Thursday night football brings us a battle of two exciting teams in the competition. Adelaide fresh off the bye after a thrilling comeback win against the West Coast take on the North Melbourne Kangaroos who fought well against the reining premiers Hawthorn in a spiteful game last week.
This looks to be a very fast paced and aggressive game of football with both teams looking to cement there spot in the 8 and potentially push for top 4.
ATM – The player you can bank on for a good score
Hammer – Handy player who produces
Biscuit – Risky cheap player who can prove dividends
Hammer – Tom Lynch (Adel) $7,900
Lynch has been the 4th string forward in Adelaide’s lineup this year. while Tex Walker and Josh Jenkins take the big defenders, Lynch has found it easy to snare a few bags of goals this season, 21 in fact. averaging 94.2fp 13 kicks, 7 handballs and almost 7 marks. last week against the solid Eagles defence Lynch managed to finish with 23 touches, 10 marks and a goal. definitely a handy player to have in tonights game.
Hammer – Eddie Betts (Adel) $7,000
North Melbourne will be struggling to find a match up for Betts as he continues his sensational form which sees him as the number 1 small forward in the game. Averaging 85 fp and 15 touches. Betts is up there in the Coleman Medal race with 33 goals, including 5 last week against the Eagles. Eddie has the umpires on his side this year with a free kick count of 19 – 9 in his favour.
Biscuit – Majak Daw (NM) $4,200
Finally getting back to back games, Daw has been very serviceable in each game he’s played. playing more forward with Goldstein in the ruck, Daw will create havoc for any defence with his size, strength, and agility. Averaging 80fp, 10 disposals and 7 tackles his price is perfect. Daw will be able to shift from forward to ruck and have potential match winning plays. With the price of Jacobs and Goldstein why not save a bit of coin with the upside Daw has.
ATM – Rory Sloane (Adel) $9,300
The ATM tag is on Sloane for tonight, been in great form in recent weeks, averaging 106 and form of 113 he’s the premier midfielder tonight and the man to watch. Averaging almost 30 disposals and 7 tackles this season Sloane has definitely lifted in the absence of Dangerfield. If Adelaide are to win tonight Sloane is to have a big influence in the game. if you want to spend big on one player definitely look to invest in Sloane.
Hammer – Sam Gibson (NM) $7,000
Sam Gibson has been that consistent player in the North midfield that goes under the radar of every team. averaging 90 and his form during the last few weeks up near 110 he’s a steal this weekend with the game looking to be won in the midfield. Gibson has been able to earn 17 free kicks this season with only giving away 5. averaging 21 touches he’s handy player to have with Wells out and the number 1 tag going to Swallow.
Biscuit – Mason Wood (NM) $5,100
A shining light in the North Melbourne team this year has been this guy, Wood is averaging 81.5 fp and coming off a blinder last week with 20 touches, 2 goals 3 and 4 tackles against the Hawks. Wood has 10 goals in 6 games and been running through the midfield, especially with Wells the main play maker out, Woods work load in the midfield will increase. he’s got the biscuit tag because he’s cheap and can produce a big game based on his form this season.
ATM – Rory Laird (Adel) $8,200
Not many defenders get the banker tag, Laird coming back from his toe injury has been vital in the Crows form of late. averaging 101fp 25 disposals an 7 marks this season and a sensational game last week in Perth with 25 touches, 10 marks and 4 tackles. Lairds run off the half back line has been exceptional. Laird is definitely in the mix for the All Australian Backline and considering he’s still under $9k he’s a great pick up in this contest.
Biscuit – Jake Lever (Adel) $5,900
Adelaide have an abundance of young backman in there lineup at the moment and one that stands out for me is Lever. Lever is in career best form coming off a blistering 28 disposals and 8 marks against the Eagles. don’t be fooled by these stats, West Coast have one of the most potent forward lines in the competition. A cheap player worth a shot this round for sure.
DK’s Final Say:
Its always tough choosing a team with just two squads to look at. Both teams have some potential game winners, fire power at each end and hard nuts in the middle. its a toss of the coin game but id back Adelaide at home and off the break. the game will be won in the middle but it is key top find that biscuit player like i aways say to help push up the ladder and finish in the money. read the article, look at the form guide and you’ll find it much easier to pick a team. don’t get sucked into the price tag trap. Remember you gotta risk it to get the biscuit!