Matthew Pavlich ($572,000, 104.8, 63) – The Pav show rolls on. His 113 against Melbourne on the weekend takes his 4 round average to a lazy 129.5. With Freo facing Melbourne in the SC finals at Subi, the case for Pav just keeps getting stronger and stronger.
Jarryd Blair ($511,700, 94.14, 97) – It’s a little known fact that in primary school he once wrote a paper on magic and sorcery that came to be known as, wait for it, the Blair Witch Project. OK I agree, that was terrible but his scores aren’t. Here’s his last 5 weeks: 148, 94, 115, 116, and 102. All at the ‘G but against teams like Carlton, Geelong and West Coast. Impressive.
Ryan O’Keefe ($526,700, 95.71, 92) – I hate it when BS is right. El Grande Sexidero was spruiking Rhino big time a few weeks ago just after he’d bottomed out at $446k. Up to that point he hadn’t scored a ton and was averaging 73. Since then he’s tonned it up in 5 of 8 games with only one of his hundreds being less than 123 – when he goes, he goes large. As a result he’s now averaging 95 for the year and has gone up $80k. *shaking fist* Damn you, BS!
Jordan Lewis ($479,400, 98.62, 59) – I’ve said this previously but I love the way J-Lew goes about it. I traded him into The Maulers in R5 when he was $516,900 and have since had to endure some pretty substandard scores from him (72, 53 and 89 over a three week stretch) followed by a 2 week ban for a brain fade. But my pain is your gain. You can get him for close to $40k less and over the last 3 he’s back to that early season form averaging 112.67. Don’t be fooled by the beard that he’s got. He’s still, he’s still J-Lew from the block.
Mitch Robinson ($490,100, 96.13, 102) – And while we’re talking about blokes I love, here’s Mitch. He’s goes in and gets it, he’s hard at it, and he’s slightly loco. You gotta love that combination! And right now he’s only $400 more expensive than he was at the start of the year. Over the last 4 weeks he’s scored: 91, 122, 98, and 100. And if you haven’t seen this Carltonised version of Deliverance, do yourself a favour (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iUbEIbcuE4)
Dayne Zorko ($474,600, 96.89, 60) – For the love of God, Zork, please stop scoring 100’s! If you’ve got him, he’s clearly a keeper. If you don’t, I can tell you from experience that alcohol and Xanax help*.
Keep an eye on Michael Walters ($292,700). Came out in his first game and went BANG! for 110. Admittedly it was against Melbourne but still…
Tom Couch ($94,700, 57) – Got 13 touches and laid 9 tackles in his first game. Not especially flash but he’s cheaper than a St Kilda schoolgirl and will back you up either in the guts or up forward.
Scott Gumbleton ($172,700, 89) – If you’re not aware of Gumby’s troubles getting on the park these last couple of years you must have been living in a community more remote than Liam Jurrah’s. This bloke played 5 games in 2007, missed the ’08 and ’09 seasons completely (as you do), played 17 games in 2010 then played his first game since then on Saturday scoring (impressively) an 89. Hird had never coached him before. If you like living dangerously, get on him. Otherwise, give Gumby a wiiiiiide berth.
Andrew Collins ($236,900, 52.83, -5) – Stop laughing, he scored 88 on the back of 25 touches and 5 tackles on Friday night. And that came after a 61 the week before. Seems to be getting an opportunity and his confidence is growing.
*This is a joke, kids. Mottsy does NOT condone the use of drugs. Alcohol – yes. Drugs – no. Drugs are bad, okay?