Well, here they are. The three weeks we’ve been dreading have finally arrived. The bye rounds. We lose 6 teams every week for the next 3 weeks and this will result in carnage. That said, only 18 player’s scores will be counted so hopefully that provides some comfort.
This week is arguably the worst of the lot. The optimist amongst us SuperCoach folk will say, “Well, better to get it out of the way so we don’t have to stress about it”. Others, including myself, will say, “I’m stuffed. No Gaz. No Beams. No Danger. I’m done. I give up.”
Whether you’re a glass half full man or half empty, step back. Don’t panic. Always think there is someone worse off than you out there in the SuperCoach work. I’m here to help guide you through this stressful period.
GET HIM IN
Whoever is on your bench
Important. Before you blaze away with the trade button, cover your zeros with whom you’ve already got. This is important because if you trade out a 0 for someone playing this week, you’ll only cop their 0 later in the bye rounds.
The bye rounds are more to do with covering your donuts than it is trying to score big. There are only 18 scoring players counted so in my view you’re better waiting ‘till after their bye to trade in some of the big premiums.
You could, however, strategically trade in. If there is a premium tickling your fancy and you’re going plenty of quality to cover 0s that round, it may be worth trading him in and stomaching the 0 that week. Better to cop the 0 one week if you’re going to get 2 weeks of great scores when no one else is playing. If you get what I’m saying…
There are also significant injuries and outs this week, so people will need to trade either way. Like all weeks, there is no set way to approach your SuperCoach side. The game is circumstantial and different people will be forced to do different things.
Shaun Burgoyne (HAW) MID – $490,800 SC
- Next 5 Games: SYD (A), BYE, PORT (A), GWS (H), WCE (H)
- Recent Scores: 130, 96, 109, 72, 101, 128
- Breakeven: 70
Mr Consistency, a big time player, Shaun Burgoyne is almost defines that “fine wine gets better with age” cliché. He’s had a sensational couple of weeks, and season really. He has dropped under 100 only twice and under 96 once. He is almost bankable points and owned by 7% of coaches, which ALMOST classifies him as a POD.
Last week against St Kilda he was magnificent, collecting 33 touches and 2 goals, while against Richmond he amassed 24 touches and kicked a goal. Shaun’s finding plenty of the pill and kicking goals. He shares a bye with Carlton, GWS, Port, WCE and the WBD so there would be limited damage if you decide to bring him in. At his value, getting someone who will score guaranteed 100+ is a bargain. Consider.
Nick Malceski (SYD) DEF – $508,100 SC
- Next 5 Games: HAW (H), ESS (A), BYE, GEE (H), GCS (A)
- Recent Scores: 98, 111, 102, 104, 112
- Breakeven: 63
What a 5 weeks Malceski has had. Flown under the radar somewhat with all the trouble Budwa is creating. His rise in form comes at an ideal time, given the long-term injury to Sam Mitchell. Nick has mastered the role of a rebounding defender, racking up plenty of I50s to go with getting a bit of the footy. Despite suffering a corky against the Brisbane Lions, he battled on to score a nice 112.
Nick has the round 10, which suits beautifully to what I was talking about above…there aren’t many fantasy relevant sides who have the round 10 bye, so you can afford to bring him in this week, and have enough players in round 10 to cover his 0. Food for thought.
Robbie Gray (PORT) FWD – $528,600 SC
- Next 5 Games: FRE (H), BYE, HAW (H), MELB (A), STK (H)
- Recent Scores: 79, 111, 139, 101, 121
- Breakeven: 19
Robbie is another one who’s in good form. His last 4 weeks have been outstanding, kicks goals and getting plenty of the footy – seems to be a common theme this week. He has worked his way into this Port Adelaide side beautifully and with all the attention on other midfielders; Robbie has been able to slip under radar and pump out good scores.
Will set you back a bit, but given form and a favourable run coming up post bye, it is definitely work considering getting Gray in now. You should have enough cover in your forward line to take the hit – Port share bye with Carl, GWS, Haw, WCE and the Dogs.
GET HIM OUT
Sam Mitchell (HAW) DEF – $500,400 SC
- Next 5 Games: On sidelines
- Recent Scores: Irrelevant
- Breakeven: His hamstring
Out for two months. Don’t hold. Dump.
Who could you consider? Jarryd McVeigh is an option, almost like a straight swap. Same with Nick Malceski. Be careful you who trade in, MUST check to see if they are actually playing this week.
Matthew Jaensch (ADEL) DEF – $422,800 SC
- Next 5 Games: Out for 3 weeks
- Recent Scores: Irrelevant
- Breakeven: His ribs
Another player injured for a couple of weeks. Add the bye this weekend and you gotta move on Matty Jaen, which is a real pain because he was playing so well and many had traded him in only a couple of weeks ago…
Here the key break-even scores to keep in mind heading into round 4:
- Marc Murphy (CARL) 52 BE
- Dale Thomas (CARL) 52 BE
- Tom Langdon (COLL) -28 BE
- Dayne Beams (COLL) 77 BE
- JarrydRoughead (HAW) 68 BE
- Luke Breust (HAW) 37 BE
- Matt Suckling (HAW) 55 BE
- Leigh Montagna (STK) 44 BE
- Callan Ward (WBD) 33 BE
- Jared Polec (PORT) -36 BE
- Patrick Dangerfield (ADEL) 13 BE
- Matt Crouch (ADEL) -42 BE
- Jay Kennedy-Harris (MELB) -69 BE
- Dom Tyson (MELB) 17 BE
- Tom Liberatore (WBD) 76 BE
- Shaun Higgins (WBD) 24 BE
- Nick Robertson (BRIS) -66 BE
- Tom Rockliff (BRIS) 81 BE
- Jarryd McVeigh (SYD) 46 BE
- Luke Parker (SYD) 79 BE
- Steve Johnson (GEE) 73 BE
- Jimmy Bartel (GEE) 70 BE
- Corey Enright (GEE) 49 BE
- Trent Cotchin (RICH) 60 BE
- Aaron Sandilands (FRE) 22 BE
- Scott Pendlebury (COLL) 139 BE
- Sam Mitchell (HAW) 219 BE
- Nick Riewoldt (STK) 158 BE
- Travis Boak (PORT) 159 BE
- Brendon Goddard (ESS) 154 BE
- Jobe Watson (ESS) 142 BE
- Nick Dal Santo (NM) 132 BE
- Joel Selwood (GEE) 157 BE
- Michael Barlow (FRE) 126 BE
Thank you for your questions this week. Remember, you can tweet in to @Mr_Crimmins and your question could feature in Flesh for Fantasy. Here are the burning questions of the round.
ANSWER: Lets break this up. 1) I reckon Hibberd…just, would be your best bet for Mitchell, but both players really well and pumping out similar scores. 2) Not a fan of either of their JS to be honest, but with Sam Mitchell now out for a bit, Hartung has opportunity to string a couple together. Hartung won’t play St Kilda every week so be mindful of that.
ANSWER: I don’t think so given the scores he is pumping out. Don’t think its worth going all the way down to someone like Nick Robertson. Your best bet is to send maybe one of your rookie mids to Billy Hartung? or someone on the bubble and then use the $$$ to send Mitchell to ultimate premo
Good luck this weekend community