Footy is finally back! And tonight we had the battle of two teams who’ll be gunning for the Top 4 in 2016, the “can’t win a Final” Richmond Tigers VS the Fremantle Dockers led by “I can’t win a Grand Final” Ross Lyon.
Snarky comments for sure, but that’s enough of that, what we’re really here for is some fantasy football analysis! Freo didn’t mess around in week 1, going for a near full strength side, with Richmond deciding to rest about half of their likely Best 22. That give us a real chance to look at the cheaper Richmond options like Daniel Rioli, Connor Menadue, Oleg Markov, Jason Castagna, Nathan Broad, Adam Marcon and Mabior Chol but does make it hard to predict how they’ll fit in with Richmond’s round 1 team once the absent players return.
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Absent Best 22:
Richmond: Jack Riewoldt, Trent Cotchin, Ivan Maric, Anthony Miles, Dustin Martin, Shane Edwards, Alex Rance, Brett Deledio, Bachar Houli, Taylor Hunt, Dylan Grimes, Chris Yarran
Fremantle: David Mundy, Michael Johnson, Chris Mayne, Harley Bennell
And it really wasn’t much of a contest as you’d expect. Richmond tried to play their possession game, which didn’t really work with their best players out and Freo really didn’t have much stopping them. It’s tough to get a real good gauge on the Richmond rookies in a contest like this since they’re obviously playing again bigger and better players.
Richmond: Tyrone Vickery (heat exhaustion), Ben Griffiths (head/jaw), David Astubury (hand/finger)
Fremantle: Lee Spurr (shoulder knock), Hayden Ballentyne (thigh injury)
- Michael Barlow ($505,300, MID/FWD): Played in the middle, though noticed on a few ballups/throw-ins closer to goal he tended to rotate off his man to go forward. 15 disposals, 3 clearances and 4 tackles in the first half. Attended 18 centre bounces and finished the game with 27 touches, 7 marks, 7 tackles, 4 clearances and kicked 1.3. Plenty of positives signs though, but must be taken into account that Mundy was out and Nat Fyfe was on minute restrictions, but definite signs that he should be locked into your forward line.
- Michael Walters ($439,200, FWD): Played the majority of the game on-ball and across half back and finished with 21 possies. Seems with the addition of Bennell (though he didn’t play today) that they’ve moved Walters back down the ground to generate some more offense in the back half of the field. Makes him a very interesting prospect down forward.
- Lachie Neale ($562,900, MID): His usual self, plenty of it with 29 touches, 6 clearances and 5 tackles. Really started to get under the skin of the younger Tiger players towards the end of the game.
- Matthew Pavlich ($440,600, FWD): Played forward and hasn’t looked like he’s slowed down at all. 11 touches and a goal in the first half, and ended with 18 touches and 4 goals. Big question will be does he have one more year left in him?
- TommySheridan ($351,100, DEF): Plenty of ball across half back, and finished with 23 touches, though 18 were uncontested. Very awkwardly priced.
- Cam Sutcliffe ($355,900, DEF): Another Docker who got plenty of ball across the half-back. Had 11 disposals at 100% efficiency for 50 Supercoach Points in the first quarter alone. Like Sheridan, lots of uncontested ball, with 18 of his 20 disposals being uncontested. Another defensive option for the Dockers that’s sitting at a very awkward price for Supercoach, but could be a nice sub-premo option for CoachKings.
- Lachie Weller ($206,900, MID): Looked dangerous when he had it, kicked a nice goal and passed another one off to Mzungu. 12 touches for the day for 81 Supercoach Points and while he could definitely play more this year, he might be awkward to fit in at that price. Encouraging signs though.
- Aaron Sandilands ($581,700, RUC): No surprise that he dominated the hitouts considering who he was up against. No surprise if he finishes as a Top 5 ruckman again this year. Pick him in Supercoach or CoachKings, he’ll do well in both.
- Nat Fyfe ($670,600, MID): Sat for the first half of the game, but did not look like he was having any issues at all. 8 disposals, 7 contested possessions and 3 clearances in the 3rd quarter and 18 possies and 5 clearances for the game. 60 Supercoach Points from one half of footy, no doubt about it, stick him in your side if you can afford it.
- Jonathan Griffin ($303,900, RUC/FWD): Looked OK up forward, kicked 2 goals in the first half. Didn’t get a lot of it though, but could be a good tall forward option for the Dockers, but probably not in Supercoach.
- Matt Taberner ($242,200, FWD): Another forward line option that looked solid for the Dockers. Finished the game with 2 goals and 96 Supercoach Points, though he probably should have had a couple more goals for the game. Very interesting prospect if you were looking for a cheap F4-F5, but we’ll probably need to see more from him.
- Darcy Tucker ($117,300, DEF): One of the few draftees the Dockers played. Drafted with pick #27 in the draft this year, and he certainly didn’t hurt his chances of playing. Started playing on the wing and finished with 21 touches and 8 marks. Keep him on your watch list.
- Shaun Grigg ($492,000, DEF): Usual solid self down back. Had 12 disposals and 4 tackles in the first half and finished with 24 touches and 7 tackles. Will probably be a unique choice down back in Supercoach and certainly a solid gameday choice in CoackKings.
- Brandon Ellis ($541,100, MID): Got plenty of it early, and plenty of it by foot which we like, but mostly lots of cheap uncontested ball, which isn’t the best for Supercoach. Finished with 13 touches, 11 of which were uncontested possessions.
- Reece Conca ($284,100, MID/FWD): Solid game with 20 possies and 102 Supercoach Points. Question will remain if those kind of points will still be there once the Tigers best return.
- Connor Menadue ($155,400, FWD): Kicked the Tigers first goal halfway through the 2nd 9 disposals, 4 tackles and a goal in the first half was a good result considering how well Freo dominated the first 30 minutes of the game. Finished with 12 touches and 5 tackles, could be a forward rookie option.
- Corey Ellis ($193,400, MID/FWD): Had 10 possies at 90% efficiency in the first half, which netted him 38 Supercoach Points and finished the game with 17 disposals
- Jason Castagna ($117,300, DEF): 10 touches at 80% efficiency
- Adam Marcon ($102,400, MID): Solid first half with 9 possies and a goal and finished with 12 touches, 5 tackles and a goal for 75 Supercoach Points. Another one that might find it difficult to break into the 22 straight away, but keep an eye on him for sure.
- Mabior Chol ($102,400, RUC): Played deep forward, has a nice leap and a clean pair of hands on him. Good hitout for him, but can’t see him playing at all this year.
- Oleg Markov ($117,300, FWD): 7 touches and a couple of rebound 50’s for the youngster. Nothing massive, but was solid when he had it.
- Nathan Broad ($117,300, DEF): 12 touches for 64 Supercoach Points. Good game for him and enough to keep him on the watch list.
- Daniel Rioli ($157,800, FWD): Barely sighted. 3 touch for the game.
So, what did you think Community? Have you locked anyone into your side after tonight’s game? Or thrown some guy to the curb? Let us know in the comments below