Picked in over 53% of teams, SWAN is a must have if you a serious about getting somewhere this season, much like Gary ABLETT and Aaron SANDILANDS have been in recent years. Averaging 139 points per round, it’s not hard to see why SWAN is so popular.
At number three on the list, also fairly predictably, is fellow Collingwood midfield gun Scott PENDLEBURY, who is averaging 127 points per game having just taken home another Anzac Day medal. In almost 30% of SC teams, PENDLES is also a very popular selection, despite this meaning many teams have both Collingwood midfield stars in their lineup – something that might hurt in round 7 when they have the bye.
So, who is the second ranked player then? Well, wedged between these two goliaths of the game is a Fremantle Docker who has quietly been going about his business in 2011 with a very handy average of a touch under 129 points per game. David MUNDY, the heartbeat of the young Freo midfield, has been on fire so far this season with scores of 138, 113, 132, 121 and 140! He is a unique pick who seems to have flown under many people’s radar (including the greater football media, it must be said), only being selected in 2.6% of SC teams – an amazing figure compared to the other two Collingwood stars. Supercoach Gold predicts that MUNDY will score over 100 in all but 2 of the remaining games of the season, and with a breakeven of just 87 pts against Richmond in round 7 (after their bye this week), expect his value to rise even further from the $66,800 it has already gone up. The subbing of MUNDY by the SC world is quite surprising, given that in 2010 he averaged a huge 126 points per game in a much-improved Freo lineup that appears just as ominous this season.
With games against Richmond, West Coast, Port, and St Kilda over the next month, MUNDY looks set to continue his good form and reward those coaches who selected him as a unique midfielder. Maybe it’s time he got the recognition he deserves after such a scintillating start to 2011 – and maybe it’s time you got on the bandwagon too?
NOTE : The fourth player in SC ranking is MUNDY’s Freo team mate Nathan FYFE, who has really stepped up this year averaging 116 pts and rising $123,800 in value. Who said the purple haze were finished???