Blue Chip Investment
Robbie Gray – MID – $595,900
Gray was sensational last year and had arguably a career best season playing through the Port’s midfield. He finished 11th for total points last year capping off the second straight year in a row he’s averaged over 110. In the Power’s NAB2 Gray amassed 16 touches and if he can keep his form from last year there’s no reason why he can’t crack the top 10 for total points this year.
NAB SC scores: 82, 109
Mid Price Potential
Jared Polec – MID – $303,000
Injury cut short the young winger’s 2015 season and he only played five games. Polec is an interesting mid-price option if you’re looking to fill a gap in the midfield with O’Meara and Crouch’s clubs taking a cautious approach with both though. Be careful though because Polec’s NAB Challenge form hasn’t been very inspiring but in 2014 he did average 81. Could be a big boom or bust.
NAB SC scores: 52, 54
Point Of Difference
Sam Gray – FWD-MID – $480,800
If you’re looking for a real interesting POD up forward Sam Gray could be your man. Gray finished the season in dazzling form averaging 35 touches, 128 SuperCoach points and an outstanding number of clearances, contested possessions and inside 50s in the final three games of 2015. Gray has continued that strong form into his 2016 NAB Challenge campaign, racking up 21 disposals against the Swans and 19 disposals against the Dees. At 24 years of age he could be set to really break out in Port’s blossoming midfield.
NAB SC scores: 92, 80, 118
Darcy Byrne-Jones – DEF – $123,900
The running half-back has been impressing coach Ken Hinkley during pre-season and has translated it onto the field during the NAB Challenge. Byrne-Jones was good against the Swans gathering 15 touches rebounding off half-back and against the Demons 7 touches in 39% game time. His job security isn’t very strong though and he might struggle to make the Power’s best 22.
NAB SC scores: 67, 36
Jimmy Toumpas – MID – $289,000
Every pre-season this guy does the same thing, turns it on in the NAB Challenge and burns the people who pick him come the regular season. Looking back on past seasons, Toumpas’ highest average for a season is a measly 57! Don’t fall for his early NAB form and pick him. There are much better options available around his price.
NAB SC scores: 79, 90, 59