In the tradition of Motts’ Movers, ‘Movers & Shakers’ will look at those players making a big impact (or no impact) over a short amount of time. Only the two games to take into account at the minute. As the year continues, we’ll concentrate on players with a high 3/5-Round Average. This weeks Movers & Shakers are:
Josh Gibson (HAW $489 200) – Career-high stats on the weekend have contributed to his meteoric rise. He’s been a reliable SC player for the past two years but his 44 touches (84% Disposal Efficiency) against West Coast have rocketed him into the stratosphere. Add to that nine marks and a goal from 100% Time On Ground and you arrive at the monster score of 191 SC pts. As consistent as he can be, just don’t expect that monster output every week 😉
Jason Johannisen (WBD $418 200) – 130 & 123 from his first two outings against Freo and StKilda have this Bulldog in high demand! Has become very damaging with his hard run & carry . Amassed another 28 disposals and a goal against the Saints on Saturday night and is still very affordable at $418k……but not for long.
Ryan Harwood (BRL $283 300) – There was a quiet whisper about the Forum on this guy during the pre-season. Word was that he’d be rebounding off half back and would provide a viable mid-price option. Two games in and Harwood has dished up 39 & 32. His Breakeven of 94 signifies a hefty price drop is on the way. Only in 2.7% of teams. If you’re one of those, then get him out for Adams or Hartley A.S.A.P!!
Luke Parker (SYD $538 200) – Currently the 2nd highest SC-scorer with an average of 138.5 from the first two games played. Followed up his 40 disposals against the Pies with another 29 touches (75% DE) and a goal against Carlton. Flying at the minute and the Swans have a relatively good fixture coming up……….next six opponents are: GWS, ADE, WCE (at SCG), BRL, ESS & RICH. Barring injury, this will be the cheapest you can buy Parker for the next few weeks………
Robbie Gray (PTA $595 900) – The only shining light for Port in a demoralising loss to cross-town rivals, Adelaide. Despite only having 48%DE, Gray gathered 37 touches (22 contested) and a goal for his 129 SC pts. On top of his 126 against the Saints, Gray has made a great start to the Supercoach season. Port still have winnable games over the next six weeks (ESS, GWS, GEE, RICH, BRL, CARL) so I’d expect Gray to hold his form for a while longer. The undisputed #1 midfielder at Port!
Tom Rockliff (BRL $550 100) – He’s in 31% of teams which means, over the last few days, nearly 60 000 Coaches have been debating about whether to trade him or not. It all seemed too easy, didn’t it? A player who has averaged 132 in the past, gifted to us at $550k. After avoiding the NAB Challenge with hamstring tightness, Rocky has been grounded with a calf strain (related to the hammy problems apparently). 137 pts is not what we all had in mind for Rocky after two games…….and we’re still stuck with the dilemma of whether to trade or not………
Jarrad Waite (NTH $435 200) – I never thought this day would come……..Jarrad Waite is the highest SC-scorer at the minute……..Oh God, nearly brought up my lunch, sorry 😉 In all seriousness, Waite followed an impressive game in Rd1 against the Crows (122 pts) with a monster effort at the Gabba last week. Presenting well, against an at times inept defence, Waite collected 23 touches (13 contested) and kicked five goals for his 174 SC pts. With a fairly favorable draw over the next seven weeks (MEL, FRE, GCS, DOGS, STK, ESS & CARL), Waite is every chance to score a couple more tons…….although I certainly wouldn’t bank on it! Well done to the 0.6% of Coaches that took the chance early……..
Zach Merrett (ESS $477 400) – Has started the season with a BANG! It was inevitable that some of the Essendon players would step up in the absence of a certain 12 players, but Zerrett has been most impressive. He collected 32 touches, laid eight tackles and kicked two goals for his 131 SC pts in a classy performance against the Dees. All that from 70% Time On Ground…..BOOM! Currently has one of the highest Points Per Minute rating in the League with 1.5. Trying to judge how often he’ll go large is the hard part, given Essendon will lose a lot more games than they win. But Zerrett is well on his way…….
Michael Barlow (FRE $505 300) – It seems we all got sucked in with Barlow, 34% of us anyway. Ross Lyon let him roam through the middle during the NAB Challenge and promised us more midfield time. He is, after all, one of the better in-and-under clearance players of the last 3-4 years. So why on Earth is he being played forward? Again? When it obviously had a negative effect on his output last year? Ross Lyon does not care much for us Supercoaches, or Fremantle FC in general! I’ve been half hoping that Barlow gets dropped but then I remembered that Lyon doesn’t like to play rookies whatsoever. A Breakeven of 174 means a huge price drop coming up. As with Rocky, there is a big decision to be made RIGHT NOW for the rest of the season. If you hold then you’re in it for the long haul. If you want to trade Barlow, then it’s now or never……..
So what are your thoughts on the “Movers & Shakers”? Are any of them coming in / heading out of your teams? Would love to hear all about it in comments……..
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