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JLT2 Fantasy review: The Pig is back, but will it last?

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THE LIGHT at the end of the pre-season tunnel is starting to shine.

The final round of the JLT Community Series is done and dusted, and we have some interesting findings. With no more games until the season kicks off on March 21st between Richmond v Carlton, all Fantasy coaches are now finalising their starting teams.

Here is everything you need to know from JLT as we head towards the first lockout of 2019.

Geelong v Essendon

He's in, he's out and now Zach Merrett (MID, $736,000) can come back in. After a disappointing JLT1, Merrett came on in the second term and collected four touches in the first minute. He finished the day with 70 from just 59 per cent game time.

Just like Merrett, Tim Kelly (MID/FWD, $630,000) reminded Fantasy coaches what he is capable of with a score of 108. He attended 15 centre bounces, the second highest for the game, behind Patrick Dangerfield.

Many coaches were hoping Zac Clarke (RUC, $270,000) would be a legitimate option after his 104 last week, but unfortunately he didn’t play against the Cats. He was listed as "injured" and if he was a risky pick before this, he’s even riskier now.

Kick in Watch: @FantasyFreako was all over this again but the numbers weren’t anything to celebrate with just four kicks taken from outside the square from the 18 opportunities. A huge change in tactics compared to last week.

Greater Western Sydney v Adelaide

The news from this game was all about the Crouch brothers. Brad Crouch (MID, $524,000) was sensational with 118 while Matt Crouch (MID, $761,000) had the ball on a string with 38 possessions and 139.

Wayne Milera (DEF, $546,000) backed up his 85 from JLT1 with another strong performance. After his 108, he is another name that comes with great value in defence.

Where is Josh Kelly (MID, $787,000)? Kelly hasn’t played in either of the two JLT games which causes great concerns for his owners. Zac Williams (DEF, $421,000) also didn’t play after only playing just half a game in JLT1. Keep your ear to the ground for news about these two over the coming week.

Kick in Watch: Brodie Smith (DEF, $439,000) was once again on kick in duties and finished the day on 99. He played on four times from his five opportunities.

Port Adelaide v North Melbourne

One word: Pig. From 41 touches and an amazing 16 marks, Tom Rockliff (MID, $600,000) turned back the clock to score the highest score for the JLT Community Series. His 178 proved that the pig hasn't lost his snout after averaging just 83 last year.

Willem Drew (MID/FWD, $170,000) and Xavier Duursma (DEF/MID, $236,000) firmed as red-hot chances to debut after their second JLT game. Duursma won the Fantasy battle though with 92 while Drew finished the day with 81.

From just 58 per cent game time, Bailey Scott (MID, $174,000) impressed with 84. Scott captained the Allies last year in the NAB U/18 Championships and won All Australian honours after averaging 24 touches a game.

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Melbourne v Brisbane

Angus Brayshaw (MID, $763,000) did it again. He is a man on a mission this year and backed up his huge 150 from JLT1 with another big 139. He is currently owned by 21 per cent of Fantasy coaches who can't wipe the smile of their faces.

Former Docker Lachie Neale (MID, $727,000) found plenty of the ball for his 83. It's his kick to handball ratio is what is restricting him from taking his scores to the next level. From his 28 disposals, Neale only had three kicks. From all the JLT games over the last two weeks, Neale ranks No.1 across the League attending 83 per cent of centre bounces.

After scoring 97 last week, Lincoln McCarthy (FWD, $305,000) showed why he could be a decent cheap option up forward after he had another solid game with 70. He had a game-high nine inside-50s and has certainly settled in to his new club.

Kick in Watch: For those hoping to see Marty Hore (DEF, $170,000) named for round one might need a plan B. He scored 44 and didn’t take a single kick in as Jordan Lewis was back taking charge.

Hawthorn v Richmond

Fresh off a game-high 111 last week, we were all very interested to see if James Cousins (MID, $329,000) could back it up. After a quick start, he dropped off as the game went on and finished the day with a solid 81.

Former Gold Coast top-10 pick Jack Scrimshaw (DEF, $203,000) dominated early to have 52 in the first quarter. He only managed another 23, but at his price and with not many rookie-priced defenders available, he'll be a popular pick if he gets named round one.

Dustin Martin (MID, $674,000) showed no signs of concern from his injury scare last week as he strolled though the game with 95 from only 65 per cent game time.

Superstar Tiger Dustin Martin looks primed for a big year. Picture: AFL Photos

Sydney v Gold Coast

With Jake Lloyd (DEF, $738,000) on the sidelines due to illness, Callum Mills (DEF, $522,000) was required in defence and therefore didn't attend one centre bounce unlike last week. He scored 89 from a game-high eight marks.

Popular rookie Chris Burgess (DEF/FWD, $170,000) struggled. At half-time he was sitting on just two points and finished the day with 33. He failed to capitalise on his opportunities kicking 1.3 goals.

Anthony Miles (MID, $425,000) is currently owned by 10 per cent of coaches who are scratching their heads after he managed just 46. While some mid-priced players are setting up to the plate, others are not.

Western Bulldogs v St Kilda

Dylan Roberton (DEF, $537,000) looked great once again for his 85 but sent a scare through the Saints rooms after reporting he felt "a little bit off" after the match. He will be monitored further during the week. 

After limited appearances at centre bounces last week, Josh Dunkley (MID, $695,000) was back in the thick of things on Sunday attending 13. He scored a game-high 119 and has stormed back into calculations.

Jack Billings (MID/FWD, $618,000) continues his strong case to be in your Fantasy side with 101. Billings had 25 disposals, with over half of his possessions collected inside the defensive 50.

Josh Dunkley was back to his best in JLT2. Picture: AFL Photos

Fremantle v West Coast

Dom Sheed (MID, $539,000) is the real deal. He once again top-scored for the Eagles, backing up his 136 from JLT1 with 40 touches and 123 points. With only six per cent of coaches onboard, he's a great unique pick considering he's priced at his 2018 average of 74.

Cheap forwards Jack Petruccelle (FWD, $170,000) and Jarrod Brander (FWD, $170,000) produced their best scores of 71 and 69 respectively, as they push for a round one game. Both played games for the club last year, but scored low enough to remain rookie-priced in 2019.

From 24 touches and six tackles, Andrew Brayshaw (MID, $485,000) was a standout for the Dockers. After playing 17 games at an average of 67 in his debut season, Brayshaw will take his game to a higher level this year. On the back of the departure of Lachie Neale, Brayshaw looks set to fill the void.

Collingwood v Carlton

Ball-magnet Adam Treloar (MID, $787,000) did as he pleased as he racked up 42 disposals for 140. With less than five per cent ownership, he has really slipped under everyone's radar this pre-season.

Nic Newman (DEF, $552,000) had an impressive start to his year as a Blue with a score of 97 in JLT1, but he failed to back it up a week later. He scored 29 and reminded us all that he could produce premium scores one week and rookie scores the next.

Despite only playing just over half a game, Jamie Elliott (FWD, $385,000) impressed once again. He hasn't put a foot wrong this pre-season and kicked two goals for his score of 57.

Kick in Watch: Darcy Moore (DEF/FWD, $410,000) took a game-high eight kick ins and played on three times. He scored 98 and had a day out in defence for the Pies.