Port Adelaide Update: Dan Houston

Dan Houston has provided an update on his role for the 2022 AFL season at Port Adelaide.

Interrupted by injuries last year the 24 year old has completed an uninterrupted pre-season.

Speaking on SEN early this week he reflected on the 2021 season as well as providing an update on his fitness and role heading into this season.

“This pre-season for me has been about turning it around from last year,”

“I wasn’t overly happy with how I went after probably Round 5 or Round 6.”

“I think I was pretty inconsistent and I got thrown around a lot of positions, so I’ve been working hard on making sure that I can fulfil a midfield role for not one or two weeks but for an extended period of time physically.”

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“That’s what I’ve worked on and just getting to know the different roles whether it be inside or on a wing and just getting to know the half-back role again as well.”

“Been working in that area, I feel like I’ve had a really good pre-season uninterrupted which is a huge tick for me because I love having the consistency in my footy going forward.”

When asked specifically on his role for 2022 he wasn’t “too sure yet”.

“I’ve always played down back and then had the ability to go into the midfield,”

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“But we’ve got so many defenders at the moment who can play AFL, so I think it might be a little bit more time in the midfield than usual, I’m not too sure yet and I think we’ll play around with that in the games coming up.”

“We’ll see how that goes and then work out what’s best for Round 1 and going forward.” he said.

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Houston added that Zak Butters “will be hunting a lot more midfield time this year” and Lachie Jones “has been training really well in the backline and I think there might be a spot for him that he’s eyeing off”. 

Source: SEN
Image: Port Adelaide



Fantasy Impact: Dan Houston averaged 80.1pts from 23 games last season, he scored 100pts or more in 17.4% of games.

Port Adelaide are looking to get more spread through the midfield this year, Zak Butters should also see a spike in midfield usage. 

Houston could be the more versatile type playing a mix of half-back and midfield, it’s unlikely that he’ll see high centre bounce usage unless injuries do strike this year. 

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Houston is a consideration for season long fantasy at Round 1, arguably there is value in his starting salary with half-back or midfield likely to provide strong scoring opportunities. 

It’s worth being ahead of expected ADP in single season draft leagues. 

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