There are some massive names to choose from this week, and some that may have you reconsidering the obvious.
Kade Simpson $470,500 (-$42,300; AVE 93.33, BE 89, PTA 94) It’s been nothing but positive progression for Simpson in his last month. Scores of 76, 88, 90 and now 100 after the bye now leaves him sporting a 100.1 average since returning from injury in R8. He’s always been good for a 95 average in the past, so at this price he should return good value.
Josh Gibson $441,900 (-$55,300; AVE 92.69, BE 78, PTA 88.2) He’s just pumped out a 131 against the Dockers. Put him on your watchlist and take a punt on him if you’re backing some more numbers like that!
Tom McDonald $437,100 (+$56,000; AVE 101.21, BE 52, PTA 87.4) A few shockers in recent weeks has sent Tommy’s price south at a rapid rate. The 141 on the weekend has put a serious halt on any further decreases and now is the time to buy one of only four defenders averaging 100+ this season.
Corey Enright $509k; BE 137
Rory Laird $520k; BE 131
Gary Ablett $669,800 (-$64,800; AVE 120.75, BE 119, PTA 133.8) The old Gary that we have come to know so well is back, but this time with a rugged beard and a fiancé! Still the most expensive player in the game, but that’s not going to deter many.
Ollie Wines $523,700 (-$15,500; AVE 107.40, BE 68, PTA 104.6) This kid is going to be something very, very special in years to come. With an average of 107.40 that includes an injury affected game, he’s well under priced and coming off a 145.
Tom Rockliff $510,100 (-$199,400; AVE 83.13, BE 74, PTA 102.0) Some coaches may be looking at getting Rocky for the second or third time this year alone. Polled yesterday and most are backing him to be over his injuries. It’s hard not to take the risk again at such a tantalising price.
Steele Sidebottom $488,200 (-$120,000; AVE 101.63, BE 59, PTA 97.6) There’s no doubt Sidebottom will be flying under the radar amongst the Ablett and Rockliff hype this week. Coming off a 107 and 122 and averaging 113 last year to start 2015 at over $600k, he’s going at a factory run out price.
Jordan Lewis $458,300 (-$129,900; AVE 98.55, BE 53, PTA 91.6) Let’s be honest, he has been far less impressive than last year’s stellar season, but you can’t do much better for this amount of coin.
Nat Fyfe $633k; BE 206
Brad Ebert $502k; BE 159
Luke Parker $571k; BE 152
Lachie Neale $523k; BE 122
Matthew Kreuzer $416,600 (+$45,700; AVE 84.40, BE 54, PTA 83.2) His last three weeks have yielded 108, 92 and 100, which is similar to the scores we were becoming accustomed to pre-injury. In 2013 he averaged 97.8 and could make for a sneaky POD selection.
Aaron Sandilands $576k; BE 125
Nic Naitanui $603k; BE 117
Sam Jacobs $506k; BE 117
Stefan Martin $556k; BE 115
Robbie Gray $522,300 (-$74,600; AVE 112.00, BE 73, PTA 104.4) If you’ve been waiting for Robbie to bottom out, now is your time to snap him up. So far undervalued at the moment, it’s a no-brainer if you’re one of the few who are missing his points week in week out. Nine games of 110+ speak for themselves.
Luke Dahlhaus $476,400 (-$16,300; AVE 101.29, BE 108, PTA 95.2) He hasn’t been under $500k for a while (last week was the first time since R3). I’d still expect the Doghouse to carry on his 100 average for the remainder of the season, so he’s looking a good semi-unique selection in a little over 10% of sides as the 5th most points scored of any forward.
Marcus Bontempelli $443,700 (+$21,400; AVE 97.00, BE 39, PTA 88.6) 142 points against the Gold Coast was what we’d come to anticipate from the Bont earlier this year. A lean patch in the middle of the season has brought his value down to just about R1 levels. Priced nearly ten points below his actual average.
Jimmy Bartel $498k; BE 173
Brent Harvey $466k; BE 165
Lance Franklin $493k; BE 147
Dustin Martin $538k; BE 137
Brendon Goddard $453k; BE 132
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