Roo Bloke is back for another shot at his Kangaroos’ Team Review……and has produced a slice of excellence for us to peruse……Thanks, Roo Bloke!
Hearts to hearts…
Unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be hearing that too often this season. Could be a long one for the boys from Arden St despite our blistering start to the Ansett Cup. With a number of the older blokes gone there’s a lot of spots up for grabs and there’s bound to be a young player or two in the round one team. I bring to you an attempt at looking for the diamond in the rough.
|DEFENDERS||Position||SC Price||vs Syd||vs Haw||vs GWS||Avg|
JLT1: 81% GT, 18:8 (K:H), 65% DE
JLT2: 79% GT, 11:5 (K:H), 75% DE
JLT3: 93% GT, 17:1 (K:H), 83% DE
Was a big wrap for him last season but he disappointed with only two 90+ scores leading up to North’s bye round. In that period North were looking hot but MacMillan on the wing/half back was looking like a plodder. After the bye North seriously struggled but J-Mac’s scores dramatically improved with tons in 4 of the last 8 rounds but this did include two stinkers. Seems a little bit up and down so it’s good to see a consistent pre-season. His JLT form shows a high kick:handball ratio which is what you want in your SC defenders. If he can score 90s+ like this he’s a steal at this price. Definitely in my calculations but maybe Callum Mills at a slightly cheaper entry point might be a better risk to take.
JLT1: 86% GT, 84% DE
JLT2: 81% GT, 100% DE
JLT3: 84% GT, 42% DE, 5 clangers
After JLT2 Vickers-Willis would undoubtedly have been in the round 1 team at Arden St but those 5 clangers in JLT3 would have been noticed by the selection committee just like it was noticed by all of us at SCTalk. A cheap rookie back who has the capability of scoring 80s means he’s gotta be a lock in your SC team IF he’s named in round one. Fingers crossed!
JLT1: 54% GT, 58% DE
JLT2: 85% GT, 80% DE
JLT3: 45% GT (missed 1st half), 60% DE
What does it mean that he played only the 2nd half in JLT3? Is that a positive or negative sign from Brad Scott and co? Factor that in and only 54% GT in JLT1 and it’s got me thinking that he’s just outside North’s round one team. He’ll probably be named as an emergency. Definitely someone to keep an eye on and if named worth a selection as his PPM is pretty strong.
|MIDFIELDERS||Position||SC Price||vs Syd||vs Haw||vs GWS||Avg|
As a North person it hurts me to say this but we have no fantasy relevant midfielders. Dumont’s probably got the greatest scope for SC relevance but in a year where there’s so many discounted mids on the radar I’d strongly advise against any of these players.
|RUCKS||Position||SC Price||vs Syd||vs Haw||vs GWS||Avg|
JLT2: 65% GT, 14 @ 86% DE, 18 hitouts
JLT3: 88% GT, 11 @ 55% DE, 26 hitouts
Until Preuss came from the clouds to be in North’s round one calculations Goldy was one for the set and forget ruck strategists. He’s a proven SC scorer with a high ceiling and a good injury track record. When considering Goldy’s JLT formline JLT2 was simply easing back into things. In JLT3 he still didn’t play as the solo ruck that we’d want to see to safely lock him in but surely North has learnt from past seasons that the team works better when Goldy is playing as the sole ruck. Surely? IMO, I’d probably steer clear of Goldy. With North likely to lose more than we win and with Preuss and Daw looming on the sidelines he’s just not the lock you’d want from a ruck premo.
JLT1: 77% GT, 8 @ 50% DE, 29 hitouts
JLT2: 73% GT, 6 @ 66% DE, 27 hitouts
JLT3: 76% GT, 3 @ 100% DE, 8 hitouts
Flying into calculations like Relton at a buffet line, Preuss is an interesting SC selection issue. Definitely not an R1/R2 so it comes down to what you want at R3. Like many, at R3 I’m considering a likely non-starter with a heavy Sunday schedule like Strnadica. Based on that alone Preuss is unlikely to make it into my team but I know not everyone is a fan of picking non-starters. If cash generation is your game then Preuss is your man at R3.
** Sidenote: I hope North doesn’t pick Preuss. Think Goldy in the ruck and Brown, Waite and Daw as the three tall fwds is the best set up we could run with in round one.
|FORWARDS||Position||SC Price||vs Syd||vs Haw||vs GWS||Avg|
Shaun Bloody Higgins
JLT1: 69% GT, 21 @ 76% DE
JLT2: 85% GT, 24 @ 83% DE, 5 tackles
JLT3: 41% GT, 14 @ 78% DE (only played 1st half)
If his name wasn’t Shaun Bloody Higgins, Mr Never Again himself, we’d pick someone with a preseason of 100, 123 and 68 (did I say this was in a half of footy?). We wouldn’t even consider it, it’d be a lock. But this is Shaun Bloody Higgins and for the umpteenth season he’s bouncing around in SC conversations. Why do we do this to ourselves???? Has he conjured another way to burn us all? Is this the year he’ll burn us by playing consistently good football but none of us will have him? The numbers tell the story and I try and be as objective as possible on these matters. He’s $426K and listed as a fwd. He’s going to play a hell of a lot in the mids and could avg 90-105. I guess the question is, “are you feeling lucky?”. I fear I will end up including him in my team.
JLT1: 68% GT, 17 @ 82% DE, 2 goals
JLT2: 81% GT, 18 @ 66% DE, 2 goals
JLT3: 84% GT, 16 @ 68% DE, 0 goals
Before the drop in SC scoring in JLT3 I had Hrovat locked and loaded and ready to go. JLT 3 has casts doubts on things for me. If he has to get nearly 20 touches and 2 goals to score a 90 then he’s going to have some days down in the 50s and 60s. Very awkwardly priced for cash generation purposes so this is only for those who don’t mind a mid-price risk. Is he going to be a keeper? NO. Is he going to score highly enough to generate enough cash to help with an upgrade? I’d suggest maybe. He’s in the mix for a spot in my fwd line but I doubt he’ll make the cut. I suggest that you think hard about him before making your call.
JLT1: 85% GT, 6 @ 66% DE, 2 tackles, 1 goal
JLT2: 76% GT, 11 @ 81% DE, 2 tackles, 1 goal
JLT3: 83% GT, 14 @ 78% DE, 6 tackles, +3 FF, 3 goals
Improved with each run which is pleasing. His role in the side is fwd pressure so the 6 tackles would’ve gotten a big tick from the hierarchy. I feel that this type of player is not that SC relevant as it fluctuates too much. BUT, we’re not looking at him as a 21 game player this season, we need to treat him as a rookie so the probable fluctuations can be looked over as long as he’s playing. More so, his spot in the team looks assured with Thomas and Higgins pushing for midfield time and Garner and Anderson without a JLT hitout. Pick him.
JLT1: 45% GT, 7 @ 71% DE
JLT2: 72% GT, 14 @ 50% DE
North’s first draft pick from last year’s draft so the club obviously rates him. Not sure if he gets a gig round one but he’d definitely be in the mix for a spot off the bench. Not sure about his JS with Garner and Anderson both a couple of weeks away from returning. You probably wouldn’t want Turner and Simpkin. Will probably depend on how many fwd rookies you need and which fwd rookies get named. Keep him in your calculations.
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