And this is why I begged you, BEGGED!, not to trade away your premiums last week. Fyfe, Zorko, Howe and The Bont all bounced back from first week trash to give us second round treasure. But, there’s always a but….
If you’re unlucky enough to be lumped with a crumbling Rocky, a broken-down Beamer, or one of the several other misfiring premiums that are dragging around a hefty break-even, now is the time to offload them before their price tags start doing an impression of the Titanic.
Yeah, I think “corrective trades” is a fairly filthy expression too, and you have to be careful with those 30 pieces of silver. But don’t be too proud to admit you’ve made a mistake – cut the cord now if you really think it will make your team better.
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm ADST, Wednesday April 4:
1. Tim Kelly (GEE, mid, $117 300)
+ When people start mentioning your name alongside the likes of the GROAT Michael Barlow as a rookie phenom, you should feel pretty good about yourself. Another 27 possessions and 117 points for Kelly in the Easter Monday blockbuster.
+ That’s back-to-back tons for the 24th pick in last year’s draft, and leaves him with a ridiculous break-even of -166. That’s right, he’ll gain $75K just by walking onto the field next weekend!
+ Any lingering doubts over his job security completely evaporated on Monday. More than held his own alongside the much-hyped trio of his senior midfield teammates.
– Dangerfield spent a huge chunk of the game hanging around the forward line against Hawthorn. As he regains fitness and confidence in his body, Danger will spend more time in the mids, and maybe push Kelly out a bit. Maybe.
– Ignore that. Just get him now, next week will be too late. He’s a jet combined with a gun combined with a star. He’s a Jeguar!
2. Riley Bonner (PTA, def, $257 300)
+ It was always going to be a bit tougher for Riley this week against the Swans’ contested style of footy, but he stood up well with 18 touches and 5 marks.
+ Scores of 119 and 76 lands him a break-even of -44. Primed to soar past the $300K mark next week, this really is your last chance to grab him.
+ Jasper Pittard is still at least a couple of weeks (but check this!) away from returning from a hamstring complaint, so Bonner will be the Power’s rebounder of choice for at least that long.
– Like many rebounding types, Bonner doesn’t really tackle much and hence relies on a steady stream of footy (mostly uncontested) for his scoring. You’ll be hoping that a sudden drought doesn’t hit.
– How long do you expect to have him in your team for? At this price, he’ll really need to continue to post big numbers to keep the cash generation going, otherwise you might be burning two trades on him in a very short period of time.
3. Jeremy Finlayson (GWS, mid/def, $123 900)
+ In a fierce contest, Finlayson played like he’d been there his entire life. Remarkably composed and efficient in posting his first SC ton against the Pies, courtesy of 23 possessions, including 21 kicks!
+ May have been a borderline selection at the start of the season, but a solid JLT series, followed by scores of 87 and 106, have surely locked him into the Giants’ backline now. Has even found himself trusted with the responsibility of taking kick-ins at times.
+ He’s cheap, he has the added bonus of DPP status, and he’ll start making you whopping piles of lovely cash straight away. Lock him in!
– Much like his Cats rookie counterpart at the top of this list, you have to squint pretty hard to find something wrong here. Finlayson has clearly taken over Zac Williams’ spot and barely missed a beat.
– He wears a lot of strapping on his knee, so maybe there’s an injury concern? #clutchingatstraws
4. Liam Ryan (WCE, fwd, $117 300)
+ It doesn’t take long for crowds in the West to decide whether they like you or not, and they love Flyin’ Ryan. Liam feasted on the lame Dogs to the tune of 3 goals and 115 Supercoach points.
+ That ton compensates for a quiet-ish debut, and leaves Ryan with a break-even of -84. A couple of home games coming up at the fantastic Optus Stadium should be a nice stage for Ryan to further display his talents.
+ A few injury niggles to fellow excitement machine Willie Rioli, coupled with his own good form, have probably seen Ryan’s stock advance to the point where he is well and truly a safe selection in the Eagles’ 22.
– He’s a small forward, so his scoring will be on the erratic side of rollercoaster. You’ll be nervous with him on your field – but possibly more nervous with him on the bench!
– WCE play a lot of Sunday games, which pretty much excludes Ryan from the emergency loophole also. You’ll just have to wing it, I’m afraid.
5. Kade Simpson (CAR, def, $516 300)
+ Everyone says Kade is too old, Kade says well, we’ll just see about that. The wily old Blue has gone bang-bang with scores of 150 and 115 to start his 16th season in the AFL.
+ Coming up on his 34th birthday, Simpson is currently the highest averaging defender in the game, just ahead of the prolific Rory Laird. We all pondered during the off-season who would get Doc’s backline distributor role; we really need not have thought so hard.
+ Kade shapes as the obvious option if you’ve lost patience with defensive spuds such as Brandon Ellis or Michael Hibberd.
– Overall, he has a pretty solid record. Looking closer though, Simpson generally posts a couple of big scores each year, surrounded by a lot of 80s and 90s. Is it possible he’s already done his dash for 2018?
– Having missed only 5 games in 13 seasons, Simpson has been an unsung ironman of the AFL…can he keep it going? Or will Father Time finally catch up with Father Blue?
#6 – 10: Stephen CONIGLIO (GWS), Tom MITCHELL (HAW), Tim TARANTO (GWS), Dustin MARTIN (RIC), Nick HOLMAN (GCS)
Most traded OUT players this week: Cameron RAYNER (BRL), Matt CROUCH (ADE), Michael HIBBERD (MEL), Aaron NAUGHTON (WBD), Tom ROCKLIFF (PTA), Paddy DOW (CAR), Sam MENEGOLA (GEE), Luke DAHLHAUS (WBD), Kane LAMBERT (RIC), Hunter CLARK (STK)
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