Part of doing ranks is keeping them up to date. News is always happening over the preseason. Roles are being discussed, players are burning up tracks or down houses and unfortunately, dealing with injuries. I’ll be updating my ranks weekly in preparation for upcoming drafts.
These ranks have already been built into the mock draft site at www.mock.thedraftdoctors.com.au and will be updated over the weekend.
This week the big movers are:
RORY LOBB – DOWN to F14 in all fantasy formats – I had Rory Lobb reasonably high in my initial ranks but a limited preseason and news he may not even line up in round one is a concern, especially given we’re talking a soft tissue injury and we’re projecting it to be his first year as solo ruck. Proceed with caution. Not moving Simpson up at this stage, as this situation was built into his early rank.
JOSH J KENNEDY – DOWN to R 22 in SuperCoach – Wasn’t super concerned with the key forward having a limited preseason but it’s really starting to drag. Also concerned about West Coast as a whole with numerous modified programs being reported on. Already was low in DT style ranks but the West Coast spearhead has to drop in SuperCoach also.
ISAAC HEENEY – UP to F1 all formats – With Billings hambone concerns and Menegola’s role questions, I’ve moved Heeney to the top of all forward ranks. He does feel like the most likely forward to have a breakout into the 105+ range. Not dropping Billings away from the top tier, more just a massage of the tier itself. Heeney has claims to be the first non-mid off the board.
JASPER PITTARD – UP to D37 SC; D31 AF; D35 UF – With Broadbent sidelined, there’s slightly less competition on the Port half-back line and I think there’s enough reason to move Pittard out of the glut of Port defenders. Make no mistake, someone else in fact emerge to be the best option, but at this stage Pittard’s history gives him the edge.
NIC NAITANUI – DOWN to R9 in SuperCoach – Things don’t sound super positive for NicNat, so moving him down the list can only make sense. Already low in DT formats, others have more appeal at this stage in the SC format.
JACK STEVEN – UP to M33 SC and M28 AF/UF – So we’ve learned recently that Steven was battling hamstring tendonitis last season, which makes a whole lot of sense. His numbers didn’t fall away horribly, aside from his effectiveness and a 3% dip in game time. A former top scorer coming in at unders. Moving him up to put him right in the frame to draft as an M4 before others do.
Have you moved anyone in your ranks this week? Let us know!