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Previously considered as unfashionable in the Fantasyland for his relatively low ceiling, Jake Lloyd showed he was perfectly capable of producing massive scores with 173 scored against the Dockers in round 9 at the SCG. Often playing as the ‘last defender’ in the Swans’ line-up, the former rookie has ample opportunity to intercept opposition kicks and launch his side into offense. The 24 year-old’s confidence will be sky-high with a three-round SuperCoach average of 140.3. The only concern will be that Jed Lamb will be given the job of pestering the man affectionately known as ‘Jake the Snake’.
Although the Blues have been dominated this season, Patrick Cripps has not failed to display why he is amongst the top rung of young players in the competition. The contested beast showed he is capable of racking up huge numbers even if his team is struggling through his 152 during Carlton’s 109 point loss against Melbourne. The small ground of the SCG should suit the Western Australian on Friday night.
The Demons’ ruckman has announced himself as the new ‘perma-captain’, only trailing Jack Macrae in points per game. He returns to the ground to be named ‘Marvel Stadium’ in September – a venue at which he has averaged 147.5 in his two games there this season. Surprisingly, Gawn has never cracked the triple figure barrier against the Bulldogs in his career but Brodie Grundy’s 152 against them last week suggests they are vulnerable to conceding big scores to ruckmen.
Dusty has only been in second gear for this whole year, but it could all change this Saturday night. The massive crowd expected to attend Dreamtime at the ‘G should be enough to fire up last year’s Brownlow medallist to get back to his best. Although he doesn’t have the recent form under his belt, the big occasion and solid history against Essendon means Dusty could bounce back.
Despite his 27 point shocker against Geelong earlier in the season, the former Lion has shown why he deserves to make the All-Australian team for the second straight year. His contested ball work has been a highlight as he has spent more time in the midfield. He is also no stranger to dominating a weaker opponent at Optus Stadium, doing so with 150 SuperCoach points against the Suns in round 4. Yeo has scored triple figures against St Kilda twice in the past and he’s a safe bet to do so again.
Grundy has enjoyed a stellar 2018, and has not dropped under 100 SuperCoach points since round 1. News that Aaron Sandilands will be forced out with a concussion opens the door for the Pies to compete against an under-experienced. Back at the MCG, look out for Grundy to go 150+ with ease.