Player of the week: How can you go past Matt Priddis â€“ who scored 166 against the Kangaroos on Saturday. Priddis racked up 40 disposals (niceâ€¦) but went the extra mile to register a massive 10 tackles as well, guaranteeing a fantastic fantasy score. I think itâ€™s the highest score weâ€™ve seen this year â€“ knocking off Scott Westâ€™s efforts a few weeks ago â€“ but Iâ€™m happy to be corrected on that.
Honourable mentions: In any other week, these guys may have taken out the awardâ€¦ Jimmy Bartel (no surprises there, with 150), Dean Cox (150, his highest score ever), Brad Green (162), Dane Swan (150), Andrew Carrazzo (139)
Biggest disappointment: Crashâ€¦ Back to earth for Leigh Fisher and Luke McPharlin, after each scored 145+ recently. Fisher scored just eight after twinging his hamstring, while McPharlin scored 28. He still went up in price due to a 150 last week, but that kind of inconsistency can kill a Dream Teamâ€™s potency. Due to Fisherâ€™s injured status, McPharlin â€˜winsâ€™ it this week.
Other points of interest:
Heath Shawâ€™s bad, bad score of nine was injury-affected, but it means heâ€™s looking like a brilliant upgrade target in a few weeksâ€™ time. For one thing, itâ€™s worth waiting until heâ€™s over that corkie, but for another reason his break-even price is 198. In other words, that price of $267k will sink to about $230k over the next couple of weeks â€“ unless, of course, he plays a blinder or twoâ€¦
It wasnâ€™t just Cox who registered a personal best this weekend. Ted Richards also managed one, scoring 89 against his old club on Saturday night. It wasnâ€™t a great night for the guns, though â€“ as well as Hallâ€™s shocker, Scott Lucas managed just 57, and Adam Goodes had a miserable 47.
Nigel Lappin had another good game on the weekend against
Richmond, scoring 114. Easy to remember now why he was such a Dream Team gun a few years ago â€“ I can remember him consistently outscoring Voss, Black, and Akermanis all in their prime. Lappin is now $288k with a bullet, after rising nearly $30k this weekend, and is set to rise up around $20k after the next match.
Lappinâ€™s former team-mate, Jason Akermanis, scored a miserable 65 against
Carlton. This week is the rematch against the Lions, and Aker needs a big one to kick-start his season. Heâ€™s cheap at the moment, but these bad games are not making him an attractive proposition.
The Cornes brothers scored 250 between them â€“ 128 to
Chad, and 122 to Kane, who is fast approaching a West-like price. Kane is now on $411k, having risen $14k, and has a break-even of just 54 next week.
Chadâ€™s breakeven is 51, making him also a good immediate get.
Â Warren Tredrea, meanwhile, continued his disappointing run, scoring 43. Heâ€™s dropped another $15k to be worth under 200 now, and further falls are likely with a break-even of 81. He has reached that once this year (against St Kilda) but apart from that thereâ€™s only one other score above 60 this year. When will it stop, Wozza?
In his first game for the year, Carltonâ€™s Jordan Bannister had a ripper, scoring 104. Wonâ€™t keep up though.
Chris Judd had a slightly down week, scoring 83. This means his price will slide slightly over the next week or two (heâ€™s worth $385k at the moment), with a break-even of 136 next week. Another elite player in Scott West is also in for a drop; those sky-high scores of earlier this year are not to be seen lately. West is now worth $365k, and has a break-even of 144 next week.
In the Crowsâ€™ perspective, thereâ€™s a few likely types falling away in price. Andrew McLeod, Scott Thompson and Graeme Johncock are all well down this week and the price slashing wonâ€™t stop there. Keep them all in mind.
Clint Bizzell didnâ€™t back up his good form from last week, scoring just 26. From what I can tell, Bizzell is playing as a stopper rather than an attacking half-back, which isnâ€™t good for guaranteed points â€“ even if he is as cheap as chips.
Matthew Pavlichâ€™s timely return to form coincided just as yours truly took him off captain dutiesâ€¦ But I have no problems with him scoring 144. His break-even is nine means further price rises are a certainty.