Normally around this time of week, we’d have either Rare Gems or Movers & Shakers. But with the very pointy end of the season upon us, and with coaches shopping around for all kinds of players, I thought it might be more useful for people if I did something a bit different this week.
A little while back, Father Dougal introduced the concepts of swords and shields. They didn’t really catch on at the time, but I think the concepts are quite relevant at this time of year. It’s well worth reading his post in full, but the general idea is that a shield is someone you own to avoid falling behind, whereas a sword is someone you own to get ahead (or catch up).
I’ve included at least one of each, as well as general bargains (regardless of ownership) for each position. In the interest of both brevity and usefulness, I’ll let the numbers do most of the talking this week.
I’m also limiting the field to players who a) don’t have a bye this round, and b) are, at the time of publishing, yet to play this round.
SHIELD: Jake Lloyd
SWORD & BARGAIN: Zac Bailey (MID)
SWORD & BARGAIN: Harris Andrews
SWORD & BARGAIN: Alex Witherden
SWORD & BARGAIN: Steven May
SHIELD: Lachie Neale
SWORD: Taylor Adams
BARGAIN: Sam Walsh
BARGAIN: Josh P. Kennedy
BARGAIN: Ed Curnow
SHIELD: Brodie Grundy
SWORD: Max Gawn
I never thought I’d see his name here, but with his ownership having plummeted recently due to his missing a couple of matches, he’s gone from a shield to a scoring weapon for the 18.4 percent of coaches who have kept him.
BARGAIN: Oscar McInerney (FWD)
SHIELD: Lachie Whitfield (MID)
SHIELD: Christian Petracca
SWORD: Jordan Dawson (DEF)
BARGAIN: Jake Riccardi
An absolute bargain if you think he can keep this kind of scoring up. With a sample size of just 2, that’s a big ‘if’, but he doesn’t have a particularly tough draw for the remainder of the season(tonight’s upcoming thrashing at the hands of Carlton notwithstanding).
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