This write-up will appear sporadically during the year. It’s not necessarily a recommendation, more to highlight some ‘left-field’ selections that aren’t on everyone’s radar. These are the Rare Gems from Rd1:
Callan Ward, MID (GWS $573 900) – Last four seasons has averaged 106, 112, 98 & 107. Can’t knock his consistency yet once again is only owned by 2.8%. Started the season with a best-on-ground (for GWS) performance against Melbourne, amassing 28 disposals (half of them contested), zero clangers and two goals on his way to 142 SC pts. Always a rare gem!
Adam Treloar, MID (COLL $576 400) – Averaged 106 & 107 in his last two seasons at GWS. This ball magnet only dropped below 20 disposals once from twenty-one games last year (19 touches in that one game!) and is currently owned by just 4.4%. On debut for Collingwood collected 34 disposals and a goal on his way to 125 SC pts. Looks to be well and truly over his groin problems of the pre-season.
Tom Mitchell, MID (SYD $563 700) – Since the loss of his Dual Position Status, his ownership rate has taken a nose-dive to 1.8%. He was owned by over 50% of teams last season. Apart from a few meetings with the old subs vest in 2015, he was a reliable scorer. And he’s started in similar vein this season! Against Collingwood on Saturday night, Mitchell kicked three goals on top of his 30 possessions and nine tackles for 127 SC pts.
Marc Murphy, MID (CARL $556 600) – Practically unwanted after playing no games during pre-season, Murphy reminded us all of his SC-relevance in the season opener against the Tigers. From 2009-2012, Murphy averaged 113, 112, 118 & 113. His numbers have dropped to around the 100avg mark in recent years as the Blues have taken a downwards turn in general. Perhaps his numbers will rise again with a better run of results for the Blue Baggers? A very rare gem indeed at just 0.6% ownership! Still only 28 years old, Murphy showed no signs of ‘rust’ on his way to 27 touches and a goal for 123 SC pts in Rd1.
Sam Docherty, DEF (CARL $473 200) – Was touted in our Forums as a possible breakout option in the all-important (and all-confusing) DEF line. His ownership rate of just 2.3% doesn’t reflect that at all. The Doc started the season with a bang, collecting 29 touches at 82% Disposal Efficiency for his 118 SC pts.
Robbie Tarrant, DEF (NTH $379 900) – While many were talking up the chances of Jamie Macmillan having a breakout season, his teammate Robbie Tarrant flew right under everyone’s radar with just 0.5% ownership. Everyone’s favorite rookie of 2015 gathered 24 touches from the back half against the Crows on his way to 103 SC pts. Can he keep up that form?
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