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Moneyballin’ – Queens Birthday

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While I’m a big Jack Viney ($8,400 MID) fan, I’m very wary of either a late withdrawal (which we’ll know about, thanks to the wonders of DFS!) or capped production as a result of his early return from a knuckle injury. My biggest fear is that while Viney did have 111 MB points against the Pies earlier in the season, he might be used as a tagger this week while he finds his bearings with his fresh hand situation. Painful memories of his 64-point score against the Bombers where he tagged Goddard are still fresh in my mind.



Dom Tyson ($7,400 MID) churned out 107 MB against the Hawks (which was his best score for the year), including a career-high equalling 32 touches – which h’s managed twice in the past 3 weeks.
Tyson is just moving into another gear now and I’m predicting some big scores for him over the 2nd half of the year – but consistency is the issue that he needs to eventually conquer. Tyson is an encouraging value pick but not without risk.

As for the Pies, over the past couple of weeks we’re starting to see big scores out of their backmen. But is this the culmination of a defensive game-plan taking hold, or just a purple patch? Let’s look at the exposed form over the past two weeks:

  • Brayden Maynard ($5,500 DEF) – 118, 98
  • Ben Reid ($6,100 FWD) – 109, 106
  • Jeremy Howe ($7,100 DEF) – 119, 101

Between the three of them, they’re averaging 30 marks are a trio over the past fortnight. Will it continue against the Demons this week? If so, you’d be silly not to slot in two or three of these triplets into your squad at their modest prices.



Much like Scott Pendlebury ($9,900 MID) himself, let’s take a no-frills approach to analysing the Collingwood Skipper. In his last 5 games: 120, 115, 121, 116 and 136 in MB. A perfect blend of ceiling and consistency, which is why you’ll be paying top dollar. DePendlebury is the perfect anchor for your double-up teams, having produced a low of 86 MB all year.

If you need further convincing, then you’ll be happy to recall that Pendles is a big-game star, and he LOVES this Queen’s Birthday game:

2009 – 147
2010 – 136
2011 – 104
2012 – DNP
2013 – 117
2014 – 100
2015 – 119

Undeniable numbers! Get on board.

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