NAB Cup Form Analysis – GWS, Carlton, Sydney
BRYCE GIBBS STUNS THE COMMUNITY
A huge round 1 of NAB Cup action wound up on Sunday afternoon at Blacktown oval. The game presented us with some more Supercoach and Dreamteam food for thought. We debated some of the following blokes in Sunday night’s podcast so make sure you listen in:
- Bryce Gibbs ($590,800, DEF/MID) shocked the world of AFL. We hung more than our fair share of dung on poor old Bryce because of his lack of contested footy last season.. but he looked to have started AFL season 2013 off on a very different note. He collected 18 touches running through the midfield. HALF of these were contested. Stuff the fairies! He was already slotted in down back for my Supercoach team.. his position is locked in a little firmer after yesterday’s display. Aroused.
- Levi Casboult ($311,400, FWD) took the bull by the horns and announced himself as a forward line option for the Blue Baggers this season. He gathered the pill 13 times in his 2 games for 2 goals and looked a very attractive forward for Carlton. Looked very good… but this price is too awkward for this old Fantasy Footy champion. Can see him outscoring his price tag but not by enough to justify a spot in your team.
- Sam Rowe ($115,900, RUCK/FWD) is a bloody great story. He has battled cancer of the testicle but has battled the odds to hit the track once more. Not just that he played bloody well! MUST be in the mix for one of your ruck bench positions after a very strong showing yesterday. He topped the Dreamteam scoring for Carlton in game 1 with 44 DT points, then was quiet-ish in their second clash. Saw enough. R4 (4th ruck position) for me at the moment. Forward line eligibility is a bonus.
- Brock McLean ($568,600, MID) just keeps knocking on the door of Supercoach and Dreamteam selection. The word is that Mick Malthouse is happy as Larry about Brock, I believe that we need to consider Brock as a serious midfield option. Best afield against Sydney but plenty of it in both games.
Greater Western Sydney
- Anthony Miles ($338,500 Supercoach, MID) collected more pill that a junkie robbing a chemist. Had just 69% game time against Carlton but managed 9 kicks, 5 handballs, 3 clearances and 6 tackles. He played just 7 games in 2012 and averaged around 70. Would be a brave man to select him in a Fantasy midfield but he is one to keep an eye on.
- Toby Greene ($506,300 Supercoach, MID) is a snarling hungry tough ball hunter and I bloody love the bloke. He dominated – especially in game 2 against Sydney topping the Dreamteam scoring with 66. Not many will take the plunge on him either at this price – myself included – but he will be far from the worst midfield selection this season.
- Jonathan Patton ($242,300, FWD) looks a different player this pre season. Has laid off the pies. Fit, lean, quick and dangerous. Some on Twitter considering him as a mid priced forward option. I wouldn’t go near him Fantasy wise but look forward to seeing him play alongside the Cameron boy. 2 goals from just the 4 touches in game 1 then 5 touches and another 2 sausage rolls against Sydney. Good boy.
- People laughed at old Jock when I announced that this team will win more than they lose over the next few years. Yesterday only strengthened my resolve – this will be one hell of a football team. Treloar, Coniglio, and Kennedy were also top notch. Having said all that – I find it hard to find a space for any of these blokes in my starting team
- Dean Towers ($114,500, MID) had his name scrawled into my notepad with his performance against Greater Western Sydney. He was the second best Dreamteam point scorer for the Swans. Great country lad from Colac with a bucket load of potential. Will find it hard to crack a regular position in a solid Sydney midfield but some are suggesting he could crack a position down back: http://www.redandwhiteonline.com/forum/showthread.php/35854-Jake-Llyod-and-Dean-Towers – with a flag under their belt the Swans might be keen to blood these kids? Watch. Will be hard to fit in alongside O’Meara, Viney, Crouch and Mitchell as the stand out rookies.
- Luke Parker ($379,500, MID) is the one mid priced option I have a very keen interest in this season. His price is deflated because of the vest time he copped last year. This year we’ll see all that change and I believe he could be somewhat of a break out prospect this season. Was best afield for Sydney in their loss to GWS. A real smokey this season.
Well I’ve been prattlin on enough – what did you blokes get out of Sundays NAB Cup fixture?