Timothy Smith | $123,900 | FWD | Average: 96 | Breakeven: -118
After suffering an unfortunate injury early last year, the ‘Bull’ has endured multiple setbacks to reclaim his spot in the Melbourne side. But boy, has he returned in style! Averaging nearly 20 disposals with 5 marks, 5 tackles and 7 hitouts, Smith is essentially operating as a utility player rotating through the back, ruck and forward lines. He is the number one downgrade option this week, however, selection for Melbourne will be highly competitive in the future so there is a risk he will drop out of the side if he can’t maintain his form.
Jordan Ridley | $123,900 | DEF | Average: 62.5 | Breakeven: -51
Ridley has looked assured playing in defence for Essendon so far, with strong hands seeing him average over 5 marks in his appearances. Whilst 9 touches against the Giants compared to 25 against Geelong suggests inconsistency, this is to be expected from a young player and at this point in the season cash cows should mainly operate from the bench. Essendon have rotated through a number of young players so far this season, but I can see Ridley holding his spot if he remains composed and the dons continue their resurgence.
Bailey Rice | $123,900 | DEF | Average: 61.5 | Breakeven: -49
Also impressive in his first two matches, Rice rounds out the solid list of downgrade options this week. Averaging 18 possessions and 5 marks, Rice has shown he can accumulate touches in defence, however based on match performance alone I would edge towards Ridley as the superior option this week.
ON THE BUBBLE NEXT WEEK
Logan Austin | $159,700 | DEF | Average: 106 | Breakeven: -116
Callum Moore | $133,600 | FWD | Average: 68 | Breakeven: -56
Roarke Smith | $158,300 | DEF | Average: 68 | Breakeven: -41