THE JLT Community Series traditionally leaves our AFL Fantasy team in a horrible mess as we jump at shadows, are deceived by fool's gold, and tricked into making irrational changes.
So, with that being said, here is our final team release prior to the start of the JLT, leaving it arguably the most balanced and sensible team we will create this year.
Our backline is full of experience and value with all players on the field having AFL experience. There is an argument to say all our defenders are underpriced but Alex Witherden has been targeted as a big improver in his third year while we are also taking full advantage of the discounted price of Brodie Smith and Zac Williams. James Sicily has been named up as the Hawks' No.1 kick-in option and judging by his training patterns and practice match, he is likely to play on where possible which is a handy addition to his scoring punch.
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On the back of a dominant AFLX performance, Patrick Cripps holds top spot in our midfield and looks primed to take his game to the next level, further adding to his significant improvement last year. Our big three underpriced premiums of Zach Merrett, Taylor Adams and Dustin Martin remained locks in our side with projected averages significantly higher than their asking price. The successful trial match completed by Brad Crouch gave us enough confidence to select the injury-prone star, while Blues young gun Sam Walsh showed everyone why he is worth the extra $100,000 asking price from basement rookies after an outstanding performance against the Hawks last week.
Brodie Grundy remains our No.1 ruck despite his recent toe issues and the only way this may change is if he doesn’t front up for any of the JLT. He is currently supported by emerging Dog ruckman Tim English who looks set to be given every chance to consolidate the role as preferred big man at the Kennel. In the mix for the second spot is Max Gawn and Matthew Kreuzer who will both be monitored very closely during the JLT.
Our forward line will be led by must-have Cat Patrick Dangerfield, who is underpriced in our eyes. He is supported by emerging stars Josh Dunkley and Tim Kelly who are currently edging out Isaac Heeney and Jack Billings with both likely to stake their claims for an adjustment during the JLT. Will Setterfield remains a lock after spending considerable time in the middle and on the wing against the Hawks, while Izak Rankine and Connor Rozee both appear likely starters at their respective clubs.