The logical choices for upgrades this week come from Port Adelaide or the Gold Coast. Unfortunately viable premiums are, in my opinion, pretty scarce at those two particular clubs. So I’ve had to look further afield, but as we always say at this time of the season, consider your bye structure before you make any trades. I highly recommend consulting Macca’s brilliant Bye Planner!
Alex RANCE (RIC), $439 200 (-$53.1K), average 90, BE 85 – The Laurence Olivier of backmen, Rance has been solid rather than brilliant this year. Previously noted for his high ceiling, Rance’s scores have ranged between 74 and 113, and he sits just on the cusp of the top 20 defenders. With Richmond facing a much tougher draw in the back half of the season, expect the All-Australian captain to step it up as we move towards the finals.
Backing it up…
Michael Hurley, $487K, BE 150
Elliot Yeo, $521K, BE 143 *BYE*
Jake Lloyd, $582K, BE 141
Dayne BEAMS (BRL), $524 800 (-$32.8K), average 95, BE 56 – Beamer has had bigger battles than footy offers this season, and he’s given up the captaincy, but don’t make the mistake of thinking he’s done! Beams has tonned up in five of his past six games, and boasts a three round average just shy of 123. Outstanding value for a player of this pedigree.
Callan WARD (GWS), $474 300 (-$74.0K), average 97, BE 56 – Universally admired for his leadership and hard-nosed attack on the footy, Ward is a perpetual outsider when it comes to Supercoach. Guided the Giants to one of their best wins in years last weekend, and has raised the bat in three of his past four starts. His consistency means he may not win you a league game – but he won’t lose it for you either. Should benefit from Kelly’s return to the playing field, too.
Mitch DUNCAN (GEE), $561 700 (-$42.0K), average 109, BE 78 – Check the phrase “under the radar” in the dictionary, and up pops a picture of Mitch. You probably won’t recognise him though, because nobody pays any attention to the guy! Averaged 29 possessions and 110 ppg last season, and despite the addition of Ablett to the Cats’ midfield, is well on the way to replicating those numbers. A ridiculously low 1% ownership.
Jack Macrae, $703K, BE 215 *BYE*
Patrick Cripps, $569K, BE 190 *BYE*
Marcus Bontempelli, $542K, BE 150 *BYE*
Lachie Neale, $538K, BE 145
In a departure from our normally scheduled programming, here are some rucks not named Grundy or Gawn….
Tom BELLCHAMBERS (ESS), $466 600 (-$37.9K), average 94, BE 21 – Apart from one game where the loaded Cats midfield got hold of him, Belch has being incredible in the past month, topped off by a 154 point domination of the Tigers last week. If you’ve still got Sandilands and little cash in your pocket, TBC could be a great POD for the rest of the season. Anyone in a draft league should definitely be looking at him!
Todd GOLDSTEIN (NTH), $469 400 (-$52.0K), average 92, BE 57 – Goldy’s struggle to recapture his 2016 form has been heavily discussed in Supercoachland, but recent signs are very promising. Three tons on the bounce now, the first time he’s managed this feat since round 9 last year. Probably only draft relevant, but extraordinarily well-priced for someone of his capabilities.
Aaron Sandilands, $537K, BE 168
Sam MENEGOLA (GEE), $501 800 (-$50.0K), average 99, BE 66 – I think I’ve already said enough about Menegola this season, so this will be his final appearance on the Fallen Premiums for 2018. He’s the top scoring forward from last season, he’s playing a favourable role in a good team, he won’t be tagged, and he has DPP status. I’ll let you connect the dots.
Christian PETRACCA (MEL), $376 200 (-$57.1K), average 78, BE 50 – I was extremely unconvinced by the pre-season hype around Petracca, and he’s been problematic for his owners thus far, having been dropped from around 19,000 teams already. But here’s a rare opportunity to jump on a discounted talent playing for a red-hot team; a player with dual-position status who has the potential to pump out Supercoach tons. He practically has M9/F7 tattooed on his forehead!
Jack Darling, $550K, BE 235 *BYE*
Robbie Gray, $524K, BE 151
Justin Westhoff, $509K, BE 141
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