What a ripper match. Although it is only pre-season watching any game that comes down to 2 points is always exciting. Both the Cats and the Pies had a fairly strong outfit out there while Geelong opted to sub a lot of young blokes in the the second half. A fair few takeaways from this game so lets jump into it.
Patrick Dangerfield: There is no other way to say it but the bloke was awesome. Played solely as a midfielder as the Cats had been saying he would. The groin injury he'd been battling all pre-season looked irrelevant as he moved as good as I've seen. Was subbed off at half-time with a bunch of others which was expected but should see more game time next week. Will most likely be managed and rested at times during the season which is a concern and with a relatively easy run of games to start the season he might see his TOG numbers down slightly. Regardless he presents as one of the best if not the best premium forward option this year.
Jeremy Cameron: Started with a bang kicking the first goal of the match. Looks like he'll be playing as a high forward at times who pushes up the ground but also looks to swap with Hawkins and play deep also. Underpriced on what he's done in the past but I need more information to make a call on him. At this point in time I prefer to watch him a few more times before jumping on.
Jordan Clark: Played well on a wing all game. Certainly looks to have gone up a gear off that and is well on his way to cementing a spot in the cats 22. Geelong rate him and with such a good team around him it's a great environment for him to score points in if he gets that wing role. At 422k with DEF/MID status he could be a genuine mid priced option if he backs it up next week.
Tom Stewart: Subbed off at half time also but showed enough in the first half to state that in 2021 he's going to be a fantasy beast again. I can see Stewart pushing the triple figure mark this year and well and truly be a top 6 defender. Low ownership could make him a unique starting option.
Charlie Constable: Attended a big chunk of CBA's in what was a strong cats lineup. Will be interesting to watch his role going forward as he's shown based off previous years he can score and is 20 unders. One to keep in mind as he hasn't received much game time but this could be his year he bursts into the lineup and improves sharply.
Tom Atkins: Looks to have a different role this year. After playing as a small pressure forward for most of his time at the Cats it seems Geelong look to use him off half back this year. A role change like this could see a much better return in fantasy and priced at 50 could see some upside.
A few rookies in the likes of Francis Evans and Nick Stevens got some game time but neither suggested they would be in line for a round 1 birth in what looks an extremely strong and stable Geelong list.
Notable Absentees: Mitch Duncan and Isaac Smith
Brodie Grundy: Looked back to his former ruck pig self during the 3 quarters he managed to play. Could share some time with Darcy Cameron in the ruck but I don't think this is too concerning as Grundy looks set for a big 2021. An average back up near 120 looms.
Scott Pendlebury: God I love this man. Whilst he's getting on in age and has limited upside with the departure of Treloar I think Pendles will have a big impact in the middle again especially at the start of the season as Adams eases in from a hamstring. Couldn't start with him in classic priced at 105 but he should be in that range again this year.
Josh Daicos: Was used in the middle as expected but not as much as what I would have liked. He was good without being fantastic and while you'd think he improves this year I'm not as bullish he can get to that 100+ mark needed to be a worthy pick.
Brayden Sier: Given plenty of opportunity playing as an inside mid all game. Attended a large volume of CBA's but couldn't quite seem to rack up the pill. Role was good but he needs to perform better to hold a spot. Watch going forward as he may have just had an off day.
Jamie Elliot: Looks to continue that role that sees him receive sufficient midfield minutes. Looked dangerous up forward kicking 3 goals and could be a genuine option in fantasy classic as he showed in the back end of last year what he's capable of when deployed in the middle.
John Noble: Looked to have moved up to a wing where he played almost the whole match. Looks to have gone up a gear but he's awkwardly priced so he's hard to have right now. Definitely one who is in the mix and that I'll be monitoring.
Jack Crisp: Played predominantly half back with some minutes on the wing. Looks to left off where he finished last year and I couldn't talk you out of starting with him as he'll be big again this season.
Trent Bianco: Was used heavily through the middle after half time and from reports I think he is well and truly in the mix for games this year. If selected he has to go in your defence with the short supply of cheap defenders.
Ollie Henry: Looked comfortable at AFL level taking a few solid grabs and kicking a goal. A similar performance will see him play round 1 most likely although his scoring potential isn't great and at an inflated price of 238k there should be better options.
Notable Absentees: Finlay Macrae, Jordan De Goey, Chris Mayne and Taylor Adams.
Strong performance from both sides and overall was an enjoying game to watch. Can't go wrong with two teams who play super friendly fantasy football. Dangerfield is probably the main talking point, after that performance does he sit in your team? let me know in the comments below. Cheers for reading legends and good luck trying to sort out your pre-season side which can be a shit storm at the best of times.