Movers & Shakers – Round 9

Written by The Salamander on May 13 2021

LEGEND: Player Name (Other Position) (Club, Price, Average, 3-Round-Average, 5-Round-Average)


Christian Salem (MEL, $565,000, 105.6, 124.3, 111.6)

After a slightly up-and-down start to the year, Salem’s owners will be thrilled with the four tons, including a huge 163 in Round 6, he’s scored in his last four matches. I know this is Movers & Shakers and not Rare Gems, but it’s worth mentioning that he’s still only in three percent of teams at this point in time.

Brodie Smith (MID) (ADE, $449,700, 85.4, 71.7, 90.6)

In the last edition of this column, I wrote that “Brodie Smith’s scoring tends to be up-and-down … He’s been more up than down over the last few weeks, but don’t be surprised if he ends up on the opposite side of this column at some point down the line.” I wasn’t expecting it to be the very next instalment, but his last three scores have been 77, 74, and 64, so here we are.


Cameron Guthrie (GEE, $607,300, 120.5, 131.0, 114.6)

In the space of one season, Guthrie has gone from SuperCoach obscurity to being the second-highest averaging midfielder in the game in 2021. His only sub-ton came in Round 5 against the Roos (75), and he’s posted captaincy worthy scores of 124, 163, 144, and 132 in four of his other seven matches.

Dustin Martin (FWD) (RIC, $442,800, 92.4, 65.3, 73.8)

His last three weeks don’t make for great reading (39, DNP, and 65), but I wouldn’t be trading him out. He’s in 59 percent of teams, and can go huge on his best days – you don’t want to be that one person who doesn’t have him when he scores 160.


Brodie Grundy (COL, $681,300, 127.3, 141.7, 130.2)

After a slightly up-and-down start to the year, Grundy has scored consistently well over the last month, with scores ranging from 128 at the low end up to 153 at the high end.

Max Gawn (MEL, $678,100, 127.8, 107.3, 125.8)

I never thought I’d see Max Gawn on this side of the column, but a 63 and a 112 in the last fortnight counts as a form-drop when you’re as good as he normally is. This has sent his breakeven to 228 this week, which is great news for the 48 percent of coaches who don’t have him in their team.


Rowan Marshall (RUC) (STK, $533,700, 93.8, 108.3, N.A.)

The 50 he scored in his first, possibly premature, game back for the year back in Round 4 is holding his average down somewhat; since then, he’s scored 132, 86, and 107 in the three rounds that he’s been back. If you want someone in your forward line who also gives you swinging ruck cover, he’s your guy.

Taylor Walker (ADE, $419,200, 98.0, 58.0, 73.0)

Is it time to move him on? With scores of 42 and 29 running through his price cycle, and matches against West Coast, Melbourne, and Richmond to come over the next three weeks, 28 percent of coaches have a decision to make.

Is it time?


Brought anyone in just before their form took off? Or brought someone in only to have them come crashing back down to earth? Let us know in the comments below…


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2 thoughts on “Movers & Shakers – Round 9”

  1. I’m looking closely at Guthrie. His lower scores were both in games with Danger. Does his return (Danger) pose an issue for Guthrie’s scoring?


    1. Yep,…… also IMO, refer Duncan, and how many of us remember back to when Neale was the secondary choice behind Fyfe when he was as Fremantle………



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