Due to the five day Anzac Round extravaganza, you have less than 72 hours to rage trade, reverse trades, make thoughtful trades, reverse those trades after teams are named, and then scramble to make last-minute trades before the bounce on Friday night. Hey that’s my routine, I’m not saying it works, but I like it!
DISCLAIMER: Last week’s Top 5 on the Flavour, in order, were Balic (DNP), Yeo (59), Matera (46), Murphy (69), and Newman (DNP). What a big bunch of broken-down cabooses that lot was! As always, the Flavour is for information purposes only – you should never, ever make a move in Supercoach just because everyone else is. That’s not a bad rule for life in general actually.
I really wish somebody had told me that before I bought that Limp Bizkit album back in ’01.
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 2pm AEST, Wednesday April 26:
1. Zac Fisher (CAR, mid, $117 300)
+ The speedy Fisher is now on the bubble after accumulating scores of 74 and 51. He is the standout downgrade candidate in the mids this week.
+ Brendon Bolton has already shown he’s prepared to give the kids a go, with Petrevski-Seton, Pickett, Williamson, Macreadie and Polson all getting games this year so far
+ Super-low price tag makes him a great bank builder if you’re thinking of offloading some maxed-out rookies
– Daisy Thomas missed last week with soreness. He will probably be back this week, so it’s possible he takes Fisher’s spot
– Fisher had pretty good first and last quarters against Port, but completely vanished in between. You can expect this to happen reasonably often to a rookie when he’s playing in a struggling side on the rebuild.
2. Aaron Black (GEE, fwd, $137 100)
+ Black returned to senior footy with a bang against St Kilda, his 21 possession, 2 goal effort enabling him to ton-up on his debut in the hoops
+ Rookie-priced, but at 26 years of age with 51 games under his belt, he’s not your typical rookie.
+ Geelong’s next two games are against Collingwood and Gold Coast, so there are potentially plenty of scoring opportunities there
– A quick look at his history shows he’s only scored 4 SC hundreds in his previous 50 games, so don’t expect him to repeat last weekend’s effort any time soon
– Only got into the team last week on the back of James Parsons’ two-week suspension, so Black’s job security is questionable at best
3. Harley Balic (FRE, mid/fwd, $123 900)
+ Balic is the other viable mid downgrade option this week, still on the bubble after missing last week with a hip niggle
+ Scores of 38 and 73 in his first two games give him a BE of -39, with plenty of scope for cash growth
+ With Stephen Hill out for a month after pinging a string, Balic’s short-term job security looks pretty solid
– He didn’t play last week. Reports are he’s moving well at training, but there still has to be a question mark there
– Ross Lyon has indicated he’s going to give his younger players a run this year. Repeat, Ross Lyon said the kids will play.
4. Rory Sloane (ADE, mid, $671 100)
+ Sloane continues to make a mockery of those who said the Dangerless Crows would struggle. He has a gargantuan 3-game average of 143.7 ppg.
+ The form player in the form team, Adelaide are currently leading all teams in Supercoach scoring at 1759 ppg.
+ In Supercoach ranks, Sloane is Mr Reliable. He has averaged 105+ five years running, and only missed nine games in that time. Yet he’s only in 7% of teams. Under-rated!
– His price has already risen $80K, so you may have missed the boat. Remember when it comes to premiums, the first rule is buy low.
– Rory has recently developed an unfortunate habit of sticking his head where it doesn’t belong, suffering two facial fractures in the past couple of years. Hopefully he can stay breakage-free for the rest of 2017.
5. Michael Hibberd (MEL, def, $402 200)
+ ‘Pig’ seems to like the look of his new colours, bursting out in the red and the blue with a 27 possession, 124 point effort on Anzac eve.
+ Had a reasonable scoring history at the Bombers, with his best effort a 96 ppg season in 2013, good enough to make him a top 6 defender
+ Due to the ASADA-enforced layoff in 2016, Hibberd is probably slightly underpriced. That can only be a good thing in a year where everyone seems to be experiencing cash generation worries.
– Hibberd’s Achilles heel is his Achilles heel. He missed the first month of footy due to a flare-up, which will need to be monitored throughout the year.
– For a defender, he’s actually not a great defensive player, in terms of tackles, spoils, etc. If he can’t find the pill, his scores will nosedive.
#6 – 10: Jack Macrae (WBD), Clayton Oliver (MEL), Blake Hardwick (HAW), Oliver Wines (PTA), George Horlin-Smith (GEE)
Most traded OUT players this week: David Swallow (GCS), Jarryd Roughead (HAW), Will Hoskin-Elliot (COL), Sam Powell-Pepper (PTA), Tim Taranto (GWS), Jaeger O’Meara (HAW), Marc Murphy (CAR), Brandan Parfitt (GEE), Sam Petrevski-Seton (CAR), Jarrod Pickett (CAR)
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