We find ourselves spoilt for choice in the back line this week with not much else jumping out at us. Some of my thunder was stolen in yesterdays poll but I believe both Byrnes are hot. Here we go-
D Byrne-Jones (PORT, 123K) We all like a player with a high work rate, here is no exception. Byrne-Jones was possibly the only positive for the Power in their loss to the Giants. The 181cm defender gathered 22 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and a goal-97 SC points. Add to this his 14 disposals and 1 goal against the Bombers in Round 3, he looks a likely type! Byrne-Jones was drafted from the Oakleigh Chargers at pick 52 in the 2013 National Draft.
J Wagner (MEL, 121K) This 189cm defender can also run through the midfield and looks a very handy player. Against the Pies, the 21 year old accumulated 24 disposals, 6 marks and 5 tackles. In his first outing against the Roos, he had just the 8 touches and 4 tackles, he may have put that behind him. Wagner was taken at Pick number 6 in the 2015 Rookie Draft.
C Byrne (CAR, 123K) This 21 year old Irishman has the potential to be a great running defender and has shown solid form in the VFL. Standing at 188cm he played just one quarter in 2015. He backed up from his 20 disposals against the Suns on the weekend, where he faced the Bulldogs and gathered 15 disposals (10 contested), 4 marks and laid 2 tackles. Byrne was taken at pick 64 as an international rookie in the 2014 Rookie Draft.
T Ruggles (GEE, 102K) The 23 year old did not fare as well in his second game at the highest level. He finished the match with just 40 SuperCoach points. However he did have 17 disposals in a tight contest against the Bombers. With Geelong looking to get some continuity in their side, can he hold his place?
|A McDonald-Tipungwuti (FWD)||ESS||238K||84||71||106||77.75|
|M Brown (FWD)||ESS||187K||72||38||57||52.25|
|D McStay (FWD)||BRI||248K||43||37||DNP||47.67|
As Dennis Cometti would say- “Nothing doing”
J Lyons (ADE, 241K) After smashing out a 97 and 79 in his two matches, we all wish this 23 year old was about 100K cheaper. Against the Swans he had 15 disposals (13 contested), 4 clearances, 8 tackles and 2 goal assists. It is difficult to pay a premium for a rookie priced player, if you have the guts he could be your man to hold until late in the season.
N Cockatoo (GEE, 172K) We are all aware that this 19 year old has all the moves and the class to compete at the highest level. It will just be a matter of seeing some consistent form. Against the Bombers he looked as dangerous as ever, gathering 14 disposals, laid 7 tackles and took 3 marks inside the arc; finishing the day with 2.1 and 92 points. Cockatoo was drafted from NT Thunder at Pick 10 in the 2014 Draft.
Front of mind-
|J Simpkin (MID)||ESS||223K||DNP||DNP||DNP||72.00|
|C Ah Chee||GCS||216K||76||DNP||38||67.00|
|C Menadue (MID)||RIC||209K||63||31||58||58.00|
|C Ellis (MID)||RIC||231K||39||53||81||58.00|
|E Langdon (MID)||FRE||238K||61||52||40||51.00|
|L Duggan (MID)||WCE||202K||17||29||52||38.50|
|S Frost (FWD)||MEL||214K||DNP||31||72||40.00|
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