

Key defender, Port Adelaide
The Eagles premiership player is a key cog in the Eagles defence. Gov, the brother of Mitch McGovern, is the general of the West Coast defence and will provide the Power a player to begin building their defence around. McGovern has featured in the defence of the All Australian team for the last four seasons. Port Adelaide will have a Jeremy at either end as bookends on the ground.

Port Adelaide fantasy 22
B: Jeremy McGovern
HB:
C:
HF: Tim Taranto
F: Liam Ryan, Jeremy Cameron
Foll: Adam Treloar
IC:

Jeremy McGovern

(Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Pick 82: Angus Brayshaw

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Midfielder, North Melbourne
Angus Brayshaw has been a strong midfielder for the Dees since his debut. He has a fearless attack on the ball when he plays but has had to adjust his attack due to his concussion issues in recent years. Brayshaw had a career-best season in 2018, when he finished third in the Brownlow Medal count and played all 22 games.

North Melbourne fantasy 22
B: Adam Saad
HB:
C: Tom Mitchell
HF: Devon Smith
F:
Foll: Angus Brayshaw, Clayton Oliver
IC:

Clayton Oliver

(Matt King/Getty Images)

Pick 83: Dylan Grimes

Key defender, Fremantle
Grimes has been seen more as a role player over his career. He broke out last year in the absence of Alex Rance with an ACL injury. At the height of 193 centimetres he has the versatility to play on both talls and smalls. Grimes is a two-time premiership player and an All Australian recipient in 2019.

Fremantle fantasy 22
B: Dylan Grimes
HB:
C: Brad Hill
HF: Jordan de Goey
F:
Foll: James Worpel, Taylor Adams
IC:

Dylan Grimes of the Tigers is tackled

(Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Pick 84: Mark Blicavs

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Key defender, Collingwood
The versatile big man may be 29 years old, but he shows signs that he will have a few more years left in him to play. The former rookie has developed into a player who can play in multiple positions. He has bided his time as a ruckman, a wingman and a defender throughout his career, winning two best and fairest medals. He’ll be slotted at fullback for the Pies and will provide them with many options to rotate him.

Collingwood fantasy 22
B: Mark Blicavs
HB:
C: Hugh McCluggage, Scott Pendlebury
HF:
F: Charlie Cameron
Foll: Toby Nankervis
IC:

Mark Blicavs

(AAP Image/Julian Smith)

Pick 85: Will Hayward

Small forward, Adelaide
Hayward is an impressive young small forward for the red and white. He hasn’t won any major accolades as of yet but has shown plenty of glimpses of what he will be capable of in the future. Hayward slots into the forward pocket for the Crows after 53 games and 62 goals for the Swans.

Adelaide fantasy 22
B:
HB: Rory Laird
C: Jaeger O’Meara
HF:
F: Will Hayward
Foll: Jarrod Witts, Tim Kelly
IC:

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Pick 86: Cameron Zurhaar

Forward/midfielder, Richmond
The man Roos fans call ‘Bull’ has been taken to the Tigers. The 22-year-old has been an impressive player for the Roos and will give the Tigers an option to be able to play him up forward or in the midfield. No matter where he plays, he provides a ferocious attack on the ball during games and will be an asset in the fantasy world for the red and black.

Richmond fantasy 22
B: Harris Andrews (captain)
HB:
C:
HF: Cameron Zurhaar, Harry McKay
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Todd Marshall
Foll:
IC:

Pick 87: Jason Johannisen

Small defender, West Coast
The 2016 Norm Smith medalist provides plenty of run and gun from the back 50 for the Dogs. JJ is a one-time premiership in the Dogs drought-breaking premiership and also featured in the 2014 Footscray VFL premiership. He has been selected to add some more run into the Eagles fantasy defence alongside Zac Williams to create a potentially dangerous pairing.

West Coast fantasy 22
B: Jason Johannisen
HB: Zac Williams
C: Andrew Gaff, Mitch Duncan
HF:
F:
Foll: Lachie Neale
IC:

Jason Johannisen kisses the AFL Premiership Cup

(AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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Pick 88: Will Hoskin-Elliott

Small forward, Sydney
The former Giant and current Pie gets to join his former crosstown rival and creates a strong pairing with Connor Rozee in the forward 50 for the bloods. Since joining the Pies, Hoskin-Elliott has presented as a dangerous small forward option for the black and white, kicking 80 goals from 68 games.

Sydney fantasy 22
B:
HB:
C: Josh Kelly (captain)
HF: Connor Rozee, Will Hoskin-Elliott
F:
Foll: Matt Crouch, Steele Sidebottom ( vice-captain )
IC:

Will Hoskin-Elliott

(AAP Image/Julian Smith)

Pick 89: Zach Tuohy

General defender, Hawthorn
The Irishman has developed into a very reliable defender. Tuohy, originally from Ireland, has played for both the Blues and the Cats throughout a nice 186-game career and has had many brilliant moments throughout that tenure. He comes into the Hawks and takes a back pocket.

Hawthorn fantasy 22
B: Zach Tuohy
HB:
C: Stephen Coniglio
HF:
F: Tom Papley, Rory Lobb
Foll: Reilly O’Brien
IC:

Zach Tuohy Geelong Cats AFL 2017

(Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

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Pick 90: Phil Davis

Key defender, Geelong
Originally beginning his career as a Crow, the former co-captain of the Giants hasn’t won many accolades but has proven to be a very reliable defender, often taking the best forward of the opposition and beating them. Davis joins Howe in the Cats line-up as the Cats look to build a formidable defence.

Geelong fantasy 22
B: Jeremy Howe, Phil Davis
HB:
C:
HF:
F: Daniel Rioli, Eric Hipwood, Toby Greene
Foll:
IC:

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Do you agree with the fifth round of the draft? Who was a shock selection? Who do you think will be selected in the sixth round?