Rare Gems – Round 7

Written by Freo Tragic on April 28 2022

Hello again. Time to get our head lamps on and go searching for a few Rare Gems. If you’re anything like me you have had a less than desirable (i.e shit) start. Hopefully one of these bad boys will help you start heading back up the rankings. There is a bit of a theme this week with quite a few players previously not really relevant but now given DPP status are worth consideration.

Legend: Name  (Club, Price, 3 Rd avg, Ownership %, Bye)


My scoring is going..

Bailey Dale (WBD, $525 800, 110.3, 3.2%, R13). I think Bailey got a mention in my preseason review, yet here he is again. A few smart coaches took a punt on Dale as a cheaper starting pick (our resident Captains guru, Gunboat Diplomacy for one), I was a little worried about Helmet Head taking points off Bailey. With the Doggies poor start it seems there’s plenty of ball in the backline and Dale seems to be getting his fair share. Bailey has been very consistent this year with a low score of 86 and top score of 121 last week. If you’re looking for a well priced defender, with a R13 Bye, he should be a very solid option going forward.

Scott Pendlebury (COLL, $538 500, 105.7, 2.2%, R14). One of those gifted defender status in round 6, Dependlebury has gone from good to better. SC royalty with defender status what more can you ask for? Okay, I will give you more: when the games on the line, or there’s a hard match up, Scott gets moved to the midfield. Clutch disposals score very well in SC and Pendles still gets gets sent to the coalface when the whips are cracking. Priced cheaper than some with a similar average, and a defender with the late bye, can you afford not to own him one last time?


I’m in your team Sloaney, yeah?

Rory Laird (ADEL, $637 500, 128.7, 0.8%, R13). Another to grace my preseason review. Adelaide look to be team on the rise, yet Laird is criminally unloved in SuperCoach circles. He and his mate Ben Keays are in the top handful of scorers, but are both generally ignored by most of us. The definition of “workmanlike”, Laird should at least be in consideration for your team. I’m sure you wouldn’t regret owning him if you choose to take the punt.

Sam Walsh (CARL, $601 800, 111.7, 3%, R12). I know I was going to start him, and for $35K more than he is now. That was before his ankle twisted preseason and most of us chose to start more defenders – what were we thinking? Although Sam has been squeezed out to wing at times since returning from injury, he still manages to find the ball with ease. Walsh will be used both inside and out this year, and is sure to be a SuperCoach staple for the next decade. I want to own him before the years out. Don’t you ?

Last time I wrote on Callum Mills (SYD, $632 900, 153.7, 1.7%, R13) I wish I’d taken my own advice and traded him in. Well done to those that did. If you do want him before his bye, this is the week. With a BE of 36 and dropping he will be close to $700k in the next week or two. Now is the time to jump on if you can.


Pick me, pick me…

Peter Ladhams (FWD, SYD, 461.300, 114.7, 0.6%, R13). Warming into the number one ruck role at Sydney, Ladhams has been getting better week on week. Scores of 63, 117, and then a massive 164 last week (verses an undermanned Hawks ruck line) have him worthy of a mention here at Rare Gems. If you’re worried about Preuss and don’t have ruck cover in Xerri then maybe Ladhams is worth a thought. A very low BE (-13) and in only 996 teams, he will make money, and if he goes big again, will surely see you move up the rankings. One for the brave, cash strapped and desperate.


Don’t let the glasses fool you. I can play.

Tom Liberatore (MID/FWD, WBD, $535.800, 111.7, 0.6%, R13). Libba is a proven scorer when given his midfield time. He started forward after a slow preseason that included an injury and possibly H&S protocols. Back in the midfield mix the last few weeks he managed a 137 against the Crows last week. He’s not really cheap, and I really don’t trust Luke Beveridge, yet he could still easily be a top 6-8 forward in 2022. Might be better after the Byes with Dunkley, Heeney, Treloar and English (R13 bye) all vying for a spot in our forward lines.

Luke Parker (MID/FWD, SYD, $475.300, 87.3, 1.8%, R13). Much like Libba above, Parker can score when given his midfield time. The main problem with Parker is he can really struggle to score when parked forward. With Buddy and Heeney the main targets it can be very lonely for Luke up forward, in Round 4 he scored a 39. That’s not a typo. A thirty fricken’ nine! I guess that’s why he’s so cheap. If you trust Horse to keep him in the midfield, and he somehow fits your bye structure, he could be the buy of the season. If he gets too much forward time he could leave a very bad taste in your mouth. He really is a “feeling lucky” kinda pick. Well are ya?

I was also going to write up Connor Rozee (PORT, $398 500, 100.3, 1.1% R12). Another from my preseason review. A massive 153 last week is hard to ignore. I still think it may be wise to wait until next time, as he really needs to establish himself in the midfield, against better opposition, before I can trust him enough to give him a proper shout.

Okay, that is all for Rare Gems for this week. As always let me know in the comments if there is any low owned players you are considering for your sides.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers FT.


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22 thoughts on “Rare Gems – Round 7”

  1. Heres a couple of extra ones to add to the list.

    Zach Merrett avg 117.7 in 0.7% of teams
    Nathan Broad avg 103.3 in 1.0% of teams


    1. Love it Roo Bloke.

      Sorry for the late reply, I just finished work…

      Merrett has been a staple for years. I would be all over him if he could drop to ~$550K.

      Nathan Broad is a strange one. He has never really shown anything like these types of numbers. Richmond defence seem to raking in the points with a very leaky midfield. Short , Broad, both killing it with Rioli and now Vlaustin also doing quite well. It will be interesting to see if he can keep it up.

      Thanks again.


      1. Broad’s been improving every year for the Tigers.

        Short played in the midfield a bit last game and is named their again against the eagles.

        So someone down back will benefit from the key driver of the half back line.


  2. If Laird and Walsh had both played Rd1, I think their ownership % would show as a fair degree higher than they are now – I was definitely going to start Walsh over Touk Miller until he was ruled out…at the very least they are both now worthy upgrades in the coming weeks


    1. Kinda agree on that one Steverino.

      Walsh was about 20% before he succumbed to injury.

      Laird on the other hand was under 5% as he was included in my Rare Gems preseason review. It not that uncommon for players too get overlooked when they lose Defender / Forward status.

      Both look like very solid picks going forward.


  3. Another great write up FT, Dependlebury was one of the few picks I reakon I got right at the beginning of the year, was so close to getting Hewitt and Gresham. 6 rounds in and I’m now starting to wonder what would’ve been the perfect starting side, that is if you had a time machine and could go back 7 weeks what would your starting side look like?


    1. A quick guess without adding up the salary:
      Hewett, Sinclair, Houston, Sicily, Bowey, McCartin, Gibcus, Hinge*
      McCrae, Brayshaw, Neale, Keays, Green, Cripps, Newcombe, Naish, Daicos, Rachele, McDonald
      Witts, Hayes*, Dixon
      English*, Heeney, Gresham, Coniglio, Xerri, Brodie, Martin, De Koning

      Hinge > O’Driscoll
      English > Preuss
      Hayes > Hayes


    2. Thanks Joestar.

      Pendles an amazing starting pick. well done there.

      Crystal ball starting side..I would have ..

      Crisp over Ryan
      Sicily over Whitfield.

      Steele over Touk.
      Kept Berry ( I traded him, to Rowell R2)
      Nod over Owens.
      Naish over Stephens.
      I”m happy staring Macrae , Oliver and Neale.

      English over Grundy at R2 ..He could of gone to Pruess when he got injured.
      Happy starting, and keeping Gawn

      Heeney over Butters.
      Xerri over McGov.
      Happy starting J Hayes, Martin and Dixon at R3.

      Guess fitting in Gresh and Cripps somewhere would of been nice, but you can’t have em all !


  4. Great write up FT.

    I want to get Parker but the upswing in CBAs isn’t as dramatic as I’d like. At his price though can probably afford to wait a week and get a little extra data.


    1. You would think as the year moves on he will be locked and loaded on the ball where he should be , papley is due back soon which only makes this more likely!


    2. Agree Based.

      The Swans seem pretty set on blooding a new breed of midfielders this year. I’m still a little uncertain Parker returns to a big enough midfield split without an injury to someone like Mills.

      Waiting could be a great call.


      1. Hey Bomber.

        I hope your right about Parker.. As I mentioned to Based. I think the Swans are looking to the future with their midfield rotations this year. If anything I think Papley back may free up Heeney more than Parker. I’m sure they will use Parker when they need some experience at clutch times . I’m just not sure he resumes to a full time Mid anytime soon.

        Cheers FT.


    1. Since Xerri is now looking out for a few weeks, I’ve traded him moving Mccartin to the Fwd line and trading in May. He has been fairly consistent just with a slow round 1 score of 76 but has had 99+ every other game.
      I’m going him over Dependlebury just because I feel Pendles will get rested at some point. Crisp was another option, but I prefer having PODs in my team


        1. Tristan Xerri will be sidelined for four weeks after a hot spot was detected in his foot.
          Dixon is a test for this week.


    2. Yep Dom.

      I really like the look of May this year. With Lever missing at times and a little underdone May seems to be in everything in Melbournes defence. I almost included him in this weeks article.

      My main problem with May is he is prone to the odd hamstring injury. He missed a few finals last year with some soft tissue complaints. Add to this he is no longer cheap and I think I would prefer some one like Stewart or Crisp.

      If you think his hammy will hold up he certainly looks to have no problem scoring.

      Best of luck and thanks for the comments.



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