DPP Watch

 

Bye rounds are finally over, leaving only a short sprint to finals. Whether you’re locked in the top spots, or jostling to avoid finishing to the southern end of the ladder, there’s generally something to be done. At this stage of the year, most teams seem set and not a lot can change.

 

Think back to the start of the season. How many players were considered draft bolters because of their post-bye average? There’s always a couple of blokes ready to come charging home, and some will do that on the back of a role change. It’s a critical time as we can’t select players based on the average alone. Charlie Curnow was at 57 up to his bye in round 11 last year, and 87 from there.

 

Richard Douglas

Currently: Midfielder

Possible Secondary: Forward

Average: 77.0

 

Failing to mention him when talking about Hugh Greenwood last week, Richard Douglas is another candidate to push forward as Adelaide’s midfield returns to full strength. As Rory Sloane should be in the side this week, watch Douglas closely to see if he lines up on a wing or if he’s pushing forward.

 

Aaron Naughton

Currently: Defender

Possible Secondary: Forward

Average: 51.3

 

Bevo strikes again! With his side struggling, he’s been trying whatever he can to get his side rolling. Naughton is the latest to be flung forward and has looked comfortable so far. Being a rookie, he hasn’t much value apart from deep and keeper leagues, but his consistent scores show enough for him to look like a good prospect in the future.

 

Hayden Crozier

Currently: Forward

Possible Secondary: Defender

Average:61.4

 

Okay, I’m tentatively back on the hype train after a couple of strong outings. Beware of Suckling’s return, but Crozier could hopefully have gained a bit of confidence and we may see some better returns here. Will get defender status in AFLF in the next run and is already B, F in UF.

 

Jarman Impey

Currently: Forward

Possible Secondary: Defender

Average:61.4

 

One to watch, Jarman Impey’s past few weeks have seen his possession count skew toward the defensive side of the field. I’m yet to pin down his role, whether it’s playing through the midfield at times or using his pace off half back. Either way, he’s posted his best score of the year, so keep tabs on Jarman from here, he could be ready to finish the year with a burst.