NAB ANALYSIS: Hawthorn v Carlton
It was no surprise to me that Carlton lost tonight but community we have a fair bit to discuss. Kerridge, Birchall and Howe are the names that jump out to me but there were a lot of players who came into consideration tonight.
Now because I’m obsessed with fantasy football I have briefly reviewed every player from tonight game (much to Mrs. Lekdog’s annoyance, she’d rather I spent time with her). So I’ll leave the talking to the comments. Let me know who jumped out to you community!
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$555,200 Jordan Lewis (Mid) Picked up where he left off, always looks good (even if a little lazy) on the park. Showed me that he’ll be a good pick up when his price drops.
$319,600 Billy Hartung (Mid) My mate Matthew Spangher told me to keep an eye on this kid and that’s what I did tonight. Was one of the highest possession getters on the ground and is a very interesting proposition. Don’t think we can pull the trigger on him yet but if he racks up another 20+ disposals in the remaining NAB games then we will have a decision to make. Could end up as a $500K player this year
$584,400 Sam Mitchell (Mid) Was everywhere against the Blues. Hasn’t slowed down and racked up a lot of disposals. I think there are better options in the midfield but when his price drops we should swoop. You won’t have to worry if you select him in your CoachKings team.
$489,200 Josh Gibson (Def) Found himself in the midfield a couple of times and was very efficient with his kicking. Lock for DFS but will have too many low scoring games for our long-form teams.
$452,200 Ben McEvoy (Ruc) Didn’t do much in my opinion. Isn’t worth a long-form selection and tonight confirms that. Might make an appearance in a few Coach Kings teams depending on his matchup, on the plus side when you pick him you can scream “wowee, big boy!”
$403,800 Taylor Duryea (Def) Had the ball a fair bit but missed a couple of goals. In that awkward $400K range where we’d much rather be picking midfielders rather than talls.
$424,100 Bradley Hill (Mid) Had no problem finding the ball but didn’t really impact the game. Too pricey for the output he showed tonight, not on my radar. Could explode against teams with poor match-ups, worth considering in some DFS circumstances.
$198,300 Brendan Whitecross (Fwd/Def) Didn’t set the world on fire but if he can break into the Hawks best 22 he has to be considered. Just about a lock in DFS at his price.
$230,400 Jonathan O’Rourke (Mid) Handballs a lot more than he kicks and that’s an issue when it comes to our fantasy footy teams. There’s something to like about the kid but not enough to get me to select him anywhere.
$465,000 Grant Birchall (Def) Looked fantastic in the backline and presents some real value for our fantasy teams. If he did one thing tonight it was get thing himself on my radar.
$584,400 Luke Hodge (Mid) I didn’t really notice him but he got the job done in typical Hodge fashion. Probably was only in second gear. If he was still DEF/MID I’d be looking at him but as it stands there’s better value in our mids for long-form. He’ll be a great captain selection in DFS though.
$477,400 Isaac Smith (Mid) Will be looking to have a big 2016 but didn’t do much tonight. Seemed to play as an inside mid a bit more and didn’t have many long runs along the wing. Will bounce back and at sub-500K (Supercoach) he might be worth a look at later in the year.
$231,100 Angus Litherland (Def) Had thirteen touches and some decent marks. Will be fighting hard to break into the Hawks best 22 but after big performances from the Hawks backline and new face Daniel Howe he’s going to have a tough time of it. Not for our long-form team but might be a solid pickup in some DFS games.
$123,900 Dallas Willsmore (Fwd) Don’t think he played, if he did I must have had my eyes closed. Won’t break into Hawthorn anytime soon anyway.
$222,900 James Sicily (Fwd) Took a nice contested grab against Rowe in the second quarter and kicked a long goal. Plays taller than he actually is. At his price he’s worth considering, scored a lot with not a whole lot of disposals. Could be the beneficiary of Roughead being out. He’s a DFS lock against weak defences. In long-form he competes with Wells and the like to be your F4/5, needs to truly cement his place in the side.
$446,300 Luke Breust (Fwd) I think this guy will have a big year, dominated in a low scoring affair. Breust is one of the most accurate kicks for goal in the AFL and I think he’s under-priced in Supercoach for the damage that he does. Heavily on my radar.
$123,900 Tim O’Brien (Fwd) Only a few touches but managed to kick a goal. Will be worth a DFS selection when he plays but won’t secure a spot long enough for us to consider in our long-form teams.
$292,900 Ben Stratton (Def) Stratton is a good ordinary footballer. Took some nice marks tonight but won’t make a mark on your side. Is a cheap defender but has very little scope for improvement in my opinion. Will have some good games in 2016 but ahouldn’t come into our consideration.
$339,500 Ryan Schoenmakers (Fwd) Didn’t play like he did in the finals last year. Too expensive for what he is anyway, against a smaller opponent he might be a good half-time pickup in a Coach Kings match.
$409,300 Paul Puopolo (Fwd) Another player who just didn’t get out of second gear, let’s be honest he’s not the Hawks forward we’re looking for. Could have some big DFS games but for the most part I think we need to avoid this type of small forward.
$123,900 Kaiden Brand (Def) Was nice to see another young bloke run out for the Hawks, didn’t see too much of the ball and I don’t expect him to break into the Hawthorn defence. If he does get some games this season he’s a DFS player only.
$123,900 Zac Webster (Fwd) I’m sure he arrived with the team but I’m not convinced he actually played. Did not excite me and will not be selected at this stage.
$234,500 Jack Fitzpatrick, (Fwd/Def) Pinch-hit in the ruck but didn’t stand out by any stretch of the imagination. Is an awkward price and for a bloke who couldn’t get a game at Melbourne I’m just not going anywhere near him. Stick to the big guns when it comes to the Hawks, everyone else just shares the points too much.
$123,900 Kurt Heatherley (Def) Five touches in a cameo by the young man. Falls into the same category as most of Hawthorn’s rookies and probably won’t see much game time. I think we need to look for our rookies at the less talented clubs.
$265,800 Daniel Howe (Def) Looked very solid (although he wasn’t defending the worlds best forward line). Howe racked up over 20 touches, took some nice marks and kicked a few accurate long balls. Awkwardly priced but with a spot up for grabs in the Hawks backlines he might be worth a look, risky but keep half an eye on him.
$123,900 Teia Miles (Def) I hate repeating myself but with only four touches I just think we need to steer clear of players like Miles until they really break into the Hawthorn side.
$444,600 Bryce Gibbs (Mid) Cheaper than Carlton’s tagger Ed Curnow and has to be considered in all forms of fantasy footy. Played well enough to get on some coaches radars. Tackled reasonably well and actually looked hungry, watch-list.
$500,200 Kade Simpson (Def) Kade Simpson did Kade Simpson things, don’t read into his preseason games either way. You know what you’ll get. Will be in my Coach kings side come round 1 but wait for a price drop in long-form fantasy.
$481,900 Matthew Kreuzer (Ruc) Kreuz looked bloody good to me. Will secure a spot in a few teams as an R2 option. Unfortunately he’ll probably hurt you with injury. Coach Kings lock against poor rucks, long-form risk.
$137,600 Sam Kerridge (Mid/Fwd) The rookie priced forward did enough for us to lock him away; I had the key thrown out at half time. Will get a lot of game time and should make you a tidy profit, you’d be mad not to select him in all forms of the game.
$280,600 Blaine Boekhorst (Mide/Fwd) Another smokey I’ve been watching closely. Showed me some signs, spent time in the midfield. If he can improve on this game over the next two I think he can come into contention, until then we can’t select him in any form of the game.
$189,900 Jed Lamb (Fwd) Was quietly impressed with his game, was amongst the contest and racked up a few touches. Probably too pricey for long-form but will lock him in for Coach Kings when he plays.
$244,000 Liam Jones (Fwd) No.
$473,200 Sam Docherty (Def) I love this man community, to the point where spent close to $400 on a signed Guernsey of his. He’s the next captain of Carlton in my opinion. Looked strong across halfback, isn’t scared of running up into the midfield, accurate kick. Might have played his way into my long-form side, will definitely be in most of my Coach kings sides too.
$345,100 Sam Rowe (Def) Took a few strong grabs but a key-back who’s going to see a lot of balls go over his head isn’t what we want.
$344,500 Jason Tutt (Mid) The Dennis Armfield of Carlton when Dennis Armfield isn’t in the side. Played ok and tried hard, don’t select him in fantasy.
$270,500 Mark Whiley (Mid) Was really impressed with Whiley’s game. Showed signs of the sort of games he delivers in the reserves regularly, a strong year on the back of this game would justify Carlton picking him up. A chance at DFS selection but no room for him in our long-form teams.
$171,300 Charlie Curnow (Fwd) Only played a half of football and looked a bit slow. I’m excited for his future but won’t be locking him into any fantasy sides.
$260,800 Matthew Dick (Def) Didn’t do enough with the time he was given, no in all forms.
$390,100 Nick Graham (Mid) Really like watching Graham play. Was hungry for the ball tonight, got it a lot and kicked a few goals. Is too injury prone and awkwardly priced for our long-form teams but will show some real growth in 2016. If you can pick his breakout game in Coach Kings he’ll reward you.
$405,900 Andrejs Everitt (Fwd) Dad’s favourite player showed some leadership and endurance tonight. He just doesn’t play a game that translates to fantasy football. Will watch him at only $400K but very unlikely to select him.
$294,600 Andrew Phillips (Ruc/Fwd) Can jump over a car and was a good target, needs to work on his other football skills if we were to look at him. Should get a few games this year alongside Kreuzer.
$445,400 Ed Curnow (Mid) Ran around in first gear, as a tagger we wouldn’t select him anyway.
$222,300 Daniel Gorringe (Ruc/Fwd) Didn’t do anything when he was on, doesn’t look like he’ll be the second ruckman unless injuries begin to take their toll.
$123,900 Ciaran Byrne (Def) The rookie listed Irish lad didn’t show much against the Hawks. Has a future just not for our fantasy teams. I would potentially select him in Coach Kings if I needed a cheapie.
$308,700 Dale Thomas (Mid/Fwd) Predominantly played back but had a few runs through the guts. Scored close to a ton, probably his best game for the Blues. At $300K we have to keep watching him but I’m pretty sure his arm will fall off soon.
$251,300 Michael Jamison (Def) See my Sam Rowe review and then add a decade. Love you Jammo but you aren’t ruining my fantasy sides this year.
$345,300 Levi Casboult (Fwd) Took some amazing marks every around the ground. But as my dad pointed out he kicks worse than all the Irish boys who have only seen an Australian footy twice, if he can learn to kick then maybe he’ll be a Coach Kings option. No for long-form.
$428,000 Zach Tuohy (Def) A smokey for mine. Had him in my draft team last year and loved it, the coaches around the AFL think he’s bloody good too. Pushed up the ground a bit tonight and could sneak his average up to 80-85 in 2016.
$269,400 Simon White (Def) Might make some cash but not enough to be considered. Didn’t do much against the Hawks, no on all fronts.
$102,400 Andrew Gallucci (Fwd) If he can get off the rookie list and play a small forward role lock him in. Looked lively when the ball went near him.
$294,800 Matthew Wright (Mid/Fwd) Will play a lot of games for Carlton in 2016 but needs to clean up his disposal efficiency after tonight. Awkward price but if he keeps getting touches and kicks a few goals in NAB 2 and 3 we’ll have to have a look at him.