Mid-Priced Options with Vince “Teflon” Gambino
The Choc-Dipped, Double Scooped inside word on the street on 2013 MID-PRICED Options.
OK youse guys, listen up. Vince is gonna fix you up nice with your study on the mid-priced options. You see, Jock got me out of crime and into a Mr.whippy van. I sell ice-creams to the stars! You may remember my pimped up van on the TV on Brownlow night. Anyways, I give ice-creams to the stars for information.
Like the other day,”Excuse me Mr.Judd, this lemon gelati placed on your hammy will fix you real good.” …… “And tell me this Mr.Judd, how is Zach Toohey looking this year?”
That’s how I roll; ice-creams for information.
Now I would like to share with you some of my inner-van secrets;
Greg Broughton – Gold Coast DEF/FWD – SC Price: $441,400
I’m more than happy to give Greg another chance, dudes. Like many of youse other coaches apart of the beloved community, we put our faith in Broughton last year. Unfortunately he had a rollercoaster year and only managed to average 82.7 points a game – well below what we were all hoping for. But Broughton’s dip in form wasn’t entirely his fault. That bloody muppet Ross Lyon played him in a forward line negating role, which drastically hurt his scores as he ended up tagging a rebounding defender most of the time. I’ll tell youse all right now – I was so angry at Ross Lyon for playing him as a forward line tagger, I was even tempted to return back to my dark days and put his windows through. Luckily for Broughton he’s escaped Lyon and the Dockers as he was traded to Gold Coast. The word I’m hearing is that he’ll return to his glory days as a rebounding defender which should see his scores considerably improve.
TEFLON’S VERDICT: Yes, unless there’s overwhelming evidence in the NAB Cup to suggest Broughton will play forward again, he is an absolute lock for all youse coaches out there.
Cam Pedersen –Melbourne DEF/RUCK – SC Price: $278,200
Sadly for those coaches who’d selected Pedersen in their team last year, he never quite reached his full potential at North Melbourne. Just like all the conflicts I’ve been in with other gangsters, perhaps there was some sort of feud going on between Brad Scott and Cam Pedersen because Pedersen never got the first team action he deserved. Following his move to Melbourne, Pedersen will see a lot more game time at the Dees and will hopefully rediscover his form of 2011 where he averaged 84.1 Supercoach points a game. Still only 26 years old, Pedersen still has plenty to offer at AFL and being a dual position player he might just slot into your team nicely.
TEFLON’S VERDICT: I really do like him. I’d wait a few NAB Cup games before declaring him a lock but if he shows any signs of reproducing that 2011 form at North Melbourne, he’s one to seriously consider.
Travis Varcoe – Geelong FWD/MID – SC Price: $268,900
A few weeks ago I decided to take the Mr. Whippy van down to Kardinia Park and have a look at who was impressing in pre season for the Cats. I pulled up my van in the car park and bumped into one of my old mates down at Geelong – John “Knuckles” Petrovski. Knuckles is a cool dude and was kind enough to give him some info on who’s looking sharp down at the Cattery. A player who he continually heaped praise on was Travis Varcoe. After only managing one game in 2012, Varcoe is set to explode this year. At $268,900 I believe he’s too good to refuse. As youse all know, I’m a risk-taker and despite his injuries Varcoe is well worth the punt.
TEFLON’S VERDICT: Assuming he stays fit, Varcoe is an absolute lock dudes. I’m anticipating he will score well above his break-even at the beginning of the season.
Jordan Russell – Collingwood DEF – SC Price: $240,000
After 114 solid but unspectacular games for Carlton, Jordan Russell made the move to the Lexus Centre. Now although Russell isn’t solely at Collingwood for a cheaper Lexus, at this stage I can’t see him playing much of a role for Nathan Buckley’s boys in 2013. My Blue baggers were bloody ordinary last season and he could hardly get a game for us – playing only 7 games scoring at a measly average of 57 DT and 50 SC points. However at $240,000 I can see the temptation for youse all to pick him. Struggling for a game at Carlton, I expect the same to happen for him at Collingwood. Who knows though, Bucks may work miracles with Russell and help rediscover his 2010 form where he averaged 87 SC points.
TEFLON’S VERDICT: Definitely not convinced on Jordan Russell. Happy to have a look at him the NAB Cup but he’s certainly well down my pecking order.
Brent Moloney – Brisbane MID – SC Price: $362,400
Perhaps I’m not the man to giving lifestyle advice, but it’s a shame that Moloney’s career at Melbourne was slightly tainted by his off-field mishaps. I can’t stand those beer cans that some of you bogan Aussies drink, but clearly Moloney loved having a few ‘frothies.’ Ultimately it ended in tears and Moloney was traded to Brisbane at the end of last season. Mark my words homies, at his best Moloney is a very capable player. Hopefully Vossy can allow him to live that relaxed lifestyle he craves. He’ll be much less in the spotlight in Brisbane as an AFL player than he would be in Melbourne, which should translate to him playing some much better footy in 2013. For those in the community who may not remember, Moloney was superb in 2011 averaging just under 100 SC points per game. With a guaranteed first team spot at the Lions, and my associates up there in Brisbane telling me he’s training the house down, Moloney is one to definitely keep an eye out for.
TEFLON”S VERDICT: Very confident about Moloney. Don’t wanna jump the gun too early but I reckon there’s a spot in “Teflon’s Terminators” for Moloney.
Mark LeCras – West Coast FWD – SC Price: $369,200
Cast your minds back folks to the days of 2009-11 when Mark Lecras was one of the premium forwards going around in the AFL. Fast forward to pre-season of 2012 when vision shown of LeCras going down with a ruptured ACL was shown on TV, and whilst I was sipping on a latte down at Lygon St I could hear a collective groan from fantasy football coaches all across Australia. It was a sad time for all. However, I’m confident that the Frenchman (he is French, wi?) is set for a big 2013. Understandably, recovering from a ruptured ACL is never easy and I’m not gonna sit here and tell you he is going to immediately return to his best form. But what I will say is that at $369,200 I very much like the look of Mark Lecras. A shift to midfield is also predicted for LeCras, meaning he should hopefully get more of the footy. Youse should all seriously consider LeCras for 2013.
TEFLON’S VERDICT: Another risk I’m willing to take. Some players never return to their best from after rupturing their ACL, others play like it never happened. Happy to roll the dice on Lecras.
Koby Stevens – Western Bulldogs MID – SC Price: $176,600
I’ve got a little smokey for youse all here in young Koby Stevens. Starved of opportunities after 3 seasons at the West Coast Eagles, Koby made the right call for the sake of his career by joining a rebuilding club in the Western Bulldogs. A player who became victim of the dreaded sub vest, Koby never reached his full potential at the Eagles. Thankfully for Koby, his job security is much better at the Doggies and I can’t see him being subbed out as many times as he was last year (5 out of 6 games!). With an increased amount of midfielders allowed in your side for 2013, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s room in the Terminators for Koby Stevens.
TEFLON’S VERDICT: Seriously like him. All depends on how consistently he can hold down a first team spot for the Western Bulldogs. Watch closely in NAB Cup.
Shannon Byrnes – Melbourne FWD – SC Price: $230,100
Once upon a time, Shannon Byrnes was one of the first names picked for Geelong. He’d run amok for the Cats, kicking goals consistently and more importantly churning out reliable SC and DT scores. Not a lot has changed since then dudes; however the Cats have a much more bolstered forward line nowadays and through a combination of both form and injuries, Byrnes struggled to hold down a spot in the Cats senior side. Mark Neeld still sees something in the 28 year old and I have to agree with him. Byrnes still has plenty to offer at AFL level and there’s no reason why he can’t rejuvenate his career at the Dees. The benefits attached to Byrnes are that at $230,100 he’s as cheap as chips; and he’s also got much better job security at Melbourne.
TEFLON’S VERDICT: Can see why plenty of youse are keen on him, but I’m still sceptical. During his glory days at Geelong, he was an OK player in a very good side. Very different to what he’ll face at Melbourne. Still, monitor closely.
Once again I’ll hand it over to youse blokes… you give Vince information and I’ll fix you up with a free ice-cream.