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Jasper Pittard – Deck of DT 2017

Jasper Pittard is one of the most frustrating players for Power supporters to watch at times. But is he worth the risk in your Fantasy team?

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Image result for jasper pittardName: Jasper Pittard
Team: Port Adelaide
Position: Defender
AFL Fantasy: $496,000
AFL Dream Team: $488,000
Bye Round: 9
2016 Average: 82.27
2016 Games Played: 22
Predicted Average: 85

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Why should I pick him?

Jasper is a bit of a wild card, and as a supporter, he can be very frustrating to watch.  But importantly, from our point of view, he has increased his average consistently over the last three seasons going 66, 75 and now 82.  He was one of the top rebounding defenders last season and he increased his disposal count from 399 and 393 in 2014 and 2015 to 498 in 2016.  The important thing about that is that he had 339 kicks and 159 handballs last year.  This trend has been the same all of his career in terms of his kick to handball ratio.

During 2016 Pittard had three scores over 100 (two were 110) and 6 scores in the 90’s.  So nearly half of his games resulted in scores over 90.  The other key is that over the last three seasons he has played 22, 20 and 22 games, so he has become very reliable.

If he can get rid of the poorer scores where he goes missing (see below) then he could be a safe selection for your side.  Without his lowest couple of scores he should be able to at least maintain his average if not slightly improve it.

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Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Whilst Jasper has been improving and had some great games last season, he also knows how to go missing.  He had 9 games under 80 to go with his 9 over 90.  Of those 9 under 80, there was a 29 and 2 under 60.  He is also only the 18th highest averaging defender, so there are plenty in front of him.  These lapses in scoring are just as likely to lose you a weekly matchup, he just can’t be relied upon to give you a solid consistent score each week.  If that floor was no scores under 65 you could probably  live with the lower scores but this sort of variation just isn’t acceptable.

Whilst his average has been on the increase over the past three years, last season was the first time he has averaged over 80.  He is just as likely to go back to the 70’s which would see him as being a liability for your side.  He has been one of the key link up players for the Power coming out of defence in the last few years, so if the Power start to get a roll on and some drive off half back from Jasper, he may be the target of some of the better small forward ‘defensive’ players.

The other big risk is if he is asked to play a lock down role on one of the more mobile forwards from the opposition.  Given his build, speed and agility this is a role he may be asked to do and that will destroy his scoring.

Deck of DT Rating.

Jack – Many will go to Jasper, but I am a little unsure still.  His average is good, but it is the unpredictability of him that is the concern.  His 29 and three scores in the 50’s mean he isn’t a brilliant selection, but if you are willing to take a risk then he can pay off big for you.  In a draft league however, he is certainly someone you should be targeting.  Not in the early rounds, but he is someone that you should look to bolster your defence.

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    January 30, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Yawn. Barely relevant

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      January 30, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Thats your opinion but Dunny has taken the time to write it up so be less of a douche

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    January 30, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Lol why?

  3. Euman


    January 30, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I had this guy last year love him he is uber consistent

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      January 30, 2017 at 9:33 am

      His last 10 rounds were 98, 58, 70, 66, 100, 29, 99, 86, 79, 59

      uber; denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing

      consistent; acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate.

      I’m not sure that statement applies in this case.. perhaps “I had this guy last year, love him he goes like a $2 yoyo”

      • Euman


        January 30, 2017 at 10:59 am

        Fair call made the comment off the cuff without checking stats I stand corrected and from memory had him in elite not classic

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    January 30, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Don’t mind it defiantly has the potential to become a premium defender but I don’t think it’s this year. Would have liked to have seen Hartlett before Pittard but solid write up.

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    January 30, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I seriously think we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here. The last couple days’ articles have been just pointless, and now today we’re reading about another player who will have no fantasy relevance. I mean, who in the their right mind would start with Pittard when you have Hibberd who is cheaper and will average more, and Hodge who is a bit more expensive but has proven himself to be a fantasy player!

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      February 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      I had Jasper Pittard in RDT and AFL Fantasy in 2016.

      I won RDT and came 6th overall in AFL Fantasy.

      Writing an article on him is both justified and worthwhile.

      I’m all about Hammer Hartlett this year though.

  6. Euman


    January 30, 2017 at 11:00 am

    No article is pointless

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    January 30, 2017 at 11:57 am

    This one was, surely there are better players to cover and spend time on than this plonker

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      January 30, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Agreed. Pretty nothing article. Hibberd cheaper and will average more. The stats above are also damning, 70% predicting he won’t average more than 85

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    January 30, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Unbelievable some of the comments today… Remember guys you ain’t paying a subscription for these articles…It’s free so for starters be grateful…Not really sure why pittard is so irrelevant, he has shown steady improvement over the last 3 seasons and at times shown he has the ability to one day be considered a premium defender….Thanks for the article Dunny…Jasper is a no for me at present but wouldn’t surprise me if he takes the next step this season.

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      January 30, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      I dont recall saying we are not thankfull and greatfull for the information and quite aware that its free info but we are simply saying what we think, get the sand out of your vagina mate and stop being so precious

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        January 30, 2017 at 10:43 pm

        A couple of things Tigers…You stated you didn’t recall saying you weren’t thankful or grateful…Only problem is you didnt write that you were in fact grateful at all …By all means the authors and people who read want to hear differing opinions but anyone with any class would do it respectfully…
        Secondly Tigers…Matey stop being a pussy keyboard warrior especially when your not original…Good luck for your team in 17 lil fella.

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          January 30, 2017 at 11:01 pm

          Lil fella hey, geez thats original… where you from precious? Happy to come and say it right in front of you and see if your as much of a smart arse as you are behind your screen.

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            January 30, 2017 at 11:14 pm

            You guys are funny! I’d pay a dollar to see you meet in the street.

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              January 30, 2017 at 11:42 pm

              Give it to Ravalle mate he will need it to buy some tissues for his issues if you dont say thankyou or your not gratefull for watching it! Haha

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                January 31, 2017 at 6:25 am


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            January 31, 2017 at 7:17 am

            Oh no Tigers don’t scare me matey!!! Your hilarious buddy…Was that you trying to be tough?? How bout you stick to having your opinions on footy but just try and acknowledge those who took the time to write the article next time….Either way you decide…Have a good day at school Tigers..

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              January 31, 2017 at 10:43 am

              The only one trying to be tough is yourself behind a screen, why dont you stop being a little precious faggot, go back to your mums nipple and have a cry to her. Your a little faggot Ravalle hiding behind a screen trying to dish out insults u pathetic piece of shit, grow a pair of balls and a brain while your at it

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                January 31, 2017 at 11:26 am

                Tigers…Just because I showed you to be a keyboard warrior you think you can just repeat the insult?? Oh dear you poor boy…The only one throwing infantile insults is you…Bit of a worry though you keep using the word faggot..Are you ashamed and hiding what you are? Don’t be mate you be yourself!! Anyways enough banter this is a dream team site AND this has got tedious and boring.

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    Lachie Neale

    January 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Pre the bye last year Pittard averaged 89.5 with only 3 scores before 80 and 1 below 75. As finals got less likely for Port his level of play dropped off.

    Also for people saying Hibberd is a no brainer better option, his situation within Melbourne’s lineup is far more unknown that Pittard who is the main rebounder for Port and who’s to say Port don’t turn it around this year.

    The left-field options are by far the better deck cards as they allow you to consider someone you wouldn’t normally. (btw there are 52 Deck cards and only 30 spots on your team so guess what, there are going to be at least 22 players who aren’t in your team who gets articles written about them)

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      February 2, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Spot on.

      Pittard pre bye was great and one of the best under priced picks I started with last year. Yes he dropped off after the bye and I upgraded him in AFL Fantasy accordingly. Had to ride him out in RDT, but I had more pressing issues than trying to trade out someone to get an extra 5 points or so. After Heater, Docherty, Matthew Boyd and Kade Simpson, the scores dropped off into a sea of defenders averaging around the 85-95 point mark.

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    January 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I know this article is about Jasper Pittarp, but did anyone happen to catch the article on rating Zac Williams as the most underrated player in the afl according to stats compiled by champion data? Similar price to tarp but can he do one better than last season with his mentor Heater still in the side? Probably won’t be the no.1 rebounder at GWS until Heater retires…thoughts?

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      January 30, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Never been under-rated in my eyes. Should be on everyones radar during the JLT series..

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    January 30, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Hey guys, thanks for some of the feedback (I think).

    For those that didn’t want Jasper, just letting you know, I put it out on twitter as to who people wanted to hear about and Jasper was one of the more overwhelming responses. He isn’t one of the obvious selections and at this stage I am probably not going to start with him, but don’t put a good season past him.

    I reckon you might like my next two players a bit more.

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      February 2, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Dunny. I actually have Pittard in my first season go at lining up a team and welcomed the write up. I never like spending too much on defenders and always look for good alternatives to the premiums.

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