We’ve had a look at Defenders and Rucks already, but now it’s time to turn our attention to the Forwards.
Matthew Stokes ($408,500; 3 Rd Ave: 127.3, 5 Rd Ave: 108.4) Stokesy emerged from nowhere as a premium forward this year, with a strong finish (135, 141, 106) to the season helping him to a 97.33 average for 2013. He’s been the 6th best player in the whole competition over the last 3 weeks. Could he keep that kind of form up?
Jimmy Bartel ($451,200; 126.3, 106.8) One of the standout forwards this year, Jimmy has really lifted in the last 3 weeks with 135, 88 and that huge 156 in our Grand Finals. Scored 108 against the Dockers at Simonds in R14.
Aaron Edwards ($313,900; 115.3, 102.6) Boy has he taken the opportunity of playing Finals footy with both hands!? Coming into the Richmond lineup in R22 and 23 after playing R10-16, the former North Melbourne man kicked 5.2 and 4.1 in the last two weeks against GWS and Essendon for scores of 153 and 122! I doubt many even know about him, so could be a real under the radar selection.
Paul Chapman ($345,500) Frustratingly for Chappy, what looked like a minor hamstring complaint turned into four months on the sidelines. He’s now played two AFL games and is ready to go for Finals. A 113 last weekend against Brisbane shows he’s still got it. Plenty of value here and I suspect he’ll be a popular selection.
Matthew Pavlich ($345,500) For the same price you can get big Matty Pavlich, who’s also been restricted this season through injury, and a bout of suspension thrown in. 5 sub 80 scores from his 9 games played this season won’t get you too excited, but 95 and 114 in R21 and 22 shows some promise. You’d expect someone of his calibre to stand up in a Final, but it will be tough down at the Cattery.
The Loose Change Menu:
Alan Didak ($189,000) Didak has played the last two matches for the Pies, taking off the green vest at half time in R22 for 15 touches and 46 points. Last week he managed a full game netting 80 points. Incredible value at under 200k for this veteran.
Troy Menzel ($141,700) Has played the last 4 games for the Blues vest free. You can’t expect much from him, with scores of 30, 66, 65 and 30 despite kicking 6 goals across those games. Can also be selected in your midfield, if you want an extra spot for the value laden forwards.
Gary Rohan ($109,500) Will be in a LOT of teams if he’s selected in the squad for this Friday night, especially if he’s not sub. Just about the only player in his price range across the entire competition that looks like getting some game time and frees up loads of cash under such a strict budget.
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