SuperCoach Price Watch: English, Gawn or Darcy as coaches weigh up Preuss trade, plus whose time is up?

It’s time for the SuperCoach bye rounds, meaning coaches are re-evaluating their squads and moving on players on the first bye (Round 12), led by Braydon Preuss, whilst planning when to swoop for others.

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Time To Go

Nic Martin (SC $368k F/M, BE 76)

Plenty of coaches have already moved on Martin, having peaked in price at $396k in Round 9, but after another $11k drop and with Essendon’s Round 12 bye, he’ll likely be a popular trade-out option. Martin salvaged his value for those who held him with a decent Round 11 score of 92, limiting the damage given his high break-even. He is averaging 83.4, so if your hands are tied with other issues, there’s worse players to hold but ideally you’d be trying to move him on this week.

Josh Gibcus (SC $325k DEF, BE 77)

For the first time this season, Gibcus dropped in value, going down $6k after scoring 55 in Round 11. Richmond have the Round 12 bye and he’s only averaging 64.1, so it’s time to go for Gibcus. He’s served owners very well after a slow start, fueled by his century in Round 6. The real question is who do you downgrade to in defence with Jacob Wehr on the bye, Luke Cleary out of the Dogs’ 22 and Buku Khamis potentially being dropped for Jamarra Ugle-Hagan.

Tom Green (SC $489k MID, BE 110)

The Green roller-coaster seems to be heading downwards fast after threatening to be a third-year breakout with excellent early form. Green’s past four scores are 77, 102, 75 and 96 which won’t cut it at this time of year. Having lost value for the fourth straight week, this time a personal season-high drop of $21k, combined with GWS’s Round 12 bye, he could be someone to upgrade. On the flipside, if you really like him, perhaps he’s someone to target off the first bye too.

Nick Daicos (SC $363k D/M, BE 90)

The early season good scores have dried up for the Magpies rookie, who has scored 59, 65 and 69 over the past three games. Collingwood don’t have their bye until Round 14, so ideally you’d hold off trading him until then, but he has just dropped $13k in value and has a break-even of 90, so his price will likely keep on falling, albeit not dramatically.

Isaac Heeney (SC $462k M/F, BE 126)

He’s still averaging among the top six forwards but Heeney is sliding hard, dropping $20k this round. He’s also scored only one century in his past six games. The Swan has gained midfield status in the latest DPP updates, so there’s some added flexibility with trading plans if you’ve had enough. Sydney’s bye is Round 13 but with a high break-even, can you wait?

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Ruck Upgrades

Max Gawn (SC $552k RUCK, BE 119)

Plenty of coaches will be considering offloading Braydon Preuss this round and the Dees ruckman is the original upgrade option in that division. Gawn has just dropped another $28k in price, meaning it’ll cost you under $100k to make that move. Gawn just scored 118 after a run of 89, 73 and 82, and he has enough runs on the board to believe he’ll come good. With a break-even of 119 and a Round 14 bye, it’s probably the best time to strike.

Sean Darcy (SC $581k RUCK, BE 68)

Durability concerns aside, Darcy has rocketed into calculations for plenty of coaches after back-to-back scores of 141 and 134, having posted 178 in Round 8. Darcy has a massive ceiling, as seen in 2021, but he can be inconsistent and plagued by injury. His recent good form, though, will be enough to win over some coaches, having dropped another $10k this round, which will go up now with his low break-even.

Tim English (SC $597k R/F, BE 55)

While Gawn and Darcy have dropped into value, English returned from illness and injury in style with a bumper score of 160, seeing his price jump up $25k. The Bulldogs ruckman has the added lure of DPP status and looks likely to be a top-six forward, so he’s hugely attractive and will go up in value in the short-term given his break-even. The Dogs have the Round 13 bye so it’s an awkward time to get him but he is starting to look like a must-have given his early season form that includes scores of 138, 96, 152, 99 and 123.

On The Bubble

This is slightly awkward this round with the plumb two options, Mitch Owens (SC $117k MID, BE -22) and Jacob Wehr (SC $123k DEF, BE -38) both on the bye. It’s hard to advocate going early on either, especially if you need warm bodies in Round 12, although Owens shouldn’t lose his spot after an impressive display against North that included 10 tackles.

Wehr’s job security is more shaky, especially with Lachie Whitfield expected to return to the backline soon.

Luke Cleary (SC $117k DEF, BE -67) was medi sub for the Dogs on the bubble but didn’t enter the field, so he’s one to consider, although it’s hard to see him break into the 22 given they won by 101 points.

West Coast ruckman Luke Strnadica (SC $102k RUCK, BE -72) is on the bubble but is currently out injured for a few weeks and down the Eagles ruck pecking order anyway, but could be a useful loop later on, given their Sunday fixtures.

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