Dylan ROBERTON (STK), $260,400, BE: 47.95
Age: 28yrs 8mths
2020 Season: 10th (but missed last year)
Draft Pick: Rd3 Pick 49
SC history (2018-10): 68.5, 92.6, 76.4, 90.6, 49.7, 75 …
SC % ownership 25.3%
Dylan was a gun off half-back before he went down at Kardinia Park early in 2018 with heart issues. He was averaging 79.7 for the season up until that injury-effected score. It’s been a long road back since. Complaining of heart issues again after the Doggies game in last year’s pre-season JLT series. By all accounts he is tracking well for a Rd1 return, though any decision on that will still be dictated by the medical staff. He played a full intra-club game earlier this week and pulled up fine. He is expected to play this coming week against HAW in STK’s first Marsh Series game and all going well, is scheduled to play one more before the season starts.
What’s not to like?
What do we need?
We basically need him to average 71.4 in 2020, staying on the park until at least Rd8 to be a good safe pick.
If all goes well, even at 28 and with 21 mths out of first team football, he should be able to pull it off. Has been mooted by Ratts that he will play off a half-back flank and on the wing in 2020.
With heart issues, absolutely no risks will be taken; you’d think his TOG will be managed, especially early. Ben LONG is killing it off a HBF this pre-season, tearing Dan Butler a new one, making numerous line-breaking runs and displaying elite decision-making for a BOG performance two days ago. Things may be changing under Ratts. Callum Wilkie has also been super-impressive and both Geary and Hill sat out the practice match (niggles only) with both expected to line up against HAW next week.
Let’s have a look what happens if he averages 71.4 in 2020?!
If he can play 8 games and average 71.4, you’ll be making decent cash and SHOULD be able to pick up a ‘Fallen Premium’ and a bubble rookie, with a 1UP/1DOWN trade.
Competition for a back-six spot is much fiercer than it was two years ago. IF he’s named Rd1 though, we’ll likely be locking him in. He is currently in my side, but my final decision will be based on the Marsh Series and Rd1 teams.
Next week, we’ll be looking at a couple of other DEFs in a shorter format, before moving on to FWDs, with dpp DEF/FWDs covered in that batch.
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