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Talking points: Round 9

Player of the week: Luke McPharlin (150)

No-one could top McPharlin’s Friday night game, where he pulled in a whopping amount of marks (from memory, around 20). I didn’t watch the game, and can’t give much context to McPharlin’s score except I haven’t seen him name in a single best players list so far. This means his dead-set excellent fantasy score is even better. Honourable mentions: Tarkyn Lockyer (150), Kane Cornes (142), Cameron Bruce (135), Stephen Gilham (121), Scott Lucas (138)

Biggest disappointment: Heath Shaw (46). From what I have heard, Shaw was tagged off half-back on Saturday night as the Lions sought to shut him out of it. It clearly worked – Shaw had a massive downer, and will sink in price over the coming weeks. Honourable mentions in this category go to Sam Mitchell (48), Lance Franklin (27), and Scott West, whose score of 65 is comparable in drop to every other one mentioned here.

Other points of interest:

Adam Goodes had a pretty convincing return to form against the Bulldogs, scoring 110, which will see his price rise to around $272k. That’s still a verrrry reasonable price for someone of his talent. Peter Everitt also had a return to form, scoring 91, although that may be due to the Dogs’ ruck division which was totally outclassed

Scott Pendlebury popped up with another 84, keeping up a super-consistent season. His lowest score so far has been 70-odd – that’s fantastic

Jimmy Bartel registered a very respectable 111, but it could have been far better after he was on 72 at half-time. It was a similar story everywhere across the ground – the Cats were ripping it til half-time and then faded somewhat. Matthew Stokes did really well with 94 (including seven tackles, which fantasy coaches love), and for Port Nathan Krakouer bagged 75 – his best game to date. Shaun Burgoyne, meanwhile, got 87 which is his best game in four weeks. He’s now marginally more expensive than Goodes, which is still ultra-cheap. Get on him

Brock McLean got an even hundred in his return to AFL for the Demons, an excellent effort in his first game back from injury. Ricky Petterd, meanwhile, got 55 which is his lowest score in four games so far. His price will still rise some, though

Shaun Higgins scored 18 the week after being nominated for the Rising Star award. Crash…

Kent Kingsley nabbed a so-so 60 points in his first AFL game, which is about what you could reasonably expect from the King. Any takers here? I think not…

Fev scored 58 in a very low-scoring game on Saturday afternoon. Nathan Basset, take a bow. Nick Dal Santo, the night before, scored 81 but it won’t stop his price falling away to $333k, which is pretty tempting if not for the cheaper players (Goodes, S. Burgoyne).

Sam Gilbert registered his second 90+ in a row, which means he has to score –73 next week to stay at the same price. This kid is looking fantastic – did anyone predict it? Any bets on how long it will last? For me, hmmm, not that long.

Finally, Kane Tenace scored 94 in the Cats’ win over Port Adelaide, which is his highest score ever. Now, this dude looks a bit ominous. He’s always been talented, but finally looks to have sorted out his kicking, and the results are showing. He racked up huge numbers in the VFL for a few weeks in a row earlier this year, and he may be just about to really turn the corner in AFL as well

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