Matthew Scarlett ($486,200, 95.67, 46) – Scarlo is a graduate of the Paul Chapman School of Happy Footballers and has consequently already spent 3 weeks on the pine after succumbing to the tremendous desire to thump the bejesus out of Hayden Ballentyne. He also missed a couple of weeks with an ankle injury. Which is all a great shame because when he does get on the park he has the propensity to score like he has for the last 3 weeks: 98, 108, 134. My point is: he’s a good player but you just can’t trust that you’re going to have him on the park often enough – give him a miss. (PS If just reading about thumping Ballantyne fired you up, check out @Iron_Balls07 ‘s current profile pic).
Michael Johnson ($495,000, 98.73, 79) – As the only male athlete in history to win both the 200 metre dash and 400 metre dash events at the same Olympics you always knew he was going to be pretty hard to catch. And with those flashy gold boots he’s always been very easy to see on the field. Wait. Sorry what? Different guy? Oh. For some reason, opposition coaches refuse to put someone on this Michael Johnson which means he just roams around centre half back picking up possessions like Duck picked up Thai, um, service professionals. Get him after this week’s bye.
Brendon Goddard ($515,900, 106.45, 93) – Not setting the world on fire like he has in previous years but still doing enough to get a Movers mention. Last 6 rounds: 120, 113, 115, 97, 106, 104. Plays Adelaide at AAMI this week before taking a week off so you may want to hold fire if you’re thinking about bringing him in.
Rhyce Shaw ($370,200, 66.10, -54) – Woah! Where did his last fortnight come from? Did someone in the family have money on him to get Brownlow votes in Rounds 10 and 11? Here’s Rhyce’s scores from R2 onwards: 62, 39, 56, 25, 44, 42, 60, 60, 148, 125. What the? If you like living dangerously, pick him up. Otherwise grab someone like…
Shannon Hurn ($475,300, 94.90, 84) – Consistent performer with massive thighs who averages close to 100 despite being the object of Deano’s undying affection. Can kick it a mile and with his bye now out the way, he’s attractive even if you don’t barrack for WC.
Jason Gram ($419,300, 88.43, 7) – I was all set to go on about finally finding someone to DPP Goddard and Lids with in your midfield but then discovered that they’ve taken Grammy’s DPP status off him this year and just made him a straight Back. Bugger. Still, at $419k he’s good value and can pump out scores like his last couple where he’s gone for 119 and 120. Again, like BJ, he plays ‘Delayed over there this week then has his bye.
Their scores don’t warrant a Movers mention but Grant Birchall and Chris Newman are both solid performers who are dirt cheap right now. I rate ‘em both and am more than happy to go out on a limb to recommend you snaffle ‘em prior to R14.
Sam Shaw ($113,200, 74, -11) – He’s Big Sexy’s #1 Rookie this week and his name is all over Trade Talk so you’re no doubt already aware of him. With scores of 77 and 71 to date and his bye done and dusted he’ll be a handy pick up if he can get a few games. Just make sure he gets named.
Andrew Moore ($180,700, 39.50, 26) – Came on as the sub in his first game but got a full run in his second and managed a 68 (82 in DT). Plays for Port so you know he’ll see tons of it.
Josh Bootsma ($191,600, 50, -8) – You’re not going to pick him over Shaw after his 39 against the Cats and a bye next week but I still love the way BOOTS! goes about it. Tough, unrelenting, and a blonde afro to BOOTS! Fast becoming a cult figure at Princes Park.
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