(Written By Matteo)
Potential Round 1 Team:
B: Hurn – Barrass – Sheppard
HB: Duggan – McGovern – Yeo
C: Ah Chee – Redden – Gaff
HF: Lecras – Darling – Venables
F: Rioli – Kennedy – Ryan
R: Lycett – Shuey – Sheed
Int: Watson – Partington – Vardy- Hutchings
Emg: Cripps – Partington – Nelson
Locked & Loaded: Elliot Yeo $561,300 (DEF) 2017 avg 102
After scoring 9 tons in the first 12 games Yeo was a must have by the mid season bye. However his scores took a drop after round 13. R1-13 avg 108.5 R15-23 avg 93.4. At 24 years old and 10 tons under his belt, Yeo screams break out this year. I’m sure most of you will recall me stating 2 years ago that Yeo will win the Brownlow in 2016……….oh, how I was wrong! It’s been reported Yeo has trained with both the mids and backs this year, in a hope to play up the ground more often in 2018. From all reports he’s training well and looks a class above. (Collided with Vardy at training but no major damage…..he’ll be right). In all honesty I didn’t have Yeo in my initial team, however with my alternatives in the Doc & Williams out injured I can’t pass up potential like this. Lock him in!!
Money Makers: First round draft pick Jarrod BRANDER ($148, 800 def/fwd) along with Francis WATSON ($123,900 def) have both trained strongly. Brander has impressed since arriving at the club and may find himself in the team towards the end of the season, while Watson is finally injury free and could be named Round 1 with the hope to push Yeo up the ground more. Keep an eye on Watson, with his blistering pace he is what West Coast need.
Locked & Loaded: How I wish I could name someone here. Unfortunately there’s just no midfielder I could confidently say will go 100+. Shuey is up and down, as is Gaff. Sheed is still too raw and while he has improved, I have my doubts. The only mid to consider is Jack REDDEN ($438,900 mid). Has potential to finish with a season average of over 100 (2011 avg – 102.9, 2012 avg 102.8, 2013 avg 98, 2014 avg 103.1 & 2015 avg 95.5.) With Priddis & Mitchell gone, he is looking the most likely fit for our inside mid role. His scoring also improved without Priddis in the team last season. For me Coniglio at nearly the same price is a better option, however I suggest if you want a POD then monitor his pre-season.
I’ve seen many a team with the Nic Nat/Gawn combo. While it is very tempting just don’t do it. At training on Monday most of the squad participated in a match sim along with other drills. Nic walked laps. From all reports I’ve heard he isn’t looking good. I’m devastated as he is one of my favourites, not worth a risk, especially in a year lacking DPP cover. However while I would stay away from Nic, Scott Lycett & Nathan Vardy are training the house down. Lycett would be the pick for me at this stage for Round 1. At $277,100 he could be this year’s Witts. Only downside would be Nic’s impending arrival into the team affecting his score, but at his price could be a stepping stone to a Kreuzer type.
Money Maker: Brendon Ah Chee’s arrival from Port Adelaide has excited a fair few and he has fit into the side nicely. He should get games very early but don’t expect high scores. At $255k he’s too pricey for my liking. Watch his preseason.
Locked & Loaded: Here’s the exciting part of our team for me. With so many leaving the club in 2017 there will be plenty of spots up for grabs. They already look to be taken by the Liam Ryan ($117,300) be very, very surprised if they don’t play 15+ games ext this year. If you could only pick one, Ryan’s slightly ahead for me mainly due to Rioli having hammy issues last season.
Another must have is Daniel Venables ($123,900) aka Shuey 2.0. Sublime skills, rated so highly we drafted while he was injured and basically put him on ice for a year. He’s killing the training track and is one of Simmo’s favourites. LOCK, LOCK, LOCK!!
Finally I have to name one more to watch and monitor the rest of his preseason as he’s another who’s training strongly. Waterman ($123,900) is super strong overhead and he has elite endurance. At another club I’d say should start Round 1, however with Kennedy, Darling and a resting Ruckman, we may be too tall for him to play. All will depend of Simmos structure. Watch his preseason.
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