LEGEND: Player Name (Other Position) (Club, Price, Average, 3-Round-Average)
Changkuoth Jiath (HAW, $399,600, 104, 115)
‘CJ’ has had a remarkably consistent year so, having had between 22 and 25 disposals in each of his first four games. The only difference is that in Round 1, he handballed a lot more than he kicked, which held his score down somewhat, but the fundamentals of his game were there for all to see. Fast forward a few weeks, and he hasn’t been below 109 since. He started the year in around 5 percent of teams – a figure which is now up to 17 percent at the time of writing – and you can expect that number to keep on rising a fair bit yet.
Brayden Maynard (COL, $455,300, 70, 58)
A score of 106 to start the season would have pleased Maynard’s owners, but there hasn’t been much to cheer about since: scores of 45, 81, and 49. His disposal count has been between 13 and 18 in that time, and, critically, his effective disposal count has been between 10 and 13, down from 18 in Round 1. Collingwood fans: do you think Maynard’s role has changed this year, or is he just going through a rough patch? Let us know in the comments!
Jack Steele (STK, $653,800, 124, 135)
The Saints may have had an up-and-down start to the season, but that hasn’t affected their Man of Steele™, who has scored 123, 132, and 150 over the last three weeks.
Paddy Dow (CAR, $210,500, 45, 40)
Where’s it all gone wrong for Paddy? Well, he became a popular pick after an explosive practice match performance. That performance, it should be noted, came against an Essendon side that was playing the kids, meaning Dow wasn’t the skinny kid at the stoppages that he normally finds himself as. Playing against opponents at a similar stage of their physical development, he was once again the dominant force he was at under-18 level. As much as he has bulked over the last off-season, he’s still a bit under-sized for an inside mid (to be fair, so are most 21-year-old players). But don’t put him on the never-again list just yet: he’ll be a very different player after another pre-season or two in the gym.
Max Gawn (MEL, $733,600, 132, 145)
Less of a mover, and more of a permanently high fixture, Max looks set to once again be the number 1 ruckman this season.
Stefan Martin (WBD, $270,300, 59, 47)
In a surprisingly-high 9.1 percent of teams, Martin’s coaches wouldn’t be too happy with what he’s produced after Round 1, when he scored 94. Worryingly, his low scoring this year has come about despite him attending more than twice as many ruck contests on average as his counterpart, Tim English.
Jarman Impey (HAW, $365,200, 102, 114)
After a quiet Round 1 game (64 points) in Round 1 to start the year, Impey hasn’t been under 108 since. Having already made over $150K playing a SuperCoach-friendly role running out of the Hawks’ backline, he still has a negative breakeven of -6.
Jaidyn Stephenson (NTH, $365,800, 80, 70)
Stephenson backed up a very promising pre-season with a very promising Round 1, scoring 112 running through the North Melbourne midfield, but hasn’t backed it up since, pumping out scores of 40, 89, and 80 since then. Apart from the 40, there’s nothing there to really complain about – he’s going better than what he’s priced at – but those who brought him in would have been hoping for a bit more than that.
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