Alex FASOLO - Collingwood - $332,700 Av 85
Selected in a whopping 32% of SC teams, Collingwood rebounding defender FASOLO has been one of the selections of the season so far, averaging 85 pts per game including a couple of ripper scores of 106 and 132 resulting in a price rise of $119,100. However that all came unstuck last weekend when he was subbed out with a “toe injury”, and finished the game in a moon boot. With a history of foot and leg problems, this is not a good sign for the young Pie. Will he be out for 1 week? Maybe 2? Will it be 4 or 5? There is a lot of smoke and mirror-type shenanigans going on around this fella, but the big question is – do you keep him or move him on?
Options : Travis CLOKE (Coll) - $348,200 Av 55
Eddie BETTS (Adel) - $338,900 Av 69
Jack BILLINGS (St K) - $234,600 Av 62
Patrick AMBROSE (Ess) - $102,400 Av 63
Verdict : Decisions, decisions, decisions. If you can keep FASOLO on your bench, do so – chances are he’ll be back round 9, after Collingwood’s bye, and for his price he can score very nicely. As a straight swap if you’re already low on trades, I’d take the punt on CLOKE –it’s a huge punt, but surely the big guy has to turn it around soon? The better option might be to trade down to BILLINGS, take the $100,000 and run.
Eli TEMPLETON - St Kilda - $182,700 Av 41
As a livewire half forward with impressive skills, TEMPLETON had shown enough so far in 2014 to indicate he may be the Stephen MILNE replacement for the Saints in years to come. With a sharp goal sense and explosive pace, he was turning a few heads. However, the 2.5% of SC coaches who had him were cursing the footy Gods last weekend when he injured his arm in a tackle – and will now miss the remainder of the 2014 season. A horrid blow for the young man, but put him on your radar for 2015 – at least he should be cheap!
Options : Dylan BUCKLEY (Carl) - $191,000 Av 59
Christian SALEM (Melb) - $177,300 Av 25
Nick ROBERTSON (Bris) - $172,500 Av 65
Sam GRAY (Port) - $157,600 Av 62
Verdict : Gone for the season, TEMPLETON simply has to go. The obvious replacement would be ROBERTSON – good job security, nice average – but if you are looking for a risk/reward strategy, something tells me SALEM might be a bit of a find.
Thankfully that’s about it for this week – obviously we’re glad to take the quiet weeks in this article when they come, as we all know things can turn hectic in a flash when it comes to injuries and suspensions. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen any time soon.