Position Defender Discussion

Which players caught your eye after Marsh 1...?

  • D Houston

  • D Byrne-Jones

  • J Dawson

  • J Crisp

  • H Clark

  • L Weller

  • C Blakely

  • W Milera

  • J Short

  • None of the above


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After 8 Rounds , Top 10 by average

Howe 120.5
Lloyd 115.9
Sicily 112.1
Haynes 110.9
Ridley 109.6
Mills 106.2
Daniel 105.9
Maynard 103.9
Saad 102.7
Docherty 101.2

* only Lloyd , Sicily & Daniel cost over $ 500k at the start.

From memory this is the line that has most fluctuations in the Top 10 season to season
 

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So this Laird in the middle thing. He scored 60 in the second half against the scaling of a big win!
Does anyone think it could be a thing or is he just filling space until someone else comes back in?
Inclined to agree with @Bomber18, but I don’t think there’s a huge rush to bring him in - ie I would wait for evidence either way. Stewart is the obvious def trade next round and Laird has three 90s in a row so his price should be pretty stable.
 

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Inclined to agree with @Bomber18, but I don’t think there’s a huge rush to bring him in - ie is wait for evidence either way. Stewart is the obvious def trade next round and Laird has three 90s in a row so his price should be pretty stable.
I’m just hoping Laird can nab a spike score and then perhaps can be one to slingshot for some cash around his bye!
 
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For anyone who hasn't completed their defence yet and want an ultra-value POD, look at Connor Blakely. 411k. Back in the team and straight into the centre. Only played 61% TOG but had the 3rd most CBAs for Freo and got 23 touches. I can easily picture an 85 - 95 average.
 
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Any guesses what Docherty will average from here on?

Rd 1-5

25 disposals
7.6 marks

121.2 SC

Rd 6-9

16.3 disposals
4 marks

73.8 SC

Surely this is a role change and not just being tagged?
 
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For anyone who hasn't completed their defence yet and want an ultra-value POD, look at Connor Blakely. 411k. Back in the team and straight into the centre. Only played 61% TOG but had the 3rd most CBAs for Freo and got 23 touches. I can easily picture an 85 - 95 average.
Good call, here is an article today that makes him even more enticing:-

https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/f...pot-says-coach-justin-longmuir-ng-b881627367z

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has declared midfielder Connor Blakely has secured his position in the team and proven a point after helping the Dockers to a 12-point win over Collingwood at Optus Stadium.

Fremantle overcame a scoreless first quarter to win 10.1 (61) to 7.7 (49) and Blakely collected 23 disposals and three clearances in his first game for the season.

Having been overlooked for other players all year and been the subject of much conjecture about why he hasn’t been chosen, Blakely seized the chance to play in the midfield.

The crowd showed their opinion of his selection by giving Blakely a rousing reception when he collected his first disposal of the match.

Longmuir said the tough onballer had shown he deserved to be in the team.

“Absolutely he is there for a bit,” Longmuir said.


“He’s had a point to prove for the last 10 weeks to be honest. I said to him during the week that he is a better footballer now than what he was eight weeks ago, without having playing AFL football and that’s because of his attitude.

“His attitude to training with real purpose, his commitment to the contest, his commitment to his teammates and that prepared him for his opportunity. Tonight, he took it.

“Clearly he’s got some work to do in certain areas of his game but I loved his attitude. I loved his commitment towards his roles.”
 
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Good call, here is an article today that makes him even more enticing:-

https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/f...pot-says-coach-justin-longmuir-ng-b881627367z

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has declared midfielder Connor Blakely has secured his position in the team and proven a point after helping the Dockers to a 12-point win over Collingwood at Optus Stadium.

Fremantle overcame a scoreless first quarter to win 10.1 (61) to 7.7 (49) and Blakely collected 23 disposals and three clearances in his first game for the season.

Having been overlooked for other players all year and been the subject of much conjecture about why he hasn’t been chosen, Blakely seized the chance to play in the midfield.

The crowd showed their opinion of his selection by giving Blakely a rousing reception when he collected his first disposal of the match.

Longmuir said the tough onballer had shown he deserved to be in the team.

“Absolutely he is there for a bit,” Longmuir said.

“He’s had a point to prove for the last 10 weeks to be honest. I said to him during the week that he is a better footballer now than what he was eight weeks ago, without having playing AFL football and that’s because of his attitude.

“His attitude to training with real purpose, his commitment to the contest, his commitment to his teammates and that prepared him for his opportunity. Tonight, he took it.

“Clearly he’s got some work to do in certain areas of his game but I loved his attitude. I loved his commitment towards his roles.”
I'll grab him after his price drop! :)
I like what I'm seeing and hearing from Longmuir. He and Bell seem like a solid pair. If we can get some players that aren't made of paper mache we might be alright.
 
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