Category: The Recruiter

Recruiters Pick – Dale Thomas


Dale Thomas being presented his new jumper.RECRUITER PROFILE:Name: Dale “Daisy” Thomas

 
Name: Dale “Daisy” Thomas
Club: Carlton Blues
Position: Midfield

AFL Fantasy: $346,400
AFL Dream Team: $328,600

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Dale “Daisy” Thomas spent 2013 on the sideline with constant ankle issues hampering his ability to get on the park. Playing only 5 games from round 3-7, Daisy’s average dropped 18 ppg* from 93 to 75 AFLFantasy points.

An offseason move from the Pies to their bitter rival the Blues will see Daisy reunited with his mentor and his coach of 7 out of 8 years in the system Mick Malthouse.  This relationship cannot be understated and will allow Thomas to regain the confidence he needs to be a successful AFL player. Thomas averaged 95 in 2010, 103 in 2011 and 93 in 2012. Daisy’s 2013 average of 75 ppg* was impacted by starting as a sub in round 4 against the Tigers and only managing 35 AFLF*

points. In his 4 other games coming back from injury and no preseason he still managed to average 86 points per game.

The Recruiter

The ANALYSIS

Why should I recruit Daisy Thomas?

For all the reasons provided above. Daisy at his best is an All-Australian calibre player. He has the ability to play multiple positions and can kick goals when afforded the opportunity. Daisy is the ideal player that we typically look for in AFL Fantasy/Dream Team competitions. He is a premium player who has a lower price due to injuries. Last season we saw Brendon Goddard another high profile free agent switch teams and he played tremendously, highlighting that free agents can change teams and maintain good scoring output.

Why should I avoid picking Daisy Thomas?

You should avoid Daisy if it appears like he is still struggling to recover from injury during the preseason. He is also at a new club and it can take time for players and their team mates time to build chemistry and get accustom  to playing with one another.

The Conclusion

Daisy Thomas is an underpriced premium and should be strongly considered as a starting 8 midfielder. You should look closely at Daisy especially in AFL Fantasy where rookie players are of a higher value and you need to save some of your cap for premium players. At his best Daisy can be a damaging outside player capable of racking up possessions, ideal for a fantasy player.

*AFLF POINTS (AFL FANTASY CLASSIC POINTS)

*PPG (POINTS PER GAME)

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The Recruiter: Patrick Dangerfield

The Recruiter: Patrick Dangerfield


 

 

 

The Recruiter

Name: Patrick “Danger” Dangerfield
Club: Adelaide Crows
Position: Forward/Midfield

AFL Fantasy: $534,700
AFL Dream Team: $538,900

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Who else could it have been! For those long term readers, my evident admiration of Dangerfield is about to be once again on display.  Danger along with Rory Sloane have recently been made Vice-Captains of the Football Club. This has more impetuous this season as Captain Nathan Van Berlo will miss the majority if not entire 2014 season after sustaining an Achilles injury, making Dangerfield and Sloane joint acting captains.

The ANALYSIS

Why should I recruit Patrick Dangerfield?

Sensationally will be available as a Forward/Midfielder in 2014 and is an absolute no brainer for any Fantasy player. Dangerfield at his best is one of the premier midfielders in the competition, with blistering pace and the ability to win the contested ball, Dangerfield is an unstoppable force in attack and in the midfield. Lock him in from round 1!

Why should I avoid picking Patrick Dangerfield?

We saw in 203 the burden captaincy can have on young players (Marc Murphy & Jack Trengove). If you support Port Adelaide andreally HATE the Crows… This is the only reason not to select this Superstar as a Forward in 2014.

ablett & dangerfield The Conclusion

First picked Forward of 2014 Patrick Dangerfield (Fwd/Mid) $534700 (AFLF) & $538,900 (DT) (FORWARD LOCK) 

Dangerfield the next Ablett? – The Hype List (2013)

Dangerfield the next Ablett? – The Hype List (2013)


ablett & dangerfield
A career comparison of two of the most dangerous players in our game.

The name Ablett is synonymous with greatness at the Geelong Football Club. At the end of the 2001 AFL season the Cats were able to pick up the young, slightly reserved son of arguably the games greatest player of the past 25 years.

“We have signed Gary (Ablett Jr) to a three-year deal,” the club’s chief executive officer, Brian Cook said. “In return for recruiting him under the father/son rule we have had to give up our third round draft pick (Pick 40).”

Ablett was special but it appeared he was burdened with carrying the name of one of the all time greats in the small town of Geelong. With a sense of purpose and destiny that places him amongst the elite footballers of his generation, it’s easy to forget that he had a considerably slow start to his AFL career.

The greatly anticipated son of club and AFL legend Gary Ablett Snr, Ablett Jr at times appeared unwilling to commit himself to the rigours and training of AFL football and was content with being a good player.

In the years following he cemented his position in the Cats forward line leading the club for tackles and inside 50’s in 2003. In 2004 he continued this form leading the club for tackles (93) and kicked a career high 35 goals, helping the Cats reach the preliminary final losing to Brisbane by 9 points. Ablett would go on to win the Cats best Team and Most Constructive player award.

His and the Cats form would continue in 2005 climaxing in the bitter disappointment of a close preliminary final loss against the Swans.

2006 brought hope for a young side expected to push into the top 4. However team disunity would lead the Cats to managing only 10 wins for the season. Ablett would continue in the forward line up until the bitter disappointment of the 2006 season where he would finish third in the Carji Greeves Medal (the clubs best and fairest medal) for the second consecutive season and lead the Cats goal kicking tally with a 35 goal season.

Under the leadership of CEO Brian Cook the football department undertook a wide review with Coach Mark Thompson barley scrapping through with his job. In an interview with Kevin Sheedy during the 2008 season Thompson said of the review.

“The whole process was pretty crappy, to be honest,” he said of the process being made public by CEO Brian Cook and President Frank Costa ” I haven’t got a problem with the findings, but just the process I was filthy on. Too long, too public.”

“It is pretty embarrassing for everyone at the football club, saying that, it is a good result now.”

Neil Balme was bought into the fold becoming Football Manager and former player and now Adelaide Football Club Coach Brenton Sanderson was lured back to the Cattery as an assistant coach.

The Cats also introduced the widely regarded Ray Mclean leadership model that had been in place at successful clubs in the past few seasons. The leadership group put the onus on Ablett to become more than a good player and develop the work ethic off the track to utilise his considerable natural talents on the field, believing he had the natural ability to become the next Chris Judd.

In an article in the SMH by Len Johnson on February 15, 2007 Ablett said “I want to step up my role over the next couple of years.”

And he did leading the Geelong football Club to three consecutive grand final appearances with victory in 07 & 09. He would also win three consecutive Leigh Matthews Trophys (07, 08 & 09) being judged by his peers as the best player in the game, winning the Carji Greeves Medal in 07 & 09 and finally win that elusive “Charlie” winning the 2009 Brownlow Medal.

The 2010 season would be long with speculation mounting Ablett had accepted an offer to head North and play for the AFL’s newest franchise the Gold Coast Suns. The rift between Ablett and Coach Mark Thompson grew throughout the season with the team losing in the preliminary final to eventual Premiers Collingwood despite playing a memorable game picking up 40 touches. Both would leave the club at the end of the season.

Ablett would move to the Gold Coast on reported big money and become its inaugural captain in a difficult year where the Suns would finish last on the ladder. Ablett would go onto win the Suns inaugural club best and fairest award. However the Cats would go onto winning their 3rd Grand Final in 5 years under the leadership of Chris Scott. The Cats remarkable record extending back 8 years failing to make the finals just once in that time, a truly remarkable accomplishment.

Dangerfield on the other hand was touted as a running half back prior to getting drafted back at the end of 2007. Despite alerting clubs to the fact he intended to spend the entirety of the 2008 AFL season at home focusing on his studies the Crows were not deterred and Matt Rendell selected the Dangerfield at pick 10. He immediately showed his brilliance dominating the contested ball but failed to cover the ground and pick up loose ball around the ground.

In an interview conducted by Katrina Gill in 2011, Rendell said “I put Patty really high in my rankings that year. [Former coach] Neil Craig liked us recruiters to put the players in order, which I was happy to do … but to make sure I got Patty I put him really high up in front of a heap of others just in case some other guys slipped through. I even had him in front of (No.2 pick) Trent Cotchin. Matthew Kreuzer was the standout No.1, so I put Patty second.”

“The guys we’ve had through include Jonathan Brown, Luke Hodge, Gary Ablett, Jimmy Bartel and Cameron Ling, and Dangerfield is as good as any of the players I’ve seen coming out of the program.” Falcons football manager Michael Turner said.

Ablett facing Dangerfield

The statistics of both players makes for interesting reading. Dangerfield to date has played 89 games and is now coming into his 6th season at the Adelaide Crows. However he has only been at the club full-time for the past 5 after remaining at home and playing only 2 games in his first season.

Ablett on the other hand played 100 games in his first 5 seasons, predominantly as a small forward.

Career Similarities
Both Ablett and Dangerfield started their AFL careers as forwards who moved into the Midfield. Both are tremendous contested ball winners and have the ability to burst from congestion.

After 89 games in 6 season (5 seasons full-time in Adelaide) Dangerfield averaged 18.25 possessions per game. Ablett averaged 15.17 possessions per game after 5 seasons (2002-2006).

Many will highlight Dangerfield’s tremendous 2012 as a breakout year polling 23 votes in the Brownlow as well as an All-Australian award, the potential for him to continue to grow as a player and reach the top level of the games elite is not beyond reach in 2013. Only turning 23 this April and with another solid preseason under his belt, Dangerfield could become the most explosive player in the competition in 2013.

2013 Fantasy Potential – Quick Stats
From round 17 – 23 Dangerfield scored in DreamTeam, 118, 111, 130, 137, 108, 105 and 136 (ave. 845/7 = 120.7 ppg*)
SuperCoach from Round 16-23 he scored 110, 138, 133, 127, 187, 134, 106 and 169. (ave.1104/8 = 138ppg*)

Arryn Siposs – The Hype List (2013)

Arryn Siposs – The Hype List (2013)


Getty Images Robert Cianflone file photo
Getty Images Robert Cianflone file photo

Name: Arryn Siposs
Club: St. Kilda
Position: Forward
Value DreamTeam: $325,000
Value SuperCoach: $316,600

Now entering that magical third season where players seem to finally develop as professional athletes, Siposs is a contender for a breakout season.

As a junior Siposs was renowned for his goal kicking ability. In the U16s for Beaconsfield in the Mornington Peninsula Football League he kicked 99 goals in a season. However it was his performance against Wondonga who had seven Murray Bushrangers U18 representatives, playing school footy where he kicked eight goals that propelled him into the Dandenong Stingrays.

His form continued in the TAC Cup where he kicked 34 goals to finish 5th overall on the goal scoring tally.

At the AFL NAB Combine, Siposs was unable to undertake testing due to torn cartilage in his hip. For a player who came into the traditional recruiting system late, the injury was enough to scare off clubs, who just did not have enough intel on Siposs to safely select him. This allowed the Saints to pick up a real gem at Pick 75 in the National Draft.

Last season Siposs was rewarded with a NAB rising star nomination for his Round 15 performance against Essendon.


Positives
Reports coming from the Saints indicate Siposs is being trained to fill the role vacated by Brendon Goddard. He is only 1cm shorter than Goddard, but also is a very strong contested mark for a player of 188cm. Siposs knows how to position his body between the ball and the defender to get in the right position. An attribute that can be used anywhere on the field. Siposs has a tremendous shot for goal and with an increased fitness base at AFL level could be a real star in Goddards role.

At VFL level last season Siposs played on a wing, increasing his experience up the ground and increasing his aerobic capabilities averaging 17 possessions with 5 inside 50’s and 4 rebound 50’s per game.

The similarities to Tom Rockliff do not go unnoticed, both players who were low in the draft, both played as undersized key forwards and both have terrific marking capabilities. Could Siposs be the 2013 Tom Rockliff?

Siposs is an intriguing selection. Starting as the Sub in 3 games and being subbed in one other, Siposs still managed to average 63.1 ppg in 11 games. However when you take away his substitute games he managed to score over 76 in 5 of the 7 games at an average of 80.1 ppg that included two scores of 100 or more.

Negatives
HE is unproven in the Goddard role. He is young and after playing half the season in the seniors last season he is priced at $325,000 making him a mid-priced player.

The Strong Tip
Watch his NAB Cup form and see where he is played. If he is positioned on a Half Back Flank , lock him in straight away, he could be the bargain buy of the year.

Potential Average 70 (DT-SC)

UPDATE:
Preseason scores of 37, 45, 45 and 50 DreamTeam points at a rate of 51 points per 100 minutes is not overly impressive. Job security looks good with a team high 346 minutes spent on the field this preseason.

St Kilda debutant has the golden boot By Sam Landsberger

Matthew Leuenberger  – The Hype List (2013)

Matthew Leuenberger – The Hype List (2013)


Photo by: Quinn Rooney; published on http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-20/lions-give-it-a-go-against-pies/2848508
Photo by: Quinn Rooney; published on http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-20/lions-give-it-a-go-against-pies/2848508

Name: Matthew Leuenberger
Club: Brisbane Lions
Position: Ruckman
Value DreamTeam: $233,600
Value SuperCoach: $301,100

Leuenberger’s season ended before it had began in 2012 injuring his Achilles during his round 3 game against the Dockers. With Ben Hudson moving to Collingwood, Leuenberger will need to reclaim the first ruck position with Billy Longer only entereing his second full season and Stefan Martin, recruited from Melbourne more of a pinch hit Ruckman.

Positives
Coming into this season Leuenberger has the ability to replicate the form of the past. Before the injury, Leuenberger was recording personal bests in the gym and the track and looked set to highlight why Brisbane took this risk of selecting him at Pick 4 in the 2006 AFL National Draft.

Now at 24 years old, the big man should be coming into his physical prime and begin to show the Football community his full potential.

In his first two games Leuenberger scored 64 & 99 in DreamTeam and 100 & 104 in SuperCoach highlighting the form he had in 2011 where he averaged 92.8 ppg in AFL DreamTeam and 102.2 in SuperCoach.

Negatives
The 204cm Leuenberger will need to rely on his leap to be dominant in the ruck. This is not ideal for someone recovering from an Achilles injury and will need to be fully recovered if he is to last the entire season without causing further problems.

Verdict
Recent history shows players can return successfully from an Achilles injury. Jarryd Roughead came back last season from the same injury and showed no problems with his leap, recapturing the form he had before the injury.

At his price in both AFL Fantasy: DreamTeam and SuperCoach: Classic he is a bargain. With the increase in trades in both games he should be one of the first players selected in your initial starting squad.

Predicted Average
80-90 ppg. DreamTeam
90-100 ppg. SuperCoach

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GWS Mini Draft: Jaeger O’Meara & Brad Crouch – The Hype List (2013)

GWS Mini Draft: Jaeger O’Meara & Brad Crouch – The Hype List (2013)


JAEGER O’MEARA

Name: Jaeger O’Meara
Position: Midfielder
Club: Gold Coast
Value DreamTeam: $108,500
Value SuperCoach: $115,900

As a junior playing in the WAFL for Perth, the comparisons to Chris Judd were touted after he kicked an impressive 4 goals in his debut. He had recruiters from around the country eager to get him to their club, with Fremantle particularly strongly interested in finding away to get him to the club.

Jaeger O’Meara eventually was the first player selected out of the eventual 2013 rookie crop, going to the Gold Coast Suns in the GWS mini draft at selection 1 in exchange for Selection 4 in the 2011 National Draft (Will Hoskin-Elliott).

O’Meara potentially would have been the first selection in the 2012 National Draft ahead of Lachie Whitfield. During 2012 O’Meara spent his time at the Suns, training throughout preseason and being granted permission to play in the NAB Cup. During his season at the Suns he has already put on 7kg of muscle making him an imposing figure for a 1st year player.

O’Meara would also go onto play 6 games in the NEAFL before a groin injury would sideline him for the rest of the season.

Review of O’Meara from 2011
“Jaeger bomb…hunter to hunted by Simon White”

Verdict:
Jaeger O’Meara will get plenty of game time in a young and developing side. With the bigger bodies of Ablett, Rischitelli and the return from injury of 2010 National Draft selection 1 David Swallow, O’Meara should have time to find his feet outside on a wing. He also has the advantage of having already been through preseason once before compared to those drafted this season. Jaeger O’Meara should be among the first rookies picked this season.

He should not have any real competition for a spot in the Gold Coast side, but expect some pressure to come from first round selection Jesse Lonergan who comes to the club with a mature body, ready for AFL football.
Predicted Average 70-75 DreamTeacm-SuperCoach

BRAD CROUCH

BRAD CROUCH, 17, WITH ADELAIDE COACH BRENTON SANDERSON. PICTURE: MICHAEL KLEIN HERALD SUN

Name:Brad Crouch
Position: Midfielder
Club: Adelaide
Value DreamTeam: $108,500
Value SuperCoach: $115,900

SANFL Season Highlights


Brad Crouch was selected with the second GWS mini-draft pick with Adelaide trading their first round pick 10 in the 2011 National Draft as well as their Phil Davis compensation selection (Pick 17 2012 Draft)

In 2011 while playing for North Ballart, Crouch averaged 28.6 touches a game. This lead the Adelaide football club, under recruiting manager Matt Rendell to select Crouch over heavily fancied local SA players Ben Kennedy (Pick 19, 2012; Collingwood) and Jimmy Toumpas (Pick 4, 2012; Melbourne).

Crouch had an impressive 2012 playing senior football in the SANFL for eventual runners up West Adelaide Bloods. This included a dominating display in the Preliminary Final for the Bloods where he accumulated 31 disposals (Yes, AFL Prospectus says 29, here is the SANFL stat page. Click Here.) that included 20 kicks, 11 handballs, 6 marks, 3 tackle, 7 clearances and 1 goal. In total he played 17 matches for West Adelaide in arguably the toughest football competition outside the AFL.

Published articles on Brad Crouch
Brad Crouch has big things in store – Zac Milbank (The Adelaide Advertiser)
“School comes first for Adelaide recruit Brad Crouch” – Matt Windley (Herald Sun)
Verdict
Brad Crouch may be the forgotten player lost in the hype around O’Meara and the 2012 Draft selection Number 1 Lachie Whitfield. Crouch if available in the Draft would have been selected very early. With 2 full preseason and a full season of senior SANFL behind him Crouch will push for a role in the Adelaide side in 2013. Crouch may begin his career in the substitutes vest so watch his NAB Cup form and whether the Adelaide list has injuries in the midfield.

Crouch will definitely play in 2013, the only question is how much?
Predicted Average: 65 (Sub Effected) DreamTeacm-SuperCoach

2011 Highlights

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Brent Macaffer – The Hype List (2013)

Brent Macaffer – The Hype List (2013)


Brent Macaffer

Name: Brent Macaffer
Position: Forward
Club: Collingwood
Value: $132,600

Macaffer making his comeback from injury in last season NAB Cup injured his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Macaffer did return late in the season and played well for the Collingwood reserves however failed to regain his place in the Collingwood side.

Positives:
Now at the age of 25 Macaffer the ability to become a swingman at both ends and also push into the midfield to become part of the rotation. Last season before his injury he was widely expected to have a more prominent role in the middle.

In 2011 Macaffer played 21 games and averaged 75 AFL Fantasy: DreamTeam points per game. In his 3 comeback games for the Collingwood reserves last season he also got over 20 possessions in two games playing half back, indicating he may be used in this position more in the future.

Negatives
Despite his potential to be a fantasy gem in 2013, Macaffer is not a guaranteed starter in the Magpies 22. With the return from injury of Luke Ball, the inclusion of Clinton Young and Jordan Russell through Free Agency and Delisted Free Agency respectively Macaffer will have greater competition for a spot in the best 22.

Verdict
An average of 68 DreamTeam points per 100 minutes over 4 games in the preseason is enough to bring Macaffer into your side. The big decision is whether he starts on your field or on the bench.

Predicted Average
65-70 ppg*

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Sam Docherty – The Hype List (2013)


Young Lion Sam Docherty (PICTURE: PETER WALLIS THE COURIER-MAIL)
Young Lion Sam Docherty (PICTURE: PETER WALLIS THE COURIER-MAIL)

Brisbane Lions defender Sam Docherty set to roar after year of pain – By Greg Davis
Name: Sam Docherty
Position: Defender
Club: Brisbane
Value: $108,500

Sam Docherty was a much hyped 2012 rookie who failed to play a game in 2012 for the Lions after injury curtailed his preseason form and fitness. Docherty was recited from the Gippsland Power in the 2011′ National Draft at selection 12. Touted as one of the best mid-sized defenders in the draft pool, he averaged 22 possessions per game for Gippsland. His ability to read the play was also highlighted in his two games for Vic Country where he averaged 8 interceptions per game.

In 2012 despite early season injury Docherty played 15 games for the Lions reserves averaging 21 possessions per game and making it over the 30 possessions twice. He was also the emergency for the Lions last three games, highlighting his potential emergence as a regular player in 2013.

After a honest evaluation of his fitness level in 2012 by the coaching staff and fitness coach Brett Burton (ex-Adelaide), Docherty has by all reports been a big improver on the track this preseason, pushing his fitness levels up to the required standard of a professional footballer.

With the retirement of Josh Drummond, Docherty is in contention for his position, however he is also in competition with Golby, Adcock and Hanley for a mid-size defender role. Look for the aforementioned players to push up into the midfield and allow Docherty to gain a mid-size defender role.

Potential Average – 65-70

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Rookie Hype – Round 10


With the dreaded bye rounds just 1 week away, selecting the right rookie is absolutely paramount as these are the rookies you will likely have on your bench come finals time later in the year.

This means we need to find players who will have relative job security while still producing decent scores.

ON THE BUBBLE
These are the players who have played two games and their price is set to increase over the next few weeks. This week there is only a couple of players worth considering. Sam Darley from the GWS Giants is the ideal replacement for a player like Thomas Bugg who has reached his price maximum and has a high B/E (break-even). Darley sat on the pine for 3 quarters before being released from the vest to rack up 42 points. The only issue with Darley is job security and whether you can afford to take the risk. Darley has the round 11 bye, meaning he will be out next week, make sure you have the cover and he fits within your bye strategy.

The other to consider strongly is Alex Sexton from the Gold Coast Suns. In his two games this season he has scored 22 (Vest) and 60 on the weekend. The upside to Sexton is that he is a (FWD/MID) dual position and he has the bye in round 13 meaning you’ll get the next 3 rounds of him playing and acting as cover for your round 11/12 FWD/MIDS.

The others on the bubble include Zeph Skinner (Western Bulldogs), Tommy Walsh(Sydney) and the much hyped Josh Bootsma (Carlton). I’d stay away from both as neither has great job security or scoring ability at this time.

FIRST UP
Last weekend a lot of players made their debut for 2012 with Aaron Black (North Melbourne) the leading contender with 55 points. Black has now been in the system for 3 seasons making his debut in 2011. The West Australian was highly touted at the end of 2009 and was a surprise to many to slide to the Kangaroos at pick 25 with many expecting him to go just outside the top 10. Before getting drafted he starred in a WAFL colts match with six goals, 26 disposals, seven marks and 13 hit-outs. Black is definitely one to watch and should be strongly considered after his bye as a round 12 target.

THe others Elliott Yeo, (Brisbane, 54 points), Marley Williams (Collingwood, 39), Ben Griffiths (Richmond, 37), Daniel Pearce (Western Bulldogs, 36), Alik Magin (Gold Coasy, 20) Jonathan Simpkin (Geelong, 12) are all on the watch list for one more week. Keep an eye out for Jamie Elliott from (Collingwood, 11) who could be a surprise if given more game time.

OVER THE LIMIT
Dayne Zorko continued to show everyone his ability scoring 94 points on the weekend against North. This followed games of 26 (Vested) and 96 giving Zorko an average of 72 ppg and a B/E of -84 He has already gone up $58,900 and is likely to do the same after this round. It is now or never to jump onto Zorko. At his price he is still a must have player.

CASH COW PADDOCK
Dylan Shiel has likely hit his price maximum and despite having decent numbers it’s time to cash in. Another to consider is Thomas Bugg who at $286,700 and a B/E of 84 after only averaging 56.7 in his last 3 appears to have maximised in price.

WRITTEN WARNING
The more experienced rookies of Magner (55), McDonald (72) and Horsley (52) all had disappointing weeks and have been told to lift their work rate if they wish to stay in our Dream Teams any longer.

ALMOST KEEPERS? (Putting the gloves on)
While I just mentioned Horsley as getting a warning he has been #BRILLIANT this season averaging 95.80 over 5 games and is an ideal candidate for that sixth midfield spot. Two GWS players Adam Treloar (ave. 80.83) and Devon Smith (ave. 71.88) have almost locked themselves into our sides as first emergencies with consistent performances and regular games. The upside is that both as FWD/MID dual position players.

SHARPEN THE AXE
It’s time to SHARPEN THE AXE if you still have Adam Kennedy ($199,300) has well and truly hit the rookie wall. Darren Pfeiffer (31 on the weekend) is another who is disappointing. His disposal efficiency is not fantastic and his job security must be questioned.

S.O.S.
Has anyone seen Lee Spurr? (ave. 49.33 over 3 games) Plays two games tempts us to bring him into our sides has one game and disappears. Hopefully this is not a repeat of Aaron Hall (Gold Coast) disappearing indefinitely.

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The Hype List – Round 4 Review


Welcome to the HYPE list, a weekly guide to who is performing to their maximum and is a must have BUY in AFL Dream Team. The HYPE list is not based on scores or value alone. Those who excel beyond their potential and become valuable to our sides will be included on the HYPE list.

The HYPE list
These players are the MUST HAVE players of the moment.

Brent Stanton
To borrow a line from Channel 7’s Brian Taylor WOW WEE! With opening scores of 153, 116, 93 and 175 Stanton is having a season that not many of us predicted. Last week we had him “On the Cusp” in our Believe the Hype article, this week there is no question about it. He has taken his game to another level. Despite not being known as the most effective user of the ball, due to his enormous work ethic he finds the ball when others have given up.
Jump on NOW!


Michael Barlow
If Nat Fyfe is out long term, Barlow could expect to play a more prominent role in the Dockers midfield. Scores of 99 and 109 in his last two games, after the starting the season as the SUB in the first two he is now the perfect upgrade target as a lower end premium player.
He is screaming pick me!


Lenny Hayes
Lenny proves despite his age and returning from a long term injury he still has what it takes to be a premium player. Scores of 89, 91, 126 and 112 highlight the fact he is ready to regain the spotlight as one of the best midfielders in the game. Lenny is around the mid $400’s.
It’s now or never.


Dane Swan
Solid as a rock, Swanny continues to score well with 102, 116, 109 and 134. He is slightly down on price and this will likely be as cheap as you will be able to get him. If Ablett is out he is one of the main targets for the straight swap. Put the C on Swan and you are almost certain to get a 100+ score. With ANZAC day clash this Wednesday expect Swan to step up and be a big contributor.
Almost a lock as captain every week.


Josh Kennedy (Sydney)
Sydney have done it again. Finding an absolute stellar footballer for a bargain price. 4 rounds in and he is having a breakout season. Scores of 94, 136, 94 and 95 he arguably already has 4 best on ground performances
Early Brownlow favourite?

What are your thoughts? Who would you have included? Comment below. Twitter @HYPEfooty