TEAM REVEAL: Damo
I’m a man of few words, so I’m not going to give a big long monologue explaining my team.
RORY LAIRD – I think he’s underpriced, even if only slightly. Had a down year, by his standards, in 2019 and I’d be surprised if he continues his backwards slide. A good chance to re-enter the top 6 grouping of defenders again.
LUKE RYAN – The new Freo game plan looks like it will benefit Luke Ryan even more than it already did. More kicking, more marking, more points. Ding ding ding, we have a winner.
SAM DOCHERTY – His first Marsh game worried me, but didn’t completely deter me. He did spend some time out of my team as I weighed up my options but the second pre-season game vs Brisbane laid to rest all the fears I had.
JOHN NOBLE – Only need to average 75 to max out at 407k, and an almost 200k profit from his starting price is a perfect scenario.
BRANDON ZERK-THATCHER – Pretty much ditto to Noble, but I don’t think he’ll average much higher than 60, which would still give us about a 150k profit to max out at about 350k.
HAYDEN YOUNG – Michael Walters pretty much let it slip that Hayden Young would come in and play that running half back role in the absence of Stephen Hill. Until he’s not named, he’s in my team.
TOBE WATSON – Looks to have forced his way into the Freo best 22, especially while they have some injury worries. Only modest scores in the Marsh series, averaging 52, but a warm body is a warm body.
BAILEY WILLIAMS – Appears to be in the box seat to secure the role as Nic Naitanui’s right hand man, won’t score amazingly as a 2nd year ruckmen but his job security seems decent as it looks like he’ll technically be straight back in after recovering from an injury concern.
JACK MACRAE – Jack Macrae is good at football, not sure what else you want me to say here?
LACHIE NEALE – Lachie Neale scored 118 on the weekend vs Carlton in Marsh two barely even putting the keys in the ignition.
NAT FYFE – #FyfeIsLife – Dual Brownlow Medallist, All-Australian Captain Nathaniel Fyfe of the Fremantle Dockers from Lake Grace, WA. Locked in from day one.
JOSH KELLY – I’m as scared as you are, but I’m excited by the fact that he’s had a full pre-season. Also worth noting that he scored 102SC points in 62% game time in the Bushfire Relief game, and that is hard to ignore. Plus won’t get tagged by Matt de Boer because they’re teammates!
HUGH MCCLUGGAGE – Breakout contender. Looked excellent in both Marsh games and was continuously looked for as an outside option by the rest of the Brisbane mids. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t at least raise his average by 10 points, and a 104 average was good enough for most of us with Brad Crouch last season. I think he’ll average more than that though.
MATT ROWELL – Will play, will score well. Has to be selected.
TOM GREEN – You’d think he’ll play, you’d think he’ll score well. You probably have to select him….if he’s selected.
MARLION PICKETT – I still can’t believe he’s 123k and also in Richmond’s best 22.
DEVEN ROBERTSON – Holding onto the 22nd place in the Brisbane team by the skin of his teeth you’d think at the minute, but if he debuts round one he’ll make it hard for Chris Fagan to leave him out.
JACK MAHONY – I assume he’s well and truly in the round 1 mix given that he played both Marsh Series games. DPP makes him even better.
CONNOR BUDARICK – Confirmed by Stuart Dew that he’ll probably debut, so you have to have him, 106k and dual position, whether that’s on field or not will depend on your overall team set up.
BRODIE GRUNDY & MAX GAWN – Set & forget, nothing to see here. Nothing fancy.
CHARLIE COMBEN – A good loop option.
DUSTIN MARTIN – He’ll have his down patch at some point that will annoy the hell out of us, but he’ll challenge Whitfield for the top forward of 2020.
ANDREW BRAYSHAW – #BrayshawBreakout
DEVON SMITH – Will at least make money even if he doesn’t reach the heights of 2018 when he averaged 98, I think he’ll end up being a keeper though.
JACK STEVEN – A bit like Devon Smith. I wrote both these players off early season but given the current rookie landscape, even if Stuv doesn’t reach his usual heights he’ll still make some good money. I’m more confident in Devon Smith than I am in Jack Steven though.
JARROD BRANDER – Looks like he’s going to do his best to make himself comfortable on one of the wings for West Coast.
CURTIS TAYLOR – A round 1 bolter after his Marsh 2 performance.
DARCY CAMERON – Personally think Cameron will play ahead of Cox, but that remains to be seen.
MAX KING – He’ll score terribly, but he’ll play every week if he’s fit and Saints have 8 of their first 11 games at Marvel Stadium.
70k on the dot in the bank.
What do you think, fam? Am I doing a madness with dis ting ‘ere?