The second week of trading, and arguably the most crucial of the entire season: it’s Corrective Trade Week! It’s such a fine line between desperately trying to conserve those precious trades, while also avoiding getting lumped with a great, big, fat, useless, smelly, insipid, underperforming premium. Hmmm I may have over-adjectivised there…
Here are the most popular trade targets, as of 12pm, Tuesday April 2:
1. Tom Rockliff (PTA, mid, $405 900)
+ Rockliff has dug through his closet, dusted off his old snout and is doing footy as only Rocky can. 44 possessions in round one was followed by 37 last weekend, enormous! And all for only a few quid over 400K.
+ In his second year at the Power, Rockliff has attended the most centre bounces of any Port mid this year. In a team that boasts a midfield of Boak, Ebert, Gray and SPP, it’s Tom that has become the centrepiece.
+ Throw in his gargantuan 170 in JLT2, and Rockliff has a 3 game average of 141. Are you watching closely?
– 2018: Calf (3 weeks). 2017: Dislocated shoulder (3 weeks). 2016: Hamstring (3 weeks). 2016: Calf (2 weeks). 2015: Ribs (twice, total of 6 weeks). The moral to the story is, make sure you have decent bench cover in the mids!
– After cruising to 90 points at halftime, he copped a Setterfield tag in the second half against the Blues, and could only manage a further 26. The return of Wines may change things up, but will that be for the better?
2. Tim Kelly (GEE, fwd/mid, $505 800)
+ Five forwards have recorded back-to-back tons to start 2019. Kelly has picked up right where he left off after his remarkable debut season, in fact he may be even better. (In case you’re wondering, the other four are Boak, Daniel, Gunston and Dahlhaus).
+ It seems pretty obvious by now that Kelly was the answer to the F3 question we were all asking in the pre-season. No surprises that Geelong top the ladder when they have all their guns, including TK, firing at the same time.
+ It’s an oft-repeated rule of SuperCoach – pick as many elite midfielders as possible, on all lines. Kelly fits the bill for your forward line.
– Melbourne did try to tag him for a while on Saturday night, with James Harmes running with him. Even in a team featuring the Dangerwoodlett connection, it’s a possibility that Kelly receives more attention this year.
– He has the popular round 13 bye. Can you afford to have him in your team alongside the likes of Danger, Heeney, Grundy, Gawn, Oliver, Treloar, Neale and/or Lloyd???
3. Travis Boak (PTA, fwd, $478 000)
+ If you predicted the second-highest scoring forward after two rounds would be Boak, congrats! Back in the engine room and loving it, Boak is averaging 34 disposals and 121 points so far in 2019.
+ Huge POD value at only 3.1% ownership, although that is sure to change this week! At $478K, he is also excellent value for a player of his scoring potential.
+ Super durable, Boak has only missed a total of three games in his past six seasons, while averaging 95.8 in that time.
– It’s possible that Boak will see a reduction in his midfield time when Ollie Wines returns, and thus could struggle to retain his current scoring rate.
– At 30 years of age, can Travis keep up this pace for the entire season? He did spend the large majority of 2018 on the half forward flank, so it’s not inconceivable he could return there at some stage.
4. Matthew Parker (STK, fwd, $117 300)
+ No flash in the pan, Parker posted his second impressive score in as many weeks, relying on quality disposal and defensive pressure to post 89 from 11 possessions and five tackles.
+ At his budget price and with seemingly excellent job security, Parker is undoubtedly a must-have for your forward line, and possibly even a consideration for a spot on the field.
+ Projected to rise nearly $90,000 this week. Really should be in close to 100% of teams by next weekend, if people are paying any attention at all.
– Parker has scored heavily during his first fortnight in the top flight, but you shouldn’t expect that to continue. The opposition become a fair bit tougher from here for the Saints.
– Based on his JLT form, Parker’s scoring has a very low floor, and even now placing him on the field still poses a fair deal of risk.
5. Scott Lycett (PTA, ruc/fwd, $441 200)
+ Score of the round went to the ex-Eagle, who compiled 23 possessions and 34 hitouts on his way to 167 points. Seems to be relishing his role in new surroundings at Alberton.
+ Decently priced and with that coveted swingman status, Lycett shapes as one of the few viable candidates for the ruck cover that every coach hopes for every year.
+ With Paddy Ryder chugging along at less than optimal fitness, big Scotty is taking up the slack and being handsomely rewarded for it.
– He scored 69 in the first round. Just in case you’d forgotten. And just another reminder – you don’t get last week’s points if you bring him in now.
– In eight seasons, Lycett has only twice managed more than 12 games, and never averaged more than 83. Yuck.
#6 – 10: Darcy MOORE (COL), James WORPEL (HAW), Willem DREW (PTA), Lachie NEALE (BRL), Connor ROZEE (PTA)
Most traded OUT players this week: Isaac HEENEY (SYD), Dustin MARTIN (RIC), Toby GREENE (GWS), Noah BALTA (RIC), Callum MILLS (SYD), Jack RIEWOLDT (RIC), Marty HORE (MEL), Jordan RIDLEY (ESS), Devon SMITH (ESS), Steele SIDEBOTTOM (COL)
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