One of the aspects of Supercoach that sets it apart from other similar games is the trades cap, and the challenge of trade management that doesn’t exist in other flavours of fantasy footy. I’ve been playing for a few years now, but I’m still in awe at the impact – and punctuality! – of the infamous Late Season Carnage. More than one quarter of all Supercoaches got an early bitter taste of it last weekend, when the great Nicholas Naitanui tragically went down with his second ruptured ACL in the past eighteen months.
Unsurprisingly, the most popular trades this week are geared at finding a replacement for NicNat. A returning SuperDog also finds his way into the Top 5, as well as a couple of notable rookies.
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm AEST, Tuesday July 17:
1. Brodie Grundy (COL, ruc, $623 200)
+ There’s not much a humble wordsmith like myself can say about Brodie’s 2018 season that hasn’t already been said. The numbers say it all: 125 ppg, lowest score of 95, one of only three players to have already passed 2000 points for the year. He’s an obvious number one choice for a Naitanui replacement.
+ The big knock on Grundy in the pre-season was the Cox Effect, which sapped about 15 ppg from Brodie’s output. Fortunately, coach Bucks listened to the SC community (yep, it was all us) and put Mason in the forward line. Cox Effect Nullified!
+ The Pies are September-bound, and will be reluctant to rest their gun ruckman as they push for a precious top 2 finish.
– Grundy’s 99 against the Eagles last week was only his third sub-100 score for the season, and it came despite the absence of the desperately unfortunate NicNat. Is a bit of late-season fatigue setting in?
– Grundy’s upcoming opponents include Goldstein, Nankervis, Sinclair, Martin and Ryder (pending fitness). Tough run!
2. Stefan Martin (BRL, ruc, $555 600)
+ And if you can’t afford Grundy, here’s your next best option. Stef has been steady rather than brilliant for most of the season, although his recent form is outstanding, averaging 131 in his last three games.
+ Although he trails Gawn and Grundy by some distance, Martin is actually still in the top 10 players overall for scoring aggregate this year. He has played every game, and there is no Archie Smith in sight!
+ Don’t underestimate the effect that the good form of his team is having on Martin’s numbers – or should that be the other way around? Whatever the case, the Lions are flying right now, and so is Stef.
– The Lions are heading for the draft this year, and Stef may get a game or two off towards the end of a long season.
– He’s obviously cheaper than the Big Two, but he’ll probably score less and you’ll still need to find the best part of $90K to get to him from Naitanui.
3. Brent Daniels (GWS, mid/fwd, $117 300)
+ Nine possessions and 2 tackles for Daniels in his second game. His 48 points puts him on the bubble with a break-even of -21.
+ Possibly the only viable bubble boy this week, so if you really need a downgrade this week, Daniels is probably it.
+ Mid/fwd status can set up a nice swing, and maybe save you a trade later on. Wise strategy.
– He’s very much a fringe player at the Giants. Deledio was exceptional in his outing in the NEAFL last weekend, and Daniels will surely be the one to make way if Lids is passed fit for the big league this week.
– You really shouldn’t be relying on his scoring anyway, in which case you’d be better off going for a $102K loophole option. That extra fifteen grand could be very useful….Jake Brown (SYD, mid/fwd) is quite popular.
4. Jackson Macrae (WBD, mid, $586 400)
+ A month off with a hamstring tear has hardly even slowed the runaway Macrae Train. Jack stormed back to footy with 131 points against the Dees, which included 33 possessions and eight tackles.
+ Macrae owns the second-highest scoring average of the year (behind SuperMaxy), and has eclipsed 130 on seven separate occasions in 2018. He’s a captaincy option every single week he plays.
+ That three week hiatus has given Macrae a nice ‘rest’ and – pending fitness – he should be available for the Dogs for the remainder of the season.
– Still has that injury-affected 51 in his cycle for one more week; consequently, his break-even sits at a sizeable 176 and he is set to lose more cash this week. You’ll have to weigh up whether points or money are more important to your team at this stage of the year!
– Faces the Eagles in Perth this week. Mark Hutchings made a complete mess of Steele Sidebottom (48 points) last week, and you can bet he has his sights set on Macrae this time around.
5. Colin O’Riordan (SYD, def, $123 900)
+ Tipperary’s finest had a memorable debut with 19 disposals at 79%, 8 marks, and 5 tackles for the victorious Swans. A very nice return of 85 points in what was hopefully the first of many for the Irishman!
+ With a number of senior Swans on the sidelines for an extended period of time – notably the similarly-styled Jarrad McVeigh – O’Riordan is almost certain to get more opportunities in the Sydney backline, at least in the short-term.
+ A rebounding defender in red and white who hails from the south of the Irish republic? It’s deja vu all over again. Hi Tadhg!
– Colin has only played the one game, so unless you really, really need to trade this week, you can hold off and see how he goes in his second. PS there really are too few Colins in the world.
– As wonderful as his debut was, it’s highly doubtful O’Riordan will hold his spot once those senior players start to return.
#6 – 10: Isaac HEENEY (SYD), Angus BRAYSHAW (MEL), Clayton OLIVER (MEL), Patrick DANGERFIELD (GEE), Callum SINCLAIR (SYD)
Most traded OUT players this week: Nic NAITANUI (WCE), Logan AUSTIN (STK), Robbie GRAY (PTA), Jack HIGGINS (RIC), Nathan FYFE (FRE), Timothy SMITH (MEL), Josh P. KENNEDY (SYD), Bayley FRITSCH (MEL), Michael HIBBERD (MEL), Tom DOEDEE (ADE)
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