Predictions of fringe players making an impact in 2018

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  1. John Who

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    We all know or hear about the superstars of the competition eg. Dangerfield, Dusty, Franklin. Well this thread isn't about the superstars. It ain't about the players with the big pay packets and big wallets.

    It's about the hard-working players who are the bottom rung of the "regulars" picked for AFL duties, or the players who are just bordering on the outer but are striving to make more of an impact in 2018. The players who are paid between $200-400,000 per year. The players commentators barely make mention other than when they touch the ball. The players where the coaches barely remember their name. The players where their parents might not even know they play footy...hopefully you get the idea...

    Predictions anyone?
     
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  2. Milanista28

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  3. Pali23

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    About 15 -20 Richmond players is the only answer.
     
  4. Aramis

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    David Mirra - Hawthorn
    Tom Stewart - Geelong
    Adam Saad - Essendon
    Alex Witherden - Brisbane
    Will Brodie - Gold Coast
    Tom Langdon - Collingwood
    Caleb Marchbank/Charlie Curnow - Carlton
    Sam Weideman - Melbourne

    I think those 9 will take big steps and have a fairly large impact.
     
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    Alex Neal Bullen I reckon is primed to become a well known name in the AFL.
     
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    Saad played 22 games last year.
     
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    Doesn't mean he cant have a bigger impact and be more influential this year..... still a solid middle tier player, has got potential to be better and I think he will meet that potential at Essendon.
     
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    For the Dogs I nominate Lewis Young.
     
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    Sure he can ,but he played every game last season, doesn't sound like a fringe player.
     
  10. Bazza97

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    James Harmes for me.
     
  11. La Dispute

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    Neither of them are firinge players.
     
  13. Aramis

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    Played every game for Gold Coast..... lol he isnt automatic starter at Essendon....
     
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    Riley Knight is one I’m watching. Really picked up his game in 2017 and did some good run with jobs too.
    Probably less fringe later in the year though.

    Will Brodie should get a good chance this year too. JPK mk2.
     
  15. fridgeman

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    Yeah nah mate although if Mzungu managed a couple of games as a depth player Buckley could
     
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    Doubt Essendon picked him up as a depth player, gave up a decent pick for him. Anyway Essendon supporters can let you know if they regard him as a fringe player.
     
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    Back to back you reckon.
     
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    Laverde and Langford for us. We need them to step up big time.
     
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    Guthrie, Kolodjashnij, Blicavs and Menegola I hope.
     
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    Calum Brown and Matt Scharenberg making positive impacts can only mean good things for the Pies IMO, their smalls don’t apply nearly enough pressure(Fasolo in particularhas alwaysbeen anabsolute sinkhole defensively) and their kicking is poor as documented. Scharenberg oozes class and seeing as Crisp and Howe are already pretty good medium-tall defenders I’d actually like to see if Scharenberg could go forward at times like his contemporary Bontempelli who Scharenberg was touted to be more talented than.
     
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    i think for Collingwood De Goey will have a really solid year. We saw glimpses of it late last year. The game that really comes to mind was the one against West Coast where he kicked 4 goals.
     
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    Not really fringe though, clear best 22.

    Kayle Kirby is the one I’m really hoping for.
     
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    Conor Glass ....

    white as a knight in white satin...never fearing the end.

    Red head too.

    Has something about him.

    From the old country.....well the part yet to be liberated, like Scotland and Wales.
     
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