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. After six Rounds we have plenty of data to separate the wheat from the chaff. This weeks Movers & Shakers are (Player, Club, Current Price, Average, 3-Round Average):
Dylan Roberton (STK, $536k, 110, 130) – With an average of 130 over his last three games (110 for the first six weeks!), Roberton is showing all the signs of having a Brodie Smith/Matthew Jaensch ‘fluke’ year in defence. While he’s having a hell of a streak, you’re now paying $536k (soon to be more) for a guy whose previous best averages were 91 & 76 over an entire season.
With cash generation a major problem this year, it feels like a case of chasing pts with Roberton at this stage. Well done if you jumped on Roberton early but I’d be very cautious about trading him in for the future……..
Bernie Vince (MEL, $430k, 77, 73) – There were a few whispers during the pre-season for Vince to become a Top6 DEF in 2017. He had averaged 95, 98 & 92 SC-pts over the last three seasons so it didn’t seem like too much of a stretch. And that dual-position status…..what a great bonus that is………yeah, nah, not happening.
After a promising start of 114 against the Saints, Vince received a week vacation courtesy of the MRP. Since his return, Vince has struggled to say the least. 53, 83, 74 & 63 has sent his price plummeting from $500k to $430k. If he’s to be a Top6 DEF, he’d need to get a move along………..
Lachie Neale (FRE, $605k, 113, 127) – Very much forgotten with the return of Nat Fyfe to the line-up, Neale has been going about his business quietly yet effectively. While many of us (myself included) expected his output to drop this season, Neale has managed to continue on from his breakout season in 2016. If you’re one of the 2.9% that currently owns Neale, there should be an air of smugness hanging over you for weeks to come 😉 140, 119 & 124 over the last three weeks have cemented his place among the MID elite of 2017.
Sam Mitchell (WCE, $492k, 94, 80) – The future seemed bright for old/new Eagle Sam Mitchell after 118 & 111 from his first two outings. He’s slowed down considerably over the past three weeks however, with scores of 65, 77 & 99. While he’s shaking significantly right now, he has been known to have his ‘peaks & troughs’ over the years. Just hard to see him troubling the scorers too much this year……kinda like the Hawks 😉
Shane Mumford (GWS, $598k, 111, 121) – Ladies & Gentlemen……..I present to you the current #1 Ruckman! Running at a 111 avg, Mummy has been tearing it up after a lacklustre start against the Crows. 135, 126 & 104 from his last three outings have given us another glimpse of his potential for SC-greatness. The deathly spectre of injury and suspension hang over Mumford at all times. Last season was the first time he’d managed over 19 games in a year (played 21). If you’re part of the 4.8% with Mummy in their team, then strap yourselves in……it’s always one hell of a bumpy ride……
Brodie Grundy (COL, $513k, 98, 89) – Started the year off in fine form but has stumbled over the past two weeks. It’s been pointed out in many of our threads that there is a direct correlation to Mason Cox being in the side. Three games with Cox in the side: 78.6 avg. Three games without Cox in the side: 117.6 avg. The numbers don’t lie. Very stiff for those that took the chance on Grundy. You are literally at the mercy of the Collingwood Selection Committee………
Taylor Walker (ADE, $519k, 104, 106) – Tex hasn’t exactly dominated the last three games per se, but he’s part of this formidable Crows line-up that is scoring so freely at the minute. A 104 avg from five games and a favorable draw before the Bye Rounds. If you want Tex then now is the time……..
Lance Franklin (SYD, $445k, 88, 76) – What is going on with Sydney this year? Too many injuries? Too many new inclusions? Whatever it is, it’s killing Buddy’s scoring potential. Over the first six weeks, Buddy has come up with 125, 103, 74, 77, 70 & 82. You’d think that the Swans will turn it around at some stage, but then again, we thought the same of Freo last season. If he gets going then he’s an absolute bargain right now. If not, the shaking will continue……….
Have you jumped on any of the players above? Too many Shakers in your team? Not enough Movers? Do you agree/disagree with the list? Tell us your thoughts………
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