The byes are here and depending on your goals for the season and current structure, trades options would vary immensely. Remember we only need 18 players and we have three trades. Personally I enjoy trying to navigate my way through with a few main points in mind:
- Minimise or avoid doughnuts
- Clear dead weight eg. Spuds on the bench that generate no cash.
- Finish the byes with a better team than I started which counts out straight swapping premiums for three weeks.
- Trade in premium players who have had a bye where possible.
- Aim for rookies who help cover a zero, but job security remains a priority.
- Remember that players I bring in, I will likely be stuck with for a while.
- Avoid temptation of rushed cash grabs eg. I have much bigger problems and less reliable players than Marchbank, so I will keep him over the byes and shuffle the likes of Roughy and WHE next week.
Matthew Scharenberg (DEF, $244,000) Holds the round 13 bye, but should be around for long haul after a solid game on the weekend where he scored 67 which gives him a BE of 27. He had 16 touches and seven marks and although he comes at an inflated price, you could say he is worth that for job security.
Scott Selwood (MID, $439,000) Hasn’t had his bye which isn’t ideal, but has it in round 12 where most teams will have 20 or so players available anyway. Now, I am not saying he will keep up his 119 average or 17 tackles a game, but at this price, and with a BE of 27 he is a great stepping stone for a premium later in the year. He has been a premium in the past and should be a solid contributor until giving him the boot.
Aaron Hall (MID, $608,000) Wrote about him last week and you will need to pay more now but he continues to tick boxes. He followed up hi 156 and 134 with a handy 117 in the absence of Gaz on the weekend which included a 50 point first quarter. He has a BE of 87 and his three round average of 136 suggest he won’t have any trouble covering that.
James Cousins (MID, $167,000) Did a great job to score 66 from 14 touches with a (2nd) team high six tackles considering he only played 58% of the game. Depending on which way you look at this, he either has great scoring potential or no job security. At this stage I’ll be backing the scoring potential and grabbing him, especially after such a good win.
Jarrod Witts (RUC, $472,000) is playing some great footy of late, averaging 105 in his last three games. He has a break even of 64 and with the inclusion of Archie Smith hurting Stef Martins output… it could be an interesting option if you think the Lions are going to continue with the stupidity. For the record, I’m holding Stef, surely Archie won’t hang around.
Michael Barlow (FWD/MID, $531,000) kicked a late goal to save what would have been a disappointing score last week, eventually finishing on 93. This week I am confident of a triple figure return as the Suns return to Metricon where Barlow has averaged around 120 in his last two. He also has a nice matchup against the Eagles.
At this stage I will trade out Williamson, Butler and Miles for Cousins, Ryan and S. Selwood
Use the comments to discuss your moves,