My Pre NAB Cup Side 2013


Pre-Nab Cup

With the arrival of the AFL NAB Cup we finally get to have a look at players we have been discussing all preseason. While many will disagree with my selections this is my current side at present the Friday before the first NAB Cup game.

As happens every preseason certain rookies will come out of no where and others will disappear.

I never take to much notice of the ultra-premium players form as many will be placed on restricted playing time.

Backs
I’ve started with selecting my core 3 that i believe i’ll keep through to Round 1. Goddard, Gibbs and Grimes the 3 G’s are my locks. Read here why – Premiums – Back 6.

Hartlett is an interesting selection, if we did not have two trades a week I would probably avoid selecting him with his history of injury, but now with 2 trades a week Hartlett looks a tantalising option. He will play midfield this season. He was selected at number 4 in the 2008 draft and has the ability to become Port Adelaide’s best midfielder.

The rookies are all changeable but Pittard looks a safe option returning to the Port defence after missing 2012 with injury and having bulked up over the past year now having an AFL ready body.

Terlich comes from Norwood in the SANFL with a senior premiership and good form as a mature age recruit. Docherty, see hype list, has the ability to fill the role vacated by Drummond and Goodes should get games early as an overage recruit

Midfield
Read my article earlier in the week The Premium: The Elite 8 Midfielders But in my opinion Ablett, Cotchin, Pendlebury and Murphy should all be locks. Swan is an omission, I can’t justify why and it will most likely change as we get closer to the season.

Luke Ball I like and believe can gain quick money while still averaging a decent score. I really believe trading will be crucial this season and mid-price players could be more crucial.

Ollie Wines is an AFL ready midfielder, while Crouch, O’Meara (Hype List) and Viney are the cream of the new rookies. Kane Mitchell is a mature age recruit and Sandover Medalist in the WAFL.

Rucks
Cox and Leunberger should be the lock for most people. Cox is the best ruckman of our generation and Leuenberger is returning from injury and should average upwards of 90 ppg.

Rookie Ruck spots will be decided by Round 1 teams.

Forwards
Stevie Johnson is underpriced on last seasons average due to his score of 1 against Adelaide in Round 18 and should be a lock.

Zorko cannot be overlooked. His scoring last year as a mature age rookie were terrific and he should not be looked over simple because he is entering his second AFL season. His Brisbane teammate Rockliff should gain in average with more time spent in the midfield in 2013.

Broughton now at Gold Coast should be given more game time in the middle.

Siposs who I wrote about last week HYPE LIST: Arryn Siposs is playing the Goddard role and should be able to use his natural attributes to improve on his average.

Macaffer is returning from injury and could be a bargain at his starting price of $132,600 – Read Hype List article here

Both Mayes and Membrey are changeable but look like decent rookie prospects this season.

On the Cusp
Players i’ve had in my side this preseason include Grant Birchall, Dyson Heppell, Ben Jacobs, Dane Swan, Kieran Jack, Todd Goldstein, Lance Franklin, Dustin Martin, Travis Cloke, Chris Knights and Shannon Byrnes. All will be under consideration during the NAB Cup

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