As pointed out by Huttabito, aka SCT’s Guru of Greenhorns, the top-scoring team in Round 7 had a midfield comprising Dangerfield, Rockliff, Jack Steven, and FIVE (count ’em!) rookies, including the starch-heavy efforts of Balic and David Myers. Popular pre-season picks such as Treloar and JPK have coaches everywhere rending garments, raking themselves over hot coals, and giving the trade button an terrifically torrid time.
However the night is darkest before the dawn, and with the bye rounds almost upon us, it’s time to knuckle down and power up for a new challenge. With a bit of forward thinking, you can really improve that ranking in the next month.
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm AEST, Tuesday May 9:
1. David Myers (ESS, mid, $133,700)
+ Myers made a belated return to senior footy with a solid (if uninspiring) 13-possession effort against the Dockers, totalling 46 points
+ For a veteran of 103 games, his basement-level price represents very good value. Ideal for those looking for a cash grab.
+ Spent a couple of weeks prior to his return carving it up in the VFL; obviously he is far too good for that level of footy
– Is it good practice to bring in an injury-prone player after one mediocre game, hmmmm? Take it from me, trading out of desperation is generally a poor strategy!
– A couple of young Bombers were rested last week (McGrath and McNiece); do they return to take Myers spot this week?
2. Ben McNiece (ESS, def, $102 400)
+ Turned in two promising efforts in starting his AFL career, totalling 61 and 48 before being ‘rested’ last week. Remains on the bubble with his BE at -49.
+ Downgrades just do not come any cheaper than this. If you’re looking to offload some maxed-out rookies in your defence, McNiece will help you build the bank more than anyone else available this week
+ The ‘rested’ next to his name on the team sheet last week, as opposed to ‘omitted’, may bode well for his job security
– Didn’t play last week, so in picking him this week you’re assuming he just comes straight back in. Assumptions are the mother of…something, I forget.
– He may well be competing with Dave Myers for a spot in the Bomber’s 22; Myers certainly has the advantage of seniority in that battle.
3. Elliot Yeo (WCE, mid/fwd, $525 200)
+ The Yeo-Yeo was definitely up in the final quarter this week, piling on 68 in the final term against the Power to give him 125 for the game.
+ That was Yeo’s fifth ton in seven games this season, making him the 7th highest scorer overall, and by far the leading scorer amongst forwards (114.1 ppg). His good form sets his break-even at a minuscule 32 this week.
+ Has the ‘good’ bye in Round 12, and DPP status to help you cover your resting premiums in the other rounds. Gold!
– Is this yet another false dawn for Yeo? He had five tons in 9 games in the middle of 2015, before regressing to a more accountable, low-scoring role.
– He’s already $116K dearer than at the start of the season. This isn’t the value premo you’re looking for.
4. Isaac Heeney (SYD, fwd, $453 300)
+ Heenz has bounced back from a bout of glandular fever with three impressive games, totalling 75, 107 and 116, for an average just a tick under the ton.
+ Definitely seems to be living up to the pre-season hype about more mid-time; in fact, watching him against the Lions, he seemed to be everywhere, particularly in a massive first quarter.
+ Picking midfielders in your forward line is what Supercoach is all about. Heeney is still excellent value with a mid-range price tag.
– Coming off a bout of glandular fever. He burst out of the blocks on Sunday, but took all of the next three quarters to match that effort. Maybe he doesn’t quite have the legs back yet?
– Still only in his third season, and playing in a team that is struggling a fair bit this year.
5. Marcus Bontempelli (WBD, mid, $605 600)
+ The Bont continues to barrel along as the brightest star in the Dogs midfield, compiling 128 vs Richmond from 27 touches, 9 tackles and a goal
+ The only player this year to accumulate at least 20 possessions and a goal in every game. I think that generally leads to decent Supercoach scoring?
+ The majority of those possessions are (a) contested, because that’s how the Bont rolls, and (b) effective, because the Bont is good at footy. Champion Data tends to smile on this type of play.
– He’s pretty expensive. Remember how Rory Sloane was on this list last week, and we all thought he was bulletproof? Didn’t quite work out that way.
– I can’t really find anything else to talk about here. I don’t have him and hate myself for it. I don’t usually make recommendations in this article, but this is the exception – get him in as soon as possible!
#6 – 10: Kurt Mutimer (WCE), Taylor Adams (COL), Tom Rockliff (BRI), Jarrod Berry (BRL), Lewis Melican (SYD)
Most traded OUT players this week: Curtly Hampton (ADE), Andy Otten (ADE), Dayne Beams (BRL), Jaeger O’Meara (HAW), Dan Houston (PTA), Brendan Parfitt (GEE), Daniel Butler (RIC), Sam Powell-Pepper (PTA), Nic Newman (SYD), Braydon Preuss (NTH)
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