It would be remiss of me to present this week’s article without offering the very best to the legendary MJ and his beautiful bride, who celebrated their knot-tying last weekend and are now kicking back in idyllic Bali. Congratulations mate!
In his absence, MJ has left some sizeable shoes to fill. Fortunately, I’m wearing really thick socks! Here are the Fallen Premiums from Round 15.
Shaun Burgoyne $475,000 (-$40.4K) AVE 88, BE 46 – The Silken One continues to defy that old bludger called Father Time, showing off career-best form at 34 years of age. Burgoyne was a bit of a smokey for increased midfield time this year after the departure of a couple of Hawks stalwarts in the off-season. After knocking up 123 and 113 in his last two starts, you could do a lot worse than slotting him in at D6 for the run home.
Alex Rance $496,800 (-$38.8K) AVE 93, BE 67 – He’s undoubtedly the best key position defender in the game. So good in fact, that in what must be a league first, Power coach Ken Hinkley decided to tag the fullback last week! It didn’t seem to matter much because it’s three tons on the trot for Rance, but you’ll still pay less than $500K for one of the best in the business.
Z Williams $491K; BE 180
D Roberton $488K; BE 149
R Laird $491K; BE 148
Luke Parker $510,400 (-$98.5K) AVE 96, BE 71 – Sydney’s early struggles in 2017 were mirrored by the form of the Brownlow runner-up, who could only manage two tons prior to the Swans bye in Round 11. However the switch has officially been flicked with four consecutive centuries since then, including a typically hard-headed 129 against the Dees last start.
Patrick Cripps $553,300 (-$32.2K), AVE 102, BE 69 – Still only 22 but already a contested ball beast, Cripps made a name for himself with a ferocious finish to his 2016 campaign, which included a final salvo of 153 and 140 in the SC finals. He’s poised to do it again this year, compiling 134 and 126 in his last two games, and seemingly fully recovered from an off-season back injury.
J Selwood $538K; BE 244
D Zorko $577K; BE 173
J Kelly $613K; BE 159
G Ablett $607K; BE 150
Max Gawn $510,900 (-$134.1K) AVE 95, BE 95 – After ten long weeks on the sideline, Maximus has returned with scores of 113 and 96. Gawn averaged 118 last year, placing him third in the league, and is now the cheapest he has been for the past 18 months. Blue ribbon stock at budget prices, that’s what Supercoach is all about!
M Kreuzer $628K; BE 148
T Goldstein $538K; BE 129
Lance Franklin $442,900 (-$71.7K) AVE 93, BE 58 – Buddy’s recent inaccuracy in front of goal had been a concern (0.6 against the Bombers almost cost his team the game!), but he completely dominated the Demons last week for 122 and looks to have that strut back. In a year where few forwards are putting their hand up, Franklin is a proven scorer available at a very reasonable price.
J Kennedy $480K; BE 157
M Wallis $467K; BE 135
N Riewoldt $424K; BE 126
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