This week, the Judge brings you his verdict on two premiums as chosen by our community. They are Bulldog Jack Macrae and Eagle Elliot Yeo!
Price: $535, 400
The former Oakleigh Chargers’ midfielder was taken with pick number six in the 2012 national draft and made his AFL debut in Round 4 of the 2013 season against Adelaide. Just four rounds later, Macrae would go on to be nominated for the Rising Star award, which would ultimately be won by Jaeger O’Meara. Macrae didn’t set the world alight in his debut season, averaging only 61 SuperCoach points over the course of 13 games, including a simply horrendous score of five against West Coast in Round 18. Luckily for Macrae, his 2014 season was destined to be something wonderful. Playing 21 games and averaging just a shade over 100 points per game, Macrae showed us he obviously hadn’t received the memo about the dreaded second year blues. Macrae’s next two years were much the same, averaging 99.9 and 94.1. His 2017 season however, has been his breakout year. Averaging 104 SuperCoach points, 27 disposals, four marks and six tackles, he is well and truly on his way toward super premium status.
Price: $501, 200
The 190cm utility was drafted by the Brisbane Lions with pick 30 in the 2011 National Draft. Yeo played eight games in his debut season and 19 games in his second – at the end of which he requested a trade away from the Lions. His services were ultimately won by the West Coast Eagles, who picked up a bargain by trading away pick 28. Unfortunately for Yeo and the Eagles his next two seasons were marred by a bizarre run of injuries, including an incident where he rudely head-butted Jarrod Witts’ shoulder and snapped two of his front teeth. His 2016 year was much better, with the only knock on him being his inconsistency. Although he only averaged 75 SuperCoach points, he showed flashes of sheer brilliance at times, but ultimately his scoring was too sporadic, earning him the nickname “Yeo-yo” from the Supercoach community. Yeo’s 2017 season has been his best by the length of the Flemington, averaging 105 SuperCoach points, 24 disposals, seven marks (including a ludicrous 14 against the Dockers) and four tackles. Yeo also scored a career best 150 SuperCoach points against Freo in Round 6, which was preceded two weeks prior with a score of 141. Yeo is making good strides to shed his nickname this season, only dropping below 90 four times. Those who started with Yeo have also made themselves a cool 100k on his starting price. An exciting option for your forward line.
This is by far the toughest comparison I’ve had to do all year. Both of these players have had outstanding seasons; in fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they BOTH ended up as top 10 forwards by the end of the season. If however, you’re at the point in the season with your trades where you can only really justify bring one of them in, you (or rather, I) face an extremely tough choice as to who to take. On the one hand, Yeo has the capability of smashing through the ceiling of Etihad with his scoring, and on the other you have Macrae absolutely smashing the business end of the season, with a five round average of over 110, as compared to Yeo who is sitting at under 100. It’s for this reason mainly that I am giving my vote to Macrae out of these two; however, it’s probably the closest call I’ve made all year.