Four weeks down. The sacred Supercoach Handbook states that you should have made any correctional trades by now, although hopefully you were able to skip this step. It’s probably too early to be upgrading just yet, unless you’re eyeing off some seriously under-priced sub-premium options (or you’ve robbed a bank recently). No, as clearly stated in the completely fictional Handbook, any trades you make now are ideally made purely to build up that piggy bank for later use.
With this in mind, this week’s edition of the Flavour includes three late-starting rookie options, an under-priced sub-premium option, and the latest “must-have” defender.
Here are the most popular trade targets, as of 12pm, Tuesday April 16:
1. Sydney Stack (RIC, mid, $102 400)
+ The Josh Glenn rule was well and truly in play for the first three quarters of the Tigers’ upset win on Saturday, but Stack finished the game strongly. 11 possessions at 90% and five marks for his 40 points.
+ Stack is now on the bubble with a break-even of only -88, and should get a decent run of games with Richmond’s lengthy injury list.
+ As a supplemental player, Stack’s price tag makes him your best bet this week if you’re looking for a bank builder.
– As mentioned above, Stack was barely sighted for much of the game against Port, and only his extremely high disposal efficiency saved him from a complete wipeout.
– Stack’s JS seems reasonable at this stage, but with the likes of Cotchin, Houli, Martin and Riewoldt to return in the coming weeks, there may be a slight question mark against him in this area.
2. Josh Rotham (WCE, def, $123 900)
+ A terrific performance from Rotham in his second senior game, making the most of a late call-up for the injured Lewis Jetta. 17 possessions at 100% efficiency (!) and seven marks, giving Rotham 98 points.
+ Following his debut 56 the previous week, Rotham is now on the bubble with a BE of -82.
+ Taken at pick 37 in the 2016 draft, the 21 year old Rotham has been in the Eagles’ system for a couple of years now, and in that time has acquired some of the polish you’d expect from a mature-age rookie.
– Job security is optimistically described as “suspect”. Only played last week because of Jetta’s late withdrawal; only played the week before due to an injury to Liam Duggan.
– Which of your defensive rookies are you going to cut to get Rotham in? The good ones haven’t finished growing yet, and the poor ones haven’t grown enough to make a trade worthwhile.
3. Shane Mumford (GWS, ruc, $320 200)
+ At the start of this season, I questioned why Mummy was coming back; now I know. It’s because he’s still a force of nature in the ruck! 13 touches and 40 hitouts for Mumford against the Cats, totalling 111 points in his second game back.
+ After serving his suspension in the first two rounds, Mumford is now on the bubble (if you can call it that) with a break-even of only -15. He is averaging 100.5 after two games.
+ Not much chance of a second ruck setup at the Giants. Dawson Simpson went straight out as soon as Mummy was available. Mumford provides that intimidation factor that Dawson just can’t muster.
– What is Mumford’s purpose in your team? Too expensive to be a cash cow. Won’t be a top 2 ruck. Are you prepared to keep him for the season, knowing he’ll probably be giving up 15-20 points per week to the uber-premium rucks?
– Mumford had fitness struggles when he was a full-time footballer. Now he’s almost 33 years old, and coming off a year out of footy. Can you rely on him to play every game from here on?
4. Jack Ross (RIC, mid, $117 300)
+ Memorable debut performance from the 43rd pick in last years draft, amassing 25 disposals (10 contested) and 87 points in the revamped Tigers midfield.
+ Only 18 years old, but powerfully built and loves the contested ball, which makes him an ideal prospect for Supercoach.
+ After such an impressive debut, and with Cotchin still a couple of weeks away from a return, Ross may get a few more opportunities to prove himself at this level. Ross was very impressive in limited game time during the JLT series also.
– With the Tigers having so many players due back shortly, job security is pretty poor.
– He’s only played one game. We all saw what happened with teammate Stack last week…
5. Lachie Whitfield (GWS, def, $605 200)
+ Breakout! Not only has Whitfield displaced Lllloyyyd as the highest scoring defender so far this year, he is the third highest scoring player overall. Averaging 129 points per game, and has a break-even of only 65 this week.
+ All the pre-season angst about a role change for Whitfield proved to be unfounded, as Whitfield’s roving commission, aerobic capacity and superior disposal is the Holy Trinity of Supercoach.
+ Although it’s extremely unfortunate that Callan Ward will not be sighted on the field again this year, the silver lining from a Supercoach perspective is that Whitfield will continue to be one of the go-to guys in the Giants midfield.
– With every game that Lachie smashes out another huge score, you can just hear the taggers of the world itching to get their filthy mitts on him.
– Maturing nicely, but still very much an uncontested-dominant player, and thus dependent on the likes of Hopper, Taranto and Coniglio to deliver him the pill.
#6 – 10: Tom ROCKLIFF (PTA), Marty HORE (MEL), Rowan MARSHALL (STK), Travis BOAK (PTA), Lachie NEALE (BRL)
Most traded OUT players this week: Zak BUTTERS (PTA), Matthew PARKER (STK), Justin WESTHOFF (PTA), Zac WILLIAMS (GWS), Will SETTERFIELD (CAR), Jordan CLARK (GEE), Bailey SCOTT (NTH), Dom SHEED (WCE), Christopher BURGESS (GCS), Josh DUNKLEY (WBD)
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