Michael Hibberd ($488,600; +$93,500, Ave 101.9, BE 67, BYE R13) Despite rising $93k this season, Hibberd has actually fallen $22k since R7. You can safely class him as a premium now, after I was a little sceptical earlier in the season whether he could maintain such a high output. Only dropped two games below 90, which is outstanding for a defender, in which consistency has been hard to come by in the backlines this season.
Corey Enright ($472,000; -$30,400, Ave 91.3, BE 87, BYE R12) Borris just keeps hanging around this price, which is strange considering he’s averaged 99.2 over the last 5 matches. Faces GWS this week, so consider getting on if he’s not rested. Will suit most coaches bye structure as a rare R12 defender.
Bryce Gibbs ($466,700; -$43,100, Ave 99, BE 81, BYE R13) Has hit rock bottom price now and is definitely bargain of the week in defence. Remove his injury game and he’s averaged 104.67, which is super value at way under $500k.
*Some defenders to pop under $500k in a few weeks:
Brendan Goddard $518k, BE 131
Pearce Hanley $516k, BE 163
Paul Duffield $515k, BE 123
Andrew Swallow ($535,100; -$50,000, Ave 110.8, BE 87, BYE R12) Swallow is one of the most durable players in the game. Tweaked his knee in R7, which sent his price south, but still played R8. Has not missed a game since 2008. A POD for your side in less than 8% of teams and has Gold Coast this week.
Dane Swan ($523,300; -$152,000, Ave 111.9, BE 119, BYE R13) Bit of debate on the site over whether Swan is worth picking up. Historically plays better in the 2nd half of seasons. What did he average from R11 onwards last season you say? A massive 132.6! And in 2011? 124.83! Surely not again in 2010? Yep, 137.16! 2009? Don’t tell me, 131.67! He may look like he’s had a few too many burgers over pre-season, but the stats suggest he works them off in the back half of the year. Does the business against Melbourne too, with a 160 & 173 in his last two against them.
Nick Dal Santo ($425,400; -$119,400, Ave 83.2, BE 71, BYE R12) Have to give a shoutout to Nicky Dal, who knocked up his first ton of the season on the weekend. He’s got a magnificent track record in the SuperCoach game, but he’s just not getting it done in a struggling Saints outfit. Can’t see many better options at this price, but try raise the extra $100k for an elite mid.
*So many premiums mids heading for the bargain bin folks:
Jobe Watson $615k, BE 134
Scott Pendlebury $610k, BE 133
Josh P. Kennedy $581k, BE 171
Trent Cotchin $550k, BE 152
Sam Mitchell $534k, BE 141
Scott Thompson $526k, BE 138
Marc Murphy $516k, BE 135
Joel Selwood $491k, BE 134
Luke Hodge $474k, BE 137
Darren Jolly ($494,400; -$24,300, Ave 91.9, BE 95, BYE R13) The 136 on the weekend was his third score of 120+ this season from 6 matches (excluding the rib injury game of 1 point). Remove his injury game and his average jumps to 107. Has Melbourne this week, so I’d expect another good showing after a 130 in the Queen’s Birthday match last season.
Matthew Kreuzer ($407,800; -$86,300, Ave 84.7, BE 33, BYE R13) You can pat yourself on the back if you traded Kreuzer in last week for Berger. 122 sees his BE at 33 and will be due for another hike in price. Still considered value, after rising $27.8k this week.
Shane Mumford ($394,200; -$92,700, Ave 81.7, BE 42, BYE R12) The mummy is stirring. After 7 straight weeks under 80 points, he smashed the bombers with a 129. However, I don’t like him as a selection when he shares duties with Mike Pyke. Be wary, as I feel last weekend may have been an outlier.
*Some rucks worth waiting for:
Patrick Ryder $512k, BE 165
Ben McEvoy $480k, BE 138
Ivan Maric $454k, BE 116 (will get a write up next week)
Andrew Walker ($501,300; +$77,900, Ave 109.9, BE 96, BYE R13) Skywalker has fallen $52k since R7, where many were picking him up for over $550k. You now have the chance to get him for a tick over $500,000. 150 against the Giants affirms him as a premium player this season, as that’s effectively a 110 average from 10 matches, with 5 over 120. Has a tough run of opposition in the coming weeks which is my only knock on him (Ess, Haw, BYE, Syd, Coll).
Travis Cloke ($457,500; +$21,500, Ave 99.8, BE 101, BYE R13) Was a late withdrawal with a virus last week. Has plummeted 118k since R6 and faces a Frawley-less Melbourne this week, before a favourable fixture that reads WB, BYE, Port, Carl, Adel, GC, GWS. Like most key forwards he’ll be inconsistent, but three scores of 120+, including a 195 against Richmond in R4 shows he can destroy teams on his day. Averaged 112.75 from R11-R23 in 2011, with an average of 114 in his last 3 games against Melbourne.
Nick Riewoldt $546k, BE 161
Dustin Martin $530k, BE 176
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