We’re into week 4 and have three rounds of form in front of us. Seemingly, the best Free Agents will have now been snapped up, but there are always diamonds in the rough that surface. So let’s see who the best targets are for this week:
BACK OF THE WEEK
Many were hot on this young Dog after the JLT and now he’s showing why, with a huge 114 points in Round 3 making Bailey Williams a man in demand. With just 49% ownership, he should be your top priority this week. 26 disposals and 12 marks in the back half for the Bulldogs has seen Williams take ownership of that role in the absence of Boyd and Bob Murphy.
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There were several solid scores from our defenders this week, with Adelaide’s Luke Brown adding to this 90 in Round 2 – falling just shy of the ton with 99 points. With 26% ownership, he’s a good pick if Williams is gone as he’s racking up plenty of marks at the Crows.
Taylor Duryea has had plenty of critics, but he’s going at an average of 74 points in 2018 – and with 83 in Round 3 and all-important DPP, he’s a handy pickup if you’re in one of the 63% of leagues that he’s available in.
Other options for this week include Dogs’ second-gamer Ed Richards who has just 12% ownership and scored 85 on the weekend; and Demon Josh Wagner who scored a solid 80 points in Round 3 and has just 7% ownership. Picked over the likes of Gus Brayshaw in R1, Wagner has kept his spot and improving so seems to have decent job security to back him up.
CENTRE OF THE WEEK
This is difficult to write, but North tagger Ben Jacobs looks to be the best of a bad bunch this week. He backed up a stellar Round 2 with 86 points. With just 30% ownership, Jacobs looks to be a solid backup in 2018. Remember, however that he is a tagger first – so don’t expect him to be a reliable, first-team starter in your midfield every week.
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St Kilda youngster Jack Sinclair scored a decent 91 on the weekend and with just 56% ownership, he leads an uninspiring list for Round 4. Chris Masten is much-maligned, but is playing for his career in 2018 and put up decent numbers on the weekend with an 82. He has just 39% ownership so is there for any who want to take a punt. If he improves, he could be a solid pickup.
Giant young gun, Jacob Hopper (75) is only owned in 61% of leagues and looked pretty good in his first game for the season. We know he can play and – if fit – will play seniors most weeks. A bit of a flyer – Carlton top draft pick Paddy Dow is starting to find his feet at AFL level. Whilst he hasn’t put up any score of note just yet, he managed 62 on the weekend and is improving. We know he will be given plenty of games and with just 46% ownership, he could be worth a flyer to stash away as cover in the hope of startable scores very soon.
RUCK OF THE WEEK
It’s slim pickings in the ruck this week, so Levi Casboult is your best bet. The hulking contested-marking beast was one of the best for the Blues against the Pies, scoring 4 goals and chipping in with 11 hitouts for a total of 90 points. With 54% ownership, he’s likely the best available at this stage.
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Mason Cox (54) came back into the team for the Pies in Round 3 and looks set to stay. He’s no world beater but can go big when you least expect it. At just 55% ownership, he’s one to consider. Majak Daw played his first for the year and tallied 66 points supporting Todd Goldstein. Owned in just 18% of leagues, he’s the most likely to be available if you’re stuck in the ruck. Another who might be worth a punt is the Giant’s Dawson Simpson. Although he returned to field on the weekend Lobb must be in doubt for Round 4, and Simpson is the logical replacement.
FORWARD OF THE WEEK
24-year old Jon Patton topped scored for all forwards in Round 3 with 123 points. The man mountain referred to internally as ‘The General’ has just 59% ownership in UF and now boasts an average of 81.7 points. The time is right for the 24-year old to breakout, and after seeing the likes of Joe Daniher do so in 2017 – there’s a decent chance Patton could follow in the same footsteps. With the injury to Lobb he did spend much of Round 3 in the ruck and could do so again in Round 4. One of the best picks this week.
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Fremantle mid/forward Ed Langdon has just 36% ownership, which will skyrocket after his Round 3 performance. Tallying 111 points, Langdon has his best game for the year so far after coming off two scores in the 60s over the opening fortnight.
Josh Thomas (107) was on fire against the Blues and with just 43% ownership, he’s a solid pickup this week. Whether it’s the start of a breakout or not, depends on how much you rate him. Jake Waterman (96) is filling JJK’s boots very well, but may not be around too much longer in this role. With just 6% ownership, he’ll be there if you want him.
Will Hayward from the Swans has very low ownership (14%) but will be a rollercoaster should you choose to take him on. Scores of 79 and 88 (Round 3) sandwiched a score of 30, so beware.
Top Five Targets
- Bailey Williams
- Jon Patton
- Luke Brown
- Ben Jacobs
- Ed Langdon