On the rebound
As we know the game of footy is an ever evolving beast. Back in the day all attacking drive came from the centre and let’s be honest… if you had a crappy kid playing in your team you always hid him in the back pocket or the half back flank. These days however you could almost argue that these positions are the most important on the field. Where is the DT gold amongst this?
As we know the game of footy is an ever evolving beast. Back in the day all attacking drive came from the centre and let’s be honest…… if you had a crappy kid playing in your team you always hid him in the back pocket or the half back flank. These days however you could almost argue that these positions are the most important on the field. Most of a team’s drive comes from here whether it is from a switch to the open side or a mazy kamikaze handball run through a press.
In a DT sense these positions are vital. We have 9 defender spots to fill and nobody wants to be filling them with dour spoilers or shut down smalls. So it’s obviously in all our best interest to find the prime rebounder or the designated kicker. As teams now have to pick their way through a high press it generally needs a pin point kicker to be entrusted with this…. Hence a team will try and get this man free and use him at every possible chance. Obviously this is DT gold! But on the downside it can lead to said person being tagged and putting in the odd stinker. Further still there seems to be a trend lately of moving high class mids/fwds who have not yet hit their straps into defence and turning them into rebounding backs…. If you can spot this move pre-season you can pick an OOP (out of position) gem and cash in.
With all this being said I thought I’d try and look through the teams to see who is or may be their backline gold mine. Obviously I’m not over every single teams players and may miss a few but I’ll try!
I don’t know a whole lot about Adelaide; The stiffy has generally been the go to man but how is he travelling at his age? He could be a bargain that nobody is speaking about. Andy Otten has had a good season rebounding as a youngster but he may have entered a few peoples never again list after last year. Brown is the unknown, he is base priced so might be worth watching in the pre-season to see if he can nab a spot. Adelaide fans… who have I missed at west lakes?
This year could be gold for Brissy backs. McGrath as always been a good rebounder but a little inconsistent for my likings. Hanley is ready to take the next step; the Irishman is the definite designated kicker and could be ready to break out. At a cheap price Yeo could be worth a look and Docherty could be the downgrade option. Adcock isn’t so much a rebounder, he makes a lot of tackles so still gets point’s and is an option. Brisbane looks like playing a high possession game this year so one of these guys will fly! (no mention of Drummond)
Scotland is one of the leagues chief go to men, he must stink because I’ve never seen a man near him. With Gibbs going into the middle it leaves a few spots open for backs to cash in at the blues. Yarran was trialled last year, he thought he was the quickest man in the world and got caught a lot of times with the ball, could still be an option though. Watson has an awesome boot on him and will no doubt be used to kick a lot of balls but he may be camped at FB too much, Bower and Tuohy could be both vying for a rebounding spot, both have shown DT relevance at points in their past. Lucas could be a sneaky chance to run of half back a lot and get a lot of cheap ball OOP style.
The departure of Davis leaves a prime spot open for somebody to take at the pies. Shaw will no doubt keep doing what he does best but the spot still remains open, for mine it’s out of Clarke or Buckley to take this spot. Both can be fantasy relevant. The bolter is Yagmoor, if he shows enough in the next 2 games he may well take it for himself at base price.
Old man fletch is still the best kick at the bombers and will be used at every opportunity to kick out but you can’t pick a 36 year old can you! Heppell was used to good effect off half back last year and I think he will spend more time there than in the middle this year. Dempsey back from injury will be cruising off half back getting a lot of ball, but may do more dodging and weaving than kicking. Hibberd is in for a big year and will be a DT surprise for most outside of Essendon. Jetta is the OOP trialist; he got a lot of it in NAB week one so could be one to watch. Baguley is the other who could be worth watching, is on the rookie list so downgrade option it seems.
Freo is always a tough one to predict. We used to be able to set our watches by Broughton and Duffield, but now who knows if they are going to be lock down, midfield or rebounder. Too risky for mine! Suban is a great kick and has been used in the past to distribute from half back; he is being groomed as a leader and could be one to watch through the NAB. Sneaky chance of Hill coming off half back to escape the tags, nothing better than seeing him cruise off half back… could be a super star.
Again at Geelong we have the ever present Enright who racks them up. To be honest Geelong play a high possession game out of half back but it’s mostly handballs so is it worth our pick? Mackie has shown DT relevance in the past, could he be the bargain? J Hunt does get a lot of kicks out of defence but he can’t be picked…… Of the kids Guthrie, T Hunt and Smedts should be monitored.
I don’t know a whole lot about GC, I know that Krakouer was recruited for this purpose but he’s gone…. And Harbrow probably used to be DT relevant but not so much anymore. No doubt they will get the ball into McKenzies hands at any chance possible but I’m not so sure he’s a defender as such. Anyone out there help me out with GC?
The dynamic duo of Birchall and Suckling dominate things at the hawks and can be picked without hesitation. Guerra has huge games but is too inconsistent for mine, Ellis has the potential to run off half back but gets injured just thinking about an Injury. Small chance we could see Rioli off half back this year? If so could be an OOP lock.
As I’ve stated previously, everyone at the Dees looks the same to me, so I don’t really know a lot about them. Tapscott has been used to kick out of defence and could be a good option but seems injured at the moment. Grimes obviously has loads of potential as a DT’er but can’t keep on the park… that price is a sucker buy; he cannot play the year out! If Sellar can hold down a back spot Garland could be a third man up and hoover a few points. Can anyone out there tell me who the Dees go to men out of defence are?
I guess there could be a value pick at the Roos if we look hard enough. A few players have been trialled out of defence trying to find that all important target hitter. Liam Anthony was trialled but couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo. Grima has sublime kicking skills but can’t stay on the park. Sierokowski was bought for this reason but hasn’t been shown any favours as yet. I hear that Atley could be tried here as an OOP player… but I reckon Harvey would be the winner here, any chance he gets a run of HB in the twilight of his career? He can hit a target that’s for sure!
To be honest I know stuff all about port as well, I know I’ve always noticed Stewart has a great kick on him and can be fantasy relevant, and young ‘ins Moore and Jacobs are high draft picks who have been used off half back along with Pittard. Any Port fans care to share who the rebounders are?
Bit of interest at Richmond as to who cashes in from defence now that lids is moving into the middle. New recruit Ellis is already kicking in (let’s hope for a few little kick it up then outs) he has a good boot so could be our man. Newman has always been good off half back and has an excellent disposal; is another option. I’m not a fan of Houli and his hospital handballs but others are so I guess he’s another option. Our final Smokey men are Connors and blast from the past Webberly… they can rack them up big time, it’s just a matter of if they get the chance.
There is a spot at Sydney if somebody wants it thanks to the retirement of Kennelly. Malceski and Mattner are still around but are getting on a bit, as is Shaw. Smith has been doing a good job of late but I’m still keen to see if Armstrong can take it and make it his own, if so he will be a great pick up for the swans and for our DT.
The ever presents at the saints of Goddard and Fisher remain but it’s a little lower down the order that there’s interest. Gram has always hovered around being DT relevant, he gets the ball off half back and roosts tumbles punts for fun…. Gilbert is cheap; can he get back to the form of old marking everything at will? The big watch is on Cripps, looks an awesome fit off HB as on OOP fwd.
Hurn has been threatening to break out for years, myself I think he’s more of a supercoacher but he does have that booming boot that WCE love to utilise. Could this be his year? Sheppard has shown a bit off half back in the past but other than that I don’t know a lot, perhaps some eagles fans could fill in the blanks?
Gilbee has always been the man down the kennel but has slowed of late, Hargrave had an injury riddled year last year but previous top that he was totally pickable; he has started well this year and could be the bargain. Howard was the other that could be ready to be prime rebounder after a few years apprenticeship. Murphy is always an ever dependable player off half back who hits targets at will, he’s another that muddies the picture a little, lastly the dogs like to use Easten Wood to run out of defence but he doesn’t rack up a lot of stats.
So far we are watching Bugg and Darley of the kids to see who gets a game. Captain Davis could also be a great pick if he is the go to man. Any Mohr to add?