Footy is back! Isn’t it beautiful. The excitement of turning on the TV each week to watch the footy is back and I’m happier than ever. Yes, it’s only NAB Challenge but we now have the excitement of scouting players for our starting round one teams. Today I will be reviewing five players that caught my eye during the first week of the NAB Challenge.
5. Darcy Tucker – Fremantle
– Pick 27- 2015 Draft
-NAB 1 Score: 71
Tucker really impressed me in Fremantle’s NAB Challenge match against the Tigers. Picking up 21 disposals (at 66% efficiency) as well as laying 3 tackles and taking 8 marks, The 19-year-old six-footer put himself straight onto my shortened rookie defence watchlist. The only problem with Tucker is that his role could change dramatically when the rest of Freo’s guns return and he may struggle to make the round one team. If he continues his form in NAB 2 and NAB 3 and looks like he’s best 22, lock him in.
4. Callum Mills – Sydney
-Pick 3 2015 Draft
-NAB 1 score: 95
Playing off the half back flank Callum Mills was superb against Port Adelaide. Accumulating 22 touches (at an impressive 90% disposal efficiency), taking five marks and laying two tackles, Mills performance was near elite and gave us a huge reason why we need to consider him. Mills’ problem is that McVeigh could come back and take the half back role forcing Mills scoring output to lower. Watch him closely in NAB 2 and 3.
3. Luke Parker – Sydney
– 2015 AVG: 99.7
-NAB 1 score: 128
For a SuperCoacher like me who is considering Luke Parker this year in SuperCoach, it was very satisfying watching his game on Saturday against Port Adelaide. Racking up 32 touches as well as laying three tackles and taking three marks, Parker had a huge case of leather poisoning and had an overall super successful rerun from his broken fibula.
2. Michael Barlow – Fremantle
-2015 AVG: 93.6
– NAB 1 Score: 131
Seeing Michael Barlow back in Fremantle’s midfield was truly terrific. Ross mentioned Barlow would likely play in the midfield again and he delivered. Racking up 27 disposal (at 74% disposal efficiency), kicking a goal and having seven tackles and seven marks. If he can maintain his form, lock him in and throw away the bloody key with confidence.
1. Sam Kerridge – Carlton
-2015 AVG: 22
-Nab 1 score: 122
After arriving at his new club Carlton, Sam Kerridge is presented with a huge opportunity. Kerridge (who struggled at his old club Adelaide) has the chance to have more midfield time with the Blues. Accumulating 28 disposals and laying eight tackles (as well as an impressive 122 SuperCoach points), Kerridge was a force to be reckoned with and showed why he should be in everyone’s teams. At just $137k, whether it’s as a MID or FWD, Lock…. Him….. In!!!
Please community, don’t be sucked in to the many traps that the SuperCoach Gods are presenting us with this year. Dale Thomas, Matthew Leuenberger and Bryce Gibbs are some of the guys I am talking about.
Beware: Elliot Yeo. I feel he may be the next Lumumba. Don’t be a sheep be a shepherd, be unique and don’t follow the pack with your selections this year. Keep your PODs secret, it’s absolutely critical if you want to win SuperCoach.