In the tradition of Motts’ Movers, ‘Movers & Shakers’ looks at those players making a big impact (or no impact) over a short amount of time. Things are slowly starting to take shape and we’re getting a better idea of the premos and pretenders. This weeks Movers & Shakers are (Player, Club, Current Price, 3-Round Average):
Taylor Adams (COL $546 700, 116.67) – Much of the spotlight at Collingwood falls on the midfield of Pendlebury, Treloar & Sidebottom. Adams is an integral part of that set-up and luckily for us, classified as a Defender this year with Dual Position Status. He’s had his injury worries in the past but I’ll go out on a limb here………..He’ll be the #1 DEF for 2017 if he can stay on the park long enough. Either you back him in and hope for the best or back against him due to inevitable injury………..
Tom McDonald (MEL $468 300, 80) – As with some DEFs (looking at you, Brodie Smith!), he managed to have the one good year which made him SC-relevant. Other than that, there’s not much to write home about. Might still have the odd decent score with his intercept marking, but there seems to be better options elsewhere.
Dustin Martin (RIC $628 100, 144) – After a huge 2016 season, Dusty seems to have kicked things up a notch in 2017. Even as a Tigers supporter, I couldn’t have imagined a start like this. A lazy 40 touches and two goals against the Eagles on Saturday brought in 155 pts and another three Brownlow votes (possibly on 8/9 already!). If he was still eligible for Dual Position Status then he’d be in every team. Well done to those that took the chance as a MID only!
Jack Viney (MEL $504 000, 85) – Looked to be on the verge of a breakout but has been overtaken by Clayton Oliver as the ‘contested Beast’ of the Demons. Hasn’t cracked the ton over the first three Rds and is safe to say, won’t be an elite MID option this year……….
Stefan Martin (BRL $516 800, 116.33) – Has the solo Ruck job again at Brisbane, he’s fit and he’s scoring at ease once more. Will no doubt continue on his merry way but has the one query…….when will Fagan give Archie Smith a run? Until then, I’d wager that he is the #1 Ruck option for 2017.
Todd Goldstein (NTH $588 400, 78.5) – He was the #1 Supercoach player just two years ago with a huge 128 avg. Technically he hasn’t lost any value but is struggling to get the pts with a 2nd Ruck cramping his style (Braydon Preuss). If I had him right now, I’d probably be looking to off-load…….
Nick Riewoldt (STK $549 500, 133) – The most frustrating guy on the list for those of us that started with him. A 133 avg is exactly what we’d hoped for during pre-season research. After admitting he’d be out for anywhere between 2-6 weeks after Rd1, many (yours truly included) pulled the trade trigger. After missing just the one game, N.Roo returned in Rd3 with a massive 161 against the Lions on the weekend. I have a feeling N.Roo will make us all pay for doubting his immortality 😉
Jack Riewoldt (RIC $447 100, 75.67) – Not playing that bad for the Tigers to be honest. He’s providing a target for the long kicks forward and always giving a contest. It’s just not translating into good Supercoach numbers at the minute. He’ll have the odd day out but probably shouldn’t be in Supercoach calculations this season.
Do you agree/disagree with my list? Would love to hear your thoughts………
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