Week 2 of footy has begun, and we’re getting things started with the GWS Giants taking on last year’s bolters the Western Bulldogs.
Both these sides will have a fairly strong Fantasy Football presence for us in 2016, so I’m sure there are more than a few of you out there who looking forward to seeing how this one turned out.
Both sides played a few rookie picks for us to take a look at, with new draftees such as of Jacob Hopper (Pick #7), Matthew Kennedy (Pick #13) and Matthew Flynn (Pick #41) playing their first games for GWS while Kieran Collins (Pick #26) and Marcus Adams (Pick #35) are debuting for the Bulldogs.
Absent Best 22:
GWS: Heath Shaw, Dylan Shiel, Toby Greene, Shane Mumford, Phil Davis, Callan Ward, Ryan Griffen, Jeremy Cameron, Devon Smith, Steven Johnson
Western Bulldogs: Matthew Boyd, Tom Liberatore, Tom Boyd, Lin Jong, Jack Redpath
Western Bulldogs: None
The Western Bulldogs came in very strong, at least by NAB Cup standards, though they only played with 24 players, rather than the usual 26. The GWS Giants have fielded a much weaker side, with a fair few first choice players out, however they do have a lot of first round drafted depth to their side that other teams don’t have. At the very least this game accomplished two things for us.
Firstly it allowed us to look at a fair few rookies for GWS, and what I think is one very important one in Kieran Collins from the Bullies and secondly, allowed us to see how the Bulldogs have structured up, and how the loss of Stewart Crameri as a forward line presence has impacted the likes of Luke Dahlhaus and Jake Stringer moving into the midfield.
It wasn’t really any surprise that the Bulldogs eventually ran over the top of the younger Giants, though the Bullies were very wasteful in the 4th. The game opened up more in the last with both teams trading goals.
- Jacob Hopper ($193,800, MID): Was sent to run with Bontempelli and only had 1 touch in the first quarter, though Bont didn’t get near it a whole lot either. Produced a negative Supercoach score to half time. Released a bit more later in the game and kicked a consolation goal halfway through the 4th quarter. Finished with 7 disposals, but at 100% efficiency.
- Matthew Kennedy ($166,800, MID): Quiet in the first, though he got a bit more involved in the 2nd. 4 first half disposals. 9 disposals and 2 clearances for the game. Will probably need to do a bit more to stay in.
- Rhys Palmer ($404,700, FWD): Obviously relished the big midfielders such as Ward and Shiel being out as he was quite busy in the middle, with 13 disposals in the first half. Obviously won’t be getting that much work once the big guns return. Moved to Johannisen to try and him down in the 2nd half. Led the Giants for disposals with 20 and also had 9 marks and 4 clearances.
- Jack Steele ($312,200, MID/FWD): Decent game for Steele and he did a bit of everything. Had 16 disposals, 2 clearances, 3 tackles and 3 Inside 50’s. Probably not an option I’d look at up forward.
- Jarrod Pickett ($123,900, FWD): Barely sighted in the first, but a bit more involved in the 2nd. 4 disposals, 2 marks and 0.2 in the first half. Only had 2 more disposals for the 2nd half.
- Nathan Wilson ($277,700, DEF): Got some moves on him, quick and agile and can dance his way out of trouble most times. 2nd most disposals for the Giants in the first half with 10 @ 90% efficiency, along with 4 rebound 50’s.. Quieter in the 2nd half, and finished the game with 15 disposals and 5 rebound 50’s. Interesting mid-priced defender to keep on our watchlists
- Jake Barrett ($128,200, MID): 5 disposals and 2 frees for in the first half and 8 for the game. Probably another mid that won’t be there in Round 1.
- Pat McKenna ($123,900, FWD): Not sighted in the first half, with just 1 disposal, which I don’t recall seeing. Much like the tree in the woods, if a player gets a disposal and you didn’t see it, did it really happen?
- Jeremy Finlayson ($123,900, DEF): Not much going on in the first half for Finlayson, just 2 kicks and 2 tackles. Finlayson had 5 touches for the game, he’s most likely a no-go in Supercoach.
- Rory Lobb ($335,800, RUC/FWD): Big boy, started forward and kicked the first goal of the game. Looks set to be used more as a forward and then be the backup ruck, but with Cameron and Patton in the team, it might be tough to see him becoming a consistent scorer in Supercoach at this stage. Managed to crack the Supercoach ton late into the 4th quarter.
- Adam Tomlinson ($320,400, DEF/FWD): I’m a fan, so I want to pick him really bad. Good size and endurance on him, limited interchanges could see him make a bigger impact, but just the 4 disposals, 4 marks and a goal in the first half. He had 9 disposals and 6 marks and a goal. I’m not going to pick him despite my want to, but could be an interesting game day pick in CoachKings.
- Dawson Simpson ($256,300, RUC): Had plenty of injury issues in the past, but could be a nice downgrade option if Mummy gets injured, but didn’t do a ton. 7 hitouts and a single disposal in the first half and only had 3 for the game, along with 15 hitouts. Don’t think he’s there for anything but to spell Mumford a few times a year.
- Caleb Marchbank ($215,800, DEF): Just OK and got more involved as the game progressed. 12 disposals, but only 41% disposal efficiency.
- Stephen Coniglio ($494,600, MID): Led the side as Captain today with Ward and Davis out and was quiet early, but picked up as the game progressed. Finished with 13 disposals and 2 goals. Can’t see many taking a risk on him at his near 500K price.
- Josh Kelly ($381,000, MID): Another who was quiet early, but continued to improve as the game went on. 9 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles in the first half and had 18 for the game, though only at 55% efficiency and only 5 were contested. Also laid 6 tackles and had 4 rebound 50’s.
- Zac Williams ($375,500, DEF): Spent the day deep in defense and had 12 disposals, 9 by foot. Also had 3 rebound 50’s and 3 tackles. Iffy at his price.
- Sam J. Reid ($118,900, MID/FWD): Was getting involved plenty early in the game. Is on the Giants rookie list so doubtful he gets a call up. Just some veteran backup for the NEAFL side.
Western Bulldogs Performances:
- Koby Stevens ($466,800, MID): Busy in the first half, handed 4 frees for in the first half that helped him also. 16 disposals and 5 inside 50’s for the first half. Started in the middle and would then drift down half back. Big game for him, finishing with a game high 29 disposals, but will be interesting to see if he can keep that up when Libba returns. Certainly can’t fault his game today though.
- Jake Stringer ($425,000, FWD): Will likely see his ownership % skyrocket after today’s game. Got some time in the middle and had a big first quarter with 7 touches, 3 marks and kicked 1.2. Finished the first half with 10 disposals and 3.3 on the scoreboard. 104 Supercoach Points in 3 quarters of football. Stringer had 17 disposals, but his ball use was iffy, with a DE of 41%. Also had 7 inside 50’s and kicked 3.4. Great effort.
- Matthew Suckling ($396,500, DEF/FWD): Quality game for the Suckling Pig. Started the game on the wing, 7 touches and 4 marks in the first half. Used the ball well all night and didn’t have a bum possession all game. 17 disposals, though 14 were uncontested, 2 tackles and 3 rebound 50’s for Suckling. He’s shot up a bit on my watchlists.
- Bob Murphy ($495,600, DEF): Rock solid, with just the 11 disposals and not a dud among them.
- Jason Johannisen ($418,200, DEF): Plenty of ball to mop up across half back for him with 16 first half possessions. Eventually had Palmer moved to him in the 3rd to try and shut him down. He had 24 possessions, 3 rebound 50’s and 3 inside 50’s. Wasn’t on my watchlist before, but I’ll continue to monitor him now.
- Kieran Collins ($117,300, DEF): Defensive 1-1 work looks solid as he played on the likes of Rory Lobb and Jono Patton. 7 disposals and 2 tackles in the first half, and 10 for the game. Hopefully he’s there for us in Round 1.
- Caleb Daniel ($295,000, FWD): Great game from the little man. 95 Supercoach Points by 3 quarter time. He had 17 disposals, 4 rebound 50’s, 3 tackles and 2 inside 50’s. Very awkward price, so I probably won’t go near him, but I am a fan of his.
- Marcus Bontempelli ($557,100, MID): Had youngster Hopper running with him. Went third man up at ruck contests a few times tonight, had more hitouts than Minson in the first quarter. Only the 3 disposals in the first quarter, but up to 8 by halftime and 17 for the game. Decent all-around effort from the Bont.
- Luke Dahlhaus ($563,600, MID/FWD): Started on-ball, which was encouraging to see. 9 disposals, 2 clearances and missed an easy goal in the first half. Didn’t use the ball well at all, and missed another gimmie goal in the 3rd quarter. Only 53 Supercoach Points from 16 possessions at the end of the 3rd and had 20 for the game. Managed to get his DE up to 60% for the game after it dragged into the 40’s through the 3rd quarter.
- Easton Wood ($464,800, DEF): Resumed normal duties across half back and had 12 disposals. Used the ball very well whenever he had it.
- Jack Macrae ($539,100, MID): Kicked the Doggies first goal after 6 straight behinds prior to that. Good game with 20 possies, but he’s in the mix with a bunch of other players who’ll likely score better. Only cost you 11K more to get Rocky into your side.
- Will Minson ($407,700, RUC): ‘Ol Skinflute is back, and was decent. 3 disposals and 4 hitouts in the first half, but picked it up in the 2nd to have 16 disposals and 13 hitouts. I probably wouldn’t touch him at his price this year.
- Marcus Adams ($117,300, DEF/FWD): Began the game as one of the key defenders, along with Collins. 1 touch in the first half and 3 by the end of the game.