Tom Liberatore and Max Gawn.
Couldn’t wait get out to Craigieburn this afternoon and see these lads play. Both are as fantasy relevant as it gets at this time of year, with Libba stuffed into most of our midfields and Maxy Gawn appearing in plenty of ruck divisions.
Libba had his first hitout in over a year today and I was dead keen to see if Max could back up his big arse NAB 1 performance (where he tore Matty Lobbe apart limb by bloody limb).
The Dogs only played 8 of their best 22 which was a pain in my fantasy relevance extracting arse.. and not a great sign for Melbourne who needed to be more convincing here today.
Absent from Best 22:
Melbourne (7): Jesse Hogan, Angus Brayshaw, Lynden Dunn, Heriter “The Gift” Lumumba, Chris Dawes, Christian Petracca
Western Bulldogs (14): Mitch Wallis, Luke Dahlhaus, Jack Macrae, Marcus Bontempelli, Matthew Suckling, Jake Stringer, Matthew Boyd, Jason Johannisen, Easton Wood, Dale Morris, Lachie Hunter, Robert Murphy, Liam Picken, Tory Dickson.
Tom Liberatore (MID, $357,300 SC) did more than he needed to do to remain locked into my midfield. Got through the game unscathed and has not lost any of his inside ball collecting ability. Wasn’t prolific but this is all he needed to do at this stage of his re-introduction to footy. Remains locked. 16 disposals and a huge 10 tackles to Tom. Still managed a lazy 102 Supercoach points.
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) March 6, 2016
Lin Jong (MID/FWD $347,100) was brilliant all day and had the most contested possessions of anyone on the park. I’ll tell you one thing – he can read the ball off the ruck contest extremely well. Of course job security is the big problem with Lin, he is just on the fringes of the best 22 which makes him difficult to consider at this price.
Skinflute Minson (RUC $407,700 SC) shared ruck duties with Tommy Campbell and was beaten soundly by Gawn whenever he lined up against him. Sad to see the end of fantasy relevance for the Skinflute. He has provided us with such entertainment for a long time now. We still have his music.
Jed Adcock (FWD/DWF $340,500) had a chance to put his hand up for a slot in the best 22. While almost the entire Dogs backline was not on the park he did his claims no harm today. I reckon he has a real chance to be named Round 1, and with a lease of life at a fresh young team who knows? Not in my team at the moment but if you’re looking for that defensive POD.. maybe. Just maybe…. yeah but nah.
Kieran Collins (DEF $117,300 SC) remains a real chance at a Round 1 position. The kid was picked at #26 in last years draft after proving himself to be the best one-on-one defender in last year’s under 18’s championship. And he has impressed Bevo with “his ability to absorb the way we want him to play in our systems”. Granted the Dogs were missing a stack of their big boys down back, and he only had it 8 times, but he looks a player. Will never score big, and last bench slot fodder at best here.
Josh Dunkley (MID $117,300 SC) really impressed with 15 possessions, 6 tackles and 94 Supercoach points. Hard to get excited about him as a prospect given the lack of best 22 mids playing for the Dogs today, but put his hand up.
There were other Dogs such as Marcus Adams (DEF/FWD, $117,300 SC) who impressed today. I can’t stress enough though that the Dogs were playing a reserves team today so we can’t get carried away by these kids community.
Max Gawn (RUC, $550,800 SC) was huge again. Wasn’t quite in snarling Lobbe consuming mode, but was again clearly the best big bloke on the field. At this stage Max holds my R1 ruck position and while I would have loved to have seen him do a bit more around the ground today I feel very comfortable with him as a selection. 46 hitouts, 11 to advantage (vs 20 hitouts to Minson & Campbell), 2 kicks, 8 handballs and 3 marks today. Shit he’ll go big at stages this year. 100% DE and 111 Supercoach points. Aroused.
@jock_reynolds the power is in the beard let’s hope he never shaves.
— Will Parker (@willparkerphoto) March 6, 2016
@jock_reynolds I have a Gawnrection
— Stormo (@jstorm311) March 6, 2016
Jack Viney (MID, $497,100) firmed again as a real breakout candidate with Dees. Was as important as anyone out there in a pretty strong Melbourne lineup and worked like a hungry Bull. 25 touches, 14 contested, 6 tackles and 111 Supercoach points.
Ben Kennedy (FWD/MID, $187,800) was OK but I don’t buy into talk that he’ll make up a key component of the Melbourne midfield this year. Had it 16 times and looks a player, feel as if he needs to work on the defensive side of his game to command immediate selection. 71 Supercoach points.
Jack Grimes (DEF, $414,100 SC) got through the game unscathed. Could this bloke become fantasy relevant again? 15 disposals at 80% and moves across the park nicely. In the cold light of day you can’t select him with his injury history – might have been one to consider at around $350K but not at his current pricetag.
Jack Watts (FWD/MID, $381,100 SC) has to be mentioned. He does. Don’t fall off your chair or have a bloody stroke on me. Was one of Melbourne’s most influential players today.. but did butcher the ball a touch. Played up forward today and kicked 3 but remember – he was up against a reserve grade defence. Wish Melbourne would just play this poor kid in one position and let him learn his craft with some consistency. Poor prick. Don’t pick him pls. 16 disposals at just 56% efficiency and 10 marks.