I don’t think my team has gone an hour without me at least looking at it. When the team picker dropped for previous gold subscribers, I think I made a team every day just to see how I could spend the money. As days went on, I changed the line-up less and less, but I was never happy. I needed the JLT series to come around to answer my questions.
It came, it went, I still had questions.
But it answered most of the ones I needed answering.
Without further ado, my team:
Laird and Hibberd speak for themselves. Lock them in, they’ll be top 6 defenders again, they’ll be in your team by the end of year even if they aren’t now.
I’ve gone for four rookies on the field. O’Shea, hoping he gets the call up for the game against Richmond, along with Doedee, Murray and Finlayson, all of whom have all but been selected for round 1.
Keeffe provides me a swing between the forward line and the backline, and Mihocek seems like the obvious choice Bucks will choose to play in place of Goldsack.
News was revealed that Dangerfield is still in the mix for round 1, after a low grade hamstring tear.
I feel like he’s more likely to play round 2, but I’m not going to stress over him missing for one game. Dustin Martin and Tom Mitchell were hard to leave out, so I made the decision to start them. Their ability to score is too hard to ignore, and too hard to predict a fall in price.
Josh Kelly will remain a top 8-10 midfielder, and I don’t see any reason why Zach Merrett can’t be a top midfielder this year. Nat Fyfe is highly likely to return to that set of players as well.
Brayshaw and Holman are my on field rookies. They’re probably the safest of all the rookies I have selected, and given what they produced during the JLT series, you can make the strong assumption they’ll play in the engine room, and score decently.
Gawn, because everyone has Gawn, and why shouldn’t you?
I think Nankervis will be a lot better this year. There is no reason why he can’t get into the top 6 ruckmen this year. His endurance will be better this year, even if only marginally, and the way he plays means it doesn’t matter if he gets beaten in the ruck.
His work around the ground is second to none, as a ruckmen, while Tony Olango is my loophole option.
No “premiums” in the strict sense of the word, but I believe I have 4 players in my forward line who could leap into premium status, or get around the mark. James Sicily is my spiritual D3, but because of the terrible rookie options in the forward line this year, he has been swung using Keeffe to make him my F4.
Matt Taberner, hear me out, the Dockers players look for him now. With Fremantle likely to use him as a secondary ruckmen, he’ll go through the middle every so often. If we are to use his JLT series to back up his selection, he was ranked 1st for marks, 1st for contested marks, 3rd for goals and 4th for goal assists.
Fritsch and (Giles-)Langdon are probably the better of the dismal forward rookies, while I believe Jarrod Garlett will make a return to the Blues side after missing the second JLT game with a sore shoulder.