2022: Super Early Player Discussions

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I think the rucks are going to be very interesting next year, the old Gawn/Grundy combo that has served most of us well over the last few years looks like ending.

So many younger options like Darcy, English, Marshall (is Ryder playing on next year?) etc are very enticing.

Then there is Braydon Preuss if 100% fit who will be at a great price with no Mummy to worry about anymore.

I could see myself taking a risk at R2 with Charlie Comben at R3 (ruck/fwd hopefully) with Marshall in the fwds to link up/ provide cover if required.
 
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These will be in my first cut when Sc22 opens, pending injury:
DEF: Houston never again, reckon he'll be cheaper than he should be, but just no.
MID: Steele, Walsh, GC Anderson
RUCK: Whether to go G&G or not (and who/how - Darcy, Marshall, English) will result in some sleepless summer nights 🙃
FWD: Butters, T.Thomas, Dunkley

Wonder what/if there'll be any scoring changes...
 
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Heppell the one I won’t be able to resist as a defender 💪💪
Heppell pretty much a lock at D6 for mine.

Steele will be an obvious uber premo to start off most teams I suspect. De Goey also looking good as a starting mid with some risk but big upside. Wines almost a lock too as long as his scoring doesn't get completely out of hand in the last 5 rounds.

Rucks are up in the air, but one of one of Grundy or Darcy a likely starter. Might be the year Timmy English takes that next step?

Dunkley has had longer term injuries two years in a row now so that's something to consider. Butters and Thomas will take a bit to pass over in the forward line.

Will be keeping a close eye on how things shake out at Collingwood, as the new coach will start off with breaking more than a few eggs which might present some opportunity for players who have a huge pre-season and maybe adapt well to a new role.
 

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#49
I think the rucks are going to be very interesting next year, the old Gawn/Grundy combo that has served most of us well over the last few years looks like ending.

So many younger options like Darcy, English, Marshall (is Ryder playing on next year?) etc are very enticing.

Then there is Braydon Preuss if 100% fit who will be at a great price with no Mummy to worry about anymore.

I could see myself taking a risk at R2 with Charlie Comben at R3 (ruck/fwd hopefully) with Marshall in the fwds to link up/ provide cover if required.
What makes Preuss the No.1 Ruck at GWS?

He has yet to play a full season (combined) during his AFL tenure.

He wasn't second behind Mummy before the season started, wirh Flynn coming off an ACL who has proven he is an AFL standard player (at worst). Briggs hasn't disgraced himself in his appearances.
 
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What makes Preuss the No.1 Ruck at GWS?

He has yet to play a full season (combined) during his AFL tenure.

He wasn't second behind Mummy before the season started, wirh Flynn coming off an ACL who has proven he is an AFL standard player (at worst). Briggs hasn't disgraced himself in his appearances.
Preuss & Flynn were fighting for the number 1 ruck spot before injury, think Preuss was just ahead - no doubt Flynn has impressed so it will be a good battle next year to be the number 1. Briggs strikes me as more a backup type personally, but the point being there is a real opportunity for Preuss next year if he can stay fit which is the million dollar question.
 

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Preuss & Flynn were fighting for the number 1 ruck spot before injury, think Preuss was just ahead - no doubt Flynn has impressed so it will be a good battle next year to be the number 1. Briggs strikes me as more a backup type personally, but the point being there is a real opportunity for Preuss next year if he can stay fit which is the million dollar question.
Popular Melbourne media coverage had Preuss was just ahead of a rookie Ruckman, who did his ACL mid year of 2019 and was only able to play a few scratch matches in 2020 due to Covid19. He should have been streaks ahead, yet was in a battle (?).

Preuss would need to have clear air before I'd consider him. Then factor in his injury history. His price would need to be under $200K.
 
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Wines almost a lock too as long as his scoring doesn't get completely out of hand in the last 5 rounds.
Highly advise against selecting Wines and would only consider later in the season, if running very low on cash considering the large array of premium midfielders often available around a similar price range.

Averaging 32.8 disposals (3rd in the league) and has only just reached a 110 avg which limits his ceiling for future seasons as he has likely reached his peak. Poor user by foot and therefore handballs far too often to be relevant as a starting option when compared to the top echelon. Unlikely that TOG% will increase nor will categories such as marks, tackles, etc as these should stay in line with his historical averages.
 
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Have had my '22 planing in my phone notes for a while now. The possible DPPs the other day made me put a bit more work into it.

DEFs:
Lloyd - just banks 2200+ points for the season.
Ridley - injury game and took a while to get back into it, unders like Stewart was at the start of this year.
Hall - Sub games mean he's well unders, probably like 10ppg unders. Bloke is a bruise free, chip scabbing SC star. I was massive on McDonald this preseason, this bloke has pinched his role and done it better, SC wise at least.


MIDs:
Macrae - Gets it done every year. He'll get it done again in '22.
Steele - been an absolute delight to own this season, assuming the Saints don't cook the first half of the season again next year.
Walsh - Kids good, really good. Now showing that he has a massive ceiling to boot.
Neale - unders, succumbed to the Brownlow Curse, he bounces back.
MCrouch - Was a big fan this preseason, should get the 20% discount. Hopefully gets a few games in this year and tanks his price.


RUCK:
Grundy - free.
Marshall - can't bring myself to spent Grundy/Macrae level coin on Darcy, just doesn't have the history and yet to manage a full season. Will eventually pay up for whoever is R1/2 for the season and swing Marshall FWD.


FWD:
English - assuming he gets DPP, can't see Stef Martin going around again. I am a sucker for F/R DPP swings.
Butters: I've used my last 3 trades on him this season so I'm sure as hell not passing him up at a cheaper price next year and letting him burn me by not owning him.

Probably try sneak Duncan in, if prices allow it, was nice of him to knock 20 points off his averaging in his last 3 games.


Hopefully no rookie drought across a single line like there was with the DEFs this season, while starting 5 premium DEFs this season worked out, it wasn't very flexible. Had to get Rids in after his belter start, and was unable to fit in Mills because of it.
 
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Come in to talk about starting Crisp as a defender. It looks like he couldbe a casualty of moving to MID only.
Was sitting at 32% in defence at the time of the Herald Sun article. Looked to be playing alot in defence tonight.
If he keeps that up can he push that 35% and become a D/M.
 
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