Category: Believe the Hype

Believe the Hype – Rd. 10

Believe the Hype – Rd. 10


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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.

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.
Ruckman Price is right
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
IN PLAYER
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%

OUT PLAYER
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?

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Twitter
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Nathan Hrovat (MID) lived up to the hype of being a ball winner. He scored 83 against the Saints and will be on the bubble after his bye. The perfect downgrade round 12 option.
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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.
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Believe the Hype – Round 9

Believe the Hype – Round 9


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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.

ASSISTANT COACH – TRADE OF THE WEEK
1) IN: Thurlow, J (DEF) OUT: Stevenson, L (DEF) 11,046 (5%)
This trade makes sense. Thurlow has looked impressive in his first two games. He is a noted ball winner and ranked second for uncontested possessions in the under 18 championship. His long term reliability is questionable as Geelong do rotate younger players through the senior side. But with limited options, he is a good bet. Stevenson, Pittard and Heath are the top 3 trades out for Thurlow this week. The Power bubble has burst and you should be looking to get rid of any remaining Power rookie in your team.

Top 5 Ins and out
IN PLAYER
1 Thurlow, J 14.29%
2 Staker, B 7.91%
3 Vlastuin, N 4.33%
4 Watson, J 4.24%
5 Franklin, L 2.82%

OUT PLAYER
1 Stevenson, L 8.63%
2 Mayes, S 6.66%
3 Wines, O 6.29%
4 Viney, J 4.47%
5 Neade, J 4.28%

THE OPTIONS.
Thurlow (DEF) or Staker (DEF/FWD)?
Thurlow is the popular option. If you are looking at getting another rookie next week, Staker (DEF/FWD) is the ideal candidate. If you are just deciding between one defender rookie over the next two weeks the decision is between Thurlow (DEF) and Staker(DEF/FWD). I’d lean towards Staker (DEF/FWD). Voss has shown that when fit Staker (DEF/FWD)is almost an automatic selection. He can play both ends of the filled and could become a good foil up forward for Brown or a great replacement down back for the suspended Daniel Merrett (DEF), who is set to miss 3 games. This will be games against Carlton, Collingwood, Round 11 Bye & Fremantle.
Verdict: Get BOTH!

Watson (MID) is underpriced at $481,400 with a breakeven of 70. He will start to go up in price again, this is the round to jump on.

Franklin (FWD) has been disappointing so far this season. Now only $390,100, he still has a breakeven of 99. The Hawks play the Gold Coast this week and Franklin should improve.

Should I trade Sam Mayes (FWD/MID)?
No. Yes he has a breakeven of 93 and now has a score of 31 in his rolling average, but unless you are using Mayes to get to a Watson, Kennedy or other premium you should keep him. He has a round 11 bye and has a useful forward/midfield eligibility.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Brad Crouch (MID) again is one to watch. He was very good in the SANFL, but the Crows going into a tight contest against North have given him one more week at West Adelaide to regain fitness.

Nathan Hrovat (MID) was a ball magnet as a junior. He averaged 25.2 possessions per game in 5 games for Vic Metro in the National Carnival. He also won the Northern Knights B&F despite playing only 8 games with an average of 26.6 possessions per game.

Matthew Kreuzer is underpriced at $323,300 and goes into this round with a breakeven of 81. His price is still effected by the 21 he scored when he broke his finger in round 3 against Geelong. He also had a slow start on his return in Round 7 scoring only 40 against Ben McEvoy and St. Kilda. HE was better last week against the Power scoring 81.

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Believe the Hype – Round 8

Believe the Hype – Round 8


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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.

ASSISTANT COACH – TRADE OF THE WEEK
Wines:Priddis
1) IN – Matt Priddis for OUT- Oliver Wines
Priddis will go into round 8 with a breakeven of 41. With an average of only 69.3 points per game over the last 3 games due to a score of 4 against Port Adelaide when he suffered concussion in the early minutes of the game. He is undervalued and has a decent draw leading up to the bye with games against North Melbourne, GWS, Richmond, St. Kilda. Another advantage to selecting Priddis is his BYE falls in Round 12 with most of the top line midfielders falling in Round 13 (Collingwood, Carlton, Essendon, Adelaide, Gold Coast, GWS).

Ollie Wines has been fantastic but has reached his peak. With a breakeven of 96 and priced at $356,200, Wines has increased in value by $199,500 and should be traded out this round to maximise his value.

Top 5 Ins and out
IN PLAYER
1 Vlastuin, N 4.49% (B/E: -50)
2 Thurlow, J 4.34% (B/E: -75)
3 Kerridge, S 4.17% (B/E: -18)
4 Priddis, M 3.99% (B/E: 40)
5 Martin, D 3.76% (B/E: 54)

OUT PLAYER
1 Wines, O 12.16% (B/E: 96)
2 Neade, J 6.64% (B/E: 71)
3 Hartlett, H 6.37% (B/E: 187)
4 Stevenson, L 5.80% (B/E: 75)
5 Heath, C 3.95% (B/E: 81)

THE OPTIONS:
The INS and OUTS highlight that people are looking to get rid of players who have reached their maximum. Port Adelaide had a fantastic start to the year and had numerous rookie priced players who have earnt their owners plenty of money. However with many players breakevens higher than their season averages the time to sell is now.

Hamish Hartlett has hit a rough patch with scores of 32 and 37 in his last two. By all accounts the Port Adelaide Coaching staff and players confronted Hartlett with behind the goal footage showing a lack of effort.

Thurlow was fantastic on the weekend, however it would be worth holding the trigger on making this call for at least one more week. He plays for the premiership favourites and may find it difficult to retain his position long term.

The number one player brought in this week is Vlastuin. If you were silly enough not to get him last week than paying the extra to get him this week should be top of your agenda. He is averaging 76.7 points per game and looks to be a solid option as your number 6 defender leading into the bye.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Brad Crouch is returning to play in the SANFL this weekend and should be back in the Crows side next weekend.

Brent Staker is back in the Lions side. priced at a rookie price, he is one to watch and consider as a downgrade option over the next few weeks.

Zac Clarke will come into the Fremantle side as its lead ruck man. See how he performs, he may be a good buy in fantasy elite or supercoach draft.

Majak Daw is still a viable option at $188,500. He wont kick six every week but he looks to have found a role in the North Melbourne team and should play plenty of games.
Majak Daw

Special Mention to Tom Lynch for his amazing Ten Goals on the weekend. Probably not DT relevant but a fantastic performance.
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Believe they Hype – Round 6

Believe they Hype – Round 6


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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.

ASSISTANT COACH – TRADE OF THE WEEK
1) IN – Hamish Hartlett for OUT- Bryce Gibbs
I understand this trade, but struggle to agree with trading premium for premium. Hartlett has been on of the best defenders this season. He predominantly plays through the midfield and with his leg can kick goals comfortably from 50 out. Another positive is he has a breakeven of only 47 meaning he should increase in value. If you are in the boat of having B.Goodes, Gibbs, Heppell, Pittard i’d recommend trading out the two rookies. A classic downgrade and upgrade combination. If Josh Saunders is named on friday night in the starting 21 jump on him. Vlaustin is another good option, but we do not know whether he will be the vest candidate. Whereas with Saunders we will.

Top 5 Ins and out
IN PLAYER
1 Hartlett, H 6.80%
2 Mayes, S 5.16%
3 Vlastuin, N 4.52%
4 Birchall, G 4.49%
5 Gawn, M 4.06%

OUT PLAYER
1 Gibbs, B 16.96%
2 Goodes, B 10.11%
3 Pittard, J 6.65%
4 Walker, T 4.71%
5 Fyfe, N 4.10%

THE OPTIONS: Unfortunately for many of us, our well thought out trading plans have been halted with half our defence decimated by injury and suspension.

This is reflected by 3 of the top INS/OUTS are defenders.

If you have the luxury to trade in Gawn, you are incredibly lucky. He looks like a fantastic ruck prospect and should get plenty of games this season for the Dees.

Rookies on the Bubble.
This is how I rate the rookies under $200,000 leading into round 6
1) Max Gawn (RUCK), (2 Games) $108,500 B/E -73
2) Josh Saunders (DEF/MID) (1 Game) $102,700 B/E -13
3) Nick Vlastuin (DEF/MID) (1 Game) $147,700 B/E -12
4) Michael Evans (MID) (3 Games) $180,400 B/E -67
5) Sam Kerridge (MID) (2 Games) $108,500 B/E -43

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jesse Lonergan gets his debut for the Gold Coast Suns. He is a hard bodied young tasmanian midfielder who could come into our sides in the next few weeks.

Comments
Max Gawn looks terrific as a forward/ruckman in the Demons side. Unlucky for DreamTeams he is only classified as a Ruck. He looks to have a position in the side as long as Mitch Clark is out.

Josh Saunders came off the bench as the substitute and looked terrific against the Swans. If he is named on the field for the Friday night game, JUMP ON!

Nick Vlastuin truly had a game of two halfs. He barely saw the ball after halftime and that creates doubt in my mind whether he can run out a whole game. Looks like a great player to add spark into the game late as the substitute.

Evans is a solid player, I still doubt his long term security but even after his third game proce increase his break-even is hard to resist.

Sam Kerridge should remain in the crows side until Nathan Van Berlo is back from injury. He is playing a tagging role that might dilute his scoring potential.

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Believe the Hype – Round 5 Preview

Believe the Hype – Round 5 Preview


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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.

ASSISTANT COACH – TRADE OF THE WEEK
1) IN – Evans for OUT- Viney
I am still unsure about Evans long term job security, however with a break-even of -104 he is going to make you cash quick and is worth the trade down from Viney considering the extra trades this season.

Top 5 Ins and out
IN PLAYER
1 Mayes, S 14.57%
2 Evans, M 13.54%
3 Cloke, T 4.36%
4 Birchall, G 3.46%
5 Wines, O 2.01%

OUT PLAYER
1 Viney, J 9.82%
2 Varcoe, T 4.09%
3 Mitchell, K 3.65%
4 Crouch, B 3.12%
5 Patton, J 2.55%

This week if you have the luxury of not having injuries you should still be looking to bring in rookies who will increase in value. Here are my top five in order of importance who are under $200k

1) Sam Mayes (MID/FWD), (2 Games) Value $152,200 B/E -78
2) Michael Evans (MID), (2 Games) Value $108,500 B/E -104
3) Max Gawn (RUCK), (1 Game) Value $108,500 B/E -97
4) Setanta O’Hailpin (RUCK/FWD) (1 Game) Value $141,600 (1 Game) B/E – 55
5) Jack Hutchins (DEF), (3 Games) Value $160,300 B/E -42

Comments
Mayes is a terrific player selected with the Lions first selection pick 8. He is a smooth player with good skills. Mayes as a junior highlighted his team first mentality leading the U18 SA team in pressure acts, a statistic looked upon favourably in any AFL side. He also has the ability to drift between midfield and forward and make himself a dangerous target.

Evans is a solid player, I doubt his long term security but his break-even is hard to resist.

Gawn and O’Hailpin are good ruck options to replace Blicavs who looks to have hit the wall. O’Hailpin should play more games now Patton is out injured with an ACL for the season. He could be a great buy as a forward/ruck. Gawn is a tall promising player who has been highly touted by the Demons over the past few seasons. Watch his game this week before deciding who to select.

Hutchins looks to have a set role in the Suns defence and despite already playing 3 games and increasing in value he is still a solid option.

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Believe the Hype – Round 4 Preview

Believe the Hype – Round 4 Preview


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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.

ASSISTANT COACH – TRADE OF THE WEEK
1) IN – Sam Mayes for OUT- Travis Varcoe
Trading out Varcoe is a no brainer. If you are a regular reader of this column you would have noticed i’ve been telling to get of Varcoe from the very beginning. He has never been a fantasy relevant player, even at his low $200,000 price.

Now the question of whether to bring in Sam Mayes after one good performance against the Suns is interesting. Mayes last seasons number 8 selection continued a trend of Brisbane taking highly rated SA juniors (Redden & Polec). Mayes as a junior highlighted his team first mentality leading the U18 SA team in pressure acts, a statistic looked upon favourably in any AFL side. He also has the ability to drift between midfield and forward and make himself a dangerous target.

Even at his premium rookie price of $152,200 he is worth the extra value. I personally would hold off one more week and see how he performs this week against the Kangaroos. With Stringer (Bulldogs) debuting this weekend you might find a better option.

Top 5 Ins and out
IN PLAYER
1 Mayes, S 8.17%
2 Westhoff, J 8.12%
3 Rowe, S 6.61%
4 Crouch, B 4.75%
5 Leuenberger, M 4.67%
Comments:

1) Mayes (See above).
2) Westhoff has surprised everyone with his tremendous early season form leading all players with an average of 131.3 and a breakeven of -20. Priced at $463,600 Westhoff is bound to go over the $500,000 mark in the next week. I would not expect him to maintain this average but he should be able to score around 80 the next few weeks. This will allow him into increase further in value and allow you to sideways or downgrade to any other forward in the game. HELLO BUDDY!

3) Rowes value in the Carlton side should only increase now Kreuzer is out injured with a broken thumb. He looks to be one of the only tall players in the Carlton side capable of taking a strong mark. His ruck work is also above the others as he clearly looks to palm the ball to roving midfielders unlike the other 2nd string ruckman in the side who are content with just making contact with the ball. With Forward/Ruck eligibility he is a no brainer

4)Crouch had another solid game for the Crows. Alot of his work goes unnoticed inside a contest or with a quick handball from a stoppage. He has class and will improve all year. With the injury to captain Nathan Van Berlo and a lack of form to Vince (dropped), Porplyzia and a host of second string midfielders at the Crows, Crouch looks like he will be in the side for the long term.

5)If you don’t already have Leuenberger than this is the week to bring him in. He is underpriced at $233,600 and has started solidly averaging 73.5 with scores of 74 and 73 in his first two games from injury. As the season progresses he will find form and confidence and could be a top 5 ruckman by seasons end.

OUT PLAYER
1 Varcoe, T 13.56%
2 Patton, J 9.20%
3 Kreuzer, M 8.18%
4 Zorko, D 4.99%
5 Pavlich, M 3.42%
Comments:
The injury curse struck 4 of these players, Varcoe (Shoulder), Patton (ACL), Kreuzer (Thumb) and Pavlich (Achilles). All were worth the risk but unfortunately have all now suffered long term injuries and should be traded out ASAP.

Dayne Zorko is a dilemma. He has dropped $47,100 last week and goes into round 4 with a breakeven of 134. If you read this blog you will know i traded him out after round 1 for Kennedy to make cash.

Here are your options
1) Decide whether to jump onto Westhoff to remake the money you lost.
2) Move Cox into the Forward line and select Leuenberger to make money or select Todd Goldstein who is valued at $432,700 and is averaging 100 points per game to start the season.
3) Take a punt on one of the Eagles Forwards. The Eagles draw opens up until the bye with games against Carlton (H), Port Adelaide (A), Western Bulldogs (H), Brisbane (A), North Melbourne (H), GWS Giants (A), Richmond (H) and St. Kilda (A). All these games are winnable by the Eagles and they avoid the top 7 teams from last season (playing North Melbourne who finished 8th).

Josh J. Kennedy still has a breakeven of -12 and at $335,700 still has a lot of money to make. Mark LeCras despite a broken arm is playing with a guard and is averaging 81.5 with a breakeven of 47 heading into this weekend.

This week if you have the luxury of not having injuries you should still be looking to bring in rookies who will increase in value. Here are my top five in order of importance who are under $150k

1) Dean Terlich (DEF), Value $102,700 B/E -70
2) Sam Rowe (FWD/RUCK), Value $108,500 B/E -63
3) Brad Crouch (MID), Value $108,500 B/E -61
4) Jack Hutchins (DEF) Value $108,500 B/E -57
5) Sam Dwyer (MID) Value $141,600 B/E -57

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Believe the Hype (Round 3) Preview

Believe the Hype (Round 3) Preview


Don’t believe the hype

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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.

TRADE OF THE WEEK
1) IN – Kennedy, J for OUT- Karnezis, P
After 9 points as the starting substitue in the Lions games against the Crows, Karnezis has now been dropped from the Lions altogether. Amazingly despite the loss of Clay Beams to an ACL he still cannot make the 22. If you still have him this is the week to give him the axe.

Kennedy has a breakeven of -37 and will go up in value and has average 98 points per game in his first 2 for the Eagles, An easy game against the Dees this week should see his score and value skyrocket. Jump on now.

up in value and adds good return value to an upgrade target in a few weeks. Standout candidates who appear like they will lose value are Robinson, Zorko and Franklin who could all be fantastic cheap pick-ups.

Top 5 Ins and out
IN PLAYER
1 Kennedy, J
2 Dwyer, S
3 Westhoff, J
4 Heppell, D
5 Dixon, C

Comments:
Kennedy is a smart move and could become a solid number 5 or 6 forward in your final team.

Dwyer was terrific for the Pies against the Blues and has been rewarded with a place in the side despite the return of Daisy Thomas. He will go up in value and should last enough for us to make the quick money.

Westhoff has played two poor sides. The true test will come this weekend against the Crows.

Heppell is a primed for a big year and if you did not start with him you should bring him in now.

Dixon is wait and see for mine. Looks an imposing figure in the field and played well in the wet against the Swans. Will be intesresting to watch his form this week against Goldstein from North Melbourne.

OUT PLAYER
1 Karnezis, P
2 Zorko, D
3 Watts, J
4 Mitchell, K
5 Vlastuin, N

Karnezis see above.

Zorko will be a good player. Jumping off premiums can be a mistake. Consider who it is you are moving to first. Dwyer to Zorko is a risky move.

Watts has been dropped from the Dees, he is struggling with form and is not to be kept. TRADE HIM NOW!

Kane Mitchell and Nick Vlaustin are interesting players. Both have the potential to be good scorers if played or not used in the vest.

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BELIEVE THE HYPE – Round 2 (Preview)

BELIEVE THE HYPE – Round 2 (Preview)


Don’t believe the hype

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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.

TRADE OF THE WEEK
1) IN – Kennedy, J for OUT- LeCras, M 3,989 (3%)
Smart move by the masses. Kennedy has a breakeven of -33 and will go up in value. While I don’t expect Kennedy to be a regular high scorer he will go up in value and adds good return value to an upgrade target in a few weeks. Standout candidates who appear like they will lose value are Robinson, Zorko and Franklin who could all be fantastic cheap pick-ups.

2) IN – Vickery, T for OUT – LeCras, M 1,633 (1%)
This would have to be the worse trade possible. Vickery in my opinion had a game out of the box and cannot be relied upon to score high regularly. If you bring him in this week don’t be suprised to see a score of less than half of the 101 he scored in Round 1.

3) IN – Leuenberger, M for OUT – Longer, B 1,366 (1%)
Best trade of the week. If you had Billy Longer or Zac Smith trade them now for Matthew Leuenberger. He is a cheap premium calibre player who should score 80+ average this season.

Top 5 Ins and out
IN PLAYER
1 Wines, O
2 Kennedy, J
3 Goodes, B
4 Viney, J
5 Vickery, T

OUT PLAYER
1 LeCras, M
2 Beams, D
3 Watts, J
4 Dangerfield, P
5 Whitfield, L

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Believe the Hype – Round 18 (RUCKING Problem!)

Believe the Hype – Round 18 (RUCKING Problem!)


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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.

TRADE OF THE WEEK
OUT: Giles (GWS) – IN: ANYONE.

Giles had been one of the better rookie priced players in recent years. He has been solid averaging 75.36 over the season his last five games have been disappointing averaging only 57 ppg with a season low 36 out west on the wide plains of Patersons Stadium last weekend against the Dockers.

With a break-even of 117and his price falling under the 300k mark for the first time since round 5, now is the time to trade away and upgrade to a premium ruckman.

THE OPTIONS
The obvious option if you have the money is to go straight up to Dean Cox. Despite his age and his reduced minutes in the middle of the ground he still finds the ball and has become a strong target up forward in the place of the injured Josh Kennedy. Cox has averaged 100.44 ppg over the season and 104.4 over his last 5. The Eagles play 4 of there last 6 games at Patersons Stadium and have two away trips, one against Port Adelaide who have struggled against the premium ruck man in recent weeks and round 23 against Hawthorn at the MCG. Be wary if the Eagles are locked in either 3rd or 4th spot heading into Round 23 that they don’t rest some of their stars in that long away trip before finals.

Another premium option that has been mooted is Ivan Maric who has been a revelation this season at the Tigers. I would stay away from big Ivan as he is reported to be carrying an injury and may play less minutes in the ruck or miss games late in the season if Richmonds season ultimately culminates at the perennial 9th position.

My choice for those needing to save a little coin is Ben McEvoy. Started the year solidly before getting injured and missing 6 weeks coming back for one game before St.Kilda had the Round 13 bye. Since he returned he has averaged 90.4 ppg and should be fresh leading into the last 6 games. Another upside is that the Saints play all 6 remaining games at either Etihad (4) or the MCG (2) and only one game against a genuine top 4 contender in Collingwood in Round 19. They also have Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and GWS to come.

Others to consider are Sam Jacobs who has a soft draw on the run home including Gold Coast in round 23 and he has averaged 109.7 over the last 3 and Jarryd Roughead who is averaging 104.2 ppg over the last 5, however he comes up against Sydney (Mumford/Pyke) and West Coast (Cox/Naitanui) in round 22 and 23 respectively, our fantasy Preliminary and Grand Finals.

The Ruckman Hype List for the end of the season.
1) Cox
2) McEvoy
3) Jacobs
4) Maric
5) Roughead

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.