I swear the bye rounds aren’t usually this savage. I feel like I’m struggling to keep my head above water as injuries and unexpected omissions contonue to wreak my team. I know that I have dealt with nothin compared to some other coaches and I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say I will happily see the back of this weekend and welcome back normality.
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THERE were some clear strugglers this weekend in my side and I didn’t have a plethora of good scores to save me. Shoutout to Yeo, Neale, Mitchell and Rocky for finding another gear and helping drag my score out of the depths of hell. Can the byes just be over already, please?
What Does The Round 14 Bye Mean?
BYE Teams: Crows, Dockers, Cats, Tigers, Saints & Swans
THE final bye round sees another six squads put their feet up for Round 14. Some pretty popular teams face a week off with players like Laird, Fyfe, Gibbs, Danger and Lloyd all absent. Not all hope is lost though with plenty of talent coming off the bye and there will be a ton of targets who come into sides through the trade period this week.
Chad Wingard, MID/FWD, $511K – 124
IF you want Wingard in your side then the time is now. After back-to-back 120’s, he’s ripe for the picking and as cheap as he will ever be. His price tag of just $511K is a result of a miserable first 10 rounds, but now that he’s in the middle Wingard needs to be in your side.
Elliot Yeo, DEF/MID, $682K – 136
WITH Laird on the sidelines, Yeo has been the pick of the defenders recently. Fresh off his bye Yeo was one disposal off recording the highest score of the round and with the Bombers on the horizon expect more of the same.
Nat Fyfe, MID, $729K – 125
THERE were a handful of candidates in line for this one, but I stuck with Fyfe in the end. After his week’s hiatus, he throttled the Blues with 30 touches and a pair of goals. He’s an awesome option to consider after his bye.
Toby McLean, FWD/MID, $707K – 49
Jack Macrae, MID, $817K – 44
USUALLY giving a -3 to an injured player is taboo, so I decided Macrae and McLean can have half each. The Bulldogs pair failed us on Thursday night with sub 50’s and their place on the field next week is no certainty. Bummer.
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Andrew Gaff, MID, $734K – 82
HARSH, but a season-low 82 sees Gaffy dealt his first negative of the season. There were some others around the mark, but coaches who were drawn in by his uniqueness were rewarded with a below average performance against the Swans. He’ll be better next week.
Patrick Dangerfield, MID, $680K – 75
WHILE we saw Robbie Gray free himself from the shackles of the forward line the same can’t be said for Danger. The Cats stud continues to find himself playing predominantly in the forward 50, limiting the chances he has to impact the game with a ton of touches. If you have nothing better to do this week he could be dealt to a real uber-premium.
THANKS to one of the highest breakevens I’ve ever seen Jack Macrae (202) is a must trade this week. Period. Toby McLean (150) and Ed Curnow (145) will be ripe for the picking a week or two after their price dips slightly. Brodie Grundy (137), Max Gawn (131) and Patrick Dangerfield (129) are other noteworthy names with high BE’s.
MASON Redman (-14) and Joel Smith (-9) will be two of the most sought-after players should they be named this weekend. The two rookies are fresh off their bye and seem poised to make a boatload of cash in the coming weeks along with the likes of Paul Ahern (-5), Brody Mihochek (4) and Michael Apeness (4).
TOM Mitchell (133.3) is easily the form player right now but there are plenty of other candidates. Clayton Oliver (119.7) and Josh Kelly (118.3) are the best midfield choices along with Adam Treloar (117.3). In defense Tom McDonald (114.7) offers good upside and uniqueness, Stef Martin (112.7) is the pick of the rucks and Devon Smith (112) should continue his good fortunes in coaches forward lines.
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Quickfire Trade Thoughts
IN – JOSH Kelly (MID, $739K – BYE) will be the most traded in premium this week after his killer 166 in Round 12. No one scored more points than Ollie Wines (MID, $643K – 137) last week with he and Chad Wingard (MID/FWD, $511K – 124) popular options in Round 14. I’m also quite high on Lachie Whitfield (MID/DEF, $638K – BYE) as a good candidate for a defensive upgrade.
I already touched on the rookie choices with Mason Redman (DEF, $212K – BYE) and Joel Smith (DEF/MID, $199K – BYE) the best of the bucnh. Paul Ahern (FWD/MID, $244K – BYE), Brody Mihochek (DEF, $224K – BYE) and Michael Apeness (FWD, $282K – 58) are also good rookie downgrade picks.
OUT – WHEN it comes to trading out premiums there is no way you can’t trade out Sam Jacobs (RUC, $506K – 80). Barely priced above $500K, Big Sauce has got to go with his Crows teammate Paul Seedsman (DEF/MID, $534K – 44) and maybe Lachie Neale (MID, $673K – 127) other trade out options. Like I said before Jack Macrae (MID, $817K – 44) is a must trade but I’d hold Toby Macrae (MID/FWD, $707K – 49).
IT is the perfect time to axe some topped out cash cows. The likes of Tim Kelly (MID, $496K – 75), Tom Doedee (DEF, $450K – 71), Andy Brayshaw (MID, $437K – 95) and Bailey Banfield (MID, $449K – 69) have served their purpose and should be moved now their bye is here. Bailey Rice (DEF, $341K – 35) could also be offloaded after suffering a nasty concussion.
- MACRAE wasn’t the only hurt Bulldog with McLean and Marcus Bontemepelli’s status up in the air. They should be fine to go against the Roos but watch this space. Luke Shuey looked sore and spent stints off the ground but that was to be expected in his first game back. Jimmy Webster was dealing with a worrisome abductor issue that could keep him out and Bailey Rice’s concussion puts his place in jeopardy.
- THERE was no real suspension news to report from Round 13. Thank god.
- My trades this week revolve around getting rid of Macrae and Jacobs. That allows me to bring in Josh Kelly and Stef Martin with my third move likely to see Redman come in. Keeping a hefty amount of $$$ give me the opportunity to perhaps turn Guelfi into anyone in the comp next week. Giddy up.
Good luck in Round 14!