While it has been a very disappointing season so far for the Carlton Football Club and their supporters in terms of wins and losses, a number of their young players have showed a huge amount of promise in the early stages of the 2018 season.
One of those is 19-year old Zac Fisher, who brought up his first fantasy ton in the Blue’s 21-point loss to the Bulldogs at Etihad stadium on Friday night. Fisher gathered 28 disposals – of which 12 were contested – had seven clearances, laid five tackles and kicked a goal, to register 104 fantasy points.
This followed on from a 27-disposal effort the week before against West Coast, in which he just failed to bring up his first fantasy ton, scoring 97.
However, it wasn’t just his numbers over the last fortnight that have been impressive, but the way he has gone about getting them.
Despite his youth and small frame, Fisher is not afraid to impose himself on the contest as his 12 contested possessions and five tackles on the weekend showed. He also has pace which allows him to break away from the contest, and although his disposal efficiency was only 50% that will no doubt improve – and from a fantasy perspective isn’t really relevant anyway, as long as it doesn’t cost him his place in the side, and that doesn’t look like happening anytime soon
Taken at pick 27 in the 2016 National Draft, Fisher made his AFL debut in Round 4 of 2017 against the Gold Coast Suns. It was a solid debut from the then 18-year old, picking up 12 disposals and laying five tackles for a fantasy score of 66 points.
He went on to play another 16 games in his debut season, averaging 5.5 kicks, 6.1 handballs and 3.3 tackles per game for a fantasy average of 45.2, with a high score of 70 in Round 22 against the Hawks.
Selected in the opening game of the season, Fisher eclipsed that highest score with 72 from 21 disposals, then beat that score the following week against the Suns with 83 from 18 disposals and eight tackles.
Scores of 73 against Collingwood and 53 versus North Melbourne followed, before his 97 and 109 over the last fortnight. So, in 6 games thus far in 2018, Fisher has beaten his previous highest fantasy score four times – which is quite an achievement.
While that trend of beating his previous high score at such a rapid rate will not continue, Fisher has certainly thrust himself into fantasy relevancy with his improvement in the early rounds of the 2018 season.
As a 19-year old in a bottom of the table side, expect Fisher to still be up and down in his second season, however it is more than possible he could improve on his current average of 81.2 per game.
Drafted in only six percent of Ultimate Footy leagues at an average ADP of 325.7 at the beginning of the season, Fisher is now owned in 67% of leagues and that figure will no doubt rise prior to Round 7, so get on board while you can – particularly in deep and keeper leagues.