Jack Crisp (Coll), $449500 (+$7.2k), average 96, BE 59 – Thrown in as a steak knives deal for Dayne Beams back in 2014, Crisp has taken some time over the years to find continuity. He started slowish this season but once Sam Murray’s form dipped (and dropped), Crisp shined and went on a 9 week streak averaging 107 points putting him as one of a few inform defenders of the competition. On cue though, Murray was bought back into the team which rattled Crisp to a 64 and 71 the next two weeks but he quickly found his feet and scored 107 and 111 the last couple of games. Back at the MCG this weekend where he particularly enjoyed playing over his hot streak and Fremantle in the grand final, Crisp could very well be the pick of the cheap defenders.
Tom Stewart, $382k, BE 153
Jeremy McGovern, $480k, BE 132
Kade Simpson, $498k, BE 130
Callan Ward (GWS), $515800 (+$3.6k), average 103.5, BE 57 – One of the most consistent scorers over the years, Ward fell 4 points short last year to join Dangerfield, Martin and Neale as the only players to score 2,200+ points over the 2015-2017 seasons. He is currently sitting on 2,070 points in 2018 with 2 games to go which just goes to show how much of a quiet achiever he is. GWS is battling it out with numerous teams and with the capability of finishing anywhere between 2nd and 8th pending results, they will be keen to finish the home and away season on a positive and Ward will lead from the front foot as co-captain. Up against Sydney this weekend, he scored 120 points the last time these two teams met in Rd3 NSW clash.
Marcus Bontempelli (WB), $484700 (+$20.3k), average 102.7, BE 65 – Not quite living up to the height of expectation that has been bestowed upon him this year, he has dropped to his lowest average since his debut year but at sub $500k, he can’t be ignored by those on a budget. He’s slowly been warming up over his last 3 weeks since return from injury scoring 98, 100 and most recently 138 and faces Carlton this week who he scored 145 points on in Rd6 which played him into form which is ideal with the SuperCoach grand final just one week away. Whether he plays midfield or forward, he will most certainly see a lot of the ball.
Scott Pendlebury, $519k, BE 147
Dayne Beams, $535k, BE 143
Mitch Duncan, $511k, BE 133
It was all over the media last week that Gawn was having a light week on the training track and watching Melbournes game on the weekend, something just wasn’t right. Those with a spare trade up their sleeves might want to hover over the trade button in case news comes out this week that Gawn is to be rested – although with Melbourne in do-or-die clashes over the next fortnight, they need all hands on deck so I would be surprised if he misses. If he does happen to miss and you have trade and not Grundy, get him in anyway possible, but if not….
Todd Goldstein (NM), $508300 (-$21k), average 100, BE 139 – He started in a fair few teams after being talked up in the pre-season about finding his love for the game again but ended up causing much headache averaging only 84 points over the first 8 weeks while his counterparts were 300+ points ahead already. There was calls for him get dropped as he apparently looked disinterested but since then, he quietly went about his business and notched up 10 tonnes on the trot to average 116 over this time. In the last two outings he’s scored 61 (vs S.Martin) and 113 (vs Bulldogs) but faces Sam Jacobs this weekend who his lowest score on since 2010 is 98 (average of 110 from 12 games) and St Kilda in the SuperCoach grand final.
Tom Bellchambers (Ess), $452600 (-$17.8k), average 92, BE 127 – This is a left field pick and not one for the fainthearted but he is a great tap ruckman up against Richmond this weekend who he scored 154 points against in just Rd11. If Nankervis doesn’t pull up this weekend, it will be against an inexperienced Soldo followed by potentially Frampton of Port Adelaide (who is being talked up of debuting this week against Collingwood) and once Port lost Ryder on the weekend just gone, Lycett dominated so it should be just as easy for Tom.
Robbie Gray (PA), $429400 (-$0.4k), average 99.4, BE 66 – An almost uber premium when played in the midfield, Gray averaged 124 over the first 5 weeks this season playing there predominantly. He has since been shifted forward with small stints through the midfield but he continues to get it done pushing at least 90 as a floor on a standard week. His outing in Perth was cut short a month ago after a tackle left him concussed on 37 points but bounced back immediately with 115 the week after and showed no symptoms. This has caused his price heading south down to a season low heading into the clash against Collingwood. Port Adelaide are on the verge of dropping out of the top 8 and Robbie will play a big role in getting them to the finals and with that, will come some good points per dollar spent.
Rory Lobb (GWS), $350600 (+$43.8k), average 74.9, BE 10 – Really strapped for cash? Lobb may well be the man for you. With prospect of being the number 1 ruck this year for GWS, he was quite popular in cheap forward teams but struggled early with injury. That said, he is averaging over 100 points as the solo ruckman this season (which is what everyone wanted in the first place!) and he is coming off 150 points against Sam Jacobs last round. With the injuries to GWS tall timber stocks, he’s set to continue that role over the last two weeks against Sydney and Melbourne.
Tom Hawkins, $544k, BE 191
Luke Breust, $488k, BE 144
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