By now you’ve probably wondered what Fairfax’s Ultimate Footy are revealing today for the latest Dual-Position Players (DPP). They can be the difference between winning and losing matches, finals and even premierships. On the back of the round three changes where we saw 13 new players gain a different position, this round has been a little more conservative in additions. Without further ado, let’s cut to the chase and reveal what everyone has been wanting to know for the past three weeks – the seven new announcements today and a couple more to watch.
Andy Otten (AD – B) add F
Average score: 72.3
Otten has spent 65 per cent of the season in the forward highlighted by eight goals so far. The swingman returned after a lengthy spell on the sidelines earlier this season and has been averaging 15 disposals, and 6.7 score involvements per match. As expected with F status, this now rules him out of any future chance of getting the unthinkable R tag with 11 hitouts on the weekend.
Will Hoskin-Elliott (CW – F) add C
Average score: 89.5
A change back to the midfield from his days at GWS has seen Hoskin-Elliott become fantasy relevant again this year. A big weekend against the Cats with 26 disposals cemented his place in the midfield (with 18.7 average). Like Otten, Hoskin-Elliott has kicked eight goals this season but has spent a considerable amount of time in the chain with 7.3 score involvements, 4.3 inside 50s and 7.7 marks on average per game.
Travis Colyer (ES – F) add C
Average score: 82.7
Another midfielder added to the round six changes sees Colyer split his time across half-back and the wing this season. Averaging a career-high 19.2 disposals and 5.8 marks this season, Colyer has come into his own after spending all of last year out of the game. Highlighted by a 27-dispoal performance in round two against the Brisbane Lions, we can expect Colyer to remain about the midfield for large patches this season.
Hayden Crozier (FR – B) add F
Average score: 72
A debatable call after just four games, but Crozier has been spending 44 per cent of his time in the defensive half floating between the forward line to half-back. Career-highs in 4.5 tackles per game (2.3 inside defensive 50) has seen him swing up forward for 10 scoring shots resulting in 4.6. Surprisingly, Crozier hasn’t record a single rebound 50 this season making the call a hit-or-miss depending on who you ask.
Lachlan Weller (FR – F) add B
Average score: 74.8
A big improver for 2017, Weller has been racking up 21.3 disposals (improving by six disposals per match compared to 2016), 3.8 marks and 3.3 score involvements per match. Consistent scores from the past few weeks has seen Weller play somewhat of a sweeper role in the defensive half with 3.2 rebound 50s, 4.8 inside 50s, and 80 per cent of his possessions being uncontested. 69 per cent of his touches have been picked up in the defensive half, though this may be misleading as it’s generally around the centre of play.
George Hewett (SY – F) add C
Average score: 77
The most obvious DPP change this season has seen Hewett split his time in the forward and defensive half evenly. After a breakout season last year debuting and playing 24 games, Hewett has taken his ability to another level with 18.2 disposals (10 contested) and 6.7 tackles per game (up 5.2 and 3.2 from 2016) while also averaging 4.8 clearances to date. A man of consistency, Hewett has had between 17-20 disposals in all six games along with tackle counts of 10 (twice) and six tackles on three occasions.
Blake Hardwick (HW – F) add B
Average score: 62.3
Three goalless games have been enough to convince the powers at Ultimate Footy that Hardwick is ready for his defender status. The fourth-gamer picked up 20 disposals on the weekend in a heavy loss to the Saints to take his average up to 16.3 (13.3 of those are uncontested). He is also averaging 5.7 marks per match, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s. Although he hasn’t hit the scoreboard himself, Harwick is still involved in the scoring chain with 4 score involvements per match, not terrible considering that’s a quarter of his touches.
Keep an eye on:
Both of the following players are among those who came extremely close to getting DPP status but will need a few more rounds for further convincing for the official change.
Mason Cox (CW – F) add R
Average score: 46.3
Cos has been sitting primarily in the forward line with 62 per cent of his time inside 50. A pinch-hitting ruck, he has been averaging 13.7 hitouts per game and with more action could see him regain his ruck status he previously held.
Mark Blicavs (GE – C) add R
Average score: 74.8
Like Cox, Blicavs was stripped of his ruck status previously but has been filling a gap since Nathan Vardy went west. Playing behind Zac Smith, Blicavs is the obvious number two in the ruck division but hesitations from the new third-man-up rule have seen him out of contention for the DPP. Having recorded between 4-18 hitouts in all matches he looks sure to be a contender for round nine changes with an average of 9.7 per match. Interestingly, most of his possession’s have been recorded from the centre bounce and across half back near the boundary throw-ins.
That’s it for this round. Do you agree with the changes? Who are you looking to see get a DPP change in round nine? Leave a comment below.
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