Thursday night footy is back for week two of the 2017 bye rounds.  An enticing grand final re-match between the Swans and the Western Bulldogs has captured much interest yet again.  Will the Swans rule the roost and obtain revenge over the Dogs as they climb up the ladder, or will the Dogs get their bone over the Swans yet again?  Either way, the contest will be one to watch and nothing like an extra day of football for the week.

Ruck

Sam Naismith $6,000

Returning to the side Naismith will need to lift with his ruck counterpart to give the Swans first use of the ball.  If the Swans can’t obtain an advantage in the centre or around the ground then the Dogs midfield will take over the game and sway it back their way.  Averaging 25.8 hit outs is just what the doctor ordered, especially when it allows Sinclair to push forward and help out the forward line as well.

Forwards

Isaac Heeney $7,800

Heeney is really making a positive impact since returning to the side.  Pushing further up the ground and ensuring he finds plenty of the football.  Averaging 21 disposals, 5.2 marks, and 4.7 tackles a game in 2017 will work in his favour if it is wet.  He isn’t afraid to put his head over the footy and will be an important factor if the Swans are to get all four points.

Tom Papley $6,600

Moving from plumber to AFL player has certainly paid off for the Swans small forward.  He manages 5.3 marks and 14.7 disposals with the 9 goals to his name in 2017.  With the type of game style he plays for his team, it will be important against the Dogs that he brings plenty of forward pressure and impacts the scoreboard where possible in every opportunity.

Midfield

Mitch Wallis $7,300

Since returning to the senior side from injury, Wallis has proven his worth for the Dogs.  He isn’t massively priced in the midfield at $7,300 with an average of 27 disposals and 5 tackles per game.  With the midfield pressure in the coal face of tonight’s contest, it will be perfectly balanced for Wallis in and under and be darting out of the contest with the footy.  Expect a solid output by the young Dog.

Dan Hannebery $10,200

Working his way into some form in the midfield for the Swans and at a much needed time for his side.  Averaging 26.3 disposals, 4 marks and 5.9 tackles at the half way point of the season.  In a game that has the potential to be wet, it will play right in the wheel house of Hannebery with his tackling pressure and to slam the ball on the boot for additional kicks getting it forward.

Jake Lloyd $8,900

Break out year in the contest for Jake Lloyd.  Averaging 27.4 disposals and 5.9 marks half way through the year assists in some big scores for the midfielder.  Not ruling out any rain in Sydney tonight, he will still have the potential to rack up the points and move his way into a serviceable score for the game.  Many of the midfielders for both teams will be good selections but its the ones that will go big that you want to risk it on.

Defenders

Jason Johannisen $8,200

The run off the half-back line will be essential for the Bulldogs, as they rely a lot on generating sling shot style run to hit the scoreboard.  Whether or not it’s in the back line or a stint in the forward line he will be utilised to the best of his abilities.  Averaging 25.3 disposals is prolific for a run and gun style defender and added with a few extra marks in the contest tonight, he should be in for a serviceable score.

Nic Newman $6,600

Young Swan Newman has worked hard to keep his spot in 2017 and doesn’t seem to be putting a foot wrong around the contest.  Averaging 22.8 disposals, 5.4 marks, and 3.3 tackles, it is easy to see where he generates his scores from.  With both teams needing the win it will be interesting to see where they select Newman to play out the game.  With the 108.7Fp form in recent weeks and a price tag of $6,600, he should be an absolute lock in.

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