Lachie Hunter – Deck of DT 2016

Name: Lachie Hunter
Club: Western Bulldogs
Position:  MID
AFL Fantasy: $433,000
AFL Dream Team: $453,600
Bye Round: 14
2015 Average: 78.2
2015 Games Played: 12
Predicted Average: 96

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Why should I pick him?

We’re all relieved to see the back of the ‘vests’ this season, but I bet Lachie Hunter is especially pleased. He wore green 4 times in his first 5 games, limiting Hunter’s scoring potential and leaving him hugely underpriced coming into 2016. After escaping the vest in Round 17, Hunter averaged a massive 101 points roaming up and down the wing. He proved that was no fluke by scoring 104 in the Dog’s elimination final as well. Averaging 29 disposals per game, he knows how to find the footy.

We all love to blood youth in our squads, and Hunter can only get better. Lachie Neale is a perfect example. In 2014 he took the first step, averaging 82 thanks to a few vests. Last season he was clearly my best pick, averaging over 100. The similarities here are hard to ignore. Hunter is ready to go to premium.

Word on the track is that Hunter is on fire. I could hear you all groaning while I wrote that sentence, but think of it this way. No bad news is good news. I’m guessing everyone has one of the mids priced $400-450k, and I don’t reckon many of them have had a full pre-season. If you trust the players, that makes a huge difference.

Best of all, he has an awesome DT role! Owning him at the end of last season was a treat, he just roamed up and down the wings and won the ball for fun. I’ll repeat, he averaged 29 disposals in his last 8 games!!! From what we can tell he’s in peak condition, has a great role and there’s very little uncertainties heading into 2016. I couldn’t say that about most midpricers, they’re all priced cheaply for a reason. I happen to like the fact that Hunter’s excuse is no longer a concern.

If things do go wrong, you’re not short on replacements either!

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

There’s not too many downsides to selecting Hunter. The obvious reason to not pick him is the abundance of alternatives in his price range that have proven themselves as premiums before. Liberatore, Crouch and O’Meara just to name a few. Hunter will have to live up to his potential of averaging 95+ now that he’s solely a mid!

Being young can be seen as a positive, but it does mean you will likely have to put up with a shocker or two. I mentioned Neale’s fantastic season, but he was capable of the odd howler. Buyer beware, you’re not getting a bloke who will consistently stay above 80!

The last note of concern is the fact we’re relying on a small sample of games. Playing off half forward, Hunter had never been a great scorer. It was only after his move onto the wing that he thrived. All the indicators point to him continuing his ball finding ways, but we’re only going off 8 games!

Deck of DT Rating.

QUEEN – You know Hunter is underpriced, and he’s basically guaranteed to lift his average. It’s easy to pick a template team, but you’ll need a few differentials to separate yourself from the pack. Why go the injury prone midfielders when you have a perfectly fit ball winner available? He’s in my side currently and he’s there to stay.

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14 Comments

  • Love this piece, as a Doggies fan myself. At the moment I have Libba and Crouch as my 400-450k mids, but Hunter looks oh so tempting. The only real query I have with him is Libba’s inclusion into the Dogs’ midfield for 2016, and what that means for Hunter’s role. If he’s left alone on the wing, as he should be, then I’ll be looking to lock him in!

  • Now every team will have Hunter in it…Just watch..

  • Have considered Hunter all pre-season but atm I have Libba over him in RDT due to value and upside.

    As for Libba’s inclusion back into the side, it wont affect Hunter at all, Hunter is an outside mid/winger, and Libba is an inside mid…if anything Hunter’s scoring will improve with Libba dishing him handballs from under the packs…..lets not forget Libba was the best clearance player in the comp!

    Hunter could be a MASSIVE POD this year.

    • is thre an app for RDT 2016 yet ?

    • You’re right that Libba’s return won’t directly impact Hunter because they play different roles. However, there’s a knock-on effect as Libba coming in means others are forced outside the contest (e.g. Dahl, Macrae – both players saw a jump in contested possies and clearances in 2015, possibly part compensation for Libba not being there) which could then affect Hunter, potentially pushing him to a flank.

      He’s definitely on my watchlist and has been in and out of my AF side all preseason. Currently he’s out as I’m going with other options.

      Nice article, Matt – good choice.

  • The young talent at this club is better than the Giants or the Suns for mine. Soon the Dee’s and Dogs will be the 2 best teams in not just the women’s AFL. Hunter worth a look at Fantasy but not RDT. I’d prefer Macrae though

  • Not a fwd anymore? Aww

  • In doing my “make the best of the Vests” articles a couple of months ago I made note of Hunter’s great finish to the season couples with his vest affected average. “Will be a certain starter in my squad if given fwd/mid dpp” I said. Only being a mid has made it very difficult.
    With Libber and Crouch (in RDT) certain selections together with Ablett and Rocky, I can’t afford too many more mid priced.
    It boils down to either Hunter or Parker. I expect Parker to score around 105 hence Hunter would only need to score approx 85 to break even considering he is $105K cheaper. He is highly likely to score beyond that hence making him (in theory) a better choice.
    ???????
    Thanks Matt.

  • was hoping i wouldn’t see this on here. my ultimate smokey pick for 2016.

  • Thanks for ruining my POD…

  • There goes my POD…