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Dan Houston – Deck of DT 2020

Will the end of season midfield time continue?

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Name: Dan Houston
Team: Port Adelaide
Position: DEF/MID
Price: $596,000
Bye round: 12
2019 average: 80.3
2019 games played: 21
Predicted average: 93
Draft range: Round 9 – 11

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Why should I pick him?

Dan Houston played in the midfield in the last five games of 2019 and averaged 103.2. If he’d pumped that out over the entire season, he would’ve ranked as the tied-third best defender.

Considering he’s priced at his 80.3 season average, he could be $170,000 unders right now. And unlike other young guns who are hoping for more time in the guts, we know Houston can score if given the right opportunity.

He also attended 84%, 64%, 84%, and 64% of centre bounces in Rounds 19 to 22, and was told at the end of the season to keep working on his fitness so he could stay there in 2020. Unless something drastic changes, he’s firmly part of Port Adelaide’s future plans.

In terms of draft, it all depends on how savvy the coaches in your league are! Defenders who entered 2019 with an 80ish average went in round 9 or 10 last season, but there’s a lot of hype around Houston at the moment so be prepared to cough up a higher pick if your mates are as clued in as you are.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Footy fans are more optimistic about Port’s rebuild than the club itself, and rumours abounded last year that Ken Hinkley would be sacked. Port have only made finals once in the last five seasons and it’s clear that anything less than a top eight finish in 2020 is a fail.

If Port lose a lot of games at the start of this season, Hinkley might opt for experienced bodies in the midfield instead of up-and-comers. Houston is one of many talented youngsters competing for a prized spot in the guts, so he could be thrown back to defence if there’s panic at Alberton Oval.

Houston also has his bye in round 12, which isn’t ideal because we want to weight our teams towards players with the week off later on.

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Most of us haven’t considered Houston since he starred as a cash cow in 2017, but keep an eye on his role in the Marsh Community Series. Fingers crossed he attends a heap of centre bounces again!

Lock and load if he’s in the midfield because he’ll find his way into Roy’s Rolling 22 before season’s end (depending on the rolling criteria, of course).

But avoid if kids like Connor Rozee are prioritised ahead of him, because Houston only averaged 73.2 before his shift to the middle.

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    January 14, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Been locked D3 for a month now

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      January 14, 2020 at 11:05 am


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    Kirk Mackintosh

    January 14, 2020 at 11:39 am

    I struggle to trust Hinkley for all we know he could be key forward

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      January 14, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      fair point, hes the new Ross the Boss. I dont trust Longmire either

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    January 14, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Good article but think i will be playing it safe and locking in the Lloyd Laird Docherty combo as my Def premos

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    January 14, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    I guess the question is – how well did PA go in those last rounds with Houston in the mids? if ok then maybe he stays if they got flogged is different story i guess.

    Agree with bort22 to a degree but selecting this guy allwos me to start Gawn and Grundy

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    January 14, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    PA won 3 of last 5 gaems 2 of those matches Houston got msot possessions with 29, they lsot one of those won the other. Teams were GWS loss – bombers win – swans win – kangas loss and dockers win. I recon they won the games htey should have here so no major danger. The loss to GWS was only by a point. Houstons 2 high possesion games they flogged bombers by 59 but then got smashed by 86 by Kangas wow.

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      January 14, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      So he scored well against two very ordinary midfields? (I say that as an Essendon supporter so without any bias against.) Doesn’t fill me with much confidence! Port don’t exactly have a settled line up. Too risky for mine, although the extra trades in AFL Fantasy do allow you to offset that risk a tad. Still, a reasonably soft start to the season for Port won’t really give us an accurate picture of his protracted output before it becomes painful to trade him out if he fails. It’s a “no” for me.

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        January 15, 2020 at 7:30 am

        Cheers will take those thoughts on Board am starting to second guess my selection

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    January 15, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Swapped him to Sic Dawg

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      January 21, 2020 at 8:31 am

      Yuck sick dawg. Put him down already. Houston any day of the week

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    January 21, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    PA play GCS first then round 3 Nth, going to take my chance with Houston,
    …………………and hope we don’t have a problem lol

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