JLT Players of Interest: Port Adelaide vs North Melbourne

It was a pretty open and bruise-free contest for much of the game. For many fantasy coaches, we were keen for a final look at some very relevant cash cows and some value premiums, but the show was fell and genuinely stolen by a fantasy footy all-star.

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Port Adelaide

Tom Rockliff

He had less than 5% ownership across all formats before the game, but I expect his numbers to increase between now and the start of round one drastically. We saw Rocky back to his accumulating best racking up over 40 touches, 16 marks and kicked a few goals for good measure. Is he a trap? I’ll put it this way if Port’s new game style looks to keep the game open and high retention of possession is their further mission objective then he’ll provide tremendous value. For what it’s worth it’s a pass for me, but don’t let that stop you from picking him.

Travis Boak

The story of the day, the former skipper backing up last week’s match in the middle again with 18 centre bounces attended 28 touches, a goal and registering the ton across the formats must place Travis Boak right into contention as a top 10 forward and a unique starting option.

Scott Lycett

The dominant big man on the ground. He may be a sneaky R2 in AFLFantasy if Patrick Ryder’s cheek injury prove to be more serious that costs him a few weeks out of the game.

Will Drew

I loved his game, and without Ollie Wines in the side early on Drew must get games. The young bull attended 12 centre bounces, had 16 disposals and as a basement price MID/FWD cash cow he’ll be very difficult to be passed on if named round one.

Xavier Duursma

With news of Jarrod Lienart suffering a knee injury, it should give the X Man an early run in the port side. He possesses line breaking speed, reads the play well, has a booming boot on him and looks sharp in the contest overhead — a likely debut looking in round one.

Zac Butters

Like Xavier above, the Power have a ripping talent in Butters. Everything he does excites the Port fans and is already one of the favourites of fans. Today’s 14 disposals and a goal was precisely the sort of game the coaching staff would be very pleased with from Butters. He’s locked into the Powers round one side, and for SuperCoach, he is a solid midfield cash cow.

Robbie Gray

Not getting enough midfield time yet to warrant selection in AFLFantasy or DreamTeam. For SuperCoach players this was a reminder that everything he does is class and even with minimal midfield moments he can be a damaging scorer.

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North Melbourne

Bailey Scott

His elite endurance and work ethic was on display even though he played just 58% game time. From such a limited game time he still managed 19 disposals 7 of which were contested, four marks, two tackles and two goals. The father-son selection has put his hand forward for a round one debut.

Aaron Hall

In a round where midprice midfield like Brad Crouch & Tom Rockliff shined bright, it was a quiet fantasy day from Aaron Hall. While he does have the midfield role, he’s now had others in his price range surge past him.

Paul Ahern

Not salary cap relevant, but late in the draft rounds it’d be worth a selection. With limited time on ground, he managed to score well and racked up 21 touches.

Jack Ziebell

Spent the majority of the game forward. If you were considering him in a salary cap format, this game was a reminder to change plans quickly. Draft and Daily Fantasy relevant only.

Luke Davies-Uniake

Led the club for centre bounces attending 28 for the game. Six of his 16 disposals were contested and showed some more moments of why he was taken so high in the draft at the end of 2017. Is he worth the inflated price tag as a cash cow? Probably not, but he looks like he’s made his way into the Roos best 22 which is fantastic for his development.