NAB Cup Stock Exchange

The remaining 9 teams squared off to complete the first round of the NAB Cup over the weekend. While the trial rules dampened the relevance of the pre-season matches, serious DT coaches were still taking notes and sizing up their team for the season proper. Here are a few players whose stock rose and fell over the weekend in the eyes of the DT population.

Rising Stock

Ryan Gamble STK

This guy has barely made a blip on most coach’s radar until this weekend. Gamble exploded in the absence of Riewoldt and kicked 4 goals over the two shortened contests. Scores of 50 and 41 meant he was only second to fantasy gun Montagna in terms of points scored for St. Kilda. The big question is whether he can maintain this output when much of his supply will be redirected to Saint Nick when he returns. But at $157,800, he is well and truly worth a look over the remaining cup games.

Stewart Crameri ESS

Crameri has barely been an afterthought as an Essendon midfielder, thanks to the H-twins, Hibberd and Heppell, soaking up all of the interest. He played the last three games of 2010 for an average of 57.3, meaning he’s priced at $166,700 for 2011. While currently he’s too expensive to take a risk on, his scores of 40 and 37 were impressive, especially with his touch around the goals.

Cameron Richardson NTH

Wow, this guy has really come out firing! He has been considered as a bench player in most forward lines until now, but was hard to lock without DPP like Mzungu and Krakouer…Not any more! He looks like a stat machine, picking up at least 12 touches in both games. He also lead North in both contests with scores of 57 and 44 against two quality outfits. It’s fair to say that after this weekend, many coaches will be getting on Richardson, and rightly so.

Shaun Higgins WB

There has been a fair bit of discussion about whether picking up Higgins is worth the risk or not, with most of the concern directed towards his history of soft-tissue injuries. While those concerns are still there, there’s no doubting that he has had a great pre-season and his performance on Sunday proved that. He scored 50 and 38 with much of his trademark class. Higgins is now a legitimate option as an underpriced DPP for 2011.

Jonathan Simpkin GEEL

The rookie-listed midfielder from Geelong put up his first serious bid for consideration after solid scores of 40 and 42. While he is now on the radar, his job security is almost non-existent and he seems to be behind a few other Geelong youngsters(think Duncan, Menzel, Christensen). Could be a mid-season downgrade option if he makes his debut later in the season, but shouldn’t press for your round 1 team.

Falling Stock

Mitch Wallis WB

Everyone was watching this father-son and pick and the guy he will forever be compared to, Tom Liberatore, to see what they could do. While Libba was solid in his single game, Wallis failed to fire. In his first game he looked energetic, but failed to generate a decent DT score. Being subbed on late in the second game didn’t help his case either. While he was unlikely to start round 1 anyway, he should be exiting most coach’s minds as that third midefield bench option.

David Swallow GC

The fall in Swallow’s stock is not his fault at all. In fact, he looked right at home against bigger and older bodies, posting 39 and 25 in possession-happy football. The decrease in value is more due to the fact that Daniel Harris played so well (45 and 42 to lead GC for the day) at a much lower price. If you only wanted to own the one GC midfielder, then Swallow shouldn’t be your first choice.

Maverick Weller GC

While Swallow did nothing wrong, same can’t be said for Weller. Many teams have considered Weller in their midfield, but he was barely sighted over the course of the day only picking up the 5 disposals. While it’s unwise to write someone off based on only one day, it was hard to be optimistic about this guy’s fantasy potential.

Brent Prismall ESS

Prismall would have only been considered as a few, being an awkwardly-priced almost-premium. But after his horrid performance, he should be forgotten. While it’s only one game (well, two), an experienced player should be able to manage more than 7 disposals if he was fully fit. Either way,through bad form or bad health, his value has plummeted after the weekend.

Fluctuating Stock

Todd Banfield BRIS

It’s hard to get a read on Banfield from the data gained over the weekend. He started with an error-riddled 10 in his first game against Essendon, but was red hot with 2 goals and 57 against the Saints. It’s difficult to know which game is the exception and which is the norm, so watch the rest of his cup closely.

Josh Toy and Michael Coad GC

The first round of the nab cup didn’t do much to separate these two as your rookie backman from the Suns. Coad scored higher (38 and 25) than Toy (37 and 17), but Toy’s second game was limited due to a corked thigh. Coad seems to have better job security, but Toy’s game-style looks more suited to DT… Will need more time to make a call here.

Jared Polec BRIS

Polec looked polished in his 34 in the Lion’s big loss to the Bombers, but went missing against St Kilda. There didn’t seem to be any real reason for his fading, except for inexperience. Still popular for a midfield bench spot, we’ll have to see more before we can gauge his potential for 2011.

59 Comments

  • Thought Schnieder (mid/fwd DPP) from Hawks looked interesting…at only $80K, a good third bench option in fwd line to save some chocolates?

    • He has to get on the list and while he’s got guts and pace he’s pretty small. Hawthorn are aiming high so only almost ready-made players will run out probably. Whitecross in the same two games just showed authority, hardness etc and he is no certainty. The hawks have too many quality players approaching or in their prime age range and a mindset that they plan to win this year (getting Bruce, Hale, Burgoyne, Gibson etc over the last two years). They aren’t rebuilding is my tip…

      • Due to a lack of veterans, can the Hawks nominate one Rookie to be placed on the main list?? I can’t remember the rule exactly.

  • Fevola shares on a trading halt

  • Viv Michie? Performed better than most rookies to be honest!

  • He can’t mention everyone who played in the NAB guys. Cut the dude some slack! Great write up mate.

    • Apologies. I didn’t intend to give the impression that the write-up was lacking in any way. Good job tbetta.

      Was just after opinions, which is usually what the comments section is for yes? ;)

      Good work guys.

      • Considered Grant – perfect example of someone who should be mentioned. Just personally wont consider him after seeing him in that Hong Kong youtube clip…

        Atley could have copped a mention as falling in stock after a lot of hype about him he didnt do much.

        Also, in response to the other comments, Viv Michie and Schneider didnt play this weekend so weren’t considered

  • Had Cam Richardson in my side before he’s great performance in the NAB cup. Robbie Tarrant also looked good out there, could get a spot on my bench.

    Atley, Isaac Smith and Gaff were a bit disappointing…so leaning towards Brodie Martin instead of Gaff at this stage.

    Lastly, what will everyone else do with Petrie if he does get suspended by the MRP for his high bump on the weekend?

    • His only facing a 1 week ban if he doesn’t contest it. Bring on your 4th ruck if you have Smith as your 3rd (just hope he plays)

      • If Petrie is missing Rd. 1 where many have him slotted into the ruck covering Fraser (and Zac Smith) I think he will be dropped from many teams. I currently have him in my fwd line hoping he averages 80+, if I change my mind that he is not a keeper I am not gonna pick him

      • Have Sandy, Fraser, Smith and Hale. As long as Hale can cover my donut Petrie will stay in my side. Just hoping I won’t have to redo my Ruck to avoid the 0; was thoroughly satisfied with it.

        • how can u be satisfied with starting Fraser? he’s such a passenger when he’s not actually in a ruck contest

      • Yes, but he also has an early bye so another donut. Kind of annoying start for a guy who is meant to make you some cash, two donuts in three of four rounds!

        • Yeah gonna drop him. Only really needed him to fill the donut in Round 1. Taking till Round 6 to finally rise in price is too long for a cash cow.

          • he could be worth holding out on till he’s played 2 than jumping on him if his done well before his third.. cos a forward or ruck has bound to have injured themself by then..

  • Good write up! Is anyone thinking of getting claye beams? Surely he will get plenty of games in that woeful side

    • Beams, Green and Polec would probably be fighting for one spot in the Lions midfield, I’ll wait to see the rd 1 team before deciding who I go for.

      I’d also be wary about going for too many new Hawks too, they have a lot of competition for places and I can’t see the likes of Schneider getting a look in, especially given he is rookie listed. Not sold on Smith’s chances of early games either, though Puopolo looks a good chance to play.

  • I’m guessing Danny Stanley’s 72 as a $106,000 player is going unnoticed for a reason. He had a lot of good potential at Collingwood, barred by injuries, a star lineup and 1 or 2 bad AFL games, I’m excited!

    • He’s on my radar, but I’m not taking anything done against GWS too seriously!

      • couldn’t have said it any better myself. Also, hard to get a spot in the Suns back 6, so will have to play up forward and won’t see much of the ball there.

    • He’s going to have stiff competition getting a spot in the Backline considering Bock, Brown, Harbrow and Krakouer (maybe) have positions already.

  • does anyone know what / how bad Greenwood’s injury was ?? was gettin a bit of it before he went down..

  • Petrie suspended for round 1….and misses rounds 3 and 21 with byes….assuming he has a few weeks off for niggles and injuries this year then surely he will miss a minimum of 5 or 6 games (and that is the best case scenario).

    For those of you who are relying on this fallen gun, might be time to consider alternatives….

    • He hasn’t excepted the ban yet has he?? he has until 11am tomorrow to challenge the finding.

      • Nah, more speculation at this stage….although if you’ve seen the footage then surely you’d agree that blokes have gone for alot less than that….he copped Milburn fair and square in the noggen! 1 week is very likely….

  • What about Pat Contin as a third bench player in the midfield. Got 55 in his 2 games against pies and carlton. Jumping on him after wallis’ poor performance. :)

  • Bit off topic but Bernie Vince VS Liam Anthony?

    • Anthony. I don’t think Vince can cope with a tag yet. And he will be tagged.

    • Why is there so much interest in Anthony? He is too injury prone for mine, but maybe there is something I don’t know about him. Wouldn’t touch Vince; disrupted preseason and can’t cope with tag.

      • thoroughly agree. people are probably still in love with Anthony from when he was a rookie!! i’d go for neither Orbs. so much good value in the rooks this year so save your $$

    • Neither, Vince’s injury/fitness, & I too don’t understand the popularity of Anthony.

      • Incase you were set on 1 or the other, then I guess Vince- on the basis he plays @ AAMI for his first 3 games & his rnd2 bye would be ideal considering his interrupted preseason.

  • polec or gaff? one will have to start on the filed for me i think, who would you guys start on your field this stage, or is there some1 better wround the 170k mark or less ive already got heppel mzungu harris,swallow,krakouer,callinan and hibberd any suggestions?

    • At the moment I’m looking at Djkerra and Crameri for my 6th mid spot…. But sstill undecided

  • What did people think of GC krakouer with 47 against sydney and played as a sub in second.

    At 200k i think he could be worth a krak!

  • I know this is off topic but is David hale worth a crack?
    I know he is rubbish, i know he is slow and i know that he doesn’t have a good history of DT scores but he is only 184k but he is at a new club and hawks dont have any good ruckmen anyway.
    If he can average 60 then i should stand to make about 65k from him which isn’t too bad i guess. I am only considering him as petrie is suspended round 1 and will also miss round 3

    • Also, am definitely loving the Cam Richardson action. Want to make space for him. Thinking of dropping Petrie/J.Tippet and sorting something else out for the rucks, although I do need to find the extra cash to make sure I have someone playing with Sandi every week and then someone else to cover on the byes. David Hale is also on my maybe list but I’ll wait and see closer to bounce down I think.

  • i need a premium defender deledio or broughton or malceski thoughts?

  • who would be the best 2 bench options for my mids out of…

    Wallis, Isaac Smith, Contin, Atley, Conca, Polec, Gaff and Hibberd

    I already have in my mids Swan, Boyd, Bartel, Stanton, Swallow, Harris and Krakouer

  • I really liked the look of Wood from the dogs, he seemed to be there go to man, with Hargrave out till May and Harbrow off to Gold Coast, there is alot to like about him

  • I’m pretty keen on Laidler as my backline smokey… It just depends if he lines up Round 1, otherwise he’ll be dropped. Can you see any problems with him? It allows me room to stick to my overall strategy (mostly GnR with a heap of GCS players on bench). Cheers

    • TB, for a bit more A Otten will prolly score more. Duigan from the blues may get similar points for 38k less.
      Positive for Laidler is he will prolly have greater job security than Duigan. Cheap backs that will become keepers this year, seem a bit harder to find than last year.

    • I also had Laidler as my sixth defender next to Otten as seventh. There was a report indicating he would play half back and wing and knows how to find the ball. If he is named in Round 1, he is in my team.

  • What do people think for a 6th mid for under 188k? I’ve already got harris, h.jolly and I.Smith

  • Great stuff mate.

    The big fall for the team I had was Atley from North. As has been said for others it’s hard to write a guy in or out based on 1 day of footy, but he was a long way from the guy I hoped to see.

  • i’m interested to hear thoughts on scott selwood. he’s just come onto my rader with an impressive 53 in his 1 nab cup game. he averaged 53.2 in his first 10 games in 2010 and 88 in his last 10 games. i was in europe for the second half of last season. did woosha change his role? looks to be great value at under 300,000. If he impresses for the rest of pre season, might just bump foley out as my mid range middie. if he can get a 90 average would be a real unique pick.

    • He sure is a unique pick, my current 4th mid who is my unique is Trent Cotchin, hoping he will ave atleast 90+ at the end of year as my 6th mid.

    • Scooter definitely has the talent to increase his output, but in such a poor young side, it may be more gradual that a 40 point rise like you hope.

      Unfortunately the eagles have a few players who could make the jump, Shuey, Masten (perennial underperformer) and Butler are three id look at before Scooter, because Woosh still likes the Selwoods as taggers.

    • Wait until you see another preseason game as Scott Selwood only performed well against Box Hill and a very poor Fremantle. The only problem is that West Coast is playing Gold Coast, so they may have inflated stats again unless Gold COast is better than predicted.

  • 2 quick things I smith or B Retzlaf forward
    B Waters or S Gilbert back

    im stuck on this lol