Iiiitttttt’s bye time!
As mentioned by Roo Bloke elsewhere on this site, in an ideal world you wouldn’t be trading at all this week. The rationale is that anyone you bring in this week (except for the handful of relevant Suns and Powerers) will miss at least one game in the near future, reducing their output and therefore their ‘real’ value.
Unfortunately none of us live in an ideal world (unless you happen to be Roger Federer, in which case – hi GOAT!), and the more likely scenario is that you may need someone to cover for Howe’s knee, Coniglio’s head, Fyfe’s elbow, or perhaps just your own erroneous planning….Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm AEST, Tuesday June 5:
1. Logan Austin (STK, def, $159 700)
+ Austin has been the surprise packet of the rookie class of 2018, defying previous form to average 24 disposals and 99 Supercoach points in his first two games at his new Saintly home.
+ With scores of 106 and 92, Austin is now on the bubble with a weekly low break-even of -102, and is the logical first choice for a downgrade before the bye rounds begin.
+ With the likes of Cole, Richards and Mirra on the bye this week, here’s an opportunity to grab some cash and put another heartbeat (with scoring potential!) on the field.
– Prior to this season, Austin averaged 46 ppg in 13 matches at Port Adelaide. Has something finally clicked to realise this extraordinary increase in scoring? Or have the last two games just been a temporary blip?
– Austin has relied on a glut of cheap footy in the D50 to compile these scores, managing only 8 contested touches out of 49, and taking just a solitary contested mark this season. Can he continue to be ignored by opposition forwards?
2. Paul Ahern (NTH, mid/fwd, $123 900)
+ Supercoaches everywhere have been waiting for this bloke to get a go, and he didn’t disappoint! 29 possessions, including 13 contested, and 84 points on his debut for the Roos.
+ The seventh pick in the 2014 draft, Ahern has walked a hard road to get to this point, but at 21 years of age he is closer to being the finished product than most other players around this price.
+ Dual position status is going to be incredibly useful during the bye rounds, and probably well after that too.
– There are always going to be question marks over a player who has had more knee reconstructions than games played. Hopefully Ahern can rectify that particular stat soon!
– Has only played one game. The bye rounds do move the goalposts a bit, but as always, it’s recommended that you hold off this trade for a week if you can.
3. Brody Mihocek (COL, def, $102 400)
+ Mihocek is listed as a defender for Supercoach, but he was terrific on his debut as a key forward against the Dockers, bagging four goals and 97 Supercoach points.
+ Mihocek was outstanding for several seasons in the VFL as a key defender, finally being elevated the Pies senior squad at 24 years of age. Tough and very capable.
+ Taken with pick 22 in the rookie draft, Mihocek comes with the rookie listed price tag, maximising the cash you put in your pocket from the downgrade.
– As above for Ahern, Mihocek is not yet on the bubble, and can be safely watched for another week (or two, with the Rd 13 bye) before you decide to bring him in.
– Will he continue to play as a forward? His scoring potential is greatly reduced as a defender. What about when Ben Reid is fit? Can he kick goals every week to sustain his scoring? Lots of question marks.
4. Tom McDonald (MEL, def/fwd, $538 600)
+ One of the more versatile bookends in the game, McDonald has primarily been deployed as a marking forward this season, with incredible results. 24 possessions and four goals against the Dogs earned McDonald a career high 164 points.
+ Now averaging 111 from his six games in 2018, which makes him the highest averaging forward in the entire competition. Despite that statistic, McDonald is still at only 5% ownership.
+ That rare and beautiful DPP status sets up an incredibly useful swing with the likes of James Sicily, helping you navigate the bye rounds.
– Has already spent five weeks on the sideline with a foot injury, and was sent for precautionary scans on the same foot as recently as two weeks ago.
– With Jake Lever unfortunately gone for the season, will McDonald’s versatility count against him? There is a chance he could find himself heading back to play a role as key defender.
5. Robbie Gray (PTA, fwd, $523 900)
+ Did his utmost to get the Power across the line against the ultimately victorious Hawks, booting four goals in a low scoring affair. With Port’s bye already behind them, Gray is available for each of the next three games.
+ There’s been a lot made of Robbie’s role change, but at 108 ppg, he is still the owner of the second-highest average amongst all forwards this year.
+ Had his share of off-field battles recently, but he is undoubtably a class performer with a proven Supercoach record, racking up three consecutive seasons of 108+ scoring from 2014-16.
– With Rockliff back and playing through the midfield, Gray has been almost exclusively anchored in the forward 50, limiting his possession count and curbing his scoring. Quite infuriating for his owners, really!
– Recent scoring has been based almost exclusively on kicking goals, and that well ain’t gonna keep running forever.
#6 – 10: Isaac HEENEY (SYD), Michael WALTERS (FRE), Clayton OLIVER (MEL), Justin WESTHOFF (PTA), Lance FRANKLIN (SYD)
Most traded OUT players this week: Sam MURRAY (COL), Charlie SPARGO (MEL), Lachlan MURPHY (ADE), David MIRRA (HAW), Jeremy FINLAYSON (GWS), Nicholas COFFIELD (STK), Allen CHRISTENSEN (BRL), Aaron NAUGHTON (WBD), Jaidyn STEPHENSON (COL), Dom BARRY (PTA)
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