The most dreaded of all Supercoach rounds has arrived – the first of the byes. The effects are eased somewhat this year, thanks to The Great China Experiment of 2017, giving us a bevy of Powers and Suns to choose from. However, it’s most likely that any players you introduce to your team this week will be unavailable sometime in the ensuing fortnight. Bummer!
But when the going get tough, the tough start kicking some tail. Now is your chance to really make a move up the rankings by taking advantage of this difficult time.
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm AEST, Tuesday May 30:
1. Hugh Greenwood (ADE, fwd/mid, $117 300)
+ Big Hughie backed up his century on debut with a solid 72 in the Adelaide swimming pool, mainly courtesy of 6 tackles and 10 contested possessions.
+ An excellent first fortnight in the AFL now puts Greenwood on the bubble with a ridiculously low BE of -107, so it’s now or never if you want him in your side.
+ As always, that combo of DPP status and the round 13 bye can be a lifesaver as you navigate through the next three weeks.
– Hard to think of too many drawbacks now that Hampton has gone down with an LTI. I guess he’s still young and raw, and could find himself spending some time in the forward pocket to rest occasionally?
– Seriously though, pending selection, by far the best downgrade option this week. Do it.
2. Scott Selwood (GEE, mid, $281 800)
+ Scooter has burst back into senior footy with back-to-back tons. The tackling machine racked up another 17(!) grapples to go with 15 touches and a goal against Port.
+ Recent injury woes have given Selwood a hefty discount this year. Less than 300K for a player with multiple 100+ seasons in his history is an incredible bargain.
+ Geelong has that wonderful Rd 12 bye, so Selwood could be the budget mid cover you’re looking for this week.
– Has missed 39 games in the past three years, as well as the first 8 games this year, due to injury and recuperation time. The risk-meter is flashing red on this one.
– Really awkward price puts him in SC limbo. Keeper? Cash cow? I’m not sure either. Also a candidate for a lockdown tagging role (see below), which can affect his output.
3. Shai Bolton (RIC, mid/fwd, $117 300)
+ Playing as the prototypical jack-in-the-box small forward, Bolton amassed 43 points from 8 touches and 5 tackles against the Bombers in his second game.
+ Now on the bubble with a break-even at -41, Bolton qualifies as both handy forward cover and a valuable cash cow this week. If (like me) you’ve loaded up on Dogs and Swans up front, you will need someone like Bolton this week.
+ Mid/fwd with the Round 12 bye. Yes please!
– Pretty much a straight swap for the currently injured, but soon to be available, Dan Butler. I’m not completely across the list situation at the Tigers, but job security seems shaky at best.
– Unless your name is Betts, forward pockets are unfortunately really not suited to Supercoach. Bolton is cheap, but it would appear he will be a modest scorer at best.
4. Matthew Scharenberg (COL, def, $164 000)
+ The number 6 pick in the 2013 draft, Scharenberg has taken the long road in his AFL career. Looked very solid in his first game in almost two years however, with 16 possessions and 65 points.
+ Prior to that, he was completely blitzing the VFL, racking up a total of 109 possessions in the past three weeks. Clearly far too talented to be running around in the ressies.
+ With Hampton gone for the remainder of the SC season and a few other rookie defs maxed out, your primary downgrade option is right here.
– Both knees were reconstructed within 12 months of each other. Ouch. Might pay to wait one more game and then re-assess?
– Not doubt due to that history, Bucks won’t push him too hard too soon, regardless of fitness or form. Could be ‘rested’ for a game here and there.
5. Rory Sloane (ADE, mid, $586 800)
+ Free of the dreaded tag, Sloane took to the conditions in Adelaide like a duck to…you know. 30 touches, 13 tackles and a couple of snags equating to a mammoth 177 points.
+ Due to a couple of down weeks, Rory’s price tag is actually $5K lower than at the start of the season, despite a 124 ppg average! The number 1 scorer in the entire league, but only the 9th most expensive player.
+ A gun who’ll be playing both of the next two weeks.
– Sloane is value this week because of scores of 70 and 80 a couple of weeks back. The dip in form was primarily due to a hard tag being placed on him in each game. Against the Cats this week, it’s likely that noted pest Scott Selwood (see above) will be following him around.
– As mentioned a few times in recent years by disgruntled coaches, Sloane’s head-first, kamikaze style of footy can be hazardous to his health. Fingers crossed, but you’ve been warned.
#6 – 10: James Cousins (HAW), Elliot Yeo (WCE), Toby Greene (GWS), Taylor Adams (COL), Scott Pendlebury (COL)
Most traded OUT players this week: Jake Barrett (BRL), Harley Balic (FRE), Zac Fisher (CAR), Josh J. Kennedy (WCE), Sam Powell-Pepper (PTA), Caleb Marchbank (CAR), Curtly Hampton (ADE), Jarrod Pickett (CAR), Brett Eddy (PTA), Will Hoskin-Elliott (COL)
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