Poll – Gaff Or Neale?

Written by Schwarzwalder on July 6 2018

Seems to be a popular question in Trade Talk this week, so let’s settle this once and for all………..

The majority of Coaches are figuring out what to do with Nat Fyfe and these names have been bobbing up quite a bit.

Both are practically equal on season average and total pts so it’s just a case of personal preference.  Neale had his most successful season when Fyfe was injured and Freo play the majority of their remaining games in Perth.  Gaff just keeps collecting disposals, regardless of who he’s playing against.

So if it came down to a choice between these guys, who would you take for the last eight weeks?

 

If you only had room for one, who would you rather trade in?

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33 thoughts on “Poll – Gaff Or Neale?”

  1. Every chance Neale could be tagged now that Fyfe is gone, Gaff won’t get tagged with Shuey in the side… probably.

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      1. Definitely great value Jonno, but…

        Shuey seems as durable as paper mache in a rain storm in recent time, although a lot cheaper he’s not in the same caliber as Neale / Gaff in SC terms

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    1. Interestingly Fyfe has only been tagged twice this season and was only twice last season too. Neale has only been tagged once during that time and scored 94 at Geelong.

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    2. That’s true but if one is tagged Neale is dealing with it a lot better judging by their history. Gaff is highly taggable in seasons gone by.

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  2. Already have gaff in my team but Neale would have to be a luxury trade for me since still need to fill a backman in to be full premo since I’m not sure on trading out dude with 4 trades left

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  3. Neale has the higher ceiling and a 118 average in his last 9 games. He played all of last year without being able to train properly at all due to groin issues before he had surgery and a delayed start to preseason. His poor start could be blamed on that delayed preseason and given he played last year with limited training the recent Neale might be the real Neale. He’s also a difficult guy to tag.

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    1. Just double checked some of this, the injury was for most of last season, not all, which explains the stronger first half of the year and the surgery he had was on his knee, an injury he had in addition to his groin. At one point he said he had no power in his groin muscles, but he recovered from this through resting it postseason.

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  4. What is everyone’s view on Fyfe’s week’s out?
    TU: 4 or less
    TD: 5 or more
    Thanks SCTers. Just trying desperately to hold onto my trades. 4 left, if I DON’T pull the trigger.

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    1. Of course FURL makes this particularly hard to predict.
      Perhaps I should phrase it a little differently:
      TU: HOLD Fyfe with only 4 trades left
      TD: TRADE Fyfe, despite your lack of trades, it’s simply too long to have $580k sitting on the bench.
      Thanks again

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  5. I’ve gone gaff because his situation is the same as its been all year, feel more confident with what I’m going to get. Though Neal will still find a way to score points, I’m unsure what kind of impact no fyfe and Sandilands will have on him, good or bad.

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    1. Chillo wrote a ripper comment about how Neale performs without those two. In short Neale does well without them. Check out the Fallen Premiums article for details.

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      1. If you look at Neale’s scoring without Fyfe or when Fyfe hasn’t been at his best in 2016 and 2017 you’ll see that he scores very well. The poor scoring in the 2nd half of 2017 also coincides with the groin and knee injuries that made him struggle in that part of the year.

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  6. So the thumbs say trade Fyfe despite lack of trades but neither Gaff nor Neale fill me with confidence. I really like MCrouch, but now the hand issue makes me nervous. With Danger and JPK having already played, there’s nobody else that appeals that I don’t already have. So should I:
    TU: just go with Crouch, which was your initial choice, or
    TD: wait a week with more options available and see how Neale goes given his new situation (ie no Fyfe or Sandi)

    Apologies for all the questions! Thanks all 🙂

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  7. I’m going with Higgins (NTH) as a POD and North have a great run home which is made even better with Sydney’s injuries last night (for next weeks Nth vs Syd match).

    If I had to choose between Gaff and Neale, I would go with Gaff as I think losing Fyfe makes Neale more of a target and that Freo have a terrible run home.

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    1. Higgins scores well and has a good run home. Many coaches steer clear of Higgins due to his injury history #riskreward

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    2. You say we (North) have a great run home but is it?
      GC (E), Sydney (E), Collingwood (MCG), West Coast (Hob), Brisbane (Gabba), Doggies (E), Adelaide (AO), St Kilda (E).

      After this week we play three top four contending teams in a row. Yes, they’re all injury depleted but they’re still in top four contention.

      Having said all that Higgins was right up there in my calculations for Fyfe replacement. If his name was Steve Hotham, not Shaun ‘Bloody’ Higgins, I’d have gone there. The guys a jet.

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    1. An interesting one, I like it. My main concern for bont will be the return of Jack Macrae into the midfield in the next week or two and whether that pushes him back into the forward line again.

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      1. … but The Bont’s scores have gone down with Macrae’s injury, not up. At the North v Doggies game 2 weeks back I hardly noticed him. On this season’s formline he’ll likely do better with Macrae back.

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        1. This is true, good observation! sometimes its not as simple as just what position a player plays but who’s around them. In that case, with Macrae returning soon, bont could be on the brink of some good form

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            1. This is also true, but he doesn’t usually rely on high possession for a good SC score as he’s a pretty good user of the ball. Does this real cool thing where he looks up before he kicks the ball so he can pick a target. That said he does go missing in games!

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              1. Yeah but the reason he’s not a super premium is because he has low possession stats for a top midfielder. If you’re picking Bont at the start of the year you’re doing so because there’s so much room for his possession stats to go up and for him to become a 115+ avg guy but they seemingly never do. He’s effective with the ball which is why he averages over 100 with only 22 disposals a game. The massive scores with low possessions with very very high levels of efficiency and a couple of goals are unsustainable, in the long run without increasing his possession count he won’t be a top 5 guy. He’s been someone to potentially enter this bracket for 4 years but hasn’t done so.

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    1. Brian

      If I had 6+trades.

      I would go J Kelly Mr Limitless Potential.

      5 or less…..

      The Hoff with his DPP 🙂

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