(Written & Created By Ben)
Geelong don’t have any players who I’d consider locks down back, but they do have two players who should be on most coaches’ watchlist.The first player who should be on that list is Zach Tuohy ($460,400). An ultra consistent stalwart of Geelong’s backline for the last few years, Tuohy has never quite put it together in terms of scoring in Supercoach, with his best average being 88 in 2017. However, I believe that with the new kick-in rules, that beautiful Irish boot of his may lead to some higher scores, and higher averages, in 2019.
The other player you should keep an eye on is Tom Stewart ($463,000). Tom had a semi-breakout year in his second season, increasing his average by about 17ppg and cementing a spot for himself in Geelong’s best 22 in the process. Stewart had a knack for scoring last season, with 7 of his games resulting in tons, including 3 of 110+. Unfortunately, he also had his fair share of low scores too, with 6 of his scores being lower than 70, including two below 55. Hopefully in his third year he can find a little bit more consistency and pump out more big scores than bad ones for your team.
Lock and Load:
An often underappreciated member of Geelong’s midfield, Mitch Duncan ($576,500) could be the POD your side is looking for. Averaging 106.2 in 2018, including 13 tons and 17 scores of 90+, Duncan is ultra reliable and bound to have a strong 2019 campaign. With Danger and Ablett looking to take on more forward time, it’s looking like Duncan will have more responsibility in the middle, and more responsibility usually equals more points! One to watch in JLT for sure.
I feel like we’ve had this conversation every year the past few years, but am I crazy for thinking Gary Ablett Jr ($580,600) wouldn’t be that insane of a pick? The man can clearly still play, putting up 10 tons and 3 scores of 140+.
However, I’m surprised Geelong don’t wrap him up in bubblewrap every time he runs onto the field, as the last time he played more than 20 games in a season was 2013 (side note, oh my god 2013 was 6 years ago, where did the time go?) Additionally, with his age getting up there, he seems destined for more forward time, which is what resulted in some of his poor scores last year.
So in conclusion, should you pick Gary Ablett? Nah probably not, but it’s fun to talk about anyway!
A popular choice among many coaches so far, Charlie Constable ($123,900) is looking primed and ready to play in Geelong’s engine room for round 1. Pushing for an AFL debut in 2018, Charlie could never quite break into the side despite some excellent VFL form. By all reports he’s had a strong preseason and is in strong consideration for round 1.
I’m going to be honest, don’t pick any rucks from Geelong to start on field. If Beveridge is the Mr. Magnets for midfielders, I don’t even want to know what Christ Scott is to rucks. He switches them in and out of the side so often that it doesn’t matter how good their average is, cos Scott won’t keep them in the side for very long. However, with all of this said…
Darcy Fort ($117,300) could be a fantastic choice at R3. The 25 year old mature-ager has been recruited by the Cats after some stellar form at the Central Districts League. Usually mature age recruits are picked up for a reason, and I believe that reason could be to use him as a permanent starting ruck. I doubt they recruited him for ruck depth considering all of the rucks they already have on their list. One to watch in JLT for sure.
Lock and Load:
Patrick Dangerfield ($660,500). 121.7 average. 3rd best midfielder, 5th best player. 20 tons. 8 scores of 130+, 3 of 150+. Missed 3 games in the last 5 years. Given FORWARD ELIGIBILITY. I don’t think I need to say more. Pick him.
After having the second best rookie year in history, Tim Kelly ($505,800) is coming into 2019 premium priced and with a new position to boot. The question is, do you still pick him at that price? Last years average of 93 might look enticing, but he also had 4 games under 70, making him a bit of a rollercoaster ride. If you pick him, you’d be banking on him getting even more midfield time and fixing some of his consistency issues. If he does that, you’d have yourself a nice POD on your hands. One to watch during JLT.
And there’s my review of Geelong! Geelong fans, if I’ve missed anyone (especially some of your young guns that could make some cash this year), make sure to let me know in the comments!
**The last of his four Team Previews……great job, Ben!! – Schwarzwalder**
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