Last round of football before we head into three weeks of bye rounds.  The competition is heating up and there truly isn’t a clear front-runner as we stand.  Some key opposition teams shaping the ladder for 2017 will come head to head today and only one team can walk away with all four points.  Game On.

Ruck

Tom Boyd $6,200

Boyd has found his feet in the Bulldogs team more and more as he gains continuity in his game.  With the inclusion of Tim English, it should open up the door for Boyd to push up the ground and kick a few goals.  Against the Saints without Cloke and Redpath this week, a lot of the forward line expectations for the Dogs will fall on the shoulders of Tom Boyd.  He is a short priced option in the ruck and has the potential to score well.

Forwards

Cameron Pedersen $6,800

Since coming in and playing a ruck style role for the Demons, he has been prominent in scoring.  Averaging 18.5 hit-outs, 4.5 tackles, and 16.6 disposals, he has been a shining light out of a dark situation for the team.  Against the Suns, he will need to work hard around the ground and utilise his key attributes to dominate where he can.  At $6,800 his lowest score from his four games has been 94Fp, so well worth the risk in the forward line.

Jack Billings $8,800

The small Saints forward has found his touch in recent weeks and hasn’t looked like taking a backward step.  Averaging 22.8 disposals early in the season, with nine goals and 5.7 marks.  If he can continue this form against the Western Bulldogs, he could be in for a big score.  He is a slightly higher priced forward for today’s contests but he will be well worth any reward he can provide.

Midfield

Alex Neal-Bullen $6,500

His last performance for the Demons was a low score of 31Fp and not much went right for the young midfielder.  He has promising attributes that fit right in with Melbourne’s style of play and will be a much-welcomed addition to the side this week against the Suns.  In six games this season he has averaged 6.2 tackles and 19.6 disposals which he will require in order to get a decent score this round.

Zach Merrett $11,500

Mercurial player Zach Merrett is and in a season he was expected to have his numbers lowered with the inclusions of the banned Bombers.  Merrett has been averaging 32.9 disposals, 502 tackles and 6 marks in a massive 2017 season so far.  With an average of 127.2Fp and in the form of 133.3Fp, he is an absolute lock in for the midfield today.

Koby Stevens $7,900

Against his old firm this week in the Bulldogs, Stevens will be looking to crash the pack and make his mark on the game’s outcome.  Averaging 25.6 disposals, 6 marks and 4.7 tackles from his three games this season.  If he wants to become a permanent fixture in the Saints line-up, it is games like these that he is required to lift and provide plenty of ball movement and forward run.  He has the capability but needs to back it up when it counts.

Defenders

Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti $6,500

Another low priced option for this weeks Saturday contest in defence, although he predominately plays in the forward line.  Averaging 3.6 tackles, 14.3 disposals and already with 13 goals against his name.  It will be a fast-paced contest against Richmond and neither team will be looking to let up.  Tonight’s game style, the fast pace will play right into the wheel house for McDonald-Tipungwuti.

Michael Hibberd $7,100

Since coming to the Demons, Hibberd has fit in well with the game play.  Averaging 29 disposals and 5.8 marks this season it is easy to see where he get’s his average 93.4Fp from.  If he continues the type of form he is in at the moment against the Suns, then he will be in for a massive score.  Coming off a 14 point loss against the Roos, all the Demons players will be out for blood.

 

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