Matteo steps up to the plate to deliver you the good oil on last year’s Runners Up. Thanks for going to the effort, mate! Much appreciated by everyone on the site!
Unless you’ve missed 2015 altogether you already know West Coast lost both Mackenzie & Brown at the start of the season. You also already know that despite no one believing we could play finals, we made it to the prelim finals…let’s face it the GF didn’t really count… 2015 was also a good development year. Dom Sheed was our stand out youngster, cementing a place in the team. Liam Duggan played 12 games, Jackson Nelson played 11, Tom Barrass and Fraser McInnes showed promise and Tom Lamb showed off his skills on debut.
Projected Best 22 in 2016
B Wellingham Mackenzie Hurn
HB Schofield Brown Sheppard
C Gaff Priddis Jetta
HF Darling McGovern Yeo
F LeCras Kennedy Cripps
Fol Naitanui Redden Shuey
IC Sheed Duggan Hill Ellis
Fringes: Butler, Masten, Lycett, Lamb, Hutchings
How will the Eagles respond after their Grand Final humiliation? From all reports coming out of the club they’re hungry. Really hungry. Most players have come back from Christmas in top shape. New players have been brought into the team that will strengthen our weakest area (Redden & Jetta). Sheed, Duggan, Yeo, Sheppard, McGovern and Gaff are all set to take their games to a new level. My preseason call, Yeo to finish top 5 in the Brownlow medal. (Ed: Wow, massive call!)
Trades: Sinclar (Sydney), Selwood (Geelong), Rosa (Gold Coast).
Delisted: Newman, Powell, Maginness, Main
Trades: Redden (Lions), Jetta (Sydney), Giles (Essendon)
Draft: Partington, Cole, Mutimer, Allen & Snadden
The players of interest
2015 Average: 5
Let’s be honest, Brown isn’t going to start many games for your team…well hopefully he won’t start any, but if your like me and had Nathan Brown last season you’ll know why I’m suggesting you go for him. Once fit he will play week in, week out. As a team we are simply too short without him. Playing Brown and Mackenzie will free McGovern to play forward more. That’s something the Eagles are really keen on. Brown may only get you 40-60 points a week, but having an experienced player that plays every week is important for your bench.
Verdict: LOCK HIM IN.
McGovern is an interesting choice. For me right now it’s a pass. Too injury prone, plus no one knows where he will play or how it will affect his scoring. However I will be monitoring his preseason as rumour is he will play CHF and pinch hit in the RUCK which could improve his scoring further.
Verdict: MONITOR HIS PRESEASON.
With the many injuries we had last season Yeo was forced at times to play as a shut down defender, resulting in a lot of low scores. There were 6 games that Yeo was genuinely played in the middle, unsurprisingly those six scores were 119, 146, 111, 118, 129 & 92. Yeo will play midfield full time this season. Don’t just take my word for it. Adam Simpson said in the West Coast Year Book I just received that Yeo is made for the midfield and there’s where he will play this season, add in the fact he’s training with the forwards part time, I’d expect him to play Midfield and float Forward at times.
Verdict: lock. Lock. LOCK!!! (Ed: this write up and Matteo’s earlier prediction saw Yeo just slide into my backline)
One of my favourites to watch. This kid will be a superstar. I expect him to cement himself in the team. Is highly rated within the club, Simpson has commented that he has been a stand out so far this preseason. He has great disposal efficiency and if named R1 I would strongly consider. I had him locked until a bucket load of cheap Essendon players have possible become available.
Verdict: WATCH HIS PRESEASON.
Is now fit after suffering a groin all year. Not confident he will play every week at this stage.
Will play every game bar injuries and should improve his average to nearly 90. But let’s be honest at his price there’s better value.
Verdict: ONLY CONSIDER FWD
Showed last year what he can do once fully fit. Will improve yet again as he gains more confidence in his body. Should average 100-120 by seasons end. For me at this stage I’m going S Martin over Nic Nat, purely for consistency.
Verdict: STRONGLY CONSIDER.
LOL…in my first draft that’s all I wrote but thought I better elaborate. Has turned up to preseason slightly overweight & unfit. Finished last in the 2km time trials held pre Christmas.
With the improvement of our youngsters, plus Redden & Jetta, I feel Masto may be squeezed out of the team. Regardless if that happened or not he won’t be improving on his average. I would pick Libba, Crouch, Omeara and a pack of salt and vinegar chips all before Masten.
Had Redden in my team for a while, the guy is a tackling machine, which we all know means points galore. A couple of injury setbacks means he’s no longer on my radar until at least mid year.
Shuey is the hardest player in our team to rate. He should be a 110+ scorer. But so far his only 100 plus year came in 2012. The only reason I’d consider him is because he looks to have finally found some form in the second half of the year in 2015. His last 7 games read 98, 117, 117, 125, 111, 90, & 102.
Verdict: For me it’s still a PASS.
Took his game to a new level last year and can only see him getting better. I would be wary of picking him in your SuperCoach team as his scores are too inconsistent. Drops under 100 if a hard tag is applied to him, which I think teams will start doing more and more.
Verdict: At his price there are better options. PASS
I would bet my last dollar that more people will have Joel Selwood in their team than Matty Priddis. But here’s the facts about this BROWNLOW medallist. His SuperCoach average since 2009:
104, 108, 114, 110, 101, 112, 113.
Since the addition of Simpson as coach, Priddis has floated forward more sending his scores upwards. His best game last season came in round 7, 196 points.
Verdict: I can not belive I’m about to say this, if you want a POD, pick Priddis. LOCK
***You will notice that I skipped all of this years draftees, don’t pick them, barring a whole heap of injuries, none will play.
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