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    Nic Naitanui will miss one week, it doesn’t sound so bad but in SuperCoach it can be season-ending
    Ben Higgins, Herald Sun
    May 10, 2018 9:00am
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    WE could argue the pros and cons until the cows come home but the bottom line is this, Nic Naitanui will miss one week.
    If you don’t want to cop a donut, there’s some major decisions to make in SuperCoach this week.
    There’s three options, take the donut, trade Nic Nat or bring in a ruck bench cash cow.
    Naitanui is currently priced at $471,000, so if you want to trade up you’re going to have to spend.
    Or, thinking outside the box, sideways trade your Tony Olango or Darcy Cameron to one of two cash cows (if they’re picked).
    For Nic Nat’s 54,164 owners, here’s the best options.
    Nic Naitanui has been suspended for one week.

    BRODIE GRUNDY $613,700
    Average: 123 Ownership: 10.8%
    The No.2 ruckman behind Max Gawn. Grundy has been dominant this season and would form a powerful one-two punch if you’ve already got Gawn. He’s pricey, so you’ll need plenty of dosh.

    CALLUM SINCLAIR $520,000
    Average: 108 Ownership 2.9%
    A massive surprise packet, averaging almost 110. Sinclair has been flourishing as the Swans’ sole ruckman and there’s almost no competition on the horizon. Massive POD.

    STEFAN MARTIN $525,900
    Average: 103 Ownership: 10.8%
    A SuperCoach favourite. While Archie Smith hurt his scores last year, the inclusion of Oscar McInerney hasn’t seemed to impact his scores so far in 2018.

    MID-PRICE RISKS

    AARON SANDILANDS $479,600
    Average: 95 Ownership: 3.7%
    Coming off a 144 but you know he’s going to get a few weeks off at some stage. Has formed a quality hitout-to-advantage partnership with Nat Fyfe and Lachie Neale - which means points.

    JARROD WITTS $475,400
    Average: 96 Ownership: 2.4%
    Was a much-loved cash cow last year. A point-of-difference this year and continues to impress. The presence of Brayden Crossley could be a bit of an issue.

    SCOTT LYCETT $422,500
    Average: 80 Ownership: 5.0%
    A massive risk given his average but has been known to score well when rucking solo. Has a three round average of 97 but has only scored 90-plus twice this season.

    CASH COWS
    OSCAR McINERNEY $123,900
    Scores: 54, 65
    No guarantee to play this week against the faster, smaller Bulldogs. Watch teams.

    BRAYDEN CROSSLEY $117,300
    Scores: 65
    Has only played the one game but desperate times ... The Suns’ new cult hero impressed on debut against the Bulldogs.
    SuperCoach:  12621 (2017)  1799 (2016)  36059 (2015)  54421 (2014) 


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    Champion Data names the best SuperCoach trade targets, rookie options for Round 8
    Champion Data, Herald Sun
    May 10, 2018 3:51pm
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    A GUN forward is on the shopping list for plenty of SuperCoach players this week.
    With Jack Billings and Christian Petracca underperforming, Allen Christensen ripe for trading and lingering doubts over the fitness of Lance Franklin, a lot of coaches are in the market for a topscoring and reliable forward.
    Sydney has confirmed Franklin will miss another week with a heel injury and with a break-even of 161 when he returns, coaches will be very tempted to hit the trade button.
    Isaac Heeney ($547,100, av 106) and Toby McLean ($524,600, av 111) are top of the wish list, but there is another option at a much more affordable price who has escaped everyone’s attention despite putting together a career-best season.
    Jack Darling has never been a player high on our wish list, but he is currently averaging 15 disposals, three contested marks, three goals and 100 points. With just one underwhelming performance this season, when he scored 42 points against Carlton at the MCG, he has been a model of consistency — scoring at least 89 points in every game. Darling is the highest-scoring permanent forward in the AFL and is owned by a mere 697 SuperCoaches.
    At $459,500 and with a break-even of 30, he presents great value. However, he might not have it all his own way this round as he faces a Greater Western Sydney side under siege, with the Giants conceding the fewest points to key forwards.
    Should Franklin be named to face the Hawks, keeping him is also an option. Hawthorn concede the third-most points to key forwards of any side in the AFL, with Jack Riewoldt (115), Jarrad Waite (110) and Ben Brown (102) all enjoying success against them this season.

    ROOKIES
    Knowing when to cull the cash cows is a key part of SuperCoach strategy, which makes this round a crucial one, as the likes of Bailey Banfield (break-even 61), Sam Murray and Nick Holman (63), Tom Doedee (64), Jaidyn Stephenson (69), Tim English (75) and Jeremy Finlayson (86) have all basically peaked in price.
    Thankfully for SuperCoaches, there are bubble boy options across each position to choose from, with Charlie Spargo (DPP) the pick of the bunch with a break-even score of -89 points — the lowest of any player in the competition. His vibrancy in attack has been evident, kicking three goals straight in his two games, scoring 81 and 78 points.
    Mature-aged Swan Ben Ronke should also be considered should he keep his place in the side for Friday night’s Hawthorn clash. He was a lot more prominent on his debut with 92 points, but his 66 points in last week’s loss to North Melbourne was more than what Christian Petracca (40) and Jack Billings (57) returned as they continue to underperform.
    In the ruck, Tim English can be given the flick for Oscar McInerney or Braydon Crossley should you decide to cash in. English has struggled in ruck contests against bigger-bodied ruckmen, recording the second-lowest hitout win rate of any player in the AFL.
    In defence, Flynn Appleby looks assured of keeping his place in Collingwood’s side, returning scores of 58 and 57 from his two games. His ball use has been a highlight, hitting the target 81 per cent of the time, the fourth-highest of any Collingwood player to feature in both games.

    PLAYERS TO WATCH

    Hawthorn vs Sydney Swans
    Tim Mitchell had a season-low 26 disposals when he last played the Swans in Round 19 last season, scoring 98 points. Luke Parker had 24 disposals, nine clearances and 90 points.

    GWS Giants vs West Coast
    Stephen Coniglio scored a season-low 64 points against the Cats last round and fell in value by $24,700. Andrew Gaff continues to pile on the scores, scoring 100-plus for the sixth match in a row after collecting 107 points against the Power.

    Carlton vs Essendon
    Kade Simpson has played more games against Essendon than any other side (25) — averaging 20 disposals and 92 points. Michael Hurley has averaged 17 disposals and 81 points from 13 career games against Carlton.

    Gold Coast vs Melbourne
    Ben Ainsworth had a season-high 26 disposals, 13 contested possessions and 92 points in last round’s loss to the Bulldogs. Angus Brayshaw reached three figures for the first time this season against St Kilda after a 32-disposal game.

    Port Adelaide vs Adelaide
    Travis Boak has averaged 27 disposals, six tackles, five clearances and 101 points in his past six Showdowns. Rory Sloane has averaged 23 disposals, 13 contested possessions and 112 points in these games.

    Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions
    Jack Macrae is the No. 1 ranked player in the competition after piling on a season and round-high 189 points against Gold Coast. Dayne Zorko returned to form with 34 disposals, four goals and 164 points against Collingwood.

    Fremantle vs St Kilda
    Lachie Neale has dominated against the Saints since 2015, scoring 124, 119 and 117 points respectively. Seb Ross had 34 disposals, six clearances and 109 points when he last played Fremantle in Round 15 last season.

    North Melbourne vs Richmond
    Todd Goldstein continues to struggle, suffering his fifth consecutive price drop after scoring 77 points against the Swans. Toby Nankervis suffered a minor price fall after scoring 81 points against the Dockers.

    Collingwood vs Geelong
    Sam Murray’s price rise of $212,700 is the fourth-highest of any player in the competition, averaging 76 points. Lachlan Fogarty’s increase of $190,500 is the fifth-highest by any player, averaging 69 points.
    SuperCoach:  12621 (2017)  1799 (2016)  36059 (2015)  54421 (2014) 


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    Seven unique SuperCoach options to set your team apart
    Dan Batten, Herald Sun
    May 11, 2018 1:02pm
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    IT’S upgrade season in SuperCoach and while most coaches are scrambling to add popular picks like Tom Mitchell and Patrick Cripps to their sides, there are some overlooked players who can deliver big scores and set your team apart.
    With many of our most trusted premiums failing to live up to expectations, looking left field can give you the edge over other teams.
    Those who took our advice last week in jumping on Lachie Neale netted 123 SuperCoach points and returned $27,500 on their initial investment
    Dan Batten runs through the POD options ahead of Round 8 headlined by two midfield ball magnets.

    DEFENDERS
    Shannon Hurn | $463,300 | Average: 102.6 | Ownership: 2.6 per cent
    Hurn featured in our very first POD article and has continued his fine work. The Eagles skipper is currently the fourth-ranked defender for total points with an average of 102.6. What stands out about Hurn’s game is his remarkable kick to handball ratio, registering almost five kicks for every handball this season. As the Eagles’ No. 1 distributor out of defence, this scoring is definitely sustainable.

    Zach Tuohy | $379,800 | Average: 77.8 | Ownership: 6.2 per cent
    I nearly fell off my chair when I saw Zach Tuohy was just $379,900. Tuohy had a shocker against the Swans, scoring just 25 points, which has seen his price plummet. The running defender had a great back end to the season posting six tons from last 10 games (including finals). His break-even is still fairly high so you can afford to wait, but he is certainly one worth consideration at such a discount.

    MIDFIELDERS
    Matt Crouch | $533,4000 | Average: 94.5 (4 games) | Ownership: 2.6 per cent
    It’s not often you see a midfielder with such ball-winning prowess at such a low price tag. Crouch was on track for another ton against the Tigers in Round 2 until his hamstring twanged before halftime, finishing with 51 SuperCoach points. Disregarding this injury-affected game Crouch has averaged 109 points from three games. Absolute bargain considering he averaged 121 points per game from Round 9 onwards last season.

    Josh P. Kennedy | $473,500 | Average: 95.1 | Ownership: 4.3 per cent
    Those that jumped on the JPK train last week struck gold with the contested animal punching out 151 SuperCoach points despite attention from tagger Ben Jacobs. This followed his matchwinning score of 125 against the Cats, ending a horror run of form for Kennedy. He looks to be back and this is the week to trade him in with a break-even of just seven. Wet conditions at the MCG tonight will suit him down the ground.

    FORWARDS
    Kane Lambert | FWD/MID | $488,900 | Average: 89.6 | Ownership: 3.3 per cent
    Those who traded out Lambert after Round 2 have probably given up. Since then the 26-year-old has gone at 101.4 SuperCoach points per game, including scores of 119 and a 120. Lambert should continue to receive midfield time and is averaging a goal per game, making him an underrated forward option.

    Jack Gunston | $463,500 | Average: 92.7 | Ownership: 1.7 per cent
    Gunston has put together a fairly consistent SuperCoach season thus far after a down year in 2017. The mobile forward has scored below 80 just once and fallen between 85 and 100 in five of his matches. With Hawthorn a likely finals contender, these totals should continue. He may not fare as well tonight in the wet, but he should notch another 90-plus average season.
    Kane Lambert is having a great season — after a slow start. Picture: Michael Klein

    RUCK
    Brayden Crossley | $117,300 | Average: 65 | Ownership: 0.4 per cent.
    As he showed last weekend, this hunk of a man is ready to go at the highest level despite being just 18 years of age. His nickname “Goober” doesn’t do him justice, as he kicks the ball well for a ruckman, finishing with 65 SuperCoach points against the Bulldogs. The youngster averaged 92 points in 10 NEAFL games last season, showing he can match it against the bigger bodies. We don’t normally advise on jumping on rookies a week early but considering Tom Lynch is set for a few more weeks on the sidelines, his job security looks solid. Ideal trade for Tony Olango for those covering Nic Naitanui or Tim English.

    Last week’s POD suggestions:
    Jeremy Howe (92) — Tick
    Tom Cole (88) — Tick
    Lachie Neale (123) — Tick
    Buyer Beware: Justin Westjoff (85) — Tick
    Mitch Robinson (100) — Tick
    Toby Nankervis (81) — Cross
    SuperCoach:  12621 (2017)  1799 (2016)  36059 (2015)  54421 (2014) 


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    Toby Greene still facing at least three weeks out, with Josh Kelly also denied an AFL return

    By Ben Horne, The Daily Telegraph

    May 15, 2018 7:07pm

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    TOBY Greene’s off-season skylarking is now threatening to derail GWS’s season, with the All-Australian no chance of helping the Giants out of their injury crisis for at least another three weeks.

    The Giants are under all sorts of pressure heading into a must-win clash against North Melbourne this Saturday, after superstar Josh Kelly was again ruled out, Matt de Boer sidelined for the foreseeable future and Phil Davis left facing further concussion tests.

    Greene is the kind of match-winner a busted-up GWS are desperately crying out for, but the full magnitude of*his Manhattan wrestling accident with a mate last October*— which he admitted to and regrets — is starting to hit home.

    SHENANIGANS:*GREENE INJURED IN NEW YORK HIJINKS

    FOOT CLAN:*THE BEST, WORST KICKS AT YOUR CLUB

    TARANTO:*UNCERTAIN TIMES FOR GWS AFTER LOSSES

    GWS chose not to haul the 24-year-old over the coals for his behaviour, but aren’t shying away from the fact the hot spot on his foot has been directly impacted by the broken toe he suffered when he was flung into a New York apartment wall in some shenanigans gone wrong.

    The Giants are only two points out of the top eight, but with no guarantee they’ll have their engine room of stars back before the week after the bye in late June, the battling club are in danger of having their season slip away if they can’t start firing before the big names return.

    Greene is improving but his lack of pre-season has come back to haunt him.

    Toby Greene celebrates a goal. Picture: Michael Klein

    “He’s running now and he’s shown some very good signs of progression in the last week,” said the Giants’ head of athletic performance, David Joyce.

    “We’re targeting him for another couple of weeks. He didn’t have a huge body of work in pre-season and up until this point we just need to make sure his body is right so when he comes back it’s not just his toe that’s fine, but his hamstrings and quads and glutes and all those things are ready to see him through the back half of the season.”

    But by then, will it be too little too late?

    The ultra-talented Greene - a refreshing personality player in the AFL - has been forced to learn some tough lessons so far in his career following a series of disciplinary problems both on and off the field, but the New York incident has been as sobering as any so far.

    Giants Injury CrisisRound 9 Injury ListPhil Davis (concussion) test

    The Giants were hopeful Kelly’s groin injury - which they deny is osteitis pubis - would recover in time for him to play last week against West Coast.

    But the fact he’s already been scratched for another week is a concern.

    Arguably the Giants’ most influential player, Kelly is tipped to return next week provided he can successfully increase his load at training this week.

    De Boer hurt his hamstring against the Eagles and is out for three weeks.

    Dylan Shiel and Josh Kelly share a laugh at training.

    Co-captain Davis is the Giants’ only hope for this week’s Kangaroos showdown, but GWS won’t be taking any risks following the savage head-knock suffered against West Coast.

    “He copped it didn’t he. He’s progressing as we’d expect a normal concussion to progress. He’s got the milestones we need people to tick off in their graduated return to play pathway and he’s graduating step by step at the moment so we’ll see how that pans out for him,” said Joyce.

    “He has to be symptom free before we’re going to put someone back into the field of play. We’re really conservative with concussion these days, rightfully so, and we’ve got to tick all those boxes.

    “Absolutely, we still hold out some hope but we’re not going to rush someone back like might have happened 20 years’ ago.

    “If he’s right to play he’ll play.”

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    Paddy McCartin edging closer to return but Bomber Michael Hurley to miss Geelong clash

    JON RALPH, Herald Sun

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    ST KILDA believes Patrick McCartin will return to football next week despite ruling him out of Saturday night’s clash with Collingwood.

    McCartin will ramp up his training during the week after a seventh concussion last week that also combined with side effects of his diabetes management.

    The Saints are hopeful Jake Carlisle will be fit to take on Collingwood but he has not yet passed his concussion tests.

    TRIBUNAL SHOCK:*CURNOWS CLEARED OVER UMP CONTACT

    KICKING STATS:*THE BEST AND WORST IN THE AFL

    Carlisle was kneed in the head by Fremantle star Nat Fyfe and was badly concussed in the loss to Fremantle.

    The Saints’ horrific kicking for goal saw Tim Membrey kick 1.5, but can scarcely do more goal kicking than their normal routine under Ben Dixon.

    They will this week stick to their usual goalkicking training routine, adamant the hard work will soon turn into on-field results.

    Father-son selection Bailey Rice has put together three impressive weeks and is only being kept out by St Kilda’s lack of backline injuries.

    On the weekend in the VFL he amassed 30 possessions, seven intercept possessions and 100 ranking points after 98 ranking points and 23 possessions the previous week.

    Nathan Freeman has put together two impressive weeks but still need to continue to build continuity after his return from hamstring issues.

    Paddy McCartin suffered another head knock against the Dees. Pic: Getty Images

    ANOTHER injury setback means*Essendon*will be without two of its three 2017 All Australians against Geelong — with the third of them horribly out of form.

    The Bombers confirmed the*Herald Sun’s report that Michael Hurley would miss at least two weeks with a hamstring strain.

    Hurley and injured key forward Joe Daniher are now sidelined, with fellow 2017 All Australian Zach Merrett being badly beaten by taggers.

    Jake Stringer, under the pump at selection given a fortnight of poor performances, has been passed fit if selected for the Cats clash despite back stiffness.

    The Bombers said last year’s Rising Star winner Andrew McGrath would miss another week with a calf injury, with small forward Josh Green fit to play.

    Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell confirmed on Monday the Bombers wanted to fast-track some more kids into their senior team.

    It means inside midfielder Dylan Clarke, fresh from 36 possessions and excellent recent form, is a strong chance to debut.

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    Andrew McGrath has a calf issue. Pic: Getty ImagesMichael Hurley will miss a fortnight. Pic: AAP

    RICHMOND’S Daniel Rioli only needs to complete training this week to play against Sandringham in the VFL this weekend.

    Rioli broke his foot in the AFL Grand Final, with the Tigers determined not to rush him back given his long-term future at the club.

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    Nic Naitanui’s workload set to increase in top-of-the-table clash against Richmond

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    May 14, 2018 9:02PM

    TOPICSWest Coast EaglesAFLAdam Simpson

    West Coast coach Adam Simpson has flagged the likelihood of increased game time for Nic Naitanui in Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash against Richmond at Optus Stadium.

    Naitanui missed his first game of the season against GWS on Saturday due to a one-game suspension for his tackle on Port Adelaide’s Karl Amon the previous round.

    Simpson was hopeful the superstar ruckman would be at “full strength” in the Eagles’ most important game of the year to date.

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    The 28-year-old has been steadily building his workload in his comeback from a long-term knee injury, playing seven consecutive matches at reduced minutes before his controversial rough conduct ban.

    “He spent some time away from the club over the weekend, but he had a good go on Friday and took it as an opportunity to top up some work,” Simpson told*Seven News Perth.

    “Without the risk of collision we got to get a bit of work into him so hopefully he’s a full strength on the weekend, and he might be able to play a few more minutes as well.”

    Swingman Jeremy McGovern headlines a list of potential inclusions after he was a late withdrawal from the Giants clash at Spotless Stadium due to a calf injury.

    Speedster Lewis Jetta (calf) and midfielder Dom Sheed (foot) are also a chance to return from injury as West Coast chase an eighth consecutive win and top spot on the AFL ladder.

    “If he (McGovern) gets through the week he might be OK, we’ve got several players who are hopefully available but we’ve got to see them train first,” Simpson said.

    “At this stage it’s looking OK but we won’t know until Thursday.”

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    SuperCoach rookie bible: We review every cash cow in Round 8
    Tim Michell, Herald Sun
    May 16, 2018 9:00am
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    It can be difficult to take a cautious approach with underperforming rookies, but when trades are at a premium and with the bye rounds looming, holding players such as Andrew Brayshaw, Riley Bonner, Tom Doedee and Jeremy Finlayson could prove a wise decision in the long-term.
    Sydney forward Ben Ronke was undoubtedly the rookie of the week with his seven-goal performance resulting in a 120-point score.
    Bayley Fritsch’s owners will have enjoyed his efforts since coming back into the Demons’ side three games ago and Jake Waterman was superb in West Coast’s win over GWS.
    Here’s all the information you need to know and some trade tips as you plan your rookie moves this week:

    CASH COWS

    TRADE NOW

    Jeremy Finlayson ($345,300, DEF-MID) — 61 points Breakeven: 85 points
    Finlayson lost $12,000 against West Coast on Saturday and hasn’t scored above 65 in the past three weeks. If you have bigger issues elsewhere, you can afford to keep him as defensive or midfield cover and hope he returns to his scoring heights of the first five rounds.

    Aaron Naughton ($289,900, DEF) — 0 points Breakeven: 100
    After a slow start to his career, Naughton had served his owners well until he copped an ankle injury in the first quarter against the Lions without scoring a point. He lost $13,000 as a result and is only going to fall further with a breakeven of 100. Look for a way to move him on this week if he is named.

    Jarrod Garlett ($206,000, FWD-MID) — 35 points Breakeven: 41 points
    Garlett has four scores in seven games below this week’s breakeven. Unless you want to hold him for cover, move him on this week.

    Bailey Banfield ($266,500, MID) — 47 points Breakeven: 64
    It has been three weeks since Banfield scored anything to match his breakeven this week and he lost money for the first time at the weekend. He’s capable of reaching 64 but do you want to risk another drop in value? Trade soon

    Paddy Dow ($282,200, MID) — 60 points Breakeven: 36
    He might have a few more weeks in your side and could make it to $300,000, but the No.3 draft pick is a player you should be planning to upgrade to bolster your midfield stocks. His last four scores are 59 points or higher.

    Riley Bonner ($306,000, DEF) — 60 points Breakeven: 61
    Still among the 27,000 teams who have held on to Bonner? He’s only lost $15,000 from his top price and his breakeven of 61 this week if very achievable. Keep him on notice, but don’t push the trade button just yet on the Power defender.

    Tom Doedee ($355,300, DEF) — 56 points Breakeven: 90
    Only a 15 per cent likelihood Doedee meets his break-even this week, but he has tallied 83 points or more in five of his games this year. Unless you’re flush with trades, hold on to them or deal with other issues for a few weeks yet.

    HOLD

    Ben Ronke ($214,700, FWD) — 120 points Breakeven: -57
    Ronke still has money to make due to his low break-even after his seven-goal, 10-tackle performance against the Hawks on Friday. Are you willing to pay an extra $91,000 than his starting price just for a quick cash grab? If you’re carrying more than 20 trades, it might still be worth the risk.

    Zac Langdon ($209,900, FWD) — 50 points Breakeven: 34
    Langdon isn’t going to be a huge scorer but he hasn’t gone below 42 in his short career. If he can manage a score of 60-70 in the next few weeks he might even get to $250,000 before you consider downgrading him.

    Jake Waterman ($300,700, FWD) — 94 points Breakeven: 41
    Waterman produced his best score of the season against the Giants and has four scores above 70 in his eight games. There’s no reason to move him on yet and he’s doing enough to start on field if you’re holding any injured forwards such as Michael Walters or Lance Franklin.

    Tom Cole ($259,400, DEF) — 36 points Breakeven: 32
    The first down week for Cole, who made a solid profit in his third match after three consecutive scores of 65. It will only take one big score to put him back on track, so don’t be making any hasty moves.

    Ed Richards ($246,600, DEF) — 70 points Breakeven: 44
    Richards’ score of 70 in the Bulldogs’ win over Brisbane pushed his breakeven back to 44 and there’s no reason to move him on this week.

    Cam O’Shea ($202,900, DEF) — 46 points Breakeven: 14
    With doubts about the injury status of a few premium defensive selections this week, including Michael Hurley and Jeremy Howe, the 12,600 teams who have O’Shea would be wise to keep him. A score of 45, which is about O’Shea’s average, is better than being a player down.

    Bayley Fritsch ($310,100, FWD) — 98 points Breakeven: 24
    A move up the ground has resulted in two scores of 90 or more in the past three weeks and after he missed on Anzac Day eve he’s become one of the SuperCoach rookies of the year. With such a low break-even, Fritsch could even push toward $400,000 which would be an outstanding result. Start him with confidence after the past few weeks and make upgrades in other parts of the ground.

    Charlie Spargo ($178,700, FWD-MID) — 49 points Breakeven: -19
    So you traded Spargo in over Ben Ronke last week? Unfortunately, there’s little you can do about it now. The Demon still has money to make and you can forgive a third-gamer for a score of 49. Few rookies are as consistent as Tim Kelly after all.
    Charlie Spargo has been a solid SuperCoach scorer. Picture: Getty Images

    Cameron Rayner ($288,200, FWD-MID) — 36 points Breakeven: 65
    The No.1 draft pick has experienced a fluctuating first season of SuperCoach scores, which continued against the Bulldogs when he was one of the lowest-scoring players on the ground. He has four scores close to this week’s breakeven and the wise move would be to keep him as forward or midfield cover for now.

    Oscar McInerney ($179,900, RUCK) — 81 points Breakeven: -38
    History tells us two ruckmen struggle to score well at the Brisbane Lions. McInerney proved that theory wrong on the weekend with 81 points as he combined with Stefan Martin for a total of 193 points. He had 13 disposals, four marks and 12 hit outs and also kicked two goals. His price is rising so you need to jump on this week if you’re interested.

    Andrew Brayshaw ($268,400, MID) — 58 points Breakeven: 42
    The definition of a slow burn, but Brayshaw is doing enough to stay on your midfield bench and keep his break-even at an achievable mark. Let him make another $20,000-$30,000 before cashing in.

    Taylin Duman ($185,900, DEF) — 46 points Breakeven: 27
    Don’t expect big scores from Duman, but he should stay in your side as defensive back up for now. His owners would love to see a return to the scoring heights of his debut, when he posted 85.

    Mitch Crowden ($222,600, FWD-MID) — 38 points Breakeven: 55
    Crowden could be in the gun this week if you were desperate to upgrade an under-performing forward, but a score of 50 from him should be enough to stay on your bench until Fremantle’s Round 14 bye.

    Nick Coffield ($238,600, DEF-MID) — 64 points Breakeven: 21
    Coffield has managed to push his breakeven back to 21 and will continue to make money as a result. He’s another player with the dreaded Round 14 bye but if you can hold onto him as cover until then, you should be well served. Be mindful of only having three trades per week during the byes and plan your moves carefully in case you need to part with him in Round 13.

    Jaidyn Stephenson ($324,900, FWD-MID) — 49 points Breakeven: 63
    One of Stephenson’s quieter games, but we have seen his breakeven get into this territory before and tumble in the next few weeks thanks to a couple of big scores. He’s a 50-50 proposition to trade this week but I would be leaning towards holding on.

    Jack Henry ($278,000, FWD) — 35 points Breakeven: 18
    It was always going to be a tough ask for Henry to back up the first hundred of his career and the owners who relied on him in the last game of the round would have been left a little flat. Geelong plays on Saturday this week, so try to loophole his score from your bench if possible.

    Tim Kelly ($432,500, MID) — 91 points Breakeven: 55
    No need to make any hasty calls on Geelong’s mature-age star this week, but in a couple of weeks’ time he might be at the same price as Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin. A straight swap would be pretty hard to resist despite Dusty’s indifferent form of late.

    Jack Higgins ($273,300, FWD-MID) — 51 points Breakeven: 36
    Higgins posted his lowest score of 2018 against North Melbourne but there’s no need to part with him yet, unless you are caught short up forward if Damien Hardwick makes a few moves at the selection table this week and he finds himself on the outer.
    Jack Higgins has a break-even of 36 this week. Picture: Getty Images

    BUBBLE BOYS

    Lachlan Keefe ($123,900, DEF-FWD) — 57 points Breakeven: -33
    If you want cover in defence or up forward, you have to bring Keefe in this week. He’s not going to be a big scorer but appeals as he will allow you to swing James Sicily between defence and attack if you have him at the opposite end. He’s scored 51 and 57 in his two matches for the Giants.

    Brad Scheer ($159,400, FWD) — 61 points Breakeven: -34
    Scores of 69 and 61 have been promising, but the history this year suggests paying elevated prices for rookies doesn’t work out. Are you willing to bet Scheer bucks that trend?

    Matt Eagles ($123,900, DEF) — 42 points Breakeven: -15
    Eagles is a great story, graduating from reality television show The Recruit to the big time, but his first two scores would indicate your trades are better used elsewhere.

    Brayden Crossley ($117,300, RUCK) — 53 points Breakeven: -47
    If the past few weeks of forward, ruck and now defensive carnage have taught us anything, it’s the value of decent cover. If you have enough trades up your sleeve or are holding a ruckman such as Tim English, the week has arrived to bring Crossley in as ruck cover.

    Charlie Ballard ($117,300, Mid) — 42 points Breakeven: -4
    The Suns youngster hasn’t scored the way we would have liked after a bit of pre-season hype. A 42 last week and just 33 on debut, leave him with a breakeven of only -4, which for a $117k rookie presents little to no value.
    Tom McCartin made his debut for the Swans last week. Picture: Phil Hillyard

    ROOKIES TO WATCH

    Isaac Cumming ($123,900, DEF) — 64 points Breakeven: -53
    The signs were positive from Cumming on his GWS debut after he came close to pushing his way into the team in Round 1. Tom Doedee and Jeremy Finlayson have made about as much money as they will, so if Cumming stays in the side for at least another two weeks he could be a decent downgrade.

    Brayden Ainsworth ($117,300, MID) — 66 points Breakeven: -61
    Ainsworth has only played one match, but considering midfield picks such as Dom Barry, Andrew Brayshaw and Nick Coffield are still popular selections, he’s worth monitoring if he can hold his place in the Eagles’ side.

    Ed Phillips ($123,900, MID) — 87 points Breakeven: — 99
    There haven’t been many positives for Saints fans this year, but debutant Phillips would have given them reason to smile at the weekend. He’s firmly on the watch list and could be considered this week if you are desperate to downgrade a player in midfield. Ideally, hold off another week and see if he can back up his 24-disposal debut.

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    Tom McCartin ($117,300, FWD) — 27 points Breakeven: 17
    McCartin’s job security has to be a question mark with Buddy Franklin still waiting in the wings and Sam Reid also out injured. He might stay in the team for a few weeks, but can you afford to carry another donut up forward if he ends up out the side? You’ve got another week to have a look at him.
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    DEBATE has raged since Sunday ... who was better Trent Cotchin or Ben Cunnington?

    Cotchin guided Richmond to the win while North Melbourne’s Cunnington broke the AFL contested disposals record.

    ROUND 9:*THE PHANTOM’S SUPERCOACH TRADE CHAT

    TOP SCORES:*DOES RONKE MAKE A RIGHT?

    ROOKIES:*ROUND 9 SUPERCOACH CASH COW BIBLE

    Now, Champion Data has given its verdict.

    Plus, we reveal how Robbie Gray’s explosive Showdown third quarter was scored, why Aaron Naughton copped a donut and where Ben Ronke’s points came from (hint: goals and tackles).

    GRAY’S THIRD-TERM BURST

    Robbie Gray proved to be the match-winner with a scintillating third-quarter burst in the Showdown, booting five goals straight.

    In fact, 40 of his 80 points for the quarter were derived from goals alone, with a further 24 points coming from disposals and 14 from contested possessions.

    Gray also had a score assist which earned him two points at the time.

    Robbie Gray at Port Adelaide training.

    SHOWDOWN GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE

    In what was a frantic final minute in Showdown 44, late goals in a close contest provided a massive boost to scores.

    In this instance, Taylor Walker (11.2 points), Mitch McGovern (12.2 points) and the match-winner, Steven Motlop (12.4 points) were the beneficiaries of major boosts for their late goals. Even Sam Gray, the provider of the goal assist for Motlop’s goal, earned himself 5.4 points.

    Earlier, Matt Crouch’s assist to McGovern earned him 13 points for an effective long kick as well as the goal assist.

    AARON NAUGHTON

    SuperCoaches with Aaron Naughton would have been dismayed at the sight of his zero points, especially if he was fielded on the ground.

    Previously, if you had a player score zero points and he was on the field, you would have had your emergency score come into play.

    However, a change to the rules has altered this, subsequently resulting in a dreaded donut.

    Even though Naughton had one kick, one intercept possession and one point to his name before suffering the injury, he ended up being scaled back to zero points, as his

    input for the game was 0.03 per cent of 3,300 points.

    Naughton is the second player this season to finish a match on zero points after Tim Broomhead’s Round 2 donut.


    Ronke named NAB Rising Star

    SWANS SURGE

    SuperCoaches flocked to Charlie Spargo last round, but it was Ben Ronke that proved to be the shrewder pick after he starred with a seven-goal haul.

    Sydney’s come-from-behind win was important from a SuperCoach perspective, with late goals to Luke Parker (nine points) and Ronke’s match sealer (10 points) providing a major boost to final scores.

    Ronke scored 45 points from goals and a further 31.5 points from 10 tackles.

    TRENT COTCHIN

    Cotchin led the Tigers to an important win over the Kangaroos and played a starring role, racking up a game and season-high 155 points.

    He ended up scoring 12 more points than Ben Cunnington who smashed the contested possession record to finish with 32 for the match.

    So why did Cotchin outscore Cunnington?

    The answer is clangers. Cunnington lost 37 points as a result of negative acts compared to Cotchin’s 13 points – a swing of 24 points between the two.

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    The SuperCoach Investor’s best cash cow picks and tips to safe guard your team through the byes

    Dan Begala, Herald Sun

    May 15, 2018 12:12pm

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    THE dust has finally settled on a*tough round of SuperCoach action*that saw many coaches, including some of our finest, score below the 2000-point pass mark.

    The act itself – scoring sub 2000 points – is considered sacrilegious among the SuperCoach community and an issue that must be rectified immediately.

    ROUND 8:*THE PHANTOM’S SUPERCOACH REVIEW

    TOP SCORES:*DOES RONKE MAKE A RIGHT IN SUPERCOACH?

    TRADES:*HOW TO FIX BILLINGS, PETRACCA FAILS

    There are leagues – literally all of your friends – that rely on your consistent week-on-week contributions ... so it’s time to lift.

    Our resident expert, DAN BEGALA, shares his insights on the rookie pipeline, upcoming byes and the weekly muse, Patrick Dangerfield.

    ROOKIE PIPELINE

    Investing is an art form and one that’s reliant on a pipeline of carefully researched and identified investment opportunities. This we refer to as the investment pipeline.

    Rookies are no different, so it’s essential that we take a longer-term view on the upcoming crop of youngsters set to forge their ways into our sides as downgrade candidates.

    It’s essential that you forecast at least two, if not three, weeks into the season to ensure you identify the best up-and-coming talent and plan your acquisition accordingly.

    The SuperCoach Investor – although strongly opposed to insider trading – has an inkling that Ed Phillips ($123,900, Mid), Brayden Ainsworth ($117,300, Mid) and Isaac Cumming ($123,900, Def) are the next string of must-have rookies that you’ll need to consider in Rounds 9 and 10.

    The standout target – despite only playing one game thus far – is Phillips from St Kilda, who was sensational on debut, registering 24 touches.

    The SuperCoach Investor – given the plight of the Saints – is planning to acquire Phillips this week given Alan Richardson’s preference for youth and the lack of standout “bubble boy” options on the eve of Round 9.

    Patrick Dangerfield at Geelong training. Picture: Peter Ristevski

    PATRICK DANGERFIELD

    With Tom Mitchell and Dustin Martin suffering the ill effects of pesky taggers, it’s time to turn your attention to the elephant in the room: Patrick Dangerfield.

    He’s back and there’s no ifs, nor buts, about it, after registering another ton (137).

    Dangerfield’s still yet to tear any matches apart, but to the naked eye, it looks as though he’s rekindled his pressure and explosiveness that have been hallmarks of his lofty career.

    If you’re batting six deep in the midfield, lock him in and throw away the key.

    But if you, like The SuperCoach Investor, have already overcapitalised your midfield with seven premiums there may be a very challenging decision to be handed down to his teammate, Tim Kelly.

    With a breakeven of 119, a heavily discounted price tag and an upcoming fixture with Essendon, it’s time to jump on.

    Elliot Yeo looms as a top buy in the backline.

    BYE, BYE, BYE

    With the Gold Coast and Port Adelaide en route to China, there’s no better time to consider the upcoming bye period (Rounds 12, 13 and 14).

    Every decision that you make from now on, whether it’s an upgrade or downgrade, must focus on your team dynamics for the lop-sided scoring frenzy that is the byes.

    It’s imperative that you model your side across each week of the byes – who’s in, who’s out – to ensure that each subsequent trade decision helps bolster your side’s depth for where you foresee weakness and player shortfalls.

    There should be no issues, however, during the first week of the byes (Round 12) with only Hawthorn, Carlton, West Coast and the Bulldogs missing in action.

    Your attention – once these teams have served their bye – should be the prompt acquisition of players such as Elliot Yeo, Kade Simpson and Jack Macrae who will be ripe for the picking and guide you through both remaining bye fixtures.

    You will then rinse and repeat in week three of the byes by acquiring all of the stars (and rookies) who have served their byes in Round 13.

    How do you do this, SuperCoach Investor, you may ask?

    Step One: Build a war chest.

    Step Two: Take advantage of the trade generosity (three per week) that is offered to SuperCoaches throughout the bye period.

    Step Three: Enjoy the spoils of a mid-season surge up the overall rankings.

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    The SuperCoach Investor’s best cash cow picks and tips to safe guard your team through the byes

    Dan Begala, Herald Sun

    May 15, 2018 12:12pm

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    THE dust has finally settled on a*tough round of SuperCoach action*that saw many coaches, including some of our finest, score below the 2000-point pass mark.

    The act itself – scoring sub 2000 points – is considered sacrilegious among the SuperCoach community and an issue that must be rectified immediately.

    ROUND 8:*THE PHANTOM’S SUPERCOACH REVIEW

    TOP SCORES:*DOES RONKE MAKE A RIGHT IN SUPERCOACH?

    TRADES:*HOW TO FIX BILLINGS, PETRACCA FAILS

    There are leagues – literally all of your friends – that rely on your consistent week-on-week contributions ... so it’s time to lift.

    Our resident expert, DAN BEGALA, shares his insights on the rookie pipeline, upcoming byes and the weekly muse, Patrick Dangerfield.

    ROOKIE PIPELINE

    Investing is an art form and one that’s reliant on a pipeline of carefully researched and identified investment opportunities. This we refer to as the investment pipeline.

    Rookies are no different, so it’s essential that we take a longer-term view on the upcoming crop of youngsters set to forge their ways into our sides as downgrade candidates.

    It’s essential that you forecast at least two, if not three, weeks into the season to ensure you identify the best up-and-coming talent and plan your acquisition accordingly.

    The SuperCoach Investor – although strongly opposed to insider trading – has an inkling that Ed Phillips ($123,900, Mid), Brayden Ainsworth ($117,300, Mid) and Isaac Cumming ($123,900, Def) are the next string of must-have rookies that you’ll need to consider in Rounds 9 and 10.

    The standout target – despite only playing one game thus far – is Phillips from St Kilda, who was sensational on debut, registering 24 touches.

    The SuperCoach Investor – given the plight of the Saints – is planning to acquire Phillips this week given Alan Richardson’s preference for youth and the lack of standout “bubble boy” options on the eve of Round 9.

    Patrick Dangerfield at Geelong training. Picture: Peter Ristevski

    PATRICK DANGERFIELD

    With Tom Mitchell and Dustin Martin suffering the ill effects of pesky taggers, it’s time to turn your attention to the elephant in the room: Patrick Dangerfield.

    He’s back and there’s no ifs, nor buts, about it, after registering another ton (137).

    Dangerfield’s still yet to tear any matches apart, but to the naked eye, it looks as though he’s rekindled his pressure and explosiveness that have been hallmarks of his lofty career.

    If you’re batting six deep in the midfield, lock him in and throw away the key.

    But if you, like The SuperCoach Investor, have already overcapitalised your midfield with seven premiums there may be a very challenging decision to be handed down to his teammate, Tim Kelly.

    With a breakeven of 119, a heavily discounted price tag and an upcoming fixture with Essendon, it’s time to jump on.

    Elliot Yeo looms as a top buy in the backline.

    BYE, BYE, BYE

    With the Gold Coast and Port Adelaide en route to China, there’s no better time to consider the upcoming bye period (Rounds 12, 13 and 14).

    Every decision that you make from now on, whether it’s an upgrade or downgrade, must focus on your team dynamics for the lop-sided scoring frenzy that is the byes.

    It’s imperative that you model your side across each week of the byes – who’s in, who’s out – to ensure that each subsequent trade decision helps bolster your side’s depth for where you foresee weakness and player shortfalls.

    There should be no issues, however, during the first week of the byes (Round 12) with only Hawthorn, Carlton, West Coast and the Bulldogs missing in action.

    Your attention – once these teams have served their bye – should be the prompt acquisition of players such as Elliot Yeo, Kade Simpson and Jack Macrae who will be ripe for the picking and guide you through both remaining bye fixtures.

    You will then rinse and repeat in week three of the byes by acquiring all of the stars (and rookies) who have served their byes in Round 13.

    How do you do this, SuperCoach Investor, you may ask?

    Step One: Build a war chest.

    Step Two: Take advantage of the trade generosity (three per week) that is offered to SuperCoaches throughout the bye period.

    Step Three: Enjoy the spoils of a mid-season surge up the overall rankings.
    Thanks Professor!
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    Thanks Professor!
    No worries, let me know if you need any other articles posted.

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    Champion Data’s the best SuperCoach trade, rookie moves for Round 9

    Champion Data, Herald Sun

    May 17, 2018 3:56pm

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    TODD Goldstein is still owned by close to 10,000 SuperCoaches despite his poor run of scores.

    The one-time SuperCoach stud has been a shadow of the player he once was, averaging just 74 points since Round 3. Despite starting the season with scores of 105 and 123, the numbers have dried up at a rapid rate. His impact around the ground has been limited, gathering just eight disposals in each of his past two games. Add to that no impact on the scoreboard and it’s no surprise why his numbers are so low.

    WIN $265,000:*TOP PERFECT 9 PICKS FOR ROUND 9

    SC INVESTOR:*BEST CASH COWS TO SURVIVE THE BYES

    ROUND 9:*THE PHANTOM’S SUPERCOACH REVIEW

    In terms of replacements, Brodie Grundy is a prime candidate if money isn’t an issue. He is monstering opposition ruckmen, scoring 110-plus points in every match since Round 2. He also faces a St Kilda side this round that gives up the most points to ruckmen (110 per game). Grundy finished with 21 disposals, 17 hitouts-to-advantage and 113 points when he last faced the Saints, in 2017.

    If you’re looking for some value, then it’s hard to overlook a refreshed Nic Naitanui. His record against Richmond is also excellent, scoring 100-plus points in each of his past six games against the Tigers.

    Richmond also concede the third-most points to ruckmen (108 per game) which adds more to Naitanui’s appeal.

    Todd Goldstein has been a major disappointment in SuperCoach this year. Picture: Michael KleinNic Naitanui is primed for a big game against Richmond.

    ROOKIE WATCH

    The defensive quartet of Tom Doedee, Jeremy Finlayson, Sam Murray and Aaron Naughton have done their jobs as cash cows, but if you had to give one the flick, Naughton is the most dispensable as he has a break-even score of 100 points, plus he’s likely to miss the next three games through injury.

    With Adelaide kicking the round off on Friday night against Western Bulldogs, Doedee could easily be loopholed if you have a non-playing defender. Doedee needs a score of 90 points to keep his price, a mark he has exceeded twice this season, while Finlayson (85 BE) and Murray (65 BE) are also likely to drop in value.

    Bailey Banfield (64 BE) and Mitch Crowden (BE 55) both have to be culled this week, as their cash generating days are over. Neither is likely to make any more money, but the problem is there’s no decent “bubble boy” options in the midfield to trade them down to.

    This brings Ed Phillips into the picture after he was a shining light for St Kilda on his debut, finishing with 24 disposals, five tackles and 87 points. Ordinarily you wouldn’t jump on a rookie after just one game, but sometimes there’s no other logical choice. West Coast youngster Brayden Ainsworth is also an option, but his job security isn’t as strong as Phillips’, especially with Luke Shuey only two weeks away.

    MOST TRADED-IN PLAYERS
    1. Ed Phillips, 2. Lachie Keeffe, 3. Ben Ronke, 4. Elliot Yeo, 5. Patrick Dangerfield
    MOST TRADED-OUT PLAYERS
    1. Aaron Naughton, 2. Tom Doedee, 3. Jeremy Finlayson, 4. Nick Holman, 5. Jaeger O'Meara*pic.twitter.com/yipqvzUrGK

    — SuperCoach AFL (@Supercoach)*May 17, 2018

    In the ruck, it’s time to give Tim English the flick after he was dropped last week. Young Gold Coast big man Brayden Crossley is the prime target as he’s on the bubble after playing two games.

    In attack, Ben Ronke still has a break-even score of -57 points, so he’s still an option even though he has spiked by $90,800 already. He has at least three price rises in him, but ultimately, that will be dictated by his scores over the coming rounds. Ronke has been a revelation for the Swans, leading the club for score involvements and scoreboard impact since Round 6.

    ROOKIE BIBLE:*WHO TO HOLD, WHO TO TRADE

    MARKET WATCH:*DOES RONKE MAKE A RIGHT?

    RAGE TRADES:*HOW TO FIX BILLINGS, PETRACCA FAILS

    PLAYERS TO WATCH

    Adelaide Crows vs. Western Bulldogs

    Rory Laird is averaging a career-high 34 disposals, 12 contested possessions and 112 points at Adelaide Oval this season. Toby McLean is averaging a career-high 26 disposals, 11 contested possessions and 111 points.

    North Melbourne vs. GWS Giants

    Ben Cunnington smashed the contested possession record against the Tigers, finishing with 32 contested possessions and a season-high 143 points. Rory Lobb returned from injury to score a season-high 107 points against the Eagles.

    Gold Coast vs. Port Adelaide

    Nick Holman scored just 50 points last round against Melbourne, his third-lowest return for the season. Riley Bonner hasn’t scored more than 70 points since Round 2, finishing with 60 points in last round’s win over Adelaide.

    Essendon vs. Geelong

    Zach Merrett had 37 disposals, 20 uncontested possessions, 12 tackles and 137 points against Geelong in Round 8 last season. Joel Selwood could only manage 24 disposals, one tackle and 78 points.

    Zach Merrett in action at Essendon training this week.

    Sydney Swans vs. Fremantle

    Josh P. Kennedy has scored 118, 154 and 137 points from his past three games against Fremantle. Lachie Neale had a shocker when he last played at the SCG in Round 21 last season, managing just nine disposals and 44 points.

    St Kilda vs. Collingwood

    Ed Phillips was a standout on his AFL debut last week against Fremantle, finishing with 24 disposals, five tackles and 87 points. Jaidyn Stephenson scored just 49 points against Geelong and suffered his first price drop of the season (-$9500).

    Carlton vs. Melbourne

    Matthew Kreuzer had a season-high 19 contested possessions and 127 points in last round’s win over Essendon. Max Gawn continues to pile on the points, scoring 148 against Gold Coast.

    Brisbane Lions vs. Hawthorn

    Luke Hodge is averaging 19 disposals and a career-low five contested possessions and 73 points this season. James Sicily is averaging seven more disposals compared to 2017 (25) as well as a career-high 112 points.

    West Coast vs. Richmond

    Nic Naitanui has scored 100-plus points in each of his past six games against Richmond, including 100 points when he last played them in 2016. Dustin Martin had 40 disposals and 154 points when he last played*West Coast in Round 3, 2017.

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    Nat Fyfe is set to play through a knee injury after loss to Sydney

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    FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon insists champion midfielder Nat Fyfe can keep playing despite a lingering knee niggle.

    Fyfe appeared to move a little gingerly on occasions in Freo’s 59-point loss to Sydney at the SCG on Saturday.

    He was still one of their better players in a disappointing team display, notching 28 possessions, 13 of them contested.

    REPORT:*SWANS WIN BUT WILL IT COST BUDDY?

    VERDICT:*HOW MRO BUNGLED FYFE RULING

    Fyfe even won eight hitouts in the ruck and spent time forward as Freo sought inspiration after kicking just two goals in the first three quarters.

    After the game, Lyon revealed more details about the issue Fyfe is facing.

    “A few weeks ago, we thought he had some knee problem, but the scan revealed it to be OK,” he said.

    Nat Fyfe in action against Sydney.

    “It’s just a ligament that can move around a little bit and click and it worries him a little bit.

    “It happened Thursday, I don’t know where, and then he was OK.

    “Then just in the warm-up, the doc has come in, I think it was on tape on vision, he felt (it) a little bit.

    “But I thought he played very well, Nathan, it didn’t restrict him and Connor Blakely has had the same thing for a year.

    “It’s just something that can niggle away a little bit but doesn’t seem to stop you.

    “He’s been training fully and every now and then it will catch, so he’s alright, but it’s not a meniscus at all.”

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    The players you need to axe or target in SuperCoach this week

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    IT was make-or-break for many SuperCoaches this week, as the disparity between the contenders and pretenders begins to make itself apparent.

    As we prepare for the first small taste of the upcoming bye rounds, with Port Adelaide and Gold Coast to sit out Round 10 following their Shanghai Showdown this week, our hands may become slightly tied.

    PODS:*SAINT A SNEAKY SUPERCOACH OPTION

    TACKLE:*WHO HAS AFL’S BEST ONE-TWO PUNCH

    Chances are you’ll be looking to upgrade Riley Bonner and Nick Holman but at the same time find replacements for Robbie Gray or Paddy Ryder.

    With thanks to the ability to reverse our trades later in the week however - should the need arise - here is a look at some of our impulse options following the immediate conclusion of Round 9.

    BOOT HIM

    There might be a few persistent gremlins in our SuperCoach sides, but there is one Demon who is once again on the chopping block.

    Though*Michael Hibberd*has been on the outer from Round 1, he is still owned by 16 per cent of sides, and disappointed his loyal owners with a season-low score of 48 this week.

    Carlton’s*Cam O’Shea*continues to slowly earn money for his sides but a score of just 22 this week will severely decrease that cash build.

    Meanwhile at his old club,*Riley Bonner*failed to hit his breakeven of 61 this week, and will continue his drop in price.

    The only real benefit he has to our sides is if you intend to hold him and play him throughout the upcoming bye rounds, which could be incredibly handy, if he can hold his place in the Power’s side.

    And not to flog a dead horse, but*Jack Billings*still needs to go.

    Jeremy Howe at Collingwood training. Picture: Mark Stewart

    BUY HIM

    Collingwood are on fire and there are a few hot pies on the menu.

    Scott Pendlebury returned with another hundred after being a late withdrawal last week against the Hawks and Brodie Grundy still presents decent value at a tick over $610K.

    However, it’s*Jeremy Howe*who might be a real value pick in defence where options are wearing thin.

    Now with four hundreds for the year, the high flying Magpie is starting to string together some consistent games and at $526K, could be a good switch for those still stuck with Hibberd.

    Patrick Dangerfield at Cats training. Picture: Alison Wynd

    Geelong superstar*Patrick Dangerfield*scored well again this week, but just failed to hit his breakeven of 119 so will continue to drop in price, while*Lachie Neale*is starting to work himself into our midfield equations and*Zach Merrett*looks to be back to his best and could be a highly valuable pick-up, currently sub-$500K.

    However, the No.1 must-have is Bulldog*Jack Macrae.

    Now with four scores in a row over 140, you may be looking to splash over $700K on him.

    It’s always important not to waste trades chasing points in SuperCoach, but Macrae’s rich vein of form is something to be desired.

    Jack Macrae at Bulldogs training. Picture: Michael Klein

    CAPTAINS REPORT CARD

    A+: Jack Macrae, Patrick Cripps, Tom Mitchell (140+)

    A: Jeremy Howe, Max Gawn (120-139)

    B+: Zach Merrett, Patrick Dangerfield, Lance Franklin, Lachie Neale (110-119)

    B: Rory Laird, Dylan Shiel, Isaac Heeney, Dustin Martin (100-109)

    C: Patrick Ryder, Nat Fyfe, Scott Pendlebury, Clayton Oliver (80-99)

    D: Kade Simpson (70-79)

    BENCH CALLS

    Should have had on field: Ben Ronke, Bailey Fritsch, Tom Doedee, Jaidyn Stephenson

    Should have left on the bench: Tom McCartin, Jarrod Garlett, Isaac Cumming, Ed Phillips, Tim Kelly, Brayden Crossley, Charlie Ballard, Darcy Fogarty, Billy Gowers, Matt Eagles, Andrew Brayshaw, Paddy Dow, Jack Henry, Cameron Rayner, Bailey Banfield, Jeremy Finlayson, Sam Murray, Tom Cole, Jake Waterman

    Ben Ronke at Sydney training.

    NAILED IT

    Reviewing Thursday night’s predictions on the SuperCoaches Box Podcast (watch live on Facebook from 6:15pm (EST) every Thursday)

    Al Paton: Nic Naitanui will be a good late Captaincy option this week.

    Verdict: Failed It. While Naitanui still scored a highly respectable 118, we want more from our captains. A rough call, sorry Al.

    Dan Begala: Nat Fyfe to get tagged in Sydney, still to score approximately 120.

    Verdict: Nailed it. George Hewett did in fact go to Fyfe, but despite still managing 28 disposals, he only scored 101. Dan was spot on in not handing the Captaincy over to Nat this week.

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    SuperCoach rookie bible: Who to trade and who to hold after Round 9

    Tim Michell, Herald Sun

    May 22, 2018 2:46pm

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    CONVENTIAL wisdom suggests trading in rookies after one match can be a fraught strategy.

    As coaches plan for the looming bye rounds, Essendon pair Jordan Ridley and Dylan Clarke, Gold Coast rookie Jacob Heron and Melbourne’s Tim Smith will come into consideration after making their first appearances of 2018 at the weekend.

    MARKET WATCH:*IS IT DANGERFIELD TIME?

    BOMBERS GUN:*WAS TRADING SMITH A GIANT MISTAKE?

    More than 10 per cent of trades by midday on Monday featured Ridley after he posted 76 on debut against Geelong.

    Mature-age Demon Smith was another popular acquisition after he scored 91 in his first game of the year against Carlton.

    You have another week to assess whether to add these players before their prices rise, but you also need to be decisive or could be left short during the byes.

    Of this year’s top 15 cash cows, seven have managed greater scores than their first game in match two.

    Those players have averaged 73 in game two, a slight increase of their combined 68.5 point average in their first match.

    Those who took a punt on Ben Ronke, Jack Henry, Jake Waterman and Willie Rioli after their first game were handsomely rewarded.

    Even in Supercoach, there are exceptions to the rule.

    Here’s the information you need to know about this week’s Cash Cows and bubble boys.

    CASH COWSTRADE NOW

    Bailey Banfield ($263,000, MID) — 56 points. Break-even: 56

    Banfield is averaging 58 points in his debut year, just above his break-even. You can afford to hold him for another week, but consider turning him into one of the fallen midfield premiums available.

    Mitch Crowden ($206,300, FWD-MID) — 19 points. Break-even: 68

    Crowden has a highest score of 72 and a break-even of 68. His price fell $16,000 on the weekend and is set to tumble again. You’ll have to be content with his $90,000 profit.

    Tim Kelly ($429,200, MID) — 48 points. Break-even: 120

    Understandable if you want to hold the mature-age Cat after his first average return of the year, but he might have peaked considering this score will sit in his price cycle for a few weeks. An upgrade to his Geelong teammate Patrick Dangerfield is appealing or you could even look at Jack Macrae to improve your bye structure if you have the money in the bank.

    Tim Kelly had his poorest return of the season against Essendon.

    Cam Rayner ($283,700, FWD-MID) — 55 points. Break-even: 80

    Rayner has scored more than 60 only once in the past five weeks and the time has come to upgrade the No. 1 draft pick. Players such as Dustin Martin and Luke Parker should be in your sights.

    Paddy Dow ($288,700, MID) — 51 points. Break-even: 63

    With an average of 53 and a break-even of 63, the No. 3 draft pick has made all the money he will. The only reason to hold him is his favourable Round 12 bye.

    Billy Gowers ($282,900, FWD) — 45 points. Break-even: 69

    Gowers has been a solid money-maker to this point of the season and unless you need him to supplement your forwards during the byes, you could pull the trigger on him this week.

    Riley Bonner ($299,800, DEF) — 48 points. Break-even: 73

    Bonner’s price is back below $300,000 and with the Power having a bye this week it is the perfect time to move him on. His five-round average is only 57.6.

    Jack Henry ($294,500, FWD) — 56 points. Break-even: 87

    Henry and the Cats have a bye in Round 14 when many popular selections will be unavailable. With few forward rookie downgrades available, consider using any bank you have built up to upgrade him.

    TRADE SOON

    Jeremy Finlayson ($334,800, DEF-MID) — 62 points. Break-even: 79

    Finlayson is a 50-50 trade prospect this week. The Giants have a bye in Round 13, so you need to decide whether you’ll need him as cover in defence or midfield before his price falls further.

    Andrew Brayshaw ($271,500, MID) — 49 points. Break-even: 57

    Brayshaw isn’t a pressing issue in the midfield and most of the 55,000 teams who have the No. 2 draft pick will have him on their bench. Deal with other problems first.

    Willie Rioli ($319,000, FWD) — 64 points. Break-even: 60

    Rioli’s price has kept rising thanks to his season-best 109 in Round 7, but he’s almost reached his price peak.

    HOLD

    Tom Doedee ($355,500, DEF) — 91 points. Break-even: 68

    Doedee’s best return since Round 5 and it came at a perfect time for coaches needing defensive cover from the Crows defender. He has a Round 14 bye and it would be wise to hold him until then after this effort.

    Ed Richards ($252,500, DEF) — 57 points. Break-even: 25

    Richards is doing enough to continue making cash and will assist you with fielding a full team during the last two rounds of the byes. Keep him on your defensive bench.

    Lachlan Murphy ($198,800, DEF) — 51 points. Break-even: 6

    Murphy still has a low break-even and with injuries mounting at the Crows could be set for an extended run in the senior team.

    Zac Giles-Langdon ($220,700, FWD) — 59 points. Break-even: 24

    Giles-Langdon hasn’t made enough money to be cashed in yet. Keep him on your forward bench until his break-even and average of 54 meet.

    Nick Holman ($306,600, MID) — 122 points. Break-even: 13

    A brilliant effort from Holman in China which crushed his break-even and put him on target to reach $400,000. He’s shaping as one of the rookies of the year and will carry you through the bye rounds. Be aware he’s missing this week due to the Suns’ early bye.

    Matt Guelfi ($215,700, FWD) — 61 points. Break-even: 6

    Guelfi returned to the Bombers’ team against Geelong with 14 possessions, five marks and a goal. This score appears about the range we can expect from him most weeks.

    Bayley Fritsch ($338,100 FWD) — 87 points. Break-even: 19

    Has played further up the ground since returning to the Melbourne team, reflected in a three-round average of 83. Could get to $400k if he can keep this up. Start on the field with confidence.

    Jack Higgins ($273,300 FWD-MID) — 0 points. Break-even: 36

    Was a late out against the Eagles — and look what happened. Hopefully Dimma sees the error of his ways.

    Jack Higgins is a good chance to return to the Richmond line-up this week.

    Ben Ronke ($271,600, FWD) — 71 points. Break-even: -27

    Another solid return from Ronke and his price jumped by $56,000. He has an average of 87 and you can confidently start him on the ground in your forward line.

    Nick Coffield ($250,100, DEF-MID) — 47 points. Break-even: 40

    Coffield is going to offer coverage until the last round of the byes and his break-even is still achievable. He’s not a huge scorer, but he might provide enough points for a league win in Round 12 or 13.

    Tom Cole ($272,500, DEF) — 62 points. Break-even: 67

    In three of his five matches this year, Cole has equalled his break-even score of 67 or managed better. Most coaches would only have bought him a few weeks ago and moving him on so soon wouldn’t be wise. `

    Jaidyn Stephenson ($334,200, FWD-MID) — 84 points. Break-even: 69

    Collingwood fans must be excited by the potential Stephenson has shown in his first year and he should be a contender for the Rising Star award. He’s averaging almost 70 and has a friendly Round 12 bye.

    David Mirra ($216,500, DEF) — 89 points. Break-even: -29

    In a forgettable outing for the Hawks, Mirra returned to the senior team with 24 possessions and eight marks. With a negative break-even, he’s going to make plenty of cash for at least the next month.

    BUBBLE BOYS

    Isaac Cumming ($123,900, DEF) — 16 points. Break-even: -5

    Those who brought Cumming in after a promising debut would have been frustrated to see him kept to eight possessions. He’s unlikely to be a popular trade option as a result.

    Ed Phillips ($123,900, MID) — 49 points. Break-even: -61

    Phillips was unable to back up his impressive debut score, but he shapes as one of the standout mid-season cash cows. Don’t judge him too harshly on his second game.

    Dylan Clarke at Essendon training.Ed Phillips will play his third game this weekend. Picture: Michael Klein

    ONE-GAMERS

    Tim Smith ($123,900, FWD) — 91 points. Break-even: -107

    Smith returned to the Demons’ team for the first time this year with 18 disposals, five marks, five tackles and nine hit-outs. He has Cam Pedersen breathing down his neck for the same role but is worth keeping an eye on in game two.

    Jacob Heron ($102,400, DEF) — 54 points. Break-even: -46

    Heron made a fast start on debut but was quiet in the second half. He’s not a player you should bring in early especially given Gold Coast’s bye this weekend, but he will appeal if he can maintain his place in Stuart Dew’s side.

    Jordan Ridley ($123,900, DEF) — 76 points. Break-even: -77

    Ridley had 25 possessions and seven marks in a superb debut against the Cats. He’s one of several rookies who appear set for an extended run in the Essendon team — if Michael Hurley doesn’t take his spot.

    Dylan Clarke ($123,900, MID-FWD) — 34 points. Break-even: 7

    The VFL’s leading disposal-winner before earning his debut, Clarke was quiet against the Cats. His superb form in the state league should earn him unless one more opportunity to press his senior claims.

    Bailey Rice ($123,900, DEF) — 55 points. Break-even: — 35

    Rice produced some assured efforts in his first game for St Kilda and is among the players worth keeping a close eye on this week. If he goes close to 60 again, you might want to bring him in. But you’ll need to be mindful of his tricky Round 14 bye too.

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    Good form of AFL’s older free agents means they might all play on in 2019, writes Jon Ralph

    JON RALPH, Herald Sun

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    PLAYING in the AFL as a over-30s veteran is a perilous business.

    Play a couple of stinkers and you are seen as over the hill and too old to turn it around.

    Suffer one soft-tissue injury in seven years like Shaun Burgoyne and the pundits immediately think it might be the end.

    SUPERCOACH:*TIME TO TRADE STAR CASH COW?

    SUPER RANKINGS:*EAGLES TRIO TOO GOOD TO IGNORE

    Scott Thompson was the last player signed by North Melbourne last year and Jarrad McVeigh might have even won a reprieve after being told he wasn’t going on.

    And yet if*Gary Ablett is fresh from a stinker against Essendon, this might just be the year of the Dad’s Army.

    As Herald Sun reporter JON RALPH looks at every free agent across the competition, he writes that the 10 oldest players in the competition are almost without fail making strong claims to go on again next year.

    The intrigue surrounding Rory Sloane’s contract continues. Pic: Getty ImagesRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

    RORY SLOANE (Adelaide Crows)

    Adelaide would be stunned if the Crows talisman left, adamant he has always done his deals late in the season.

    His management is sitting tight*until he makes a declaration he wants to re-sign or explore other offers. His foot issues haven’t helped progress.

    But despite Victorian clubs watching his progress, from Adelaide’s point of view if he left something would have gone badly wrong.

    CAM GUTHRIE (Geelong Cats)

    Said in February he wants to stay at the club for “as long as he can”, but said to be haggling over figures right now as he is sidelined by injury.

    Not going anywhere.

    TOM LYNCH (Gold Coast Suns)

    It would be a shock if he stayed at Gold Coast.

    He is adamant he won’t meet with clubs or consider their offers mid-year, but Gold Coast is increasingly fatalistic about him coming south.

    The three suitors are Richmond, Collingwood and Hawthorn, his management having told others in no uncertain terms he wouldn’t consider them.

    Plenty of reports about favourites for his services, but considering how dramatically things can change during trade time, ridiculous to suggest one is the outright favourite.

    He isn’t seen to want to be a saviour, so Collingwood’s recent improvement will help him if he goes there considering the forward line alone wouldn’t rise or fall on his performances.

    Gold Coast could consider matching a deal given they have huge cap space and would consider six-year deals and offer more than Victorian clubs.

    Who knows what happens then, given neither of those three clubs would want to give up multiple first-rounders for Lynch, which would be the asking price.

    Lynch is in Melbourne for the mid-season break, with many of those around him adamant he will be back in Victoria next year.

    Figures bandied about of up to $1.5 million don’t marry with what those close to him are saying, which is that money won’t define his decision.

    Instead he wants to play at a successful club that can win him a premiership, even if that means accepting $1 million a year (what a sacrifice!) instead of selling his services to the highest bidder.

    Will Tom Lynch walk away from the Suns? Pic: Getty Images

    TOM McDONALD (Melbourne)

    He wants to stay, Melbourne wants to keep him, but what will it take to keep him happy financially?

    On the open market a bloke who is a free agent, can play key forward, key back and wing, is a lethal shot for goal and a powerful mark could write his own contract figure.

    Is that $900,000 or $1 million a year? Definitely if was happy to move to a club like Gold Coast or Fremantle desperate for more talks, but you know he isn’t going interstate.

    So after another four or six weeks his management and the club will have a better idea of his worth as a key forward and the dance will start.

    Eventually you get the feeling they will compromise on a deal somewhere in between.

    Given the club has salary cap room to consider luring players like Andrew Gaff, they have cash for him too. So it might take some time to find a number both parties are happy with.

    SHAUN ATLEY (North Melbourne)

    Both club and management are happy to let his contract drift until they get an idea of his form.

    Has been solid this year with greater time forward, his accuracy (6.9) taking some of the gloss off what could have been a great season so far.

    Hasn’t been a consistent enough player for the Roos to be desperate to keep him, but they wouldn’t get a heap for him in free agency compensation if he did depart to a rival club.

    You get the feeling he stays but who knows if a rival club would come at him because of his speed if they miss out on other free agency targets.

    BACHAR HOULI (Richmond)

    One of a number of Tigers who are waiting on contract talks, with Richmond seemingly keeping their options open to keep money for Tom Lynch.

    The man who starred in last year’s Grand Final is still in excellent form at only 30 so eventually should win another one-year deal.

    ANDREW GAFF (West Coast)

    Melbourne clubs are going gaga over this bloke, who is an out-and-out star. He is pushing back talks until late in the year, which is offset by his determination to play in a premiership.

    Keeping his options open, but has never really indicated he is desperate to come home. Until something changes, the good money is on him staying at West Coast. Set to meet his manager Paul Connors in Perth in coming weeks, which is when talks might heat up.

    Victorian clubs are circling Andrew Gaff. Pic: AAP

    SCOTT LYCETT (West Coast)

    Roaring up the charts as an elite ruckman given he and Nic Naitanui are forming a strong combination that hands them both solid game time.

    The question is whether he wants to be a first-choice ruckman and whether the Eagles have the cash to withstand bumper offers elsewhere given commitments to Elliott Yeo, Jeremy McGovern and Gaff.

    Clubs don’t want to recruit ruckmen any more, they want to poach them, and Lycett is doing everything possible to maximise his options after an injury-ravaged 2017.

    No one would forgive him if he jumped ship to a club which can give him big money and the lead role, but right now with West Coast’s form, why would you want to leave?

    If he did want to leave, you would think all of Richmond, Carlton and Essendon would be considering their succession plan for ruckmen.

    JEREMY McGOVERN (West Coast)

    Has put off talks until the end of the year*amid mixed messages over his future. Why would he want to go anywhere given his form and West Coast’s premiership aspirations?

    Colleague Sam Edmund reported a Melbourne club had offered a six-year, $7 million deal but his manager Colin Young says the extra year offered elsewhere isn’t why he’s put off talks.

    Fremantle doesn’t think he will move, even though they would pony up in a heartbeat to get him across town. He says his main objective is still to stay, and while it’s Young’s main job to get him as much money as possible, the good money is still on him staying.

    Sydney asked briefly about him in January but hasn’t done so before. They are one of a raft of clubs which would come hard if he genuinely suggested he wanted to leave. Like Dusty Martin before him, putting off talks until the end of the year can only reap him a bigger deal than the initial West Coast offer of four year and $800,000.

    JORDAN ROUGHEAD (Western Bulldogs)

    Has indicated to the Dogs he wants to stay, but has played only three senior games after a combination of a head knock and modest form.

    The Dogs clearly believe Tim English is their ruckman of the future, so its hard to judge what their true pecking order is with Tom Boyd, Jackson Trengove, English and Tom Campbell.

    He played seniors again last week (12 disposals, 17 hit-outs) so a good stretch of quality football makes it much easier for everyone concerned.

    MITCH WALLIS (Western Bulldogs)

    Another who has indicated he wants to stay and who at 25 should be looking forward to a prosperous future at the Dogs.

    Fair to say he wasn’t thrilled to start the season in the VFL but is averaging 20 touches and 10 contested possessions since his Round 3 recall.

    Not quite in good enough form for rivals to think he is the answer if they miss out on Gaff or Sloane, so seems destined to stay on.

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    RICHARD DOUGLAS (Adelaide Crows)

    Has played every game bar one missing through suspension and stepped up in the absence of the midfield stars. At 31 is in good enough form for another one-year deal.

    DAVID MACKAY (Adelaide Crows)

    Coming off a four-year contract, the reliable Crow has played eight games and only turns 30 in July. No reason to think his career at the Crows won’t keep ticking over.

    ANDY OTTEN (Adelaide Crows)

    Kicked 20 goals last year and then signed a one-year deal that took time to come to fruition. Only five games this year in a different role but having just turned 29 will back himself to win another deal at the Crows.

    ROHAN BEWICK (Brisbane Lions)

    Has played only three games so far as the new brigade pushes hard for spots. Coming off a two-year deal signed in 2016, so at 28 needs to find his way back into the senior team to feel more comfortable about his position.

    RYAN LESTER (Brisbane Lions)

    In outstanding form in the NEAFL after five early-season games in the seniors averaging 13 possessions and nearly four tackles a game. Solid depth player and at 25 in the right age demographic. Good chance of winning his spot back soon.

    MARC MURPHY (Carlton)

    Despite*the clamour for the Blues to shunt him*to another club, he is working towards signing a two-year deal. If he did leave as a 31-year-old (he is 31 in July), the Blues would get little free agency compo for him anyway, so why the rush to push out a long-serving and loyal captain? Could imagine why he would want to chase a flag elsewhere, but given he doesn’t it's a dead issue.

    Marc Murphy wants to stay a Blue. Pic: Getty Images

    KADE SIMPSON (Carlton)

    The evergreen Carlton defender turned 34 this month but is fighting hard against the flow in Carlton’s defence, still averaging 25 disposals in a half back line decimated by injury.

    Is clearly in good enough form to consider going again next year in a defence that will get back Sam Docherty, with Tom Williamson soon to return to the back line to help with rebound.

    No reason why the Blues would want to push out such a respected and much-loved defender from their list despite his age.

    JARRYD BLAIR (Collingwood)

    Great VFL numbers for the diminutive 28-year-old half forward, who had 36 possessions in his two senior games.

    But there are plenty of young forwards who are quicker and more explosive in front of him in the seniors, so will have to prove himself all over again to win another deal next year.

    ALEX FASOLO (Collingwood)

    Might feel aggrieved by what has befallen him over the summer, after a fantastic 29-goal 2017 season where he was also lauded for bravery in coming out with his depression battle.

    Then had shoulder surgery in the pre-season that could have been expedited to straight after the season, and seemed to lose confidence despite getting plenty of pre-season miles on the clock.

    Had to wait until Round 9 for his chance, and then suffered a high ankle sprain. So with Will Hoskin-Elliott, Jaidyn Stephenson, Jordan De Goey and Jamie Elliott clearly in front of him does he look elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent? West Coast was keen on a trade last year — he wasn’t — but now they have developed their own fleet of small and mid-sized forwards. Too good not to have a prominent role in a forward line somewhere.

    TYSON GOLDSACK (Collingwood)

    The fan favourite tore his ACL early in the year after a fantastic 20-game season in 2017. The Pies said after his surgery it was too early to discuss his deal, but even though he turns 32 next May, surely he is versatile enough to secure another one-year deal.

    Ben Reid has signed a new deal. Pic: Getty Images

    BEN REID (Collingwood)

    Reid has this week signed a one-year deal to take him through to 2019. Looks like he’ll become a one-club player.

    TOM BELLCHAMBERS (Essendon)

    Signed a one-year contract extension in 2016 while away from the club with a doping ban, so he isn’t going anywhere now.

    In excellent form after myriad injury issues, having made real contributions in his eight games so far. Turns 29 in July so as an unrestricted free agent his management would surely push for a multi-year deal.

    HAYDEN BALLANTYNE (Fremantle)

    Hanging in there at nearly 31, having kicked 10 goals in nine games with Michael Walters injured in Rounds 7 and 8. Too early to tell what the future holds, but after only ten games last year will reach that total this week.

    Can’t do much more than keep kicking goals in the senior team.

    MICHAEL JOHNSON (Fremantle)

    Played every game last year and still took until Grand Final week to sign a one-year extension, so given serviceable form as a rebounding defender is a chance to keep going despite turning 34 in October.

    DAVID MUNDY (Fremantle)

    Ultra-consistent midfielder who has had between 21-23 possessions in six of his nine games so far, with seven goals to boot. Turns 33 in July but his form is clearly good enough to allow him the decision on playing on.

    Has enough versatility as a mid-sized forward for the Dockers to believe he won’t be holding anyone back if he goes on next year.

    Aaron Sandilands isn’t showing any sign of slowing down. Pic: AAP

    AARON SANDILANDS (Fremantle)

    Keeps on signing one-year deals (the last in July last year) and after averaging 41 hit-outs playing every game this year, no reason why he won’t keep pushing on. His hitout to advantage rate is the still the competition’s best.

    Turns 36 in December but with Sean Darcy sidelined with injury only a baby in ruck terms, the Dockers would be a brave club to push Sandilands into retirement.

    GEORGE HORLIN-SMITH (Geelong Cats)

    Has played four of the past five games since coming in against Port Adelaide with a brilliant two-goal, 26 disposal effort. At 25, his senior opportunities for the rest of the year will dictate his future.

    Too good a player to be hanging around playing twos at Geelong.

    DANIEL MENZEL (Geelong Cats)

    Intriguing. Started in a blaze of glory with 14 goals in his first four games after being handed a one-year deal on extremely modest terms compared to his 40-goal season in 2017.

    Then Chris Scott said his body meant*the club would never be able to offer him long-term deals, which his manager Adam Ramanauskas disputed on Radio Sports National.

    Then he had an injection for his groin issues which dramatically backfired, meaning he has been sore and unable to train properly since Round 5.

    Does that prove he isn’t a durable player, or would he feel upset that medical treatment gone wrong has again put him on the sidelines.

    So Geelong and Menzel will likely do the dance again when he gets back, him trying to prove why he’s worth a two-year deal and them assessing his talent and durability all over again.

    JARROD HARBROW (Gold Coast Suns)

    Still playing quietly excellent footy for the Suns, one of their finds as an initial uncontracted player despite the lack of fanfare. He is 30 in July, but it’s a no-brainer to recontract him given what he provides.

    MICHAEL RISCHITELLI (Gold Coast Suns)

    A beloved player and leader at the Suns, Rischitelli has averaged only 13 possessions in a quiet year so far after signing a one-year deal. The foundation Sun was dropped in Round 6 but has played the last couple.

    Needs to do more to extend a career full of merit.

    Hawthorn's Shaun Burgoyne is well and truly over his hamstring issue. Pic: Michael Klein

    SHAUN BURGOYNE (Hawthorn)

    The 35-year-old missed a month early in the year with a hamstring injury, the first meaningful injury of any kind since arriving at the Hawks with a knee injury.

    Some wondered if the soft-tissue issue might be the first sign of the end, but his last two weeks have been as good as ever. He had 26 touches and 10 tackles against Sydney and 21 against Brisbane.

    He has no intention of retiring, so unless Clarko pulls him aside for one of those honest conversations he is so capable of, there is a real chance he goes again next year.

    It’s early in the season, but he plays so many positions he doesn’t really stifle the next generation of kids coming through.

    TAYLOR DURYEA (Hawthorn)

    Duryea’s role as a pressuring forward meant he survived last year where Billy Hartung was moved on. In reasonable form this year — 18 possessions a game — and has played every game in a side with plenty of changes.

    The 27-year-old has racked up 110 games as a no-fuss utility, so will back himself to extend his career at the Hawks.

    PAUL PUOPOLO (Hawthorn)

    Still one of the AFL’s great pressure players and was in a rich vein of form before a Round 4 hamstring injury. Was quiet first-up against Brisbane, which is understandable.

    But after trade rumours came to nothing last year he got another deal and is only 30, so if he can steer clear of soft-tissue concerns he is in a strong position to play on.

    RYAN SCHOENMAKERS (Hawthorn)

    One of footy’s great survivors, with 114 games in a decade at Hawthorn. Just two games so far this year after an achilles complaint, then a run of VFL games. He just keeps hanging around, and it got him a much-deserved premiership. Only 27, but will need to prove himself again given the Hawks have plenty of talks and want to bring in Tom Lynch at season’s end.

    BRENDAN WHITECROSS (Hawthorn)

    How can you not cheer for 28-year-old Whitecross, who played in Rounds 7-8 this year and has overcome so many knee injuries to remain on the Hawks list?

    Dumped after the loss to Sydney, he will just have to do what he has so often before — prove the doubters wrong again. But after only eight games last year, needs regular senior footy to push his contract claims.

    Demon Neville Jetta wants to stay at Melbourne. Pic: Getty Images

    NEVILLE JETTA (Melbourne)

    A no-fuss year from Jetta, beaten early by small forwards in a rare form slump then bouncing back strongly.

    Said in January he wanted to remain at Melbourne — “Ideally, I would like to stay a one-club player and have some success with the group that we’ve got now” — but no further updates have been forthcoming on his deal.

    Remains a huge part of the Melbourne premiership charge given how often he has put small forwards to sleep with his pace and one-on-one defending.

    SCOTT THOMPSON (North Melbourne)

    What a year. Effectively the last North Melbourne player to sign on last year, he has been superb this season.

    Still playing on star forwards — he kept Jeremy Cameron to two goals last week — he is also intercept marking and finishing off his games with excellent field kicking to his teammates.

    Just turned 32, but North Melbourne have shown they can mix and match by moving on some older players while selectively handing others contracts.

    If he can keep up his form until August, he would be a certainty to play on next year.

    SAM WRIGHT (North Melbourne)

    Hugely rated within the club, Wright has just returned from two years of ankle injuries and seamlessly slotted back into the Roos side.

    No reason to rush into a deal while he re-establishes himself in the senior side, but Wright, 28 in July, can add another weapon to the Roos side.

    JUSTIN WESTHOFF (Port Adelaide)

    Triggered a contract extension last year that secured him through to the end of 2018 and at 32 just days after the Grand Final, he isn’t going anywhere now.

    One of a handful of Port Adelaide players desperate to win that elusive premiership, he has played every game so far and remains a superb and versatile tall.

    Reece Conca has plenty of footy ahead of him. Pic: Getty Images

    REECE CONCA (Richmond)

    Conca played three, six and six games respectively in the past three years. Finally he has overcome his injury hoodoo, playing every game and moving into the midfield as hard-tackling presence.

    Like many others at Richmond his contract talks are yet to kick off, but after years of rumours about interest from WA clubs, he seems a Tiger through and through.

    No reason why he won’t get another deal given he is only 26 in August.

    SHAUN GRIGG (Richmond)

    Into his eighth season at Richmond, the Tigers premiership ruckman (sort of) is yet to kickstart contract talks but he has only just turned 30.

    Remains an underrated part of the Tigers’ makeup as a goalkicking mid who can tag or back up Toby Nankervis. Should play on.

    SAM GILBERT (St Kilda)

    Out long-term with a cracked thumb, he made it to 200 games this year and remains a lock in the club’s back six when available. Turns 32 this year but with the young defenders like Hugh Goddard not yet coming on and concerns over Dylan Roberton’s future, might go around one more time.

    HEATH GRUNDY (Sydney Swans)

    He will sit down with his manager Phil Mullen mid-year to discuss whether he retires or not at year’s end, but on current form there is no reason why he wouldn’t.

    The Swans have a bunch of kids coming up — including young defenders like Aliir Aliir — but he is comfortably holding his spot in a quality side.

    JARRAD McVEIGH (Sydney Swans)

    Depending on who you believe McVeigh was either told he wasn’t playing on this year, or was perilously close to that position. But the 33-year-old always knew he if he could get his body right he was good enough to keep going.

    Case in point — last weekend against Fremantle he had 31 possessions in another flawless display, the half back flanker playing every game this year.

    He either gets to retire this year on his own terms or maybe considers another year if he can stay injury free and his form holds up.

    NICK SMITH (Sydney Swans)

    Smith has a clause in his contract that means on games played this year he will get another season, rich reward for a former rookie who just played his 200th game for the Swans.

    MARK LECRAS (West Coast)

    Come on, admit it, you thought LeCras was shot too. The veteran goalkicker eventually signed another contract in September last year and has reinvented himself as a tackling, pressuring forward.

    Turns 32 in October, but after 18 goals and 31 tackles, couldn’t be doing more to give himself a chance to play on.

    ERIC MACKENZIE (West Coast)

    Played 13 games last year but only two after Round 11, and has now been sidelined with stress fractures in both feet. Turned 30 this week but impossible to know if he might survive as defensive cover for the Eagles.

    Luke Dahlhaus is attracting rival interest. Pic: Michael Klein

    LUKE DAHLHAUS (Western Bulldogs)

    Has told the club he wants to stay and his manager nearly negotiated a deal last off-season. Reports that Geelong are interested, but he has been adamant he isn’t leaving.

    Dogs chief executive Ameet Bains said recently he wanted a longer deal than the Dogs were offering. Still averaging 23 possessions a game — down from 26 in the premiership year — but has kicked just a single goal for a player who used to regularly hit the scoreboard. Only one way to prove to the club you deserve a longer deal — get the back into the scintillating form of past years. At 25, they can’t afford to lose him.

    TOM LIBERATORE (Western Bulldogs)

    Out for the season with a ruptured ACL, his manager Tom Williams has told the Herald Sun he wants to stay. List manager Sam Power has confirmed talks are ongoing, but not escalating that quickly only because the club wants to let him get through the early part of his rehab. He had seemed in such brilliant form in the pre-season but has had his issues in the past two years. Surely both parties can structure a contract with enough incentives that it rewards him for performances while giving the club enough security to lock him away for multiple years. Turned 26 last week.

    DALE MORRIS (Western Bulldogs)

    This was to be his swan song, and definitely seemed the case when he partially tore his ACL in the pre-season. Back last week in the VFL in a recovery that was nothing short of stunning.

    You figure this is his last year, but the 35-year-old has defied convention before.

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