Practice Match Review: Melbourne Vs Richmond

The final game from the preseason saw two highly relevant fantasy teams face off at Casey Fields. The game was fairly uncontested, with dominant in the game, notably in the first half.

Max Gawn

The Ruckman was back to his dominant best, registering a massive first half in which he kicked three goals. He then played a little more down to earth in the second half, with he and Grundy sharing the ruck load. This game exemplifies the likely splits they will have but Gawn has shown they could still score well despite this.

Brodie Grundy

The other half of Gawndy also kicked three goals in the first half but was far less dominant around the ground. It is going to be tough to know which of the two will get the dominant ruck share each week but DPP might be on the cards for one or both of them early in the season.

Clayton Oliver

Oliver has shown yet again that he will remain a top end premium across the formats. He coasted through much of the game yet still had class and skills that exceeded most on the field. A player that once again we will want to own in 2023.

Christian Petracca

Much like his partner in crime, Petracca looked a cut above the rest in this game. Petracca split his time between midfield and forward duties and got his hand on the ball all over the ground.  Still a genuine premium option for us across the formats.

Angus Brayshaw

Brayshaw came back down to earth after his seagull-like behaviour last week, despite having a near identical role. He worked his way back into the game in the second half and looked better as the game went on. Tempers may have cooled on him, but he still has the ability to pop a massive score when he is on.

Kyle Chandler

A rookie priced player for us in 2023, Chandler slotted into the Demons side well. 1.3 on the day showed he had plenty of opportunities and he is one to monitor for a bench spot come Round 1.

Tim Taranto

Taranto coasted in second gear yet managed to get his hand on the ball 33 times. High CBA usage, marks around the ground, and a willingness to hunt the ball was all we needed to see from Tim this week and he showed it in spades. Definitely one to consider for starting squads.

Jacob Hopper

Hopper saw the highest CBA usage of any Tigers player this week and managed to get his hands on it plenty, but was used more of an extractor. He played a very inside game which we should expect again come round 1, but with the free-flowing nature of preseason games I expect his scoring output to be higher than what we saw this week.

Samson Ryan

Ryan came onto the field in the last quarter and scored well in the process. As a near-basement rookie with R/F status, he should be in consideration if named round 1.

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