Category - 2012 Round 23
Well that’s it… another year of fantasy footy in the can! For those lucky enough to be competing in grand finals over the weekend, how did you go? Who were your Winners & Wieners?
And to all of you out there… What was your final ranking? What did you learn from 2012? And who will be your first picked in 2013?
Thanks so much for being a part of the Footy Tragic community throughout 2012. Your contributions are what makes this site so special. We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved this year and are looking forward to sitting down soon and nutting out plans for next season.
Enjoy the action throughout September and we’ll see you soon!!!
The team at Footy Tragic.
Well this is it… The season finale of Footy Tragic Show for 2012. To celebrate the occasion, we extended the show to one hour, giving us some much needed breathing space in our quest to get through a mountain of content. Thanks for tuning in throughout the year. Your support has been enormous.
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The Footy Tragic Show (Full Episode):
Round 23 Winners & Wieners
The Grand Winner & Wiener of 2012
Tribute To Travis Cloke
The Panelist’s Best & Worst Trade Of 2012
Fantasy Grand Final Discussion
Fantasy Footy In 2013
Juicy Options For 2013
HAWTHORN V WEST COAST EAGLES
MCG – Fri Aug 31, 7:50pm
B: Brent Guerra, Josh Gibson, Benjamin Stratton
HB: Grant Birchall, Ryan Schoenmakers, Shaun Burgoyne
C: Jordan Lewis, Sam Mitchell, Isaac Smith
HF: Luke Hodge, Lance Franklin, Cyril Rioli
F: Luke Breust, Jarryd Roughead, Paul Puopolo
Foll: David Hale, Brad Sewell, Liam Shiels
I/C: Clinton Young, Brendan Whitecross, Matt Suckling, Jack Gunston
Emg: Max Bailey, Xavier Ellis, Shane Savage
In: Cyril Rioli
Out: Xavier Ellis
West Coast Eagles
B: Beau Waters, Darren Glass, Adam Selwood
HB: Shannon Hurn, Mitch Brown, Will Schofield
C: Daniel Kerr, Matthew Priddis, Andrew Gaff
HF: Josh Hill, Jack Darling, Patrick McGinnity
F: Andrew Embley, Josh Kennedy, Nic Naitanui
Foll: Dean Cox, Scott Selwood, Luke Shuey
I/C: Sam Butler, Chris Masten, Andrew Strijk, Jacob Brennan
Emg: Quinten Lynch, Bradd Dalziell, Lewis Stevenson
In: Mitch Brown, Jacob Brennan
Out: Matthew Rosa (collarbone), Eric Mackenzie (Hamstring)
Milestones: Luke Shuey – 50 games
GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS
SS – Sat Sep 01, 1:45pm
B: Matthew Scarlett, Tom Lonergan, Josh Hunt
HB: Taylor Hunt, Harry Taylor, Corey Enright
C: Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Jimmy Bartel
HF: Mathew Stokes, Allen Christensen, Steven Motlop
F: Paul Chapman, Tom Hawkins, James Podsiadly
Foll: Nathan Vardy, Steve Johnson, James Kelly
I/C: Joel Corey, Andrew Mackie, Trent West, Jordan Murdoch
Emg: David Wojcinski, Cameron Guthrie, Josh Walker
In: Matthew Scarlett, Joel Selwood, Taylor Hunt, Nathan Vardy
Out: Travis Varcoe (Foot), Billie Smedts (Hand), Cameron Guthrie, Josh Walker
Milestones: Tom Hawkins – 100 games, Mitch Duncan – 50 games
B: Nicholas Smith, Ted Richards, Alex Johnson
HB: Jarrad McVeigh, Heath Grundy, Martin Mattner
C: Rhyce Shaw, Kieren Jack, Lewis Jetta
HF: Jude Bolton, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Ryan O’Keefe
F: Daniel Hannebery, Adam Goodes, Shane Mumford
Foll: Mike Pyke, Josh P. Kennedy, Craig Bird
I/C: Nick Malceski, Ben McGlynn, Luke Parker, Tommy Walsh
Emg: Brett Meredith, Mitch Morton, Tony Armstrong
In: Jude Bolton, Tommy Walsh
Out: Sam Reid (Gluteal), Mitch Morton
ADELAIDE V GOLD COAST SUNS
AS – Sat Sep 01, 1:40pm
B: Sam Shaw, Ben Rutten, Michael Doughty
HB: Nathan van Berlo, Daniel Talia, Brent Reilly
C: David Mackay, Scott Thompson, Richard Douglas
HF: Matthew Wright, Taylor Walker, Jared Petrenko
F: Ian Callinan, Kurt Tippett, Jason Porplyzia
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Patrick Dangerfield
I/C: Graham Johncock, Aidan Riley, Matthew Jaensch, Brodie Smith
Emg: Luke Thompson, Richard Tambling, Tom Lynch
In: Rory Sloane, Matthew Jaensch
Out: Bernie Vince (Knee), Luke Brown
Gold Coast Suns
B: Michael Coad, Matthew Warnock, Trent McKenzie
HB: Jeremy Taylor, Daniel Stanley, Jarrod Harbrow
C: Piers Flanagan, Gary Ablett, Taylor Hine
HF: Matt Shaw, Tom Lynch, Brandon Matera
F: Alik Magin, Steven May, Campbell Brown
Foll: Charlie Dixon, Josh Caddy, Harley Bennell
I/C: Maverick Weller, Tom Hickey, Jacob Gillbee, Kyal Horsley
Emg: Hayden Jolly, Josh Toy, Sam Iles
In: Jeremy Taylor
Out: Josh Toy
GWS GIANTS V NORTH MELBOURNE
SK – Sat Sep 01, 4:40pm
B: Matthew Buntine, Phil Davis, Nick Haynes
HB: Curtly Hampton, Jack Hombsch, Adam Kennedy
C: Tom Scully, Callan Ward, Luke Power
HF: James McDonald, Jonathan Giles, Adam Treloar
F: Rhys Palmer, Chad Cornes, Taylor Adams
Foll: Dean Brogan, Steve Clifton, Toby Greene
I/C: Israel Folau, WIlliam Hoskin-Elliott, Devon Smith, Dom Tyson
Emg: Rhys Cooyou, Andrew Phillips, Adam Tomlinson
In: Steve Clifton, Israel Folau, Jack Hombsch, Tom Scully, Rhys Palmer, Dean Brogan, Chad Cornes
Out: Tomas Bugg, Rhys Cooyou, Sam Darley (Foot), Anthony Miles, Andrew Phillips, Nathan Wilson (Cheek bone), Adam Tomlinson
Milestones: Tom Scully – 50 games
B: Scott McMahon, Luke Delaney, Michael Firrito
HB: Shaun Atley, Scott Thompson, Samuel Wright
C: Ryan Bastinac, Ben Cunnington, Jamie Macmillan
HF: Kieran Harper, Robert Tarrant, Lindsay Thomas
F: Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Lachlan Hansen
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Jack Ziebell
I/C: Matt Campbell, Cruize Garlett, Liam Anthony, Sam Gibson
Emg: Aaron Black, Cameron Delaney, Aaron Mullett
ESSENDON V COLLINGWOOD
MCG – Sat Sep 01, 7:40pm
B: Brent Stanton, Tayte Pears, Cale Hooker
HB: Jake Melksham, Kyle Hardingham, Michael Hibberd
C: Mark Baguley, Jobe Watson, Courtenay Dempsey
HF: Leroy Jetta, Stewart Crameri, Dyson Heppell
F: Michael Hurley, Tom Bellchambers, Nicholas O’Brien
Foll: David Hille, Ben Howlett, Angus Monfries
I/C: David Myers, David Zaharakis, Jackson Merrett, Cory Dell’Olio
Emg: Sam Lonergan, Travis Colyer, Alex Browne
In: David Hille, David Myers, Ben Howlett, Jackson Merrett, Cory Dell’Olio
Out: Heath Hocking (Knee), Nathan Lovett-Murray (Hamstring), Alwyn Davey (Hamstring), Scott Gumbleton (Soreness), Alex Browne
New: Jackson Merrett (Geelong Falcons)
Milestones: Angus Monfries – 150 games
B: Chris Tarrant, Heritier O’Brien, Nathan Brown
HB: Ben Johnson, Ben Reid, Nick Maxwell
C: Sharrod Wellingham, Dane Swan, Alan Toovey
HF: Scott Pendlebury, Jackson Paine, Heath Shaw
F: Dale Thomas, Travis Cloke, Jamie Elliott
Foll: Darren Jolly, Steele Sidebottom, Dayne Beams
I/C: Alan Didak, Tyson Goldsack, Andrew Krakouer, Alex Fasolo
Emg: Ben Sinclair, Josh Thomas, Paul Seedsman
In: Nick Maxwell, Darren Jolly, Andrew Krakouer, Jamie Elliott, Jackson Paine
Out: Chris Dawes, Cameron Wood, Jarryd Blair (Groin), Ben Sinclair, Paul Seedsman
Milestones: Heath Shaw – 150 games
FREMANTLE V MELBOURNE
PS – Sat Sep 01, 5:40pm
B: Adam McPhee, Luke McPharlin, Zac Dawson
HB: Lee Spurr, Michael Johnson, Paul Duffield
C: Michael Barlow, Ryan Crowley, Tendai Mzungu
HF: Michael Walters, Christopher Mayne, David Mundy
F: Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Clancee Pearce
Foll: Aaron Sandilands, Nathan Fyfe, Stephen Hill
I/C: Garrick Ibbotson, Jonathon Griffin, Thomas Sheridan, Nicholas Suban
Emg: Zachary Clarke, Jesse Crichton, Dylan Roberton
In: Matthew Pavlich, Jonathon Griffin, Thomas Sheridan
Out: Kepler Bradley (Concussion), Zachary Clarke, Matthew de Boer (Ankle)
New: Thomas Sheridan (Calder Cannons)
Milestones: Garrick Ibbotson – 100 games
B: Joel Macdonald, James Sellar, Tom McDonald
HB: Jack Watts, James Frawley, Lynden Dunn
C: Jack Trengove, Jordie McKenzie, Jack Grimes
HF: Luke Tapscott, Colin Garland, Rohan Bail
F: Jeremy Howe, Jared Rivers, Sam Blease
Foll: Mark Jamar, Colin Sylvia, Nathan Jones
I/C: Neville Jetta, Jack Fitzpatrick, Daniel Nicholson, Josh Tynan
Emg: Jake Spencer, James Strauss, Jordan Gysberts
In: Mark Jamar, Jack Fitzpatrick, Josh Tynan
Out: Brad Green (Retired), Jake Spencer, James Strauss
Milestones: Jared Rivers – 150 games
CARLTON V ST KILDA
ES – Sun Sep 02, 1:10pm
B: Nick Duigan, Simon White, Zach Tuohy
HB: Heath Scotland, Andrew Walker, Bryce Gibbs
C: Marc Murphy, Chris Judd, Kade Simpson
HF: Mitch Robinson, Jarrad Waite, Christopher Yarran
F: Jeffrey Garlett, Luke Mitchell, Eddie Betts
Foll: Matthew Kreuzer, Brock McLean, Andrew Carrazzo
I/C: Dennis Armfield, Rhys O’Keeffe, Pat McCarthy, Tom Bell
Emg: David Ellard, Kane Lucas, Edward Curnow
In: Mitch Robinson, Rhys O’Keeffe, Pat McCarthy, Luke Mitchell
Out: David Ellard, Levi Casboult (Kidney), Andrew McInnes (Knee), Edward Curnow
New: Pat McCarthy (Glenelg / Plympton), Luke Mitchell (Calder Cannons / St Bernards)
B: Jason Blake, James Gwilt, Tom Simpkin
HB: Jamie Cripps, Sean Dempster, Jarryn Geary
C: Farren Ray, Nick Dal Santo, Brendon Goddard
HF: Arryn Siposs, Rhys Stanley, David Armitage
F: Stephen Milne, Beau Wilkes, Ahmed Saad
Foll: Ben McEvoy, Lenny Hayes, Leigh Montagna
I/C: Jason Gram, Jack Steven, Tom Ledger, Terry Milera
Emg: Jason Blake, Justin Koschitzke, Sebastian Ross
In: Jason Gram, David Armitage
Out: Sam Gilbert (Shoulder), Sebastian Ross
RICHMOND V PORT ADELAIDE
MCG – Sun Sep 02, 3:15pm
B: Steven Morris, Alex Rance, Jayden Post
HB: Jake Batchelor, Chris Newman, Bachar Houli
C: Shaun Grigg, Trent Cotchin, Bradley Helbig
HF: Brett Deledio, Shane Edwards, Daniel Jackson
F: Luke McGuane, Jack Riewoldt, Robin Nahas
Foll: Ivan Maric, Dustin Martin, Shane Tuck
I/C: David Astbury, Matt Dea, Brandon Ellis, Brett O’Hanlon
Emg: Tom Derickx, Todd Elton, Addam Maric
In: Brandon Ellis
Out: Matthew White (Hamstring)
B: Tom Logan, Alipate Carlile, Thomas Jonas
HB: Danyle Pearce, Jackson Trengove, Domenic Cassisi
C: Kane Cornes, Bradley Ebert, Matthew Broadbent
HF: Matt Thomas, Justin Westhoff, Brett Ebert
F: Paul Stewart, Jay Schulz, Chad Wingard
Foll: Jarrad Redden, Travis Boak, Hamish Hartlett
I/C: David Rodan, Aaron Young, Nathan Blee, Darren Pfeiffer
Emg: Daniel Stewart, Simon Phillips, John McCarthy
In: Hamish Hartlett, Jarrad Redden
Out: Matthew Lobbe (Hamstring), Darren Pfeiffer
BRISBANE LIONS V WESTERN BULLDOGS
G – Sun Sep 02, 4:40pm
B: Josh Drummond, Daniel Merrett, Ryan Lester
HB: Pearce Hanley, Joel Patfull, Jed Adcock
C: Rohan Bewick, Daniel Rich, James Polkinghorne
HF: Jack Redden, Jonathan Brown, Dayne Zorko
F: Tom Rockliff, Jordan Lisle, Joshua Green
Foll: Ben Hudson, Simon Black, Andrew Raines
I/C: James Hawksley, Ryan Harwood, Claye Beams, Sam Docherty
Emg: Amon Buchanan, Elliot Yeo, Jack Crisp
In: Elliot Yeo
Out: Jack Crisp
New: Sam Docherty (Gippsland Power (VIC))
B: Michael Talia, Lukas Markovic, Easton Wood
HB: Shaun Higgins, Jordan Roughead, Robert Murphy
C: Christian Howard, Matthew Boyd, Ryan Griffen
HF: Nathan Djerrkura, Brian Lake, Tory Dickson
F: Dylan Addison, Tom Campbell, Jarrad Grant
Foll: William Minson, Liam Picken, Mitchell Wallis
I/C: Adam Cooney, Patrick Veszpremi, Clay Smith, Fletcher Roberts
Emg: Matthew Panos, Zephaniah Skinner, Lin Jong
In: Brian Lake
Out: Daniel Giansiracusa (Knee)
Milestones: Jarrad Grant – 50 games
So who really cares who played well on the weekend? More than anything in the back half of the year I’ve felt this article was less of a fantasy relevant article, but a good reference for who is performing well at state league level. Well, now that 2012 has almost come to a close and we can start thinking about having unlimited trades over the pre-season it’s worth looking at players who could be bargains for next year. I’m only looking at players who didn’t play an AFL game this year or only played a handful and are likely to get a discount. Also, I haven’t proofread this, because it took ages to write and will also take ages to read – there will be random errors.
Brad Crouch (MID) – no games
Crouch was acquired in the 17 year old trade scheme with GWS last year and was too young to be eligible for AFL selection in 2012. He comes onto the Crows senior list next year though and for them is like basically already having a Top 10 pick from this years draft already on your books. Great get consider how late their first round pick will be this year!
Sam Kerridge (MID/FWD) – 1 game @ 6 DT, 5 SC
Kerridge made his debut as the sub in Round 3 for the Crows and hasn’t been sighted at AFL level since then. His meagre score in limited game time will ensure he is rookie priced next year. With another pre-season he will be a bit more ready for AFL in 2013. He projects as a hard inside midfielder, but will probably ply his trade on the flanks early in this career. Average 62.9 DT in 16 games for Sturt.
Mitch Grigg (MID) – no games
Grigg has barely made his way out of Norwood reserves this year, only playing five games in the seniors. He’s worked his way up well though and has played the last three games for the ladder leading Redlegs. He’s another inside player and has a good kick. It’s been a source of frustration that he hasn’t played much senior footy this year, but Norwood do admittedly have a very strong league side. Average 73.4 in five games for Norwood. Played 13 games for Norwood reserves, scoring a ton in over half of those.
Matthew Leuenberger (RUC) – 3 games @ 57 DT, 70 SC
Suffered a season ending achilles injury after just three games this year. We know enough about him, so it’s just a matter of whether or not he has a good pre-season. Bargain for 2013, body permitting.
Sam Docherty (MID/DEF) – no games
We only have one more week for Docherty to get through without getting a debut! He’s been touted since about mid season as someone who could potentially get a game in the run home and we still haven’t seen it. It’s not so much that he’s a fantasy star in the making, but he should be a good rookie option in defence in 2013.
Callum Bartlett (MID) – no games
He’s had his fair share of injury worries early in his career with two knee reconstructions. He’s had three years on the list and is yet to debut, but his big goal would’ve been to just stay on the park this year. He did just that, playing 17 games as a defensive midfielder and will be in the mix to debut next year.
Others to keep an eye on: Richard Newell (MID), Justin Clarke (DEF)
Kane Lucas (MID) – 8 games @ 49 DT, 41 SC
Lucas was heavily sub affected in his eight games this year and it’s said that he and Brett Ratten weren’t the biggest fans of one another. With a change in coach next year could present a change of fortune. Averaged only 68.7 in 11 games for Northern Blues.
Dylan Buckley (MID) – no games
Statistically this one is a bit of a hard sell, because he hasn’t set the world on fire this year. An extra year in the gym will be crucial for the slight bodied Buckley, but he’s super talented. There just aren’t that many fantasy relevant Carlton players who are yet to debut and he might be one day. Only scored over 50 in three of his 13 games for the Northern Blues.
Luke Ball (MID) – 3 games @ 74 DT, 62.7 SC
He’ll be one to track over the pre-season because he will come at a tempting price tag. It’s also worth considering what his inclusion will do to the other Collingwood players that have broken out in his absence.
Jonathan Ceglar/Jarrod Witts (RUC) – no games
The developing ruckmen couldn’t do any worse than Cam Wood, you’d imagine. Who knows how Collingwood’s ruck division will look next year, but they’ve got a couple waiting in the wings, who have both shown promise at stages this year. Ceglar has averaged 63 for the Pies reserves this year, while Witts has averaged 70 (including his first ton on the weekend just gone).
Andrew Krakouer – no games in 2012 (but will play Round 23)
He’d be a huge risk given his age at the start of the season, but if he starts as the sub and scores under 30 (or thereabouts) he’ll come very cheap. Has averaged 86 DT in his four games at VFL level.
Brent Macaffer – no games in 2012
He hasn’t played a game in 2012 after doing his knee in the NAB Cup and will also be well priced for 2013. Averaged 74 in three VFL games.
Elliott Kavanagh (MID) – 1 game @ 46 DT, 26 SC
The talented midfielder has only played the one AFL game in 2012, but will be a big part of their future plans. He’s got through the year fine after having hamstring trouble as a junior and on top of his AFL game he’s played 12 games for Bendigo Gold at an average of 78 DT points.
Nick O’Brien (MID) – 1 game @ 45 DT, 41 SC
O’Brien made his AFL debut on Friday night and obviously is a chance to hold his spot this week and turn that into two AFL games heading into next year. He’s a big bodied midfielder with a huge tank. He had a long term foot injury (stress fractures, if I recall) that ruled him out for most of this year, but he came back late to play six games for Bendigo Gold at an average of 64 DT points.
Others to keep an eye on: Luke Davis (if he’s still alive anyway…hasn’t been spotted since Round 6)
Hayden Crozier (MID/FWD) – 3 games @ 34 DT, 41 SC
The slight bodied, enigmatic forward got a taste of AFL action midway through the year, but came down with glandular fever and hasn’t been seen at any level since. He’ll still be close to rookie priced and with an extra year in the gym could be an option.
Tom Sheridan (MID) – no games
Sheridan was pretty close to getting an AFL debut at a few different stages this year, but hasn’t quite got there. He’s also had three separate breaks because of injury or illness that have interrupted his season for a total of six games missed. He’s a ball winning midfielder and has averaged 69 for Peel Thunder in 2012.
Others to keep an eye on: Sam Menegola
Jordan Schroder (MID) – 1 game @ 31 DT, 27 SC
Schroder is a big bodied inside mid, who has the ability to go forward as well. He has a similar body shape to Chappy, so the hope will be that he’ll be able to start filling that role a bit. His one appearance should still see him maintain a price you could come at if he’s having a good pre-season. Average 74 in 15 VFL games, however his last two have been injury affect – take them out and he’s averaged 81.
Travis Varcoe (MID) – 1 game @ 9 DT, 12 SC
He’s obviously had a mongrel of a year trying to get his foot right. While he has never been a brilliant fantasy scorer in 2010 he average 75 DT and 82 SC, so you’d take that at the right price!
Nathan Vardy (RUC) – no games in 2012
His hips haven’t him to play AFL in 2012, but he could provide a nice cheap ruck option. Realistically you wouldn’t want to roll with him as your #2 ruck, but if his body is OK for a good pre-season and he’s cheap enough to consider as a bench option then he could come into play. Three games for the Cats reserves at an average of 69.
Others to keep an eye on: George Burbury
Jaeger O’Meara (MID) – no games
Gold Coast acquired him in a trade with GWS, but he wasn’t actually eligible to play in 2012 because he was a couple of months too young. He’s basically spent the year in the gym, playing a few games here and there showing glimpses of brilliance in the NEAFL. He would’ve been the #1 draft pick in the years draft, so it will be interesting to see how they price him. Even if a premium is put on him, he’s a must have for 2013.
Josh Toy (DEF) – 5 games @ 18 DT, 19 SC
You get the feeling it won’t be at the Suns that he’ll be playing next year, but he’s a talented kid that just hasn’t had it go his way up at Gold Coast. He’s been the sub in four out of five games this year at AFL level, so he should be rookie priced with that average.
Daniel Gorringe (RUC) – 1 game @ 36 DT, 35 SC
The first round draft pick from a couple of years ago has had an achilles injury that has kept him out most of the year. He’ll still be cheap enough to consider as a bench option for your ruck next year.
Jonathan Patton (FWD) – 7 games @ 36 DT, 45 SC
Sure, he’s had a bit of exposure at AFL level, but there isn’t much on offer as far as kids at GWS who haven’t mucked up their price by playing a game or two (they’ve only had three players who haven’t debuted). Anyway, last years #1 draft pick will actually be cheaper in 2013 than he started this year. Another year under his belt should see him ready to have more consistent involvements.
Others to consider: Lachie Whitfield
Max Bailey (RUC) – 2 games @ 60 DT, 76.5 SC
He’ll probably get a fair discount, but do you dare trust his body? He hasn’t had a problem with his knees this year, but spent most of the season on the sidelines after early year wrist surgery.
Xavier Ellis (DEF) – 3 games @ 64 DT, 59 SC
Another one who has had his share of injury woes, but hasn’t looked too bad in his three games back for the Hawks. Will play a fourth game for the year this week, but could be priced interestingly next year.
Others to consider: Tom Schneider (can score, but lacks a bit of polish), Mitch Hallahan
Jack Viney (MID) – no games
Not even officially on their list yet, but the father/son prospect is likely to be Pick 3 at this years draft, so he’ll be priced at a premium for AFL Dream Team and SuperCoach. I expect him to play from Round 1, so long as he doesn’t have any hiccups in the pre-season and will be an important part of their midfield from the very start. He’s a hard nosed, inside mid and one very tough customer.
Jordan Gysberts (MID) – 1 game @ 51 DT, 28 SC
Another who purely presents value. Will be interesting to see how he is priced, but at this stage his name is more filler than anything. They’ve played their promising kids this year, so there isn’t a lot on the horizon that will be cheap (apart from their draft picks).
Max Gawn (RUC) – no games in 2012
After doing his knee in the pre-season will be priced under $200K in DT and probably just a bit over $200K in SC. Needs to be considered as a ruck bench option.
Majak Daw (RUC) – no games
He’s now had three years on North’s rookie list and will be upgraded to the senior list for the 2013 season. He’s shown some promising signs for Werribee and the ruck situation at the Roos will be interesting next year. He’d be a big chance to make his debut next year, at the very least. Hell, they might even just play him in a Sunday twilight game at Etihad against a non-Victorian side to shamelessly boost attendance by 10K.
Will Sierakowski (DEF) – no games
He’s now had four years in the AFL system and is yet to debut, but the Kangaroos targeted him at last year’s trade period to play across half back. However, the Roos, along with Sydney have had the most consistent line up this year with so few injuries and being a fringe player he hasn’t quite had a look in yet.
Robbie Gray (MID/FWD) – 2 games @ 67 DT, 72 SC
An early season knee reconstruction cost him most of the 2012 season, but Gray will come into 2013 underpriced. Of course, he’s had several issues with his body over his career with this knee and a number of soft tissue injuries, so with the discount he’ll get on his already fairly low average he might be a decent mid pricer to start the season with.
John Butcher (FWD) – 8 games @ 40 DT, 47 SC
Butcher actually had a decent amount of games under his belt, but he had a pretty quiet year until hip surgery ruled him out after Round 15. He’s got more potential than this and will come in at an attractive price considering his average. Will not be much more expensive than rookie price.
Jasper Pittard (DEF) – 1 game @ 9 DT, 12 SC
Pittard has nice skills and is easily in Port’s best 21, but has had a torrid run with injuries this year. Call this season a write off, but he’s likely to be rookie priced coming into 2013 and it can be typically hard to find decent defenders at a cheap price.
Matthew Arnot (MID) – no games
I actually don’t see too much pushing straight into Richmond’s team next year, but I had to include one so Kristian wouldn’t get cranky. Arnot is a midfielder built like a brick shithouse. He’s a tackling machine and was named emergency a few times mid year before an ankle and then later a hamstring injury ended his year.
Seb Ross (MID) – 1 game @ 40 DT, 41 SC
It’s a bit of a pity he debuted last week, because I wouldn’t have minded a sneaky look at him next pre-season. This might put him slightly out of reach price wise, because I feel he’s only a reasonable option that might come a little bit too expensive for a “rookie.” Averaged 68 in 13 games at VFL Senior level. He actually played a couple extra, but for some reason I hadn’t tallied the scores for the first three rounds for Sandringham.
Daniel Markworth (FWD) – no games
Markworth is the only player for St.Kilda that hasn’t debuted that could cause some interest. His scoring hasn’t been fantastic at VFL level, but he’s shown some positive signs. Has averaged 51 in 11 senior games at Sandringham.
Tom Mitchell (MID) – no games
OK, here’s a serious one. Tom Mitchell has had a bit of an interrupted year with an early knee issue keeping him out of the first month of the season and a foot issue late in the year that has seen him play less than ten games. He’s also been a bit underdone and got puffed out a bit early, but a full pre-season will do him the world of good. He’s a high quality player with good skills and plenty of toughness.
Jed Lamb (FWD) – no games
His career really seemed to be at the crossroads halfway through the year, but he really hit his straps and has had an impressive couple of months to finish off. He’s got good goal sense and is a solid body half forward/midfielder.
Josh Kennedy (FWD) – 6 games at 54 DT, 60 SC
Andrew Embley (MID) – 5 games at 50 DT, 49 SC
Mark Nicoski (FWD) – no games in 2012
Mark LeCras (FWD) – no games in 2012
I think all of the above options will come into consideration due to their injuries in 2012. Nicoski should be priced at about $200K in DT and around $250K in SC. LeCras would be very enticing at about $250K DT and $300K SC. While he’s never been a fantastic fantasy player he could be a decent Porplyzia type option.
Brad Dick (FWD) – no games in 2012
I’d love to see Brad Dick back out there kicking goals and he’s been in really good form for East Fremantle since returning from his second knee reconstruction. He’s one to keep an eye on in the pre-season. He played three AFL games for Collingwood in 2011 and was sub for two of those, so he was already close to rookie priced this year. Missing out on a game in his first year at West Coast will see him certainly be rookie priced.
Tom Campbell (RUC) – 6 games @ 43 DT, 51 SC
The Bulldogs have played all of the kids I was already casting a sneaky eye onto for 2013, so they won’t be too well priced. Of those that have played Campbell is the pick of the bunch for next year, as he’s likely to be priced around $160K DT and a bit over $200K SC. Perhaps a bit too pricy in SC, but it’s not obscene to pay that much for a bench ruck if the options aren’t presenting too well.