TEAM REVEAL: Clarky
Oh god, the team reveal right in the heart of when I am the most confused. Once the dust and panic settles, what I have currently will be 90% close to what the final team will be…. hopefully.
Without further ado I present “Gawn with the Win”.
Rory Laird is the anchor of my back line. With the addition of Brodie Smith running through the midfield, Laird certainly passed the eye test for me as they used him a lot to move the ball out of defence. I’m hoping for Laird to produce some consistent numbers here.
Sam Docherty or as I’ve been quietly calling him “Doc Lock”. We know what he is capable of and is an absolute force in the Blues defence. For that price, how can you say no? Durability may be an issue but you can’t deny the return of a king.
Dylan Roberton. Eye test, check. It feels good to have him back playing footy. 48 breakeven at his price is no sweat. As far as rookies BZT really shone for Essendon, the same goes for Noble. Brander and B. Williams are pushing for a round 1 spot. Hopefully Starcevich did enough to be selected. Acceptable replacements here may be Ash and Gould if named.
It’s Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn. There is literally no further explanation required. I understand that people want to spread their money further but I can’t convince myself to drop Gawn. Heck, my team is named after him. Comben from the Roos as a VC loophole.
Lachie Whitfield is a no brainer for me. With the positions open in the GWS midfield Whitfield stands to continue being a big point scorer. Out of the highest priced forwards I much prefer the look of Whitfield in my team.
Andrew Brayshaw #BrayshawBreakout. He’s playing through the midfield and is ticking a lot of boxes. The only thing that has shaken my thoughts is the appearance of Jack Steven and this could turn out to require a corrective trade if Brayshaw flops and Steven shines early. Expecting Brayshaw to push that high 80 low 90 average.
Devon Smith is potentially one of the most underpriced performers this season. Smith is a machine and looks to have recovered from his previous injuries. Probably will be a slow starter but could easily finish as a top 6 forward. Rookie wise Darcy Cameron looked good through the pre-season and could fit into the Pies outfit. Izak Rankine has been earmarked by the Suns for a round one start. Curtis Taylor had an impressive showing during the pre season and Max King may have a position at the Saints. Georgiades will hopefully play and that’s really the pass mark at the moment.
Like a kid in a candy store there’s almost too many uber premo’s to select. Jack Macrae, Nat Fyfe and Patrick Cripps will continue to produce the high consistent numbers they did last year and i’m comfortable paying up for that.
Josh Kelly has been one of the few players to never leave my side. A full dang pre-season locked this elite performer into my team. He is good, real good and will be the top scoring midfielder this year.
Elliot Yeo I definitely enjoyed watching him play on the weekend. Has a reasonable scoring history and I think he can go even further beyond. Underpriced for someone who could sneak into the top mids.
Jack Viney looks to be fit and firing going into season 2020. Racked up a lot of possessions, some tackles and a lot of pressure acts over the Marsh. A risky proposition given his scoring history but he goes hard and I love it. Also, Viney has the best eyebrows in the AFL which is worth… something?
What can even be said about the mid rooks. Matt Rowell should be a 100% lock for teams, he is going to go big. Marlion Pickett should get a game and will be worth every penny. Budarick has been confirmed as starting round 1. Robertson and Mahony had good outings and have really put their hand up.
Well there it is. Happy to hear people’s thoughts in the comments below. May the power of God and anime be on all your sides for the 2020 season!