Poll – Brad Crouch

Written by Schwarzwalder on April 12 2016

Three Rounds in and Brad Crouch is already struggling with injury.  Many Coaches ignored the warning signs over the pre-season and started with him anyway (this guy right here as well), refusing to pass up the ‘bargain’.  Having already missed a game on Saturday, Adelaide has officially ruled him out for a further 2-3 weeks.  Given Crouch’s injury history, the club is being over-cautious with the promising midfielder.  All well and good for Crouch……..but what about us Coaches?!?  Let the SCT Community know your thoughts on replacements for Brad Crouch.

Assuming we all had a clean slate right now (and cash wasn’t an issue), which two elite players would you simply have to enter first…………

 

If cash IS NOT an issue to replace Brad Crouch, which two players are a MUST in your team?

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Assuming you didn’t have much cash in hand, who are the best, cheaper alternatives for Brad Crouch?

 

If cash IS an issue to replace Brad Crouch, which two players are the best cheap alternatives?

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We always encourage Forum participation.  Would love to hear your thoughts on best replacements here…….

 

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  1. You guys are awesome! Thanks for the poll! Il thinking crouch to Hartley at this stage as I’m short on cash

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      1. Hmm thats interesing. I may hold off then. Ill either go to ruggles next week or just hold him if thats the case. Thanks for the feedback.

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        1. Matteo I still think ruggles will be 1 average game off being back in the twos. Great player and great potential but too many in the 22 to contend with, especially with lonergan to come back

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      1. Once you choose crouch to trade it comes up with a list of all your players. Select a defender of yours who is a mid also, it will give you an option to sub him. Then you select Hartley to bring in and your defender dpp with then be moved to the mids.

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      2. Alternatively, you trade out Crouch, move one of your FWD/MID rookies to the middle (‘S’ on the trade wizard) then move Mitch Brown DEF/FWD to the forward line and bring in Hartley…….

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        1. Thanx Schwarzy
          How’s this for a trade?
          Crouch>Hartley which moves Kennedy to my mids and Brown to my fwds and Hartley To Def
          Then I trade Mills>Zorko who I move fwd and bring Mennadue in the mids.

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  2. Cheers for this Schwarz. Don’t like any of the other midprice options so two scenarios in mind re: BCrouch.

    TU: Rich – Ruggles and Crouch – RGray
    TD: Lonergan – Ruggles and Crouch – HShaw (DPP)

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      1. Food for thought Matteo.

        Think the RGray option is better then. DEF already has Houli and Laird and the performing rookies like Weitering, Adams and Dea while Lonergan would round it out with the TU option.

        I only brought BCrouch in at the last minute for RGray when a bunch of the preseason rookies weren’t named and I needed expensive rookies or midpricers to replace them. Ironic then that I’ll probably bring RGray in for BCrouch now.

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  3. Dont have the cash to upgrade Crouch, and also don’t have DPP to bring in Hartley or Ruggles in defence

    Crouch to Parish looks like my only valid option, but is it too much of a sideways trade to be worth it?

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    1. Could you move one of your forwards to the mids, and then Brown/AMT/Adams forward to open up a space in defence?

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  4. I only have $537K to replace Crouch, and only using one trade this week (I want to wait a week on Ruggles and Byrne). This is going to be unpopular, but is it time to reconsider Brodie Smith? 434K, DPP, and has turned in three consistent games so far this year (94, 86, 107). May get a bit more mid time with Crouch out, and the Crows seem to be doing better than they have any right to be.
    I know Johannisen is everyone’s favourite at the moment, and Brodie burnt most of us at some stage last year, but is he a chance at finishing as a top 8 defender? Break even this week is 62.

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    1. I’m going ditto Chillo – I reckon Smith is the best option for Crouch at this stage, the other player I had in mind was Matty Wright (Carlton) but don’t think he’ll be as consistent as Smith would be.

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    2. I started with Smith, and think worst case he’ll be a solid D6. He kicked 2 goals on the weekend, which he won’t do every week.

      I’m not a fan of trading in mid-pricers, but Polec looked very good on the weekend, and would’ve been much more popular over pre-season if not for Libba, Crouch, Hall etc. Averaged around 100 a couple of seasons ago from memory.

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    3. Yep also considering Brodie – he burnt me last year but seems we’ll and truly over his concussion issues now.

      Strongly considering as I only have $449K to spend

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  5. It is a long season. Hold him and sell after he has had a chance to rise some. Unless you are stuck with a bunch of non playing mids in addition to Brad. Or unless you think he won’t go up in price, but that seems unlikely.

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    1. Sorry Father, but no way am I holding an injury-prone speculative midpricer whose missed one already and will miss another three. And given his injury history and Crows determination to be extra cautious with him, its likely to be quite a while before you see any decent price rise.

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  6. When I sum everything up ie out for another 2-3, history of injuries and nothing amazing from him so far I want to trade him out….
    But there is no one I want to bring in for him at this stage, the closest is Hartley but im not sure he will be getting solid games for the rest of the year (the Essendon Instagram page 13 hours ago: Could we see this ex-Roo make his bomber debut this week?)
    I do have Lonergan and Sheridan in the back line with neither of them going gangbusters but for now they are reliably pumping out what they are priced to average and as Father Dougal says above, it is a long season! So for me its a hold until maybe some cows fatten up or someone else gets injured

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    1. I have the same issue. Throwing him out for Zorko is a viable option, which gives Nick Graham another week.

      But short of Eric Mackenzie or maybe Matthew Wright, not many decent cheaper options.

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  7. trade Couch for Zorko,swap menadue to mid bench, zorko in fwd,then that gives me that mid/fwd link for Zorko,wells hall,kerridge leaves me with $300k,that makes my fwd line look alot stronger,as well as buddy.
    thoughts SCT?

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  8. If Lyons, has a good game this week and is named again next week I might consider him. Can’t see him having great security at the Crows though. They have a lot of fringe players vying for spots. Otherwise I don’t really have many options.
    I will probably downgrade him to Ruggles next week and pocket the cash until my first upgrade. Hartley is the other option obviously but there seems to be a bit of uncertainty over him.

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    1. Not a vote, but Dahlhaus is better if put in the forward line. Midfield is simply too deep for him to be a good pick.

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  9. Don’t have much cash but if I’m going to blow a trade I’m looking for value. Between Parrish and Young – leaning towards Young at this stage.

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    1. Just did some more research and yeah Young seems like the best bet
      Aaron Young
      $253,100
      Rd 2 94
      Rd 3 101
      B/E -46
      Expected Price increase:
      $63,700

      Hasnt gone up in value yet so could quickly make 150k – 200k in 3 or 4 weeks

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      1. Wingard and Hartlett to return may put pressure on his spot. Young has however played very well and may not be first cab of the rank to be dropped when these 2 come back. He did get his round 2 game due to Hartlett’s injury.

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        1. Darcy Byrne Jones will be first to go, followed by Paul Stewart for last week’s team. Then there is a buffer of Karl Amon who will get dropped first before the attention will turn to one of Young, Ah Chee or Toumpass.

          Also for the record the players returning from injury will be Schulz (potentially up to 10 weeks), Carlile (6-8), Krakouer (not til after round 6), White (indefinite). He’s pretty safe.

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          1. DBJ played well and the run out of defense was so much better last week. Hinkley has already said he will play this week. Stewart is first out for sure, then it is a group of Amon, Neade and Toumpas.

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  10. I like the look of Young having seen his history – heavily sub affected scores with lots around the 80-90 mark. It’s not what we thought we would get from Crouch but he’s already got himself a big price increase coming. Helps that he’s yet to hit his first price change and is cheaper than Crouch.

    Other left field cheap options I’m considering:

    Caleb Daniel (WBD): 337 800 FWD, last 3 rounds of 86, 77, 107. Averaged 60 in full games last year, and has made the move to spending time in the midfield and has seen a big increase in possession (most was 19 last season, has gathered 19,20 and 29 in 2016).

    Matthew Wright (CAR): 341 200 FWD , last 3 rounds of 88, 87, 103. Had a poor 2015 at Adelaide, but in 2014 averaged 84 in full games including 5 tons. Strong job security at Carlton and has a breakeven of 11.

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    1. I asked the same question about Young in trade talk the other day and received a unanimous thumbs down. Perhaps coaches are worried about the return of Hartlett and Wingard and how that will affect his output.

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    2. Regretting not taking Wright as I was pretty bullish on him.

      A bonus is that the 105 he scored last week stays in his pricing cycle another 2 weeks.

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  11. Thoughts on trading out Brad Crouch
    Thumbs up- Out: B Crouch, J Lonergan In: D Zorko/L Dalhaus and T Ruggles. D Zorko/L Dalhaus would then be switched from midfield to the forward line with one of the fwd/mids.
    Thumbs down- Hold Crouch for this round then next round Out: B Crouch, J Lonergan, In: M Priddis, T Ruggles. Unable to bring in Priddis this week as I cannot afford him and next week he should be under 600,000 due to his breakeven of 163 this round.

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  12. Don’t like the thought of trading Crouch to another mid-pricer, lack sufficient funds to upgrade to a premo + keeping faith in Barlow + Bartel, thus contemplating the following to generate funds:
    TU: Crouch —> Hartley
    TD: Crouch —> Ruggles
    via DPP

    Thoughts?

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  13. Got $212k in the bank, so have $518k to spend on a crouch replacement, what do you think is the best option, could go with zaka or Merrett but I’m not too sure on the Essendon premo’s, what do you guys think??

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  14. I was thinking of Crouch to Parker but I’m now leaning toward Hannebery as a point of difference aftrr looking at his history and form this year.

    TU: Hannebery
    TD: Parker

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  15. Thoughts on crouch to zaharakis? I know Essendon won’t pump high scores but he has shown himself to be an exception so far. I don’t have the cash for anyone higher
    T/u decent trade
    T/d look elsewhere, zags won’t keep doing that

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  16. Im gonna hold crouch this week and try upgrade him to priddis next wee, with his high breakeven as I am strapped for cash to do anything this week

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