As expected, there has already been a few big changes to the rolling 22, none more so than two of the biggest stars of all Tom Mitchell and Sam Docherty losing their spot due to injury.
Rory Laird, DEF
What’s up Doc? Laird is… One spot to be the top ranked defender.
GWS Giants, DEF
Zac Williams' return only boost Whitfield after his admission that he looks to get him the ball whenever possible.
Sydney Swans, DEF
One of the guys who is going to benefit most from the bonus kick in points.
Will be the number one kick out guy for the Hawks which will guarantee an increase in average.
Brisbane Lions, DEF
His decision making and ability to execute in challenging situations will ensure he takes full advantage of the kick in rule despite Hodge and Rich trying to steal a few.
A solid option to round out the top six playing between mid and half back. Looks fit and raring to go.
In the mix: Kade Simpson (Carlton, DEF).
Western Bulldogs, MID
The number one man in the middle now and serious contender to replace Mitchell in starting squads as a walk up captain.
Nothing has changed here, all looking good so far this pre season and he is set to return to his dominant best.
The way he is looking this pre-season, he is every chance to bump Merrett. Set for a huge season!
I have convinced myself he is returning to a full time mid role despite the Pies being inundated with talent in there. Has Pig qualities and I am expecting huge things.
GWS Giants, MID
On track for a career best season where the sky is the limit.
Brisbane Lions, MID
I just fell this environment is going to bring out a career best average for the ball magnet.
Under-rated, finished the season with five scores over 120 in his last nine and set for a huge year.
Edging out a lot of stars I know but he is ripping up the pre season as a full time mid and is back with the high scoring Pies.
In the mix: Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne, MID), Stephen Coniglio (GWS Giants, MID), Adam Treloar (Collingwood, MID), Clayton Oliver (Melbourne, MID).
Looking a picture of fitness and set to dominate from the get go in the star studded midfield.
Despite concerns about shared ruck duties, still a clear number two option at this stage.
In the mix: Justin Weshoff (Port Adelaide, RUC/FWD), Stefan Martin (Brisbane Lions, RUC).
Genuine star, easy option as the number one and set to return to 110+ average.
The security of role and tackling prowess should ensure he is in the mix for remain a top three forward.
Western Bulldogs, MID/FWD
The risk of a role change is there, but well worth the slight risk considering what he can do a midfielder.
Seems a little high but the way he finished the year reinforces his scoring ability.
Chad has the ability to rack up impressive numbers as a midfielder and I think he will spend plenty of time in there, especially without Mitchell.
Tough call but holds his spot from challengers such as Isaac Heeney and Jack Billings at this stage.
In the mix: Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans, MID/FWD), Jack Billings (St Kilda, MID/FWD), Justin Westhoff (Port Adelaide, FWD/RUC)
What do you think, has Roy got this right? What order would you have the players in? Post your thoughts in the comments.