Six weeks in, and it’s fairly obvious by now who the must-have stars are, the ones you should get into your team as quickly as possible. It’s also painfully obvious who the list-cloggers are, those that should be shown the door as quickly as possible. I’m not going to mention any names – check the Trade Talk thread if you’re in any doubt. I’ll just say that straight kicking has always been conducive to good scoring in Supercoach, and leave it at that!
Here are the most popular trade ins, as of 12pm AEST, Tuesday May 1:
1. Charlie Spargo (MEL, mid/fwd, $117 300)
+ A member of the elite group of fourth-generation players (yep, that’s a thing), Spargo brought the spark that the Dees were so desperately searching for last Sunday. 18 possessions and a couple of memorable goals gave him 81 points on debut.
+ Taken at pick 29 in last year’s draft, Spargo was somewhat of a slider due to a mid-year shoulder injury. Very highly rated by scouts prior to that, he uses speed and footy smarts to impact the contest.
+ He’ll probably play on the field as a small forward, but he gets DPP status from Champion Data, and his slip down the draft order presents him with a cheap price tag.
– He has only played the one game as yet; use the Josh Glenn Rule to avoid regret.
– My first impression is that he’s very quick, but also very lightly built. Hopefully he can stand up to the rigours of AFL footy if he does get an extended stint in the team. Already has that shoulder reco on his sheet.
2. Taylin Duman (FRE, def, $123 900)
+ Duman had been suffering regular bouts of leather poisoning in the WAFL, and now he fits right in with Ross Lyon’s new-found penchant for giving his rookies a run. Managed 12 touches and 3 tackles on his way to 53 points, in the first Derby at the flashy Optus Stadium.
+ The obvious bubble boy for Round 7, with a break-even of -65. He’ll save you almost 50 grand over the other def rookie option this week, cross-river rival Tom Cole.
+ With prized cash cows such as Murray and Finlayson starting to moo a bit, now might be a good time to grab some cash down back with a savvy downgrade option.
– He’s been more generous this year, but the purple spectre of FURL still looms large over in the West. Any guesses as to how long Duman can stay in the team for?
– Scored an impressive 85 on debut, but with the return of noted backline distributor Michael Johnson, Duman’s output fell away in his second game. This has to be considered when estimating his cash generation.
3. Justin Westhoff (PTA, mid/fwd, $511 800)
+ Fear the Beard! Westhoff has been extraordinarily effective for the Power in 2018, especially in the absence of Ryder. Piled up his second 140+ score of the year against the Roos, stuffing the stats sheet like few other players in the comp are capable of.
+ That effort gives the Hoff an average of 112, and he is the highest scoring forward in Supercoach so far. Has a break-even of only 51, and owns dual position status too.
+ Barring unseen misfortune, he’ll play all three games during those pesky multi-bye rounds, which will be a godsend. The DPP status will also help during that time.
– Westhoff has a history of going on scoring tears like this one, and then dropping off badly. Just last year he scored five tons in eight weeks – and then didn’t score above 76 for the following five games. Caveat emptor.
– Have to wonder what effect the imminent return of Paddy Ryder will have on the free-running Westhoff. Also, that round 10 bye. It’s a mixed blessing!
4. Patrick Cripps (CAR, mid, $573 500)
+ With Gibbs gone and Murphy on the sick list, the grunt work at the Blues has been laden on the young but nonetheless sizeable shoulders of Patrick Cripps…and hasn’t he responded! Was absolutely fantastic in a well beaten side last Friday, with a ridiculous 24 contested possessions helping him to 143 points in a memorable battle with the Bont.
+ Now averaging a tick over 120, yet still priced well below that average. Will annihilate his break-even of 46 this weekend, so if you’re running one of the 120,000 odd teams that doesn’t own him for some reason, get on board now.
+ If you’re worried about that sort of thing, Carlton have the ‘good’ bye in round 12.
– He’s built like a bull, but Cripps looked absolutely spent at full-time last week. Whether it’s mental or physical, you wonder how long he can keep playing the lone hand for the Blues before he needs a break.
– Nothing else to see here. Like many others around SCT, I was a huge fan of the kid in the pre-season, and nothing has changed my mind since then.
5. Zach Merrett (ESS, mid, $506 100)
+ Supercoach success is predicated on buying elite players at discounted prices. After shaking off the dust in the first few weeks, Zach Merrett is back in a big way, with three tons in three weeks. 29 touches and 10 tackles in his most recent effort against the Demons.
+ His price has started heading north again, but is still priced $90K less than he was before Round 1. Extreme value for a player who is potentially a top 10 midfielder.
+ Plays four out of his next five games at the MCG. The wide expanses of that ground are perfectly tailored to his hard running style.
– Opportunity cost. Giving a midfield spot to Merrett means taking it away from one of the bevy of elite mids. You might have to pass up a Crouch, Oliver, Macrae or even Dangerfield if you decide to give Zach a guernsey.
– I hope he gets through the rest of the season without another head knock. You’ll be hoping so too.
#6 – 10: Jack MACRAE (WBD), Brett DELEDIO (GWS), James SICILY (HAW), Toby MCLEAN (WBD), Ben RONKE (SYD)
Most traded OUT players this week: Nick HOLMAN (GCS), Michael WALTERS (FRE), Riley BONNER (PTA), Bailey BANFIELD (FRE), Jack BILLINGS (STK), Sam MURRAY (COL), Jaeger O’MEARA (HAW), Toby GREENE (GWS), Jarrod GARLETT (CAR), Jaidyn STEPHENSON (COL)
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