JLT Series Formguide 2018

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Fremantle v West Coast (by Josh Schonafinger)

Premiums
– Lachie Neale
Neale was absolutely incredible against the Eagles, dominating in every facet of the game to finish on 159 SC points. In addition to his 36 disposals, six tackles and eight clearances, he kicked 3.2. Anybody worried about the ‘Fyfe influence’ shouldn’t be.

Nat Fyfe
Another 108 points from Fyfe (72% TOG) and another injury-free outing. Two ticks. Lock him in.

Michael Walters
Walters put together a strong outing, totaling 99 SC points from 19 disposals. He bobbed up on several occasions, kicking 2.1 and sending the ball inside 50 seven times.

Elliot Yeo
Yeo really struggled to have an impact with only 18 touches, but to be fair most of his teammates did as well. He scored only 60 points and worryingly attended a lot of centre bounces (13), which is not where he scores he best.

Mid-Pricers
Nathan Wilson
Not exactly the from we’ve been hoping for from Wilson with 58 and 93 points across his two JLT2 games. I believe there are better options around at his price.

– Jack Redden
Redden followed up his JLT1 score of 162 with a paltry 58 in JLT2. He had 15 disposals and five clearances, but this level of consistency makes it super hard to pick the Eagle.

– Scott Lycett
Those considering Lycett for their secondary ruck spot should be very careful – just 54 points (10 disposals, 18 hit outs, six tackles) for the big man. Can he score as well as Nankervis of last year? It’s very unlikely – and now Nic Nat is back and playing he won’t be the No.1 for long.

Rookies
– Andrew Brayshaw
Brayshaw has been the most impressive of all the high draft picks so far, and looks like he might be worth the extra cash. He’s scored 79 and 97 from two games and has been spending a good amount of time in the middle.

– Bailey Banfield
Another of Freo’s newbies who have impressed this pre-season. Banfield is deceptively tall and racked up 18 touches against the Eagles. Under the new rookie rules, he could play round one.

– Tom Cole
Cole is nicely priced up forward, so let’s hope he gets a run early. Scored 67 against the Dockers from 18 touches with four rebound 50s.

 

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Gold Coast v Brisbane (by Josh Schonafinger)

Premiums
– Aaron Hall
With Gary gone, Hall has top-scored for the Suns in both the JLT games. This is a great sign for potential owners of the talented Sun, he had 24 disposals, three clearances and four tackles in his most recent game (124 points). Last year he averaged 105 points when Ablett didn’t play, compared to 87 when he did.

– Dayne Zorko
Gun, gun, gun. First game back, tough conditions, Zorko made it look easy with 33 touches, six tackles and a fabulous goal. 127 SuperCoach points too.

– Stefan Martin
Martin must be firming as most people’s No.2 ruckman (behind Gawn of course!). Very reliable with injury, he’s averaged 90+ for the last four seasons and loves carrying a big workload.

– Alex Witherden
Witherden showed some of the form he displayed last year with 83 points (19 touches, three tackles), but I still think it would be unwise to start with the second-year defender, especially at his price. Let him mature and pick him in a few years.

Mid-Pricers

– Aaron Young
Young gathered 83 SC points from just 68% game time, showing that even as a deep forward he can score well. Five tackles were the key to that score, but based on his history I couldn’t select him with any confidence.

Pearce Hanley
Hanley was tracking pretty well (72 points, 60% TOG) until his shoulder dislocated in the final quarter. He’s still technically a chance to play round one, but you don’t want fresh shoulder issues in your team.

– Tom Bell
Move over Allen Christensen, Tom Bell is the forward mid-pricer to pick from the Lions. 104 points for the big fella, who looks ready to burst back into AFL footy after a frustrating 2017. Nine clearances and nine tackles are awesome numbers.

Allen Christensen
Pass on Christensen for me. Yes, the conditions probably didn’t suit him, but his 12 touches resulted in only 46 points. Given it looks like Bell will be given more midfield time, I’d be spending my mid-price bucks there.

Rookies

– Nick Holman
Mature-aged recruit Holman impressed once again, with the 22 year old adding 72 SC points to his JLT1 82 points. Tackles (especially in the forward half) will be crucial to Stuart Dew’s game plan, and Holman has shown the ability to be a reliable tackler. Could play round one.

– Cameron Rayner
Rayner will be in the frame for round one and showed some good signs with 13 disposals and 10 tackles. He scored 73 points, but we do need to consider that his price at $203k is very expensive. I can’t see him averaging more than 70, so a rookie $100k cheaper would be a better option (assuming there’s some named!).

 

Geelong v Essendon (by Josh Schonafinger)

Premiums

Patrick Dangerfield
Oh dear. It looks like Danger might miss the opening round now, throwing team structures into disarray. He scored a typical 44 points in just one quarter, but can you afford to bench him for one or two rounds?

Mitch Duncan
Duncan joined the ‘elite’ last season, but has been overlooked by the majority this season because of the arrival of Gazza. His 145 points from 38 disposals showed exactly what he’s capable of – he scored 115+ on nine occasions last year.

Joel Selwood
Selwood was typically good in his first game of the season, and back to his old ways too, with eight free kicks for and none against. A very reliable point of difference.

– Zach Tuohy
The Irishman followed up his JLT1 102 with a solid 73 against Essendon. His highlight of the day was clearly his torpedo past the centre, the biggest of his 28 disposals. Eight clangers brought his score down considerably, but he’s normally a pretty good user of the footy.

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Zach Merrett
You don’t have to worry about this jet dropping off. 140 points from Merrett was the perfect warm-up for what will be another terrific season for the Bomber dynamo.

– Michael Hurley
Hurls got some good game time in, didn’t look inconvenienced by his ‘wrist’ injury, and finished with six marks, five rebound 50s and 71 SC points. If you were set on him as a POD defender, don’t be disheartened by this effort.

Mid-Pricers

Devon Smith
Smith managed 73 points this week, following up his very impressive 118 from the big loss in Wangaratta. He had 22 disposals and six inside 50s, indicating there will be enough midfield time for him to score well this season.

– Andrew McGrath
McGrath had the ball 24 times against the Cats, but 17 of them were handballs. Ultimately, this affected his SuperCoach score (only 79 points), but he won’t be handballing so much every match. I’m expecting an average between 85-90 for McGrath this season.

Jake Stringer
Only 43 points from Jake. A miraculous boundary-line goal too, but they’re just not worth enough in SuperCoach alone. Surely pass.

– Adam Saad
Oh dear! Not what we wanted to see in 82% game time for Saad – just 30 points from 13 possessions. Six of his 13 were clangers too, nearly half. Not good Adam, not good at all.

Rookies

– Tim Kelly
A round one debut beckons for Kelly, after his 13 disposal, one goal game (68 SC points) against the Bombers. Looks as if he’d be best 22 anyway, so a few key injuries might even increase his midfield duties.

– Charlie Constable
Constable looks the part at AFL level, gathering another 18 disposals against the Bombers, resulting in 67 points. Initially, early season game time would’ve seemed a stretch for CC, but with Danger down and Ablett unlikely, round one is now a possibility.

 

Hawthorn v Carlton (by Matthew Storey)

The Premiums
– Tom Mitchell
Doesn’t seem to have a missed a beat. Another game, another 30 disposals and another big SuperCoach score of 115. 10 clangers prevented him from going even bigger but he made up with it by laying 11 tackles. He’s a bull. He’s also a lock.

– Matthew Kreuzer
Injuries are the one thing that can stop Kreuzer from dominating like he did last season, and that is exactly what occurred this week. A rolled left ankle in the first quarter after having stepped on the foot of Jeremy Howe was not what those who were considering picking Kreuzer wanted to see. It appears as though the damage was minimal and he should be right for Round 1, but if nothing else, we see just how little it takes for him to go down. A big decision to select him now.

– Kade Simpson
With Sam Docherty going down with an ACL early in Carlton’s pre-season, everyone just expected Simpson to return to the role he has played so well for a number of years. Unfortunately, JLT has not been kind to Simpson with back-to-back scores in the seventies. Once locked away in my team, the rebounding role off half-back appears to have gone to others.

– Patrick Cripps
The 26% of teams that selected Cripps will have liked what they have seen this pre-season. After a big score last week Cripps followed it up with 28 disposals this week, however because 21 of these were handballs his SuperCoach score suffered slightly as a result, finishing with 103 SC points. If Cripps can find a better balance in his kick to handball ratio, or a few more tackles that score can quite easily increase to 110+ making him a very good chance to break into the top 10 midfielders this season.

The Mid-Pricers
– Jaeger O’Meara
It has been a good pre-season for O’Meara who has got some much-needed minutes under his belt heading into a new season. This week JOM finished with 23 touches, 8 tackles and 90 SC points, just to entice us all again. His ability to play a large number of games consecutively remains the biggest concern, but he hasn’t done much wrong in the JLT. At 315k I won’t be selecting him but plenty will be – he is currently in 26% of teams.

– Caleb Marchbank
With Simpson not setting the world in fire during the JLT it was important to look elsewhere for where his points were going. After going to 25 disposals and 111 SC points in JLT 1 Marchbank backed it up again with 18 touches and 89 SC points this week. At 381k he is priced very awkwardly but has shown promising signs so far.

The Rookies
– Paddy Dow
Not the greatest of performances, just 8 touches and 26 SC points from 68% time on the ground. Will probably be named round 1 given Carlton’s rebuilding nature but I’m not sure the premium rookie price is worth it.

– Cam O’Shea
Only got to play one quarter in JLT 2, which may be cause for concern, but what a quarter it was. 10 disposals and 60 SuperCoach points. Hopefully O’Shea gets named Round 1 and can continue to improve on the one quarter of JLT.

– Harry McKay
Played the two games last season and looked ok. Is priced at $207,800 and didn’t set the world on fire in either of the Blues JLT games. May not be named Round 1 but with the lack of forward rookies we may not have many choices.

– Oliver Hanrahan
Spent the first half on the bench but when he got his chance he made the most of it. 47 SC points from just 36% TOG. A place in the Hawks Round 1 team isn’t certain and while his JLT scores weren’t the best, he’s a forward rookie and is priced at $123,900. Fingers crossed.

Port Adelaide v Adelaide (by Matthew Storey)

The Premiums
– Robbie Gray
After struggling in JLT 1 Gray showed us exactly why he is likely to be a top 10 forward come the end of the year. 13 kicks, 13 handballs, all at above 75% efficiency, along with two goals and 107 SuperCoach points. While he’s suspended for Round 1, if you can carry the donut for the one-week there may not be a better POD forward going around.

– Bryce Gibbs
Gibbs again demonstrated his ability to find the football, gathering 20 disposals in just 65% game time and finishing with a very solid 78 SC points. If you were to extrapolate Gibbs’ performances to correlate with 100% game time he is averaging 34 touches and 129 SC points. A midfielder with PODential without doubt.

– Rory Laird
Laird proved again why he is the most selected premium defender, finishing the match having accumulated 23 touches at 100% efficiency. Not sure much more needs to be said. He’s pretty much a lock.

– Sam Jacobs
I excused his first performance in JLT 1 because he still managed to score 67 SC points in just over 50% of on field time. However, after yesterday’s disappointing performance from the big man, of just 48 points in 82% game time, I’m moving on to bigger and better things.

– Patrick Ryder
While Jacobs was disappointing, Ryder was not, invariably finding himself locked away in my team after an impressive JLT series. Scores of 88 and 103 both from 76% game time look like solid efforts, which can only be improved upon. With the lack of options in the ruck, pairing Ryder next to Gawn might just be a popular combination.

The Mid-Pricers
– Riley Bonner
The $257,300 defender showed why many were considering picking him prior to his poor showing in JLT 1. He was able to find the ball at a much higher rate and used it extremely well. If he can find enough of the ball Bonner may average enough points to get you to the bye rounds before upgrading. Is it a risk worth taking?

– Cameron Ellis-Yolman
Looks to have hit the gym over the pre-season after being delisted at the end of last season. Unfortunately, his price just isn’t low enough for us to take the chance. Averaged 17 touches and 82 SC points in the JLT series but at 263k probably better options elsewhere.

The Rookies
– Dom Barry
After impressing in JLT 1, Barry started the second pre-season game a bit slower. Eventually though he built into the match, finishing with 15 disposals and a solid 58 SC points from just under 70% time on ground. We now wait with baited breath to find out if he gets a spot in Port Adelaide’s best 22 in Round 1.

– Lachlan Murphy
The 102k-priced defender was solid without being spectacular in his second JLT game. Unsure if he’s done enough to lock away a spot in the Crows best 22. Again we wait for Round 1 team announcements.

– Darcy Fogerty
After just the one possession for 12 SC points in JLT 1, Fogerty acquitted himself to the level much better in JLT 2 finishing with 87 SC points, having kicked 3 goals. The Crows forward line is a tough one to break into, but if Fogerty does have one thing going for him it’s his size. With forward rookies hard to come by, I am praying that the Crows do the right thing and name in Round 1.

Collingwood v Western Bulldogs (by Matthew Storey)

The Premiums
– Scott Pendlebury
Just the 60 SC points for Pendles this week, but in good news he only spent 50% of the game on the field. He iced-up his ankle at three quarter time but it didn’t look too serious. Hasn’t done enough to convince me to pick him but he has the class so wouldn’t surprise to see him come out and dominate from Round 1 and make me regret not starting him.

– Adam Treloar
Has burnt many of us, including me in the past, and while he still had 8 clangers and only disposed of the footy at 59% yesterday he made up for it with his fourteen tackles. I don’t trust him to score big enough, often enough but if he continues to tackle the way he did yesterday, his poor disposal efficiency may not hold him back as much as it has in the past.

– Brodie Grundy
Another ruckman who just didn’t set the world on fire and make me want to pick him. Despite dominating the hitouts, finishing with 37 in total, Grundy managed just 66 SuperCoach points. To top it off, the MRP may have a look at another clumsy bump, which could see him suspended for Round 1 anyways. Pass.

– Steele Sidebottom
Backed up his 101 SC point performance in JLT 1 with an even better performance in JLT 2. 28 disposals and 123 SC points were enough to put Sidebottom back in the frame as a POD midfielder. He’s an elite user of the ball and is able to go forward and have an impact. If you are looking to take a chance on someone, Sidebottom in in just 1% of teams and looks set for a big year.

– Marcus Bontempelli
Similar to Treloar, he’s a very good player, who has left me very, very frustrated with his consistency of scoring ability. He piqued my interest after flat out dominating JLT 1 with 125 SC points, before leaving me questioning whether or not to take the chance on him again this season. Just the 20 touches but 3 goals for him yesterday saw his score dip a bit to 104. It would be big decision to start him.

The Mid-Pricers
– Jackson Trengove
At 344,900 he’s priced exactly where you would expect for a bloke who has never averaged more than 74 points a game. His first match was right near that mark finishing with 78 SC points but only playing 67% of the game. This week Trengove went bananas, finishing with 24 disposals, 19 hitouts and 102 SuperCoach points. His ability to play all over the ground intrigues me and while I won’t be selecting him, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Trengove increase his average to somewhere between 80-85.

– Tom Liberatore
With past yearly averages of 107 and 110, Libba is the type of midfielder who could replicate those seasons quite easily given his in-and-under style of play. However, after suffering an ACL in 2015, he has been unable to reach those heights again for the last two seasons. Yesterday was a glimpse of just how damaging Liberatore can be, as he collected 28 disposals and finished with 123 SC points. Of all the 400-500k midfielders, Liberatore is the one that can, if he sets his mind to it, become a top 10 mid by seasons end.

The Rookies
– Aaron Naughton
Just the 13 touches but finished with 74 SuperCoach points. A place in the Bulldog’s best 22 is not a given, but if named come round 1, could be a very handy inclusion in our defences.

– Billy Gowers
Kicked a nice goal, but only had the 6 disposals and just the 33 SC points. Unlikely to appear early in the season I would imagine but one to keep an eye on as a downgrade target later in the season.

Sydney v GWS Giants (by Josh Schonafinger)

Premiums
– Lachie Whitfield
The standout from the game in his new role as a rebounding half-back flanker, Whitfield has rocketed into fantasy calculations. JLT1 he scored 91 and JLT2 he scored 141 points, with 29 points and four R50s! It would take some guts to pick him but he’s such a good user of the footy, it seems inevitable he’ll score well there.

– Josh Kelly
Just another ton for Kelly and he’s a locky as they come (not a word I know, but I’m going with it). Save as houses pick, if you have the cash to spend.

– Stephen Coniglio
Coniglio’s two JLT games have now produced 130 and 93. At only $450k he’s very affordable but on the flip side he will take a prized spot of one of your midfield guns. It will depend on your structure but I would suggest treading carefully around selecting ‘Cogs’ – something in my gut says danger.

– Luke Parker
Two tons in two games for Parker (108 + 119) and he’s very similarly priced to Stephen Coniglio. I love Parker as much as anyone, he’s got terrific hands and loves a contested ball, but I can’t bring myself to pick him. I want to be selecting midfielders who will spend more time in the guts than the year previous, not less.

– Lance Franklin
Buddy’s just going through the paces and getting cherry-ripe for round one. Once again, he will be under-selected for round one (scores of 134 and 91).

– Isaac Heeney
From just 70% of game time, Isaac Heaney produced 86 SuperCoach points. He made it look effortless too, and (at least I felt) he was barely sighted on the television coverage. The Swans haven’t taken any risks with him and he will start in the guts in round one.

– Jake Lloyd
People will look at Jake Lloyd’s 73 points and say “I told you so!”. But JL only played 62% of the game and still collected 21 disposals. He’s a safe bet for 85-100 points each week, not bad for defender less than $500k.

– Heath Shaw
Kicking is such a big part of Heater’s SuperCoach game, but his 16 kicks were at the woeful efficiency of 58%. He’s now 32 years old and thoughts of him getting all the points left by Wilson and Williams have been put to bed by his teammate Whitfield.

Mid-Pricers
– Tom Papley
Eep! 36 points for Tom Papley in a very disappointing performance, especially after last week’s 110 points. For $451k, it doesn’t seem worth the risk that he’ll been a midfield regular in 2018.

– Callum Mills
80 points in 58% game time in JLT1 ad 93 points in JLT2. Callum Mills might actually be a pretty good option for your defence in 2018. He looks like he’ll be playing his footy for the Swans off half-back, as opposed to in the middle this year, but that doesn’t mean he can’t score well.

Rookies
– Lachlan Keeffe
Keeffe didn’t get a run in JLT1 but his performance in JLT2 was pretty good – showing signs of composure and racking up 59 points. Would be excellent if he gets a game early in the season given he’s a DEF/FWD DPP, but I’m not too sure he will.

– Jeremy Finlayson
No wonder the raps on Finlayson are as they are, he was very good against a strong Swans forward line. 85 points in JLT1 and 66 points in JLT2 and the whispers are he’ll be lining up for the Giants in round one. Here’s hoping.

 

Melbourne v St Kilda (by Josh Schonafinger)

Premiums
– Max Gawn
Big Max looks like an absolute lock after churning out another pre-season hundred (126). More than half the competition will be starting with him so the case could be made to look elsewhere, but I believe his form is too good to ignore.

– Shane Savage
Savage is far from a proven premium, or a premium at all for that matter, but at $480k as a defender, he’s premium-priced. His 114 followed up his 146 from JLT1 and it’s been clear the Saints want the ball in his hands coming out of defence. Only my two bobs worth, but I think it will be a good first half of the year for Savage.

– Jack Billings
Billings put any fears of injury to rest with 76% TOG and 93 SC points. He’ll be in-between the middle and the forward and with any luck, his goal-kicking accuracy will be a lot better this season!

– Michael Hibberd
Just 66 points from the experienced Hibberd is far from ideal but far from disaster. He played basically all the match, had 23 disposals at 78% but just didn’t have a massive impact on the game. For coaches who want to pick him, don’t be deterred by this performance.

Mid-Pricers
– Christian Petracca
Petracca’s 82 from JLT1 was very nicely complemented by a 104 in JLT2 against the Saints. His 23 disposals only went at 69% too, so his score could’ve been higher. The most impressive thing about his performance was his seven clearances (three centre clearances), indicating that Goodwin intends to use him in the guts.

– Angus Brayshaw
AB’s an interesting one. His horrific 35 from JLT1 was followed up by 99 against the Saints. It’s helpful that he can be selected as a defender, but I still have my doubts as to whether he could maintain a 90+ average.

– Jack Steven
No problems with Jack Steven’s ability to score – he played only 48% of the game and scored 78 points. But an ankle injury at the end of the third quarter means there is some doubt about his round one availability. That’s enough for me to cross him off the list as a POD midfielder.

– David Armitage
Armitage couldn’t make it two hundreds in a row, but his 66 SuperCoach came from a limited 65% game time. He managed only one clearance for the match and wasn’t spotted at as many centre bounces as we’d like. Will make some nice money but unlikely to be a keeper.

Rookies
– Bayley Fritsch
Here’s hoping Fritsch is named in round one, because not only is he exciting to watch, he’s a forward rookie! Has very strong hands for a medium-sized player, knows where the goals are and has proven to be a good user of the footy.

– Nicholas Coffield
Lock in the Coff for round one and lock him into your SuperCoach defences. 63 and 48 across his two JLT games don’t scream ‘rookie starter’, but his game time was around 70% in both games, meaning a bit was left in the tank. I like the look of him.

– Hunter Clark
Clark’s a tough one to select, given he is a midfielder only and priced at $176k. His two scores of 83 and 44 are pretty much what you’d expect from a rookie, so he’s probably not worth the extra cash. But he’s certainly a POD rookie…

Richmond v North Melbourne (by Josh Schonafinger)
Premiums
– Toby Nankervis
The Nank showed us he will join the ‘ruckmen to consider’ conversation with an impressive 132 against the Roos. Unfortunately, he’s not as cheap as this time last year, costing you $488k if you want him in 2018. Should have a similar output to last season.💪
– Dustin Martin
Dusty had another good game and was smartly eased out of the contest in the second half. He only scored 80 points but that shouldn’t be a concern for potential coaches, he looked in very fine form.
– Brandon Ellis
Troubling signs for the rebounding defender, managing only 62 points in a largely unconvincing display. Yes, a lot of players were just going through the motions, but he played 80% of the game and scored only 57 (from 80%) in JLT1. Pass.
– Todd Goldstein
Well, well. Big Toddy looked back to his old self, hammering out 81 points from 42% game time. This comes on the back of his 82 from JLT1 and a glimmer of hope the old Goldy might return. The Roos will use Pruess this season, just a matter of how much.
Mid-Pricers
– Josh Caddy
Well now Josh Caddy’s just getting annoying. 136 in JLT1, 114 in JLT2. Can we ignore him any longer? He has been playing much higher up the ground, and the only genuine midfielder missing so far has been Dion Prestia. It would take a big risk, but he is available as a forward.
– Jayden Short
Short scored a handy 113 from 25 touches (the most for the Tiges), backing up his 58 (from 46% TOG). All of a sudden, he’s announced himself as potentially a strong scorer. However, in his 32 AFL games so far, he’s never scored a 100. As a $320k defender, there are worse options out there.
– Marley Williams
Williams was the Roos’ third top scorer in JLT1 and their second top scorer in JLT2. He had a very up-and-down 2017 (with only one hundred) but might have finally found some consistency at his second home. Just awkwardly priced.
Rookies
– Mitchell Hibberd
Good news for coaches, with Mitch Hibberd set to line up for the Roos in round one. Thankfully the few games he played in 2017 didn’t set the world on fire, so he’s still at a nice price under $170k.
– Luke Davies-Uniacke
We have tough decision to make on LDU, with the early signs indicating that while he will play, he won’t be a big scorer. 52 and 46 in his two games isn’t really even enough to start on your field. Is rookie job security worth the extra bucks?

 

Gold Coast v Geelong (by Josh Schonafinger)

Premiums
– Zach Tuohy
With so many big names sitting out of this game, there aren’t many ‘premiums’ to report on. Tuohy was a lot of teams last year and sentimental coaches might pick him again. He scored 101 from 24 touches and was probably the Cats’ best.

– Sam Menegola
87 points for the new forward Menegola, which is probably not enough to tempt coaches to take the punt on him, especially at $552k. Should be pretty unique though, because many think Ablett’s arrival will push him out of the midfield.

Mid Pricers

– Pearce Hanley
Pearce! What are you doing? Only 58 points (16 touches, 1 tackle) is not what we were looking for from the Irish dasher. He will only cost you $428k and has averaged 100+ in the past, but it doesn’t look like Stuart Dew is going to give him a role that will allow that.

– Aaron Young
The new Sun will slot straight into the best 22, only costs $313k and is available as a forward. Tick, tick, tick. But we’re going to need to see a hell of a lot more to pick Young with any confidence. He had 10 touches and kicked 1.2, and his score of 76 probably flattered him.

– Darcy McPherson
Now here’s an interesting one. Darcy McPherson has averaged 50.2 from his 12 career games, with a high of 77 points on debut in 2016. But he punched out a 112 against the Cats and showed he has what it takes with 15 touches and four tackles as a forward. Watch closely.

Rookies

– Nick Holman
Former Blue Nick Holman got himself right into round one calculations with a match-high nine tackles and 87 SuperCoach points. Coach Dew wants his team to exert manic pressure and this guy has it in spades. Only costs $102k too!

– Will Brodie
More midfield time for the second-year midfielder Will Brodie is exactly what the doctor ordered. Still got a bit of learning to do – but he attended the second most centre stoppages (11) and finished with 14 touches and 71 points. Not too expensive ($188k) to consider, either.

– Tim Kelly
We saw what we wanted to see from the mature-aged Kelly; 13 touches, 3 tackles and 73 SuperCoach points from three quarters of footy. We also saw what we didn’t want to see; him limping off. But it’s just a cork so all good.

– Charlie Constable
There were a host of other basement-priced players who ran out for the Cats (Lachie Fogarty [64 points], Jamaine Jones [55] and Gryan Miers [49]), but Constable’s display was perhaps the most impressive. He scored 74 points from 22 touches, even though he only played 65% of the game. While it’s very unlikely he’ll play early, the No.36 draft pick will be thereabouts if he’s adapted to the highest level this quickly.

 

Brisbane v Sydney (by Matthew Storey)

The Premiums
 Lance Franklin
Looked scary good for the first official pre-season game of the season considering all of the off-season surgery he had. Buddy did a bit of everything stuffing the stat sheet with 15 disposals, 4 marks, 7 contested possessions, 4 goals 1 behind and a very nice 134 SuperCoach points. Many were considering bringing him in post bye in the hope he may drop in price but if he backs up this performance in JLT 2 I don’t think you can start without him.

– Josh P. Kennedy
Attended 12 centre bounces and if you were watching the game you’d be forgiven for thinking that he didn’t have much of an impact. However, as Kennedy seems to have a knack of doing, he still managed to collect 25 disposals (10 kicks and 15 handballs) and went at a ridiculous 96% disposal efficiency. On top of the 7 marks, 3 tackles, 10 contested possessions and 4 clearances; Kennedy had a great day out, amassing 130 SC points. A premium midfield POD with a proven track record. One to keep an eye on in JLT 2.

– Dane Rampe
I struggled with whether to include Dane Rampe as a premium considering he’s priced at $427,400 but figured his performance meant I didn’t have a choice. Patrolled the Swans defence like all the good generals do, cutting off any of Brisbane’s long bombs into the forward line (9 marks). Another player who made use of each of his 21 disposals, 14 kicks 7 handballs, disposing of the ball at an extremely high rate (90%). Most impressive of all Rampe only played 66% of game time. Be wary however, that while Jake Lloyd and Callum Mills both played Zak Jones did not and this may have impacted his role slightly. Watch and see what happens in JLT 2 before making any final decision.

– Stefan Martin
In what was a bit of a dirty day for the Lions, Stefan Martin was the clear standout. Known for his great work rate around the ground and ability to attract the sherrin, the big man did some of his best work as he led the Lions for possessions with 21. While Martin did manage to get 26 hitouts himself it was against a pretty poor Swans ruck contingent with Callum Sinclair (9 HO’s) going down injured in the early stages of the third quarter and Darcy Cameron and Dean Towers combining for a paltry 10 hitouts. This coupled with the fact Martin received 8 free kicks (… yes 8!) means that although he managed an impressive 125 SuperCoach points I would hold judgment until he competes in JLT 2 against a stronger ruck opponent in the form of the Gold Coast Suns.

The Mid-Pricers

– Allen Christensen
It was good to see ‘Bundy’ back on the field after his last two seasons were effectively ruined due to injury – and he didn’t disappoint. Sure his score of 66 SC points might not be exciting to many but he still managed to find the ball 15 times and kick a goal in just under 70% game time. While his 43% disposal efficiency wasn’t great, Christensen did enough to remain in consideration for a starting spot in your team heading into the second JLT game, particularly given the lack of forward rookies. I would expect Brisbane to name a stronger side next week and think AC will be better for the run.

– Tom Bell
Another of the forgotten boys at Brisbane, Bell performed exceptionally well considering he gathered 17 touches in just 50% game time. Effectively in the same boat as Christensen in that his price of $287,000 is tempting given the lack of forward rookies. If I were to offer any warning it would be that Bell has often played a forward role for the Lions and has only averaged above 70 once in his career (‘15 85 avg.), however in that year he did play all 22 games. I’d like to have another look at him and the role he plays in a stronger Lions team before committing a spot to him.

– Robbie Fox
Put simply the Swans love giving debutants a chance and over the past two years have blooded a number of players. In 2017 Robbie Fox was one of those, playing in Rounds 2-4 while the Swans had a number of injuries and lost their first six games. Yesterday he seemed to slot into a midfield/half back role and performed admirably – collecting 24 disposals and taking 6 marks, leading to a score of 96 SC points. At this point in time his job security could only be described as extremely low but if he performs like that again in JLT 2 we may just have ourselves a bolter priced just a touch higher than many 2017 first round rookies.

The Rookies

– Jack Payne
The $117,000 defender, Payne had a solid start to his career, collecting 11 disposals. He scored 61 points in 71% game time and if he can improve upon his below 50% disposal efficiency in JLT 2 a debut in Round 1 could very well be on the cards.

– Darcy Cameron
Not the finest of performances from Darcy unfortunately for those of us who would have liked a cheap third ruck option to start the season. Only the 7 disposals at a horrendous 14% disposal efficiency as well as just 4 hitouts and 3 free kicks against meant he managed just 26 SC points. A prospect for the future who did go forward and take a couple of good marks and kicks a couple of behinds, but would be shocked of a debut at all this season unless both Sinclair and Naismith go down injured.

DOWNLOAD every JLT score (thanks to Declan Clayton) – click here: JLT-Spreadsheet-v1.5

Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn (by Josh Schonafinger)

Premiums
– Marcus Bontempelli
The Bont had a fantastic start to his 2018, with 25 touches and 125 SuperCoach points. There’s no doubt he was a little bit off last season (along with the rest of his teammates) and now he presents some value as a POD midfielder.

Toby McLean
One who’s grabbed a lot of attention because of his forward eligibility this pre-season is McLean. He scored 98 points against the Hawks, exactly the sort of return we’d want from 19 touches, 5 tackles and no goals.

– Tom Mitchell
123 points from Titch. He’s going to have another good season, you can bank on that.

 

Mid Pricers
– Tom Liberatore
Another who had an extremely disappointing 2017, Libba sits in the mid-price category some how, despite averaging 110 in 2014. Scored 99 against the Hawks, very tasty if he comes good.

– James Sicily
Can you afford to gamble on the hot-headed Sicily? If his scores keep up like this (114 against the Dogs), you certainly could. He has a very handy and unique defender/forward dual position, and will cost you a bit over $400k.

Jaeger O’Meara
Jaeger totalled 79 points on the weekend from 16 touches and 4 tackles. I suppose the main thing for coaches who are going to select O’Meara is that he played 85% of the game and got through injury free.

Ryan Burton
Ryan Burton, the $460k defender, has been in a few people’s plans. That might change after the weekend’s 45 points. Ugh, plenty of safer options out there.

Rookies

– Aaron Naughton
Aaron Naughton could be a start-up defender for your side as he already looks the part at AFL level. He scored 63 points, a very good return from a lock-down type like himself. Played on Roughead and Gunston.

– Josh Schache
Stay away from the Schache! Only played in the second half but still, not a SC player.

– Oliver Hanrahan
Oliver Hanrahan is a cheap ruckman who’s arrived at the Hawks. Unlikely to play unless there’s a sudden ruck crisis though.

– Marc Pittonet
A back-up ruckman who’s somewhat likely to play, but only in the right conditions. Maybe not a terrible bench option, at only $130k. He only scored 40 SuperCoach points though.

– David Mirra
Mature-aged Mirra only had the three touches and 15 SuperCoach points, but he did only play in the final quarter. Frustrating, because we think he can be a solid scorer if given the chance.

 

GWS v Collingwood (by Matthew Storey)

The Premiums
– Scott Pendlebury
A rough day for the Pies pretty much all over the park and things didn’t get any better for their captain either. Just the 16 disposals, 11 of which were handballs, and while he kicked a goal and had a very good disposal efficiency, he just didn’t find enough of the ball as the Collingwood midfield were annihilated, finishing with just 60 SC points. A tough start but after off-season surgeries and a Collingwood team that were missing some players expected to be best 22, I wouldn’t rule him out just yet.

– Brodie Grundy
The popular POD ruckman dominated Dawson Simpson in their duels, managing almost three times as many hit-outs as his opponent, finishing with 29 in total. Some tidy work around the ground meant he also managed to gather 10 disposals, of which 9 were handballs. He spent 90% of the game on the field, spending most of his time in the ruck despite the fact Mason Cox also played. A final SuperCoach score of 103 was an extremely solid start but keep an eye out for Cox’s rucking impact in JLT 2 if the Collingwood forward line remains as dysfunctional as it was in the first match.

– Josh Kelly
After a huge season last year, the popular GWS midfielder doesn’t look like he’s missed a beat in the offseason. 24 disposals, 8 marks, 5 tackles meant Kelly finished the match with 126 SC points. Undoubtedly, Kelly is a master at delivering the ball to his teammates, with 15 of his disposals being kicks at a disposal efficiency of more than 80%. If you had doubts about paying the high price that comes attached to Kelly and that returning players might affect his scores, don’t because he is the real deal.

The Mid-Pricers
– Stephen Coniglio
It is fair to admit that the concerns I had about whether Coniglio could return into the GWS midfield and find enough SC points to make him a viable option were unfounded, at least based on this JLT game. Coniglio looked tremendous, gathering 28 disposals at almost a 50% ratio of kicks to handballs, and finished on 130 SC points. He’s a bull of a midfielder and may just be the difference to a GWS side this season that sees them take the last step towards the big dance. If he backs it up again in JLT 2 against the Swans midfield LOCK HIM IN!

– Heath Shaw
Is he a mid-pricer? Regardless, the king of SuperCoach defences for years may just have rocketed back into contention for a starting spot. Everyone was aware that Nathan Wilson leaving for Fremantle and Zac Williams unfortunately getting injured could result in Shaw being thrust back into the role of providing run off half-back that he did so well for a number of years. However, many were still scared off after having been burnt badly last year. Nonetheless, Shaw couldn’t have done much more in JLT 1, finding the ball 22 times and handballing just twice! A fantastic disposal efficiency of 77% saw a great first up score of 113. I am still concerned teams will target Shaw once the season starts, understanding how important he is to the Giants but another 100+ score in JLT 2 will have him firmly in consideration.

– Dawson Simpson
The sub 300k ruckman pitted his wares against the fourth best averaging ruckman of last year and while he did get beaten comfortably in the ruck duels with Grundy, his ability to manage to find a few possessions through link up play with the Giants midfield, meant he reached a solid score of 83 SC points. As to whether Simpson can have a Jarrod Witts like year, I’m still not convinced but a strong performance in JLT 2 leaves the door ajar just.

The Rookies
– Nicholas Shipley
At $117,000 the GWS midfielder only spent 61% of the game on the field but when he did he showed he could find the ball, finishing with 13 disposals and 60 SC points. Job security is a concern as it is for most GWS rookies but if he gets the chance to impress again in JLT 2, a spot in the Round 1 team may not be out of the question.

– Jeremy Finlayson
Priced as a rookie the 22-year-old defender managed just the one game for the Giants last season after injuring his knee in his debut game against Geelong. After confessing to having wasted his first two years in the AFL system and suggesting he didn’t believe he could make it at this level, the aforementioned injury to Williams and departure of Wilson means a spot is available in the Giants defence and Finlayson did a great job of putting his hand up. 14 touches at 100% disposal efficiency and 85 SC points sees us hopefully have one rookie for our backlines sorted.

– Lachlan Tziani
Only the 7 disposals but 2 goals meant Tziani scored 69 SC points. Unlikely for there to be a place for him in Round 1 but another GWS rookie to keep an eye on heading into the second JLT game.

DOWNLOAD every JLT score (thanks to Declan Clayton) – click here: JLT-Spreadsheet-v1.5

Carlton v St Kilda (by Josh Schonafinger)

The Premiums
– Kade Simpson
Simmo did just enough to stay on the radar for our teams, and for someone at his age, that’s all we can ask. 16 disposals at 100% efficiency from 91% TOG got Simpson a score of 75 points. Another solid score from him in JLT2 would be nice.

– Matthew Kreuzer
Is Kreuzer overpriced at $603k? If he keeps churning out scores of 122 like against the Saints, maybe not. The big man racked up 16 disposals, 14 hit outs and kicked two goals – a great sign if he can be dangerous as a resting forward. Certainly someone to consider.

Patrick Cripps
Crippa looked good right from the start and finished on 120 SuperCoach points. Kicking two early goals certainly helped his score, but his time in the middle was just as impressive. 20 disposals (at 85%) and three tackles is just what we want to see. I’m locking him in.

The Mid-Pricers
– Jack Steven
I had to do a double-take when I saw Jack Steven is less than $500k ($498,600 to be precise). But at the same time, he’s never been able to take his game to the elite level. But maybe this is his year? 130 points from 24 touches, 6 clearances and 2 goal assists is a pretty good start.

David Armitage
Armo’s nicely priced at only $310k and a 128 point return is a superb score for that sort of price. Does he tempt you? I’m not convinced yet, but 24 touches and eight clearances (including four centre clearances) are very positive signs. Bring on JLT2.

– Shane Savage
I have a feeling SS could entice a few coaches to take the punt. He was the highest scoring player on the ground with 146 points, which included 21 touches at 86%. Finished 2017 with a real bang and looks like he’s going to continue that form into 2018.

– Aaron Mullett
Only 56 points for the ‘new Docherty’, Aaron Mullett. He gathered 14 disposals but struggled to make any real impact on the contest. Would need to see a lot more in JLT2 to justify selecting him.

The Rookies
– Nick Coffield
A lot of the rookies featured in this game are a little pricier than the bargain-basement types we love, but some might be worth the risk. Coffield could be one of those, especially with DEF eligibility. His second half was really impressive and scored 67 points from 20 touches. Good signs.

– Paddy Dow
One of the most exciting prospects from the draft had a solid night on Carlton debut and scored 66 points. His score was boosted by two goals, in addition to his 13 disposals. Given he’s nearly $200k in price, it would be hard to pick him at this stage.

– Hunter Clark
Another of the top Saints’ draftees, Clark was impressive with his composure and ball use. He only grabbed 12 touches, but they were at 92% and earned him 82 SuperCoach points.

– Lochie O’Brien
Just the eight touches for O’Brien, who also struggled to get into the game. 24 SuperCoach points.

– Jarrod Garlett
Garlett started well with a goal and some impressive touches, but finished the game early with a shoulder concern. As a result, his round one chances now look slim. Bugger.

 

Port Adelaide V West Coast Eagles (by Josh Garlick)

The Premiums
Robbie Gray
Should be crossed off every ones lists after getting one week for his hit on Jeremy McGovern. Nobody wants a premium player not playing in the first round for their team. His JLT performance wasn’t very convincing either. He played no midfield minutes and scored a horrible 40 from 66% game time. I would stay clear.

Elliot Yeo
I’m going to start off by saying that since Supercoach opened I wasn’t starting Yeo. Only having the one good year scares me and he was a black listed burn man in the past. If he goes well he will be an upgrade target however but I will not start him! Yeo scored 96 on the weekend from 85% game time in what was an up and down performance.

– Paddy Ryder
The second most expensive ruck was good on the weekend scoring 88 points in just 76% game time. Having the round 9 bye is the only thing that puts me off the $566k All Australian ruck. If there is a rookie who announces himself and get picked Round 1, I may pick Ryder and use the rookie as cover.

The Mid-Pricers
– Jack Redden
Redden scored a massive 162 from 80% game time, outscoring everyone including the super Nat Fyfe (161). Many think that with Priddis and Mitchell now gone he will play big minutes in the midfield. He is priced very dangerously at $437k and it would take a ballsy man to pick him! If he backs it up in JLT 2 I can see many people jumping on but I’ll be steering clear.

– Riley Bonner
Third year rebounding half back Bonner has been spoken about in Fantasy land as a potential value pick. He is priced at $257k and with Broadbent out of the side is expected to play more games this season. He only has 4 games of experience behind him but has scored quite well scoring 76, 75, 81 and 74. He didn’t perform in JLT 1 though. He scored a poor 49 from 69% game time.

The Rookies
– Liam Ryan
The exciting forward dominated the WAFL last year where he kicked 73 goals for the year and earned himself a spot on the Eagles list. The $117k forward brings excitement into a rather boring forward line and should be selected Round 1. If he is he should be locked into your side. However didn’t score to well scoring 43 but that can be expected from time to time for a small forward.

– Dom Barry
Probably the most impressive rookie over the weekends JLT games, Barry was solid scoring 97 points. The $117k forward is fresh and ready to take this AFL opportunity with two hands after leaving for personal reasons after 5 games at Melbourne a couple of years ago. If named Round 1 it’s a no brainer.

– Francis Watson
The $123k defender has been in my team for a while now and has done enough to stay there. He managed to score 42 points in very limited game time as he was only on the ground for 48% of the game.

 

Adelaide V Fremantle (by Josh Garlick)

The Premiums
Matt Crouch
Found the pill as easy as an Easter egg hunt for 8 year olds. He racked up possessions and finished the game with 36 disposals, 22 of which were in the first half. He managed to score 107 points in his 82% game time and made me feel much better about myself as I currently have him at M5.

Nat Fyfe
Fyfe was so sensationally good on the weekend and I loved watching every minute of the game he played. He was so strong in every marking and found the ball with ease when the game was the line towards the end. He scored a huge 161 points from his 80% game time and should be in 100% of teams rather than only 41%.

– Bryce Gibbs
Gibbs scored a very good 102 from just 75% game time. He looked like he fitted in really well into the Crows midfield as he played most of minutes in there. Things may change however when Crouch brother number two and Rory Sloane comes back.

– Rory Laird
Laird is the lock of the defence alongside fellow International Rules Series team mate Michael Hibberd. Priced at $550k and in 43% of teams, Laird scored a more than satisfying 103 in 83% game time. LOCK HIM IN. Otherwise you will be well behind the pack.

The Mid-Pricers
– Michael Walters
Many have picked Walters thinking that he would play more midfield time this year. The $478k MID/FWD is in 10% of teams and scored 102 points in 77% game time. If he plays well in JLT 2 and Ross doesn’t stuff around with him and chucks him in the guts, then he will be a great option this year.

Connor Blakely
Blakely is another breakout contender for season 2018 and has been picked by a few people. He didn’t score well however scoring 76 in 82% game time. He will need to do better in JLT 2 to be a selection option.

Nathan Wilson
Many thought that Wilson priced at $417k would be a very good option this year. Fremantle don’t have many well-known rebounding defenders in the mould of Laird, Docherty or Hibberd and they thought that Wilson could become that player. Unfortunately he didn’t score well in his first JLT game. He scored 62 in 82% game time.

The Rookies
– Bailey Banfield
$123k midfielder Banfield was so impressive in such a short period of time in his first JLT game. He scored 96 and played 39% game time. He kicked 2 goals and had 11 disposals.

– Andrew Brayshaw
Brayshaw scored an impressive 87 points in his first JLT game. The $198k midfielder only played 66% game time and looked like a natural playing in a midfield stacked out of talented names such as Walters, Fyfe and Neale.

– Tom Doedee
The $123k defender has been said to be the Jake Lever replacement all pre-season and finds himself in 40% of teams. He scored a perfect 84 points in 70% game time.

– Lachlan Murphy
The $102k defender was really good as he kicked 3 goals and impressed his coach. Don Pyke said in the presser following the game that if Murphy puts together another performance like his first in JLT 2 he is well in the frame for round 1. He scored 75 points in just the 63% game time.

 

Essendon V Richmond (by Josh Garlick)

The Premiums
– Dustin Martin
Dusty ‘the stiff arm’ Martin was sensational in JLT 1. He managed to score 108 from just three quarters of footy and was played like he did in 2017. Good signs for those who want to pick him at this very expensive price of $656k.

– Zach Merrett
Merrett copped a head knock in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the game. He did however manage to score 29 points in just 15% game time. Showcasing the scoring power he does have. Hopefully we get a better look at him in JLT 2 for the Bombers.

The Mid-Pricers
Devon Smith
One of the big three Essendon recruits, Devon Smith was outstanding against the Tigers as he pleased the eyes of Supercoach Fans playing predominantly in the midfield. He racked up 26 possessions and kicked a goal. Those impressive numbers resulted in Smith scoring 118 points and made him my F3. At $439k he is a very tempting option who must be watched closely in his second JLT match.

– Adam Saad
Starting from the amazing goal he kicked for first goal of the game, Saad was very good for the Bombers running off the half back line. He scored 85 points which is an acceptable score for his price tag of $399k. He will be one that needs to be watched closely in his second JLT game leading into the season proper.

– Andy McGrath
The $388k defender finds himself in 14% of Supercoach teams and is being thought of as a breakout contender for the 2018 season. He only managed to score 65 points however in his 78% game time. He will have to perform much better in JLT 2 to justify his selection this year.

Jake Stringer
Stringer copped a head knock early in the first quarter and as a result needed stitches in his head and wasn’t himself for the rest of the game: He only scored 22 in his 46% game time. I’m an Essendon man and not keen on Stringer although 20% of teams are. Those 20% of teams would have to see a big JLT 2 from Stringer to actually pick him confidently.

– Jack Graham
Graham is a solidly built 20-year-old man in the body of a big bodied midfielder in the prime of his career. He is priced awkwardly at $268k and is in 7% of teams. He tackles like a mad man which boosts his score to good ones as he doesn’t really get too much of the pill. He managed to score 74 in his 70% game time and looked very good.

– Darcy Parish
Parish played a fair bit of time forward in 2017 and for that reason has forward DPP in 2018. He is priced at $419k and scored 89 in 75% game time in JLT 1. He is an interesting option but Devon Smith at $20k more is a much better option.

The Rookies
– Jack Higgins
Higgins didn’t play the best on the weekend as he scored 25 points in 44% game time. Dimma himself said that he doesn’t see Higgins playing early but will be disappointed if he doesn’t make his way into the team later in the season. This means Higgins is a great downgrade option but the 36% who have him as a starter should find a replacement before round 1 begins.

 

Melbourne V North Melbourne (by Josh Garlick)

The Premiums
– Clayton Oliver
Scored a very nice 108 from 78% time on ground. He managed an impressive 15 contested possessions from his 22 disposals despite copping a tag from North’s Ben Jacobs. With Max Gawn back fit, Clayton can expect many hit outs to advantage coming his way from big Maxy helping his scoring.

– Michael Hibberd
Hibberd as well as Rory Laird is an absolute lock this year in defence. He silenced many who were worried that the addition of Jake Lever would affect his scoring. He rebounded the pill out of the Dees backline with ease and picked up 27 disposals. His 27 disposals and 3 marks got him a score of 121 from his 82% game time.

– Todd Goldstein
Todd Goldstein… For so long was an instant starter in everyone’s Supercoach Teams. He has reached really high heights and has averages of 128 and 108 in the past. It all changed last year due to repeat ankle injuries, Pruess and personal reasons outside of footy. However big Goldy has said himself that he wants to get back to his best and enjoy his footy again as he didn’t the last year or two. He played good footy in JLT 1 as he faced up against Max Gawn and scored a reasonable 82 from 87% game time. Definitely an interesting option to watch for the rest of the pre-season.

Max Gawn
Gawn was in so many teams at the start of the 2017 season when he was priced as the top ruckman after averaging 118 points the year before. The 2018 season looks the same. In fact Gawn isn’t in enough teams which is crazy to say when he is in 58% of teams. He was superb in JLT 1 where he recorded 145 points from his 39 hit outs, 9 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles.

The Mid-Pricers

Angus Brayshaw
Many teams have Brayshaw in their teams hoping that the talented former pick 3 can begin to play bulk minutes in the midfield. Unfortunately in JLT 1 that wasn’t the case as he played everywhere but the midfield and scored a poor 35 from 71% game time. Many will have crossed him off their list already and I advise the ones who haven’t to do so immediately.

– Christian Petracca
Petracca played pretty good as he scored 82 points from 79% game time. The $422k forward has been touted by many as this year’s breakout contender and is currently sitting in 24% of Supercoach Teams. I’m not convinced at all. Yes he will probably play more midfield minutes this year but is he going to play enough to boost his average of 78 to at least 90 in order to become a top 6 forward? I don’t think so. He only has 5 tons to his name in his 39 game career! Compare that to the 6th top forward last year Chad Wingard who scored 7 tons from just his 18 games last year and you will see my point.

Luke McDonald
I was one of the many who were interested in Luke and was very unimpressed when he pumped out a crap score of 30 from 73% game time. He was in sides on the basis that he was going to play more midfield time this year. It eventuated in JLT 1 but he was caught ball watching a lot and was probably better off just playing off the half back line. We will get another chance to watch him in JLT 2 but he is treading on thin ice.

The Rookies
– Bayley Fritsch
The $117k Dee, Fritsch was very impressive in his first JLT game. He scored 70 points in 78% game time from his 3 goals and looked at home at senior level. If he performs well in JLT 2 he is a huge chance to debut round 1.

– Luke Davies-Uniacke
It was an up and down performance from LDU. He scored just 52 points from his 78% game time and played mostly in the midfield. Whether or not he was just getting used to the higher level of opposition than his junior years is unknown, but if he can’t perform well enough in JLT 2 it is hard to pick him as a rookie who is more expensive than other rookies if he can’t score as well as the others.

 

 


4 thoughts on “JLT Series Formguide 2018

  1. It’s Hanley out and Rampe in based on what I saw on the weekend. Your comments have confirmed that. Can’t wait for the updates

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