Who Replaces Gaz? A POD Perspective

Well, the time has come that we have to trade Gary Ablett out. I bet those who didn’t get him are sitting back with a cheeky grin. Although we want Gaz in our sides, we want to see him playing and we’d never wish injury upon any player, there are two positives from this situation – 1. Ablett was the dearest SuperCoach player, so he can be traded to anyone and his price acts like a mini savings for our salary cap, and 2. He has done the injury before any price change, making it very easy for us to trade him out at maximum value. Shorty has gone through the best Gaz replacements, who are all ripper choices, but if you’re wanting a POD option then keep on reading. I have picked 3 valid candidates to suit a variety of budgets.


David Mundy – $549,200
Selected in 0.6% of sides

One of Freo’s tall midfielders, standing at 192cm, Mundy loves the contested ball and knows how to get clearances. The past two years he has been ultra-consistent. He has only averaged 103 & 102 but has been hard to fault. Aside from being subbed off once due to injury, and scoring 56 in the flogging St.Kilda gave them, every score in the last two years (finals included) has been 70 or higher; most between the 95-125 area. Last weeks game showed that he is not slowing down – he had a career high 39 disposals, 16 contested possessions, 9 tackles (career high is 10) and 150 SuperCoach points (career high is 154). He is a great kick and has slick hands, outlined by being 1st in the AFL for effective disposals per game this year.


Dylan Shiel – $509,400
Selected in 0.9% of sides

I wouldn’t expect Shiel to be in under 1% by the time the round starts, as he’s starting to get a bit of attention. He has scored 136 & 149 so far in 2015. I was at the game when he scored 136 against St.Kilda and he was absolutely outstanding. He’s a part of the GWS midfield that are already great, but full of improving kids. He has shown his SuperCoach ability, averaging 75, 75 & 94 in his first three years. Last year was a mini breakout; if he was a forward we would’ve been all over him at the start of this year. A quick look at some of the young gun midfielders (Fyfe, Selwood, Dangerfield, Steven, Sidebottom, Sloane, Jack) shows that generally after 3-6 years they will hit a 105-115 average and stay up there. Shiel is in the right age group so it should come as no surprise if this year is the year he moves into the elite bracket (or close to).


Matt Priddis – $606,200
Selected in 4.8% of sides

He is the reigning Brownlow Medallist, but only just over 10,000 people find him worthy of being in their sides. He handballs quite a lot but that is because he’s at the bottom of the pack feeding the ball out to the runners. He has done very well the past 5 years, averaging 108, 114, 110, 101 (off year) & 112. He scored 106 last week, but the 78 in Round 1 means he will most likely drop in value – however this shouldn’t be a concern when you’re considering premiums. Regularly getting over 30 disposals, I would expect him to feature well in the Brownlow again and average over 110 SuperCoach points this year. If you already have Fyfe, Pendles and JPK/Selwood, why not try someone different?

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