NAB ANALYSIS: West Coast v Essendon
The final match of the NAB Challenge was an absolute bloodbath, Community.
Considering the 105-point margin it is difficult to know how much can be taken away from this match.
West Coast were brutal. Essendon were poor.
But it is important to take these performances with a grain of salt.
Elliott Yeo (DEF 443K)
Now we have a dilemma, Community. The kid’s finally shown something. Played his way out of many sides with dismal performances in the first two NAB matches. But he did look better today. Score probably inflated somewhat due to the poor quality of opposition, however.
Pridda (MID 612K)
Another typical workman-like performance from the champion. Ridiculously consistent. Absolutely murdered Essendon’s midfield with 33 touches. Consider.
Luke Shuey (MID 523K)
Always looks primed for a break-out season. Has scoring potential. Could be a very nice POD in the midfield. But there are too many other good options.
Andrew Gaff (MID 560K)
Ball magnet. Just racks them up. Has gotten a lot stronger in the past couple of seasons allowing him to shrug tackles easier. Looks absolutely primed for another huge year. A dark horse to be a top-eight midfielder.
Jezza McGovern (DEF 429K)
The Plasticine Man was swung from back to forward and made an impact with a couple of goals and some nice grabs. With his swingman role it is hard to know whether we will get consistent scores from him, however.
Nic Nat (RUC 560K)
Jumped all over poor Mark Jamar. Was very influential at centre bounces and set up countless centre clearances. Some of the things he did at ground level were phenomenal. The bloke moves so well for a ruckman. So many good ruck options this season, yet only two spots to fill!
Liam Duggan (MID/FWD 229K)
Very clean, this kid. Uses the ball nicely. Awkward price, but worth a look if he keeps getting midfield minutes. Eagles are reportedly keen to give him an extended crack in the guts this season. Probably didn’t get enough of it today to warrant a spot in our sides, though.
Bunga Hurn (DEF 408K)
Has an elite kick, no doubt about it folks. The Eagles look to go to him to rebound out of the defensive half. Will rack up some good scores this year, but I doubt he will be a top-six defender.
Notable absentees: Lewis Jetta, Sharrod Wellingham, Chris Masten, Tom Lamb.
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Zach Merritt (MID/FWD 477K)
Had it 22 times, but I still thought he was a little underwhelming. Quiet in the first half before a burst in the last quarter improved his numbers. Was in my team, obviously will spend more time in the midfield this season. But my biggest concern is that the Dons will cop a lot of hammerings, causing a downward trend in the point-scoring capacity of the side.
Nick Kommer (FWD 123K)
Good on the young man for shaving his head for charity, but he was barely sighted today. Might be handy bench fodder but don’t expect any big scores.
Mitch Brown (DEF/FWD 117K)
After today’s performance, starting him on your field will certainly be a risk. You might get some okay scores but you will also get some shockers. Only had it nine times.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (DEF/FWD 102K)
While he is still pretty raw, you have to admire the way this bloke goes about it. Just keeps trying all day and never gives up. Woosha is a fan too, apparently. If he’s named Round One, pick him. Not sure about starting him on field, though.
Craig Bird (MID/FWD 348K)
Was pretty ordinary. Only picked up 14 possessions. Pass.
Jonno Simpkin (MID/FWD 223K)
Looked pretty good today. Played through the midfield, and was one of Essendon’s better players. Is worth looking at, but there are a couple of other good options around his price in Wells and Kennedy.
Matt Dea (DEF 183K)
Liked his game. Trying to find a way to fit him in. Seems a more reliable option on field instead of Brown or Hartley. Had it 20 times, along with eight marks.
Dea looks to be the pick of the Essendon top up defenders, currently with 16 disp (94% efficiency) and 70 #SuperCoach points.
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Michael Hartley (DEF 117K)
First two NAB games were good, but he was quiet today. Is this a sign of things to come? The Bombers will get smashed plenty of times this season and it may affect the output of players like Hartley.
Sam Grimley (FWD/RUC 123K)
Seems to have some job security, so he is a handy bench option. Duel position makes him more appealing. Don’t expect much in terms of scores, though. Played as a key forward, he might snag one or two goals in a game but he won’t get many touches.
David Zaharakis (MID 414K)
Looks unders considering he will be getting plenty of midfield time. Had it 26 times today and looked industrious. Some value there.
Matt Stokes (MID/FWD 388K)
Essendon’s leading possession winner with 28 touches. The old boy has still got it. Awkward price, better options out there.
Brendon Goddard (MID 524K)
Was rubbish today. Pass.
Notable absentees: Matthew Leuenberger, Courtenay Dempsey, Jayden Laverde, Ryan Crowley.