Almost everybody needs a decent forward this week so I thought I’d kick off MM’s for the round with the fellas up front. The blokes you really want to stay clear of are:
Kurt Tippett ($355,300, 31.67) – Congratulations on being at the top of this list in consecutive weeks, Kurt. KT dropped $70k this week vindicating my decision to trade him for Jon Brown (who went up $54k). Trades are gold but that’s a $125k turnaround. And then there’s the difference in scores…
Stephen Milne ($355,900, 51.67) – When not getting in opposition coaches’ faces and crumbing the occasional goal, Stevie hasn’t been doing much to earn SC points. He dropped 35k last week. Even if you’re a Saints fan, don’t go near him.
Tom Hawkins ($348,500, 52.67) – Tomahawk was once touted as “the next Carey”. He’s a massive unit, but he’s never really lived up to the hype. With Pods playing a great first game in Fremantle on Sunday and Mooney returning this week, Tomahawk may find his spot in the forward line under pressure.
OK and now for the bouquets. I’m going to critique the 3 top answers to today’s poll on who people are bringing in for Roo.
Jonathon Brown ($579,500, 147.33) – JB shows no sign of slowing down after kicking 17 goals so far this year to lead the Coleman and scoring 130, 171 and 141 over the first three rounds. His next 3 games are against the Dogs at the Gabba and then Melbourne and Sydney away. No-one appears to be able to stop him at the moment. $579k could even be considered cheap for him if he continues belting teams like he has been.
Ryan O’Keefe ($597,000, 132.00) – Can you believe Sydney almost traded this guy a year ago? He is a gun. Full stop. Will always score a ton for you and very often a lot more (had a 167 in R2). Will be facing North Melbourne, West Coast and Brisbane over the next three weeks. Toot toot!
Cyril Rioli ($417,700, 111.00) – I watched both the Delicious games live at the ground. In his first game he displayed flashes of brilliance. He caught Gary Ablett not once but twice 2 weeks ago and yesterday against the Dogs laid 6 tackles, kicked 4 goals and finished with 140 points. It looks as though the OP that bothered him in the pre-season has gone and because he’s only played 2 games his price hasn’t changed. With the Hawks facing the Pies, the Roos and the Dons over the next 3 weeks (with West Coast, Richmond and Carlton to follow) you could very easily see Cyril putting up some massive numbers. That price tag makes him very, very tempting too.
My pick of the 3 has got to be Cyril based on his value, his upside, and because, like Naitanui, you’ll just love watching him play knowing that he’s scoring for you.
I’ll leave the honourable and dishonourable mentions to the Commenters this week. Who’s on your watchlist and who’s jockstraps do you want to smear with Tiger balm?