Believe The Hype – Round 14


This weekly article will look at who is being HYPED this week as a MUST have buy in AFL DreamTeam and SuperCoach and other HYPED issues of the week.

All DreamTeamers and SuperCoach players breath a sigh of relief this week as the AFL returns to its 9-game weekend. The bye period has thrown a spanner in the works and devasted many teams and called into question the way this game has been structured for the 2012 season. With the AFL acknowledging they will have six bye weeks in 2013, hopefully Virtual Sports can deliver a solution to this major issue.

TRADE OF THE WEEK
OUT: Stephenson (Geel) – IN: Campbell, T (WB).
This weeks 5 of the top ten trades of the week have been a combination of ruck trades. Out: Stephenson, Redden and Giles; In: Campbell, Maric and Ryder. Many coaches are seeing this as the ideal opportunity to upgrade their rucks to those premiums rucks. With 6.55% of trades involving Coaches trading out Giles people believe he has reached his maximum. On the trade of the week it appears that Stephenson may have hit his bubble in terms of performance and may struggle to be selected in the Geelong line-up. If Campbell is selected with the return of Will Minson then it is time to make the trade. Be careful that your third Ruckman is playing as the rucks have been a curse for many this season.

A Giant Problem?

My own thoughts on this are unless you are trading to a premium ruck man like Cox or Maric hold onto Giles and save the trade. As we get closer to DreamTeam and SuperCoach finals we will need those trades as AFL coaches begin to rest players or if injury strikes. Consider Shane Mumford who is underpriced after returning from injury. While many will avoid him after being burnt earlier in the season and are adverse to retarding in a former player, Mumford may be the exception. With his work at ground level and his ability to win the tap he is definitely an underpriced option worth considering. HE has only averaged 62.7 since his return however that has been scores of 43, 68 and 77 an upwards trend. He also scored 91 and 87 in his first two games before injury and has the potential to average 90 per week.

Verdict – Trade

Cheap as Chips – Tom Rockliff
Rockliff is one of my favourites and knows how to find the ball. While he struggled to score constantly during the first half of the season, mainly due to being played as a forward, he has refound his form since moving back into the midfield on a more permanent basis due to the use of Merrett and Brown as key forwards. Last season Rockliff was one of the highest scorers in the second half of the season and has the opportunity to do the same again this year. Averaging 108.7 in his last 3 including a round high 141 last week now is the time to buy with his price low at only $447,700.

Verdict – Buy Now.

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