It seems like only last week that I was trying to decide whether to put Hibberd or Simpson in my starting defence prior to round 1! (In case you’re wondering, I chose….poorly). This Supercoach season has flown by, and with only a month remaining, every trade you make from now takes on even more importance.
With a greatly reduced number of trades happening overall before the SuperCoach finals begin, I’ve abbreviated the summary for each of the top 5 most popular trade-ins this week. Here they are, as of 12pm AEST, Tuesday July 31:
1. Jack Macrae (WBD, mid, $549 700)
+ Macrae is ranked fourth in the comp on scoring average in 2018, and that includes an injury-affected 51 against Port. Jack has been an absolute jet this year, and to think he was ignored at the start of the year after losing his forward status!
+ Macrae has six scores of 140+ this season, and comes up against Saints, the Jacob-less Roos and Carlton in the next three weeks. Good POD value too at only 9% ownership, after a lot of coaches jumped off during his hammy rehab.
– That run home is topped off with an SC final against the Tigers in round 23. They don’t tag, but they ain’t easy to score against either….also, Jack will likely be tagged by the Man of Steele this week.
2. Jarrod Lienert (PTA, def, $123 900)
+ The mature-age recruit has been very impressive in his first two games, compiling scores of 92 and 83 from the halfback flank. Now on the bubble with a break-even of -99, for what it’s worth.
+ Broadbent and Hartlett are both absent for the remainder of the season, and Lienert still held his spot despite Jonas’ unexpected return last week. Job security looks good!
– Remember when Colin O’Riordan had those two great games to start his career? I wouldn’t bank on Lienert sustaining this sort of scoring.
3. Jake Lloyd (SYD, def, $565 800)
+ The highest scoring defender of 2018 thus far, Lloyd was excellent again despite the Swans’ loss to the Bombers, amassing 118 from 29 disposals.
+ Jake hasn’t scored below 90 since round 7, and has had 24+ possessions in every game since that game against the Kangaroos. Consistency plus, and no signs of slowing down even in the midst of Sydney’s slumping form.
– Really super-duper tough run home for the Swans, who seem destined to miss the finals for the first time since 2009. Pies, Dees, Giants, Hawks.
4. Brodie Grundy (COL, ruc, $612 600)
+ If you started the year with the BrodiMax combo in the ruck, you had a massive head start on the opposition. Grundy has had the breakout year his owners were hoping for, playing every game and averaging a whopping 126.1 ppg. For those with the trades available to make it happen, he is the luxury trade this week.
+ 15 tons in 18 games, and still only 24 years of age. Get him, or lock him in for 2019. Do both if you can!
– Really, really expensive, as he has been for most of the year. Can you find the dollarydoos to get him?
5. Tom McDonald (MEL, def/fwd, $451 300)
+ Averaging just shy of the ton in 2018, McDonald is in the top 6 scorers in both defence AND attack this year, a double threat!
+ For the 15% of coaches who still have Lachie Keeffe floating around on their benches, a potentially useful swing is set up if you pick up McDonald at the opposite end of the field.
– Tom has cooled off a little from his outstanding pre-bye form, only posting triple figures twice in his past 6 games.
#6 – 10: Kade SIMPSON (CAR), Jordan DAWSON (SYD), Jeremy MCGOVERN (WCE), Liam BAKER (RIC), Elliot YEO (WCE)
Most traded OUT players this week: Bayley FRITSCH (MEL), Brody MIHOCEK (COL), Tom DOEDEE (ADE), James SICILY (HAW), Paul SEEDSMAN (ADE), Tim KELLY (GEE), Logan AUSTIN (STK), Nat FYFE (FRE), Paul AHERN (NTH), Jordan DE GOEY (COL)
….yep, lots of people are actually trading out Ahern after last week!
Most popular trades so far this week:
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