Enter Round 13, and cue the Imperial March in the background….
Fear of the number 13 is known as Triskaidekaphobia, and if you can correctly pronounce that on the first attempt, then I think you should find Supercoach fairly easy by comparison! From the moment the fixture was announced, all forward-thinking Supercoaches have known that this was going to be by far the trickiest of the bye rounds to negotiate. To really emphasise just how many points we all have riding the pine, here’s a not-so-shortlist of players missing from our teams this weekend:
All these guys are genuine premiums. Throw in popular picks such as Hore (47.5% ownership) and Heeney (36.7%), and it’s very clear that Round 13 is going to be about as much fun as a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.
The good news is that there are some prime trade targets this week coming off their bye, and they’re all set to play both the remaining games in this annual three week trial. Here are the Fallen Premiums!
Michael HURLEY (ESS), $455 100 (-$36.7K), avg 87, BE 86 – Hurley is an outstanding intercept defender when given licence to roam, but can get stuck with a lockdown role which affects his scoring. The effect is so pronounced that just looking through his scoring history gives you a great guide as to what his role was in each game that he played. Nevertheless, Mick is having another solid year as the Bombers’ backline marshall, and is coming off a season-high 132 against the Blues.
James SICILY (HAW), $491 600 (-$78.8K), avg 100, BE 94 – Sicily skated on the thin ice for about the millionth time in his relatively short career, but managed to escape suspension for his latest act of dimwittery against the Lions before the bye. After a red-hot start to the season, he has cooled off a little of late, but his price has probably bottomed out now. Sicily is a lock for a top 8 defender on talent and role alone, just be prepared to ride the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with being an owner!
Connor BLAKELY (FRE), $455 700 (-$6.1K), avg 87, BE 98 – Blakely was a pre-season favourite in anticipation of a midfield-oriented role at the Dockers, but a twinged hammy put paid to that. His return has been slow and steady, and scores of 88, 69 and 105 look promising. Blakely has averaged 89 and 85 in his past two seasons, and while we’re all crossing fingers, legs, everything for no further injury woes, a slight improvement on those numbers will make him a worthy member of your defence.
Backing it up….
Shannon Hurn, $600K, BE 160 *BYE*
Lachie Whitfield, $564K, BE 156 *injured*
Nathan FYFE (FRE), $606 100 (-$12.0K), avg 120, BE 90 – Fyfe is a captaincy option every week and has scored nine tons in 10 games, with his only miss being the game where he tried to tackle Josh Battle with his head. There’s not much else to add here – Fyfe is a modern day champion who is also a Supercoach beast, and is virtually a must-have at this stage of the season. Yes there are always injury concerns, but remember that as an upgrade option, Fyfe only has to get through the next 11 games to make his selection worthwhile.
Rory Sloane, $536K, BE 181
Mitch Duncan, $588K, BE 155 *BYE*
Jack Macrae, $574K, BE 153
Josh Kelly, $660K, BE 148
Zach Merrett, $565K, BE 148
Elliott Yeo, $583K, BE 143
With both the big guns taking a break this week, obviously I advise against trading either of them out! This was actually going to be the week to grab swingman Rory Lobb (FRE), $483 600, avg 92 BE 63 and move him into the ruck, but the big galoot went and fractured his foot and is also sitting down for the time being.
Given that unfortunate timing, your only other viable options for some ruck coverage this week are either of the Power talls Justin Westhoff $362 200, avg 73, BE 65 or Scott Lycett $410 400, avg 85, BE 74. Clearly neither of these guys can command a starting spot in your team based on their numbers, but a bit of insurance against a future late out in the rucks is always a wise manoeuvre – if you can afford it.
Robbie GRAY (PTA), $405 900 (-$119.6K), avg 84, BE 31 – Absurdly cheap for a player of his reputation and ability, Gray should be near the top of your shopping list this week for a number of reasons. Let’s tick those boxes: Price tag. Since returning from a broken hand, Robbie has scored 89 and 122 playing in the midfield (italicised for emphasis). He comes with DPP status. And he plays seven of his eleven remaining games at the Adelaide Oval, where he has dominated over the course of his career to the tune of 107 points per game. Unfortunately, I have to mention FLAG! The imminent return from injury of midfield beasts Ollie and The Rock may see Gray return to the forward pocket, which equates to Supercoach death. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?
David Mundy, $554K, BE 198
Tim Kelly, $576K, BE 130 *BYE*
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