Blue Chip Investment
Scott Pendlebury – MID – $627,200
Allow me to paint the picture: Scott Pendlebury is approaching his ninth season in the AFL after debuting for the Pies in 2006. He averaged 89 SuperCoach points in his second season of AFL football but since then, he has averaged over 100 points for the past seven season; over 110 since 2010. The last time Pendlebury dropped below 80 SuperCoach points was Round 3 2012! Almost four years ago! Since then he has recorded yearly averages of 124,126,124 and 116.
Do I need to go any further?
There has been a reasonable amount doubt over Mr. Dependlebury’s role in the Collingwood midfield in 2016 after the recruitment of Adam Treloar, but rest assured, you have no need to be worried. With premiership defender Ben Reid slotting into half back and Brownlow medalist Dane Swan pushing forward, Pendles will undoubtably spend sufficient time in the Pies engine room to keep racking up the tons. In a year where we are expecting many twists and turns in the midfield with the future of the likes of Ablett, Fyfe, Sloane and Selwood uncertain, Pendles is a definite lock. My advice: lock him in and throw away the key. His consistency will ensure that price remains as it is making him a difficult upgrade target during the bye rounds.
His loyal owners call him Mr. Dependlebury for a reason.
NAB Challenge Scores: 112, 68
Mid Price Potential
Jordan De Goey – MID/FWD – $318,400
De Goey is an excitement machine and after a successful pre season, he’s primed and ready for a breakout season. The hard, gut running contested ball beast comes with DPP status, making him a great link between your midfield and forward line.
He comes at an awkward price however, in a year where there is an abundance of mid priced gems but (watch this space) he has the potential to break out and become a 450-550K midfielder come seasons end. In my opinion, De Goey’s ideal position in your lineup would be to slot in at F4, he could make or break your season.
It depends mainly on your team structure but if you have the balls, it could pay off.
NAB Challenge Scores: 95, 88
Point of Difference
Adam Treloar – MID – $576,400
After entering the club with the biggest midfield in the competition, Treloar will be looking to lay the doubters to rest with a successful season at the Pies. With so much value in the midfield this year Treloar has very low ownership and is undoubtably an effective POD. I’m not entirely sure on the exact figure in terms of ownership but it’s certainly well under 10% which is ideal territory for a POD selection.
We all know that Treloar has the talent and scoring potential to deliver and his price tag is justified. Now entering his fifth season in the AFL, Treloar averaged over 80 in his first two seasons which rose over 100 since 2014. He has a huge ceiling as a ball magnet, goalkicker and hard, contested ball nut.
NAB Challenge Scores: 110
Mason Cox – RUC/FWD – $117,300
An ideal R3, the big American made his way into hundreds of teams following the Pies first NAB hit out against Geelong where he demonstrated his great overhead marking and goal sense scoring a healthy 68 points.
However it is worth noting that Cox is still on the rookie list and won’t be getting a promotion yet after Corey Gault replaced Matthew Scharenberg who was placed on the long term injury list. Mason Cox will get his chance, the only question is when.
NAB Challenge Scores: 68, 46
Dane Swan – MID – $571,200
As a passionate one eyed Pie it hurts me to say this but for Dane Swan, one of the most prolific SuperCoach point scorers of all time; his best years are behind him.
The 2011 Brownlow Meddalist and ball magnet bounced back last year after a self confessed dismal season in 2014. Starting at a bargain price of $464,500 Swan was a popular choice in the forward line in 2015 and repaid the faith with a healthy average just under 106.
Dane Swan’s contract expires at the end of 2016 and it appears likely he will retire from the AFL by 2017. With the Pies deep midfield blooding fresh talent Swan will spend much of his time up forward and will only play in the middle when needed or when the midfielders are taking a spell.
His price tag is way too expensive for someone who won’t spend much time in the midfield and the removal of his DPP status further justifies not selecting the great man.
NAB Challenge Scores: 97, 90
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