As always I’m very apprehensive about spending more than $500k on my starting defenders. Laird looks the best value option over $500k and is capable of a 100 avg. Howe might not have the highest average but he doesn’t miss too many games. Expecting him to play a full year with (hopefully) a 95avg which would justify him being at D6 for the season.
Marchbank is in Carlton’s best 22 and I see his job security better than most DEF rookies. Ditto for Thurlow. With Bartel & Enright retiring, there’s a spot open for Thurlow and I believe he’s capable of going at a 85 avg. Looking to upgrade to Doc, Heater, Simmo & Rance at some stage.
Danger, Pendles & JPK……pts & durability over the entire season……..Pendles is under an injury cloud every other week but he doesn’t miss many games. If he’s named Rd1, he’s in!
Rockliff, Fyfe & Beams……..If they’re fit then I have no doubt that they will all finish as elite MIDs in 2017. Aware of the risk, but there is such a huge upside to all three.
Despite the low numbers in the JLT Series, I’m sticking with Gawn. You can’t ‘fluke’ numbers like he did last year and then disappear completely. Wouldn’t expect Spencer to hold his spot too long after Rd1 (if he’s named).
Sandilands is potentially a Top3 Ruck and his value can’t be ignored with that starting price. At the very worst, I’d expect him to average 95 up until the Bye Rounds then assess the situation (insert prayer to SC Gods here!).
Braydon Preuss is a tricky one. If he’s not named for Rd1 then he’ll change to Strnadica, the permanent loophole option. Just not sure on Preuss, don’t think he’ll see much game time. Surely Daw will be given more opportunity ahead of him?
In my opinion, Dahlhaus & Macrae pick themselves. Both capable of consistent 100+ games over the season and dual position status…..perfect! N.Riewoldt, JJK & Buddy Franklin…….Over the course of the entire season, I think you’ll see similar averages. It’s just a case of who will score higher early in the season. Looks like I’ll go with N.Roo given his early run at the Docklands where he scores very well.
Roughead is in most teams and with good reason. Back to full fitness and now Captain of the Hawks, I’d expect him to still be at F6 at the end of the year.
Still weighing up the whole Ruck/FWD ‘Swingman’ option. Even as a Tigers fan, I’m not getting carried away with Nankervis‘ early form. He had a better midfield at his feet in Sydney and was passed up by Naismith. I’ll probably go all out and won’t bother with a back-up Ruck (for now).
Only really confident of Hampton, Florent & ‘Pepper-Pig’. Taranto could still come in if he’s named for Rd1. His selection depends more on the fitness of Stevie J & Deledio. Other than that, there’s the usual disclaimer about Rookies and being named for Rd1. Will be an interesting night at the selection table!
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