Catch up with the latest Official A-Leagues Fantasy talking points from the weekend, brought to you by Liberty.
Another weekend of Official A-Leagues Fantasy action is in the books, and a number of high-scorers caught the eye.
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These are the key takeaways from the sixth round of fantasy football in the Isuzu UTE A-League, thanks to Liberty.
Positional swap leads to hot streak for Bulls defender
Matt Millar is on quite the hot streak at the moment.
The Macarthur FC utility scored the Bulls’s second in their dramatic 4-3 win over Adelaide United on Monday night, taking his tally to three goals in three games.
Millar has worked his way back into Mile Sterjovski’s plans after starting the season out of his best XI, playing only 11 minutes in the season opener against Brisbane Roar and was an unused substitute in the following two weeks.
Since coming on and scoring in their 3-3 draw with Melbourne City in Round 4, Millar has been reintegrated into the starting lineup as a right winger, with Sterjovski preferring Yianni Nicolaou at right-back this season.
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The 27-year-old went on to score the following week against Melbourne Victory, before backing it up with another against the Reds, meaning he has scored 1.6 goals per 90 minutes – the most out of any player in the Isuzu UTE A-League this season – and essentially, a goal every 52 minutes.
As a result of his purple patch of form, Millar has tallied 46 of his 48 points in the last three weeks, including 12 points in Round 6 against Adelaide – the second most of all defenders in Official A-Leagues Fantasy.
Millar’s price has sky-rocketed in the last two weeks ($116.1K increase), making him worth $431.9K heading into Round 7 and the third most expensive defender in the game behind Western Sydney Wanderers duo Jack Clisby ($501.8K) and Marcelo ($457.2K).
With Marcelo possibly set to miss time due to an Achilles injury, Millar presents an easy straight swap for 22.8% of players who have the Brazilian in their squad.
With a breakeven of 3, Millar’s price is set to continue to rise, so now is the time to pounce before it’s too late, especially if he can continue hitting the scoreboard – which for a defender is worth its weight in gold – as one goal equals 12 points.
English contingent lead the charge in TOTW
Last season, it was Craig Goodwin who dominated Official A-Leagues Fantasy and now it looks as if his former teammate Zach Clough is set to carry on his legacy.
Clough tallied his biggest score of the season in Adelaide United’s 4-3 loss to Macarthur, yielding 32 points as a result of scoring a brace at Campbelltown Stadium. The former Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers midfielder has reached double figures in each of his six matches this season, with the lowest point tally being 12 on two occasions.
The Englishman’s price has skyrocketed as a result of being the top points scorer in all of A-League Men’s Fantasy, reaching $564.3K this week – a $254.4K increase from his starting price.
And that price is only set to rise with each passing round, as he comes into their clash with Brisbane Roar this weekend with a breakeven of -1. According to the Assistant Coach function, Clough’s price is set to peak at $761.5K in Round 14 against Melbourne City, should he continue the same run of form.
Clough’s 32 points was also the most of any player this Round, captaining this week’s Team of the Week. He is joined by teammate Giuseppe Bovalina (20 points), Macarthur’s Ulises Davila (25 points), Tolgay Arslan (16 points) and Oliver Bozanic (15 points) as part of the midfield five.
Sydney FC’s Joe Lolley leads the charge up front with 21 points, continuing a brilliant run of form since the arrival of Ufuk Talay as head coach. The English winger has tallied 70 of his 88 points in the three weeks since his new boss’s arrival, taking his price to a whopping $639.8K – the most of all attackers.
Brisbane’s Nikola Mileusnic (20 points) and Central Coast’s Angel Torres (18 points) make up the attack, while Wellington Phoenix’s Tim Payne (14 points) and Millar (12 points) join goalkeeper Alex Paulsen (16 points) in defence.
ROUND 6 OFFICIAL A-LEAGUE MEN’S FANTASY TEAM OF THE WEEK
FWD – Joe Lolley (21 points), Nikola Mileusnic (20 points), Angel Torres (18 points)
MID – Zach Clough (32 points), Ulises Davila (25 points), Giuseppe Bovalina (20 points), Tolgay Arslan (16 points), Oliver Bozanic (15 points)
DEF – Tim Payne (14 points), Matthew Millar (12 points)
GK – Alex Paulsen (16 points)
Players to keep an eye on as Liberty A-League action returns
The Liberty A-League is back this weekend!
International football meant the action paused for a week, allowing for coaches in Official A-Leagues Fantasy an extra week to mull over making any trades heading into Round 7.
This week’s edition of Buy, Hold, Sell and the latest episode of The A-Leagues Fantasy Show will go into greater depth about which players to take a look at – but here are some of the popular moves coaches have already made.
Emily van Egmond has been an extremely popular pick-up among coaches after scoring a total of 46 points in the first two games of her four game guest stint with the Newcastle Jets.
The Matildas midfielder is on the bubble this week at $238.9K, and if you have the trades spare and are looking for a quick injection of points – then Van Egmond may be your go to.
According to the Assistant Coach function, her price is set to reach $434.8K by the time her guest stint ends at the end of Round 8, meaning it will be easy to swap her with another premium midfielder.
However, buyers beware as she will be returning from international duty in Canada in the days leading in, which may affect what sort of role she plays against Sydney FC on Sunday.
Perth Glory’s Millie Farrow ($291.7K) has also been a popular pick-up after scoring her first Liberty A-League goal against Wellington Phoenix. With their next opponents,Melbourne City leaking 10 goals in their last four games, there’s every chance the English attacker will get the opportunity to add to her tally.
Meanwhile, Sydney FC will be hoping to regain both Cortnee Vine and Kirsty Fenton after injury layoffs, while Macey Fraser is also in the frame to return after missing Wellington’s win over Perth due to illness.