Flavour Of The Week – Rd 17

Written by Chillo on July 10 2018

Who else hates it when AFL coaches wait until July to play their best rookies? Yeah, maybe it is best for the player’s development and most beneficial for the club as a whole, but who really cares about all that when we have Supercoach to worry about!

This edition of the FotW is dominated by rookie priced options, but also presents a couple of young premiums on the rise. Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm AEST, Tuesday July 10:

1.   Brad Lynch (WBD, def, $123 900)

Plus:

+ Taken at pick 11 in the 2015 Rookie Draft, the 20 year old Lynch has spent a couple of years honing his game in the VFL. His experience has shown with scores of 63 and 82 in his first two games in the top flight.

+ Lynch has the lowest break-even of all active players this week at -71, logically making him the prize downgrade target this week.

+ The injury list at the Dogs is quite incredible, with Suckling, Wood, Williams and Webb among the fallen. Lynch should at the very least get a few more opportunities before those guys return.

Minus:

– Exciting to watch because he takes the game on from the D50, but that comes with a deal of risk also. Caught HTB twice against the Hawks last weekend in almost identical circumstances, his owners will have to take the good with the ballllllll.

– Only returning modest numbers in the VFL this year (14 disposals per game), so a correction in his scoring would not surprise. May not be reliable enough for D7?

2.   Wil Powell (GCS, mid/fwd, $121 800)

Plus:

+ Wil with one ‘L’ was the draft bolter of 2017, taken at pick 19 by the Suns after not making the WA U18 side. Lightly built but with elite endurance, Powell has returned 39 and 66 in his first two senior games.

+ With his break-even at -30 and that DPP flexibility, Powell shapes as an ideal bench option for the run home. Sets up the link with the likes of Heeney, McLean and Westhoff.

+ Highly rated by Suns coaching staff with his attitude and intensity, it’s easy to see the Suns using the rest of this season as an extended junior development camp. Come on Dew, let the kids run!

Minus:

– He’s a great kid, but Powell is still built like a jockey and more suited to an outside mid role at this stage.

– Will Pearce Hanley return this year? Can Wil hold his spot in the 22 anyway? And if he does, can he score enough to be a viable bench option?

3.   Brayden Sier (COL, mid, $123 900)

Plus:

+ At 20 years of age, Sier comes with AFL-level physicality and plenty of ability to find the pill. He was dominating the VFL with 24 touches per game before getting the call-up to the Pies best 22.

+ That form has been backed up with scores of 83 and 57 in his first two games, putting him on the bubble with a break-even of -64. Huttabito’s Rookie Review should tell you all you need to know here!

+ With Treloar out for the foreseeable future, there is certainly a spot there for Sier…if he’s good enough.

Minus:

– Sier’s strength is his strength, but lacks a little in foot speed, and he struggled at times to keep up with the breakneck Bombers last Sunday. How will he fare against the flying Eagles this week?

– Probably doesn’t have the scoring power for M9, or the DPP versatility of other M10/11 options. Are you prepared to have Sier occupying a precious mid bench spot for the remainder of the season?

4.   Clayton Oliver (MEL, mid, $539 400)

Plus:

+ No tag for Clarrie this week against the Dockers, and he cashed in to the tune of 35 possessions and 154 points. Thanks Ross!

+ Only four players have scored more points than Oliver this season. Yet he’s very handily priced and somehow absent from 75% of Supercoach teams!

+ Ninth in the league in average disposals, second in the league in average tackles, and has played 40 consecutive games. Sounds like a good combination for a Supercoach gun!

Minus:

– Oliver’s season low against the Saints last week came courtesy of a Jack Steele tag, and he could only manage 59 points. He still managed 24 disposals though, and has shaken off a tag at other times during the year.

– Nothing else to say here. Oliver might look like the love child of Ronald McDonald and Chucky, but he is a footballing machine and I can not believe he’s still not in my Supercoach team!

5.   Jake Lloyd (SYD, def, $589 100)

Plus:

+ OK I admit it, when it comes to Jake Lloyd, I broke the first rule of Supercoach: leave emotion at the door. He plays almost entirely uncontested footy – which I despise! – but he’s very good at it, leading all defenders in Supercoach aggregate and average in 2018.

+ His recent run of form is that of an uber-premium: 141, 136, 122, 106, 90, 118, 173, 130. The Swans keep giving him the ball, and dare I say it, Champion Data love him like a son!

+ Lloyd has only missed three games since his debut, more than four years ago.

Minus:

– Hideously expensive for a trade target at this time of year, even more so for a defender. Is it really worth shelling out that much coin for only a handful of games?

– The Swans have a very tough run home, and their injury list just compounds it. Lloyd may find himself under a little more defensive pressure in coming weeks.

#6 – 10: Andrew GAFF (WCE), Jack TRENGOVE (PTA), Tom MCDONALD (MEL), Justin WESTHOFF (PTA), Elliot YEO (WCE)

Most traded OUT players this week: Nathan FYFE (FRE), Nicholas HOLMAN (GCS), Matt GUELFI (ESS), Timothy SMITH (MEL), Ben RONKE (SYD), Ed PHILLIPS (STK), Brody MIHOCEK (COL), Charlie SPARGO (MEL), Logan AUSTIN (STK), Andrew BRAYSHAW (FRE) 

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17 thoughts on “Flavour Of The Week – Rd 17”

  1. The urge to want to trade is real high, but i have to hold my trades incase everything goes down hill. I need to at least make the grand final in my league this year as all my friends make fun at my fact i haven’t made it in that league. I have a team like GWS from the past few years. I’m a lot better than them but can never produce in finals as i run out of trades 🙁 The prelim is such a gloomy place for me

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    1. I have 6 left and holding. Want to see if macrae is as good as he was but got two weeks of price falls while I assess. Heater has to go, but I’m seriously thinking Hurn ahead of Lloyd..crazy price and surely he now gets fwd tag. Being 3 games clear on top helps not having to trade !!

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  2. Macrae a possibility to come back this week I hear. Will be interesting to see if those going Fyfe-> Gaff will change to Macrae.

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      1. If you’re waiting for Macrae, you’d want to wait at least 1, probably 2 weeks for his price to drop. By that time, I think Gaff will have built up an insurmountable lead over whoever you have in (assuming you have a rookie covering Fyfe at this point).

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  3. Need to get Heeney back into the fwd line with a trade.Only have the 4 left and am deciding on the following.
    Trading out T Smith for who has the better JS
    TU Sier
    TD Lynch

    Cheers

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  4. Need a hand from Saints fans.
    I have no def or mid bench cover and have both Rice and Phillips. Are either of them likely to play much more this year or should I look at trading them to Lynch and Powell?

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    1. With Acres back soon and Freeman to finally debut, I’d say Phillips is unlikely to be seen again this year. Rice isn’t much of a chance either, I think both of your trades are reasonable.

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