Well I don’t know about you, but I copped a hiding on the weekend, the likes of which only Supercoach can produce. But I’ve had 24 hours for the headache to go down a bit, and the red mist has dissipated just enough for me to bring you the first official Flavour of the Week for 2017.
One of the major differences between Supercoach and the other varieties of fantasy footy is that trade management is a real and constant consideration. As Father Dougal has already elaborated upon, your “trades left” count is the heartbeat of your Supercoach campaign. Get to the back end of the season with a dry well, and not only can you kiss the $50K goodbye, but you probably forfeit any chance at league wins also. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, so here is our usual early-season spiel – do not trade yet unless you have a long-term injury to deal with. The only other possible exception is if you’re unlucky enough to have a whole bunch of players on the same line dropped from their respective sides, and you’re looking at a donut unless you trade. If this happens to you, I recommend staying away from mirrors, cats, ladders and salt shakers.
For those of you in such dire straits, as well as those who just can’t resist a good trade, here are the most popular “INS” as of 7am, Tuesday March 28th:
1 – Mitch Hannan (MELB, $117,300, fwd)
+ In the midst of a rookie drought, Hannan was one of the most impressive budget performers in Round 1. 16 touches at 81%, 7 grabs and two goals, adding up to 96 points.
+ Played well in a winning side, so his job security prospects look promising
+ Won selection for round 1 despite playing no part at all in the JLT series, so clearly someone at Deeland rates him highly
– Played no part in the JLT series – could lack of conditioning be an issue?
– Always be wary of bringing in a rookie after one great game – Connor Menadue anyone? His price won’t change until he plays two more games, so there’s no harm in having another look at him after this coming weekend
2 – Dan Butler (RIC, $117,300, fwd)
+ Rinse and repeat from the Hannan remarks. 19 possessions and two goals for 96 points. Not many reliable rookies around, etc.
– Same issues as Hannan – has only played the one game, so could be worth waiting on for one more week
– Does not have an impressive scoring record at lower levels of footy, and won’t have Dusty feeding him uncontested ball in the goal square every week either
3 – Andrew McGrath (ESS, $211,800, def/mid)
+ Deserved number 1 draft pick by general consensus, McGrath was particularly noted for his maturity and leadership qualities in junior footy. Should stand up well to the pace of AFL
+ This was well demonstrated in his debut, racking up 22 disposals and 5 tackles in front of a ginormous crowd at the G, giving him 83 points
+ DPP status could be extremely handy further down the track
– The most expensive rookie in the game, so his potential for fast price growth is somewhat limited compared to cheaper players
– Has already been indicated by coaching staff that his playing time will be managed this year to prevent burnout
4 – Dustin Martin (RIC, $588,300, mid)
+ Dynamic Dusty was at full throttle in Round 1, all over the field and doing what he wanted. 33 touches and 4 goals for a massive score of 159
+ Mainly because he lost his DPP status from last year, Martin is a relative unique at around 11% ownership
+ Third place in the Brownlow indicates he can play a bit (although I think Sellers Maclure is still doubtful about that)
– Are you sure you’re not just chasing last weeks points? He won’t get to play against the Blues every week….
5 – Dyson Heppell (ESS, $513,300, mid)
+ The Bombers are back! Heppell looked like he’d never been away, guiding his side to a memorable first-up win with 34 possies and 3 goals for 152 points
+ He won’t put up numbers like that every week, but he’s still underpriced compared to previous output, due to suspension
– In the same boat as Dusty – you don’t get last week’s points if you trade him in this week.
– The twelve months away from the game may catch up with him at some point, could possibly miss a game or two
#6 – 10: Josh J. Kennedy (WCE), Caleb Marchbank (CAR), Jack Steele (STK), Elliot Yeo (WCE), Sam Powell-Pepper (PTA)
Most traded OUT players this week: Nick Riewoldt (STK), David Swallow (GCS), Joel Smith (MEL), Jarrod Pickett (CAR), Tim Taranto (GWS), Cameron McCarthy (FRE), Daniel Hannebery (SYD), Tom Boyd (WBD), Nathan Hrovat (NTH), Dane Rampe (SYD)
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