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Fantasy form watch: JLT week two

Calvin from The Traders  February 27, 2017 10:00 AM

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Josh Caddy impressed in his first outing for the Tigers

• Liked the look of: 12 eyecatchers from JLT week two

ANOTHER week of pre-season matches have come and gone and after making hundreds of changes to our teams in the opening round, many coaches are finding it very difficult to #JLTStayStrong.

Who shone in week two of the JLT Community Series and which players have put their hand up to make our Fantasy team?

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St Kilda vs Port Adelaide

Both teams entered the second week of the JLT Community Series nearly full strength and it was great to see Patrick Ryder (FWD/RUC, $411,000) lining up in middle for the opening bounce. Ryder, who appears to have bulked up during his year out of the game, was rusty in his return and only managed 33 points from 70 per cent time on ground. Matthew Lobbe (RUC, $441,000) played half a game which restricted Ryder's time in the middle, but he'll be better for the run so don't write him off just yet.

Nick Riewoldt (FWD, $667,000) continued from where he left off from last year with a +6 (mark, kick) in the first 25 seconds. He played off a wing and rested forward and although he had 52 in the first half, he only scored six more as he was managed throughout the game.

Many Fantasy coaches had their eye on Sam Powell-Pepper (MID, $216,000), who crunched Riewoldt in the early minutes. Powell-Pepper was good for his 40 points but will need to show more in his remaining games at his inflated rookie price.

Luke Dunstan (MID, $416,000) led the way for the Saints with 95 but it was Chad Wingard (FWD, $432,000), who impressed as he started on the ball in what is being talked up as his 'new role'. He top scored for the Power with 79 and looked sharp all game.

#StayStrongJLT: With a score of 34 next to his name, Brett Eddy (FWD, $150,000) still proved himself as a worthy selection for your Fantasy bench. He played less than a half and did some very impressive things in limited time.

Jake Carlie (DEF/FWD, $359,000) had a great first half with 43 and finished with the game with 60. If we're talking about quality first halves, then we can't look any further than Jack Steven (MID, $630,000). He was simply on fire with 21 disposals and 80 points in only 39 per cent game time. He only had 3.8 per cent ownership prior to the game, which is now climbing by the hour.

Playing their first game with their new club, Jack Steele (FWD/MID 432,000) and Koby Stevens (FWD/MID, $517,000) failed to impress, scoring 39 and 53 respectively. If you have backed these boys in to improve at their new club, don't jump off just yet, they'll need time … or at least one more chance against Carlton next week.

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Richmond vs Adelaide

Fantasy coaches had their black book out for this one and with Rory Sloane and Scott Thompson on the sidelines, there were plenty of opportunities for minutes in the Crows' midfield. Fresh from averaging 88 in the SANFL, Harrison Wigg (MID, $150,000) racked up plenty of the ball for his score of 87.

Former Giant Curtly Hampton (DEF, $204,000) was very impressive as he found the ball all over the ground. He had the second highest score with 89 and after not managing a senior game last year, he's certainly put his hand up to be a round one starter.

For the Tigers, rookie Dan Butler (FWD, $150,000) is another pushing for a round one spot. He only averaged 59 from 15 games in the VFL last year but certainly proved he's better than that, with 17 disposals and 74 points.

It was great to see Andy Otten (DEF, $150,000) playing again after missing the past two seasons through injury. He looked good with a solid score of 71 but will still find it very hard to crack this team come round one. Jake Kelly (DEF, $210,000) has been in the same boat and up the same creek as Otten and hasn't played for the Crows since 2015. He took the most of his chances laying six tackles in his score of 88.

The battle of the rucks between Sam Jacobs (RUC, $534,000) and Toby Nankervis (FWD/RUC, $365,000) was an interesting one. Jacobs appeared to be struggling with an injury, which will need to be monitored over next few weeks and as for Nankervis, he dominated.

Nankervis had 85, which was amazing considering he shared the ruck duties with Ivan Maric (RUC, $392,000), who played 50 per cent of the game. I doubt this will happen when the season starts, making Nankervis a lock in my team as a second ruckman.

Of the premiums, no one was better than Rory Laird (DEF, $584,000), who collected 33 possessions and a game-high 117. With 20 per cent ownership in the backline, he's a popular pick who didn't disappoint.

Recruit Josh Caddy (FWD/MID, $517,000) did enough to convince his owners he's in for a big year with 77 and Dion Prestia (MID, $561,000) also played well with 68 points from just over half a game.

#StayStrongJLT: Dustin Martin (MID, $646,000) didn't put a foot wrong for his score of 78 and did spend a bit of time up forward, which if he continues could see him gain forward eligibility come round six when Fantasy positions are updated.

Melbourne vs Carlton 

With both teams virtually full strength this was another useful game to use in shaping our Fantasy teams and our Draft rankings.

Bryce Gibbs (MID, $636,000) top scored for the Blues with 94 and Jack Viney (MID, $611,000) and Christian Petracca (FWD, $409,000) led the way for Melbourne with 96 each, but it was Petracca who impressed most after playing just 65 per cent game time.

Jordan Lewis (MID, $623,000) doesn't appear to be slowing down at his new club, finding plenty of the ball for his score of 70. Christian Salem (DEF, $383,000) shocked a few with 96 as he spent a large portion of the game in the midfield. After eight games last year at an average of 68, he's certainly a contender to break out this year.

Ruck duties were once again shared between Max Gawn (RUC, $642,000) and Jake Spencer (RUC, $281,000) but like last week, it didn't hamper Gawn's scoring as he went forward taking marks and hitting the scoreboard with two goals. He finished the day on 86 and as for Spencer, he'll need to do more if he wants to play round one after managing just one kick in over half a game.

#StayStrongJLT: In his first game with his new club, Michael Hibberd (DEF, $428,000) struggled. 39 points was far from the score his coaches wanted to see. The 20 per cent of Fantasy coaches who currently own him need to stay strong and give him another chance.

21 per cent of Fantasy coaches tuned in with their eyes firmly fixed on Marc Murphy (MID, $482,000). Without setting the world on fire, he was a little 'handball happy' for his score of 68. Murphy remains a 'rose' (a cheap former premium player) and should prove his worth next week against the Saints.

Former Giants duo Caleb Marchbank (DEF, $205,000) and Jarrod Pickett (FWD/MID, $150,000) impressed for their new team with Marchbank taking a game-high 10 marks for his score of 85. Pickett only came on in the second half for his 27 points but looked dangerous around the goals.

Also new to the club is ex-Cat Billie Smedts (FWD/MID, $259,000), but he didn't do too much with just 13 disposals and only 45 points.

Sam Docherty (DEF, $609,000) and Kade Simpson (DEF, $611,000) both averaged over 100 last year, but after both scored under 70, we should trade them out, right? Wrong. Rest easy my trigger-happy traders, they'll be fine.

West Coast vs Fremantle

It is very hard to take much out of this game which was a one-sided affair where the top 15 Fantasy scorers were all from West Coast. Michael Waters (FWD, $493,000) led the points for Fremantle with only 65.

The Eagles were superb and looked a premiership contender with Sam Mitchell (MID, $602,000) firing from the start. He amassed 28 touches for his score of 83, and should be moved up your Draft rankings.

Mark LeCras (FWD, $498,000) did as he pleased all game, top-scoring with 124 from 13 marks. Sharrod Wellingham (DEF, $367,000) backed up his 114 from last week with another impressive score of 86. Surprisingly, unlike last week, he never set foot into the midfield and scored all his points in defence.

After a somewhat disappointing 2016 where he averaged 94, Andrew Gaff (MID, 564,000) looks back to his best with eight marks on his way to 85.

All eyes were on the return of Nat Fyfe (MID, $595,000), who shouldered the majority of the workload in the midfield with Lachie Neale sitting out the game. For any coaches questioning his fitness, think again. He moved like Winx and the 38 per cent of coaches who own the Brownlow medallist would have been very happy with his 61.

#StayStrongJLT: Stay strong? Then call me 'weak' because after seeing Cam McCarthy's (FWD, $221,000) game and score of just 21 in 74 per cent time on ground, he's out of my team and other coaches should consider doing the same. Although he won't be scoring like this every week, a rookie for $70,000 less could produce better scores.

North Melbourne vs Hawthorn 

On Sunday afternoon we saw Tom Mitchell (MID, $638,000) for the first time in his new colours and he didn't disappoint. He was busy for his 89 and was very well supported by Jaeger O’Meara (MID, $364,000), who started with all guns blazing. He racked up 60 of his 78 points in the first half and after two JTL appearances, he's done more than enough to earn a place in your side.

Jarrad Roughead (FWD, $373,000) also played his second game and spent some time running through the midfield for his score of 78.

#StayStrongJLT: Nine per cent of coaches currently have Luke Hodge (DEF, $525,000) locked away in their defence. He only managed 57 but there is no need to raise the alarm yet.

Teia Miles (FWD, $150,000) had 46, a little down from the 58 he had in the opening round, but at his price we shouldn't be too concerned. All we need is for Miles to be named round one and he'll be a very popular bench option.

The leading the scorer for the Hawks was … wait for it … Ty Vickery (FWD, $311,000) with 90. With Ben McEvoy resting, Vickery had some time in the ruck and made the most of his opportunities with 17 disposals and six marks.

With McEvoy out, the Kangaroos' big men had a field day. Todd Goldstein (RUC, $582,000) had 71 in just 65 per cent game time and Braydon Preuss (RUC, $150,000) continued on from his 69 from week one with very nice 76. At 206cm, Preuss made his mark in the VFL last year averaging 34 hit-outs and 82 points a game. He's a project ruckman for the Kangaroos and with not many cheap players in this position, he's certainly worthy of a spot on your bench.

#StayStrongJLT: No one loves pre-season like Shaun Higgins (FWD, $484,000) and he delivered again with 86, backing up his 91 from week one. However, he has never played a full season of football in his 10-year career. Stay strong coaches.

Despite being awkwardly priced, recruit Nathan Hrovat (FWD/MID, $380,000) was solid with 72 and from the cheaper options, Mitchell Hibberd (DEF/MID, $150,000) delivered with 62. He had 24 disposals and with three tackles and no marks, there is plenty of room to improve. After dominating last week with 72, Ed Vickers-Willis (DEF, $150,000) didn't take a single grab, but still managed to score a respectable 52. He's currently ahead of Hibberd heading into round one but needs a solid game in his third and final game in two weeks time.

Trent Dumont (MID, 457,000) led all scorers with 107 from only 67 per cent game time. Usually he'd fall under the bracket of #StayStrongJLT, but after averaging 76 last year, Dumont enters his third season and could potentially be a break out candidate in 2017.

Gold Coast vs Essendon 

Over a dozen best-22 players missed this game with Gary Ablett, Zach Merrett, Dyson Heppell and David Zaharakis headlining the list, but there was still a bit to gain from this contest.

Brent Stanton (MID, $574,000) is basically a sure thing to have defender status added next to his name in round six. He scored 87 and did it all from the defensive end. In my eyes, his value in Draft now increases and he should be moved up your rankings.

Young gun Darcy Parish (MID, $446,000) was very busy. In just over half a game, Parish had 24 disposals and top scored for the Bombers with 97.

Jobe Watson (MID, $447,000) continues to blow out the cobwebs but showed enough promising signs with his 79. First-gamer Joshua Begley (FWD, $190,000) slotted four goals for 73 and Michael Hurley (DEF, $447,000) was solid with 70.

It was all about the rookies for the Suns. Ben Ainsworth (FWD/MID, $244,000) played just over half a game for his 58 from 13 possessions, but it was Will Brodie (MID, $234,000) who stole the show with 18 touches, five tackles and 81 points. Brodie is likened to Sydney's Josh Kennedy and he certainly fits the mould, especially after attending a team-high 16 centre bounces.

#StayStrongJLT: David Swallow (MID, $355,000) only had 56, but did find the ball 18 times. The main thing here is, he got through the game. Don't panic and make huge changes regarding Swallow, continue to back him in as he builds towards round one.

Touk Miller (FWD/MID, 493,000) continues to impress with 75 and Alex Sexton (MID, $384,000) led all scorers with 108. He was joined by former Docker Michael Barlow (MID, $583,000) as the only players to crack triple figures. Barlow was everywhere with a game-high 31 disposals and if you're looking for a unique midfielder, then you can join the two per cent of coaches who currently have him and enjoy the year ahead.