MID | $117,300 | Ave: 96.5 | BE: -120
Kristian flagged the 22-year-old Pie as an option last week and if you jumped on him then, you would be laughing. Wills scored an impressive 108 SuperCoach points against the Tigers including 20 disposals and eight tackles – three shy of his ridiculous 11 tackles on debut the week before. If you are desperate for a midfield downgrade this weekend and have the trades to spare, Wills is your man. And if his first two matches are anything to go by, he should be handy cover if injury plagues your team during the latter rounds.
RUC | $117,300 | Ave: 93 | BE: -113
As Brisbane’s number one ruck over the past fortnight, Smith has prospered albeit against sub-par opposition. The former basketballer has managed two scores in the 90s against makeshift ruckman Jackson Trengove and debutant Reilly O’Brien. It would be harsh for young Archie to be dropped at this point, but an axing is a possibility with Stefan Martin to come back into the lineup. An interesting bench option if any of the major rucks succumb to injury late in the year, but be sure to check the team lineups on Thursday before making the move.
MID | $102,400 | Ave: 64.5 | BE: -66
If Wills doesn’t tickle your fancy, Marcon may be the man for you. Despite being a mature-age recruit, Marcon will be sure to play out the rest of the season considering it is his first year on the list, and Richmond are trialling their draftees and youngsters. Marcon had a high impact first half last weekend but drifted out of the match, scoring a solid total of 75. I would personally opt for Wills, but Marcon also looks like a reasonable downgrade option – especially if you need the extra $15k.
MID | $202,700 | Ave: 89.3 | BE: -45
Yet another mature recruit, Menegola has proved to be a decent scorer in his three games for the Cats. Menegola has posted two scores in the 90’s and is somewhat of a ball magnet, averaging 24 disposals and twice exceeding the 25 possession mark. He has already risen in price, but he looms as great cover for your midfield bench. If you can afford to splash the extra $80k, Menegola should be your preferred option to gain some cash and give you reasonable scoring potential. With the likes of Selwood and Dangerfield alongside him in the midfield, opposition sides won’t be focussing too much on the 24-year-old, so it is likely that he will continue to rack up points.
DEF | $425,300 | Ave: 91.1 | BE: 70
In his second match back from a wrist injury, Houli had a remarkable impact with his foot-skills and outside running. The rebounding Tiger amassed 30 disposals and reached a promising total of 124 points, his third 120+ score in nine matches this season. Pulling the trigger on Houli is somewhat risky due to his inconsistent nature, but isn’t SuperCoach finals the best time to take the punt? As Richmond’s most trusted ball-user out of defence and a regular kick-out taker – playing on from the majority of them – he looms as a promising Point of difference.
DEF | $431,500 | Ave: 93.8 | BE: 155
The experienced Hawks defender has had a poor fortnight SuperCoach wise, averaging just 56 points thanks to two more sub-60 point scores. Across the season Gibson has had five of these in 2016, and the business end of the SuperCoach year would be the worst time for him to churn out another dismal total. Gibson has also scored just one ton against top eight sides this season and he plays two, in North Melbourne and West Coast, on the run home. He did score a monumental 191 points against the Eagles last time though, so don’t bother axing him unless you have the luxury of trades up your sleeve.
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