I’d rather not talk about Round 12 too much…so I won’t!
Upgrades are a little easier this week, as we now have six clubs who have already had their bye, and hence have players available for the entirety of remainder of the season. Here are the players from those clubs (as well as a couple with Round 14 byes – advise caution!) that are good value options in this heavily abbreviated trading week.
Kade SIMPSON (CAR), $495 500 (-$20.8K), average 104, BE 78 – In his sixteenth season in senior footy, the Benjamin Button of the Blues backline continues to astound, averaging near-career highs in possessions and Supercoach points. Fresh off the bye and on a streak of 70 consecutive games, if there’s such thing as a safe choice in defence this year, Kade is it.
Backing it up…
Jake Lloyd, $565K, BE 146
Elliot Yeo, $521K, BE 146
Jimmy Webster, $520K, BE 143
Gary ABLETT (GEE), $513 800 (-$117.3K), average 107, BE 43 – Being the slow learner that I am, I discounted Ablett as Supercoach material months ago. Never write off a champion! The 34 year old little master made a mockery of the North mids, racking up 34 possessions and smashing out a season-high 151 points. Always an injury risk, but if he stays on the field, the SC GOAT is unprecedented value for money right now.
Oliver WINES (PTA), $472 000 (-$71.5K), average 98, BE 78 – No one doubts Quadzilla’s strength in the contest, but his disposal efficiency has previously prevented him from joining the Supercoach elite. However, Ollie has cleaned up his disposal this year, while maintaining his possession count and clearance numbers. He was outstanding in compiling 142 against the reigning premiers, and Port are of course done with their bye. A calculated risk?
Luke PARKER (SYD), $512 400 (-$33.6K), average 102, BE 72 – Parker has cashed in on the Swans’ soft draw over the past month, posting four tons in five weeks. Can he keep that form going against the likes of the Eagles, Tigers, Cats and Roos, who Sydney line up against over the next month? A proven performer who caught fire in the latter half of 2017, but will he repeat the dose this season? Lots of questions, and a very nice upside if Parks can answer in the affirmative…
Jack Macrae, $703K, BE 219
Patrick Cripps, $569K, BE 194
Patrick Dangerfield, $590K, BE 154
Marcus Bontempelli, $542K, BE 154
The three top scoring rucks (Gawn, Grundy and SMartin) are all on the bye this week, and you’d be a brave coach to trade any of them out. Nic Naitanui and Matthew Kreuzer may be worth a look if you’re really desperate to get 18 on the field, but I can’t recommend that course…unless you robbed the Bank of Trades…
Aaron Sandilands, $537K, BE 168
Josh J. KENNEDY (WCE), $397 000 (-$117.2K), average 75, BE 40 – The unwritten Supercoach rule of No Key Forwards becomes a bit more flexible in the case of JJK. Kennedy has had a few injury concerns this year, but amassed 122 in his last start and has now had that handy mid-year break. With Jack Darling out for up to six weeks, JJK becomes the focal point of the Eagles attack, a position he has occupied with aplomb for many years now. Very friendly price and a massive ceiling, tick and tick!
Lance FRANKLIN (SYD), $464 900 (-$75.6K), average 102, BE 50 – Buddy was at his brilliant best in the season opener against the Eagles and since then has been solid, with the exceptions being a (possibly) injury-affected outing against the Crows. Franklin usually finishes among the highest scoring forwards, but as a key position player you have to make sure you get him at a low point in his price cycle. That time is roughly around now, in case you were wondering!
Jack Darling, $550K, BE 239
Josh Caddy, $507K, BE 170
Travis Boak, $464K, BE 146
Toby McLean, $539K, BE 142
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