Only one team will leave Spotless Stadium on their way to a Grand Final in 2016. The other will hit the showers and look towards their off season plans. The Giants and Bulldogs both in their own right deserve to be in the preliminary final this Saturday and it will go down as a classic clash for years to come. The Dogs have overcome mountains of obstacles to get where they are this year. While the Giants in the first finals series in club history are continuing to strive for greatness. A fast paces spectacle to come, with both sides to leave it all out on the ground. Game On.
Rory Lobb $6,300
The Giant ruckman has been solid in 2016 and will be looking to again push forward to impact the scoreboard against the Dogs. As a cheaper ruck option in this game he frees up a lot of salary for other various positions. Lobb has averaged 4.5 marks, 11.7 disposals and has contributed 26 goals this year. He is a contested marking machine and will need every bit of that talent against a vigorous Dogs line-up.
Caleb Daniel $6,80
Daniel has slotted into the side and finals football like a glove. He looks to be right at home with the pace in which the finals are played, looking to impact the contest from start to finish. averaging 21.8 disposals, 3.7 marks and 3.2 tackles in 20616. Daniel is reasonably priced for a forward, but predominately plays through the midfield earning himself more touches.
Devon Smith $7,100
Since returning to the side form injury Smith has worked himself into quality form. He will need to impact the scoreboard in the absence of Steve Johnson, adding forward line pressure. Devon has averaged 18.9 disposals and 4.7 tackles this season which is exactly what will be required against a ferocious Dogs side out for blood. The small defenders of the Dogs, will be conscious of Toby Greene, which could allow Smith off the leash.
Marcus Bontempelli $9,200
The mercurial youngster couldn’t put a foot out of line currently. Stephen Coniglio could be someone to attempt to run with Bontempelli but negate his influence on the game is another story. Averaging 24.5 disposals, 4 marks, 4.7 tackles and chipping in with 25 goals on the year. He knows how to win the hard ball and can push forward to kick 2+ each game as well. He is a point scoring machine and needs to be considered in all Moneyball sides.
Lachie Whitfield $7,300
The young Giant has been linking well through the midfield in recent weeks. Against the dogs they will require him to continue this form. Averaging 20.6 disposals, 5.8 marks and 3.4 tackles in 2016, with 11 goals to his name. As a midfielder he is only priced at $7,400, in a fast paced game at Spotless Stadium it could play right into his hands to dominate.
Stephen Coniglio $8,600
The Giant tagger has made a name for himself this season. not just for his run with roles but winning his own footy on the way. Averaging 28.1 disposals and 5.7 tackles this season he knows how to win the hard ball and in finals that’s worth it’s weight in gold. He won’t go down without a fight and will be taking down as many Bulldogs as he can on his way. He is well priced at $8,600 and certainly can repay any coach willing to risk him on the big stage.
Zac Williams $6,700
Giants speedy defender has been down on form in recent weeks, but with Shaw potentially being closely marked it could free up Williams to unleash his pace. GWS will rely a lot on their run out of defence which falls on all parties to get involved. Averaging 21 disposals and 4.5 marks boosts his points in various ways, but his efficiency by hand and foot therefore gets him over the line.
Matthew Boyd $8,800
The veteran Bulldogs has become apart of the furniture but by no stretch has he been lacking game day quality. With the absence of Suckling for the final, it falls to Boyd to generate run and keep a level head out of defence. Averaging 27.4 disposals and 7 marks paves the way for considerable scores for a defender each contest. If he can get free he will likely rack up the disposals and marks aiding in a game changing score.