General Player Discussion II

Written by MJ on March 6 2015

Looking for a place to provoke some discussion on a particular player without posting your whole side?

Search no further, because this is the place to do it.

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74 thoughts on “General Player Discussion II”

  1. The search for cheap backline options goes on…….anyone going with Macmillan (Nth), Pearce (Freo) or Whitecross (Haw)?

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  2. How about posting the top 10 Burn men
    Cloke probably single handledly killed me last yr with the promise of huge scores only to devalue to be worthless!Love to see how many teams he’ll be in this year!

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  3. Couple of players if like to discuss clancee Pearce, Mitch Wallis, Marcus bontempelli

    And a couple of this 200k mids etc. Cripps, Newton biggs

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  4. Devon Smith as a POD forward anyone? Averaged 91 last year and looked the goods in the limited GWS games I saw last year. You’d think with his and the teams expected improvement he could push the 100 barrier. Too soon? Possibly but may give an advantage with many going Delidio, Swan, Dusty, Bennell, T Mitchell. Would be a risk but one I am contemplating.

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  5. Sorry if this question has already been asked. Is it worth picking Essendon and ex-Essendon players that are caught up in this ASADA debacle, or should I not worry about it? I got tired of reading about it a while back, so I’m not even sure when we’re expecting a result now. Seems to have been “soon” for the last year or so.

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  6. What are peoples thoughts on Sam Fisher? Too old or will he make it back to his best. Got a feeling the Saints defence will be seeing a lot of the ball this year.

    TU Too old

    TD Back to best

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  7. Callum Ward vs Steel Sidebum

    Ward: $606k 2014 ave: 112 20 games
    Sideculo: $608k 2014 ave: 113 19 games

    Changes, GWS now has Griffen in the team.
    Pies have lost Beams.

    Thoughts?

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  8. So – what’s everyone’s plan for the 3rd ruck spot?

    Will you be going with a decent 3rd ruck on the bench or with a rookie ruck that has DPP with the forward line?

    I’ve been thinking I would go with the rookie option and use either a Ryder/ Bellchambers/ Gawn/ Hale/ Lycett option in the forward line, but this does require you have a strong forward line from the get-go. But the extra ca$h saved from not having a semi-decent ruck sitting on the bench makes sense, right?

    The big problem is the change to ruck scoring and the possible lowering of scores of 5-10 ppg. It may work out better to go from a couple of undervalued rucks and hope they do well enough and that the extra money saved is spent directly on the midfield.

    By spending the extra cash on the mids, you should get more scores with having better players on the field. Also the flow on effect of only having 1 ruck bench is that the 2nd ruck has moved to the midfield since last year. So you will still be able to have 3-4 rookies to fatten up into cash cows.

    So only the backs are rubbish, but then the options aren’t great anyways.

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  9. Schwarzwalder is couldn’t find my earlier never again team, but here’s my 2015 edition of players that will never burn me again…well maybe they will…

    D) Shaw, Hurn, Yarren, Higgins, Rohan, Smedts
    M) Cotchin(C), Stanton, S Selwood, D Thomas, T Mitchell, Christenson, Cooney, Wright
    R) Kruezer, Longer
    F) Rioli(VC), Bird, T Walker, Wingard, Watts, Cloke

    Whilst I was doing that list up I had a thought on what I’d love my team to look at come seasons end:

    Smith, Hibberd, Birchell, Newes, Lumumba, Malcheski
    God, Pendles, Beams, Rockcliff, Selwood, Ward, Parker, Fyfe
    Nic Nat, Jacobs
    Gray, Deledio, Goddard, D Martin, Buddy, Zorko

    I’d be pretty damn happy with that.

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  10. Don’t forget that Brodie Smith was drafted at #14 as an elite junior midfielder.

    I’m very bullish that he will be vying for the highest DEF average this season with Heater.

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  11. For Forward #4.
    Thoughts on Jack Ziebell? More midfield time and higher scores now Greenwood has gone?
    Which Dog will fill the Griffen/Libba role and step up?
    Will Tom Mitchell get regular games?
    Dale Thomas? full pre season under his belt

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  12. Hey SCT coaches,

    Would appreciate your thoughts on this one, midfield changes

    Currently running with Gaz, Pendles, Fyfe, J Selwood, Rich, VanBerlo, rookie, rookie, rookie………thinking of upgrading Rich to J Steven & down grading VanBerlo to another rookie

    T/U…Great change, just do it Catta
    T/D…Keep it as is, strong mids Catta

    Cheers coaches

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  13. Wanted to get u guys thoughts on a few defenders
    1. Will Whitecross play consistently?
    2. Is Pearce worth the risk?
    3. And I seem to b missing something here but why all the hype about newnes? Nearly every team has him and I’m not sure he racks up enough possessions week in week out to not just select someone for 50k more who im more confident with

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  14. I have had 4 players in and out of my side that I keep swapping and changing, but I don’t have room for them all! I don’t necessarily see them all (if any) as being top 10 mids by seasons end, but I think they all represent some pretty good value for money.

    Ollie Wines, Jack Steven, Andrew Swallow and Ryan Griffin

    Wines – big breakout contender. Looks much fitter and leaner this year and should take his game to another level in 2015. Learning from great people, with Vossy as his new midfield coach and Gavin Wanganeen as an unofficial mentor. Should get more outside ball with his new fitness and frame. Averaged 74 in his first year and 101 in his second year. Based on those numbers an average of 115-120 is certainly not out of reach this year.

    Steven – as I said above, just looks like great value for money. Didn’t have a great season last year due to injury and some poor form, but showed in 2013 that he can go big with 3 150+ scores and an average of almost 110. Played well in his second NAB match notching 124 points against a depleted Bombers line up. He is one of the players that must stand tall in this young Saints line up

    Griffen – Word is that he is enjoying his football again and is settling in well. Has shown that he can score well with averages of 106, 106, 116 and 93 from 2011-2014. Had a poor year last year and was ready to give the game away. With a new change of scenery, minus the captaincy, Griffen may get a lot closer to his 2013 average and stamp himself as one of the elite SC midfield options again. Scored a massive 161 against the Suns in his first NAB match.

    Swallow – As we all know had a terrible injury towards the end of the 2013 season, that also derailed the first half of the 2014 season. Averages of 110, 110, 101 and 92 in the last 4 seasons shows that he is a very capable scorer. Played well in NAB match 2 against Hawthorn, scoring 95. Has enjoyed a good pre season and should be looking to go bigger and better than ever this year.

    What are people thoughts on these players? Do you currently have any of them in your team?

    GAJ and Pendles are locked in at M1 and M2 with either Sloane/Joelwood or Priddis locked in for M3.
    2 of the above players will most likely end up at M4 and M5. I’m looking at Wines/Steven at the moment, but I’m sure that will change tomorrow!

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