Jeppa’s Draftees – Rd 19

FMDT is a phrase commonly thrown around and it looks to get a good workout in the first week of finals.

The news that Dane Swan is suspended for two weeks is terrible timing but hey, sh*t happens. All you can do is use your last trades wisely, rely on team depth and hope that there is no more bad news!

Three-or-More Gamers

Since there are so many three-or-more game players currently running around, the ones mentioned here are those most relevant for DT finals.

Defender Tommy Bugg played a forward tagging role on Daniel Pearce and bobbed up with 3 goals but only scored 60, which is a real concern. I reckon he’ll play the same role on Harbrow so it’s fair to assume that he aint going to give his coaches a huge score again this week. Lee Spurr has come from nowhere in the last few rounds with many of us writing him off earlier in the year. He played very well on the weekend and kept Ashton Hams pretty quiet. His 81 against the Eagles and 70 average over the past 5 games makes him a good back up. Richmond pair Brandon Ellis and Steven Morris scored a disappointing 53 and 32 respectively. You can guarantee that these two will suit up for the yellow and black again this week barring injury but don’t expect any scoring miracles.

A few weeks back Jonathon Giles looked absolutely spent and struggled to run out games. Against the Power, Giles found another gear and scored a massive 124. With his really good form over the past couple of weeks, Giles is primed to score another 100+ points against the Suns. Orren Stephenson had a really good first half on Friday night with countless hit outs to advantage and some important clearances. However, like he has done most of the year, Stephenson struggled in the second half and finished with 63. With Chris Scott confirming that Trent West is out for a couple of weeks, Stephenson could come in very handy as an emergency given past ruck troubles.

Mr Hard Ball get Toby Greene continued his impressive rookie year scoring 86 against Port. We all know Greene’s credentials, add to this an average of 103 in his past five games and you have a very capable 6th midfielder or midfield emergency. Like Greene, Adam Treloar is a player who can comfortably hold his own at the M6/F7 position. On the weekend he collected 26 touches and kicked 2 goals.

Sam Gibson started very quiet against the Bulldogs scoring only 9 in the first quarter but after some impressive gut running, he finished with 108. Gibson has averaged 109 in his past three games, which is up there with some of the premium midfielders in DT. Magner started as the sub but came on in second quarter and ran with Ablett for the rest of the game. He scored 43 in two and a half quarters of footy, which is pretty good but you’ll still be on the back foot if you are forced to play him this week. The dashing Devon Smith managed a 100+ score for the second week in a row. With the ball regularly entering the Giants 50, Smith was able to collect 21 possessions and kick 2 goals. The worry with Smith is his inconsistency, however I’d expect a good supply into the giants forward line again this week, which will help his score tick along.

Other good performances from the three-or-more gamers include Stephen Coniglio (105), Jamie Elliott (84), Tory Dickson (81), Clay Smith (75), Ahmed Saad (75), Tom Bell (66) and Josh Jenkins (76). Faith can be put in these blokes to perform this week if needed.

Two Gamers

Alex Browne was named in the bests for the Bombers after gathering 17 touches and kicking two very important second half goals against the Crows. For those who need to downgrade to a quality cheap defender, Browne is your man especially after more soft tissue injuries hitting Bomerland.

The number 5 pick in last year’s draft, Matthew Buntine, has had a slow introduction into the AFL. He scored 44 against Port, but given his exorbitant price tag of $161,700, Buntine is not a downgrade option…stay away!

I didn’t manage to see the Brisbane v Richmond game on the weekend but after talking to a few other DT enthusiasts it was brought to my attention that Stephen Wrigley played pretty poorly. He was matched up against Nahas who kicked 3 goals on him and only had a scoring output of 42. Wrigley’s job security looks shaky but if he’s named this week, his rookie price might tempt those who need the extra cash.

One Gamers

There were only two debutants this week both coming out of the Western Bulldogs. Jason Johannisen collected 17 possessions and showed his ability to burst away from the contest with some good creative play. His debut score of 61 was reasonable and he should improve. With the likely inclusions of Gilbee, Williams and Sherman this week, if Johannisen keeps his spot then I’d say he’ll play in all of the remaining games this season. Michael Talia was a late inclusion for Tom Williams. He played on Hansen who had his measure for most of the game but Talia did push up the ground for one of the ‘ugliest’ goals of the season. Talia isn’t your best downgrade option so don’t bother.

Aidan Riley is not a debutant but played his first game this year after four games from the rookie list last season. He’s a $153,300 midfielder with little job security but after scoring 81 against the Bombers, Riley could be a unique back up for those with the extra cash.

Rookie of the Year – DEFENDERS

After looking at the best ruck rookies last week, this week it’s the defenders turn.

Thomas Bugg – Has the highest rookie defender average of 70 in 16 games so far this season. He is very good by hand and foot but the tagging role he usually plays has not allowed him to showcase his ball winning abilities. Bugg is undoubtedly in the best 18 at GWS and will feature regularly for the Giants next season.

Marty Clarke – The Irishman returned to Collingwood this year and started the season very well but has struggled for form in the past month. Clarke is very quick but still needs to improve his disposal efficiency. Never the less, Clarke has been invaluable for many DT coaches this season.

Brandon Ellis – Has played every game for the tigers this season, which is a massive effort for a first year player but has lacked DT output with an average of only 58. He loves receiving the outside ball and doesn’t mind getting in and under occasionally. When Ellis wins more of the ball, his deadly left foot will make him a very good player for the Tigers.

Steven Morris – An old fashioned footballer that kills the contest and does all the team things. He too has lacked DT scoring ability with an average of 56. He’s kicking needs to improve but he is rarely beaten one on one. Having played all but one game this season has got to count for something and you can be sure he’ll play 20+ games next year.

Lee Spurr – A mature age recruit from Central Districts who has only played in 7 games this season but averaged a respectable 66. Spurr’s disposal is pretty good but he is at his best when he runs off his opponents and distributes the ball into the midfield and forward line. A handy back up defender who looks to be invaluable now in finals.

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15 Comments

  • Great article Jeppa :)
    Keep up the good work mate!

  • Thanks for the article. Really well written.

  • Really good article, thanks :)

    P.S Ellis isn’t left footed

    • Late last night when I put this together, my brain told me he was a left footer…stupid brain!

      • Take away Ellis games where he copped the vest and he has been more than solid. Bugg still #1 defender though. Poor old Zorko doesnt get a writeup anymore…

  • Bugg was a nice money earner for the first half of the season before he was upgraded when they had the bye. Spurr has been a life saver for me for last 3-4 weeks with all backilne issues my team has had with Waters, Hargrave, Goddard missing during this period.About round 12-13 when he got dropped after picking him up I thought I did the dud trade of the year but he is now filling the gaps nicely. So my vote goes to SPURR!!!!!

    • The same Spurr who played 0 games between r9 and r15? The same Spurr who got shafted by mfRL and gave those who had him a donut before they could trade him out in r12 for a measley (negligable) price increase? How can you compare that shit to a guy who provided the goods in the backline in the first half of the season for a sensible upgrade at the right time?

  • Is Clancee Pearce a keeper for F7.

  • thanks jepp. tough gig at this time of the year. Spurr and ellis are interesting given their relevance to the byes, and now finals. i wasnt a fan of the ellis downgrade midseason but admitedly spurr has been busy lately…..

  • I brought in Alex Browne this week for Tim Mohr who was D9, it gave me $137,00 which i used on brent stanton to upgrade to Jobe watson. I have 1 trade left after these 2
    i am in an elimination stage game this week against a team that is sorta the same as mine.

  • Ther is NO WAY I would even consider spurr….

    whoever kept him would have lost the points during mbrs…. it hurts…

    his replacement sam shaw is a much more suitable pick… reliable, gets a game every week and usually pretty solid. (only misses from injury such as hammy earlier and more recently eye)

  • v. good article. Hargrave to Browne, Ellis to Waters v. tempting.

  • Bugg, played some solid games. Clear choice.

  • Ellis played every game, and has scored more points for me covering the likes of Broughton, Hargrave, Goddard etc. Is now over 300K and I’m playing him ahead of Adcock this week. Bugg just a good cash cow.