Player Name (Club, Price, Ownership, Average)
Luke Ryan (FRE, $542,700, 2.9 %, 108.3)
Our first repeat rare-gemmer of the year, Ryan sits in just 2.9 percent of teams, despite being the third-highest averaging defender this year. His only bad score for the year was a 78 in round 2; apart from that, he’s had three over 100 (including captaincy-worthy scores of 145 and 156), as well as three scores in the 90s.
Zak Jones (SYD, $461,900, 1.0 %, 89.7)
The younger brother of Demons co-captain Nathan has moved from defence into the midfield this season, and it shows, with his scoring up 10 points on last year, even with a 62 on the weekend dragging his average down.
Andrew Gaff (WCE, $549,000, 1.2 %, 106.8)
Missing the first two weeks of the season due to his late-season gaffe (sorry) last year, the unexpected spiritual successor to Barry Hall has since been putting together a solid year, including a whopping 154 on the weekend.
Mitch Duncan (GEEL, $534,200, 0.7 %, 104.6)
Scoring in a narrow range from 82 to 126, with 5 out of 7 scores being over 100, there are few more reliable players than Mitch Duncan. In just 0.7 percent of teams, there are few rarer ones, too.
Ben McEvoy (HAW, $543,400, 3.0 %, 103.6)
Our second repeat rare-gemmer of the year! Currently the third highest-averaging ruck behind Grundy and Gawn, ‘Big Boy’ has been flying completely under the radar this year. Not as cheap as Mumford, and not as high-scoring as Gawndy, there probably isn’t much reason to bring him in at the moment, but the handful of coaches who started him should be feeling quite satisfied.
David Mundy (Mid) (FRE, $548,500, 1.5 %, 100.7)
After an abysmal start to the season that saw him traded out of a good few SuperCoach teams, Mundy has wound back the clock over the last 5 weeks, posting scores of 104, 151, 83, 122, and 137. Despite his age, he’s only missed 6 games in the last five and a bit years (4 of those having been in a single year), so durability is not usually an issue for him, unlike a certain other long-haired Fremantle midfielder. Featuring dual-position status and a handy round 12 bye, he’ll make a stylish addition to any forward line.
Tom Hawkins (GEEL, $504,500, 2.3 %, 96.7)
With the Cats sitting comfortably atop the AFL ladder, Hawkins has been mounting a good case that his career-high average of 102 last year was not a fluke after all. Sharing a bye with Heeney, Kelly, and Dangerfield is not ideal, but if he can keep his current form up, he might be one to consider from round 14 onwards.
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