Flavour Of The Week – Rd 14

Written by Chillo on June 19 2018

Supercoaches around the country will breathe a collective sigh of relief this Sunday night – we survived the bye rounds for another year! Hopefully all the effort you put into planning for this annual fiasco has made it a slightly less painful experience for you. Most importantly, your team looks better now that it did at the start of this three week odyssey…

Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm AEST, Tuesday June 20:

1.   Paul Ahern (NTH, mid/fwd, $123 900)

+ The Roos had the bye last week. Prior to that, the 7th pick in the 2014 draft showed the form we all knew he had in him, compiling 84 and 57 against the Lions and Cats, respectively. North’s next three are against the Dogs, Bombers and Suns.

+ Ahern is about as blatant a downgrade target as you will see at this stage of the season. North have had the bye, he’s played two good games, and he has a break-even of just -67. With a bit of luck, he’ll give you good bench cover for the rest of the year.

+ It goes without saying that DPP status is invaluable at this time of year. Did I just say that?

Minus:

– There’s the usual injury concern for Ahern. He has been very solid so far this year though, in both VFL and his brief but impressive stint in the senior league.

– And there’s the usual job security concerns for all rookies. The rapidly improving Jed Anderson will return from a hamstring injury after the bye, whose spot does he take?

2.   Elliot Yeo (WCE, def, $521 700)

Plus:

+ Yeo was absolutely outstanding in the Eagles loss to the Swans last Friday, racking up 29 touches and kicking two sparkling goals for a game-high 144 points. Currently ranked sixth on scoring average among defenders.

+ Despite his reputation for inconsistent scoring, Yeo has still only had one really bad game this year (which we won’t talk about again). Nine tons in 12 games, but still $40K below his starting price? Yes please!

+ In the absence of Laird, Yeo has become the must-have defender who’s not really a defender. Enjoy while you can kids, because Mr Yeo will be a mid only in 2019!

Minus:

– Remember that one really bad game I mentioned that we weren’t going to talk about again? Depending on his widely varying roles (including tagger), Yeo definitely has the potential to give you the irrits. He once had five possessions in a game, which just happened to be a grand final….

– Hopefully the bye round arrived in time for him to fully get over that knee niggle he had earlier this month.

3.   Brody Mihocek (COL, def, $102 400)

Plus:

+ The mature-aged rookie was terrific on debut, booting four goals and belting out 97 points. His second game was quieter, but Mihocek’s now off the bye and on the bubble, with a break-even of -71.

+ Early reports out of Pieland suggest that the likes of Reid, Varcoe and Moore are at least another week away from returning, which can only help Mihocek’s short-term job security.

+ Cheap, cheap, cheap. Make that trade, grab that cash.

Minus:

– Really struggled to get into his last game against the Dees, with only 9 possessions and 3 frees against. Mihocek’s owners will be looking for a better effort this week for the last of the bye rounds.

– As mentioned earlier – lots of “best 22” players due back soon at Collingwood. However, given Mihocek’s price tag, job security may not a primary concern at this stage of the season?

4.   Tom McDonald (MEL, def/fwd, $556 700)

Plus:

+ Four tons in five games, including a dominating 164 against the Dogs, have made McDonald the number one defender AND forward in all of Supercoach right now. Currently averaging just shy of 114 ppg.

+ Due to his great form, McDonald has a break-even of just 48 and will almost certainly be even more expensive next week. Also has games against Saints, Freo and the Dogs in the next month – expect that high ceiling to be given a thorough examination!

+ Are you among the 43% of coaches who own James Sicily? Meet the other end of that def/fwd equation.

Minus:

– It’s a lot of dough to pony up for what is essentially a key position player, especially one with T-Mac’s injury history. Do you dare take the plunge…assuming you can actually find the cash in the first place?

– McDonald’s recent scoring has been predicated on kicking goals, and if that well dries up or he returns to the backline, McDonald will become an anchor of a different sort in your team!

5.   Joshua Kelly (GWS, mid, $552 600)

Plus:

+ Ran roughshod over the Suns to the tune of 40 possessions and two goals, totalling 146 points. By far the best performance of an injury-affected season, Kelly looks to have bottomed out in price and is a prime upgrade target this week (or swap for Macrae and pocket the $75K).

+ Placed fifth in the Brownlow last year while averaging 114 ppg, the classy left-footer has quickly become a bona fide superstar in the Giants’ loaded midfield.

+ Despite all that, Kelly’s injury troubles have seen him drop from 24% ownership at the start of the season to just 8%, making him a very attractive point of difference for the run to the finals.

Minus:

– I’m not sure which I detest more about osteitis pubis – the condition itself, or the fact that it’s called ‘osteitis pubis’. Either way, we’re all hopeful that Kelly doesn’t have to worry about it for the rest of the season.

– Injury concerns aside, can Kelly regain the form that made him the breakout midfielder of 2017?

#6 – 10: Clayton OLIVER (MEL), Joel SMITH (MEL), Mason REDMAN (MEL), Oliver WINES (PTA), Adam TRELOAR (COL)

Most traded OUT players this week: Tom DOEDEE (ADE), Jack MACRAE (WBD), Tim KELLY (GEE), Jack HIGGINS (RIC), Logan AUSTIN (STK), Ed PHILLIPS (STK), Lachlan MURPHY( ADE), Ben RONKE (SYD), Nicholas COFFIELD (STK), Andrew BRAYSHAW (FRE) 

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  1. I think I’m going Hurley at his price over McDonald. Just cos McDonald has a low break even doesn’t mean his price has bottomed. Might look at him in a month if he is cheaper then.
    Fingers crossed he doesn’t bust out some more 120s

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  2. TMac had a cracking back half of the year 2 years ago playing as a defender if my memory serves me correctly, so I’m not so concerned about a position change to there.
    Straight in for Doedee for mine

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    1. Yeah, he’s in my team too. The injury risk is there, but it’s only another 10 games. I think he can make it!
      Plus, setting up that DPP swing with Sicily just makes sense to me.

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  3. Only question is whether Yeo comes in for Savage or is this a luxury trade?

    Or are trades like bringing Mihocek in to generate/free up cash really the luxury/wasted trades?

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    1. Don’t think that’s a luxury. Savage has been OK, but Yeo could easily average 15 points more a game from here.

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