Of the past five Grand Finals, Hawthorn has played in four; Sydney has played in 3. Collectively, those teams are 0-8 thus far in 2017. The highest scoring forward in Supercoach this year is Elliot Yeo, who has kicked a total of 2 goals in four games. The top 3 rucks includes someone called Toby Nankervis, and the overall leader in the points race is a midfielder from Carlton – and it’s NOT Patrick Cripps.
Just what in the blue hell is going on here?
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 9am, Wednesday April 19:
1. Harley Balic (FRE, fwd/mid, $123 900)
+ It’s a shallow pool of bubble boys in Round 5. Balic is the standout choice for those looking for a downgrade or correction, with a low price tag and an even lower BE (-38).
+ Looked a little lost on debut (38 pts), but showed some good signs in his second game, with 15 touches, five tackles and a goal adding up to 73 points.
+ DPP status is always a huge bonus, especially when it comes to covering injuries and making trades
– FURL. Need I say more?
– A few onlookers have suggested Harley looked a bit gassed by the fourth quarter on Saturday – might still be developing an AFL-size tank
2. Elliot Yeo (WCE, def/fwd, $476 000)
+ Rediscovered the ‘+1’ textbook in the offseason, and he’s playing it to perfection so far. Racked up an infuriating 17 intercepts against the Swans last week.
+ As above: the highest scoring forward in the game right now at 116 ppg, and at a relatively friendly price point.
+ It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that DPP swing.
– He’s a must-have while playing loose in the backline, but whether by error or design, surely that’s not going to last. He’s not called Yeo-Yeo because he stutters….
– Can you really pick someone who once had 5 touches in a grand final?
3. Brandon Matera (GCS, fwd, $331 900)
+ Has come from the clouds with scores of 98 and a whopping 159 in the past fortnight, putting him on the bubble with a BE of -63
+ Supremely gifted player with arguably the second-best footy genes in the game. Could be primed for a breakout in his seventh season.
+ Has already kicked nine goals, off the charts for a half-forward flanker!
– His first two games have been against Carlton and Hawthorn. A quick check of the ladder should tell you everything you need to know there.
– Shockingly priced. If he reverts to his previous form, you’ll have burnt two trades on him and probably not gained much for it.
4. Marc Murphy (CAR, mid, $560 300)
+ Murphy makes it a hat-trick of appearances on the Flavour. After starting as a speculative mid-pricer, the Carlton skipper has leapt to the top of the Premium tree with an Ablettesque average of 137 ppg.
+ Past injury niggles seem to be a distant memory. Murph is running through the midfield like it’s 2009.
+ Has already added $130K to his value, but still has a tasty BE of 47. If you want him in your midfield for less than 600 large, this might be your last chance.
– After three weeks of trying to punch holes in this wall, I give up. I’m furiously scrambling for the cash to get him into my team!
– Actually, there is one downside – he’s not a POD anymore. If you’re trying to make up lost ground, this is not necessarily the best way to do it.
5. Nic Newman (SYD, def, $206 700)
+ Along with Andy Otten, Nic has been the standout rookie defender in 2017, boasting an average of 86 ppg.
+ Sydney first choice left-footed halfback is still dealing with that chain-induced broken wing, and won’t be seen again until the end of next month. That’s good for Newman’s job prospects.
+ Most good judges seem to agree that the Swans won’t stay down all season long. Playing in a winning team should help Newman’s scoring potential.
– Lots and lots of big ‘ins’ for the Swans in the next couple of weeks. As good as his form is, there’s no guarantee Newman will keep his spot.
– Has already played three games, so you’ll be missing his biggest price rise if you bring him in now.
#6 – 10: Tom Williamson (CAR), Tom Rockliff (BRL), Zac Fisher (CAR), Taylor Adams (COL), Rory Sloane (ADE)
Most traded OUT players this week: Jarryd Roughead (HAW), Jaeger O’Meara (HAW), Tim Taranto (GWS), Jobe Watson (ESS), Sam Powell-Pepper (PTA), Heath Shaw (GWS), Max Gawn (MEL), Brett Eddy (PTA), Curtly Hampton (ADE), Tom Boyd (WBD)
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