Hello all. Heading into the Byes I decided to give myself a Mid Season Review. I thought it might be fun to take a look back and see some of the good (and bad ) calls I’ve made this season.I did question the relevance of such a venture , but most of these players are still under owned and decent value.So..Let’s start with the best of Rare Gems so far in 2022.
Legend.( Club, Round reviewed, Price, 3 round average, Ownership % ) ( Now, Price, 3 round average, Ownership %)
Bailey Dale (WBD, Preseason, $518.300, 95.2, 2.0% ) (Now, $542.700, 106.0, 4.3%) Currently the number 8 defender for total points, Dale has been incredibly consistent this year. He may lack the ceiling of some of the other premium defenders with a top score of 121, but his lowest score of 86 means you’re rarely disappointed with his output. I’m still kicking myself for talking him up all preseason and still starting bloody Whitfield.Congrats to Gunboat and all the others that had the gumption to start him, or trade him in this year.If you still have a defender spot open,I still think he would be a great get after his round 13 bye.
George Hewett (MID/DEF) ( CARL, Preseason, $399.700, 73.3, 4% ) (Now, $575.600, 116.8, 56.2% ) Can you believe this guy was under $400K? I wrote him up before his second preseason game, I was so worried about him potentially failing. I wrote a bunch of stuff about “be careful picking Mid-pricers” etc.. Thankfully Gunboat ( again ) helped me come to my senses and back my convictions that “maybe with the right role” he could work. Well that Pre-season game and pretty much every game he’s played since have been simply amazing. He’s currently the 3rd highest averaging defender, and even though he missed rounds 7 and 8 ,has been one of the best value picks this year.Those that managed to start both him and Sicily, got a huge leg up on the rest of the competition.
Callum Mills ( SYD, Round 5, $586.100, 115.7, 1.0% ) (Now, $644.000, 128.7, 13.6% ) This is the tale if the one that got away. Battling an injury early, I think we all had doubts on is durability. Then barely a week after I wrote this about him ” When he’s up and running , theres few in the comp that gather stats and score as fast as Callum ” he scored that memorable 214. His price sky rocketed and the rest is history. Currently the 3rd top scorer in the game for total points. Even though he was thrown back in the second half last week. Mills is a shoe-in to finish top 6 for midfielders this year. Congrats to those that jumped on early, because the rest of us were soon priced out of contention.
Most of the low owned Rucks (and a few of the well owned ones) have been Meh this year. There is one that gets a write up in the “Fail ” section later in this article.
Luke Parker ( SYD, Round 7, $475. 300, 87.3, 1.8% ) ( $546. 900, 111.0, 20.9% ) Sydney started the year with a focus on youth in the Midfield. Heeney was promised time, Josh Kennedy was sent to half back and Luke was spending most of the game forward. At some stage the coaching staff realised Parker was needed back in the middle and he hasn’t really looked back since. Probably the best of the round six recipients of Forward status, Parker is now cemented in the top 6 forwards. One in five coaches own him already, and all the coaches that only own Heeney, wish they could just swap them over without cost. After Dunkley and English, the best “Forward” in the game. Get him in if you can.
Darcy Cameron ( COLL, Round 9, $368.400, 92.7, 0.7% ) ($470. 800, 104.3, 4% ) While popular Forward choices in Heeney and De’Goey have been going backwards in the last month, Darcy has been flying. Even the addition of Cox over the last fortnight has hardly put a dent in Cameron scoring. His round 14 Bye and the recent addition of ruck status has only added to his appeal.The jury is still out on if he will be a season keeper. There is no doubt he’s been a very solid selection up until this point. For me he’s a last up grade at worst.
Rare Gem Fails so far in 2022.
Dane Zorko (BRIS, Round 9, $522.900, 105.3, 1.8% ) ( $495. 100, 74.7, 4.9% ) It was only a few weeks ago I was talking up Zorko as a Defensive option. It still maybe a little early to call this a failed pick. I do know that everyone that took the punt on the magician has seen his scoring disappear ! The red flags were there with some early season injuries but it seems like he is running on empty at the moment. I hope for owners sake he can bounce back sooner ( not this week v my mob ) rather than later.
Travis Boak. ( PTA, Round 3, $578.000, 152. 1.5%) ( $489.800, 74.3, 8.4% ) Thats not a typo above, in round 3 Travis was averaging 152 and in the top few players in the game. A change of role ( more Forward ) to allow Butters and Rozee more mid time has put a handbrake on Boak scoring. A slight bounce back last week with a 101 has hardly made his owners feel like things are back on track. I would probably cut my losses and get out of this pick if you can.
Ivan Soldo ( RICH, Pre Season, $326.000, 75, 2% ) ( $319.00, 70.0,0.7%) To be honest most of the rucks I’ve written up this season could have taken this spot.ROB was very average before he was dropped and none of the others have done much at all. I did honestly think Soldo was a chance to stand up and take the number one mantle from Nankervis. How wrong was I, That 3 round average flatters Soldo as he’s actually only averaging 55.0 this year. I guess you can’t win them all..
I was going to write something about missing English completely, I did some research and he was actually owned by about 10% of coaches to start the year so wasn’t eligible for Rare Gems. If you don’t have him yet I would be moving heaven and earth to get him this week. He plays Geelong and ROB went 160 last week, Going on last weeks form “Speaker no” could go 200 plus this week. I might even chuck the VC on him.
I’m giving myself a pass here for now. Not to many of my forwards have been terrible. The jury is still out on Dylan Moore, Rozee and a few of the other guys I’ve written up. I may save them for the end of year review.
Well thats me done for my first mid season review. Please let me know if you jumped on any of they guys above and how they went in your side. Finally good luck to everyone over the Byes. I hope you planned well and get through unscathed. We can only hope some of these mid season draft rookies ( defenders please) get games straight away. Got to love a playing $102K rookie over the Byes.
Thanks for reading everyone.
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