I had a bloody good week last week. The weather was that mid-Autumn sunshine that’s my favourite, work wasn’t bugging me as much as usual, I saw the trailer for the upcoming Joker movie and it rocked. The Swans even won a game (OK it was only Carlton, don’t rain on my parade). And for the cherry on top, my Supercoach team actually did good. So I think I’m in the mood for some lecturing, maybe even a little sermonising. Sorry Father D, this is just for today, alright?
Last week the most traded out player was Isaac Heeney, and the most traded in was Tom Rockliff. In fact, this time last week, over 1200 coaches had traded Heeney for Rockliff. This is despite the common knowledge that Heeney is a recognised premium forward carrying a minor injury, and Rockliff is a recognised burnman, and all those warnings about not trading away premiums this early without a very good reason, don’t chase points, it’s a marathon not a sprint, trades are oxygen, blah blah blah. So what happened here? Where’s your head, Agent Kujan? Take care coaches, this is not a drill!
But if you have Dusty Martin, then you trade him. As fast as you can.
Here are the most popular trade targets, as of 12pm, Tuesday April 9:
1. Lachie Neale (BRL, mid, $646 300)
+ After making the longest migration the game has to offer, Neale has somehow trumped all previous performances so far this year. Averaging a stupendous 38 possessions and 148 points per game so far in 2019.
+ In case you haven’t heard, the Lions are flyin’ right now, and Neale is right in the middle of everything that they do. Currently the only player in the league to rank top 10 in both contested and uncontested possessions.
+ It bears repeating: in the past four years, Lachie Neale has scored more points than everyone who is not named Dangerfield. And still 78% of teams don’t have him!
– He wasn’t cheap to begin with, but Neale’s opening blitzkrieg has now made him hideously expensive. Where are you going to get all that dough from without jeopardising the rest of your team?
– The focus for opposition taggers when facing the Lions has almost always been Zorko, but surely it can’t be long until the sights are redirected towards Lachie.
2. Tom Liberatore (WBD, mid, $379 600)
+ It’s a beautiful thing when a 300K mid scores 150, but even more so when that bloke is coming off two knee reconstructions. Libba was dominant in the clinches against the Suns, compiling 30 touches (22 contested) at 80%.
+ That’s back-to-back tons for the Dog in the middle, who is also averaging over 6 tackles a game. Most importantly, he looks to be really enjoying his footy these days.
+ Pre-surgery, Liberatore put together back-to-back seasons of 105+, so he’s shown he can be a premium midfielder.
– Can Libba keep up this form for an entire season? He has missed a lot of footy, and even if he stays healthy, it’s a long year.
– Can you count on him as a keeper? No doubt he is priced below potential value, but it’s two trades down the gurgler if you don’t plan on having him in your team at the end.
3. Connor Rozee (PTA, fwd/def, $259 800)
+ One of the more remarkable rookie performances in recent years came from the number 5 pick against the Lions. Rozee almost single-handedly kept the Power in the fight with 21 touches, five majors and 116 points.
+ Although he went up more than $70K last week, Rozee’s BE is still in the basement at -48, and he is projected to gain another $60K against the struggling Tigers this week.
+ If you’re one of the 44% of teams with Darcy Moore, then putting Rozee at the opposite end of the ground sets up a potentially useful DPP swing.
– Have you missed the Rozee boat? His price tag is now beyond rookie territory, and you’re effectively buying an in-form mid-pricer. That probably means he won’t be a permanent in your team…
– His pre-season form was nothing to write home about, in fact it was awful. And he won’t kick bags of five every week, so you probably shouldn’t expect a repeat of last weekend’s score any time soon.
4. Sydney Stack (RIC, mid, $102 400)
+ Speaking of sparkling rookie performance, it was another triumph for the pre-season supplemental selection period (that really needs a catchier name) in the form of Sydney Stack. 17 possessions, eight marks and a goal for the WA teenager, raising the ton with 108 points.
+ The casualty ward at the Tigers has just put up the “house full” sign, and with Dusty also set to miss a fortnight through suspension, Stack’s short term job security seems to be water-tight.
+ As a PSSSP player, Stack comes with a super-economical price tag, and the associated low risk.
– I’m trying to remember the last time a $102K player scored a hundred on debut. Midfielder too, I think. Name was something like Gosh Jen, or Posh Blend, or Joss Gren?
– All dad jokes aside, there is absolutely no good reason to go early on this one. Wait and see what Stack does this week.
5. Lachie Whitfield (GWS, def, $569 600)
+ And you were worried he was going to play half forward! Whitfield continues to do whatever he wants, and mostly that consists of getting the footy. 42 disposals and 12 marks against the Tigers for 152 points.
+ At this early stage, Whitfield and Jake Lloyd seem to be the must-have defenders in 2019, with the two already opening up a 20 ppg gap to the next best backman.
+ Actually, it’s laughable that Whitfield is even available as a defender this year. He just runs and runs and runs and runs and runs. Everywhere. From siren to siren!
– Although he has improved his contested game, Whitfield is still predominantly an outside player, and therefore prone to the occasional tag.
– GWS face the table-topping Cats this week at GMHBAFCOZSTR, and it’s highly doubtful Chris Scott will allow Lachie anywhere near the same latitude that Dimma did last week.
#6 – 10: Shane MUMFORD (GWS), Travis BOAK (PTA), Rowan MARSHALL (STK), Charlie CONSTABLE (GEE), Dom SHEED (WCE)
Most traded OUT players this week: Dustin MARTIN (RIC), Justin WESTHOFF (PTA), Nat FYFE (FRE), Tom ROCKLIFF (PTA), Will SETTERFIELD (CAR), Michael GIBBONS (CAR), Jamie ELLIOTT (COL), Josh DUNKLEY (WBD), Jayden SHORT (RIC), Toby GREENE (GWS)
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