In this ten-part series we’ll try to find you that elusive breakout contender, the underpriced and undervalued gem who could decide your Supercoach season’s fate. Some basic criteria (which are a little flexible):
- Player is entering their second, third or fourth season in the league,
- Starting price somewhere between $350K and $500K, and
- Averaged somewhere between 70 to 90 ppg the previous season.
Next up is a Power forward with an imminent role change….
Connor ROZEE (PTA)
2021 Starting Price: $377 200 forward
Scoring History (most recent first): 70.2 (14 games), 77.7 (22)
Why he will BREAKOUT this year: The most immediately impressive of Port’s recent draftees, Rozee finished runner-up to Sam Walsh in the Rising Star award in 2019. He quickly became a hot stock early in his second year when he started the season with back-to-back tons on the back of increased midfield duties, but concussion and a niggling ankle injury saw him relegated to the pocket where he struggled to make an impact in most games. Anyone who has seen the best of Rozee in those two seasons can not doubt his class though, and with a bit of luck on the injury front this season he will score well above what his starting price tag suggests he is capable of. If you’re not convinced check out any one of his highlight reels on Youtube – pure class!
Why he won’t: Still working his way towards an AFL physique and trying to build his endurance to enable him to exert his influence on games more consistently. At the moment he still fits into the category of “impact player” – will that change in his third season?
VERDICT: As good as his best footy is, his quiet games have been regulation shockers. BUT the price is right and the talent is indisputable. Could well be worth a punt at F3 for those of you who like to live dangerously!
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