St Kilda's messy off-season continued when gun on-baller Jack Steven succumbed to a foot injury. With the kids taking over, such mishaps will have to be at a minimum for the Saints to avoid a tough season.
Coach: Alan Richardson
Captain: Nick Riewoldt
Last five years: 2-2-7-9-16
Premierships: 1 (1966)
Key Five: Nick Riewoldt, Leigh Montagna, Jack Steven, Sam Fisher, Lenny Hayes
Major injury: Jack Steven, Sam Gilbert
One to watch: Jack Billings. Coach Alan Richardson has seen plenty to like in the No.3 draft pick, who is likely to quickly slot into a spot in the Saints’ midfield or forward line.
Ins: Blake Acres (West Perth WAFL), Jack Billings (Oakleigh U18), Josh Bruce (Greater Western Sydney), Luke Delaney (North Melbourne), Luke Dunstan (West Torrens SANFL), Billy Longer (Brisbane Lions), Shane Savage (Hawthorn).
Outs: Jason Blake (retired), Nick Dal Santo (North Melbourne), Justin Koschitzke (retired), Tom Ledger (delisted), Jay Lever (delisted), Ben McEvoy (Hawthorn), Stephen Milne (retired), Ahmed Saad (delisted).
B: Luke Delaney, Josh Bruce, Jarryn Geary
HB: Jason Gwilt, Sam Fisher, David Armitage
C: Leigh Montagna, Lenny Hayes, Shane Savage
HF: Tom Curren, Nick Riewoldt, Farren Ray
F: Adam Schneider, Rhys Stanley, Jack Billings
R: Billy Longer, Clinton Jones, Jack Steven
I: Sam Gilbert, Luke Dunstan, Sean Dempster, Dylan Roberton
Predicted finish: 18th
To win the flag: $251
To make the top eight: $15
Montagna has been a reliable fantasy midfielder for a number of years, but the Saints are not the team they once were. Gone are the days where Montagna had Dal Santo, Hayes and Goddard to rally around. Surrounded by fresh, young faces, Montanga is going to cop the lion’s share of the opposition attention. While his fantasy scoring went up considerably in 2013 (up 15.2 points to an average of 111.8), expect that to be an aberration. At 31 and without his usual cadre of compares, Montanga will be pushing it to maintain that level. He’ll be a fantasy stud, but he’s not worth the first round pick that his 2013 numbers suggest.
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