Believe it or not, we’re a month into season 2018, and hopefully by now you’ve got your team in order. Cows are fattening, premiums are bossing, and all concerned are doing their thing without too many of those pesky red dots floating around.
And then we wake up. The most likely scenario is you have at least one long-term injury to deal with, an irritatingly underperforming “premium”, or a cow who just refuses to feed (do we have a name for these yet, Father Dougal?)
Should you have the funds and wherewithal to do so, here are the Fallen Premiums for your consideration.
Jeremy McGOVERN (WCE), $469 300 (-$29.5K), average 89, BE 94 – The Eagles intercept specialist was back to his best in the romp over the travel-weary Suns, racking up 14 of them out of his 22 possessions. McGovern is one of the best contested marks in the game; unsurprisingly, Champion Data loves him. Should have another strong outing against the Blues this week.
Alex WITHERDEN (BRL), $465 200 (-$13.7K), average 90, BE 79 – Highly impressive in his first season, Witherden has continued on that good form in his sophomore year. Let’s face it, the Brisbane backline is going to see plenty of action this year, and Withers is the go-to guy when the Lions manage to recover the pill. Only 2% ownership.
Backing it up…
Jeremy Howe, $493K, BE 149
Kade Simpson, $529K, BE 135
Elliot Yeo, $509K, BE 122 *blue light special next week*
Marcus BONTEMPELLI (WBD), $549 900 (-$27.9K), average 97, BE 102 – A bit of a rough go in round one for the Bont, but since then he’s made it a hat-trick of triple figure scores. Notably spending more time forward than in previous years; the upswing in the Dogs form in the past couple of weeks can only help Bontempelli’s scoring potential if this trend continues. A really friendly run of games for the Dogs in the next month should see the Bont at the top of your shopping list.
Patrick Dangerfield, $702K, BE 209
Rory Sloane, $554K, BE 188
Tom Mitchell, $680K, BE 160
Joel Selwood, $556K, BE 156
Aaron SANDILANDS (FRE), $461 200 (-$18.8K), average 95, BE 39 – “He remains very tall”. It was vintage 211 against the Giants, dominating Dawson Simpson in the ruck on his way to 139 points. The bizarre 42 he had against the Bombers a couple of weeks ago drops out of his cycle now, hence his rock-bottom break-even. Yes, he will probably miss games, and yes he is a huge injury risk. But at this price, and assuming you have Tim English as cover, bringing in Sandy this week could be the masterstroke that makes your season!
Matthew Kreuzer, $543K, BE 176
Ben McEvoy, $515K, BE 161
Todd Goldstein, $491K, 155
Sam MENEGOLA (GEE), $524 500 (-$27.3K), average 97, BE 51 – Two weeks is a long time in footy. In Supercoach terms, Sam was dead in the water a fortnight ago, but since then it’s been back-to-back tons and back-to-back appearances on the Fallen Premiums. Menegola is thriving in an Ablett-less midfield, and still drifts forward and kicks goals. A worthy candidate if you’ve finally lost patience with a certain St Kilda “premium” forward.
Jeremy CAMERON (GWS), $445 100 (-$44.8K), average 84, BE 91 – Played in the toughest conditions for goal-kicking I can remember last week in Canberra, and still managed a respectable 83. This week he’s under the Docklands roof against an abysmal St Kilda. Expect him to go big!
Kane LAMBERT (RIC), $426 300 (-$46.2K), average 78, BE 59 – It pains me on a personal level to include this guy in the FP’s, but he scored well last week against an insipid Lions team. In the next month the Tigers play Melbourne, Collingwood and Freo at the G, so there is an opportunity there for Kane to make up some lost ground. You’ll need goolies of steel to pick him though!
Tom J Lynch, $501K, BE 160
Charlie Dixon, $458K, BE 152
Jack Billings, $452K, BE 146
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