AFL Teams 2016: Round 1

Teamsheets are in for the full round 1 games. Monday extended benches have now been selected!

Updates

Important times to remember:

Thurdays game teamsheet released ~6:15pm Wednesday 23/03/2016c
Full weekend game teamsheets released ~6:15pm Thursday 24/03/2016
Late changes to Blues vs Tiges match ~ 7:00pm Thursday 24/03/2016
Partial Lockout 7:20pm Thursday 24/03/2016
Sunday games Extended bench selection ~5:00pm Friday 25/03/2016
Late changes Dees vs GWS ~1:20pm Saturday 25/03/2016
Full Lockout 1:40pm Saturday 26/03/2016
Monday games Extended bench selections ~4:00pm Saturday 26/03/2016 (In AF this occurs after full lockout).

All the above information will be updated on this post in a rolling update.

Monday March 28

*Please note, monday squad extended bench selections will be finalised ~4pm Saturday and after full lockout for AFL Fantasy.

Geelong v Hawthorn at MCG (3.20pm)


cats

B Harry Taylor, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB Cameron Guthrie, Lachie Henderson, Corey Enright
C Jordan Murdoch, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan
HF Steven Motlop, Rhys Stanley, Lincoln McCarthy
F Jimmy Bartel, Tom Hawkins, Darcy Lang
FOL Zac Smith, Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood
I/C Josh Caddy, Josh Cowan, Cory Gregson, Shane Kersten, Jake Kolodjashnij, Daniel Menzel, Nathan Vardy (Three to be omitted)

Emg Josh Cowan, Daniel Menzel, Nathan Vardy

IN
No Change
NEW
Lachie Henderson, Patrick Dangerfield, Zac Smith

hawks

B Ben Stratton, James Frawley, Luke Hodge
HB Shaun Burgoyne, Josh Gibson, Taylor Duryea
C Billy Hartung, Jordan Lewis, Grant Birchall
HF Luke Breust, Ryan Schoenmakers, Cyril Rioli
F James Sicily, Jack Gunston, Paul Puopolo
FOL Jonathon Ceglar, Sam Mitchell, Isaac Smith
I/C Ben McEvoy, Daniel Howe, Jonathan O’Rourke, Blake Hardwick, Kaiden Brand, Angus Litherland, Will Langford (Three to be omitted)

Emg Daniel Howe, Blake Hardwick, Kaiden Brand

IN
No Change
NEW
Blake Hardwick, Kaiden Brand

Rookies

Cats
Josh Cowan (DEF AF $130,000 RDT $161,700)
Lincoln McCarthy (FWD AF $125,000 RDT $134,300)
Daniel Menzel (FWD AF $266,000 RDT $231,300)

Hawks
Daniel Howe (DEF AF $265,000 RDT $271,300)
Jonathan O’Rourke (MID AF $255,000 RDT $251,600)
Kaiden Brand (DEF AF $125,000 RDT $128,200)
James Sicily (FWD AF $248,000 RDT $229,900)
Blake Hardwick (FWD AF $136,000 RDT $121,300)
Angus Litherland (DEF AF $205,000 RDT $244,400)

*extended bench so watch for update (won’t get before lockout for AF)

Focus Players

We won’t know full lineups, so half those rookies we just won’t know about. Lincoln McCarthy (FWD AF $125,000 RDT $134,300) I’m fairly certain will make the team but most of the hawks rooks and Josh Cowan (DEF) as well as Daniel Menzel (FWD) there is no certainty. With preseason niggles, some are also a bit concerned Jordan Lewis (MID) could miss the cut. I think he should be ok with reports he is raring to go. He is only in 3.73% of teams.Luke Hodge (MID) named in back pocket gives much credibility to his being DPP defender again. Sam Mitchell (MID) I think would be a great POD premium midfielder as well. Grant Birchall (DEF) and Josh Gibson (DEF) are both def premium options.
At cats, captain Joel Selwood (MID) is back, and Patrick Dangerfield (MID) remains all the rage. Mark Blicavs (RUCK) in comparison has dropped off as a ruck favourite, mostly because of inclusions of Stanley and Smith. I think people are concerned by Jimmy Bartel (MID/DEF) age, and likely resting status, but he is a proven premium time and time again. I’ve seen Mitch Duncan (MID) in a few teams as a midprice option, and even Corey Enright (DEF) yet again as a defender.

Shag’s Pick

howe
WORST SHAG’S PICK EVER
We won’t know 100% sure if he will be chosen for Fantasy, but if we are going to have a preseason hype player, it would have to be Daniel Howe (DEF AF $265,000 RDT $271,300).I think he is a very good chance to make the cut, he has done everything right, and there are a lot of rookies in that extended bench. Just be aware there is risk.

Sunday March 27

*Please note, all sunday squad extended bench selections will be finalised ~5pm Friday

Western Bulldogs v Fremantle at Etihad Stadium (1.10pm)

dogs

B Matthew Boyd, Marcus Adams, Dale Morris
HB Matthew Suckling, Easton Wood, Robert Murphy
C Lachie Hunter, Koby Stevens, Jason Johannisen
HF Liam Picken, Jake Stringer, Jack Macrae
F Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Boyd, Caleb Daniel
FOL Jordan Roughead, Marcus Bontempelli, Mitch Wallis
I/C Toby McLean, Josh Dunkley, Tom Liberatore, Shane Biggs, Tory Dickson, Jack Redpath, Lin Jong (Three to be omitted)
EMG Nathan Hrovat, Jack Redpath, Lin Jong
IN
No Change
NEW
Marcus Adams, Matthew Suckling, Josh Dunkley

freo
B Garrick Ibbotson, Zac Dawson, Lee Spurr
HB Stephen Hill, Michael Johnson,Alex Silvagni, Thommy Sheridan
C Cameron Sutcliffe, David Mundy, Danyle Pearce
HF Michael Walters, Matthew Pavlich, Nat Fyfe
F Zac Clarke, Chris Mayne, Hayden Ballantyne
FOL Jonathon Griffin, Nick Suban, Lachie Neale
I/C Michael Barlow, Matth Taberner, , Lachie Weller, Clancee Pearce, Matt De Boer, Tendai Mzungu (Three to be omitted)
EMG Clancee Pearce, Matt De Boer, Alex Pearce
IN
No Change

Rookies

Dogs
Marcus Adams (FWD/DEF AF $155,000 RDT $121,300)
Josh Dunkley (MID AF $162,000 RDT $121,300)

Freo
Lachie Weller (MID AF $175,000 RDT $231,900)
Zac Dawson (DEF AF $172,000 RDT $154,600) LOL!

Focus Players

People are keen to see if Tom Liberatore (MID) prove he can get back to his premium best. Lachie Hunter (MID) is another great smokey that some are keen on. Jason Johannisen (DEF) popped up over NAB cup with a 129. Josh Dunkley (MID AF $162,000 RDT $121,300) made the cut, and with a mid rookie shortage could find himself in peoples teams. Jack Macrae (MID), Luke Dahlhaus (FWD/MID), Matthew Boyd (DEF) are premium mainstays.
Michael Barlow (FWD/MID) seems to be the second most popular forward premium. Don’t be concerned about him named on the bench, for some reason that happens often. Thommy Sheridan (DEF) is one of the hype players, and with Michael Johnson not making the side you’d think that would help. For some reason Nat Fyfe(MID) isnt that popular, but there is no reason he won’t score well. Same can be said of David Mundy (MID).

Shag’s Pick

adams
Marcus Adams (FWD/DEF AF $155,000 RDT $121,300) strong has made the cut, and gives us a solid rookie option. His NAB form was pretty good, and that FWD/DEF status is very handy.

Port Adelaide v St Kilda at Adelaide Oval (3.20pm)

port

B Jack Hombsch, Alipate Carlile, Tom Jonas
HB Hamish Hartlett, Jackson Trengove, Jarman Impey
C Jared Polec, Ollie Wines, Brad Ebert
HF Jake Neade, Charlie Dixon, Chad Wingard
F Robbie Gray, Jay Schulz, Justin Westhoff
FOL Matthew Lobbe, Travis Boak, Sam Gray
I/C Matthew Broadbent, Karl Amon, Jimmy Toumpas, Matthew White, Jasper Pittard, Aaron Young, Brendon Ah Chee (Three to be omitted)
EMG Karl Amon, Jimmy Toumpas, Aaron Young
IN
No Change
NEW
Charlie Dixon, Jimmy Toumpas

saints

B Jarryn Geary, Sean Dempster, Dylan Roberton
HB Jack Newnes, Sam Fisher, Jimmy Webster
C Shane Savage, David Armitage, Nick Riewoldt
HF Leigh Montagna, Josh Bruce, Maverick Weller
F Jack Lonie, Jack Billings, Jade Gresham
FOL Tom Hickey, Sam Gilbert, Jack Steven
I/C Eli Templeton, Sebastian Ross, Luke Dunstan, Blake Acres, Tom Lee, Tom Curren, Jack Sinclair (Three to be omitted)
EMG Tom Lee, Tom Curren, Jack Sinclair
IN
No Change
NEW
Jade Gresham

Rookies

Port
???

Saints
Jade Gresham (MID AF $187,000 RDT $148,300)
Tom Lee (DEF AF $125,000 RDT $128,200)
Tom Curren (FWD AF $172,000 RDT $190,100)

Focus Players

Sam Gray (MID/FWD) is a hype player, for good reason, his form has been great. Ollie Wines (MID) lost some favour over the preseason, but is capable of scoring very well. There has been absolutely no love for Brad Ebert (MID) so he will probably score 150. Robbie Gray (MID) is one to watch for potential DPP status, he is named forward flank.
Saints mids Jack Steven (MID) and David Armitage (MID) had amazing years last year, not as popular this year mainly just for price. I can’t see any reason they wouldn’t continue their form. People were all over Jack Billings (FWD) start of preseason, but he doesnt seem as popular now. BIlly Longer is struggling with form, so Tom Hickey (RUCK/FWD) could be a sneaky mid price alternative to Leunberger.

Shag’s Pick

gres
There are slim pickings in the mid rookie department so Jade Gresham (MID AF $187,000 RDT $148,300) making the side is very timely. With reports of his debut down at St Kilda, you didnt even really need to wait for the extended bench selection.

West Coast Eagles v Brisbane Lions at Subiaco Oval (7.40pm)

wce

B Brad Sheppard, Eric MacKenzie, Samuel Butler
HB Xavier Ellis, Will Schofield, Shannon Hurn
C Jack Redden, Matt Priddis, Elliot Yeo
HF Jamie Cripps, Jeremy McGovern, Jamie Bennell
F Mark LeCras, Josh J. Kennedy, Jack Darling
FOL Nic Naitanui, Andrew Gaff, Luke Shuey
I/C Brant Colledge, Liam Duggan, Josh Hill, Mark Hutchings, Kane Lucas, Scott Lycett, Jackson Nelson (Three to be omitted)
EMG Brant Colledge, Mark Hutchings, Fraser McInnes
IN
No Change
NEW
Jack Redden, Kane Lucas

lions
B Darcy Gardiner, Daniel Merrett, Marco Paparone
HB Sam Mayes, Harris Andrews, Daniel Rich
C Ryan Lester, Allen Christensen, Lewis Taylor
HF Pearce Hanley, Daniel McStay, Jonathan Freeman
F Josh Walker, Josh Schache, Tom Bell
FOL Stefan Martin, Mitch Robinson, Tom Rockliff
I/C Ryan Harwood, Ryan Bastinac, Josh Green, Rohan Bewick, Claye Beams, Nick Robertson, Tom Cutler (Three to be omitted)
EMG Josh Green, Claye Beams, Nick Robertson
IN
No Change
NEW
Josh Walker, Josh Schache, Tom Bell, Ryan Bastinac

Rookies

Eagles
Brant Colledge (MID AF $183,000 RDT $143,800)
Liam Duggan (FWD/MID AF $250,000 RDT $262,300)
Eric MacKenzie (DEF AF $205,000 RDT $237,000)
Kane Lucas (MID AF $125,000 RDT $144,900)
Jamie Bennell (DEF AF $222,000 RDT $240,200)

Lions
Ryan Harwood (DEF AF $198,000 RDT $262,800)
Josh Schache (FWD AF $232,000 RDT $220,300)
Jonathan Freeman (FWD $179,000 RDT $212,600)

Focus Players

Stefan Martin (RUCK), nope, cannot think of a reason to not pick him. Tom Rockliff (MID) preseason niggles, however, cannot think of a reason not to pick him.
Im super keen on Mitch Robinson (MID/FWD) end of last year form and NAB form amazing, will slot in that midfield more without Beams. Similarly Daniel Rich (DEF/MID) is a sneaky back POD option with beams out. Great to see Pearce Hanley (MID) in the team. I really hope he gets DEF status again. Tom Cutler (DEF) has presented himself as a mid price def option. The Eagles centreline of Jack Redden (MID), Matt Priddis (MID), Elliot Yeo (DEF/MID), Andrew Gaff (MID) are all DT relevant. Yeo named on the wing is promising. Nic Naitanui (RUCK) is a premium ruck option, he is too inconsistent for my liking, but this could be his year.

Shag’s Pick

harwood
A quite popular rookie priced defender, many were sweating on extended bench selections, but Ryan Harwood (DEF AF $198,000 RDT $262,800) has made the cut. The experienced player has had solid form in the NAB cup, and many think his pricing is too good to ignore.

Saturday March 26

Melbourne v GWS Giants at MCG (1.40pm)

dees

B Neville Jetta, Tom McDonald, Colin Garland
HB Matt Jones, Oscar McDonald, Christian Salem
C Bernie Vince, Jack Viney, Aaron Vandenberg
HF Jack Watts, Sam Frost, James Harmes
F Dean Kent, Jesse Hogan, Jeff Garlett
FOL Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson
I/C Tomas Bugg, Clayton Oliver, Cameron Pedersen, Ben Kennedy
EMG Lynden Dunn, Billy Stretch, Jack Grimes
IN
No Change
NEW
Tomas Bugg, Clayton Oliver, Ben Kennedy
MILESTONES: Jack Viney – Playing 50th game

gws

B Heath Shaw, Aidan Corr, Matt Buntine
HB Nathan Wilson, Phil Davis, Adam Kennedy
C Lachie Whitfield, Callan Ward, James Stewart
HF Rhys Palmer, Rory Lobb, Tom Scully
F Toby Greene, Adam Tomlinson, Devon Smith
FOL Shane Mumford, Ryan Griffen, Dylan Shiel
I/C Caleb Marchbank, Jack Steele, Josh Kelly, Steve Johnson
EMG Stephen Coniglio, Zac Williams, Will Hoskin-Elliott
IN
No Change
NEW
Steve Johnson

Rookies

Dees
Ben Kennedy (FWD/MID AF $221,000 RDT $250,400)
Dean Kent (FWD AF$171,000 RDT $218,800)
Clayton Oliver (MID $238,000 RDT $211,300)
Sam Frost (FWD/RUCK AF $156,000 RDT $206,800)
Matt Jones (FWD AF $250,000 RDT $269,900)

GWS
Nathan Wilson (DEF AF $266,000 RDT $278,700)
Caleb Marchbank (DEF AF $174,000 RDT $214,500)

Focus Players

Max Gawn (RUCK) has done enough to show himself a powerful ruck choice. The young Dees side has a host of smokey options this year with Tomas Bugg (DEF), Jack Viney (MID), and rookie priced Ben Kennedy (FWD/MID), Clayton Oliver(MID) all looking like options. Nathan Wilson (DEF) impressed some with NAB form over at GWS. Jack Steele (FWD/MID), Steve Johnson (FWD), Toby Greene (FWD/MID) are all popular choices.

Shag’s Pick

heater
Heath Shaw (DEF AF $532,000 RDT $556,800) is a player I have a love hate relationship with.. Was on my never again list, but now he seems to be the must have defender. Heater’s role at GWS is simply too good to ignore.

Gold Coast Suns v Essendon at Metricon Stadium (4.35pm)

suns

B Adam Saad, Rory Thompson, Clay Cameron
HB Nick Malceski, Steven May, Kade Kolodjashnij
C Matt Rosa, Michael Rischitelli, Jarrod Harbrow
HF Aaron Hall, Tom J. Lynch, Jack Martin
F Alex Sexton, Sam Day, Ryan Davis
FOL Tom Nicholls, Dion Prestia, Gary Ablett
I/C Touk Miller, Trent McKenzie, Sean Lemmens, Jesse Lonergan
EMG Callum Ah Chee, Mitch Hallahan, Peter Wright
IN
No Change
NEW
Matt Rosa, Ryan Davis

dons

B Matt Dea, Mitch Brown, Martin Gleeson
HB Mark Baguley, Patrick Ambrose, James Kelly
C Brendon Goddard, Craig Bird, Jonathan Simpkin
HF Adam Cooney, Kyle Langford, Jackson Merrett
F Zach Merrett, Joe Daniher, Darcy Parish
FOL Shaun McKernan, Ryan Crowley, David Zaharakis
I/C Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, James Gwilt, Matthew Leuenberger, Mathew Stokes
EMG Sam Michael, Sam Grimley, Nick Kommer
IN
No Change
NEW
Matt Dea, Mitch Brown, James Kelly, Craig Bird, Jonathan Simpkin, Darcy Parish, Ryan Crowley, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Matthew Leuenberger, Mathew Stokes

Rookies

Suns
Ryan Davis (MID AF $125,000 RDT $105,800)
Clay Cameron (DEF AF $125,000 RDT $140,100)
Rory Thompson (DEF AF $188,000 RDT $197,100)

Dons
Matt Dea (DEF AF $170,000 RDT $163,500)
Mitch Brown (FWD/DEF $194,000 RDT $121,300)
Jonathan Simpkin (FWD/MID AF $226,000 RDT $275,200)
Darcy Parish (MID AF $260,000 RDT $206,800)
Ryan Crowley (MID AF $226,000 RDT $312,100)
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (FWD/DEF AF $162,000 RDT $105,800)
Kyle Langford (FWD AF $187,000 RDT $208,700)

Focus Players

Absolute boon to have rookie upgraded and named in Ryan Davis (MID AF $125,000 RDT $105,800). Aaron Hall (FWD/MID) is proving a very popular pick after end of last year and NAB form. I highly rate Touk Miller (MID/FWD) as well. Matt Rosa (MID/DEF), Kade Kolodjashnij (DEF), Jesse Lonergan (DEF/MID), and even Trent McKenzie (DEF) are a big bunch of Def options. Good to see Dion Prestia (MID) back from injury. So many Bomber rookies to choose from, my favourites are Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (FWD/DEF) who is a bit of a cult hero. Top ups Matt Dea (DEF), Ryan Crowley (MID), Jonathan Simpkin (FWD/MID) all capable of scoring enough to be decent cashcows. Amny are happy to see Matthew Leuenberger (RUCK) named as he offers the best cheap ruck 2 option.

Shag’s Pick

gaz
Seems an obvious pick, but Gary Abblett (MID AF $581,000 RDT $547,800) even in Fantasy taxed rate is too cheap to ignore. Will worry some with his preseason niggles, but worth thie risk in my opinion.

Sydney Swans v Collingwood at ANZ Stadium (7.25pm)

swans

B Nick Smith, Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe
HB Jeremy Laidler, Michael Talia, Zak Jones
C Dan Hannebery, Tom Mitchell, Callum Mills
HF Isaac Heeney, Lance Franklin, Tom Papley
F Dean Towers, Kurt Tippett, Luke Parker
FOL Callum Sinclair, Josh P. Kennedy, Kieren Jack
I/C Harry Cunningham, George Hewett, Jake Lloyd, Daniel Robinson
EMG Jack Hiscox, Toby Nankervis, James Rose
IN
No Change
NEW
Michael Talia, Callum Mills, Tom Papley, Callum Sinclair, George Hewett

pies

B Jackson Ramsay, Nathan J. Brown, Tom Langdon
HB Ben Sinclair, Jack Frost, Marley Williams
C Steele Sidebottom, Adam Treloar, Levi Greenwood
HF Dane Swan, Darcy Moore, Jordan de Goey
F Alex Fasolo, Travis Cloke, Corey Gault
FOL Jarrod Witts, Scott Pendlebury, Taylor Adams
I/C Brent Macaffer, Jarryd Blair, Jack Crisp, Brayden Maynard
EMG Brodie Grundy, Alan Toovey, Adam Oxley
IN
No Change
NEW
Adam Treloar

Rookies

Swans
Callum Mills (MID AF $227,000 RDT $215,800
George Hewett (MID AF $125,000 RDT $128,200)
Zak Jones (DEF AF $241,000 RDT $260,200)
Tom Papley (FWD AF $125,000 RDT $113,300)

Pies
Corey Gault (FWD AF $171,000 RDT $226,100)
Brent Macaffer (MID AF $199,000 RDT $214,300)
Jackson Ramsay (DEF AF $257,000 RDT $253,200)
Jack Frost (DEF AF $178,000 RDT $186,700)

Focus Players

DT relevant midfield vs DT relevant midfield. For Pies Scott Pendlebury (MID), Taylor Adams (MID), Dane Swan (MID), Steele Sidebottom (MID), Jordan de Goey (FWD/MID), Adam Treloar (MID), Levi Greenwood (MID), Brent Macaffer(MID). For Swans Dan Hannebery (MID), Josh P. Kennedy (MID), Kieren Jack (MID), Tom Mitchell (MID), Luke Parker(MID), Callum Mills (MID), Isaac Heeney (FWD) . There are some who think Lance Franklin (FWD) can return to huge form this year. Interestingly Brodie Grundy (RUCK) didnt make the cut.

Shag’s Pick

mills
Callum Mills (MID AF $227,000 RDT $215,800) already announced to make his debut last couple of days, has ticked all the right boxes. He has had a great NAB cup, and if he keeps up the great form will stay in the top 22.

North Melbourne v Adelaide at Etihad Stadium (7.25pm)

roos

B Michael Firrito, Robbie Tarrant, Sam Wright
HB Shaun Atley, Scott D. Thompson, Jamie Macmillan
C Sam Gibson, Daniel Wells, Nick Dal Santo
HF Shaun Higgins, Jarrad Waite, Brent Harvey
F Jed Anderson, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
FOL Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell
I/C Andrew Swallow, Taylor Garner, Luke McDonald, Ben Brown
EMG Ben Jacobs, Lachlan Hansen, Kayne Turner
IN
No Change
NEW
Jed Anderson
MILESTONES: Todd Goldstein – Playing 150th game

crows

B Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Kyle Cheney
HB Paul Seedsman, Jake Lever, Nathan Van Berlo
C David Mackay, Matt Crouch, Brodie Smith
HF Rory Atkins, Taylor Walker, Rory Sloane
F Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Tom Lynch
FOL Sam Jacobs, Scott Thompson, Richard Douglas
I/C Brad Crouch, Luke Brown, Wayne Milera, Mitch McGovern
EMG Kyle Hartigan, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Jarryd Lyons
IN
No Change
NEW
Paul Seedsman, Wayne Milera, Mitch McGovern

Rookies

Roos
Jed Anderson (MID/FWD AF $224,000 RDT $256,900)
Daniel Well (MID/FWD AF $293,000 RDT $178,500)
Taylor Garner (FWD $232,000 RDT $258,000)

Crows
Wayne Milera (FWD AF $199,000 RDT $179,800)
Mitch McGovern (FWD AF $125,000 RDT $128,200)

Focus Players

Rory Laird (DEF) is a very popular defender for good reason, he is consistent and he likely takes Jaench’s role. Matt Crouch (MID) ticked all the boxes with his NAB form and looks set in the crows midfield. Rory Sloane (MID), and veteran Scott Thompson (MID) are nice premium smokey options, I have a hunch the latter could start racking it up like the “old days”. Paul Seedsman(DEF/MID) has a lot of potential at his new club with some impressive NAB form. Both Sam Jacob (RUCK) and Todd Goldstein remain top ruck choices. Daniel Wells (MID) is quite frankly to cheap to ignore in my opinion. Injury ralways remains a risk. Lots got off Jed Anderson (MID/FWD) after NAB cup form, but he seems to have decent JS. Rookie Wayne Milera (FWD) was impressive over the NAB and good to see him named for the crows.

Shag’s Pick

brouch
Brad Crouch (MID AF $415,000 RDT $321,900), we didn’t get to see him over NAB, he smashed it in the seconds last week. So cheap in RDT, since he is forecast to slot straight in Dangers spot.

Thursday March 24

Richmond v Carlton at MCG (7.20pm)

The news during the week has been confirmed with Blues confirming Weitering will debut, and Murphy will return.
For Tigers Deledio is injured with a minor Quad injury, but is likely for the round 2 clash. Richmond also missing new recruit Chris Yarran due to a foot injury. Daniel Rioli is to Debut for Tigers. However many will be disappointed that Nathan Broad wasn’t named.

rc

B David Astbury, Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes
HB Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli, Brandon Ellis
C Anthony Miles, Corey Ellis, Kamdyn McIntosh
HF Kane Lambert, Dustin Martin, Shane Edwards
F Jack Riewoldt, Sam Lloyd, Ty Vickery
FOL Shaun Hampson, Jacob Townsend, Trent Cotchin
I/C Steven Morris, Connor Menadue, Ben Griffiths, Daniel Rioli
EMG Andrew Moore, Taylor Hunt, Troy Chaplin
IN
No Change
NEW
Jacob Townsend, Daniel Rioli

blues

B Jacob Weitering, Michael Jamison, Zach Tuohy
HB Bryce Gibbs, Sam Rowe, Andrejs Everitt
C Sam Docherty, Ed Curnow, Kade Simpson
HF Jed Lamb, Levi Casboult, Patrick Cripps
F Andrew Walker, Matthew Kreuzer, Sam Kerridge
FOL Andrew Phillips, Matthew Wright, Marc Murphy
I/C Dylan Buckley, Blaine Boekhorst, Nick Graham, Simon White
EMG Charlie Curnow, Clem Smith, Mark Whiley
IN
No Change
NEW
Jacob Weitering, Jed Lamb, Sam Kerridge, Andrew Phillips, Matthew Wright

Rookies

Tiges
Connor Menadue (FWD/MID AF $138,000, RDT $170,400).
Corey Ellis (FWD/MID AF $166,000 RDT $197,100)
Daniel Rioli (FWD AF $191,000 RDT $161,800)

Blues
Jacob Weitering (DEF AF $232,000 RDT $224,800)
Sam Kerridge (FWD/MID AF $299,000 RDT $177,100) (Rookie RDT only)
Andrew Philips (RUCK/FWD AF $225,000 RDT $258,200)
Jed Lamb (FWD AF $189,000 RDT $208,700)

Focus Players

Dustin Martin (FWD/MID AF $573,000 RDT $600,200) is a perennial favourite, seems to be this years forward must have, the most obvious VC captain. With off field issues some are jumping off. I personally think it will simply fire him up. Expect either a huge score or a report. Brandon Ellis (MID AF $568,000 RDT $595,200) is a POD mid premium that many think will step up this year. Bachar Houli (DEF AF $481,000 RDT $503,500) did enough over NAB cup to cement himself in many peoples backlines.
At Blues, we see a return to the field of Marc Murphy (MID AF $544,000 RDT $569,900) but he’s way too risky a choice in my opinion. Keep on watchlist. Kade Simpson (DEF $474,000 RDT $496,200) lost a bit of favour over NAB cup, but is still a good premium DEF option. Trent Cotchin (MID AF $506,000 RDT $530,000) is a player who hasnt lived up to expectations last couple of years, if I had bigger balls I would slot him in my midfield, I have a feeling he could go bang. A few other smokeys are Patrick Cripps (MID), Matthew Kreuzer (RUCK), Sam Docherty (DEF) Matthew Wright (MID/FWD) .
Of the Rookies, I think the best option is Connor Menadue (FWD/MID) who showed great NAB form. I didnt think Jed Lamb (FWD) or Daniel Rioli (FWD) showed enough over NAB, but you could sneak them on your bench. Corey Ellis (MID/FWD) is another who showed a bit over NAB and could easily be picked up, concerns he may be dropped for Deledio next week. Andrew Philips(RUCK/FWD) seems too expensive as a rookie ruck for me, but he may have better Job security than other rookies. Jacob Weitering (DEF) is a solid rookie option with a lot of fanfare, on the expensive side, seems to have good job security at the blues. He could find himself a bit of a key position backman at times, but if he plays more free like his first NAB cup game he will score well. Refer to Jeppa’s Junior’s for more info.

Shags Pick

sk
Sam Kerridge (AF $299,000 RDT $177,100) seems to have fit straight into the blues lineup and came out firing. Absolutely must have in RDT, and still worth it as a cheap mid pricer in Fantasy. Put a sneaky VC on him as well for the loophole (you heard it from me first).

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