In normal circumstances, we run Rare Gems and Movers & Shakers in alternate weeks. In these not so normal circumstances, however, round 2 won’t be happening for at least a couple of months. So, for this edition of Rare Gems, in addition to highlighting good players with 3 percent ownership or under, I’ll also highlight some more popular selections that didn’t fare so well on the weekend.
Naturally, with such a small sample size, there are a lot of PODs who currently boast a high average; as such, I have tried, where possible, to limit the field to those whose good form I think may actually be sustainable.
Name (Positions/s), Club, Ownership, Price, Average
Sam Petrevski-Seton (DEF/MID), CAR, 0.78%, $443,300, 113
Between the speed, evasiveness, silky skills, and iconic rat-tail, there’s a lot to like about the 22-year-old Blue and former pro-bull rider. A perfect replacement for Brodie Smith once round 2 comes along.
Honourable mention: Jacob Weitering (DEF), CAR, 0.87%, $383,700, 102
Dylan Roberton (DEF), STK, 42.8%, $260,400, 26
I think I speak for everyone here when I say it was great to see Roberton make a return to the AFL after his well-documented health issues. What wasn’t so great to see was that he was playing a lockdown role, rather than the SC-friendly distributor role we’d been hoping for. If you’ve got a spare $13,300, swap him out for Tom Doedee between now and round 2.
Jack Steele (MID), STK, 0.63%, $515,900, 128
A handy breakout as a forward-eligible player back in 2017, the Man of Steele has been threatening to break out properly every year since. So far, that’s yet to materialize. Could this be the year?
Josh Dunkley (MID), WBD, 11.81%, $632,400, 67
Well, I hope you didn’t have the C on him! I wouldn’t worry too much, though – it was a bad night for the Dogs in general, and you all picked Dunkley for a good reason. He’ll bounce back. Just so long as Magnets doesn’t try anything stupid!
Rory Lobb (RUC), FRE, 1.14%, $472,800, 133
Playing primarily as a forward, you shouldn’t expect these kinds of scores every week, but his handful of owners would have loved what he produced on the weekend. At some point, though, he could end up being thrown the keys to the number 1 ruck role and doing a Lycett, so he’s certainly one to watchlist.
Max Gawn (RUC), MEL, 25.8%, $697,100, 93
With budget options Naismith, Jacobs, and Naitanui all performing well on the weekend, those that forked close to $700K for the giant gnome are bound to be feeling disappointed. Still, he’ll bounce back – much like he did after scoring 87 in round 1 last year. Having said that, with 30 trades to spread across 16 remaining rounds, there isn’t really a wrong option here: you could hold him, you could trade him to one of the aforementioned value picks and use the cash elsewhere, you could trade him to a value pick and then pick him up cheaply once the respective high and low scores have worked their way through each player’s price cycle… it all depends on where your team is at as a whole.
Ben Long (FWD), STK, 2.33%, $283,100, 118
Playing in the role we all hoped Roberton would have, Long should be, at worst, a good money maker, and potentially even a keeper. Get him in!
Andrew Brayshaw (FWD/MID), FRE, 23.32%, $382,800, 66
Unlike Brodie Smith, Brayshaw was playing exactly the role we thought he was going to, and unlike Josh Dunkley, he didn’t just have a bad day at the office. No, his 66 came about because he only spent 65 percent time-on-ground. He played well during that time – notching up a solid 1 point-per-minute. Once his TOG goes up, so too will his scoring. Barring injury or an adverse role-change, it’s hard to see him not averaging 90+ for the rest of the year. Don’t trade him out just yet.
Did you manage to pick any of these rare gems in your starting lineup? Boast about it in the comments below!
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