The Buzz: Kiddy Coleman headlines late-season PODs, plus role changes guide trade-outs & 2023 picks

In The Buzz this week, I’ve named some point of differences for your team to finish the year if you’re looking to take a risk and try to one-up your opponent in terms of matchups.

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As well we had some positive but also negative role changes that will shake up the final three weeks, and finally looking forward to the 2023 season, who are some players you could add to your shortlist for next year’s starting team?

Final Pods

Assuming you have a SuperCoach trade in your pocket which players with current low ownership might help tip the scales for your cash leagues or even push your ranking up in these last few weeks. 

Defenders

Keidean Coleman (AF $688k SC $499k D/F)

When Daniel Rich is not in the team, Coleman has managed to score 102/119 and 95/105. Brisbane has been crying out for a player who can run and carry the footy from the half-back line as they’ve just relied on the big kicking Rich to do that for them. But the run and carry that Coleman possess is the potential we saw at the start of the year. Even though the Lions have a tough run how, Coleman still will be a great pick especially if teams decide to run a defensive forward against the Lions because Rich is likely to be shut down first. 

Midfielders

Adam Cerra (AF $668k SC $446k MID)

With news that George Hewett is set to miss another week on the sidelines as well as Matthew Kennedy missing a fortnight due to a concussion and a broken jaw, the Carlton midfield is looking a bit thin in terms of superstars. This should further bolster not only Patrick Cripps and Sam Walsh but now also Cerra as the third star in the Carlton midfield. Furthermore, Cerra is very unlikely to attract any defensive attention with the other superstars in that Carlton team being more dangerous to opposition. Since returning from injury, he had a slow start against the Saints only managing a 62/45 but since then he’s scored three tons in four games in each format with a 110/113 last week that included 24 disposals and nine tackles. 

Forwards

Zak Butters (AF $626k SC $469k M/F)

Technically not a POD because his ownership is still quite high at 16.6% but his ownership has taken a massive dip after his two-week injury however since Round 9 Butters has had a great turn of form in SuperCoch after having a very yo-yo start to the year. Even though he is only averaging 97.5 in SC in those last nine games that includes an injury affected 68 where he managed to score that in a half of football, so really that last month of footy has accumulated to a 103.3 SC average. Funnily enough the inside midfield role has been taken up by Rozee but still as an outside midfielder/high half forward he has done very well to accumulate these points. 

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Role changes 

Even though its late in the year, we’ve had a few role changes in the past few weeks with some resulting in positive news while others have completely ruined the player it seems. 

Jayden Short (AF $742k SC $460k D/M)

It seems that every few weeks we get a small segment on Short however this one paints a slightly more positive note for him. Last week he only attended one centre bounce and took his first kick-in since Round 6 this season. Is he shifting back to his half back role permanently? Not quite just yet, even though most of disposals were from a half-back flank he was still pushing up in stoppages to play on a midfielder. But the signs are good if he is moving back to that flank role especially with Dusty to come back into that team soon it should push another midfielder out.

Harry Himmelberg (AF $748k SC $569k D/F)

Unfortunately, the bubble burst with this one, especially when Jake Riccardi, Zach Sproule and Kieren Briggs were all omitted from the team, it left a big vacancy in the forward line and when the Giants brought in Leek Aleer who’s another tall defender it saw our beloved Himmelberg shift to the forward line for the first half where the ball sat in the Giants back 50 for the whole game. After half-time he did get swung back but it was too late, and he had his first mediocre score since moving to this backline role. We must wait for the team selections this week to gauge what position he plays but if he’s playing key forward again you might have to look at trading him while his value is high. Can you afford to take on this type of scoring for the next three weeks? Probably not

Ben Keays (AF $807k SC $497k MID)

You might not expect the second midfielder in the Crows midfield brigade to have zero centre bounce attendances for the match but for Keays it did as he went and did a full shut down role on Adam Saad which worked a treat. While I don’t think this is a permanent occurrence as he plays the Eagles, North and the Power in the last three, he could be seeing much less midfield minutes with the emergence of Sam Berry, Harry Schoenberg and Jake Soligo which worked wonders against a stacked Carlton midfield on the weekend. However, if you were looking for Keays to keep the same form, he did at the start of the year it’s probably unlikely given that his role could change on a week-to-week basis depending on matchups. 

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2023 picks

Already some of your seasons are already over so why not look forward to next year. Over the next three weeks I’ll be naming some players who you will want to keep firmly on your radar as their roles and improvement may carry onto next year. 

Defenders

Hayden Young (AF $758k SC $507k DEF) 

One of the best prospects to come out of the 2019 draft, Young has begun to excel as a rebounding defender in an improving Freo side. What makes him a tantalising option for next year is that he should keep on building on his current form he’s on as after returning from injury he’s scored mainly between 80-142 with an outlier of a 75/58. With Freo now giving licence to him take kick-ins at times – although Luke Ryan takes most – or be the go-to guy in the half-back line he should improve on his current output of 89.6/94.3. 

Midfielders

Dan Hannebery (AF $478k SC $256k MID)

Hannebery has had a shocking run with injuries in the past few years which has robbed him of having any influence whilst playing for the Saints but after a 27-disposal effort which included a goal against the Hawks we could be seeing a bit of that vintage form back. Generally, he’s had no problems finding the footy but rather he’s just hasn’t been able to get on the park due to various soft tissue injuries. While it’s too early to call, if he makes it through a full pre-season unscathed we should have him at least on the radar because he’s got that proven tag with multiple years of 110+ averaging in his bank. 

Rucks

Luke Jackson (AF $572k SC $410k R/F)

Ruckmen next year will be at a very much discounted price with the current highest averaging ruckman being Max Gawn, only averaging 113. So, a lot of ruckmen will be valued very similar, but this is all hypothetical, if Jackson does end up taking the number one ruck mantle at the Dockers we could have the next set and forget ruckman available for us. In the one game he was solo rucking he had a 21-disposal and 18 hitouts game. Don’t get stressed out by the hit-out number because Jackson does the most damage as a workhorse like English. His hit-outs and hit-outs to advantage in SC will improve further once he has another pre-season under his belt. Plus, he should keep that Ruc/Fwd DPP as well. Otherwise, if this scenario doesn’t playout, we’ll have a very similar pool of ruckman to choose from once again.  

Forwards

Errol Gulden (AF $676k SC $447k M/F)

This selection does pend on him being available as a forward but the last few weeks, Gulden has been pushing up the ground more and is able to put his great vision and kicking skills to use as Sydney look to him as an outlet. So far this year he’s had a few monster games with every single time he’s tonned up being a 108+/110+. This weekend the demolition of the Giants saw him accumulate an impressive 33 disposals and 12 marks to go along with two goals. While we won’t expect those numbers on a week-to-week basis you can pen him down for 20 disposals and two goals with a few stints as a centre bounce midfielder to add on some contested possessions.

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