Round 5 seemed to go on for about six years (or maybe it was days, I always get those two confused), and chances are you it left you with at least one problem child in the shape of a Buddy, Sicily (again) or the determinedly average Hibberd. And if you’ve somehow managed to avoid all that swill, you may even be getting to the point where you can afford that first upgrade. Whatever your situation, there is some prize stock on offer in this abbreviated build-up to Round 6.
Elliot YEO (WCE), $506 100 (-$55.2K), average 101, BE 32 – Look up “fallen premium” in the sacred Supercoach dictionary, and for this week at least, you’ll see a picture of the Yeo-yeo there. Four tons in five weeks, including a massive 150 two games ago, are offset by a baffling score of 27 in round three. That putrid effort drops out of Elliot’s price cycle this week, leading to a break-even lower than the mower setting at Optus Stadium. If you’ve got the dough at this early stage, then Yeo is a sure-fire top 10 defender.
Michael HURLEY (ESS), $538 600 (-$24.9K), average 105, BE 75 – I’m not even a Bombers fan, but I was extremely frustrated with their style of play yesterday, specifically their preference for kicking backwards. They did it 18 times against the Pies (the AFL average is nine per game), which sucks for their supporters, but is great for the Supercoach prospects of their defenders. Hurley is a gun regardless, and is definitely worthy of a spot in your team, having also scored four tons in five games this year.
Backing it up…
Jeremy Howe, $462K, BE 142
Shannon Hurn, $485K, BE 135
Shane Savage, $497K, BE 133
Zach MERRETT (ESS), $486 700 (-$113.9K), average 77, BE 64 – Along with Yeo, Zerrett is undoubtedly the blue-chip bargain of the week. Concussion is a dangerous beast, but after meeting the wrong end of a Richie Douglas bump in round one, back-to-back tons vs the Power and Pies have Zach back on track. Won’t be this cheap again this year, so if you see him as a top 8 or 10 mid from here on, now is the time to jump.
Jack STEVEN (STK), $473 900 (-$24.7K), average 100, BE 80 – Consistently inconsistent, Good Jack was on show against the Giants, powering his way to 121 points – although he’d love to have that final kick over again! I have to include the obligatory tag warning, but Steven has the massive ceiling which makes him a dangerous POD at only 3% ownership.
Tom Mitchell, $642K, BE 211
Dayne Zorko, $485K, BE 165
Patrick Dangerfield, $669K, BE 154
Jack Macrae, $603K, BE 152
Jarrod WITTS (GCS), $487 400 (-$30.9K), average 102, BE 76 – He was the bargain buy of the year in the rucks last year. Witts has been largely ignored in 2018, but has continued on his good form by posting three tons in five games. If you’ve lost patience with Goldy’s struggles or want to give Sauce the flick, Witts presents a reliable alternative at a comparable price.
Ben McEvoy, $477K, BE 156
Stefan Martin, $533K, BE 133
Jack GUNSTON (HAW), $466 100 (-$8.7K), average 95, BE 78 – While we all fret over our malfunctioning forward lines, The Gun is just quietly getting it done, again. He’s a ‘boring’ choice, but maybe that’s a good thing right now, hmmm? Goes down to the Hawk’s fortress in Tassie this weekend to take on the Saints – I can think of worse fixtures for a prospective trade-in.
Kane LAMBERT (RIC), $453 600 (-$18.9K), average 86, BE 27 – Ugh. Yeah, go on, have him. I’m not bitter at all. After doing his best potato impression for the first three rounds, the hard-running Lambert has burst to life with back-to-back tons, including a BOG performance on Tuesday night against the Dees. Comes with handy DPP status and, thanks to his more illustrious teammates, absolutely no chance of being tagged.
Josh J Kennedy, $514K, BE 167
Toby Greene, $515K, BE 153
Michael Walters, $513K, BE 130
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