Dayne Beams ($606,900, 111.55, 101) – Crikey! How well has Beamsy been travelling? Since R4 when he was valued $100k lower than he is now he’s plundered: 106, 98, 137, 109, 80, 175, 121, 137 and 128. That gives him a 140 avg over the last 4. If you’re questioning if he’ll keep up his scoring when Pendles returns, just know that Pendles has only been out for the last 2 of those scores.
Paul Chapman ($562,600, 105.83, 145) – Missed getting a mention last week because of Geelong’s bye but one round on here he is again after easing out a casual 95. Has kicked at least one goal in every match since R3 and averages over 5 angry tackles a game. Getting tackled by Chappy – now there’s something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy!
Steele Sidebottom ($572,400, 114, 90) – Does anyone have Beams, Sidey, Pendles, Swan, and Shaw in their SC team? DavePies? If you do you’d probably be needing a physio right about now to help relocate your shoulder after you’ve spent so much time patting yourself on the back. Steele had a 74 three weeks ago but I’m overlooking that because since then he’s gone for 156 and 99. Nice job.
Ryan O’Keefe ($495,500, 89.45, 81) – Why have I held off so long on recommending ROK? Coz BS LOVES him too. If love for ROK was a population, BS would be China. He started the year off really slowly missing the first game and then scoring just 21, 87, 69, 95, 83 and 84. Certainly not up to the level we’ve come to expect from him. Since R8 though he’s smashed out 136, 109, 84, 123 and 93. My concern is that his high scoring has coincided with Goodesy’s absence and Sydney’s other midfielders – Jack, Hannebery, and Kennedy – are really starting to come on. My recommendation: take the hard place over ROK.
Matthew Pavlich ($486,900, 97.58, 78) – Has only gone seriously missing twice this year and despite the fact that he’s averaged 105.5 for the last 4 weeks you can still pick him up this week for only $8k more than his lowest price for the year. Surprisingly (for me anyway) he’s in only 17% of all teams. What’s Freo’s SC Finals run look like? Adelaide (away), Richmond (home), North (away) and then in the all-important final, Melbourne at home. I think I just talked myself into getting him.
Shaun Higgins ($396,700, 76.67, 24) – I can hear your collective groans now. No one wants Shaun Higgins to do well because we all feel so good not having him in our teams. Unfortunately for us all though, over the last 2 weeks he’s managed a 114 and a 99. Console yourself with the knowledge that Nath only has him scheduled to score 76 against Essendon this week.
Dayne Zorko ($392,600, 92.67, -18) – No I didn’t trade him in last week. Yes he scored his 4th ton in 6 games. Yes I’m now sticking pins into the knees of a stocky little Zorko doll hoping for a season ending ACL injury.
Jamie Elliott ($227,800, 67.75, -22) – Should’ve added this guy’s name to the list of Pies players above. Went up an impressive $73k last week after scoring 96 against The Coasters and 106 against GC. The way he’s playing he really looks like keeping his spot so if you’re going to get on board there’s no time like the present.
Jonathon Patton ($196,600, 62.50, -8) – He ain’t cheap for a guy that’s only averaging 62-odd but will play out the year and could really go off against sides that don’t have much of a defence. Hawthorn (R15), you hearing me?