ASSISTANT COACH – TRADE OF THE WEEK
IN: Naitanui, N OUT: Leuenberger, M – 5,111 (3%)
This is arguably the most logical trade of the week. Matthew Leuenberger could be out for 4-6 weeks and with the bye rounds starting next week you cannot afford to have him sitting on the pine.
Nic Naitanui has scored well in his last three with scores of 80, 103 and 105. Before his offseason injury he was almost a walk up start for most DreamTeam coaches. Renowned as a SuperCoach player, Naitanui has improved his game awareness over the last 18 months and now has the ability to find possession outside of the contest.
THE OTHER OPTIONS.
Matthew Kreuzer is underpriced at $322,000. He has a breakeven of 42 and faces the GWS Giants this weekend. The arrow is pointing up and a high score is beckoning for Kreuzer. If played forward a bag of goals could come his way against a undermanned GWS defence struggling to cope with the loss of co-captain Phil Davis. Scores of 81 and 82 in his last two are solid.
Jarryd Roughead is the most expensive option at $471,800 but has averaged 110.7 in his last three. He is also another handy Ruck/Forward link player He plays against Melbourne this weekend and could be in for a score in excess of 100.
Zach Clarke is my least favoured option. His short term job security is assured with the absence of Griffen (ACL) and Sandilands still at least a month away. He has a breakeven of 33 after scores of 104 and 93 in his first two games back this year. The Dockers do play 5 of their first 7 games after the bye at home which will benefit his scores. However Clarke does not have an established scoring history like the two other options and that needs to be considered. He is the 5th most traded in player this week, so clearly people are willing to take the chance on Clarke.
Top 5 Ins and out
1 Staker, B 15.84%
2 Hutchings, M 7.30%
3 Johnson, S 4.66%
4 Naitanui, N 4.32%
5 Clarke, Z 3.41%
1 Leuenberger, M 13.37%
2 Rockliff, T 8.74%
3 Mayes, S 6.98%
4 Dwyer, S 4.68%
5 Viney, J 3.68%
YES, YES, YES! or NO, NO, NO!
Brent Staker should be your number one trade target this week, regardless of injury. The forward rookie options are looking sparse and he provides a genuine 60-70+ player who should play most games this season. If he ends up being your emergency forward for the season, you will have good emegency cover. – YES.
8.74% of all trades are removing Tom Rockliff. Rockliff will be back after the bye and was clearly struggling over the last few weeks with a niggling quad. If you watched the @DTTalk live show last night you would have seen the interview the lads had with Rockliff and he will be back after the bye. – NO NO NO!
Steve Johnson is at a premium price of $573,100 with a breakeven of 116. His form this season has been amazing averaging 120.83 for the season, 126.6 over the last five and 128.3 over the last three. He has the highest average of any player in the game and is labelled as a forward despite playing this season in the midfield. If you have the cash to get him in now. He plays the Gold Coast and GWS Giants over the next 2 weeks. YES, YES, YES!
Sam Dwyer makes the list of outs this week. Really… Really? This is his first season in the AFL, and he has played every game thus far. The Pies are giving him a week out to recharge is a positive. If he does not come back next week, trade him, but you probably have more pressing trade needs in your team this week. No.
Mark Hutchins has DANGER written all over him. I’m not taking the risk but I can see why people would. He was the substitute last week, before an early injury gave him his chance. He has averaged 90.5 in his first 2 and has a breakeven of -116. However, the Eagles have players who need to come back into the side. Andrew Embley and Adam Selwood are both named this week.
Beau Waters is also a week or two away, placing Hutchings job security in question. I’m going to wait a few weeks and go after one of the players on the Players to Watch list below. Yes/No?
BRAD CROUCH! I’ve been saying this for 3 weeks now. All the talk is he is a player Adelaide want to bring in and give a good solid run. His game on the weekend was slightly down, but he has only been playing between 65-70% of game time for West Adelaide. Look for Adelaide to bring him in soon.
What are your thoughts? Who are you bringing in and trading out this week?
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