Obviously there is a focus on premium midfielders this week, but there are also a couple of very tempting budget options available in the forward line!
It’s getting to that time of year where savvy coaches start to look around, searching for discounted options to put on their bench as emergency or loophole options. If you have the trades to spare then by all means go for it, with one proviso – if you’re looking to use the loophole with that final on-field position, take a quick peek at the upcoming schedule to ensure your choices are viable for that strategy. That rolling lockout can be cruel!
Shannon HURN (WCE), $465 500 (-$21.7K), average 99, BE 70 – The Eagles skipper with the booming right slipper has been rock-solid in 2018, averaging just shy of the ton. Currently fourth among defenders in scoring aggregate, he knocked up 116 from 24 touches last time out against the Crows. Hurn is a crucial cog in the Eagles’ defence, and is worthy of consideration if you still have a free spot in your backline.
Backing it up…
Tom McDonald, $530K, BE 196
Luke Ryan, $486K, BE 157
Luke SHUEY (WCE), $368 000 (-$161.1K), average 83, BE 54 – Shuey’s form is pretty close to non-existent, but we all know what he’s capable of and he is so, so cheap! Missed five weeks with a hammy earlier in the year, but did compile 115 against the Crows last week. Shuey averaged 100+ in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and shapes as an ideal M9 option for the run home.
Scott PENDLEBURY (COL), $497 500 (-$89.0K), average 102, BE 61 – Dependlebury hasn’t quite rediscovered his touch since he missed the back end of 2017 with two bouts of finger surgery. However, scores of 136 and 108 in the past fortnight put his break-even at very tempting levels, and you can expect Pendles to step up in Treloar’s absence. Gentle reminder: prior to last seaosn, Pendlebury had averaged 110+ in SEVEN consecutive seasons.
Matt CROUCH (ADE), $483 000 (-$125.3K), average 97, BE 75 – There are two major factors (besides budget price) pointing to Crouch this week. One, his midfield buddy Sloane is back to help him out in the engine room, and two, will you have a look at way Crouch finished 2017! Let me save you the effort: 125 ppg after the bye….
Joel SELWOOD (GEE), $523 300 (-$38.7K), average 108, BE 81 – The Cats champ with the hardest head in the game is once again a top 10 midfielder in 2018, but stands at just 8% ownership. Selwood has recorded 25+ disposals eleven times in 14 games this season, and you can be fairly sure he won’t be “rested” in the forward line in a close game!
I didn’t have enough time or space to write them up in more detail, but Lachie Neale ($568 300, 109, 76), Dayne Beams ($474 900, 94, 62) and Dyson Heppell ($455 700, 99, 61) are all great options this week too.
Clayton Oliver, $545K, BE 167
Rory Sloane, $503K, BE 160
Oliver Wines, $543K, BE 147
Marcus Bontempelli, $532K, BE 145
Sam JACOBS (ADE), $443 200 (-$83.1K), average 85, BE 0 – I won’t be picking him and neither should you, but we’re entering the endgame now so it’s worth noting the upswing in Sauce’s recent form (126 & 145). I don’t want to tempt fate…but history suggests at least one prominent ruckman is going to get injured by the end of the year! If he maintains his current form, Jacobs would be a worthy budget replacement. Note for future reference.
Just for information purposes….
Max Gawn, $605K, BE 86
Brodie Grundy, $602K, BE 119
Jack RIEWOLDT (RIC), $364 400 (-$90.8K), average 82, BE 11 – Tiger Jack made a complete mockery of Sydney’s vaunted defence in last Thursday’s blockbuster, racking up an incredible 16 marks (7 contested) and 135 points. His recovery from a Carlisle-induced concussion he received a month ago has been a slow one, but he was averaging 92 prior to that incident. Fantastic F7 option this week, along with….
Jack BILLINGS (STK), $355 500 (-$154.0K), average 73, BE 23 – Yep, I really am recommending you bring in Billings this week! I don’t know what happened in that week that St Jack was dropped to the VFL, but he has looked like a different player since then – confident, composed and skilful. Scores of 99 and 96 in the past fortnight, and a post-bye average of 98 last year, all indicate that good times are ahead for Billings.
Isaac Heeney, $509K, BE 197
Tom McDonald, $530K, BE 196
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