Hello dear readers, and welcome to the first edition of the FotW for 2019.
Everyone of good sense and knowledge in Supercoachworld will tell you to refrain from trading this week unless you absolutely must, e.g. the dreaded LTI. And in 99.9% of cases, I would agree….except if you honestly can’t remember why you picked a certain player in the first place. Or if they spudded it up so bad in round 1, you’re certain they’ll be axed this week. Or if you really like trading…
Here are the most popular trade targets, as of 12pm, Tuesday March 26:
1. Nic Newman (CAR, def, $394 100)
+ Newman! could scarcely have been more impressive in his debut in navy blue, amassing 26 possessions and kicking a thumping goal from the boundary line for good measure.
+ In his previous life as a rebounding halfback at Sydney, Newman! showed his ability to post big numbers. This included a famous (or infamous) 151 point effort against the Roos in his rookie year, when he cashed in on a late call-up and managed to acquire 35 possessions.
+ Bolton may have loosened the Horse-shackles that restricted Newman! during his time at the Swans, allowing him to settle into the ball-winning halfback role that he was so prolific in during his career in the NEAFL.
– Newman! certainly has the high ceiling, but does he have the consistency to be a keeper? He’s too expensive to be a cash cow, so you’ll be keeping him for the duration if you bring him in now.
– Anyone who saw his putrid effort in JLT2 will be well aware that Nic has a low floor to go with that high ceiling.
2. Tom Rockliff (PTA, mid, $405 900)
+ He’s known in some circles as the Rockpig, and Tom certainly embraced his inner glutton at the MCG on Saturday. Just a lazy 44 possessions and 138 points for Rocky, which follows his 170 point effort against the Roos in JLT2.
+ For those new to Supercoach, a Rockliff in full flight has few peers when it comes to consistent high scoring. Rocky has recorded 26 games of 140+ in his 173 game career, including a best of 204 against the Blues in 2016.
+ For one of the few times in recent memory, Rocky looks fit, healthy and firing on all cylinders, and seems to be playing the pure midfield role that he relishes. At this price tag, he is an absolute bargain.
– The primary reason for that discounted price tag is a long, long list of shoulder problems and soft tissue injuries. This must be a primary concern for anyone considering him as a trade target.
– Will Rocky continue to have free reign in the Port midfield when Captain Ollie returns from his waterskiing mishap in a week or two?
3. Bailey Scott (NTH, mid, $117 300)
+ It was a filthy afternoon for the Roos at Optus on Sunday, but one of the few positives was Scott’s composure on debut. 21 possessions at 91% efficiency capped off by two goals was a fantastic return.
+ Taken at pick 49 as a father-son selection in the 2018 draft, Bailey is the son of 1996 premiership player Robert, and shows similar hard-nosed traits to his old man. The biggest compliment I can offer is that you can’t tell he’s a rookie when you watch him play.
+ Playing well in a beaten side is a good way to keep playing. Maybe not quite as good as playing well in a winning side, but still. Job security seems assured for Scott for the time being.
– Scott is 18 years old, and while he clearly has a mature head, the rest of him is still getting up to AFL level. Hopefully he can string a few games together, for his sake of his club and career, and of course for our bovine needs.
– I really rate this kid. My opinion is if you haven’t got him, you’re not doing it right.
4. Matthew Parker (STK, fwd, $117 300)
+ Parker is going to be one of the big personalities of 2019’s crop of rookies, and he can play a bit too. Most had him pegged as a modest scorer, but his 87 point effort against the Suns exceeded all expectations.
+ It’s a bit of a rough year for forward rooks, and Parker looked to be one of the few with decent job security. Based on form, that’s not going to change any time soon.
+ I admit it, I’m of a somewhat tender age and therefore not crazy about the neck ink. But it’s hard to ignore a good mature-age rookie, especially this year.
– It looks most likely that Sunday’s effort will be an outlier for Parker this year. He’ll spend a lot of time in a forward line that may not always see a lot of the footy.
– It’s hard to see Parker missing selection any time soon, but Richo has never been afraid to shake things up, so nothing is certain unfortunately.
5. Willem Drew (PTA, fwd/mid, $123 900)
+ Drew has been in the Port system for a couple of years now, and definitely made the most of his chance when it came. 21 touches, five tackles and 103 points on debut for the midfielder from Koroit.
+ As it is the case with Parker, Drew has had an extended period to accustom his body to the rigours of top flight footy, and certainly didn’t look like a rookie out there on footy’s biggest stage on Saturday afternoon.
+ If he can maintain his spot in the Power 22, that DPP status is potentially going to be very handy later on when you start making those upgrades.
– Plays a similar role in the team to the currently rehabilitating skipper Ollie Wines. As good as Drew was on debut, there’s every chance he’ll be a straight swap when Wines returns.
– It is a while back now, but Drew has experienced significant injury problems already in his young career. Hopefully he is fully clear of those woes now.
#6 – 10: Dom SHEED (WCE), Justin WESTHOFF (PTA), James WORPEL (HAW), Christian SALEM (MEL), Cam MCCARTHY (FRE)
Most traded OUT players this week: Samuel COLLINS (GCS), Alex RANCE (RIC), Noah BALTA (RIC), Clayton OLIVER (MEL) , Brodie GRUNDY (COL), Angus BRAYSHAW (MEL), Christopher BURGESS (GCS), Max GAWN (MEL), Tom LIBERATORE (WBD), Michael GIBBONS (CAR)
Most popular trades so far this week:
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