So we stand and wave, as the byes leave us for another year. But before they go, they turn around and give us one last slap in the face, just for fun.
Hopefully you’ve planned well and made some thoughtful trades throughout the bye rounds, and are approaching something like full premo. Also hopefully, you’ve amassed a nice war chest full of lovely cash that you can use, because you know that slap in the face I was talking about earlier? It means that downgrading this week is not a real option!
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm AEST, Wednesday June 14:
1. Luke Ryan (FRE, def, $117 300)
+ Ryan was much better in his second senior game, shaking off the nerves he showed first up. Ryan had 13 possessions, 6 tackles and 4 one percenters, adding up to a very respectable 87 points.
+ On the bubble now with a break-even of -55, and a good second game should bode well for his job security.
+ Viable downgrade stocks remain very thin. If you need to cash out on an Otten or McGrath, then Luke Ryan is pretty much the only option this week.
– He’s not playing this week.
– He’s a rookie playing for a team coached by Ross Lyon. Buyer beware.
2. Elliot Yeo (WCE, mid/fwd, $515 200)
+ Clearly the standout option in the forward line this year, Yeo has officially broken out with an average of 107.8 from his 11 games thus far in 2017.
+ Coming off the bye now with a very manageable BE of 95. The Eagles play 7 of their final 11 games on their home track at Domain, where Yeo is smashing out 121.2 ppg so far this year.
+ His DPP status (which surely will change next year – he’s a defender!) means you can swing him into the mids this week if need be, before switching him forward next week when you have a full squad on deck.
– Has garnered somewhat of a reputation as a burn-man, although his consistency this year has doused that to a certain degree. There is still a chance that injuries to other players could result in a role change for Yeo, and affect his scoring.
– As is typical with Perthians (Perthites? Pertheners?), Yeo’s record when he travels is not nearly as flash. Averaging a still-respectable 96.7 away from home, but that includes 59 vs Hawthorn at the G, and 71 against Essendon at Etihad. Be prepared for some Yeo-yoing!
3. Callum Brown (COL, mid/fwd, $117 300)
+ The son of a gun, Brown did not look out of place in his debut. 52 points from 16 touches (including 13 handballs) and a couple of tackles.
+ With his DPP status and few other downgrade options available this week, Brown could provide you with that precious cash you need to upgrade elsewhere.
+ Has a great pedigree and is highly regarded at the Pies. Brown plays the tough, contested style of footy that Champion Data likes to reward.
– He’s not playing this week.
– Job security must be rated very poorly. The Pies have first-choice small forwards Elliott and Varcoe due back from injury within the next month.
4. Isaac Heeney (SYD, fwd, $498 000)
+ Super-popular among coaches before glandular fever struck, Heeney has been excellent on his return. Averaging 102.4 from his seven games, he is currently ranked 3rd on averages among forwards.
+ Heeney was everywhere on Thursday night against the Dogs. He is graded as a forward only this year, but there is nothing surer in Supercoach than Isaac gaining DPP status in 2018.
+ Sydney’s rise in form as a team has coincided with return of the blonde kid in the number 5. More Heenz, more wins, more points.
– It’s been a couple of months now, but there is still the slight chance that his fight with the fever is not over yet. Fingers crossed.
– Although the stauncher supporters are holding on to hope, Sydney are still unlikely to play finals this year. Heeney could be rested at the back-end of the year if Longmire decides to start preparations for next year a bit earlier than normal.
5. Dustin Martin (RIC, mid, $602 300)
+ There’s a fire burning again at the Tigers, and as usual, Dusty is in the middle of it – but in a good way! Averaging a stupendous 144.7 from his last three games, and a tick under 118 for the season.
+ Despite losing his forward eligibility this year, those numbers mean that Martin is comfortably a top 8 mid and pretty much a must-have. If it wasn’t for a bloke called Dangerfield, Dusty would have one heavily-inked hand on the Brownlow already.
+ Coming off the bye with a break-even of only 63, it might be now or never if you want the King of Don’t Argues in your midfield.
– Has a higher ceiling than most, but that means he is prone to form troughs also. Went four consecutive weeks without cracking the ton in rounds 4 through 7 this year.
– He was $90K cheaper a month ago, so you may have missed the boat. With rookies in short supply, it really is time to start hunting value for your upgrades.
#6 – 10: Sam Docherty (CAR), Jack Macrae (WBD), Gary Ablett (GCS), Scott Selwood (GEE), Joel Selwood (GEE)
Most traded OUT players this week: Nat Fyfe (FRE), Will Hoskin-Elliott (COL), Andy Otten (ADE), Tim Taranto (GWS), David Myers (ESS), Aaron Sandilands (FRE), Jarryd Roughead (HAW), Sam Powell-Pepper (PTA), Andrew McGrath (ESS), Rory Sloane (ADE)
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