For those of you unfamiliar with these posts, throughout the season I will throw the spotlight on those blokes that have been performing beautifully over the last few rounds and put a rocket up those that need one. I tend to steer clear of the rookies – that’s the domain of Big Sexual – instead focussing on players who provide great value for money. Let’s get on with the show. This week’s heroes are:
Jed Adcock ($373,400, 108) – Opened up the year with a rather pedestrian 71 against the Dockers at the Gabba before hitting his stride against the Dogs at Etihad with 111. Then last week at the MCG against the Dees he broke out for a 143 and consequently went up $40k. Has a bye this week so won’t go up in value again (his BE is -3) and with his second bye occurring in another non-competitive round, all those coaches out there trying to win their leagues should definitely have a look at him.
Josh Gibson ($399,300, 104.33) – I swore I’d never trade J-Gib in again after breaking the cardinal rule a couple of years ago and trading him in on a Tuesday only to find out on Wednesday that he’d fallen over in his bathroom, bumped his head and would be out for the season. But his average this year with the Horks is making me take a second look. I thought he was just a straight defender but his three scores of 94 (v Adelaide), 86 (v Melbourne) and 133 (v The Tiges) reflect that he’s being used more as a linkman when they run it forward. R4 BE: 49.
Matt Suckling ($283,500, 100.33) – A bit of depol action wouldn’t go astray with Mr Suckling but while he’s running like the wind out of the Hawk backlines and averaging over 100 he can call himself whatever the hell he likes. He went up $60k this week after scoring 66, 139 and 96 but if you run as fast as you can and jump off the end of the pier you won’t quite miss the boat. His R4 BE is -45.
Honourable mentions go to Nick Suban ($333,900, 98) and Robert Murphy ($377,000, 103.3)
And the villains:
Nathan Lovett-Murray ($355,500, 42.33) – No other player has lost more money in the first 3 rounds than NLM. You can get him for $60k cheaper than the 5,163 friends and family members of his that slotted him in from the get-go.
Cameron Bruce ($440,600, 63) – Was always going to take time to get his act together in the Hawks backline. He’s a smart, proud bloke though so I have no doubt it will happen. The trick will be working out when he’s at his lowest price and bringing him in that week.
Daniel Connors ($364,800, 49.67) – Only 6,236 coaches picked DC and I know one of them. This guy prides himself on being able to spot unrecognised talent which then gives him a Point of Difference and on occasion can make him a lot of coin. I do believe he has plans to trade Mr Connors out of his team this week. Experiment: failed.
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