MELBOURNE

 

WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S – BERNIE VINCE

2016: Games/21   Averages 91 DT/92 SC

 Bernie was one of the few to get D/M status in 2017.  While you look to draft him later if he was a pure mid, he now presents great value for your defence. While he’s never averaged over 100 in SC (due to at DE of less than 70%), Bernie has done it once in DT.

In 2016 Bernie played throughout the midfield and across the half back line in the second half of the year. This is when we saw his scoring drop, but it did not stop him from averaging 25 possessions, 4 marks and 3 tackles for the year. His TOG was 85%, which is the most he’s ever had.

With Dom Tyson’s injury over the pre-season there is a good chance Bernie gets to move back into that midfield, but it is certainly a watch and see over the JLT series.

With the defender status and averaging in the mid 90’s for the last few years, that puts him at low D1, high D2 range.

 

 MAX POWER! – MAX GAWN

2016: Games/22   Average: 106 DT/118 SC

 Late in 2015, we saw the emergence of Max Gawn. Taking over as the number ruck at Melbourne, Max kicked on in 2016 to become the number 1 ruckman in the competition and went on record to say he wants to be number one for a long time.

In 2016, Max lead the comp in hit outs with 928 (Goldstein 2nd with 804). With the third man up rule gone, look to see Max get more hit outs in 2017 and increase his average.

Max was 1 of 2 rucks in DT to average over 100 and 1 of 3 in SC.  He averaged more than 10 points more than Goldstein in 2016.

A top 10 pick in both formats and number 1 ruck in both formats.

 

ALL ABOARD THE GUS BUS – ANGUS BRAYSHAW

2016: Games/10   Average: 70 DT/65 SC

 With injury curtailing Brayshaw’s 2016 season, I have seen enough to suggest he can present me with fantasy value in 2017.

Coming into his third season he is listed as M/F in both formats, and with Jordan Lewis joining Jack Viney and Nathan Jones in the midfield, Brayshaw will have quality players feeding him the ball to see his average rise.

He is an interesting prospect as we saw him make 99 tackles in his first year, so he is not shy in getting his hands dirty. If Brayshaw can get back to the 100 tackles and bump his average up to 26 possessions per game, then he enters the same bracket as Jack Macrae and Zach Merrett.

You will be able to draft Brayshaw as bench cover in your team as lottery ticket pick. He is going to cost you nothing to pick up, but the rewards could be huge.