D BOLCH’S Team Reveal – Time Worp
Alrighty folks, the time has come to do my Team Reveal for 2020. I’ll start by saying any of this could change before the commencement of Round 1, especially if we don’t see enough rookies named and we have a full-blown rookie crisis. Apparently, we have that already, but that’s rubbish, guns and rookies is the way to go until we are absolutely sure that there aren’t enough rookies. Anyway, let’s get to it.
I’ve got Rory Laird at D1, but that hasn’t been the case all pre-season. Jake Lloyd will be a top 6 defender this year, but I just haven’t got the cash for him and I think it’s possible that he drops in value early, especially if Sydney are still trying to work out the Lloyd/Jordan Dawson combination off half back. I’ve had Dan Houston at stages too but something inside of me is saying he isn’t what he is being spruiked to be. I don’t want to spend $484k on a player that may or may not be top 6 by season’s end and I think Laird provides more security in that regard. Laird has averaged 93.8+ in his last 5 seasons including a career best of 108.2 in 2018 and is one of the premier defenders in the game.
As a Hawks man, James Sicily is a lock at D2. Clarko went and recruited Jonathon Patton and Sam Frost in the trade period and I cannot see Sicily playing any role except his SuperCoach friendly intercept role. I reckon he can exceed his 105.1 average from 2018 this year.
Sam Docherty is a minor mid-price risk given his injury history, but he’s also got scoring history under his belt. His Marsh Series was solid enough in my opinion (69 and 105), and I think he could even finish top 6 in defence this year. Remember he averaged just under 115 in his last season!
I’ve spent a bit more on rookies, but I think you need to pay up for the best because there is no point picking blokes with poor job security or scoring potential. Lachie Ash is there after scores of 88 and 62 in pre-season but could turn into Collingwood’s John Noble if he isn’t named. Noble had two scores in the 70s and looks to have a role for the Pies. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher is a recent acquisition but is now a must have, he plays an intercept game which Champion Data loves and Essendon have injuries to key players which will mean BZT is there for a while. Brandon Starcevich was spruiked by Dayne Zorko on Captain’s Day whilst Tobe Watson and Will Gould are my bench cover.
I’m stoked with this midfield. I’ve got the five highest averaging midfielders in Jack Macrae, Lachie Neale, Nat Fyfe, Josh Kelly and Patrick Cripps from last year and they’re all out and out guns. Kelly is perhaps the most contentious pick, but he’s had a full pre-season and played well in the State of Origin game. I think he could be a chance for the Brownlow. I floated the idea of Josh Dunkley at M5 (averaged 127 as a midfielder last year) and he may well make his way into my side, but I’m not sure I can go against Crippa just yet. Tom Mitchell (injury) and Patrick Dangerfield (poor fixtures early) I see as upgrade targets.
Matt Rowell, Tom Green, Marlion Pickett and Connor Budarick are locks. All should be there Round 1 and have good scoring potential. Ned McHenry is touch and go for Round 1 as a recent back injury could keep him out, in which case I will move him on if he isn’t named. Devon Robertson looked good in Marsh 2 (62 points) and can hopefully crack into the 22 at Brisbane.
Brodie Grundy – LOCK
Max Gawn – LOCK
Don’t waste time trying to get funky with different structures. These are the two highest scoring players in the game and they’re the two biggest locks of 2020. Charlie Comben is my loophole but could turn into Matthew Conroy, I’m just weighing up whether fixtures or an extra 15k is better.
Lachie Whitfield will be the highest averaging player in the forward line and is on an upwards trajectory. Pick him. I wasn’t as set on Dustin Martin as some, but he’s off the grog and has averaged 99+ in 8 of his 10 seasons in the competition and two of those lower averages were in years 1 and 3. Don’t expect him to average 110+ necessarily, but he will definitely be top 6. Devon Smith is at F3, he put together a nice pre-season with scores of 87 and 118 and has said he will play throughout the midfield again this year. He’s a tackling machine and can hit the scoreboard which means he doesn’t need bulk possessions to score well. I know a lot of teams like the idea of Jack Steven, but I prefer Smith over him. I expect all 5 rookies to be there Round 1 and I can see the 3 on-field players (Jarrod Brander, Izak Rankine and Curtis Taylor) averaging 60+ each. Mitch Georgiades and Max King will be slow burn’s, but a warm body is a warm body.
Yes, it’s a bit ‘cookie cutter’ but there’s no reason to go out on a limb if it’s a bad decision. Let me know what you think community! Rip it to shreds….
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