Geelong Cats AFL Fantasy Preview

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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 2013 season.

AMANDA’S FIVE FROM THE CATS

Joel Selwood (MID), $530,900

The Geelong captain is as consistent as they come. A popular pick in the previous two seasons, it seems he’s further down the list this year. And I’m not quite sure why. I know we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to premium midfielders but it’s important not to overlook any of them, Selwood included.  Selwood, who turns 25 this year, is well and truly in his prime. Last year he averaged 24 possessions a game, was on the right side of the kicks to handballs ratio and averaged 5.6 tackles. With Bartel set to spend more time up forward than in previous years, Selwood could have the ball on a string in 2013. Expect him to improve on his 2012 average of 103.05

Travis Varcoe (MID/FWD), $234,400

LOCK. Get in there and do it now. Just do it. Due to injury, Varcoe only managed half a game last year. As a result he appears to be hungry for the contest and this will please DT coaches. Known as being quick and crafty around goals, Varcoe is set to play a further up the ground, possibly spending most of his time running off half-back. Geelong’s run and carry out of defence is one of the best parts of their game and Varcoe will be right in the thick of it. He has been an absolute standout in the NAB cup so far, getting plenty of the ball and contributing to the scoreboard as well. He is an absolute bargain at $234,400 and set for a massive year.

Steve Johnson (MID/FWD), $501,700

This is one player who causes the most indecision amongst DT Coaches. If you pick him, you better have the sick bag ready because you’re jumping on what can be an incredibly frustrating rollercoaster ride. As a Geelong supporter I feel like he’s suspended every other week; his lack of discipline can be an issue more often than not (remember, he’s missing Round 1 this year after being suspended in the NAB Cup). Big red flag for DT coaches. He can also throw out some pretty ordinary sub-80 scores, and when you’re paying $500,000+, it’s not what you want to see. But wow… when he goes big, he goes BIG! Last year he reached the 130+ mark 5 times, including a huge 163 against Melbourne in round 6. He has one of the highest ceilings for a forward in the competition… but do the positives outweigh the negatives?

Jimmy Bartel (MID/FWD), $492,700

Bartel spent less time in the midfield last year than he has in previous years and this is set to continue in 2013. The good news for DT coaches is he is now a DPP with both midfield and forward eligibility. Typically, our high scoring forwards can be hot and cold at times but don’t expect that from Bartel; rarely plays a bad game and always finds a lot of the ball. Ok so we might not see him average 100+ again, but it won’t be any less than 90 with the potential for a few 110+ scores every now and then. If he was only able to be selected as a midfielder this year, I’d probably suggest there are better options, but being given fwd/mid status this year is a gift to DT coaches.

George Horlin-Smith (MID), $171,900

Boy am I excited about what Horlin-Smith has to offer. Debuting last year, Horlin-Smith played 3 games for Geelong, spending most of his year in the VFL going on to play in the premiership team  where he was awarded best on ground honours.  He’s got off to a flying start in the NAB cup, really pushing his case for round 1 selection. Goes hard at the contest, so hopefully this means plenty of the +4 tackles we all love. Chris Scott has nothing but great things to say about him and has said he will be given every opportunity to play senior footy. He averaged a touch under 50 in his 3 games last year and I believe he has the potential to push for 70+. He is cheap enough for a second year player at $171,900 and could be a nice point of difference as your M7-8.

Others on the watchlistJosh Caddy (MID, $328,600) has sparked a lot of interest since joining Geelong but I think this year you may be getting what you pay for as far as his average goes. Allen Christensen (FWD/MID, $381, 200) looked like he was set for a break-out season last year, but injury hit and he was in and out of the side. Could this be his year? Shane Kersten (FWD 108,500) looks set to be a handy addition to Geelong’s forward line and has shown great things in the NAB cup but may be hard pressed to find a spot come season proper.  The same goes for Jackson Thurlow (DEF, $116,200). Averaged 24.6 disposals at under-18 level but may find it hard to get senior game time.

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16 Comments

  • Avatar of Matt

    Nice article, varcoe is a lock for me

  • Avatar of David

    Bartel spent less time in the midfield last year than he has in previous years and this is set to continue in 2012. Confusing me Amanda but good article and Varcoe is now more sold.

    • Avatar of Wayno

      It says 2013 in black and white

    • Avatar of IanB

      Jimmy Bartel also played the second half of the season with a fractured bone in his foot which could certainly mess with his enthusiasm as well as his stats. He seems to be having much more fun, so far, this year. Watch out for a bit of a resurgence.

  • Avatar of Adam

    Top article, Varcoe on my watchlist, liking Karnezis however
    BTW,
    Elite DT League code: 822821, 1 spot remaining! cheers

  • Avatar of Isaac

    Will horlin-smith be a regular for Geelong this year?

    • Avatar of IanB

      He certainly looks good but with Kelky, Johnson, Chapman and Corey available, where will he fit in. I reckon he just might get in ahead of Corey but the green vest is also possible

  • Avatar of TDominator

    Thoughts on harry taylor???

    • Avatar of Gregga

      Maybe in a draft style league but has never really been all that fantasy relevant given the other options down back. I’d look elsewhere to be honest.

      I’m surprised at the lack of interest in Chapman this year (I know narrowing it down to five is tough, especially for a side like Geelong). Apparently has done a full preseason for the first time in years. He averaged 100 last year with limited prep. He’s almost locked in my side.

  • Avatar of Marcel

    Hi everyone, i am new to this site and this is my first year of dreamteam.
    I really need advice on whether i should get pendlebury or beams. What does everyone think?
    Btw thanks for the great article. I have selwood and varcoe in my team

  • Avatar of sandman0906

    Varcoe is a LOCK in all 3 of my different Fantasy comps. Horlin-smith is interesting maybe a bit expensive tho with the amount of other rookie options avaiable in the mids, there might not be much of a difference score wise for the extra 60-70k.

    Looking for serious DT’ers for a sportsbet.com.au league 215934 scoring is a bit different from DT 12 for a goal etc. Please serious/experienced people only.

  • Avatar of TDominator

    What are thoughts on harry taylor?

  • Avatar of Kent-Tent

    I’m really excited to select Joel selwood. His skin is always glowing. He definitely moisturises and exfoliates daily.

  • Avatar of Aidan

    Thoughts on IN Varcoe OUT Embley

    With Embley now in doubt to play round 1, and it makes a DPP link and lands me am extra 30k

  • Avatar of marvin martin

    Supercoach draft league 824900 with spaces available if anyone’s interested.
    Draft today at 7.30pm