Michael Hibberd $443,400 (-$48,100; AVE 82.50, BE 71, PTA 88.6) Two 90s in succession sees the consistency creeping back into his game that we relied upon last year. With St.Kilda and Melbourne in their next two, he could be due to step it up a level, but that average of just 82.5 will keep many away.
Alex Rance $401,100 (-$75,100; AVE 91.75, BE 73, PTA 80.2) Rance strangled Buddy in the 2nd half last week, spoiling his way to 120 points and a chance for some Brownlow votes. It’s nice to see key defenders getting some recognition. His selection has to come with the expectation for some 50s with three scores under 60 this year, juxtaposing his four over 110.
Give them a week:
Luke Hodge $533k; BE 136
Bachar Houli $479k; BE 127
Kade Simpson $484k; BE 124
Tom McDonald $469k; BE 115
David Mundy $539,900 (-$9,300; AVE 113.58, BE 111, PTA 107.8) One of the most consistent scorers this season, Mundy has gone under 99 on just the sole occasion. Now at under $540k, he’s priced well below his season average. The Dockers will take on Brisbane this week, promising the potential for big returns on debut.
Adam Treloar $535,700 (-$42,100; AVE 106.08, BE 97, PTA 107.0) A 124 before the bye last week has Treloar edging his average towards 110. St. Kilda and Gold Coast after the Tigers this week will have his owners hopeful of some big scores early. I see a lot of ‘Dangerfield’ in young Adam, and can see him exploding as an SC beast before too long.
Josh P. Kennedy $479,000 (-$133,200; AVE 104.00, BE 71, PTA 95.8) The number one traded in player thus far has Sloane owners making the easy switch to the now incredibly cheap JPK. Three weeks under 100 before the bye were extremely uncharacteristic from the Swans’ contested disposal king. After R7 he was priced at $572k and averaging 114!
Hold your horses on these:
Patrick Dangerfield $636k; BE 155
Jack Steven $557k; BE 151
David Armitage $547k; BE 141
Steele Sidebottom $494k; BE 141
Brad Ebert $581k; BE 140
Ollie Wines $531k; BE 140
Callan Ward $588k; BE 138
Dylan Shiel $511k; BE 135
Trent Cotchin $542k; BE 133
Jordan Lewis $445k; BE 129
Sam Jacobs $527,000 (-$93,100; AVE 101.50, BE 116, PTA 105.4) 115 points against Brisbane makes it seven scores of 110+ this season. If you can deal with the odd sub 80-point stinker he could be your man if you can’t afford the likes of Goldstein or Blicavs.
Ivan Maric $501k; BE 151
Jarryd Roughead $462,600 (-$52,100; AVE 98.33, BE 55, PTA 92.4) Just like that, the Roughnut is back on our radars after a stunning 150 point display in the Hawks’ victory on Saturday. That’s his third monster effort this year after a 173 v WB and 145 v Melb. His best performances have been few and far between, but when he’s firing it’s a massive boost for your side. High risk, but at the $462k price tag he’s got more horsepower than most.
Dayne Zorko $447,400 (-$84,500; AVE 87.67, BE 54, PTA 89.4) The Magician is back to his old tricks with a very solid month of football behind him (93, 95, 91, 119). This is the last time he’ll be under $450k for a while. The downside is that the Lions face Fremantle and Sydney in the next fortnight – tough!
On the decline:
Robbie Gray $546k; BE 218
Tom Michell $509k; BE 160
Shane Edwards $462k; BE 151
Josh J. Kennedy $485k; BE 132
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