Deck of Dream Team 2012: Hamish Hartlett

Name: Hamish Hartlett
Club: Port Adelaide
Position: Centre
Bye Round: 13
2011 Average: 88
2011 Games Played: 16
Predicted Average: 95

Why should I pick him? Hartlett was taken at pick 4 by Port in the 2008 draft, since then he has struggled to stay on the ground with only 31 games over 3 years.  However, 16 of them came last year.  He finished the season early to get surgery on his busted shoulder.  Word is that this has been successful and he is looking the goods in pre-season.

Across his 16 games last season he had 3 tons and 6 scores in the 90’s.  He had two failures in the 50’s and a 64 in his first game of the year, but all of his trends were up until he hurt himself and scored 83 and 87 in his last two games before heading off for surgery.

In a team that has been poor, if he can stay healthy, Hartlett is a massive chance to rack up 90’s+ on a regular basis.  He is a damaging kick and his Kick to Handball ratio is about 2:1 which is certainly a positive.

Whilst he doesn’t score many goals, a bonus for him is that he doesn’t give away many frees either, averaging only 0.5 given away per game last year.

If he has a fit Dom Cassisi in the team who can get in and under to get the ball out, Hartlett is likely to be there to receive it and pump it forward.  We have only really seen glimpses from him but from what I saw this year he will only get better and better.  Whilst he didn’t have a 3rd year breakout, given his number of games I predict that this will be his breakout year (since his first two seasons really only equalled one year worth of games).  Other factors that will help here are that Boak is now grabbing more opposition attention and Robbie Gray managed to play a full season in fair form in the latter half and should also draw a lot of attention which may leave Hartlett out on his own to pick up the stats that DT coaches love.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?  Injuries.  That is pretty much all that limits this guy from being the number one clearance player at Port Adelaide.  He has had shocking issues with soft tissue in his hammys and now has a troublesome shoulder that required season ending surgery last year after round 20.  Having said that he is reportedly over these problems now.

His other problem is being in an underperforming team like Port.  This will hurt him through lack of his team having the ball!  If the team starts to turn this around, his scores will rise.

Port also don’t have the best draw in the world only getting to play GC and GWS once each, both away from home!  So this is a factor that could hurt all Power players.  He shares his bye with GAJ and the Hawthorn players of which most sides will have at least one mid-fielder.

Deck of DT Rating: Jack.  When this guy is on, he has a lot of skill and flair, he just needs to do it more often and being injury free will be a massive part of that.  Now that he has cemented his spot in the team and should get a bit more help with Dom Cassisi being back from injury and Brad Ebert to help out in the midfield, Hamish may not get as much attention from the other teams which will leave him loose across the wings where he likes to run and penetrate into the forward line.

I think this will be the break out year for Hartlett and also Boak who showed us more of what he can do last year.  If the team starts to have some success then I think Hartlett could be a bit of a diamond in the rough and start to rip out some good scores as your last Mid.

47 Comments

  • Good write up. I think there has to be better options in the mids though. Would probably look for a cash cow over him in my opinion.

    • I think the key will be his starting price. If it is low enough he could get you some good scores whilst allowing you to spend up big on other Mids.

      Agree though that it might be hard to fit him in, but if he does bust out like I think he will, 100’s consistently aren’t out of the question.

      • The word is that he will be a champion, and compared to me he already is hahahahah

        • Hey Dunny, I think it’s a JOKE that Port don’t play GWS or GC at home and only play them both once.

          I did give Port some cheek on this site, but I won my work footy tipping by backing Port to beat Melbourne in the last round last year and loved that win. It was good for the club, good for footy.

          Here’s hoping your boys start kicking some arse in 2012.

  • Injuries scare with me with this guy, like the write up regardless dunny. Pass for me :)

    • What do you think of Broughton this year mate? He’s very much in the mix for me.

      • With all the mids we picked up in the drafts is say he’ll be in the backline this year. Considering also he got 3rd b&f behind Pav and fyfe so he obviously fits that defender roll. He’s one to watch in the nab cup though, when he plays in the mid he scores awesome

  • Dunny, you have done well to stay focused when writing about a Port Player.
    (Sorry Port fans, I just love a cheap dig and I’m not very creative, kinda like Matty Primus hahah)

    HH’ isn’t on my radar, even though he probably should be.

    Who wants to get HH as a mid when you can have Trengrove or Dustin for less than $10,000 more?
    No one!

    But if you have him in defense, with his sick-dog D/M option, he does become tempting. I think I’ll lock in Broughton instead. Even though I hate Ross Lyon with an unnatural passion.

    P.S. Saying ‘Lock’ is like saying ‘I love you.’ You may mean it at the time but then one day, you think you can do better and it’s all over.

    P.S.S. I just saw one of those old school WANTED posters up in the city. It has a photo of Ross Lyon and is says, ‘Wanted dead or alive, for winning ugly, loosing ugly and drawing ugly.’

  • Hartlett is a mid/def on fan footy. Is this correct? He could be decent as a defender with a 95 ave.

    • That is what I am hoping for. If that is the case I think he is a lot more value.

      • Great write up Dunny. I’ve learnt to traditionally stay away from Port players for the reasons you mentioned but HH may be the exception. If he has a full, injury-free preseason and is listed as DEF/MID then he could be excellent value. Especially if he averages 95+.

        High averaging defenders are hard to come by in DT as opposed to Midfielders so it may be worth risking him if he becomes one of the top defenders in DT.

        • Exactly. People are over playing how bad Port are, they have recruited well and will improve next year no doubt! That means blokes like Hartlett will get more of the ball. Great unique pick – could be a top 5 defender in 2012.

          • Port are REALLY bad and look at how the final ladder looked at the end of this season. GC will make more measurable improvement as a team in general and will continue to do so week in week out, Brisbane with an improving midfield that boasts genuine guns that simply Port doesn’t have, add to that a fit JB and a top notch ruck (again Port doesn’t have) will be in that bottleneck to make the 8. Crows have a superior list to Port across all lines and will surprise many with a different (attacking) game plan and will push for the 8.

            These are the closet teams surrounding Port on the ladder and are better placed to quickly turn themselves into more formidable opposition. The Power will have to find something pretty special to keep up with these 3 teams let alone other teams that seek improvement on TY. Quite simply I firmly believe due to bad (past) recruiting the Power are in for another shocker in 2012.

          • i agree as long as he has a injury free pre season he could be great pick

  • Pass on Harlett.

  • Heppell or Hartlett? They are fighting for my 5th spot in defence. Swaying towards Heppell. Please Help!
    Good Write-Up!

    • Definetly Heppell, spends a lot of time in the mids, averaged 80 in his first year could be an awesome 2nd year player :)

  • Another awesome write up! Probably needs to establish himself as a durable premo and possibly become a mid season upgrade. IMO to risky to start with especially with R13 bye.

  • Nice write up, but even if he has def/mid dpp he’s way to injury prone for me and playing for Port doesnt really help.
    Pass

  • Nice, if gibbs is just a mid I will strongly consider this guy as long as he is a def. I remember watching him last year and thinking I would have him in this year because he’s a gun. So if he is looking fit and playing well in the NAB cup i will pick him.
    Any news on when we find out Dpp’?s I thought it was today but I’m not sure.

  • if he is available in defence i will certainly get him in amongst

    God, delids, shaw, Heppell, grimes, ellis – brown, Spurr

    • I loved Grimes the first year he played. But last year, was the last year for me. I hope he get’s up and going though, he’s a good man.

  • He could be a smokey for me but I’m waiting for Assistant Coach to fire up and as of 5 minutes ago it still wasn’t up yet! I thought today was the day?

  • PRO
    Highly skilled #4 draft pick

    CON
    Injury Prone
    Port Player
    $380K Approx.

    SOLD! Lock for me :)

  • Speaking of smokies – wanted a bit of feedback on this one. Am strongly considering picking Jack Steven from St Kilda in my forward line. Coming into his 4th year (although 1st year only played 1 game) and averaged a healthy 79 from 20 games last year after coming in for the injured Lenny Hayes.

    He is young, has now played 29 games and looks to be in St Kilda’s plans for the future. My query is that with Dal Santo and Hayes coming back and with Goddard, Armitage and Montagna still hanging around will there be any room for Steven in their midfield?

    I’m considering him as a breakout player and I think he will be a star in the future, but not sure if this will be 2012.

    Thoughts? Cheers.

    • I thought he looked good last year and is still on my radar even with Lenny coming back.

    • Mate, these days you need a handful of second tier mids to rotate though. I’d imagine he’d get his chances if he keeps improving. I’ve never really though of him, I’m checking him out now. Cheers.

  • Too risky for me. Injury is the concern. Plays for a poor team. Would rather choose Martin or Trengove that are around the same price.

    • oh yeah thats right because melbourne and richmond are awesome, forgot about that. mind you port beat both of these teams last season.

      also, trengrove to attract a lot more attention with scully gone. martin however, yeah pretty good option.

  • Good choice Dunny! Hartlett was definitely on my radar until I learned that he shared a bye with Deledio and Goddard, which threw a massive spanner in the works. Hopefully I don’t miss the train on something good!

    • This will be the main thing that deters people that consider him… Well… that and the injury/port thing…

      Obviously Scotland, Lids and God are the other ‘locks’ but am starting to doubt whether Scotland can maintain his form at his age now (over 31)…

      hmmm

  • Nice write up.
    Plain and simple, a $380,000 risk that I’m not willing to take! (mid or def.)

    But, yeah, IF his body holds up for the season, he could very well put a smile on the faces of those that picked him.

    http://www.dailytelegrah.com.au/sport/afl/hartlett-made-of-hard-stuff/story-e6frexx0-1226026242243

  • Pass for me. Need all players playing at least 20 games per year especially with the byes.

    Any heard any word about Assistant Coach?

  • http://www.fanfooty.com.au/forum/index.php/topic,45315.msg606592.html#new

    martin Dpp! lock if he is

    lots of dpp m/f but i aint complaining

    • Wow he would definitely be a lock I already didn’t know which forwards to leave out of my team. Surely with them giving us so many forward options that there are going to be some more DPP Defenders

  • OT but just had to pass on this little nugget…

    @al_superfooty just tweeted the following:
    “Stay tuned to SuperFooty tomorrow for 1st look at SuperCoach prices for 2012.”

    Here’s hoping that tommorow is D(T)-Day for the release of DreamTeam prices and the Assistant Coach!

  • Nice try Dunny, but I don’t think so. Maybe later in the season if he has proved himself.

  • I can’t believe it although it has been pretty much confirmed by Supercoach which means Dreamteam as well.

    Dustin Martin a mid/fwd. He will be the most picked player next year now.

  • As a Crows fan it hurts to say but I think a lot of people are under estimating what Port are going to do next year. I can only see improvement. They have recruited well in the off season and have added a few good additions to their coaching panel. In saying that I don’t see a player on their list having a breakout season in DT. Hartlett may be their best performer but I have a couple of players ahead of him on my list.

    • true, im a port suppoter and i know we were terrible but the only way is up
      a good young midfield with young quality rucks are gonna improve and i cant wait to see what butch can do if plays the whole season. could use some better defenders but blee looks impressive as does Ah chee, young fella that plays like goodes ( obviously not as good)