Round 5 POD Report

Who’s hot?

Cale Hooker (averaging 115.5 – selected in 3.9% of teams)

Last year he started off with 6 tons in the first 8 rounds. I looked at him heavily last week after three great scores, but couldn’t ignore him after a fourth ton. He has scored 106, 133, 114 and 109 so far this year. He is averaging 21 disposals per game, 9.8 marks and 2.2 tackles. He is standing out in contested marks (2nd in the AFL), total marks (1st) and rebound 50s (3rd) – to add to this, he is in the top 20 for time on ground and one percenters.

 

Who’s not?

Justin Westhoff (averaging 77 – selected in 1.7% of teams)

The Hoff isn’t doing any favours to the 3,603 sides that have him in their forward line. I was nearly one of those coaches as I was definitely interested in him during the preseason. His $489,000 price tag turned me away, but I thought with Ryder’s addition he would score more by marking and picking up disposals higher up the ground. So far he’s produced 79, 78, 65 and 86. It’s not the worst start possible, but for a player that cost nearly 500k, and is a point of difference, these scores really hurt. The only positive is that his highest score has been in the only game that he, Ryder and Lobbe played together. He shouldn’t be on anyone’s watch list at this stage, but would be an interesting prospect down the track if his scores increased and he dropped below $400,000.

 

One to Watch this week

Scott Thompson (averaging 135 – selected in 0.5% of teams)

Apart from two seasons, Thompson has averaged over 95 in every individual season during his SuperCoach career. In 2011-12 he averaged over 110, so he’s certainly been a solid pick in the past. In his first two games of 2015 he’s been on fire. He started with 138 points from 30 touches and 11 tackles and then followed that up with 132 from 38 touches, 3 tackles and 6 inside 50s. His two game averages have him ranked high up in many statistical categories: 1st in contested possessions, 1st in clearances, 2nd in disposals, 12th in effective disposals, 1st in time on ground and 8th in tackles. It’s no wonder he’s scoring so well!


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