Thursday night football is back again and this week where in Perth to see the West Coast Eagles take on the Essendon Bombers. Now this fixture may not look like much as far as later positions go but its the first time John Worsfold is taking on his old side at home where he made a name for himself as arguably the greatest coach in the Eagles franchise. If the rain holds off this looks to be a high scoring affair and plenty of speedy ball movement.
ATM – Mr reliable always scores well
Hammer – Consistent scoring
Biscuit – Cheap pick with rewards
ATM – Josh J. Kennedy (WCE) $8,100
Probably the first banker of the year for forwards, Kennedy is second in the coleman medal and is on par to have his best season yet. With 46 goals in 13 games, coming off 5 last week against the Lions. Kennedy averages 102.fp 14 disposals, 6.5 makes and 4 tackles. With the lack of tall defenders down back Kennedy is due to have a big night out and when i say big I’m thinking double digits.
Biscuit – Will Hams (Ess) $3,900
Hams has only played the 3 games this year but has been consistent in every game scoring 76,74,76 in each. Thus his average being 75. For this young forward thats not a bad average in this team against better opposition. Hams averages 14 disposals, 4 tackles, and 4 marks. Hams is at a good price to have crack especially with such expensive Mids and Forwards.
Hammer – Scott Lycett (WCE) $7,700
The bad boy last week for the Eagles, when everything seemed to be in his favour when the news came that Naitanui was out for extended time all Lycett had to do was rock up. simple fact is that he went out and got suspended for a match. Lycett will be looking to redeem his coaches faith this week. Averaging 93fp 12 touches 4 marks, 5 tackles and a goal. Lyceum will be the dominant ruckman in this match up and sure pick for me.
ATM – Zach Merrett (Ess) $9,300
Big price tag for this young Bomber but he’s produced the goods so far this season. Average of 114Fp, 28 disposals and 6 tackles. he’s currently the heart and soul of the Essendon team. Coming off 25 disposals, 4 marks, 7 tackles and a goal. With Zaharakis and Goddard generally getting the better midfielders, Merrett gets a free run through midfield and quite often pushes forward to create another option. Best mid in the line up and arguably top 3 in tonights game.
Hammer – Luke Shuey (WCE) $8,100
One of many midfielders that love to play on Domain oval, Shuey has been shy of his best but consistent none the less. Average of 95fp, 25 touches and 6 tackles this speedy on baller has that X-factor about him. Shuey has the ability to sneak forward and snare a couple goals himself, especially against the lower ranked bombers. Shuey was one of the better players in the win over the lions 2 weeks ago gathering 25 touches, 4 marks, 7 tackles and goal. the clamps will be on Priddis and Gaff so look for Shuey to get more open space.
Biscuit – Mark Hutchings (WCE) $5,700
Hutchings has been a quiet achiever since gaining his spot earlier in the year. Taking over got Scott Selwoods role as a run with player, Hutchings has been able to find the ball himself and been a serviceable option when forward. Like a lot of the young Eagles mids, they tend to rotate forward rather than on the bench. Averaging a handy 71.8fp 15 disposals and 4 tackles, Hutchings is a risk but with reward, over the last few weeks he’s been able to gather double digits touches and kick a goal or two.
Hammer – Brad Sheppard (WCE) $6,100
Found his form last year, Sheppard has continued to play his part in the Eagles defence. Averaging 70fp, 18 touches and 6 marks he’s become one leading interceptors in the West Coast team. He may not get you 30 kicks and a goal but for his price range he will still be consistent enough to get you a decent score. Last week he proved his quality having 18 touches and 5 marks with a fantasy score of 73.
Biscuit – Sharrod Wellingham (WCE) $5,200
Former premiership player with the Pies, Wellingham has recovered from injury to get a regular spot in this Eagles line up. His price doesn’t justify his credentials, with each week getting closer to his best form. Last week no exception with 20 touches, 4 marks, and 3 tackles against the Lions with a fantasy score of 73. Wellingham is another defender who floats across for the intercepting mark and could easily pushing into the wings or midfield if need be.
DK’s Final Say:
A tough game to pick with majority of the players selected are of West Coast, due to the fact we expect the Eagles to get a hold of the bombers and could potentially be a 100pt drubbing. The 2006 premiership reunion is this week and with plenty of past players at the game. It’s a good stage for the young up and coming Eagles to show what they’ve got. Don’t be fooled by the Essendon players they have a few that can produce good scores and are giving it there all each week. As i always say you gotta risk it to get the biscuit!