SuperCoach Price Watch: The rookies you need and the premos you should & shouldn’t trade

Having kept the finger off the trade button in the first week, it’s time for SuperCoaches to move and make sure they have all the cash cows needed to grow the team’s value. 

Author: Chris Leitch @LeitchDawg

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It’s been a high scoring start to the season, thanks to big scores from rookies and stars alike, and perhaps it may not have played out as planned.

But don’t trade for sake of trading. The season is long and there’s plenty of time to climb the ranking or pull back the league wins.

Where you do need to get it right early is with the rookies. These are the players with the biggest break-evens heading into week 3, meaning big price rises are coming. If you don’t have ‘em, get ‘em.

  • Jack Hayes (SC $102k F/R, breakeven -135), 
  • Tristan Xerri (SC $208k FWD, BE -77), 
  • Josh Rachele (SC $184k M/F, BE -68), 
  • Jack Ginnivan (SC $199k FWD, BE -66), 
  • Patrick McCartin (SC $157k D/F, BE -58), 
  • Dylan Stephens (SC $167k MID, BE -56), and 
  • Jason Horne-Francis (SC $207k MID, BE -52) 

It’s wonderful to finally see McCartin firing after his concussion problems and his DEF-FWD dual position status makes him even more valuable. 

Then have a look at the gambles that haven’t paid out and cut your losses.   

Dyson Heppell (SC $541k DEF) seemed like a great point of difference at the start of the season but bottom line he hasn’t got enough of the footy in the first two rounds to have an impact, averaging just 12 effective disposals. With a breakeven of 202, time to go.

Other high breakevens among mid-price defenders are Bailey Williams (SC $419k DEF, BE 210), and Blake Hardwick (SC $496k DEF, BE 165).

Look to Jayden Short (SC $535k DEF), Sam Docherty (SC $533k DEF), or even Hayden Young (FRE $418,400) who looks set for a breakout year. Young is into his third year, averaging 24 touches from the 2 games, and he’s lifted his score involvements and disposal efficiency.

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In the middle of the ground, if you went with Jack Steele (SC$685k MID, BE 203), you’ll no doubt be tempted to ditch him, but stick fat. No doubt he’s a fraction down on his outstanding 2021, with his kick-handball ratio going the wrong way, fewer inside-50s and score involvements.

Jarrod Lyons (SC $640k MID, BE 188), Cam Guthrie (SC $616k MID, BE 173) and Marcus Bontempelli (SC $651k MID, BE 171) are also in this boat with eye-watering breakevens – but back your best guys to come good. 

Steele, for example, is still averaging 25 touches and 10 tackles a game so look to patch other holes before going after this one. If you really feel the need to shift them on or there’s other midfield holes to plug, back some cash and get behind Patrick Cripps (SC $454k MID, BE -28), or Matt Rowell (SC $342k MID, BE -27) – it’s the last time you’ll see these boys this cheap.

Up forward, many Supercoaches will be wrestling with the Dustin Martin (SC $503k M/F) trade decision – his price won’t change this week, even if he does come back into the Tigers fold, but it’s a hefty sum to have sitting on the bench.

If you decide to trade, there’s two schools of thought. One is to take advantage of the value on offer, with players such as Xerri and Will Brodie (SC $224k M/F, BE -46) looking enticing. 

But in a season where forward points are harder to predict, it might be the time to go with the form and get behind Isaac Heeney (SC $454k FWD, BE -15) or Zac Butters (SC $443k MID, BE 9), who shape as top-6 forwards this year. 

Luke Jackson (SC $389k F/R, BE 3) is another point of difference. He’s not far behind teammate Max Gawn for time on ground, and he’s averaging more marks and disposals, with forward status to boot. 

Flex those fingers and trade smart. Good luck!

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