G’day Supercoaches! What a conundrum we have this week…………..
Gaz, Gazza, GAJ, The Little Master, The Perma-Captain, God, Yabbaleeeeeeeeet!!!…………..Whatever you wanna call him, he’s been the benchmark SC player for many years. Taking Ablett in Supercoach hasn’t been a choice in years gone by, it’s been a must! There was a fiery debate before the season started about how he would play given his shoulder injury. Many believers turned their back on the Great One. Faith started to waiver on how that shoulder would stand up to match practice. We now know the outcome of that………..
Now it seems the Bald One has arisen after his enforced lay-off. A 124 upon his return against the Kangas, where he lifted the Suns to a stirring victory. And now 153 against the Bulldogs. He’s back, he’s getting in-and-under, it’s all coming together again. The faith has been restored where there was so much doubt over the pre-season. Supercoaches have been salivating in anticipation of Ablett ‘bottoming out’ in price. That time may have arrived. So what’s to stop us moving the Heaven and Earth that Ablett created in order to get him into our teams? Let’s take a closer look at the No.1 Traded-IN player of the week:
Gary Ablett (GCS – $669,800 MID)
+ For those first-time Supercoaches out there, Ablett’s numbers are as follows: 2011 – 127 average from 20 games, 2012 – 138 (20), 2013 – 129 (21) & 2014 – 137 (15).
+ Break Even of 119 . It’s a hefty price tag but, barring injury, it might be the cheapest price for Gazza this season.
+ Before the next Round starts and trading is finalized, Ablett is only in 6.2% of teams. In previous years that number has been consistently over 50%. That number will rise again (nowhere near 50%), but you could almost consider him a POD this year.
+ Whether the Suns win or lose, Ablett scores well either way. And we all know about the huge ceiling he has.
+ Watching the game on the weekend, it’s fair to say the confidence in his shoulder is growing. Fourteen contested possessions from his thirty touches plus eight clearances.
+ These positives could go on forever, he’s one of the greatest players of the modern era (think we can all agree on that).
– The risk of re-injuring that shoulder. With every bone-crunching tackle, you’ll be holding your breath that Ablett comes up ok.
– I’ve mentioned it before in previous Flavour posts involving Rockliff and Sloane……….sometimes a player just has a season that can be written off due to injury. When I think of Rocky re-injuring his ribs or Sloane and his cheekbone, do we really want to use a trade on a bung shoulder (and the Little Master to which it is attached)?
– Trades and cash………..do you have enough of both to get Ablett back into your team? Have you already gone full premo? Do you have an under-performing premo that you want to trade to Ablett? Is it worth the risk?
I promised a bit of controversy in this week’s post and here it is. I’m NOT bringing Ablett into my side. I know this will provoke feelings of hatred and dismay amongst many of our readers. It’s always a contentious issue in SC circles. Let me explain my situation before the comments are filled with death threats and SCT HQ receives a bomb scare 😉
It’s not that I’ve lost faith in GAJ, it’s not that I haven’t been impressed with his two games back. Team Schwarzwalder is currently ranked a respectable 1349 overall. In the Tech League, I’m currently ranked 2nd behind Bad Membreys. While I’m chuffed about all that, I’m quite sure that I’m not going to win the $50k grand prize. I’ll leave that to the likes of nickoless (6th), sodes (25th), Based (50th) & Andy B (96th)………..Good luck, fellas!! My team is firmly entrenched in the top four of most leagues and top six in all of my leagues. If you’re involved in the Punters Club here at SCT, you’ll know I don’t mind a gamble. Once Rocky and Sloane went down again, I took the gamble to upgrade my team to (my idea of) the ‘Ideal 22’ without Ablett, Rocky & Sloane. Many will disagree on my views there but the difference of opinion is what makes Supercoach so great. (How boring would it be if we all had the exact same team, right?) I traded a lot of rookies out a week or two earlier than most. This aggressive trading has left me with only four trades for the remainder of the season. They are being reserved for the long term injuries that WILL occur before the season is over. Every week I convey the message to make the right decision for your team. I feel this is the best option for my team right now.
If you have more trades and cash than myself, then I would highly recommend you get Ablett into your team a.s.a.p. But if you’re running low on both, then like me, it’s probably best to hold your trades and put your faith in the team you’ve chosen till now.
Before you all unleash hell on me in the comments, let us know if you’re trading in Ablett in our poll below. Don’t forget to check out our regular articles before the Friday night game (Thursday night games are over, the SC community breathes a collective sigh of relief). For further advice, say a prayer to the Almighty……..or just trade him in 😉 Good luck, Supercoaches!!
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