How good is it to have the footy back fantasy coaches!? Finally, we get to take a proper look at our players that we have been squirreling away on our watchlists for the past four months. Generally speaking, the JLT pre season games can be taken with a grain of salt as to how players perform. The matches themselves are shortened, the rules are modified slightly and we don't generally get to see the guns out on the paddock until the last game before round one kicks off. Still, its the best we have to go by before we have to lock away our teams and its particularly good seeing players in new roles and the young blokes who might get a gig come round one. The Tragic has been keeping a close eye on the matches and gives an insight into who caught the fantasy eye during each game. Read on to catch up on all the latest...
Tom Philips: Was the standout for the Pies as he racked up 24 touches, 9 marks and 4 tackles on his way to 113 fantasy points. Played mainly across half back and the wing.
Jordan de Goey: In the absence of some of the big doggs, played most of his time through the guts to good effect. Went in and under all night and ended with 22 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and 2 goals for 88 fantasy points.
Will Hoskin-Elliott: The hyphen pressed his claims for a round one spot across the Pie's backline and was silky with his skills. Had 13 touches, 3 marks, 3 tackles as well as 2 goals. 70 fantasy points.
Jobe Watson: It was good to see the old boy back, and he didn't look like he had skipped a beat. Was great in the clinches firing out his trademark handpasses to advantage teammates. End the night with 19 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles for 69 fantasy points in limited game time.
Zach Merrett: Quashed any speculation he would regress with the comeback of the banned bombers this season. The good Merrett picked up disposals as he pleased on his way to 25 touches, 1 mark and 2 tackles for 71 fantasy points. If you want a premium POD, he's your man.
Darcy Parish: Just his second season, but if Friday night's performance was anything to go by, we could see a Bont like breakout second season here. Parish was everywhere running through the midfield for 24 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles, ending with 85 fantasy points next to his name.
Liam Shiels: If relieved from his usual tagging duties, Shiels is fantasy relevant - full stop. Played in the guts the whole game and seemingly had no one on him as he racked up the km's. Ended up with 21 touches, 5 tackles and 3 marks for 82 fantasy points.
Teia Miles: Bargain 150k rookie who was the game high disposal getter in the first quarter. Didn't go completely quiet after that either as he switched between the forward line and midfield on occasions. Had 17 disposals (9 in the first quarter), 5 marks and 2 tackles for 58 fantasy points.
Jaeger O'Meara: Was brilliant in a half of footy for his 47 fantasy points. Played through the guts and only got better as the game wore on. Looks primed for a round one start provided everything goes to plan. He's a lock if that's the case. 12 disposals and 5 tackles.
Zach Tuohy: Slotted in seamlessly to the Cat's backline in what seemed to be a direct replacement for the retired Cory Enright. Mopped up everything and pushed up the ground when he needed for a game high 33 touches, 7 marks and 107 fantasy points.
Aaron Black: Was relatively quiet the first half before going BANG in the third and fourth quarters. Kicked 3 goals in the third alone, then added another in the fourth to end the night with 13 disposals, 4 tackles and 4 goals for 79 fantasy points. At 150k, he looks set to be your bench forward option.
Tom Stewart: Put his best foot forward for a spot in the Cat's back six with a 16 disposal, 8 mark, 6 tackle effort that netted him 93 fantasy points. At 172k, if he's named round one, you'd be silly not to have the mature ager as your D6.
Josh Kelly: With most of the regulars sitting this one out, Kelly took the skipper reigns and led from the front. Played inside mid, outside mid, every side actually for 29 touches, 7 marks and 9 disposals to end up with a whopping 129 fantasy points over the limited pre season match minutes.
Tim Taranto: If you're looking at picking up an expensive first year player, then Taranto should now be topping your list. Looked like a 5 year player out there as he played the wing/half forward line to perfection and had time to spare with every touch. Finished with 21 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles and 97 fantasy points in a well rounded game.
Daniel Lloyd: The 25 year old mature age rookie who was picked up in 2015 is desperate for game time and looks to have got his body to AFL standard now. Play as a roaming forward similar to Devon Smith's role it seemed. Was everywhere in the first 10 minutes of the game and ended with 10 disposals, 2 marks, 8 tackles and 2 goals for 71 fantasy points.
Dom Sheed: Didn't take him long to work his way into the game. In the absence of Priddis and Mitchell, played in the guts all game with great effect. Finished up with 27 touches and 7 tackles for 93 fantasy points.
Jack Redden: Took him a little while to work his way into it, but Jack showed glimpses of his old self with an equal game high 9 tackles. Roamed around the midfield and wing to pick up 16 disposals and seemed injury free. 85 fantasy points.
Lewis Jetta: You'd be mad to pick him up in your team, but the signs were all there that Jetta is far more focused this season. His attitude and run was a feature and something good happened every time he went near the pill. Ended the game with 17 quality disposals and 4 tackles for 65 fantasy points.
Luke Dahlhaus: Was very impressive as he played the majority of the game in the midfield. Pushed forward and back when he needed to and still showed spark around the goals. Looks to have carried his good finals form into 2017. Ended up with 27 touches, 2 marks and 8 tackles for 115 fantasy points.
Jason Johannisen: Was sporadic at times as he drifted in and out of the game, though spent some minutes on the bench to give others a run. When he was on with ball in hand though, the dogs looked uber dangerous as he setup their attacks out of the backline. Had 16 disposals, 3 marks and kicked a super goal late in the fourth to bring the Dogs within 8 points.
Tom Liberatore: Tackled like a maniac all game long to finish with 7 and 76 fantasy points. They say it takes a season for ACL victims to come good again, and perhaps this will stand true for Tom. Could potentially push the 100 fantasy point season average if he can get some outside ball to help his elite inside game.
Angus Brayshaw: Has had a clean run at it this pre season and is ready to take on the midfield. Played the wing, in the guts and pushed forward at times for his 16 disposals, 4 marks and 7 tackles, ending up with 88 fantasy points. Was ferocious at the player when tackling as a feature of his game.
Max Gawn: Barely slipped out of second gear as he topped scored the fantasy points for the Demons with 92. Had 13 touches to go along with his 26 hit outs and 3 tackles. Was against dismal opposition however when Roughy went down early. Can't take much out of this game, except the fact he'll be a top two ruck again by seasons end.
Jordan Lewis: The old timer took a bit to get settled, but then the ex Hawk put the engine into cruise control on his way to a game high 28 disposals as he controlled the midfield. Included 5 marks and 3 tackles in what was a clinical performance from a player that will play an integral role in the young Demon's side. 92 fantasy points.
Callum Mills: The rumored midfield move over the pre season came to fruition as the big guns played limited time in the guts. Mills was everywhere as he chalked up 29 disposals (23 kicks, 6 handpasses) and 8 marks for 110 fantasy points to lead all comers on the ground. Zero tackles was a slight concern.
Isaac Heeney: Like Mills, was trialed through the guts with great effect. Started off slower than Mills, but worked his way into the game winning plenty of his own ball as well as being an outside option. Ended up with 23 touches, 4 marks and 9 tackles for 99 fantasy points.
Zak Jones: Put his best foot forward to nab some midfield minutes when the season proper starts - though will more than likely be a permanent fixture down back. Was relentless in his tackling pressure and had 11 of them by the end of the game. 21 disposals and 2 marks for 98 fantasy points. Could be a real smokey for your backlines.
Jamie Macmillan: Looks to have been released from his backline duties for the time being with the arrival of Marley Williams. Played the wing position to perfection as he worked hard both ways for 26 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles. Favorable kick to handball ratio was a good sign and ended up with 78 fantasy points.
Shaun Atley: Another who is being trialed out of the backline and into a more attacking role across the wing, pushing forward. The Roos lack speed in the guts without Wells and Boomer there now and they will look to fill the gap with Atley. Had 24 disposals for 67 fantasy points, though the 1 mark and 1 tackle is a worry.
Braydon Preuss: No slam tackles today from the hulking big man. Though did work hard all day in the ruck as the Roos number one. Looks to be a smart ruck bench option with Goldy and Daw shaky in the injury department. Had 29 hit outs against Tippett with 8 disposals and 2 tackles for 69 fantasy points.
Aaron Hall: Went out there with a point to prove to coach Eade it seemed. Racked up 9 tackles to display his much criticized defensive game to go along with 33 disposals and 127 fantasy points. Wants to be the main man in the guts and has got off to a good start of doing so in JLT 1.
Touk Miller: Picked up where he left off at the end of last year as predicted. Played through the middle and had some stints up forward as well. Was hard at it with 6 tackles for the game as well as 24 touches and 4 marks for 96 fantasy points. Undervalued forward option.
Pearce Hanley: Was noted by the commentators that he played a lot more time right in the middle rather than on the wings. Eade looks to want to switch him between half back and the centre bounces. Ended the match with 19 disposals, 2 marks, 1 goal and 5 uncharacteristic tackles as a results of his midfield time for 76 fantasy points.
Rohan Bewick: Played the majority of the game up on the wing and pushed into the 50 when required. Seems like he's had a good pre season behind him and ran out the game really well. Ended with 28 touches to be the best accumulator for the Lions, along with 8 marks and 2 tackles for 108 fantasy points.
Dayne Zorko: Came charging out like a Bull at a red gate in the first quarter and dominated the midfield with some trade mark break away runs. Will be a pivotal player in the guts the whole year, and even though only a MID option in 2017 - will make a great POD. Finished up with 16 touches and 11 tackles for 89 fantasy points in limited game time.
Archie Smith: Has been touted by other Lion players to perhaps help out big Stef this season and put his best foot forward for that role with a promising performance. Had 27 hit outs opposed to Dan Currie and Witts in the ruck, while also gathering 11 disposals and 2 tackles for 63 fantasy points.