Fantasy A-League Preview: 2021 – Week 2

Thanks for checking out Fantasy A-League preview for Round 2 of the 2021 A-League season.

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Rudy trying to work out the mask rules.

We’ve agreed to call it the 2021 Season yeah? Not 2020/2021? Lets just pretend last week was pushed forward.

The site will be updated as the squads come out, so stay tuned to our Twitter feed and news section.

Here is a list of news you need to know before you press submit to your lineup this week:

Bye Week.

Western United

Perth Glory

Newcastle Jets

Western Sydney Wanderers

Injuries.

Andrew Nabbout (Melbourne City)

He’s becoming a bit injury prone is Andy.

He will be out for six weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury in Round 1.

We already know what JMac is worth but this would bump his value up slightly.

Robbie Kruse (Melbourne Victory)

Kruse has been mentioned by Grant Brebner as ‘a couple of weeks away‘.

Vague I know. But for now lets pretend it will be 2 weeks with that knee problem.

Even on his return, you’d want to wait to see if the glue holds in his body before putting him into your team.

Rudy Gestede (Melbourne Victory)

Gestede is likely to figure on the bench as he regains match fitness, so he’s not totally fantasy irrelevant in this round.

But investments in him should be made once he’s cemented in the Victory Starting XI.

Masato Kudo (Brisbane Roar)

The highly rated Brisbane Roar import also got the dreaded ‘couple of weeks away’ treatment from Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon.

It feels like a Football Manager type auto-response they can press to describe every injury at the moment.

Kudo is $204k on Fantasy A-League.

Tomer Hemed (Wellington Phoenix)

Hemed got the Gestede treatment as well, which will be common with imports in the first few rounds.

It appears likely he’ll be in the squad but will start on the bench.

He’s $176k on Fantasy A-League.

Reno Piscopo (Wellington Phoenix)

Piscopo will miss atleast 1, possibly 2 games with a calf strain.

He’s priced at $170k on Fantasy A-League and is a interesting option if he can hold down a spot in the Phoenix starting XI.

Piscopo comes with goals and assists upside in an attacking team.

Ulises Davilla (Wellington Phoenix)

This is just speculative, but Davilla has recently completed his quarantine period and might also be lacking a bit in match fitness.

It’ll probably just mean an early substitution for the Captain but the possibility of coming from the bench isn’t entirely crazy.

Priced up at $377k, the beautiful cash cow of last year is no more which makes him harder to squeeze into teams.

Paulo Retre (Sydney FC)

Retre is out for 2 weeks with a groin injury. Not sure why anyone would have him in their team.

Returns.

Bobo (Sydney FC)

After advocating his quality via comments on Facebook, Sydney FC have welcomed back striker Bobo for the 2021 season.

He’s been proven to be prolific in the A-League and will demand a lot of attention in the Sydney attack.

His Fantasy value will be based on his price, he’s yet to be added to Sportsdeck.

He’s expected to be available for their January 16th game vs WSW.

This diminishes the value of Kosta Barbarouses.

Captains Choice

While the Phoenix/Sydney FC game certainly looks to have the most attacking potential, it’ll be hard to work out whether it will be Kosta Barbarouses, David Ball, Josh Sotirio, Ulises Davilla, etc getting the points.

Melbourne City have a tough fixture away to Adelaide United which puts me off Jamie MacLaren slightly.

I’ll be looking at the new boys Macarthur FC as they get a soft matchup at home to Central Coast Mariners. If he gets the start Benat would be a great option here but I will put my faith in young Denis Genreau who looked fantastic in Round 1.

My Team.

Week 1 Score: 106

Pending squad announcements

Sportsdeck Fantasy A-League

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Adam Federici (Macarthur FC)

Scott Neville (Brisbane Roar)
Stefan Nigro (Central Coast Mariners)
Ben Garrucio (Melbourne City)

Callum McManaman (Melbourne Victory)
Benat (Macarthur FC)
Jake Brimmer (Melbourne Victory)
Denis Genreau (Macarthur FC) Captain
Stefan Mauk (Adelaide United)

Tomi Juric (Adelaide United)
Jamie MacLaren (Melbourne City)

Be sure to check our A-League News page for regular updates on your fantasy players.

Check out our A-League Injury List, updated throughout the year.

Good luck!