Haven't seen much from the Saints this preseason, to be honest! They've been tight-lipped when it comes to any potential role changes.Now while I have you, can you tell me anything about Gresham and H Clark’s pre season
I've got Gresham in my side at the moment, and I'm pretty hot on him. Last year the plan was to unleash him in the midfield, and that's exactly what happened before he snapped his achilles: R1 he attended 48% CBAs for a 95, and R2 58% for a 107. He's always had endurance issues that have historically limited him to 65 - 70% TOG, but on the plus side that makes him a solid points-per-minute player in that midfield role. Both himself and the coaching staff have expressed their desire to improve his tank, and in a perfect world he pushes towards 80% TOG this year. Even if he doesn't, though, I'd still conservatively estimate him to average somewhere within the 75 - 85 range - which, for a player priced at 61, is a pretty decent return.
Two caveats: one, achilles injuries can take a while to fully recover from, though from all reports he's back to full training; and two, he started his career as a very talented small forward, and there's always the risk that he returns to that role permanently. If it were me, though, I'd love to see him play as a real x-factor midfielder who only rests forward, in a similar mould to Dangerfield, Martin, Bont, Petracca etc.
Clark, I'm not so sure about. He's always been touted at the future of the Saints midfield but, like Gresham, hasn't managed to build his tank to the requisite standard. Interestingly, he only played full midfield clock once last year, in round one against the Giants, where he attended 70% CBAs for a 91. His top three scores (R4 - 104, R5 - 104, R7 - 113) actually came when he returned to half-back , which probably remains his best position. His price of 72 is artificially lowered by a couple of early-game injuries, and he's potentially better than that, but by how much I'm not sure. I guess my main concern is the $609k price tag - it's a lot to pay for someone with so many question marks, and you'll have to make sacrifices elsewhere on your field to do it. Definitely one to watch, though!
How many rookies do you think you'll start?
Four at the moment, five if you include Hamling. I've gone pretty mid-pricer heavy, actually - Milera, Rowell, Rayner. It's hard to pass up such value, but once the preseason games start I'm sure I'll come back to reality and get rid of them all!