Week two of the finals kicks off with a Friday Night Footy blockbuster. It’s the reigning three-peat champions vs everyone’s second team in the AFL. If you’re a Hawks fan your strapping in for a fierce battle after a narrow loss against Geelong last week. Dogs fans are coming off an impressive romp of the West Coast Eagles in Perth and will be looking to continue their form. All impartial parties to the game have said to be jumping on the Dogs bandwagon ahead of the semi final. Game On.
Ben McEvoy $5,600
Not many choices for this contest, with Ben McEvoy as the sole ruck option for Friday night footy. He is a cheap priced option coming up against Roughead for the Dogs. Averaging 3.5 marks and 2.5 tackles he could be serviceable in the centre and push forward to impact the scoreboard when required for his side.
Caleb Daniel $6,800
The young Dog has been prolific in his first season, and really rose to the occasion in his first final over the Eagles. If the Bulldog’s are to have a chance of knocking off the Hawks, Daniel will need to continue his solid form. Averaging 21.9 disposals, 3.6 marks and 3.2 tackles he is a dangerous threat across half forward and through the midfield.
Luke Breust $6,800
Coming off a narrow loss against the Cats, Bruest managed 3.1 and 93Fp. He has had a solid season in 2016 and is ready made for finals footy. Averaging 15.9 disposals, 4 tackles and finishing with 46 goals, Bruest is very potent in the forward line and will benefit from the addition of Sicily into the line-up this week. Potential rain to hit the MCG, working in the favour of any small forwards.
Jordan Lewis $9,600
The mercurial midfielder has had a stellar season and has capped it off with a stand out performance in the loss against the Cats. He contributed 36 disposals 11 marks, 5 tackles in the game which he could easily replicate in tonight’s game. Mitchell likely to obtain another run with role this week, again frees up Lewis to dominate the middle of the ground as he has done throughout his career, therefore a prolific score enabled again.
Clay Smith $5,000
The rookie Dog has eased into senior footy and is able to break a game wide open. Since coming back from injury he has made the most of his opportunity, this finals series will be no different. Averaging 13.9 disposals. 3.4 marks and 4.8 tackles is impressive along with a goal a game for his side. Against the Hawks he will be hard to stop whether it be in the forward line or midfield, as first focus will go to Stringer and Dixon.
Lachie Hunter $8,500
The young Dog has excelled in 2016 and is moving into various role well for the side. It will be a fierce midfielder battle between these to sides, and they will do well not to be left behind. With an average of 28.7 disposals, 6 marks and 2.6 tackles he has plenty of avenues to score something big and won’t shy away from his task at hand. The Dogs will look to kick through the Hawks press and this will aid their players scoring alike.
Shaun Burgoyne $8,500
Mr. Finals last week again had another impressive outing. We should not expect anything less from the man himself. In 2016 he averaged 19.8 disposals, 5.7 tackles and kicked 14 goals for the year. He knows what is required of him, especially in finals and he gets the job done in a massive way. At the price of $8,500 he would be a certain lock for any coach in the defensive role.
Jason Johannisen $8,300
Johannisen has been prolific off the half back line for the dogs since returning from injury. He plays a pivotal role for his side and uses the ball well with blistering pace incorporated. He has averaged 24.2 disposals and 6.6 marks from his 14 games this season. Averaging 98.6Fp and in form of 124Fp is impressive heading into this finals series. The dash from Jason will be required if the Dogs are to be in with a chance and he will need to score well to do so.