It’s Rage Trade City at Supercoach Central this week, as coaches abandon ship on HMS Billings and the Zerrett Steamboat. Elsewhere, most savvy coaches are trying to shore up their cash generation by getting all the right cows.
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm ADST, Tuesday April 10:
1. Ed Richards (WBD, def, $135 300)
+ The grand-nephew of Louie the Lip, Ed Richards let his footy do the talking in only his second senior game. Richards recorded 17 possessions and 7 marks for 81 points in the Dogs’ upset win over the Bombers.
+ Now on the bubble with a break-even of -50, Richards shapes as the prime rookie correctional option this week. As the 16th pick in the draft, his price tag is quite reasonable compared to some of his lesser-performed classmates.
+ Playing well in a winning team can’t hurt his prospects of becoming a permanent fixture in the team. Also, that characteristic shock of red hair makes him easy to spot on the field!
– Richards came into the team at the expense of the similarly-styled Hayden Crozier, who suffered a knee injury a couple of weeks back. He could return as soon as this week – possibly at Ed’s expense.
– Provided good run out of the back half against the Bombers, but was a bit of a seagull, with only two of his 17 possessions being contested. He’ll need to maintain good efficiency to keep his scoring up.
2. Stephen Coniglio (GWS, mid, $499 100)
+ Cogs was an under-priced special at the start of the season, and he has rewarded his owners with interest. Saturday night’s effort against the Swans was Coniglio’s third consecutive score of 120+.
+ Despite the price rise, Coniglio is still priced at a sub-premium level, and is set to increase in value even more this coming weekend, with a break-even of only 53.
+ There were some doubts expressed in the pre-season whether Coniglio would be a midfield keeper. He’s doing his best to erase those doubts – currently ranked fourth amongst midfielders, behind the 3 M’s (Martin, Macrae and Mitchell).
– The reason Coniglio started at such value was an injury-riddled 2017 campaign, where he twice suffered ankle problems and missed 15 games. In a six year career, he’s only managed to play more than 18 games once (21 in 2016).
– There’ll still be nagging doubts over whether Coniglio is going to finish the season as an elite mid. As Father Dougal has suggested, the most likely scenario is reversion to the mean, which would leave Cogs in that “second bracket” of players in the position – not ideal.
3. Tom Mitchell (GWS, mid, $687 400)
+ It’s been suggested that if there was one footy left on the planet, he could find it. Titch did it again against the reigning premiers, diligently compiling a third consecutive game of 40+ possessions for 149 points.
+ Far and away the most prolific player in the competition to date. Averaging a gargantuan 154.7 ppg and has outscored the next best player by more than 70 points!
+ Dimma tried to slow him down by tagging him with Graham, I’m not really sure why. On the rare occasions Titch can’t get the ball, he just tackles more. Either way, he makes Supercoaches smile!
– At this early stage, the only way to get a player at this price is to trade out another premium, which is generally a no-no in Supercoach world. Unless you have someone with an LTI (possibly Ablett), you should re-consider in the interest of conserving trades.
– Not much else. He’s very expensive, but in my opinion he’s totally worth it, and I’m not sure why you didn’t start with him. The worst thing about him is that he doesn’t play for my Swans anymore. Damn you, Horse!
4. Jesse Hogan (MEL, fwd, $437 500)
+ A dynamite start to the season for the 2015 Rising Star, backing up last week’s 145 with another 125 against the Roos, coming from a career-high 26 possessions.
+ Has expressed an eagerness to get more footy by moving further up the field. It won’t help his goal-kicking numbers, but in terms of Supercoach, it will definitely make him a more viable prospect for your forward line.
+ The first-round 79 drops out of his cycle, leaving him with a break-even of -10. He is as cheap this week as he will be for a while, possibly the remainder of the season.
– As mobile as Hogan is, he’s still essentially a key forward, and prone to the scoring volatility that generally comes with players in that position.
– This is also reflected in his scoring history, where he has averaged in the 70s for three consecutive seasons. It’s that whole long-term gain vs short-term form debate again!
5. Mitch Crowden (FRE, mid/fwd, $117 300)
+ I’ll be honest: Crowden was not on my pre-season radar at all! But after watching him against the Suns last weekend, I was impressed. 13 possessions, six marks, a goal, and a team-high 19 “pressure acts” presented the Dockers rookie with 72 points in his second game.
+ After a quiet 29 point debut, the 59th pick in the draft is now on the bubble with a break-even of -31. If Freo keep winning, and Crowden keeps up that maniacal forward pressure that Ross loves so much, you’ll be seeing some nice cash generation in coming weeks.
+ Crowden’s DPP status means he can be used as an early downgrade for a misfiring Brayshaw, or the unfortunate Ryan.
– Not a big possession getter, so he’ll need to keep up those defensive stats to maintain his scoring.
– FURL! Job security will always be a concern for rookies in purple.
#6 – 10: Jack HIGGINS (RIC), Paul SEEDSMAN (ADE), Nathan FYFE (FRE), Lance FRANKLIN (SYD), Bryce GIBBS (ADE)
Most traded OUT players this week: David ARMITAGE (STK), Andrew BRAYSHAW (FRE), Gary ABLETT (GEE), Jack BILLINGS (STK), Zach MERRETT (ESS), Jaidyn STEPHENSON (COL), Liam RYAN (WCE), Jack GRAHAM (RIC), Jacob TOWNSEND (RIC), Paddy DOW (CAR)
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