Bryce Gibbs ($492,500, 139, 103.67, 79) – If you don’t have him, you’re not going to pick him up now because of Carlton’s R23 bye but those of us who have kept the faith with Gibbsy, through Rounds 3 to 11 when he only scored 1 ton, say thank-you. And a big thank-you to Ratts for switching him forward on Friday night allowing him to kick a lazy 4 goals. If you’re thinking about a good time to trade him out, he’s got Melbourne this week and then Fremantle (away) and Hawthorn (ES) before that week off. He then comes back in R24 to face St Kilda.
Greg Broughton ($488,000, 138, 99.88, 100) – While we’re thanking coaches, lets give a big shout out to Mark Harvey who has skyrocketed G Broughton’s scores by moving him into the midfield. David Mundy went down in R12, since R14, Broughton’s scores have been: 145, 122, 127, 105, and 138. Ball. Magnet.
Brendon Goddard ($495,400, 138, 108.12, 91) – The Saints are now a lock for the 8 and that’s due in no small part to the efforts of BJ. In full flight he’s sublime and the fact that he’s still under $500k given his last 5 scores have all been over 100 indicates just how far he fell (he bottomed out at $418,600). Tough run during the finals (Pies, Sydney [away], North, and Carlton) but you’d bank on him raising his bat in any game given his quality.
Honourable mentions: Heath Scotland (love his work ethic), Nathan Bock, and Josh Gibson.
Paul Duffield – what the hell has happened? Since R9 his scores have been: 128, 133, 85, 100, 84, 99, 60, 29, 30 (sub), 48. Must be carrying an injury. What other explanation is there?
Brady Rawlings – finding the 24 round season one hell of a grind.
Harry Taylor – I concede he was subbed on Saturday but if he’d been playing better he would’ve stayed out there.
Scott McMahon ($345,800, 103, 74.88, 44) – 98 average over his last three, pity he plays for North.
Robert Murphy ($378,200, 136, 91.12, 38) – 136 if you don’t mind against WC. SC-wise he’s having his 2nd best season ever – in 2008 he averaged 92.7 over 21 games.
Cameron Pedersen ($366,000, 85, 87.00, 73) – after struggling to get a game early in the season, Cam has played every game since R11. He’s averaged 98 over his last 3. For those that hold him, the question is now: do you hold onto him or trade him in before North’s R21 bye?
Special mentions: Dean Polo (96 avg over his last 3), Jason Gram (D/M DPP), Xavier Ellis (70 before getting subbed off), Danny Stanley, Corey Enright, Paul Puopolo (spudded it up against Melbourne, 40, but returned with a vengeance against Freo, 111), and Nick Salter.
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