It’s not a new idea, but I’ll raise it again anyway: Supercoach needs to introduce a Trades Joker card. Once a year, each player can use their card to make more than their usual allotment of trades – say for one round of the coach’s choosing, it’s possible to make up to a maximum of four trades. You could use it if you got absolutely smashed by injuries one week, potentially saving your season from ruin. Or you could use it tactically, like this week where you want to get the bubble rookies because future cash cows seem scarce, but you also want to pick up some tasty Fallen Premiums. Being able to take two rookies and two premiums would be very handy right now! Tell me I’m wrong.
Jeremy MCGOVERN (WCE), $443 500 (-$39.6K), avg 90, BE 48 – I readily admit that Gov is a favourite amongst the Fallen Premiums. Like most intercept defenders, he can have quiet games when forced to be more accountable, so from a Supercoach perspective it’s important to catch him at the bottom of a price cycle. Back to back tons suggests that time is now, with the Eagles machine slowly whirring into gear in 2019.
Just quickly: Rory LAIRD (ADE), $531 500 (-$56.1K), avg 99, BE 93 was here last week and just about hit his BE on the nose, so here he is again. Still great value for a permanent resident of the House of Elite Defenders.
Backing it up….
Lachie Whitfield, $575K, BE 206
Jake Lloyd, $587K, BE 136
Note: the four mids listed below are all elite scorers. They also all have less than 4% ownership. Here’s your ticket for the Catch-Up Train!
Scott PENDLEBURY (COL), $543 500 (-$18.5K), avg 106, BE 54 – If, like me, you’d written Dependlebury off after a series of annoying injuries in recent times, then it might be time to reconsider. The reintroduction of Beams to the Pies midfield has helped freed up Pendles, and he has posted scores of 138 and 127 in the past fortnight. Not suggesting he’ll get back to his halcyon 120+ days, but the Pies skipper is more than capable of being a top 10 mid this year; his career record alone demands your consideration. The Pies get Carlton, Saints and Sydney in their next three games.
Elliot YEO (WCE), $533 000 (-$52.5K), avg 98, BE 64 – The good news about Yeo is that he has done almost exactly what we expected him to so far this year – start slow after an injury-interrupted pre-season, then begin to dominate in the second month of footy. Very nicely priced after that slow start, the return of Gaff from suspension also means that Yeo is less likely to attract a tag now. Huge POD value at only 3% ownership!
Andrew GAFF (WCE), $549 000 (-$38.4K), avg 107, BE 92 – And here’s the other half of the Weagles dynamic midfield duo. The indefatigable Gaff gave a wingman clinic against the Suns last week, racking up 35 touches and 154 points. Has shown some signs of rust with his disposal efficiency early on, but always sees plenty of the footy, so his scoring should improve as he regains touch. The Eagles have a nice run of games heading into their bye, so looking west is a wise move at this time of year!
Mitch DUNCAN (GEE), $534 200 (-$42.3K), avg 105, BE 71 – No-one will pick Mitch….no-one ever does….but he’ll just go on piling up the points anyway. While everyone’s been fuming over Danger and frothing over Tim Kelly, Duncan has compiled five tons in seven games, and has the Cats’ cupcake draw to look forward to over the next month. The other thing is apart from a foot complaint a couple of years ago, Mitch has hardly missed a game since his rookie days. I’m sure his 1498 owners have no complaints.
Just quickly: Gary ABLETT (GEE), $553 800 (-$26.8K), avg 99, BE 65 was going to be an honourable mention just for old time’s sake,
but the Master finally managed to pop his suspension cherry this week. GAZ LIVES! Like Laird, Nat FYFE (FRE), $578 200 (-$39.9K), avg 116, BE 87 was also here last week, and is still excellent value after a polished 124 against the Crows in probably the ugliest game of footy you’ll see this year.
Zach Merrett, $597K, BE 169
Patrick Cripps, $651K, BE 165
Jack Macrae, $582K, BE 149
Justin WESTHOFF (PTA), $402 300 (-$147.2K), avg 79, BE 36 – It’s been a rocky ride so far this year, but it’s high time to Fear The Beard again. After an ice cold month of footy, the Hoff has switched back on to post 92 and 108 in his past two starts. Insanely priced for a guy who put out a three figure average last year, but the big attraction here is the DPP status. Link him up with the likes of Patrick Bines – 2019’s favourite loophole man – and suddenly you’ve got priceless ruck coverage through the byes and beyond. Final thought: it’s only $80K to swap Drew to Westhoff….
Brodie Grundy, $659K, BE 144
Sam MENEGOLA (GEE), $419 400 (-$123.7K), avg 82, BE 60 – Without doubt, ‘Gola is one of the most frustrating bonafide premiums in the game. He will always start the season over-priced due to his rollercoaster scoring, so in a similar vein to a key position player, the trick is to pick up Sam at the right time. That putrid pair of fifties he produced against the Giants and Hawks finally disappears from his scoring cycle this week, so his price tag has bottomed out and now is the time to pounce. Just a gentle reminder that Menegola has averaged 100 across each of the past two seasons.
Tom HAWKINS (GEE), $504 500 (-$48.4K), avg 97, BE 73 – Key position forwards are generally the lepers of Supercoach, but the Tomahawk is a different beast. Hawkins has actually become a relatively consistent scorer for someone in his position, which is not all that surprising considering he usually receives the ball from the likes of Danger, Selwood, Ablett and co. As mentioned above, Geelong has a pretty cosy run of opponents leading into their bye, and my bet is Hawkins goes large in at least one of those games.
Just quickly: Josh DUNKLEY (WBD) $479 500 (-$36.8K), avg 93, BE 54 appeared here last week. He responded with an equal team-high 16 centre bounce attendances and a massive 134 points, rewarding his patient owners. Still represents fantastic value for those prepared to punt on Dunks keeping that inside mid role.
Patrick Dangerfield, $542K, BE 198
Isaac Heeney, $511K, BE 158
Michael Walters, $518K, BE 150
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