Player Radar – Riley Bonner

What do we do with Riley Bonner?

The exciting Power defender burst into SuperCoach calculations with a strong pre-season and then a 119-point round one performance.

Since then however, his ownership has increased three-fold but his output hasn’t reached the same heights.

Thankfully, for the 50,000+ coaches that own Bonner, he’s made a profit of $60,000 and averaged 80.75 across four rounds.

But that might be where the good news ends. His numbers have taken a dive, and with it, his SuperCoach scores as well.

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After 31 touches in the opening match of the season, he’s averaged less than 20 disposals per game since.

As a coach, tackles are a worry for me. It’s not normally something that’s expected of rebounding defenders, but the best scorers (like Laird and Savage) put up at least a handful of tackles per game. It’s a great way to boost the score when other things mightn’t be going your way.

But Bonner is not a tackler, he’s very much an outside player. His contested possession rate, tackling, one percenters and worryingly, even his kicking efficiency, are all below average, according to AFL Stats Pro.

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Now, with his breakeven sitting at 63 (according to TooSerious), you’d say he’s unlikely to make too much more money. However, he’s also unlikely to lose much value either, given he’s put up 60s in his last two games.

Next up for Bonner is Geelong at home and then a trip to Etihad Stadium to play the Kangaroos.

Verdict: Most coaches will have other issues to deal with this week, but if you don’t, Bonner to Coffield looks like a good option. I will be holding Bonner because I believe he can get to 70 and give me another week of footy to process his spot in the team.


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