Port Adelaide Power: Dream Team Preview

This is the next of our submitted Club Dream Team Previews. Thanks to Dunny for sending this one in! You will receive a stubby holder and if your article is one of the two that gets the most Facebook “Likes’ (just above this blurb), you’ll get yourself an AFL Prospectus! Read on!

2010 was a year to forget for the Power both on the field and in dream teams.  A run of 9 losses in a row did a fair bit to dent the hearts of the supporters, but a couple of players (yes I am looking at you R Gray!) dented the hopes of DT sides all over the nation!  The Power has lost their favourite son in Tredders but this shouldn’t hurt DT coaches as he wasn’t that much of a DT factor.  They have drafted well and with their new coach Matty Primus and the run of form towards the end of the year and the re-emergence of players like Gray (all too late) and the Hoff (Westhoff) should go into 2011 with a fair bit of confidence that they can improve on their 10th position to battle for a spot in the 8.

The Byes for Port Adelaide are gold for DT coaches!  They are evenly spread out in rounds 12 and 18 so the players should be well rested for the second half of the year and importantly the run into finals.  This should mean that they don’t have any players being rested if they are locked in for finals.  (Speaking of finals, Port plays Hawthorn, Western Bulldogs, Essendon and Melbourne across the DT Finals weeks).  However, even more enticing is that they by the time they have their first bye, the Gold Coast have had both of theirs so if you play your cards right you could use Power players to upgrade to Gold Coast Guns (read: G Ablett) .  In fact, the Power are the last team to have their first bye so upgrading them will mean you only have one bye to contend with at that position at the most.

DT Studs

Kane Cornes – He is truly Mr Reliable.  His last 5 years averages are a staggering 105, 107, 99, 95 and 101.  He hasn’t missed a game in the last 5 years either which means that he is a sure bet each and every week.  He won’t win you a week with a monster score, but he will keep you in the hunt.

Travis Boak – Boak is a player on the rise who is now cementing his place in the Power engine room.  Boak also increased his goalkicking last year, according to the Prospectus he went from 7 to 13 whilst upping his kicking to handballing ratio over each of his years in the comp which means higher DT scores!  He averaged 95 last year and I would look to an average over 100 this season.

A Unique pick anyone?

Dom Cassisi – The captain is a bit of an underrated player from a fantasy point of view.  I have had him for the last 2 years and he hasn’t disappointed.  After a slow start in 2010 he rebounded to finish with an average of 90.  Perhaps a little low for his price, but he has averaged in the 90’s for the last 3 years.  The backbone of his point scoring is his tackling, he laid the second most tackles for the second year in a row in 2010 with 176 (avg of 7.7 and 8.0 over last 2 seasons, that’s 32pts before even touching the ball!).  He does average 21 touches but there are more handballs than kicks given his in and under gamestyle.

Comeback Kids but buyer beware

Hamish Hartlett – This guy is going to be an out and out gun for both the real game and for DT.  However, he has to get over the soft tissue injures that have hampered his career.  Taken at pick 4 in 2008 he has shown silky skills and a knack for getting the ball.  In his 11 games in his rookie year he averaged 16 disposals and averaged 79 DT pts in his 4 games last year.  Should have a nice low discounted price to start the year and if he plays should be good for that Gold Coast upgrade in round 12.

Robbie Gray – The bane of every DT players existence in 2010!  When this guy is fit he is a star who just finds the ball and kicks goals.  He hasn’t played a full season yet but is said to be tearing up the track.  His most consistent year was 2009 where he averaged 73.  If he gets an injury discount after playing only 11 games last year he might be worth a look, but like many DT coaches, I have been burnt once, it won’t happen again!

Rookies

Ben Jacobs is the most fantasy relevant player for the Power rookies.  He dominated at the U18 champs averaging just under 29 disposals with a healthy kick / handball ratio.  He also knows where the big sticks are with 14 goals in the TAC cup in only 5 games and according to the prospectus he averaged a nice 106pts over those 5 so if he can get a game at Port Adelaide (and I believe he will) he will be a nice little Cash Cow that should mature around about round 10. NOTE: As reported this week (after this article was written), Jacobs has glandular fever and may miss the start of the season, at the very least he will be under done – Warnie.

Potential Downgrade Target

John Butcher – This guy could be a nice downgrade target towards the middle of the season.  He is being touted as a replacement for Tredrea as he is a tall marking forward who has some nice accuracy in front of goal.  He had a back injury that sidelined him for most of 2010 but he came in for the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL towards the back end of the year.  Watch for this guy to be getting a few games towards the latter half of the season, particularly if someone like Justin Westhoff or Jay Schulz gets an injury.  He is highly regarded at Alberton and will be given every opportunity at SANFL level to prove he is worthy of an AFL game.

Defenders

Chad Cornes – Can he recapture the glory days?  He started training with the kids and has apparently recaptured the hunger.  If left at CHB he should be able to play a nice sweeper role.  If he is fit and plays all 22 he could be a cheap buy given last year’s poor form.  Remember, his 2009 wasn’t widely regarded but he still averaged 87, it has been 4 years though since his average was over 90.

Troy Chaplin – Averages in the 70’s but I think there is probably some better value out there at his price.

Mids

Kane Cornes and Travis Boak – Look no further than these two guys, see above for their analysis.

Forwards

Robbie Gray is the only player of real DT relevance, but buyer beware with Robbie, just hope that he plays a few games to make him worth the selection.

Rucks

Jackson Trengove was a popular pick last season and he showed towards the end of the season that he is more than capable in the ruck but also down back where he played well.  If Dean Brogan goes down, Jackson is the most obvious player to step up and his scores should reflect that, but his value at the moment is limited as may be his minutes with the new Sub and bench rules.  His average was only 53 which meant he was more bench cover than a regular on your starting lineup.  But did have a 98, 80 and 3 scores in the 70’s.  There is potential there, but unless he gets the number 1 ruck job, may find himself in the SANFL for most of the year without injuries to the starting 22.

Summary

The Power isn’t the best team for high scores, but there is some value to be found.  With guys like Kornes, Boak and Cassisi you generally get what you pay for, but others coming back from injury like Gray and Hartlett could get you some value and potentially be cash cows.

20 Comments

  • Good read, don’t have any port players at present!

    Robbie Gray will be a no chance, yet again!

  • hey well done, about John Butcher he should be a starter for port adelaide considering he was draft pick 8 and kicked 48 goals from 16 gam for gippsland shoul i lock him in at the start instead pf isac smth!!!!

  • Port Adelaide will select a squad of 29 players for its two 40-minute games against the Crows and the Dees.

    Lobbe, (shoulder), Jacob Surjan (knee), David Rodan (knee), Hamish Hartlett (hamstring), Jay Schulz (hamstring), Jacobs (glandular fever), Travis Boak (appendix), Jason Davenport (shoulder), Andrew Moore (groin) and Brogan have already been ruled out, while Chad Cornes, Daniel Motlop and impressive draftee Cam O’Shea are confirmed starters.

    http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/107399/default.aspx

    • i played against Cameron O’Shea in juniors he was a GUN. Hope he gets a good go!

  • I am very tempted by gray at the moment, having their first bye in round 12 takes some pressure off the outs of multi bye rounds 4-6 and he definately has the ability to become a keeper. I have faith and if he gets through the NAB cup i’ll be on the grayvy train!!!

  • Jacobs was my only port player but now i think i’ll look elsewhere

  • Good write up here but this post if off-topic.

    http://www.fantasyfooty.net.au

    This is a draft-style game and an alternative to DT Pro and SuperCoach Pro. Like Dream Team, it’s is Free, but with a private league, it can be more fun because whoever set-up wht league would be the league commissioner and can set up any limits on team, force a trade deadline, introduce player waivers,and captain/vice captain options. Finals system can be up to eight teams (based on the actual AFL Finals system) and this will add more excitement to your DT addiction.

  • I went with Gray last year and he let me down but if hes fit and can get through the Preseason i think he can be a good pick

    • Agree completely. Gray will have a breakout year. Definitely more time in the midfield. Has had a great pre-season and killed it in an inter-club game. I forget what other crap like that made me pick him last year but NEVER AGAIN! You’re dead to me Robbie, dead to me. Do you hear? I hope not because that would be some freaky poltergeist thing because you’re dead to me.

  • Thoughts on Matthew Broadbent?? Third Year, more midfield time and definitely best 22.

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    • Hasn’t been enough of a regular for mine. There are a few others in front of him for midfield time I think. But definately one to keep an eye on

  • I’d say trengrove will get games and not languish in the SANFL. In the leadership group and isn’t really just a ruckman

    • He should get a run this year, really impressed me in the last few rounds. May be a candidate for the Sub given he can play back, ruck and forward. But not being a midfield capable could mean he gets full games.

      On the Sub rule, Chad Cornes is the most suited to that pinch hitting type role given he can play mid, fwd and back. This sort of role could really suit him given his injuries and age.

    • I live just off Alberton and like watching the boys train even though there not my team.
      I agree, Trengrove will definitely get games! They really like and have showed that by electing him to the leadership group at such a young age. I don’t even think they will use him as the sub, I think they have him in the best 22.
      I love Gray.. one of my fav players but I just can’t pick him again. I can’t see myself even picking Studly Cornes ever again! He has all the natural talent you need to be a champ but he really didn’t seem interested at all last year. Hopefully he is refreshed mentally as well as physically.

      • aggh excuse all the spelling and grammar mistakes ^
        Thats what happens when your on the comp at 1am

        • you say “I think they have him in the best 22” ..remember it’s 21 plus the sub so the sub is in the top 22! but I agree with selecting Trengove, a solid bench option if you have the cash, which I do. had him all last year and will go with him again

          • haha good point! but you know what I mean… best 21 even. Very solid bench spot, I have him in my team too

  • I had Gray last saeson and I hung on too long and got burnt, but I would consider him again if he is fit.

    I am now onto J Davenport any one think he will do any justice to the DT this year|???

    • Hey Barony,
      Davenport is out of action at the moment. He’s not been training with the squad because of a shoulder injury. Expected to be out forthe next 2/3 weeks. So he will miss a cpl of warm up games and might be under done coming into Rd 1 of the season proper