Ballsy Moves – Michael Walters (FRE)

Written by Schwarzwalder on March 12 2018

 

Position: FWD/MID

Price: $478 300

 

By all reports, Walters has been training with the midfield group over the summer.  Lyon can see Walters running through the midfield more often this year………but then again, how reliable is Lyon’s word?  Exactly…………..

Not only do we have to contend with FURL, there’s also the problem of Walters’ injury history.  Despite being in the AFL system for nine years, Walters only just passed the 100-game-mark last year.  Just one full season in nine years doesn’t bode well for the durability check.

So why bother considering Walters at all?  What’s the fuss all about when his best Supercoach season brought about an 89 avg from 18 games?  During the mid-season of 2017, Walters played almost exclusively in the midfield for ten games before going down with a season-ending knee injury in Rd18.  Despite a quiet 49 pts in the thrashing at Adelaide Oval, Walters averaged 108.7 over the ten games playing up the ground.

Turning 27 this year, Walters should be in the prime of his career.  With a number of FWD premiums stumbling during the pre-season, Walters emerges as a calculated gamble with his dual position status.  But the uncertainty of his midfield time (Fyfe, Neale, Blakely, Taberner? probably ahead of him), his body holding up and the general FURL of it all means it’s still one hell of a gamble………

 

Risk Rating: On a scale of 1-5……1 being safe & 5 being extremely dangerous…… Michael Walters – Three Higgos! Job security is not an issue but durability & positioning by FURL will be.  Sure to have his big days but won’t happen over the entire season.

 

Do you have the fortitude to start with Michael Walters this season?

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8 thoughts on “Ballsy Moves – Michael Walters (FRE)”

  1. Yes.

    Two great JLT games, finished season well. What’s not to like of a dpp who’s up near the top of the price pool for forwards?

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  2. The round 14 bye is the killer. Billings, Franklin + Heeney same bye week.
    I’m already trying to keep Rd 14 Mid Premos to 13

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    1. I’m only running buddy and walters.

      On the upside you can use Walters dpp to move him to the mid bench…

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  3. Very tempted by Walters. Need to decide between him and Buddy for rd1. The Ross Lyon factor has me concerned.

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  4. I’m on the Walters train. Forwards are real tough to pick this year. None of the premiums are really reliable. I feel with Freo in development mode FURL will run some more experienced players through the midfield. There will be some downs, but i think this is the year to get on Walters. Also on Buddy. At least you know what you’re going to get, and both had great JLTs.

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