Team Review – Port Adelaide

Written by MJ on March 20 2015

Thommo just keeps on keeping on, smashing out post after post! This time he’s evaluated the SuperCoach relevant options for one of the Premiership favourites. Champion!

Every year the media and football fans fixate on one team, the hype team of the year. For good reason, this year Port Adelaide is that team. Improving from fifth in 2013, Port Adelaide would have won the minor premiership if not for a quiet patch towards the end of the year and they were one kick from a Grand Final, arguably even a premiership. Looking at their midfield depth and strong key position players, there is no reason why they can’t repeat last year’s form and push for a premiership.

 

It seems only fair that the hype team has the hype player of the Supercoach preseason. There is not as much fantasy value at Port this year as there was in 2014, but if all the speculation proves correct, Ollie Wines will be our next Prime Minister.

 

BYE ROUND

Round 13 bye shared with Geelong, GWS, Melbourne, North Melbourne and West Coast

 

GUNS

Travis Boak (MID, Av. 106, 24 games in 2014, $568,200). Like Pendles, Boak is too damaging for his own good. If he’s allowed to roam freely he will invariably go bananas with supercoach scores of 152, 153, 156, 157 and 163. He racks up huge disposal numbers and more importantly, he had 19 goals, 15 goal assists and 29 score assists in 2014. For that reason he was tagged several times across the season and unlike Pendlebury, struggled with the attention with lows of 54, 58, 65, 69 and 75. With the emergence of Wines, Gray, Hartlett, etc and the likely suspension of Crowley he may get less attention but the fact is he’s going to be tagged enough to continue these fluctuating scores.

Verdict: A durable gun, but I can’t see him taking the next step to elitedom.

 

Brad Ebert (MID, Av. 94, 25 games, $506,700). Ebert averaged 111 over the first 6 rounds last year causing a few coaches to trade him in, but he only managed 5 more tonnes for the year. He’s unlikely to be tagged but I’m not sure he can take the next step.

Verdict: There’s players with more upside available at that price.

 

Robbie Gray (FWD/MID, Av. 111, 25 games, $596,900). Welcome to Opposite World circa 2014. Down is up, up is down, Higgins and Robbie Gray both play a full season and Gray is in contention for a Brownlow! Robbie was brilliant to watch last year, finally showing us what he is capable of with 25 possessions per game and 42 goals across the season. When you add 33 goal assists and 56 score assists: Wow! Gray only dropped below 100 on 7 occasions with lows of 49, 77, 78, 79, 89, 93 and 96 and highs of 148 and 174.

Verdict: One good year doesn’t make a premium but he’ll be hard to trade in if he holds his value. I reckon Robbie is a genuine star.

 

Matthew Lobbe (RUCK, Av. 101, 24 games, $541,300). Lobbe doesn’t win a lot of the ball but makes up for this with 6.6 tackles per game. Given he’s not the greatest tap ruckman (28% to advantage) the change of rules won’t help Lobbe. When you also add the drafting of Ryder (ASADA permitting) he’s unlikely to improve and may drop in price slightly.

Verdict: Even this year there’s better out there.

 

Justin Westhoff (FWD, Av. 91, 25 games, $489,600). Like Roughead, Westhoff likes to wander up the ground to win a few extra touches, averaging 18.6 disposals per game. However he only kicked 29 goals across 25 games so his scores did drop off in games where he struggled to find the ball with 4 scores under 60.

Verdict: There’s too many midfield/forwards to pick key premium key forwards this year.

 

Ollie Wines (MID, Av. 100, 25 games, $539,200). Ollie hasn’t missed a game yet, he’s averaged 24 possessions and tackles per game in only his second season and he started to hit the score board late last year with 2 goals against Richmond and 3 against Fremantle in the elimination final and semi-final. Ollie is perhaps not quite as likely to become elite this year as has been speculated with 13 sub-100 scores in 2014, but considering he only had one score below 70 (60 against Carlton in Round 22) he doesn’t let you down badly either. Preseason comments from the club have indicated that Ollie has improved his fitness so hopefully he will play more minutes this year (averaged 94 minutes per game in 2014).

Verdict: I’m tipping a small improvement this year but he’s surprised me before.

 

MIDPRICERS

Chad Wingard (FWD, Av. 80, 24 games, $429,500). The Chad was pushed further forward in 2014 as Port’s midfield improved and suffered a subsequent drop on price. He still managed 9 tonnes but had a lot more low scores than in 2013. He did have a nice run of 4 scores over 100 up to the Semi-final but only scored 52 in the Prelim. He has also suffered a right knee injury in late January that may delay the start to his year.

Verdict: Even if he wasn’t injured his scores are likely to fluctuate a lot.

 

ROOKIES

Karl Amon (MID, $123,900). Drafted at pick 68 in 2013 from Haileybury College (the origin of Tom Scully), Amon was never a big ball winner in juniors. He improved in the SANFL in 2014 with an increase in his average disposals towards the end of the season but wasn’t close to a senior game. So far this preseason Amon has looked pretty good but he seems likely to be a depth player only at the moment.

Verdict: I don’t see him playing unless injury strikes the team.

 

Tom Clurey (DEF, Av. 30, 1 game, $150,000). I wouldn’t have reviewed him except he is appearing in a few preseason teams. Clurey will be a good player for Port but it seems likely that he is just a depth player for now and he will only play when Carlile and Trengove (who is currently recovering from a shoulder injury and might miss one or two early matches) are injured. Don’t expect big numbers from him even if he does play as he has only managed 11 and 10 possessions in 2 preseason games.

Verdict: A heartbeat that may only play a handful of games. Hopefully there’s better out there!

 

Nathan Krakouer (FWD/MID, $106,900). It looks like Port have thrown Krak back into his running defender role that he excelled at before he left Port for the Suns. However he only played 34 minutes in NAB 1 and 54 in NAB 2 so even though he seemed composed in the role, I’m not sure he’s in Port’s best 22.

Verdict: At that price, if he’s named he’s worth selecting. We’ll know more after NAB 3.

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