Because we haven’t mentioned the little bugger enough on this site already, I’d just like to point out that Nic Newman was the 9th most traded out player last week. So LOTS of people traded him out. It was a sensible strategy at the time and it will pay off in the long run, right? Right?
In other news, as you’ll see in this edition of Flavour Of The Week, things are really starting to get tight on the rookie front.
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm AEST, Tuesday May 16:
1. David Myers (ESS, mid, $133,700)
+ Myers followed up his comeback match with another solid performance in a win against the Cats, picking up 18 possessions to total 58 points. Now on the bubble with a BE of -25
+ He went at 83% efficiency with those touches, looking as composed as you would expect of a player of his experience. Job security is about as good as it gets for a player at this price.
+ With Powell-Pepper on the bye and pretty close to maxed out, swapping him for Myers this week will net you close to $180,000.
– Of his 31 possessions this year, only 7 have been contested, and he has made 1 tackle in his two games. Either Dave starts to get his hands dirty, or his scoring is going to stagnate around his current level.
– Extensive list of previous injuries. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt, but as we saw with Rocky this week, injury-prone players have a habit of getting injured.
2. James Stewart (ESS, fwd, $169 800)
+ After GWS offloaded him to the Bombers for a packet of chips last October, Stewart was sprightly on his debut in the sash, booting 3 goals from his 10 disposals and totalling a hefty 91 points
+ Also managed four tackles in that game, showing he’s not just a marking target, and demonstrated good mobility in the forward half
+ With the Bombers scoring such an impressive win with Stewart in the side, the potential is there for the ‘twin towers’ forward setup alongside Joe Daniher to become a permanent arrangement
– Obviously it was only his first game, so there is no problem in waiting to see how he goes this week before you bring him in.
– He qualified as a father-son for Collingwood, but the Pies didn’t want him. Then he only managed 18 games in four years at the Giants. Either he’s a late bloomer, or perhaps last week was a flash in the pan?
3. Isaac Heeney (SYD, fwd, $491 600)
+ Another outstanding game for the Maitland Man-child in the Swans domination of the Roos. 25 possessions at 76% and a couple of goals contributing to his 130 points.
+ Showing no after-effects from his pre-season battle with glandular fever, Heeney seems to be getting stronger each week and finished the game strongly against North.
+ With his break-even at 44, this is your last chance to get Heeney for south of half a million bucks.
– There’s always going to be a chance of a relapse, but that seems to be dissipating with each game.
– Sydney has the round 11 bye, which is going to be a pain for your structure if you’re worried about that sort of thing.
4. Fraser McInnes (WCE, fwd/def, $155 100)
+ Was quite impressive in his season debut against the Dogs, totalling 11 possessions, 15 hit-outs and 5 tackles, giving him 67 points.
+ His round 12 bye combined with that DPP status could be a godsend thoughout the next month, allowing you to flick him around the field to cover any gaps
+ With the ruck stocks almost completely decimated at the Eagles, McInnes might be the short-term stopgap option they need.
– Never, ever forget the Josh Glenn Rule. EVER. Also, those hit-outs came against the Dogs, who typically run around ruckless these days.
– Has been on and around the fringes at West Coast for a few years now, but had only managed 9 games before last week. Admittedly he’s been stuck behind the likes of Naitanui, JJK and Darling, but it still doesn’t read well.
5. Ben McNiece (ESS, def, $102 400)
+ Looked pretty good in his first two games before being rested, averaging 55 ppg from 13 possessions and 3 tackles
+ Most of our cash cows in defence are mooing quite fiercely right about now….it’s time for a cull.
+ He’s cheap cheap cheapie cheap cheap. Get rid of Hampton, Otten, whoever it is. Take that cash, build that bank.
– Didn’t play last week or the week before. Bringing him in now is either a desperate cash-grab with complete disregard for scoring, or pure blind faith that he will be recalled.
– He was listed as ‘rested’ for round 7, but found himself in the VFL for round 8. ‘Really rested’ maybe? Or perhaps ‘dropped’ might be more accurate.
#6 – 10: Nic Newman (SYD), Michael Hibberd (MEL), Daniel Lloyd (GWS), Sam Durdin (NTH), Elliot Yeo (WCE)
Most traded OUT players this week: Sam Powell-Pepper (PTA), Andy Otten (ADE), Daniel Butler (RIC), Curtly Hampton (ADE), Dan Houston (PTA), Brandan Parfitt (GEE), Will Hoskin-Elliott (COL), David Swallow (GCS), Braydon Preuss (NTH), Jaeger O’Meara (HAW)
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