Melbourne started the 2018 season slowly averaging 365.8 Disposals between Rounds 1-6, the Demons averaged 400.4 Disposals from their remaining 16 H&A games (Rank 1).
A total of 3 players averaged more than 100pts last season, Max Gawn was the highest averaging 108.9pts (Incl. Finals). Key Forwards Jesse Hogan & Tom McDonald averaged in the high 80s.
Melbourne were active over the Trade Period acquiring Braydon Preuss which may impact Max Gawn, Steven May & Kade Kolodjashnij also join the Demons which impact the defensive mix along with the return of Jake Lever from an ACL injury.
The loss of Dom Tyson will also impact the midfield mix, the Demons should remain on a positive trajectory but with a different look in 2019.
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2019 Potential Targets:
Max Gawn RUCK $808K
Gawn rebounded in a strong way in 2018 after an injury interrupted 2017 season, he averaged a career season high 108.9pts (Incl. Finals).
Gawn averaged 44.8 Hit Outs last season (AFL Rank 1), he scored 100pts or more in 68.0% of games & 120pts or more in 32.0% of games.
The addition of Preuss does raise an instant red flag, Gawn is likely overpriced if Preuss is a regular in the Melbourne team in 2019.
If Preuss is purely a backup Ruck then Gawn is appropriately priced, there is so much more information needed over the pre-season in order to make an informed decision.
Angus Brayshaw MID $763K
Last season was a breakout for Brayshaw, despite missing the opening 3 games of the 2018 season & averaging 66.0pts from his first 3 games the average of 112.4pts from his remaining 16 games is clearly noteworthy.
Brayshaw scored 100pts or more in 54.5% of games & 120pts or more in 27.3% of games last season, he recorded a season high score of 166pts against Adelaide in Round 10.
Ownership could dip on Brayshaw at the start of the 2019 season as he is a MID only, he could be a very good point of difference if he can produce again.
James Harmes MID $603K
Harmes forged his way into the midfield at Melbourne last season, his defensive role increased his contested numbers making him an option very late in the season.
The return of Jack Viney could negatively impact the role for Harmes in 2019, a further breakout could be limited as a result.
Like many others at Melbourne during the pre-season Harmes is a watch during the JLT series for role & midfield usage, he should be considered if his numbers spike in the right direction.
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|Kennedy Harris, Jay||MID||63.67||6||$407000|