The Mid-Pricers you start with would usually make or break your season. You would have had them in and out of your side plenty of times in the last few months and those of you who picked the ones that went large in round 1 are currently enjoying their ‘SC Genius’ status. Those of us who picked
those mid-pricers who failed will be questioning everything they know about the game.
Let’s take a look at the few who made a splash in round 1, for one reason or another.
Get Them In!
The players your team needs.
It’s obviously a little premature to be contemplating bringing in a Mid-pricer after one round, but as we know, a lot of us will be contemplating it, and a few may even pull the trigger. If you were inclined to do so, surely the player on top of your list would be the Eagles Dom Sheed. The 23-year-old has been in scintillating form from late last season, especially the 2018 Finals series and the JLT series and started this season with an emphatic 144 points at the Gabba.
Another who may force his way into many teams is the new Blue Nic Newman after his huge game on the big stage last Thursday night scoring 134. His 26 disposals, 12 rebound 50’s and 584 metres gained was definitely noticed. Both Christian Salem and James Worpel had eye-opening games and deserve our attention with the latter benefiting greatly from the huge hole left by Hawk superstar Tom Mitchell. Another two players tempting us are the previous SC stud Tom Rockliff and his Power teammate Travis Boak, although we should be a little more sceptical of their ability to maintain this level of output.
1. Dom Sheed (Mid; $394,100; and 15.5% ownership)
2. Nic Newman (Def; $394,100; and 7.2%)
3. James Worpel (Fwd/Mid; $395,700; and 11.4%)
If you have them, keep them.
With so many mid-pricers tempting even the most seasoned coaches out there, it was a welcomed relief to see many of them score around what we hope would be their season average. Two of the most popular choices down back in Zac Williams and Brodie Smith received a tick for their efforts on the weekend scoring 82 and 81 respectively. Most would be hoping for more from these potential premo’s but the signs were positive as they were with Toby Greene and Brad Crouch from just 71% and 75% ToG.
Other Mid-pricers that performed to expectations include Wayne Milera, Jack Bowes, Anthony Miles, Jack Billings, Jade Gresham and Rory Lobb while ‘almost-premo’ Alex Witherden was exceptional against the reigning premiers. If you had any of these players you would be happy with their round 1 performance’s and will be expecting much of the same, if not a slight increase to their score.
If you have them, you face a tough decision.
Yes of course it’s early. These players could very well be the toast of your team in a weeks’ time, but another performance like round 1 and these players will definitely be amongst the highest traded out players, despite their low ownership.
Scott Lycett and Paddy Ryder got off to a bad start as they learn to play alongside each other. Young potential breakouts Jayden Short and Aaron Francis disappointed, as did Orazio Fantasia and Tim English while seasoned veterans Michael Hibberd and Aaron Hall failed to impress.
Bite the Bullet
These players need to be traded. Now.
Now it’s way too early for this being just one round has been played, but unfortunately Adelaide defender Tom Doedee and Richmond superstar Alex Rance have suffered season-ending injuries and need to be traded out immediately. No other players have been added to this list, but look out from next week.
There you have it for round one, with a more detailed analysis coming for round two with another game under the players belts.
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