AFL 2018 Preseason Podcast – Week 1

Updated: February 14, 2018

Zano and Archie are back to start discussing all things AFL in this years Preseason series of podcasts. This week they discuss how to start to get a team together and a number of contentious player selections to start the year.

As you will see, we have a loooooooong chat on the one and only Fantasy God in Rocky.  As Zano promised, here are the details that they have dug up to allow everybody to make up their own minds.


  • Always starts the year strong and Port have a decent start to the year.


  • Both Rocky and Hinkley have said he would play forward.
  • Even Rocky came out the other day and said I will be playing in the midfield mainly but also up forward.
    • Played 85-90%ish TOG at Bris. That is all midfield time.  10%-15% on the bench.
    • He never played forward at Bris unless injured.
    • Lets say with Ports stacked inside mids he plays 60% mid and 15% bench. That still leaves 25% fwd.
    • That is still 25% less mid time.
  • Gone from the only mid to the 3rd or 4th
    • Last year prior to getting hurt, he averaged 13.3 points less in games that Beams played in.
    • That is one influence, not 3 or 4.
  • His cheap possession’s he would get will also dry up.
    • Again, at Bris he was it.
    • At Port he has Boak, Hartlett, Polec, Wingard, Gray, Ebert and even Motlop.
    • 2016 averaged 4 marks per game.
    • 2014 averaged 5.5 marks per game.
    • Most of those will now be gone.

Port lack a tagger.  Not saying that Rocky will play a hard tag every week, but there is a big chance he may from time to time.

  • He has the round 9 bye.
  • As an actually footballer, and it is so hard to take our Fantasy goggles off here, he isn’t that great. In fact, you could only rate him as average at best.  Lets look at a few rankings:-
    • 2016
      • Clearances 20th
      • Centre Clearances 26th
      • Contested Pos 23rd
      • Tackles 10th
      • Brownlow 42nd
    • 2014
      • Clearances 12th
      • Center Clearances 18th
      • Contested Possessions 6th
      • Tackles 1st
      • Brownlow 16th
    • He would stand out at Brisbane being the only guy there.
    • But vs the comp his stats are actually pretty poor for an inside mid.
    • He is trumped but the Port guys on more instances than less.
  • A lot are saing no to Gola, Nic Nat, Christensen and O’Meara because of the risk involved.
    • Throw you some names at you all cheaper than Rocky.
      • Lachie Neale
      • Luke Parker
      • Patrick Cripps
      • Aaron Hall
      • Nat Fyfe
      • Joel Selwood
      • Dan Hannebery
    • As risk goes, all better options.

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