Melbourne tore this game a new one and it all started with the great bearded one, Max Gawn.
Port had a lot of passengers today and not a whole lot of fantasy relevance. It was nice however to see the Demons get a win.
Without further ado, let’s have a look at who played…
$595,900 Robbie Gray (MID) looked really good today. Has a deft touch and can just read the play better than the other blokes out there. Forced his way into my side last year after an impressive NAB appearance, may have done the same today. Love the kid.
$545,700 Hamish Hartlett (MID) is a guy who always seems like he’ll breakout. Today he didn’t look that way. Didn’t get too much of the pill and didn’t take advantage of his opportunities. Too pricey for what he’ll deliver.
$535,200 Travis Boak (MID) was best on ground for Port. Played a typical Boak game floating between halfback and the midfield. Won’t be a bad selection in any form of the game but I think there is more value elsewhere.
$525,100 Ollie Wines (MID) was really quiet by his usual standards. Really didn’t show me enough to warrant a selection. In fact he didn’t attack the ball like I’d expect him to. People will disagree but I don’t think he’s a great long-form selection. Coach Kings may be another story.
$523,200 Brad Ebert (MID) loves to kick the ball and it’s what makes him fantasy relevant. Was very effective when he had the ball in his hands today. I don’t think he fits in our long-form sides, Port have a few too many players around $520K that share the points. Pick him nine times out of ten in DFS.
$510,900 Justin Westhoff (FWD) played centre-half forward today. Is his best position in my eyes but will likely return to a halfback role when Dixon returns. Price will probably plummet and when it does we’ll have a discussion about him.
$480,800 Sam Gray (FWD/MID) attended a number of contests in the middle and racked up some clearances and certainly got his hands on the ball. Is an exciting prospect up forward in our fantasy teams. Should come under some serious contention, price tag is high for someone with his limited experience but he looked really good.
$449,900 Matthew Broadbent (DEF) looks like a 55 year old but is still Port’s most dominant defender. Loves a kick and pushed his way up the ground a fair bit. Is on the watch list but I don’t think he’ll make the Supercoach cut. Coach Kings offers him a chance to score highly I think.
$434,400 Jasper Pittard (DEF) showed some real signs today. Despite Port playing poorly he was one bloke that stood out to me. Could end the year as a $500K+ defender. Will watch closely from here.
$401,700 Jay Schulz (FWD) favoured the tackle today, really went hard to try and cause some spillages. Was typical Schulz in providing a nice forward option. Might be a decent Coach Kings selection but won’t do enough for our long-form teams.
$389,500 Jack Hombsch (DEF) had a rough day at the slots. Didn’t touch the ball much and didn’t use it well at all. I’d be avoiding this bloke in most fantasy forms.
$389,500 Matthew Lobbe (RUC) got thrown around by the big bastard Gawn. Despite his price he doesn’t look like he’ll provide us with much fantasy value at this stage. Potential trap.
$334,100 Brendon Ah Chee (MID) has been touted as a potential breakout for 2016 but did nothing to give me an indication that it will happen. Had a chance to stamp his name in our minds today and let it slip.
$328,00 Matt White (FWD/MID) was bloody efficient when he got the ball but at his price just doesn’t have enough upside for our fantasy teams. Might be a cheap Coach Kings options on a good day.
$313,000 Jake Neade (FWD) had a lot of ball running through space. Is very exciting to watch but don’t think we can trust him to be reliable for the whole year. Like most small forwards he’s just too up and down for my liking. Pick him in Coach Kings when Port play against clubs who can’t defend small forwards.
$312,000 Tom Jonas (DEF) might have missed the bus to the game. Was ineffectual all game. Avoid him at all costs.
$305,400 Cam O’Shea (DEF) was grumpy all day, probably because he was getting towelled up all day. Playing for his spot in the best 22 and didn’t do himself any favours.
$304,300 Jackson Trengove (DEF) was another guy who barely touched the ball and when he did it was on the wing and really didn’t achieve much. I like him as a player and he will be selected most weeks but that doesn’t make him fantasy relevant.
$303,000 Jared Polec (MID) was really inefficient with his disposal. Kept getting caught in tackles and having to handball to nothing in particular. I know he’s reasonably popular this year but I’d be steering clear community.
$289,000 Jimmy Toumpas (MID) the Toump had a very nice day out against his old side. He was allowed to just run on the outside for much of today. Used the ball well when he had it. Not sure how we fit him into our long-form teams but might be the perfect price for Coach Kings and the like.
$282,900 Karl Amon (FWD/MID) like many of his teammates, didn’t impact the game. Probably not in the best 22 in 2016. Avoid.
$282,500 Jarman Impey (DEF) was a player I didn’t even notice out on the field. Has potential to go for nice runs with the ball but didn’t show up today.
$253,100 Aaron Young (MID) came out sporting a ridiculous man bun type hairdo, is not good enough to run around with that mop. Can’t select him on principle.
$235,300 John Butcher (FWD) looks like he’s slowly learning how to kick. Has a similar issue to Carlton’s Levi Casboult, looks good up the ground but still struggles in front of goal. Don’t see him in the side when the dead man Charlie Dixon returns to the side.
$123,900 Darcy Byrne-Jones, (DEF) did enough to confirm his spot on my bench. Had a few nice touches in not much game time. Should be on everyone’s fantasy bench.
Notable absentees: Chad Wingard, Tom Clurey, Charlie Dixon, Patrick Ryder, Angus Monfries
$550,800 Max Gawn (RUC) was massive early for the Demons. Towelled Lobbe up for most of the game. Has to come into consideration for our ruck departments if he hadn’t already. Hi Lek here again, just letting you all know that Gawn is now my R2 he absolutely dominated all around the ground.
$517,500 Tom McDonald (DEF) didn’t do enough to justify his price tag for mine, still had some nice intercept marks and booming kicks but a little pricey to start the season. Will be looking to jump on after a price drop.
$497,100 Jack Viney (MID) picked up where he left off in 2015. Had a large day out collecting the pill at will and going in as hard as we’ve come to expect him to. Will take control of the Melbourne midfield this year, a very good option at under $500K in Supercoach. Will be a Coach Kings lock for me most weeks.
$446,600 Lynden Dunn (DEF) hasn’t “Dunn” very much today. Look he’s a solid player for the Demons but looks like he’s playing a more lockdown role this year. Didn’t leave the deep defensive 50 very much. Not a good selection for mine.
$431,000 Dom Tyson (MID) got hit in the head almost instantly after Brayshaw went down in the first contest. Got back into the game and looked a little sheepish, missed a couple of handballs that he should have hit.
$422,200 Jesse Hogan (FWD) had a very nice goal in the second term. Will be the number one man for Melbourne again this year. Has a beautiful kicking style and man can he take a grab. I actually think there could be some value for those bold enough to select him in long-form. I wouldn’t tell you to do it but he does have the potential to end the year as a $500K+ player.
$414,100 Jack Grimes (DEF) didn’t do anything to excite me. Melbourne were switching the ball through the midfield rather than chipping it around the backline in previous years. I think this will affect his ability to gather possessions.
$406,200 Aaron vandenBerg (FWD/MID) was played as a forward for most of the game and scored a beautiful goal late in the third. Love the way he goes about his footy but that doesn’t necessarily translate to long-form fantasy. Interested to see how he scores in Coach Kings, could be a very solid selection when Melbourne plays.
$399,300 Christian Salem (DEF) played off halfback again today and drifted forward for some shots on goal. Doesn’t look like he’ll be running through the midfield in 2016 and as a result doesn’t excite me fantasy-wise.
$381,000 Jack Watts (FWD/MID) looked better than I remember him being last year. Still missed some really easy handballs and kicks but was a target in the air up forward. Doesn’t offer any value in fantasy footy though.
$380,400 Colin Garland (DEF) likes to kick it more than handball, which is good, but unfortunately he just doesn’t see enough of the ball to be a solid fantasy selection.
$353,300 Angus Brayshaw (FWD/MID) got injured in the first contest of the game, looked like a knee. Nothing more to report at this stage.
$363,300 Jeff Garlett (FWD) is another small forward who I don’t consider fantasy relevant but it is nice to see him back to his best. Chase down tackles, goals and forward pressure saw him become one of the most dangerous forwards on the ground.
$343,400 Cameron Pedersen (FWD) was pretty quiet playing up forward and pushing onto a wing. Isn’t a prolific ball winner and won’t change the course of a game. Not for me.
$320,100 Tomas Bugg (DEF) was reasonably impressive in this match. Looks like he’ll hold down a nice defensive position for the Demons this year. Doesn’t translate to Supercoach in my eyes but might be a solid Coach Kings midpricer.
$293,700 Neville Jetta (DEF) didn’t really impact the game at all. Enough Demons had good games around him that it didn’t matter. Supercoach scoring doesn’t suit his game anyway.
$292,700 James Harmes (FWD) had a few shots on goal, but had minimal impact on the game. Another one of those awkwardly priced players who probably won’t play 20 games in the seniors this year. Solid role player but not fantasy relevant.
$207,300 Clayton Oliver (MID) was one of my favourite players in the draft, really wanted Carlton to pick him. Looked comfortable playing at AFL level, big-bodied kid who attacked the ball. Stark contrast to Jack Watts first game for Melbourne where he was a skinny kid out of his depth. Oliver will be a player, could do worse than select him in your long-form or DFS side.
$252,100 Billy Stretch (DEF/MID) another middle-of-the-roader. Didn’t do enough to warrant consideration. All the best to him though, great last name.
$251,200 Matt Jones (FWD) had a decent chunk of the footy and went at a high disposal efficiency. Ran through the midfield and played up forward as well. Not sure that’s he’s fantasy relevant when the demons field the other Jones who will take those midfield minutes away from him. Interesting Coach Kings choice.
$232,000 Dean Kent (FWD) looked too hesitant to go for goal at times and didn’t want to bend over too much after his previous hamstring injuries. Doesn’t find his way into any of our fantasy teams.
$217,600 Sam Frost (RUC/FWD) was one I was looking forward to watching. Didn’t actually do anything. Put a line through his name, look for that RUC/FWD swing elsewhere.
$187,800 Ben Kennedy (FWD/MID) was dubbed “The Rock” by community member Chicko. Looked big for the Demons, took some nice contested marks and collected the pill. Will watch hard for the rest of the preseason but looks like he could be a solid F5/6 for your Supercoach teams. Watch-list.
$155,400 Oscar McDonald (DEF) played on Schulz for most of the game. Is a key position defender so won’t score too much but if he can secure a spot in the best 22 (which I think is likely if Frost is up forward) he’ll be a safe bench scorer.
$123,900 Jayden Hunt (FWD) is on my bench, only had a few touches but I think he’s just finding his feet. Been in the system long enough to get some games. Watching him closely.
$121,900 Josh Wagner (DEF) didn’t touch the ball very much. Don’t expect him to play much in 2016.
Notable absentees: Bernie Vince, Nathan Jones, Chris Dawes, Heritier Lumumba