Movers & Shakers – Round 3

Written by The Salamander on April 1 2021

LEGEND: Player Name (Other Position) (Club, Price, Average)


Jordan Ridley (ESS, $547,700, 130.5)

The pick of the defenders so far this season, Ridley has picked up right where he left off last year. He’s only in 12.3 percent of teams – a figure no debt held down somewhat by his sharing a Round 13 bye with a number of established premiums – but you can expect that figure to rise steadily over the coming weeks and months.

Liam Duggan (WCE, $448,600, 63.5)

24-year-old Duggan attracted enough interest in the pre-season to find himself in 5.3% of teams, but has only managed two scores in the 60s so far this season. He’s finding plenty of the ball – 22 disposals in Round 1, and 25 in Round 2 – but his disposal efficiency is letting him down (9 clangers on the weekend certainly won’t have helped).


Travis Boak (PTA, $590,400, 140)

Currently the number one midfielder in the game with an average of 140, the 32-year-old continues to defy father time as he enjoys a late-career resurgence. He won’t average 140 for the season, of course, but he did average 110 last year. For anyone thinking of bringing him in, however, just keep in mind that he’s not getting any younger, and that he may have been a beneficiary of the shorter quarters last season.

Lachie Neale (BRL, $721,800, 76)

It hasn’t been a great start to the year for the reigning Brownlow Medalist, who seems to be carrying some sort of injury. He’ll bounce back before too long, but is likely to lose a lot of cash between now and then.


Tom Hickey (SYD, $261,100, 101)

Now at his fourth club, the journeyman ruck played just 3 games at an average of 54 last season, which saw him start this season at a very cheap $260K. Scores of 123 and 79 would have pleased his owners; he has averaged 90 as recently as 2018, so it’s not like he’s never scored well before now. With Sam Naismith out for an extended time with a knee, and Callum Sinclair seemingly below him in the Swans’ ruck pecking order, could he be a viable cow-like object?


Reilly O’Brien (ADE, $570,800, 53)

Everybody’s favourite ruck cow from two years ago has had a very slow start to 2021, recording two scores in the 50s in the opening two rounds. He’s too good a player not to bounce back, but that may be cold comfort to the 9,000+ coaches who started with him.


Taylor Walker (ADE, $298,200, 144)

With a breakeven of -114 heading into Round 3, Tex has been the talk of the town as a possible cow-like object. The case against bringing him in would be that his scoring is bound to revert to the 50 to 60 average that is his usual level nowadays, which it almost certainly will, but with a BE like that, does it really matter?


Robbie Gray (PTA, $491,100, 73.5)

Has old age finally caught up with the Port veteran, or is this just a bump in the road? Either way, spending less and less time in the increasingly-stacked Port Adelaide midfield won’t help his SuperCoach scoring.


Has your team been moving on up or shaking on down over the first two rounds? Let us know in the comments below!


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6 thoughts on “Movers & Shakers – Round 3”

  1. Ooof, that’s too high definition a picture of Hickey for my eyes lol.

    Can’t handle seeing his face in such high quality after he was useless for us [West Coast] all those years and now, all of sudden, is carving it up at Sydney of places!

    Trauma aside, great write up. Tex’s trajectory will be interesting.


      1. Doesn’t take much to play second fiddle to Nic Nat. Can vividly remember some of the dumb sh*t Hickey used to pull lol.

        Prefer Vardy as our #2 anyway.


  2. Great article Sal
    Have funds to go to Dusty Martin from Caldwell but seriously contemplating going Tex .
    Yes Tex will probably revert to normal averages but it’s is possible Martin will too and I can pick up Martin next week if he fires again as won’t go up significantly and could be an easy upgrade from Cripps if he struggles again
    Playing long game and did not use any trades after rd 1 so a bit of a risk/ reward option for me to bring in Tex.
    BTW – Have gone Sharp to Jordon .
    Thanks for all advice on another thread I posted re this weeks trades .


  3. Love the article. Wish I could bring in tex or Ridley this week but need to sort bringing Jordan and Flynn in 1st.



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