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Bombers v Power – NAB Challenge (25th February)

The Power and the Bombers had plenty of fantasy relevant guys playing tonight and one guy seemed to get himself a new nickname… Jarrod Pol-Lock was all over twitter. Have a read to see what I thought of him and the other guys out there tonight.


Essendon Bombers v Port Adelaide Power.
Etihad Stadium. Tuesday 25th February, 2013.
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The first thing to notice about this game was the number of changes that were put through in the sides.  Particularly Port who had 11 changes from the side that took on Adelaide.  The first thing I noticed was that these 11 guys were a little rusty early on.

The other thing that was of note was the opening Subs.  Port left Chad Wingard and Hamish Hartlett in the vests and Essendon had Brendon Goddard and Zac Merrett.

I decided to type a few thoughts in each half and then below you have the full review of the players I felt were relevant.

First Half Observations

Bomber players seemed to want to keep kicking it around the corner… it wasn’t working.
Port struggled early but finally got going.
Polec played across the wing and through the middle.  Looked good.  Some nice run and carry along with linkup play. 100% efficiency in first half on 16 disposals (good for Supercoach). 60 DT points!
Lobbe isn’t doing a great deal only 5 hit outs, 2 handballs and one tackle at half time giving him 10 points.
Impey and White added much needed speed and looked ok.
Chappy looked good, but in a pregame bit we heard Bomber Thompson say that they would use him in the games that they needed to.  So it sounds like he will be rested when it is a critical game.  Only 20 points at the half with 6 touches and a tackle.
Boak spent the majority of the first quarter playing up in the forward line.  This won’t happen in the real season.
Joe Daniher looks better than last year and has impressed me so far this year.  Taking some good grabs. 10 kicks, 6 marks and no handballs at the half!  56 points.
Hibberd was also lively for the Bombers and played a lot of time up forward before going down back.  Was subbed off and news at the half was that he may have twinged a Hammy.
Jobe Watson was inconspicuous but got plenty of it. 45 points in first half from 9 touches and 5 tackles.

Most important what is going on with haircuts at Essendon?  Hurley and Steinberg with those little pony tails on top of their heads.  Come on boys….  lift your game.

Subs only came on about 6 mins to go before half time.

Second Half Observations

Polec has just picked up where he left off.  Lock him in.
Pittard getting plenty of it too.  Still not sold on this guy though, but he is giving me something to think about!
Chappy having a great third quarter.
Westhoff is looking very good and is being very mobile.  With Schultz going down in the third quarter may see Hoff play closer to goals particularly if the coach doesn’t have enough faith in Butcher.
Wingard picking up where last year left off.  Played all of the second half and was mostly in the midfield.
Ryder having a lot of hit outs but not getting much of it around the ground.  Will be the number one ruck though with Bellchambers out.

Final thoughts on some key DT related players.

Jared Polec (16kick, 7hb, 9marks, 1tackles, 102DT, 70%TOG)   Complete Lock.  Get him in your sides.  Simple.  Looked exactly the player everyone thought he could be.  Very clean and looked right at home in this team and should have forced his way into the top 22 at Port.

Matthew Lobbe  (1kick, 4hb, 2marks, 18HO, 1tackle, 33DT, 51%TOG)   Certainly not as good as he was last year.  Did share a lot of time with Renouf which I don’t think will happen in the regular season.  I would hope to see a bit more from him to be honest.  Got a few touches in junk time.  Will have a keen eye on him in that last practice game vs St Kilda.  At his price 33 is certainly not good enough.

Chad Wingard (6kicks, 6hb, 2marks, 1 tackle, 1 goal, 46DT, 49%TOG) Doesn’t look to have missed a beat over the preseason.  Will be a solid scorer again this year.  DPP may be enough to sway you to picking him in your forward line.  He is all class and a pleasure to watch.

Justin Westhoff (10kicks, 4hb, 9marks, 1tackle, 5goals (one was a free after his first goal when dumped on the goal line) 99DT, 82%TOG) Was impressive again tonight.  Spent a lot of time up forward, more time there when Schulz went off.  But still took a lot of marks around the ground and was down back at times helping out.  I think he may come into calculations again this year.  Not for me at the moment though.

Jasper Pittard (22kicks, 7hb, 13marks, 2tackles, 129DT, 79%TOG) Jasper has shown us a bit in the last few years, but this year he is looking to get to a new level.  Tonight certainly went towards that.  He linked up a lot across half back and this resulted in a lot of +6’s.  His price is $311k and he has come under my consideration.  I would like to see him again next game to see how he goes.

Kane Cornes (19kicks, 11hb, 8marks, 3tackles 115DT, 76%TOG) Kane simply racks up the possessions.  However, at $578k he could be a bit risky.  115 won’t be his regular score, but he will average around 100.

Tom Clurey (12kicks, 2hb, 11marks, 2tackles, 81DT, 92%TOG) Tom played well and is a good player, however, without Carlisle and Trengove he played most of the game.  When those two guys come back I can’t see him holding his spot for now.

Jobe Watson (7kicks, 11hb, 3marks, 8 tackles, 84DT, 79%TOG) Unassuming in the way he went about it.  Purely professional.  Should be in strong consideration for your team. he is in mine at the moment.  I don’t think he really pushed himself tonight.

Paul Chapman (12kicks, 12hb, 1mark, 3 tackles, 77DT, 76%TOG) Warmed into the game and did really well particularly in the third quarter.  I still don’t think that he can be picked given he will be managed and will miss a few games, this was confirmed by Bomber at the start of the game).  He is a no for me.

Joe Daniher (11kicks, 0hb, 3 frees, 2goals, 65DT, 74%TOG) I liked his game.  Took a lot of contested marks and kicked a few goals.  His price makes him a little awkward though. Not sure he should be picked in your team.  Key forwards though don’t generally make the best fantasy players.

Brent Stanton (15k, 2hb, 5marks, 2tackles, 67DT, 79%TOG) Had a reasonable night with a great kick to handball ratio.  Had flashes of what we know, but I don’t think he got out of second gear.  Has more in the tank and will deliver come round 1.  I think he will deliver the standard Stanton season.

Brendon Goddard (11k, 5hb, 5marks, 1HO, 2tackles, 74DT, 49%TOG) Only played just over a half and just played a very good game.  74pts from less than 50% TOG should tell you that he is in for another great year.  Is he worth the price as a pure mid?  I think he is close to being someone you may want in your team even though he has lost the DEF eligibility.

Michael Hibberd (6kicks, 3hb, 3marks, 35DT, 35%TOG) He tweaked his hammy and left the field and was subbed out.  I liked what I saw of him whilst he was on, but if this hammy turns out to be troublesome you may want to look elsewhere.

Patrick Ryder (6kicks, 4hb, 3marks, 14HO, 4tackles, 64DT, 72%TOG) Patty will be the number one guy at Essendon with Bellchambers down for now.  He competed well and had a fair game.  He didn’t get quite as much of it around the ground as I would have liked though.

There you have it.  It was an entertaining game despite both teams being a bit rusty early on.  Plenty of fantasy relevance in the game and hopefully you got something out of it too.  Give me a follow on twitter @pkd73 for all things fantasy.  I will be attending the Power v Saints practice game next weekend so will live tweet from there too.



  1. Lachlan

    February 25, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Great write up Dunny, would be a risk worth taking starting Polec on the field or not?

    • charlie

      February 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      look at the team line ups for round 1 when they come out before you decide

    • bobby

      February 26, 2014 at 3:36 am


      • bobby

        February 26, 2014 at 3:41 am

        DO YOU… MY BAD

  2. Dunny

    February 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Another game like that and he may crack the starting 18. But should be in best 21.

    • Kamil Machaj

      February 25, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Would you recommend fielding X.Ellis or Polec for M8? Might even field both in my team…

      • Dunny

        February 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm

        I think Polec has his nose in front at the minute

      • bobby

        February 26, 2014 at 3:47 am

        Both keep them. who else maybe wangerneen atm…looks promising..nobody else has really shown much? as to date that will get a gig rd1 bar michie. lock n load em… imo..

  3. 50 cent

    February 25, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    What about Zaharakis, had a great 1st game but didn’t really impress this game however still had his 19 touches
    Should i get Zaharakis or Daisy?

    • charlie

      February 25, 2014 at 11:11 pm


    • Dunny

      February 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

      I agree with Charlie, Daisy I think has to be in front of Zaha

  4. DaTBird187

    February 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I went to the game and from ground level the player that impressed me the most (other than Polec of course) was Robbie Gray. A full preseason and he looks ready to go in the midfield, so creative and fast with his hands in the clearances and usually sneaks a goal or two. A good buy at his price.

    • charlie

      February 25, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      his not a good buy mate

    • Dunny

      February 25, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      Gray certainly better than last year. I want to see Daisy again. But would lean to daisy for now

      • Kamil Machaj

        February 26, 2014 at 3:28 am

        Gray has got DPP. Was considering him, but will have to wait and see, at the moment there are better options than Gray around ~400k such as Zorko, Rioli, etc.

        I really want to see more of Hartlett, with Boak and now Wingard copping tags he might run rampant.

  5. Jordan

    February 25, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Cheers for the article
    Lobbe’s form is making me reconsider my rucks and just brought Hibberd in as D3 so hopefully he pulls up ok

    • Dunny

      February 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Cheers. Lobbe worries me. Hibberd may have time to get right

    • Rabbit

      February 26, 2014 at 12:07 am

      As a result of this game 100% of teams will lock in Polec (was only 97% before tonight) but if Hibby doesnt pull up it could force a bit of variety in the backline.

      Cheers for the article.

  6. Azza

    February 25, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Not sure whether to take to much out of this game when it comes to lobbe, surely renouf isnt best 22? lobbe should play a whole lot better as sole ruck

  7. Apoc

    February 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Ollie Wines? last week 66 from 41% TOG, and this week 90 from 73% TOG at $402,000. Worth a look?

    • Rabbit

      February 26, 2014 at 12:08 am


      As in please can someone answer, I’m quite curious myself.

      • Elliott Dwyer-Long

        Elliott Dwyer-Long

        February 26, 2014 at 1:15 am

        Personally I think a lot of these young rookies will burn out, such as Wines, and Tom Mitchell. They’ll both get more attention this year as well so I’m passing.

        • Kamil Machaj

          February 26, 2014 at 3:56 am

          Wines won’t get that much attention, the #1 to tag on the list at Port would be #1 Boak #2 Hartlett #3 Wingard (unless he plays in the guts)

    • bobby

      February 26, 2014 at 3:49 am


      • bobby

        February 26, 2014 at 3:53 am

        yeah yeah Mitchell got the blood line like no others.. he a gun like his old man….for keep sake.

  8. Abhishek

    February 25, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I know this is unrelated but is Jack Martin worth the hype?

    • Rabbit

      February 26, 2014 at 12:11 am

      To watch as a fan of footy, Yes.

      To select in your team, No.

    • Sphincter

      February 26, 2014 at 12:23 am

      No not dt wise

    • Elliott Dwyer-Long

      Elliott Dwyer-Long

      February 26, 2014 at 1:17 am

      If he scores well Rnd 1 I’ll get him in. If he was 100,000 cheaper everyone would have him. He has the same ability as JOM, and people made a good 300k of him. I’d still take a 200k profit if he lives up to the hype.

      • D Day

        February 26, 2014 at 10:27 am

        Disagree regarding the JOM remark. JOM is much more of a ball magnet, Martin is more of a flashy player. He wont average anywhere near JOM did.

    • johnny fontane

      February 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

      jack martin = Cyril rioli. maybe a bit more of a midfielder but same principal applies. will get 15 damaging possessions a game.

  9. Elliott Dwyer-Long

    Elliott Dwyer-Long

    February 26, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Was anyone considering just using Chapman for Rnd 1? Unlimited Trades and he might get a full game vs. Nth Melbourne?

    What do you reckon Dunny?

    • gerard

      February 26, 2014 at 3:08 am


    • bobby

      February 26, 2014 at 3:55 am

      v nth why you cause nth?? he might be the late sub …

    • Dunny

      February 26, 2014 at 8:54 am

      To be honest I don’t think I can pick him with any confidence. It is just that risk of injury. With the way that AFL Fantasy is set up this year, he may be worth a round 1 punt if named, but that would be about it for me.

  10. bobby

    February 26, 2014 at 3:57 am

    kangas carv ess up rd 1

    • johnny fontane

      February 26, 2014 at 11:06 am

      agree but says more about ess than kangas unfortunately.

  11. Shannon

    February 26, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Great read. Thanks heaps.
    How did Winderlich play? Is he worth concidering?

    • Dunny

      February 26, 2014 at 8:56 am

      No dramas Shannon.
      Winderlich looked great in the first 10 mins, but went missing after that from memory. He can certainly play, but he didn’t show much last night. 9 touches and 31 points from 59%TOG just isn’t enough to warrant selection I don’t think.

  12. Cold War Vet

    February 26, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Great write up Dunny! Thanks for the effort you put into this. What was your thoughts on Heppell? I have Watson at the moment but also a fan of him as a POD.

    • Dunny

      February 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Heppell went about his business and did well. Didn’t appear to be tagged, not sure if he will be. Just not keen on him without that Def eligibility. I think there are other guys with a higher ceiling, but certainly keep an eye on him.

  13. johnny fontane

    February 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

    any bomber fans care to explain watsons turnover in the second quarter? I love Watson but from a player of his calibre its no exaggeration that to say it was the worst kicks I’ve ever seen…

  14. Recall

    February 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Unrelated topic. But how do you join a league with the code on the fantasy app???. It won’t let me access the full website on my phone.

  15. roxredsox

    February 26, 2014 at 11:49 am


  16. Kirk Mackintosh

    February 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Great read
    Lobbe is out then i think
    Might bring in Minson instead

    Means i had to go Barlow/Gazza out for Pendles and Rocky

  17. DoctorScrotes

    February 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Any thoughts on Ebert? Not a popular pick I know, just have the feeling he might be a bit more consistent this year.

  18. Beltaine Pheonix

    February 26, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Who to pick: Heppell or Sloane?

    • Albert Lloyd

      February 26, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Heppell eaaaaaasily

  19. ManZzZoid

    February 26, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    do prices change after round 1?

    • ManZzZoid

      February 26, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      i mean from round 1 to round 2?

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