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...
Jack Steven: Seemed like more machine than man from the opening bounce on his way to 80 fantasy points - and that was just in the first half. Controlled the midfield like he did two years back in his breakout season. Amassed 21 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles and was rested in the second half.
Luke Dunstan: Was the top fantasy scorer for the Saints by the end of the game with 95. Floated through the midfield and up forward for 20 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles and 2 goals. A mid only, so may not have shown enough for some to consider.
Dylan Roberton: Looked back to his seagulling best down back when he was racking up the cheap marks in 2015. Had 6 marks to go along with his 23 disposals (18 kicks, 5 handballs) and 79 fantasy points. Was super consistent in the back half of 2015 and seems to be underpriced after an injury interrupted 2016.
Chad Wingard: Rolled through the midfield more than what he did last season it seemed as he setup numerous attacks. Had a well rounded performance with 18 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles as well as a goal for 79 fantasy points. Looks undervalued by 10-15 points and could be a sneaky pickup.
Ollie Wines: Though he didn't have a overly friendly fantasy game with the stat sheet, Ollie did display an enormous work rate around the contest. Had a game high 10 tackles to go along with his 20 disposals - though his kick to handball ratio was dismal (4:16).
Brett Eddy: Played just the half, but ended up on 36 fantasy points, with 23 of those in the third quarter. Could have potentially chalked up the half ton if he kicked straight, instead booting 3 behinds. Had 6 kicks and 5 marks, and lead up the ground well - is in line for a round one berth if he keeps this up.
Toby Nankervis: Took the number one ruck role with both hands and ran with it all game. Was solid around the ground for 15 disposals to go with his 14 hitouts, 5 marks, 2 tackles and 89 fantasy points. If you're looking for a mid price ruck, he should be top of your list.
Dan Butler: Stayed in the game for the full four quarters and ended the night with 74 fantasy points. Just 20 years old and in his 3rd year on the list, is a 150k forward option. Played as a true small forward for his 17 disposals, 4 tackles and 1 goal while setting up numerous others. Smokey round one call up beckons.
Kamdyn McIntosh: Had just the 52 fantasy points, but ran hot in the first half as the Tigers found him at every opportunity running out of the back half. Looked impressive across the ground and his kick to handball ratio at one stage was 9:0. Ended the night with 16 disposals, 3 marks and a goal.
Rory Laird: Showed everyone why he's considered one of the most consistent fantasy performers with 117 fantasy points to lead everyone on the ground. The Crows looked for him every chance out of the backline and he had numerous intercepts as well. Chalked up 33 disposals, 3 marks and 6 tackles in an impressive display.
Harry Wigg: A 150k, MID only option that will be pressing his claims for a round one spot. Damaging left footer who knows how to find the ball as he found it 23 times throughout the game off a wing/half back position. Also had 4 marks, 4 tackles and finished with 89 fantasy points.
Andy Otten: Another 150k cheapie, this time in the backline. Looked good out there off the back flank as he also got a few of his 17 touches closer to the wing as well. Had 6 easy marks, 3 tackles and 71 fantasy points. Fingers crossed he gets another go come round one.
Jack Viney: Looms as an elite fantasy option this year after a breakout 2016. Reliable as ever, Viney ended the game with a team high 98 fantasy points. Had 19 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 2 goals in a stat filler of a game. Seems destined to be their number one midfielder, if not there already.
Christian Petracca: After a slow start, he couldn't have turned up the dial much further in the second on his way to 4 straight majors. Ended the night just behind viney for fantasy points with 96 in a prominent half forward type role. Ended up with 19 disposals, 6 marks and 1 tackle. A worry that he didn't get as much mid time as fantasy coaches would have liked in this game.
Christian Salem: The other Christian finally delivered on the potentially in his second JLT game after an ordinary first match. Earmarked for more midfield duties by Goodwin, Salem had 21 disposals, 3 marks and 5 tackles to end the night with 92 fantasy points. Could be a backline breakout contender.
Bryce Gibbs: Was his usual industrious self and appeared unfazed by the failed off season trade attempt to the Crows. Galloped around the midfield and picked up disposals at will to end up with 8 kicks and 21 handballs (not the greatest ratio). Also had 3 marks and 5 tackles to finish on 96 fantasy points.
Caleb Marchbank: May be the answer we are looking for as our sixth defender option. Was rock solid down back all night and joined in on the easy marks for 85 fantasy points. Ended up with a game high 10 marks, 18 disposals and 3 tackles. Ownership will rise after that effort.
Sam Docherty: Only shifted himself into second gear, but still managed to chalk up 24 disposals, 2 marks and a tackle for his 69 fantasy points. Played the wing and ran hard both ways, and looks to have moved on from his defensive duties since Bolton's arrival. Will no doubt be up there again as a top 6 defender option in fantasy land on the back of his super consistent scoring.
Luke Shuey: There was limited pressure from the Freo boys and Shuey took full advantage with 107 fantasy points to his name. May have had the pressure valve released with the introduction of Sam Mitchell who also impressed. Shuey managed 27 quality touches, 8 marks and 2 tackles.
Jack Redden: After his impressive match in JLT 1, Redden came on after half time in this one and posted up 43 fantasy points to his name. The game was over, though Freo played better in the second half which adds credit to Redden's score. Ended the game with 8 disposals, 3 marks and 3 trademark Redden tackles.
Sharrod Wellingham: Backed it up after top scoring in JLT 1 for the Eagles with 86 fantasy points this game. Was mopping up and intercepting everything down in the back half to finish up with 24 touches, 7 marks and 2 tackles. At 367k, could be a clever pick down back.
It has to be said, there wasn't a whole lot to like about the Dockers in this game from a fantasy perspective. Their highest score was Michael Walters with just 65 points!
Nat Fyfe drifted in and out of the game, being rested at times and ended up with 22 disposals in a promising first game back. As for the rest of the team, I woulnd't be going anywhere near them on the back of that performance. Hopefully JLT 3 brings about some brighter options, though i'm not sure who it's going to come from. The fact that the Dockers stunk it up so bad with only Neale, Bennell and Sandilands being the only big names out - it worries me about coaches picking up Fyfe, he's going to have to have broad shoulders in 2017 and I don't know if he can hold them up all year.
Brayden Preuss: For the second week running, the man mountain managed to impress again switching between forward and ruck duties. He managed 76 fantasy points and snagged 3 goals with his 6 kicks, 2 marks and 27 hitouts. Keeps this form up and he's going to form a formidable duo with Goldy come round one.
Mitchell Hibberd: Though he only scored 64 fantasy points, Hibberd still managed to be the Roos equal highest disposal winner on the ground with 25 touches. He roamed around the back flank and up the wings freely and used the ball efficiently more often than not. At 150k, is another option to think about for your backline bench.
Nathan Hrovat: Was classy up front and through the midfield playing as a high half forward option and pushing forward when the time was right. Played the Boomer role to perfection really. Ended the game with 18 disposals and 2 goals for his 72 fantasy points. Midfield time is a slight worry though, would like to see him in a few centre bounces.
Tom Mitchell: Was everything fantasy coaches had hoped for in his first game in the brown and gold. Played through the midfield and seems a like for like replacement for Sam Mitchell. Can be handball happy at times, though still racked up 93 fantasy points from 26 touches, 6 marks and 3 tackles.
Jaeger O'Meara: Has all but assured himself a spot in most fantasy teams with an impressive follow up from JLT 1. Showed his class for 76 fantasy points and was everywhere in the first half before being rested for parts of the second. Ended the game with 22 disposals, 5 marks and a superb snap goal from the boundary, 40m out. Lock.
Jarryd Roughead: Remarkable comeback in the scheme of things for this bloke, backed up his first game with an even better outing this time around. Seems to be playing further up the ground and didn't require any goals to bump his score up like in previous years. Had 23 touches, 4 marks and tackle for his 78 fantasy points. Hard to look past.
Alex Sexton: Was really impressive in the absence of a few of the GCS midfielders. Played the majority in the guts with stints up forward for his 2 goals. Had 26 disposals and 7 marks to get his fantasy score up to 110, which happened to be a game high. Mid only option will deter most fantasy coaches.
Michael Barlow: Eade said he would look to rest Barlow before the game - didn't happen. Barlow played the entire match in the midfield and racked up with ease for his game high 31 disposals. Also had 5 marks and 5 tackles for 103 fantasy points. He's going to be dangerous this season.
Will Brodie: Lit it up in the first quarter as he played through the midfield/wing and pushed forward. Was leading the fantasy points chart by the end of quarter one and went on with it for 77 fantasy points by the end of the game. Could be the pick of the GC rookies to start the year based on that effort.
Darcy Parish: Going to be something special this kid, only his second season, though looked like a seasoned veteran out there. Played the midfield role to perfection and was in the majority of centre bounces. Could we see a Bont or Fyfe like second year breakout? Ended with 88 fantasy points, 23 touches, 6 marks, 3 tackles and a goal to his name.
Brent Stanton: Was rumoured all pre season to play down back this year and he didn't disappoint. If he keeps this up, he's a shoe in for DPP come round 6 in the backline. Mopped up and intercepted beautifully all game, while the Dons loved putting it in his hands. Had 21 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles for his 79 fantasy points.
Jayden Laverde: Played up forward the whole game and was dangerous roaming around inside the 50 arc. Has bulked up considerably over the pre season by the looks. Ended the game with 3 majors to go along with his 15 touches, 6 marks and 3 tackles. Should improve on his 62 2016 average this season one would think.
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