Here, we have two mid-priced “premiums” that many DT coaches are considering trading in this week. One, a premiership player, performing below the standard of which we know he is capable of. The other was riddled earlier this season with a minor injury but is now starting to show some promise after scoring 98 last round. Below is a comparison of the two players, followed by an analysis of some key points.
Based on a few of the key points in the table, I have analysed both Didak and Rioli and given a verdict based on that individual point alone.
Rioli is only a forward, where as Didak has a DPP status, being a forward and a midfielder. So which one is better? It really depends on your individual team and the number of DPP players and links you have. Most people will be looking to bring Didak into their forward line, but with his final bye next week (Round 13) it’s good to know that you can play him in your midfield to cover any buys that other players might have.
While both players are relatively cheap, Didak is $35,800 less then Rioli. Didak is priced at $271,000 and Rioli is priced at $306,800. Based on last years form, Didak would be a steal, however, so far this season he has not continued the same form we saw last year. The big question is, can Didak recover from his form slump towards the later half of the season?
Percentage of Teams Owned by:
Bother players are owned by a similar percentage of teams. Rioli is owned by 15.62% of teams, which is slightly lower then Didak, who is owned by 17.6% of teams. Note: These percentages will change as we progress through the week and coaches make their trades.
Average Per Round:
In the 7 games Rioli has played he has managed to average 85, which includes scores of 100, 110, 98 in rounds 1,2 and 11. But, can he maintain these scores when Buddy is back in the side? His scores in round 1 and 2 indicate that he does have the scoring potential, but the truth is we don’t know yet. Didak has played 10 games this season and has averaged 75.3. He has only cracked the ton once this season with a 118 in round 4, but he has managed to get 2 scores in the low 90’s. The big question here is can he start consistently pumping out bigger scores or is he going to be a massive roller coaster ride?
Rioli has a break even of 65, where as Didak has a breakeven of 44. Both are low, and these players are sure to rise in price after this round (Providing Didak doesn’t fall victim to the dreaded green vest, and Rioli doesn’t do a Buddy and injure himself).
Collingwoods bye is next week, Round 13. The bad news is, with Swan off to Arizona this week and the likes of Pendlebury, Shaw, and Dawes all absent from our teams next week, can we afford to bring in Didak this week? This will depend on how many pies you have in your team and also the cover you have (Note: Trading Krakouer to Didak won’t change the number of pies you have in your team, as you would still have to cover Krakouer if you didn’t get Didak). Those that can afford to bring in Didak this week will get him at his lowest, while some may pay that little bit extra to bring him in after his bye. Waiting a week will also give you another week to see what score he achieves before his bye. For Rioli, the good news is that his bye is 6 weeks away and not in a multi-bye round, the bad, is that the likes of Buddy, Mitchell, Hodge, Shiels and Suckling will also be missing. Bringing in Cyril will once again depend on the number of hawks you have and whether you are thinking of offloading any between now and round 13 (The one I have in mind is Puopolo).
The Final Verdict:
Both players have their positives and negatives. Didak has a DPP status (Fwd/Mid), is $35k cheaper then Rioli and has a lower BE. However, he has not been scoring that great this season. Rioli on the other hand, while a little bit pricier is averaging around 10 points higher then Didak and has shown us that he has the scoring potential to pump out some relatively big scores. Personally, I am leading towards Rioli, but who knows what I will decide by Friday.