Round one is done, and generally speaking it was a good one for the Supercoach community. But we all know the fickle nature of this game, and for every coach out there who stuck the captain’s armband on Buddy Brilliant or Terrific Titch, there were dozens more who felt the wrath of injuries and the old-fashioned ‘shocker’.
You’re not really a Supercoach until you’ve experienced the joy of a good rage trade, but it would be remiss of me to omit our customary warning: avoid trading after Round 1 unless you have a long-term injury in your team.
Here’s an example of why: Dayne Zorko has scored less than 60 in 15 games in his career, including last Saturday’s 32-point bomb. In the fourteen games that have followed immediately after those previous ‘shockers’, Zorko has averaged 102.4, with eight tons. He will bounce back! Have faith! Save those trades! More clichéd exclamations!
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm ADST, Tuesday March 27:
1. Riley Bonner (PTA, def, $257 300)
+ Bonner was a mid-priced punt in the backline, but he could scarcely have been more impressive in only his fifth senior game, racking up 31 possessions at 80% efficiency and 119 precious Supercoach points.
+ As you can tell from his numbers, he played that coveted Supercoach-friendly role of backline distributor, but he also showed the endeavour to push up onto the wing and beyond when the opportunity presented.
+ With the similarly-styled Jasper Pittard still a month away from his return, it would seem Bonner is locked into his current role for at least that period of time.
– Realistically, he probably won’t be a keeper, which makes him an expensive cash cow. You’ll need to find some cash if you’re dumping a rookie for him, and you’ll be gambling heavily on points if you downgrade a premium for him.
– Hard to predict what will happen once Pittard does return. Can Bonner make enough cash by then? Will his role change? Will he even hold his spot in the team?
2. Nic Naitanui (WCE, ruc, $465 900)
+ Buddy got the headlines but make no mistake, NicNat was magnificent on his return from an 18 month layoff. 113 points from only 54% TOG, with 12 possessions, 33 hitouts and a goal.
+ He was clearly the most influential player in the midfield in his abbreviated stints on the field. Showed no ill-effects from his injury in the ruck contest, and moved very well around the ground.
+ With Ryder out for 4-6 weeks and Kreuzer perhaps not at full fitness, Naitanui is a very viable alternative that also allows you to pocket some precious cash.
– That was his first senior game in 18 months. It’s going to take time for Nic to build back up to full fitness and scoring power, and it’s likely he will be rested at some stage during the year.
– Knees are tricky animals. Just ask Tom Liberatore…..
3. Timothy Kelly (GEE, mid, $117 300)
+ The biggest compliment you can pay a rookie is “I didn’t realise he was a rookie”, and those who saw Kelly’s game against the Dees would have been excused for making this mistake. 27 disposals (13 contested), a goal and 118 wonderful points in a composed and prolific debut.
+ “Mature-aged rookie” is the phrase that gets every Supercoach’s attention. At 23 years of age, Kelly already owns an AFL-ready rig, and 91% TOG on Sunday proves it.
+ Kelly has already shown that he can handle the big occasion, so there are no concerns with him playing in front of what is likely to be a full house at the ‘G on Easter Monday against the Hawks.
– Will he still get that freedom to run through the midfield with Danger’s return? Job security shouldn’t be a concern, but role might be.
– Not much else to be honest. Not sure why you don’t have him already!
4. Tim English (WBD, ruc/fwd, $134 700)
+ English was somewhat of a surprising call-up after not being sighted during JLT, but he repaid the trust shown in him with a solid first-up performance. 13 touches, six marks and 12 hitouts, for a very handy 83 points.
+ Young ruckmen are invariably ‘project’ players, but English has visibly added some brawn to his previously wiry frame in the off-season. It definitely helped his effectiveness in the ruck contests, while maintaining his noted mobility around the ground.
+ Dual position rucks are few and far between this year; English is probably the most viable out of the lot. Pretty decently priced too, he could definitely be your ruck cover option for the season.
– As much as he has developed, he’s still relatively ‘light’ for a ruck. Shared those duties with Roughead and Trengove last weekend. Boyd and Schache waiting in the wings?
– DPP status looks good on first glance, until you try to find another player to set up that link. Mason Cox (suspended)? Cameron Pedersen (really?)?
5. Stephen Coniglio (GWS, mid, $452 400)
+ More of a “fallen premium” than a true mid-pricer, Coniglio rewarded his owners with a dominant performance in Canberra. 32 possessions, two goals and 129 points. I watched him pretty closely on Sunday, and he was everywhere.
+ This continues on from his promising return from injury late last year, where he averaged 98 across eight games. And in 2016, he averaged 106 in 21 games – so he has shown that he can maintain his form across the rigours of a full AFL season.
+ With Kelly, Ward, Shiel, Scully et al running through the Giants midfield, the chances of Cogs being tagged are pretty close to zero.
– Will he be a top 10 mid? Top 20? Too expensive to be a cash cow…perhaps you’re using him as a stepping stone to a cheaper Dangerfield? You need to make sure you know what his role is in your team.
– Suffered two LTI’s last year, so recurrence is a possibility. Has also been known to be lumped with tagging duties himself in the past. It’s low risk, but needs to be considered.
#6 – 10: Blake ACRES (STK), Tom MITCHELL (HAW), Patrick CRIPPS (CAR), James SICILY (HAW), Jeremy FINLAYSON (GWS)
Most traded OUT players this week: Tom LIBERATORE (WBD), Patrick RYDER (PTA), Aaron NAUGHTON (WBD), Nat FYFE (FRE), Angus BRAYSHAW (MEL), Dayne ZORKO (BRL), Zach MERRETT (ESS), Paddy DOW (CAR), Mason COX (COL), Marcus BONTEMPELLI (WBD)
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