Sat down and watched all 4 NAB Cup games on the weekend. I don’t care it counts for nothing, I’m just so happy to have football back in my life. Saturday afternoons spent watching live statistics while chatting with Duck and BOB over IM and maybe having the odd punt on the nags with the online account are just around the corner. Yeeeeeharrrrrrrr.
There were some great performances over the weekend with a lot of blokes putting their hands up to be included in your squad. Conversely, there were a lot of blokes who may have been in your squad already that perhaps let you know that they weren’t quite ready yet. Let’s have a look at the efforts from the fellas you should be considering from each game, starting today with West Coast and Essendon.
Nic Naitanui ($304,900, 57.40) – 178 pts looks REAL impressive but is tempered by the fact that Essendon turned up without their key talls and Massive Cox wasn’t playing. All the same his second and third efforts were amazing, his goal kicking was great, and his marking was in some instances sublime.
Jobe Watson ($541,000, 101.86) – hate to name drop, but I saw Jobe last weekend at a café in Middle Park. That’s how I roll. His 109 was good but not great and I reckon he’ll actually lift this year with the captaincy but having said that, I think there’s better guys to choose at this price.
Mark McVeigh ($342,400, 64.45) – lets face it, 72 ain’t great but for his price I think he’s a great option as a flipper in about R7. After missing out on the captaincy he’s got something to prove this year so may even step up to a more permanent role in your midfield.
Daniel Kerr ($410,900, 77.36) – wore Houli for most of the night and scored 70. I don’t buy into the argument that others in the WC midfield will pick up the tags this year – I think the main guy will still go to Kerr. On that basis he won’t be making my team.
Bradd Dalziell ($347,800, 72.75) – ironically, McVeigh may be competing with this guy for one of your covetted midfield spots. With 51, Bradd didd himself no favours on Friday night. We’ll keep an eye on him in the next NAB Cup match and report back on how he’s going.
Mark Williams ($303,600, 57.15) – without Hurley playing he was the main focal point for the Essendon offence and he responded with 3 goals and 57 SC points. He did enough for mine to definitely be considered for a spot in your frontline.
Brad Sheppard ($149,200) – 30 DT pts and 11 SC pts suggests he wasn’t that efficient with it and/or turned it over a bit. I was seriously considering him for my backline last week. He’s going to have to seriously lift his game to get back on my radar.
Jarrod Atkinson ($343,100, 80.75) – magnificent 2009 average from the 4 games he played but coming on in Q4 he only scored 8. I hope the Dons give him some more time in the practice games to come in the next 3 weeks because I need to see more of him.
Blokes who didn’t play that I would like to see before selecting them include Beau Waters, Michael Hurley, David Myers, and David Hille.
Tomorrow, Adelaide v Port Adelaide.