As you can see from the table below, trades are as rare as hen’s teeth. For all you Richo’s out there, that’s very rare indeed. So no expansive write ups this week – if you’ve made it this far with trades in hand, then you know what to do. Here are this week’s most popular trade ins, outs, and overall trades, as of 12pm Wednesday, August 14:
MOST POPULAR TRADES
Instead, this week I thought it might be interesting to look back at the Flavour Of The Year. Who were the most popular players all the way back in March, when we were all fretting over rookies and midpricers, and how did that all turn out?
Prem/Midpricers: Brodie Smith (43.9% of teams) was the most popular pick, in a line dominated by midpricers. Zac Williams (33%), Darcy Moore (36.6%) and Andrew McGrath (16%) also found their way into plenty of sides with their discounted price tags, with differing results – Williams is a top 10 defender, Moore was a useful cash cow, while McGrath’s scoring has not improved from last season. The ever reliable Rory Laird (37.8%) has been down on recent seasons, but is still the third-highest scoring defender this year.
Rookies: This line was also the most popular for rookie selections, with the stocks a little thin in the mids and forwards. Xavier Duursma, Jordan Clark, Marty Hore, Jack Scimshaw, Chris Burgess and Sam Collins were all in 40% or more of all teams at the start of the season, with Hore and Duursma proving to be among the best cash cows this year.
Rookies: Likely Rising Star recipient Sam Walsh (73.9%) was the most popular player overall in round 1, and he did not disappoint in a remarkable debut season, averaging 90 to the bye and making his owners over $230K. Michael Gibbons (50.3%) was inconsistent but put together enough significant scores to be useful at a basement price, while Charlie Constable (47.1%), Zak Butters (45.7%), Bailey Scott (46.6%) and Tom Atkins (33.9%) had wildly fluctuating returns. Scott was unfortunately one of the busts of the year, after a bright start with a Rising Star nom in Round 1.
Prem/Midpricers: Amongst premium selections, Patrick Cripps (57.5%) carried the hopes of many Supercoaches, and the Blues, for much of the season. His 117ppg return has certainly justified his popularity. Tom Liberatore (35.7%) soared early but didn’t turn out to be the keeper that many were hoping for, while Brad Crouch (29.3%) has put together a very solid – and, thankfully, injury-free – season. Other popular premium mids with greater than 20% ownership at the outset were Dusty Martin, Clayton Oliver, Jack Macrae, Nat Fyfe and Stephen Coniglio.
We won’t mention Angus Brayshaw (19.6%)…..
That old firm of Gawn and Grundy were by far the most popular combo, each man finding himself in more than half of the initial teams, and they have both justified their sizeable price tags by finishing one-two in scoring average this season. Todd Goldstein (15%) has returned to near his best and been a useful POD at times, while Justin Westhoff (12.4%) has flopped.
Rookies: There were doubts over the forward rookies at the start of the year, and most of those fears proved to be justified. Will Setterfield (70.6%), Willem Drew (55.1%), Matt Parker (44.7%), Jack Petruccelle (39%) and Noah Balta (36.6%) put together some eye-catching performances, mixed with some absolute stinkers.
Prem/Midpricers: In contrast, most of the usual suspects amongst the premium forwards were reliable and occasionally brilliant in 2019. Patrick Dangerfield (72.3%) was an easy selection and is currently second for scoring on this line. Isaac Heeney (48.8%) and Toby Greene (23.3%) have frustrated at times but are finishing very strongly, while Josh Dunkley (13.2%) overcame a slow start of his own to be the top scoring forward so far this year.
Based on the most popular selections, it seems the wisdom of the crowd was pretty accurate in 2019. Some high performers were missed though, most notably:
Daniel Rich, 4th in scoring for defenders, 1.2% ownership in rd 1
Dane Rampe, 6th, 1.1%
Darcy Byrne-Jones, 8th, 0.4%
Mitch Duncan, 8th in scoring for mids, 0.8% ownership in rd 1
Dayne Zorko, 10th, 2.1%
Travis Boak, 3rd in scoring for forwards, 2.1% ownership in rd 1
Rowan Marshall, 6th, 0.2% (445 teams!)
Mitch Robinson, 10th, 1.0%
So, unfortunately, there’s no great insight here; it seems the best way to win Supercoach is to pick the most popular players, but not all of them, and pick the right PODs. And the good rookies. Sounds easy, huh?
One last thing. For the love of hoops: will somebody, anybody, please pick Mitch Duncan in 2020? He’s actually a great bloke, and pretty good at footy too.
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