Andrew Walker ($547,100, 110.92, 104) – Its taking time for me to come around to the fact that Walker under Malthouse is a VERY different player to Walker under Ratten. Prior to 2013 he hadn’t averaged higher than 82.7 (2011) and last year that average dropped to 79.6. SC has him as a Forward but he’s playing the loose man in defence role and with his fitness and accuracy by foot he’s busting lines and delivering them laces out to Carlton’s powerhouse midfield (yes I’m biased). Behind Cox he’s the best ‘Forward’ in the comp right now and when he goes, he goes LARGE. Of his 7 tons, 6 are over 120. Gotta have ‘im.
Jimmy Bartel ($553,500, 110.17, 136) – Made it into my team as soon as they announced him as a M/F DPP. Scored 157 in R2 against North this year and I’ve just sat back and watched him work his magic since then. 9 centuries in 12 games with his lowest score for the year a 70 against Sydney in R4. That’s somewhat problematic because he faces them again in R22 – week 3 of the SC Finals.
Cyril Rioli ($532,300, 111, 58) – This serves more as a reminder than anything else because I hear he’s back to full fitness and is in consideration for a match this week (although it may be for Box Hill). Unless you’re Fish or Catta, you’ve probably forgotten how damaging he is so here’s his 2013 stats for the first 5 rounds before he did that troublesome hamstring again: 114, 120, 82, 115, 124. Seen enough?
Josh J Kennedy ($486,000, 102, 87) – Chances are, because you’re a knowledgeable coach that reads the best SC blog on the net, you’ve already got JJK in your side because at the beginning of the year he was priced at $300k and scored a couple of tons in his first 2 games. So there’s no need for me to expand upon him any further.
Colin Sylvia ($459,400, 86.44, 63) – You pay me the big bucks* to come up selections in the Midpricer section that are so off-the-wall that none of your sane league opponents are likely to consider them. Well how about you give Col some thought. Just scored 2 tons on the trot and posted his highest score for the year (113) under a new coach which could be a sign of things to come.
Matthew Stokes ($487,700, 99.67, 81) – To come up with my 3rd Midpricer recommendation this week I had a good long look at every player valued between $250k and $500k before settling on Stokesy with his predilection for cocaine and unbelievably low standard deviation (which means he’s super consistent). No Forward in the top 50 averages comes anywhere near his consistency until you get to Jarryd Blair who averages 81.
Joe Daniher ($154,500, 76.5, -60) – Not cheap but they love him at Bomberland and he played a beauty in his second game against the Suns for 98 points so could retain his spot for awhile.
Can’t recommend any other rook to you this week.
* Well no bucks really – zero, zip, nada, zilch, nothing.
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