It’s only preseason but Tigers fans should be excited.
The boys were running around as a well-oiled machine. The Hawks had a couple of players that might have put their hands up for our fantasy teams including young Tim O’Brien. There’s some injury news and a fair bit of fantasy relevance in todays game so let’s get into it.
$569,300 Dustin Martin (FWD/MID) is overpriced (in my opinion) and spent a hell of a lot of time in the forward line. But he has the ability to tear the games apart and he started doing that today. Had a lot of touches and worked his way into the game nicely. Think we just need to have him in our sides.
$541,100 Brandon Ellis (MID) seemed to be in everything. He’s an outside player who loves to link up with a few handballs. At $540K he’ll certainly be a POD but it looks like he’s taking over Cotchin’s role as the main man around stoppages. Coach King gun.
$538,600 Trent Cotchin (MID) just refuses to reach his potential these days. Looked to be struggling to get into the game and honestly looked lost during the early stages of the game. Want him to be great but don’t think he will get back to the form of years gone by. I’m thinking we need to avoid him for now. Kicked some late goals to boost his stats.
$526,100 Anthony Miles (MID) is a pretty good footy player, not premo yet but gets his job done. Was locked into my side after last year but as things have evolved I’ve decided not to select him. Had the ball a lot today and is always pretty efficient with it. I think he’ll get a more defensive role as the season goes on so I don’t think we can chuck him in our Supercoach teams but he’s a nice POD for Coach Kings.
$523,700 Alex Rance (DEF) did Alex Rance things. Got the ball at will and was used as an outlet in the defensive half. I do think his asking price is too much in Supercoach but we should look for him in Coach Kings.
$516,100 Bachar Houli (DEF) was prolific out of the backline in the first half. Had plenty of the ball and was very good by foot as per usual. I’m not quite sure I want to invest over $500K into a guy who will average 85 for the year but will look to pick him up later on. Coach Kings lock most weeks
$514,900 Ivan Maric (RUC) didn’t show enough to be considered for long form. The Richmon faithful were screaming for another ruckman during the offseason and it’s because Maric can’t take over games like the best ruckmen in the game. Needs to find his own ball and didn’t do that today.
$493,000 Jack Riewoldt (FWD) looked really good early and was sharing the ball nicely. Is prone to a quiet game but today wasn’t one of them. I think it’s reasonable to be watching him for our sides. One of the few key-forwards I would consider. As the game went on he pushed higher and higher on the wings but did go missing for a while…tempting.
$492,800 Shane Edwards (FWD/MID) played pretty much exclusively as a forward. Looked lively for the Tigers and I think it’s his best position. If he can do what he did tonight every game he’ll be a great forward option and hell, Crouching’s Tigers might win a final.
$410,100 Nick Vlastuin (DEF) had a few marks but is a role player and won’t score enough for us, better options available.
$398,800 Troy Chaplin (DEF) only had the three touches, not going near him.
$363,200 Kane Lambert (FWD/MID) is another one of my favourite players. My Richmond people tell me that he’s by far the best trainer of the young blokes at Richmond. Have tried to fit him into my side and if he plays like he did today again, he’ll be bloody hard to ignore. Not sure how Ellis, Menadue and Lambert all fit into a full Richmond side.
$362,000 Taylor Hunt (DEF) is another defender whom we need to avoid. Might be a decent Coach Kings option, is capable of good games.
$350,700 Kamdyn McIntosh (FWD/MID) seemed to play a defensive role and didn’t do anything of fantasy relevance.
$304,000 Ben Lennon (FWD) kicked a couple of goals but didn’t do anything beyond that. Should be a good third or fourth option for the Tigers this year but that doesn’t make him fantasy relevant. Maybe worth a look against weak backlines in Coach Kings.
$302,200 Jacob Townsend (MID) had the first clearance of the game and followed it up with a solid effort all around the ground. Set up some shots at goal for his teammates. Looked the goods early but is priced similarly to Libba so I don’t think he makes our teams. Coach Kings gold right here.
$297,300 Jake Batchelor (DEF) minimal impact, one of those defensive players who isn’t going to score points for our teams.
$284,100 Reece Conca (FWD/MID) loves a contested possession and today was no different. Played above his price tag but I’m starting to think we just need to go Guns n Rookies rather than back a player like Conca. He’s capable of big things though, love to hear your thoughts on this kid.
$270,800 Dylan Grimes (DEF) looked nice coming out of the backline. Would only consider him if Houli was out and he became the defensive outlet. Not for me.
$267,600 Andrew Moore (MID) came over from Port and had a decent game with around 15 touches. Not going to get into our fantasy sides though.
$261,700 Steven Morris (DEF) didn’t go near the ball, a clear no.
$193,400 Corey Ellis (FWD/MID) is one of my favourite young guns in the league. Unfortunately with youth comes inconsistency and today he was below the level we need him to perform at. Wants to get involved in the game but ended up having minimal impact on the game.
$157,800 Daniel Rioli (FWD) looks like he’ll be a really streaky player who could sneak a few goals but on the back of today we can’t bank on him as a reliable scorer.
$155,400 Connor Menadue (FWD/MID) is a special player. I’m not sure what it is but I just get a warm fuzzy feeling when I think about him. He was able to impact the game from the start and slotted a few goals to go with his impressive efficiency around the ground. Need him to break into the best 22 (which he should) and if he does he’ll be a great moneymaker for us.
$117,300 Oleg Markov (FWD) came on late and did nothing. Not a rookie option this year, maybe in the future.
$102,400 Mabior Chol (RUC/FWD) athletic as hell but well off AFL level. Might get a game later in the season if injury strikes but not worth a selection at this stage.
Notable absentees: Brett Deledio, Tyrone Vickery, Shaun Grigg, Ben Griffiths
$555,200 Jordan Lewis (MID) butchered the ball today but he did manage to rack up a decent amount of disposals. Tackled hard and got a few clearances but honestly didn’t do enough to warrant his price tag. We really need him to clean up that disposal before the season proper.
$521,300 Liam Shiels (MID) thrived with Hodge and Mitchell out of the side. Did the dirty work with plenty of tackles and contested possessions. Unfortunately I don’t think he can be the main man in a full Hawks side. Pick him in Coach Kings when one of the guns doesn’t play, Supercoach he’s a POD but one that I’d avoid.
$500,800 Cyril Rioli (FWD) had a slight tweak to the calf in the second quarter, won’t have a long-term effect on his scoring ability. I know a few coaches have him locked in and I actually support that, has had a good last 24 months.
$489,200 Josh Gibson (DEF) pushed up the ground a fair bit today, similar to last week. Was also used as a focal point for the switch around the ground but I’m concerned he’ll go back to being a lockdown defender come the season proper. If he plays NAB 3 and racks them up again then maybe it’s a role change for the better. Watch list.
$465,000 Grant Birchall (DEF) didn’t want us to have any easy defensive selections. Didn’t live up to last games hype and has me questioning his selection. Didn’t run the ball out of defence much and really had a limited impact on the game. Time to reassess I think, despite Hawthorn not trying I’m concerned.
$456,700 Shaun Burgoyne (DEF/MID) was one of the Hawks better players today, seemed to pick up Birchall’s slack. The old man looks to be a solid option with DPP status in 2016 but I need to see who plays where in Hawthorn’s full side. Watchlist.
$452,200 Ben McEvoy (RUC) had a pretty tight contest with my Croatian brethren today but they largely nullified each other. I’m not looking at either one for long form and I’m only looking to Big Boy in matches where he HAS to stand up i.e. finals for Coach kings.
$424,100 Bradley Hill (MID) played as a small forward/winger type role. Once again didn’t do much to push a fantasy selection. Game style doesn’t translate to Supercoach points.
$409,300 Paul Puopolo (FWD) is paid to impact the scoreboard and he didn’t do that today. I’m avoiding this bloke at all costs.
$403,800 Taylor Duryea (DEF) worked his way into the game late with some really strong tackles. Limited amount of disposals hurt his scoring output. Not a Supercoach player but looking forward to seeing how he scores in Coach Kings.
$339,500 Ryan Schoenmakers (FWD) was apparently on the park but didn’t do anything to draw my attention. Avoid.
$319,600 Billy Hartung (MID) was really disappointing after last week. Needs to add consistency to his game and clearly needs Hawthorn’s guns to carry the brunt of the load. Want to watch him in a full Hawks side, still have hope that he can be something special.
$311,800 James Frawley (DEF) went to Riewoldt after the first quarter. Managed to slow Riewoldt down but did nothing for his own fantasy scoring. A key-back that I’m steering well and truly clear of in 2016.
$265,800 Daniel Howe (DEF) found himself up around the half forward line at stages through the game. I think he has earned himself a spot in the best 22 to start the year. It’s up to him to hold onto it. If he can keep taking some strong marks and improve his kicking accuracy then we can certainly consider him for our fantasy teams.
$234,500 Jack Fitzpatrick, (FWD/DEF) will fill a role for Hawthorn in 2016 (and did so today) but this role won’t include scoring a lot of fantasy points for us. Hawks will turn him into a decent player but can’t be considered in our teams. Inured late, bad news.
$231,100 Angus Litherland (DEF) was another cheap Hawk who didn’t take their opportunity by the scruff of the neck. Didn’t do much today and don’t see him playing more than a handful of games this year.
$230,400 Jonathan O’Rourke (MID) didn’t have an impact on the game at all. Look elsewhere.
$222.900 James Sicily (FWD) has some good pace about him. Also a great size for that medium forward role he’ll be looking to take up. Will play some games in 2016 but not enough to warrant a long-form selection. Pick him at a discount in Coach Kings when he plays.
$198,300 Brendan Whitecross (FWD/DEF) will have tempted a few coaches today. Certainly improved on last week’s game as he ran through the midfield. Was good around the stoppages but not sure that he can play that role with Mitchell and Hodge back in the team. He’s still on the watch list.
$126,300 Kieran Lovell (MID) played as a small forward running through the midfield. Shortest bloke on the park but didn’t look completely out of his depth. Is part of a long term plan, won’t play too much senior footy in 2016.
$123,900 Dallas Willsmore (FWD) had a handful of possessions but missed a very gettable goal in the fourth quarter. Won’t play much senior footy in 2016.
$123,900 Kaiden Brand (DEF) went back with Jack Riewoldt during the fourth quarter. Looked like he didn’t have enough time or composure to put the ball on his boot. Not going to be fantasy relevant any time soon.
$123,900 Marc Pittoney (RUC) came on late to have a run in the ruck, not going to play senior footy this year.
$123,900 Teia Miles (DEF) came on late and barely touched the ball.
$123,900 Tim O’Brien (FWD) put his hand up to fill the Roughead role in the short term. Looked solid marking the ball both inside and outside the forward 50 and had a nice set shot late in the fourth. Could be a nice F8 option for us.
$117,300 Blake Hardwick (FWD) had a few touches and showed some flair in front of goals and kicked one late. The Hawks have long term plans for this kid but he won’t be playing in our fantasy sides.
Notable absentees: Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Jack Gunston, Luke Breust
Let me know what you made of today’s match community.