Week three of the JLT Community Series kicks off with a Thursday night clash between the Western Bulldogs and Brisbane Lions. Two teams that are both at the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to game play ahead of the 2017 season. The reigning premiers will be looking to come out strong with some added senior players to tonight’s roster. Whiles the Lions will be hoping to get the likes of their new captain Dayne Beams through unscathed. This Should make for an interesting contest tonight, where anything could happen. Here are our AFL fantasy tips to get you started.
Tom Boyd – $5,400
With the injury to Roughead early in the season, some more of the ruck duties will fall to Tom Boyd. With the addition in the of season of Cloke it will also enable Boyd to gain the second string defender in attempt he should try to monster the opposition. In the modern game ruckman require to be more mobile and be able to hit the score board given the opportunity. All attributes Boys is displaying indicate a steady in performance and output ahead of the season. Expecting big things to come from the big man.
Travis Cloke – $6,900
The new recruit showed his marking ability and lead up play that he can bring to the Bulldogs structure. With the likes of Bontempelli back into the side this week, expect Cloke to be fed lace out. He will be looking to impact the scoreboard in a big way if he can manage to dominate the leaky defence of the Brisbane Lions. Building on the 8 marks in his last outing, at least 3 goals and 15 possessions should round out a quality outing for the big forward.
Rohan Bewick – $5,900
A decent price for a quality player in Bewick could see him fly under the radar in some teams in 2017. Coming off 28 disposals in game one in which 20 were by foot. He moves the ball across half forward and through the midfield as a great link up player with some quality team mates around him. Pre-season can be important for certain player to gain form ahead of the season coming, Bewick being some one who will be looking to get into the best possible form and build throughout the coming weeks.
Tom Rockliff – $10,000
With the captaincy now being handed down to Beams for the 2017 season, a weight could be lifted from the shoulders of Rockliff. He is a solid scrapper in the centre and won’t back down from the contest when the first bounce takes place. Leading from the front is something he will still be looking to do, although with the free rein to play his own game in typical Rocky fashion.
Nick Robertson – $5,000
The young Lion is starting to find his feet more and more as his number of games accumulate. He is a hard nut at the footy and knows what drives him to be the best player he can be. Against the Dogs I expect him to go hard at it and bolster his tackle and contested possession numbers in and under. For the Lions to hit the ground running it all starts with the pressure they are willing to serve up and how long they can sustain this through the duration in the game.
Marcus Bontempelli – $9,200
The mercurial man himself is back and looking ready to go. Bont will step straight into the side to face the Lions and will be looking to dominate his first hit out for the season. The silky midfielder knows how to find the footy but will be able to kick a few goals if he is on his game. No doubt about the ability of this young man but even though it’s only pre-season he won’t know how to take it back a notch once the game gets under way. Expecting a big score from the Dogs midfielder.
Easton Wood – $5,800
Veteran defender Easton Wood comes in this week for his first hit out of 2017 and needs no introduction. Fully expecting him to play smart and play a lot of the ball off of his Lions opponent. He is very reasonably priced considering the points he has been able to produce and given room to move he could run riot out of the back line for the Dogs.
Daniel Rich – $6,800
With it only being a pre-season contest tonight it is likely that Rich won’t be tagged for this game. Being the kryptonite to the booming kicking player, he should be able to unleash the beast with no string holding him back. He will play a bit off half back but definitely be looking it to be utilized as a strong midfielder stroking the ball inside 50m for his team. Only time will tell what kind of season he has in store for us, but hoping he can bring it when the time is right.