SuperCoach Price Watch: Hall, Whitfield & Steele loom as straight Stewart replacements & Massimo or Bazzo?

The impending multi-week suspension for Tom Stewart means he needs to be traded by most owners, so we’ve assessed some defender options but also looked at prime trade-outs and bubble boys.

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Stewart Replacements

Tom Stewart (SC $562k DEF, BE 74) is the highest averaging defender too, so most will want a sideways move for an absolute top-six premium defender. But Stewart’s Round 12 concussion means he’s dropped almost $60k over the past few games, making options difficult and forcing coaches to get crafty if they’re conserving trades, ie. Only wanting to use one. Beyond the high-owned defenders, here’s some of the top picks.

Aaron Hall (SC $508k DEF, BE 51)

Only currently owned by 1.7% of coaches due to his pre-season injury followed by a mid-season hamstring strain, Hall pumped out a timely 153 which will garner interest in him this week. He’s $50k cheaper than Stewart, so it’s an easy move especially after averaging 105.3 last year, but there’s reason for reservations. Firstly, his injury history and secondly, his 2022 form, which has only three tons from six games.

Lachie Whitfield (SC $463k D/M, BE 68)

Whitfield is currently way back in the top-six defender averages but he looks fitter since his injury break and the mid-season bye, with an improved role since Mark McVeigh took over too. The half-back/winger has scored 103, 101 and 118 in his past three games and is generously priced and will keep going up, having surged $30k this week with a low break-even. Faces Hawthorn next, who give up the third most SC points.

Angus Brayshaw (SC $530k DEF, BE 79)

Perhaps a little left-field, but Brayshaw’s three-game average is 120.7, which is the third best of any defender. Brayshaw’s price has surged $80k over the past four games, all tons, including $31k last round. It’s a POD pick, given his 7.5% ownership, but the loose half-back/wing role has held up even with Christian Salem and Stephen May’s returns.

Daniel Rich (SC $543k DEF, BE 65) is priced nicely fresh off a 135 aided by Melbourne’s errant kicking gifting him kick-ins but his price has just gone up $32k. Jake Lloyd (SC $463k DEF, BE 82) is a known SuperCoach gun but his 2022 has been disappointing. That was up until his Round 15 score of 148 which will lure in plenty. Too inconsistent for mine.

James Sicily’s (SC $599k DEF, BE 149) price is sliding, with a Round 15 $30k drop after two-sub 100 scores in his past three games but most likely already own him, with 48.5% ownership. Jack Sinclair (SC $577k DEF, BE 155) plunged $22k after copping a forward tag from Sydney’s Ryan Clarke which won’t happen every week.

If you can afford him, Jordan Dawson (SC $593k DEF, BE 74) is arguably the best pick, with a three-game average of 126.7 and season average of 110.6, placing him fifth among defenders with 13% ownership. If you’ve a midfielder with defender status, there’s also scope to utilize that DPP to straight swap for a value mid like Andy Brayshaw (SC $556k MID, BE 104) or Sam Walsh (SC $579k MID, BE 93) too.

Injury returns

The availability of DPP may enable a direct swap also to Jack Steele (SC $553k MID, BE 136) who returned from an AC injury on the weekend with 115, yet coach Brett Ratten said he was “rusty”. Steele’s quality is well known and he’s priced very generously (dropping $37k this week), albeit with a high break-even but the urgency of Stewart’s trade-out means now is the time.

Tim Taranto (SC $436k M/F, BE 131) is worth monitoring in coming weeks too, although he battled a bit on his return from a back complaint, scoring only 56 and he’s not hit triple figures in his past six games.

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Trade-Out Options

Paddy McCartin (SC $371k D/F, BE 108)

The Swans key defender is still owned by 32% of teams at the time of writing, but it’s time to offload him to utilize that cash generation with his price dropping $8k over the weekend and set to plummet with a triple-figure break-even. McCartin’s $8k price drop was his first of the season.

Ben Hobbs (SC $333k MID, BE 92)

The Essendon young gun also had his price drop of the season off a disappointing 36 against lowly West Coast, pumping up his break-even, so it’s time to move him on. It’s worth noting, Hobbs has improved since Round 8 onwards, averaging 77.8 over that six-game stretch, so the Eagles game may be an aberration and he’ll climb in value again with time, or maybe it’s a sign he’s getting tired as first-year players often do.

Nick Daicos (SC $440k D/M, BE 53)

Daicos was the most owned player upon Round 1 and he’s still in 46% of teams. The Pies defender soared up $36k over the weekend, meaning his past three scores have been at premo levels with 93, 112 and 113. With that in mind, it’s tempting to hold him, especially amid the injury carnage. If you need something to convince you, the Pies play Gold Coast, North, Adelaide and Essendon in their next four games, with those sides making up four of the five sides who concede the most SC points this season.

Bubble Boys

Massimo D’Ambrosio (SC $102k DEF, BE -44)

The dashing Bombers backman looms as the obvious downgrade target this round, given his basement price and performances so far, scoring 51 and 53 SC points in his two games. D’Ambrosio also went pick three in the Mid-Season Draft, so he’s well regarded and the Dons didn’t waste anytime getting him into the seniors, but Andy McGrath’s return may impact his job security. If he plays, Essendon do like to get the ball in his hands, so should continue to score OK for a rookie and keep going up towards $200k.

Rhett Bazzo (SC $117k DEF, BE -8)

The young Eagles defender has shown a bit of promise in his first two games, especially with his marking. There’s a spot available as a key defender too, with Jeremy McGovern sidelined by injury, offering some job security. However, Bazzo has only scored 37 and 40 from a SuperCoach point of view, so he’s unlikely to be a huge cash generator. Fellow West Coast key defender Harry Edwards also had 23 marks in the WAFL on the weekend, so may pinch his spot soon.

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