Ryan and Jake – or is it Luke and Lloyd? – headline the Post-Bye Celebration edition of the Flavour Of The Week. These two value picks account for roughly one quarter of all trades made so far this week.
With trades running low and time running out, this is a gentle reminder to choose your downgrades (and upgrades for that matter) carefully. The players you bring in from now on may be with you for the duration!
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 11am AEST, Tuesday June 20:
1. Luke Ryan (FRE, def, $117 300)
+ Ryan had a great game second-up in Round 12. His 12 possessions and 5 tackles, combined with a strong contested game and high efficiency, gave him 87 points.
+ Comes off the bye and onto the bubble, with a fantastic BE of -55. Very cheap, but with the potential of providing solid bench cover also.
+ His domination of the WAFL shows he’s much too good for that level of footy. Held his spot in the team despite a nervy debut.
– Should keep his place in the 22, but you never can be sure with purple rooks.
– Not much else. If he’s named, you get him.
2. Jake Lloyd (SYD, mid/def, $411 800)
+ The uber-consistent Lloyd has only had one score below 84 this year. That concussion-induced 4 vs Hawthorn drops out of his price cycle this week, so this is as cheap as he’ll get. The classic definition of a fallen premium!
+ Take out that 4 point game and Lloyd would be averaging a smidgen under the magical 100ppg, which would be good enough to make him a top 6 defender this year.
+ DPP status is handy as always, and he’s playing in a team whose form is trending up nicely.
– Concussion can be a persistent beast – just ask Brodie Smith. No apparent after-effects for Lloyd so far though.
– Very consistent, but the trade-off is a low ceiling. He won’t let you down, but he probably won’t turn in the blinder that could win you that league final either.
3. Declan Mountford (NTH, mid, $123 900)
+ Mountford made a solid return to top flight footy in Round 13, after being dropped following his debut way back in Round 1. Fifteen touches and 5 tackles netted him 59 points.
+ Now on the bubble with his BE set at -29. Hopefully Mountford’s impressive second game allows him to hold his spot.
+ His role in quelling Jack Steven allowed regular stopper Sam Gibson to roam across halfback. Both Mountford and Gibson were named among North’s best on the day.
– Job security is sketchy at best. Bradley Scott hasn’t shown much patience with his rookies so far this year.
– Mountford’s role as a professional tagger generally translates to poor scoring.
4. Callum Brown (COL, mid/fwd, $117 300)
+ Sprightly on his much-hyped debut, Brown registered 52 points from his 16 touches two weeks ago. The Pies had their mid-year hiatus last week.
+ Highly regarded within the club, and has great VFL form.
+ Viable downgrades are few and far between. If Brown can stay on the field, he sets up the M/F swing and can provide handy cover on both lines.
– Has still only played one game, and is no certainty to even be selected this week.
– Played mostly as a small forward on debut, a role that does not generally lend itself to high scoring.
5. Elliot Yeo (WCE, mid/fwd, $524 800)
+ The standout forward of 2017, Yeo just kept on trucking against the Cats last week. 117 points from 22 disposals and 7 tackles.
+ Played a run-with role for periods during the game, going head to head with the mighty Danger, but it didn’t seem to affect his output much.
+ Lots of home games to come, DPP status and a very manageable BE (88). What you waiting for?
– Has gone from a potential breakout to a probable must-have, and 37% have jumped aboard already. No PODs here!
– Still has the ability to throw in a stinker, especially away from home. Yeo has a couple of sub-80 games in Melbourne tarnishing his record this year.
#6 – 10: Lachie Neale (FRE), Rory Laird (ADE), Zach Merrett (ESS), Sam Docherty (CAR), Isaac Heeney (SYD)
Most traded OUT players this week: Jake Barrett (BRL), Scott Selwood (GEE), Tom Stewart (GEE), Sam Powell-Pepper (PTA), Caleb Marchbank (CAR), Jack Steele (STK), Andy Otten (ADE), Ed Vickers-Willis (NTH), Jarrod Berry (BRL), David Myers (ESS)
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