NRoo went down and the newbies bombed in the opening round of the year, but if you managed to stay away from the trade button you would have seen “GnR” make a comeback in Round 2. I will not make any Chinese Democracy jokes here (I think Axl already has that well covered anyway). Hoskin-Elliott, Preuss, Otten, Witts and Powell-Pepper led the charge of the cheapies, and it actually seems safe to go back in the water at the bottom end of the market place again for some trade options….although as you’ll see, the mid-priced player is still hanging in there! Here are the top 5 most traded in players this week (as of 10am, Tuesday April 4):
1. Will Hoskin-Elliott (COL, $213,300, fwd)
+ Has outscored many ‘alleged’ premiums in the first two rounds, boasting an average of 104 after burning the Tigers for 21 possessions, 12 marks and three final quarter goals last week.
+ This comes on top of his impressive JLT form, so he seems to be a reliable on-field option at this stage
+ New club, new WHE. Seems to have settled very nicely in black and white, and job security is as tight as any player at that price
– Former No.4 draft pick, but never really got going in five years at the Giants. Is the past month just a flash in the pan?
– Form is good but he’s still expensive for a cash cow, can you find the cap space for him? Price growth will be slow if his form drops off
2. Clayton Oliver (MEL, $382,500, mid)
+ The young Red Demon has started the season like the proverbial bull at a gate, taking the Blues for 139 points at his last start
+ Has the best ruckman in the business giving him first use at the stoppage, in fact big Maxy has already nominated Oliver! as his go-to guy
+ He’s the kind of contested-ball mid that Supercoach loves. Tackles like a madman too
– Has only played fourteen games in his whole life, is it too early?
– Awkwardly priced – has to be a keeper if you pick him now, but is he?
3. Andy Otten (ADE, $123,900, def)
+ In a year where budget defenders are thin on the ground, big Otten stepped up in a big way last week with 108 points from only 17 touches. Break even of -82 this week
+ Also spent time forward as a marking target. Versatility can only help his job security
+ It’s just great to see him make it back after a couple of years in the injury wasteland!
– Unfortunately that injury history is a factor, so his selection comes with a certain degree of finger-crossing.
– Can be used as a shutdown defender, which would hurt his scoring.
4. Marc Murphy (CAR, $432,500, mid)
+ Absolutely killing it in the Blues engine room right now, with a 2-game average of 134
+ Has a history as an elite scorer, with four seasons of 110+ ppg under his belt
+ Reaping the benefits of his first full pre-season in three years, and his form does not seem to be affected by his team’s struggles
– Missed 12 games at the back end of last year with an ankle injury. More finger-crossing.
– As the standout mid in his team right now, he is certain to cop more attention from opposing taggers in coming weeks
– Also awkwardly priced, if you take him now you have to expect him to finish the year as a top 10 mid. But will he be?
5. Toby Nankervis (RIC, $366,400, fwd/ruc)
+ The Nank was a hyped pick in the pre-season and has delivered so far, posting back-to-back tons
+ Relishing the opportunity as the lone ruck at a new club, with Maric seemingly out of the picture and the younger Tiger rucks not ready yet
+ Was well beaten in the ruck by Grundy last week but still racked up 124, so his work around the ground makes up for any deficiency at stoppages
+ DPP status is extraordinarily handy (although not last week!)
– Why did he get traded? Because he was stuck at fourth in line at Sydney. Can he keep this form going?
– Still developing the ruck side of his game. If he doesn’t keep his possession count up, his scoring could drop off
#6 – 10: Dan Houston (PTA), Dan Butler (RIC), Caleb Marchbank (CAR), Sam Reid (SYD), Elliot Yeo (WCE)
Most traded OUT players this week: Cam McCarthy (FRE), Dan Hannebery (SYD), Jarrod Pickett (CAR), Mitch Hibberd (NTH), Joel Smith (MEL), Jack Steven (STK), Jack Bowes (GCS), Gary Ablett (GCS), Tim Taranto (GWS), Jarryd Roughead (HAW)
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