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Why should I pick him?
Andrew Brayshaw has been one of the uber premium midfielders for a couple of seasons now, and was slightly down from his 112.4 average in 2022 to a 110.3 average in 2o23, but a big reason for that was a knee niggle he dealt with in the first six weeks of last season. This meant he only averaged 100.5 in the first six weeks had a high score of 120 with 3 scores below 100 (90, 72 and 99). Even with this, he still finished up as the 5th highest averaging midfielder last season, but that slowish start by Brayshaw’s standards because of the injury means we could actually get some value with him in 2024. From Round 7 onwards last season, Brayshaw went at an average of 113.7, going under 100 on just two occasions, a 91 and 97. He had some big scores in there, including 157, 135, 129, 122, 119 and 134. Based on this alone, if he just does what he did in that part of the season, we are getting 3 points of upside. I can see more of those 115+ scores in 2024 (had 10 scores of 115+ in 2022), so that would even further add to his potential upside. Add to that the emergence of Caleb Serong last season, he started attracting more of the attention from opposing teams, which is awesome if we see Andy Bray let more off the leash in 2024.
Another positive for Brayshaw in 2024 is his bye. Not only does he not have a bye in the first six weeks, he also has the good bye of Round 13, with only Fremantle and Port Adelaide on that bye. This is great because we get Brayshaw both the first six weeks, as well as the other bye rounds in Rounds 12, 14 and 15. Put all of this together, and it makes Andrew Brayshaw a fantastic option at M1 or even M2 in your starting side.
Why shouldn’t I pick him?
The one flag I have for Brayshaw is the midfield mix at Fremantle. As we saw Serong breakout and have an uptick in scoring, we are also expected to have Hayden Young play more midfield in 2024. Not to mention the likes of Nat Fyfe, Matt Johnson, Jaeger O’Meara, and even Neil Erasmus and Sam Switkowski may run through there. So, can the 3 big dogs all average 100? That’s the preseason watch for me, but I estimate Serong to slightly regress to a 100-105 average, Young to be a 95-100 average, leaving Brayshaw to be the no.1 scoring mid.
Deck of DT Rating.
I believe Andrew Brayshaw is a King in the Deck of DT heading into 2024. He is one of the few uber premium mids I look at that has upside and I think could be a 115-120 average, doesn’t have an early bye, has the good round 13 bye, and Serong could have more of the tag attention, leaving Andrew Brayshaw to potentially be the no.1 scoring player in the game.