Gaff is no riff raff: 2010 TAC Cup draftees

West Coast has swooped on Andrew Gaff, best among the strong crop of Victorian youngsters in the 2010 AFL draft.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18: Andrew Gaff (R) is presented with his jersey during the AFL draft at the Gold Coast Conference and Exhibition Centre on November 18, 2010 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Gaff heads up the following table of Dream Team averages for the 2010 TAC Cup season. He is expected to play early and will contend strongly for fantasy popularity with the raft of Gold Coast draftees. Given that the vast majority seem to have already locked in David Swallow in their starting midfield with his hefty price premium going at #1, it will be difficult for coaches to also justify Gaff at #4 with all picks down to #25 likely to attract the now-traditional higher price tag for being picked in the first round.

There will be no such budgetary problem for Wallis at #22 with only a minor premium, albeit that he would have to perform very strongly in the preseason to be selected for round 1.

Player Tm Pos Recruited from Ht Wt G K H M T HO FF FA G.B DT avg
Andrew Gaff WC M Oakleigh Chargers 182cm 78kg 7 117 95 49 11 0 5 3 10.5 113.3
Ben Jacobs PA B/C Sandringham D’s 186cm 82kg 5 72 62 21 15 2 6 10 14.4 105.8
Dyson Heppell ES B Gippsland Power 189cm 80kg 15 252 143 85 53 4 10 15 10.7 103
Mitchell Wallis WB C Calder Cannons 185cm 79kg 7 85 87 26 42 2 9 1 4.2 101.3
Cameron O’Shea PA B Eastern Ranges 192cm 84kg 13 184 128 58 66 4 22 19 10.9 98.8
Dion Prestia GC F Calder Cannons 174cm 82kg 10 138 116 30 46 1 8 9 9.12 96.8
Luke Parker SY C Dandenong Stingrays 183cm 81kg 11 116 129 51 52 12 14 19 14.10 93.6
Josh Caddy GC C Northern Knights 186cm 82kg 13 164 105 58 65 14 18 33 22.11 93.2
Daniel Farmer CO F Sandringham D’s 188cm 84kg 10 138 64 63 19 3 12 10 17.4 89.8
Patrick Karnezis BL F Oakleigh Chargers 186cm 83kg 10 114 48 50 29 10 7 6 29.13 89
Billie Smedts GE B Geelong Falcons 189cm 76kg 8 91 46 36 33 3 10 7 15.4 86.4
Jarryd Lyons AD F Sandringham D’s 183cm 78kg 16 188 148 43 57 1 15 2 23.10 85.9
Jordan Schroder GE C Calder Cannons 182cm 85kg 18 208 137 52 80 8 13 22 30.17 84.8
Jed Lamb SY F Gippsland Power 181cm 79kg 14 154 49 64 38 1 13 6 40.28 83.4
Alex Johnson SY B/F Oakleigh Chargers 194cm 80kg 12 123 30 69 45 4 9 11 32.12 83.3
Viv Michie FR F Oakleigh Chargers 186cm 78kg 14 175 100 70 25 0 14 4 12.8 79.8
Shaun Atley NM C Murray Bushrangers 189cm 81kg 9 93 67 17 55 0 10 10 5.6 77.8
Aaron Young PA F Eastern Ranges 187cm 76kg 7 76 58 33 10 0 7 5 9.8 76.7
Thomas Lynch GC F Dandenong Stingrays 199cm 91kg 11 91 75 58 21 50 6 10 21.8 76.5
Sam Crocker SK F Oakleigh Chargers 178cm 71kg 13 183 72 56 26 1 10 11 4.9 75.1
Lucas Cook ME F North Ballarat Rebels 196cm 81kg 11 94 65 58 18 10 9 6 26.10 75
Tom Liberatore WB C Calder Cannons 182cm 77kg 11 110 125 21 43 1 7 9 4.4 74.9
Jake Batchelor RI B Dandenong Stingrays 188cm 79kg 18 249 100 86 32 7 13 16 4.4 74.1
Cameron Guthrie GE B Calder Cannons 186cm 79kg 16 162 133 50 65 4 12 15 8.3 74
Tom McDonald ME F/R North Ballarat 194cm 88kg 17 139 91 73 32 197 15 9 15.7 72.2
Arryn Siposs SK F Dandenong Stingrays 188cm 82kg 15 130 71 60 39 9 7 19 37.32 72.1
Josh Mellington FR F Murray Bushrangers 188cm 76kg 16 145 82 50 44 2 20 22 41.13 71.3
Ryan Lester BL B/C Oakleigh Chargers 191cm 83kg 7 72 42 27 19 4 6 4 6.3 70.6
Matthew Watson CA B Calder Cannons 195cm 102kg 11 136 40 45 20 19 3 3 8.8 70.2
Ben Mabon NM R North Ballarat 200cm 81kg 12 61 79 46 28 245 11 17 6.3 69.6
Michael Ross ES B Gippsland Power 184cm 74kg 14 138 131 49 39 0 12 10 1.3 69.3
Mitch Hallahan HW C Dandenong Stingrays 184cm 81kg 12 83 82 43 47 2 5 14 21.9 69.2
Dean McDonald RI F Gippsland Power 184cm 87kg 19 152 60 49 83 1 15 14 43.18 68.7
Paul Seedsman CO C Eastern Ranges 188cm 70kg 3 25 21 12 12 0 6 3 1.2 68.7
Jayden Pitt FR C Geelong Falcons 189cm 70kg 10 111 59 35 24 0 4 8 7.4 67.8
Ariel Steinberg ES F Bendigo Pioneers 191cm 84kg 8 67 10 42 9 6 10 0 22.5 67
Andrew McInnes CA B Dandenong Stingrays 191cm 86kg 11 108 75 33 34 1 10 7 4.1 65.8
Kieran Harper NM F Eastern Ranges 187cm 80kg 8 76 43 22 25 1 4 7 6.2 62.8
Luke Mitchell CA F Calder Cannons 194cm 94kg 8 59 41 31 9 1 9 10 15.6 58
Troy Davis ME B Geelong Falcons 192cm 90kg 11 61 100 52 25 5 8 9 1.0 57.4
Jeremy Taylor GC B Geelong Falcons 191cm 83kg 9 50 54 25 22 5 5 9 2.0 46.2
Cameron Delaney NM B Geelong Falcons 194cm 82kg 12 83 41 33 28 24 7 17 0.3 43.8

In the backs, where Fanplanner teams are filled mostly with Gold Coast cheapies, Heppell at #8 and Jacobs at #16 will push strongly with manageable rookie prices. O’Shea and Jacobs are further examples of a recent trend in Port Adelaide recruiting where they have recruited some of the best accumulators from the TAC Cup, with last year including junior ball magnets Matthew Broadbent and Mitch Banner – though their middling seasons in 2010 are perhaps a warning not to rely on Port kids for fantasy purposes.

The highest forward in this list in Prestia is interesting if only because he went to the Gold Coast, which had holes in its forward line pre-draft and filled them with kids who now have a better chance at senior footy in 2011 than at most other clubs.

I’ll research similar articles for the WAFL and SANFL over the coming days. Let me know which of these boys you’ve got your eye on for ’11!

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