For those who are new around here (or those who might have forgotten), Movers and Shakers takes a look at the most in and out of form players in SuperCoach.
Players are listed according to the following template:
Player Name (Club, Price, Average)
Jake Lloyd (SYD, $608,200, 127.5)
Ah, Young Skywalker. Is he ever not up and about? Hated by all those who don’t have him, revered by those who do; Lloyd is perhaps less of a mover and more of a permanently high fixture. Maybe he deserves his gazillions of points, maybe he doesn’t; all I know is, if you want to win SuperCoach, you’re going to have to get him.
Kade Simpson (CAR, $570,300, 77.5)
A SuperCoach premium since before most of us were even born (okay, not quite), Simpson is yet to really get going this year, with scores of just 83 and 72 in the first two rounds. History says he’ll get better from here; his 13,760 coaches will be hoping that history is right. Whatever happens, I’m still backing him to keep on playing until he’s 50.
Lachie Neale (BRL, $607,300, 133.5)
No longer playing in Fyfe’s shadow, Neale has started the year in shockingly good form, posting 127 in round 1 followed by 140 last week. Can he keep it up for the rest of the year? As one of his 36,000+ coaches, I certainly hope so!
Elliot Yeo (WCE, $585,500, 77.5)
This spot nearly ended up going to Dustin Martin, but two dodgy scores trumps one dodgy score and an okay one, so Yeo it is. Averaging 24 disposals (11.5 contested), 6 clearances, nearly 400 metres gained, and a goal per game, he’s certainly finding plenty of the ball; unfortunately for his owners, he’s also averaging just 52 percent DE and a whopping 9 clangers every week. If he can find a way to clean that up, he could very well find his way into the ‘movers’ section in the not-too-distant future.
Scott Lycett (PTA, $421,200, 118)
Making the move from West Coast at the end of last season, Lycett has gone from playing second-fiddle to Nic Nat most weeks to being the Power’s no. 1 ruck, and so far seems to be relishing the extra responsibility. With his 118 average coming from a 69 and a 167, you could argue that it’s a bit premature to declare that Lycett is ‘moving on up’, and I’m not unsympathetic to that view. The 9 percent of coaches who started him certainly won’t be complaining, though.
Max Gawn (MEL, $692,100, 101.5)
Like Lycett, this assessment may be slightly unfair, being based on one bad score and one fairly decent one. Still, although a 102 point average isn’t terrible, it’s not what people payed nearly $700K for, so the 48 percent of coaches who started him will be hoping he can turn things around in the coming weeks and months. He scored 168 last time he played the Bombers, so tomorrow night’s game should be a good litmus test of where he’s at.
Tim Kelly (GEE, $505,800, 108.5)
Averaging over 30 disposals (16 contested) and nearly 10 clearances a game, the second-year Cat has picked up right where he left off last season. Back-to-back tons, dual-position status, and a very reasonable $506K price-tag – is there anything more you could want in a forward? It seems that the question of who to start at F3 wasn’t really all that hard after all. The question of F2, on the other hand…
Isaac Heeney ($529,200, 76)
He’s not the only supposedly ‘premium’ forward to have started poorly in 2019, but it’s the sheer weight of expectation that gets Heeney the nod over other candidates like Mundy and Smith this week. Playing with a dodgy ankle in the forward line of a poorly-performing team, is that expectation fair? Perhaps not, but it’s hard to blame his 90+ thousand coaches for considering their options.
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