Friday Night Footy is back again for another week during bye rounds.  We  head to the MCG for the contest between the Pies and Dockers as both teams look to walk away with a much needed four points.  The Pies will be the fresher of the two teams, coming off the bye while Fremantle have come to Melbourne after a hard fought win in Perth.  Who will be better for the previous week leading into this game, only time will tell and their footy will soon tell all.

RUCK

Brodie Grundy $8,000

Grundy has worked hard to become more of a mobile ruckman for the Pies this season.  Averaging 21.4 hit outs, 4 tackles and looks to get a score on the board in most games also.  Ruckmen in the competition have become invaluable and with Fremantle into their second string, the Pies will look to take that advantage and use it for their good fortune throughout the game.

FORWARDS

Hayden Crozier $5,600

Really making a home down in defence, Crozier is relishing his opportunities in the senior team.  He hasn’t put a foot wrong in recent weeks and is doing a magnificent team role out of the back line.  A relatively cheap price tag for Crozier helps his cause, but a reliable 98Fp form guide is definitely flattering to the eye.  The efficient ball user will need to continue his rich vein of form if the Dockers want to leave Melbourne with all four points.

Chris Mayne $7,500

Enjoying a nice season in 2016, Mayne has been doing his part for the team in the forward line.  Forward half pressure is important and an average of 5.7 tackles along with his 16 goals has been pivotal to the game Mayne has been playing.  With Pavlich staying in the side this week, Mayne could look to get plenty of effective ball and launch Fremantle to a big win.

MIDFIELD

Scott Pendlebury $9,900

Not much to say that anyone doesn’t already know about this man.  Pendlebury has been putting on a clinic again in 2016 and hasn’t stopped to smell the roses.  Averaging 5.3 tackles and 29 disposals a game is an important facet to the game to get a strangle hold on the his Dockers opponents.  Barlow will likely go to someone from the Pies midfield, keep an eye out because no one will want it to be Scott Pendlebury.

Michael Barlow $8,200

Collecting a big scalp against Robbie Gray last week, along with 43 disposals and 2 goals of his own.  Barlow has been in great form in recent weeks and will look to continue at the G’ Friday night.  Averaging 6.5 tackles while keeping his opponent to minimal disposals will be worth it’s weight in gold against the Pies tonight.  Look for a big game again from Barlow.

Connor Blakely $5,300

The young midfielder has taken to the AFL like a duck to water.  Already averaging 20 disposals and 3.9 tackles per game is remarkable if he can keep the consistency going.  He is yet to slot his first career goal in the AFL so look for him to be hungry to succeed across the ground and take it up to his Collingwood counterparts.  Only $5,300 for Blakely gives a nice balance between the risk and reward for the nippy midfielder.

DEFENDERS

Brayden Maynard $5,500

The turn over at the Pies has been big in recent weeks, but this has helped Maynard to continue his growth into an exceptional player.  Although the Magpies have been losing matches, Maynard has continued to try hard and put up a respectful performance for himself.  Another low pricing of $5,500 which could make or break your side if you want to go big in the midfield.

Jeremy Howe $7,100

Howe has really owned the half back line since been moved down by Buckley.  Although there was the slip up in his big scores against his former side before the bye round, Howe has been great for the Pies.  He won’t be easy to keep down and will certainly be looking to bounce back against the Dockers. The linking out of Collingwood’s defence will be very important, and it all starts with a single high flying mark.

 

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