Round two has given us some interesting contests from players and teams alike, with Sunday looking to be no different. It all kicks off with the Grand Final re-match and finishes off with a Swans team fresh off from dismantling a Pies outfit and looking to do much of the same against the Blues. Some big names should fire today, or will they turn up like deer in headlights trying to get their game going. Keep an eye on late outs for today as there are a few question marks surrounding some players.
Nic Naitanui $7,200
Nic is the obvious favourite coming out of today, after a stellar first hit out. If the Eagles want to take it to the reining premiers today this man will have to put on a similar performance that got him 22 disposals, 2 goals and 46 hit outs on his way to 138FP. The Hawthorn rucks will find it hard to run with Naitanui all day and there will be no reason the Eagles won’t look to utilise him as a weapon.
Lance Franklin $6,500
Buddy looks to be getting to his best form in the AFL and if 4 goals and 18 disposals last week wasn’t a confidence boost, I can’t wait to see what he has in store today. If Franklin can find his way up the ground gaining possessions before moving back to the forward line, he will look to unleash an onslaught on the Carlton Football Club. There is a reason why he was named one of the best in the Swans round one win, and I will be very surprised if we don’t his name up there in lights again today.
Matt Priddis $7,900
The big bodied midfielder will not be shying away from the contest once the ball is bounce today at the MCG. Hurting from last years grand final defeat Priddis will be one of the first out of the blocks trying to impact the game. Coming off 43 disposals and 5 tackles, he looks to be in fine form ahead of the rematch and if anyone will lift the Eagles on the day, it will be this man. Almost my lock of the week.
Luke Parker $7,600
Parker has been pushing his personal game to the limits in the coming years, and round one was a glimpse of more of what we will be in store for. If Parker and the Swans want to further themselves as prominent finals contenders again in 2016 then it all starts here. With Hannebery having slight injury concerns from the win over the Pies last week, Parker should wear majority of the grunt in the middle and look to exploit a few goals on his way.
Josh Gibson $7,300
There probably isn’t a more professional player in the AFL at the moment than Josh Gibson. The way he is carrying himself on the field should be a lesson to all younger players and fans looking on. He was hampered in the lost to the Cats last week unable to run off the leash like he would have wanted to, so be wary of a defensive tag on Gibson much like the one on Daniel Rich yesterday. Four tackles and 24 disposals in a loss last week will push Gibson to try and drag his team to the winners circle this week.