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Ceglar Vs TJ Lynch

I expect Lynch to improve but the flexibility of being to swap Ceglar is enticing, which depends on how long McEvoy stays in the defence
I don't mind Ceglar as a selection, but he won't throw out the bigger scores Lynch is capable of. Go for Lynch. It does depend who you have as your rucks and if you need coverage, noting you need another forward if you swing Ceglar to ruck.
 

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L Ryan vs T Stewart (assuming fit) ... or both ?
I quite like Ryan myself, although I’d want to be comfortable with how Freo willlikely lay under a new coach. Fitness the key for Stewart I would say.
 

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on all this Oliver talk he has a few good taggers early on so should be more of an upgrade rather than starter
That’s quite a good point. I had slotted him in as he looks value at sub-600k, but on closer inspection he cops WC round 1, GWS round 2 and then Ess round 7. Hutchings, De Boer and Clarke were the three most effective taggers from last season and Oliver is clearly the Dees best mid and doesn’t handle a tag very well.

Goodbye Clayton.
 

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That’s quite a good point. I had slotted him in as he looks value at sub-600k, but on closer inspection he cops WC round 1, GWS round 2 and then Ess round 7. Hutchings, De Boer and Clarke were the three most effective taggers from last season and Oliver is clearly the Dees best mid and doesn’t handle a tag very well.

Goodbye Clayton.
Gee that’s interesting that you’ll jump off that quickly. I expect the De Boer tag comes in R2 but Hutchings and Clarke tags are not as certain, Clarke got dropped eventually last year. Deboer tag only affects two price movements as well given it is only in R2. If he backs up with 110s in R3 and R4, he’ll still be worth starting.
 

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Gee that’s interesting that you’ll jump off that quickly. I expect the De Boer tag comes in R2 but Hutchings and Clarke tags are not as certain, Clarke got dropped eventually last year. Deboer tag only affects two price movements as well given it is only in R2. If he backs up with 110s in R3 and R4, he’ll still be worth starting.
Yeah the tags aren’t certain but the risk is certainly there.

Price movements aren’t much of a factor as he will be set and forget, it’s more the potential lack of points scored for mine. He could easily start off the season with two sub-80 scores which would be less than ideal from a premium midfielder.
 

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Gee that’s interesting that you’ll jump off that quickly. I expect the De Boer tag comes in R2 but Hutchings and Clarke tags are not as certain, Clarke got dropped eventually last year. Deboer tag only affects two price movements as well given it is only in R2. If he backs up with 110s in R3 and R4, he’ll still be worth starting.
I took notice of this as well, especially given Ben is a Dees fan (and a very good coach).

One advantage that Oliver has is that he is arguably cheap vs history, as well as having natural progression potential. It means a low score or two might be a bit more acceptable from a price perspective, albeit the points scored element is important.

One other thing to consider is that I think many teams don’t tag every week even when they have a decent tagger (so the opponent has to play a tagger, choose to use him in that capacity, and then send it to Oliver for there to be an issue).

I’ll need to give this more thought but still have him at present.
 

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I took notice of this as well, especially given Ben is a Dees fan (and a very good coach).

One advantage that Oliver has is that he is arguably cheap vs history, as well as having natural progression potential. It means a low score or two might be a bit more acceptable from a price perspective, albeit the points scored element is important.

One other thing to consider is that I think many teams don’t tag every week even when they have a decent tagger (so the opponent has to play a tagger, choose to use him in that capacity, and then send it to Oliver for there to be an issue).

I’ll need to give this more thought but still have him at present.
Got him on my shortlist but to me he is still a handball clearance player, albeit I acknowledge that his kicking ratio has improved from memory ....

Mostly cheap "stat stuffers" in the backline that I recall ... no different to a lot of other players though ...

Can see some upside at his price point but just not convinced ...
 
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ROB was great value last year and you would expect should do a bit better this year after another pre-season. Lycett is coming off a career best year and was more consistent. I would probably give a slight edge to ROB of the two based on potential for improvement, but I'd expect both to score similarly. Only if you want to avoid Grundy/Gawn.
 
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A 2nd of Bont/Dunk/Macrae + Doedee and Rowell
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Lyons, Walsh, 123k def rookie

The first is more traditional GnR (ish) in that it packs a top line mid but the left over cash finds it's way into Doedee and Rowell who I'm not sold on at all.

The second gives me speculative M5, M6 who if they fire early actually makes it look like a proper GnR, for a certain definition of 'gun'.

:unsure:
 

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A 2nd of Bont/Dunk/Macrae + Doedee and Rowell
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Lyons, Walsh, 123k def rookie

The first is more traditional GnR (ish) in that it packs a top line mid but the left over cash finds it's way into Doedee and Rowell who I'm not sold on at all.

The second gives me speculative M5, M6 who if they fire early actually makes it look like a proper GnR, for a certain definition of 'gun'.

:unsure:
I think Rowell is a must have rookie so option one for mine. If Doedee can end up being a keeper then that would be a huge win over that second combo. In saying that, I do like both Lyons and Walsh as picks and I think they are both a chance of producing premium numbers this season.
 
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