Port Adelaide Power: AFL Dream Team Picks

This series of ‘club preview’ posts are written by DT TALK regular contributors choosing their 5 players they have on their watchlist from the respective club. These aren’t who we think will be the top 5 highest scoring players… and are not necessarily in order. They are just our opinions of the 5 players who we have on our watchlist heading into the 2012 season.

Dunny’s Five from the Power

Whilst they may not be the best team going around, there is certainly a lot of value to be had from a DT stance in the Power this year.

1. Robbie Gray (MID/FWD), $402,000

Robbie has been the bone of contention for a number of DT Coaches.  However, he finally appears to be really living up to all the hype.  Last year he managed to stay healthy and play all 22 games and averate a solid 81.  However, his back half of netted 5 tons with 4 of those being in losing sides.  Another part of his game that is bright is his tackling, he averaged nearly 4 tackles a game last year, however over the last 9 weeks of the year this average was 5.8!  This year he will be spending a lot more time in the midfield and when not on the ball he is usuall resting up forward, where he is a proven goalkicker (32 last year).  The only thing going against him from a DT perspective is his awkward price.  If it weren’t for that, I am sure he would be considered in a lot more teams.

2. John McCarthy (MID), $251,000

After coming across from Collingwood when everyone (including himself) thought he was going to Richmond, JMac has been on fire and is doing everything he can to cement himself inside the centre square at Alberton.  His NAB form has been nothing short of impressive.  In the two “normal” games he has a 99 and a 64, but remmber that 64 came in only a half of footy v Freo.  I think he will be a surprise packet and could really score well.  Check out where he fits into the rotations and where he spends most of his time vs Melb tonight and I think if it is in the Mids and he gets 80+ in a full game I think you have to seriously consider him for your M4/5 slot where you may currently have Masten or Lucas.

3. Chad Wingard (MID), $157,200

The number 6 pick at last years draft has done absolutely everything he can to cement his spot inside the Power’s 22, and should be a chance to get a spot inside your DT.  This kid will get games.  Matty Primus proved last year that he is keen to play the kids and get a side to develop together over time.  Wingard has spent a lot of time rotating through the middle and he has been seeing plenty of the ball.  Whilst he is still a rookie, being the number 6 pick, he does come at a premium.  The question for you is do you see enough return over those cheaper rookies that will see you want to pick Chad.

4. Jarrad Redden (RUC), $104,200

Before the NAB season started, I had this guy pegged as the 3rd string ruckman at the Power.  I saw him live in the Semi Finals of the SANFL last year (where his side knocked my local side out) and watched him on tv in the GF and he looked like a handy player, but not quite up to AFL standard.  What a difference a summer can make!  With Lobbe out injured and Renouf having a very light on pre season, Redden has found himself elevated to the number 1 option in the ruck.  His performance against the great Big Cox in the second week of the NAB was nothing short of outstanding where he racked up 84 points on the back of 13 disposals, 6 tackles and 25 hitouts.  He should be one guy that you are most certainly considering for your R3 position.

5. Brad Ebert (MID), $308,100

After coming back home to Port Adelaide, Brad Ebert has done everything he can to get himself a permanent role in the midfield at Port.  He is a former #13 pick in the national draft and is only 21.  He has had an up and down career at West Coast but did play 22 games in both 2010 and 2011 but 5 of those in 2011 were vest affected.  This won’t happen at Port.  In such a young and developing team, he will be one of the midfield leaders and will spend a lot of time in that midfield.  He has a great K to H ratio and from what I have seen in the NAB he is going to get used prolifically as a bit of an outside midfielder.  This could really be a breakout year for him, the only issue is his awkward price.

Other guys of note

Domenic Cassisi (MID) $439k is a tackling machine, for two years in a row he was the second best tackler in the league behind Captain Kirk.  Just not getting the 100 average that he needs to be in your midfield.  Hamish Hartlett (MID) $435,900 is a gun, he will break out, he just has to do it before his body breaks again!  Seriously though, I think that he will be fine this year.  He has incredible skills, I just want to see a bit more for that price tag.  Travis Boak(MID), $426k will be the next Power Captain, but at that very awkward price, I think there are better DT options.  Ben Jacobs (DEF), $297,200 is going to be a key member of the Power Defense, but with Danyle Pearce, Ben won’t have that sweeper role that he needs to rack up the points.  Darren Pfeiffer is another that is hot on the lips of all DT people, but I am just not sold on him.  Will be very interested to see how he pans out tonight.  I can see him wearing a vest a fair bit given that he is a bit of a versatile guy, I just see too many others in front of him. 

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43 Comments

  • Redden FTW!!! Other then that probably no one for me

  • 1st – next team please

  • Pfeiffer anyone?

    • Thanks mate, I just remembered I forgot to put my comment on him in last night (was flat out!), updated now. I am still not sold on him, I will have a keen eye on how he is used tonight. I just don’t see him slotting into the best 21. I think he might be a strong candidate for vestage.

  • Am I wrong or didn’t Hartlett hurt himself again on the weekend?

    Gun when fit but awkward price.

  • Can’t understand Sandos line up based on the current good form of Kerridge and Lynch (named as emerg). Instead Henderson and the slow S Mckernan have been given spots on the int bench. These guys havnt done a great deal in the past 2-3 seasons. Would much prefer Lynch and Kerridge to be given more gametime so we can see just how good they really are. Got Kerridge locked and would seriously consider Tommy Lynch as a viable downtrade option

    Any thoughts?

    • Think you got the wrong thread here mate?

    • To answer your question all 3 of the emergencies can be activated @ half time if Sando wants. Expect Kerridge and Lynch to play then mate.

      Remember we are playing Cox/NicNat so Jacobs will need some back up in the ruck- Mckernan will pinch there and they also have a largish Fwd line so with Truck out there is no real ‘old head’ big man down back – Corey at least adds size that’s all. And Hendo has some size about him too and may push down back to help out Talia and Shaw also.

  • i dont care the crows thread is old and no one is reading it so this is a better option to get seen atm

  • Nice work Dunny,

    As a Port supporter feel a lot better about the team and Primus’s coaching ability after the NAB Cup. At times last year it seems they gave up – see 4th quarter Gold Coast loss. At least this year they look like they will play till the final siren.

    That said besides Redden I havent got anyone from Port at the momment. Guys like Butcher, Jacobs, Broadbent, Wingard, Brad Ebert and McCarthy are either too inconsistent to be picked, name in the wrong DT position or priced where there is little value. Would like to have Robbie or Hamish in the side but just a little overpriced for the injury risk.

    What do you think about Tom Jonas? I think they will promote him ahead of Pfeiffer. Be interested to hear how he plays tonight.

  • Dunny as a Crow’s supporter I feel for you….trying to find a top 5 ‘on the radar’ players must have been strenuous let alone exhausting. Well done :)

  • I think that Tom Jonas will be elevated ahead of pfeiffer, in my opinion he deserves more than pfeiffer does. In terms of dreamteam though I think he will be more of a tagger and not solid scoring option. Notably reduced hodge last year to a sub 70 score

  • Pfeiffer and Redden for me

  • Robbie Gray is locked and loaded, as is Redden. I think that’s about as many Port players as I can handle (any more and I’d actually have to start watching their games, ugh…).

  • there are a bunch of rookie mids up for grabs this year, but i fear many are the 22nd player to be picked (stevens), injured (magnet) or green vest suspects (j macdonald, miles, pfieffer, etc). i am willing to pay the extra $ for wingard if he avoids the vest. if he plays full games, i reckon worst case scenario is that he doubles in price.

    anyone have any thoughts of his chances of being the sub?

  • Wingard is very awkwardly priced, about 30K to much for me. I think he will be a Jet, but too many similar options for less money
    Smokey this year for the Power could be Pearce, especially early as he sl*ts up down back. Teams will most likely work him out by mid year though
    This team is not as bad as you think

  • Port are destined for the bottom 4 this yr! Rookies are only viable options just like GWS. Redden is the only real contender from this club DT wise

  • Well done Dunny. You have done a stellar job to identify 5 Port Adelaide players of relevance (DT or otherwise). This is by far a more difficult task than reviewing GWS (which some people said was difficult to narrow down to 5).

    • I didn’t realise it till I read this article… I’m actually seriously considering at least 5 players from Port. WTF is wrong with me?!!?

  • can any1 tell me what Redden avd in dt points in last years sanfl finals?not that it really matters cause i’ll pick him anyway but corious.

  • LOCK HIM IN!. lets hope Renouf is a girl and stays out longer for JR to cement that no.1 posistion

    http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/130850/default.aspx

  • Got McCarthy, Redden (RUC Bench) and Gray in at the moment, Paul Stewart is on the Radar

  • Wondering what people thought are between robbie gray and danny stanley? I’m tossing up between the 2 as by smokey 3rd or 4th forward.

    Hoping Mccarthy isnt injured, was subbed around half time and cant find any info on it. also hope it doesnt mean he’s a vest candidate either?

    redden gets a nod also on the pine for clakkas crew this year

    • I have gray as my 4th forward and am pretty confident he can score well, as for mccarthy- no injury.
      he is my 5th mid and I think he is too good (in ports side) to be subbed at HT

  • you never know what can happen, the eagles were widely tipped to be cellar dwellers last year and rose to 4th, even after that most talented of commentators not to mention brisbane coaches Robert Walls said on ABC grandstand before the season started that they had the least talented list in the AFL. Im not saying that they will rise but cant say they wont either

  • Port are a good young team. they have no guidence last year
    This year they got 2 top 10 draft picks over the trade season as well as Renouf and McCarthy
    they have a good coaching panel (unlike 4 in a half guys last year)
    and the most imporant thing for me is the team shows spirit.

    I rekon they could finish 11-13th this year.
    you never know, in 2-3 years they could be playing finals footy