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Dex Files – Brandon Ellis

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One down, two to go Community! Most people had a decent week last week, for me; 1926 was ok – considering I had 4 rookies (and Griff/Lumumba) scoring shite.

I actually lost ground, again, but may make up some places in the next two weeks (providing we don’t have unforseen outs). Round 12 – time to upgrade! Pick off two or ideally 3 underperforming premiums by replacing round 12 rooks or injured players.

This week, I look at Brandon Ellis.

Grossly underrated; Brandon Ellis has been purring along this year considering he is averaging 107.1, and is in only 1.4% of teams!

Season 2015 has seen Ellis open very strong, not producing a single sub-90 score yet – for 7 tons and a low of 90 so far. There is argument he has arrived as a premium option. Priced at $549k, he is a little pricey (priced to average 102.3), although his 3 round average is at a tidy 119 and his 5 round average sits at 111.2. Tasty!

Will this form continue?

I think it’s likely considering most teams put effort into Cotchin, Martin and/or Deledio before they target Ellis.

My only real worry, if we cast our eyes over 2014 – he has dropped some serious stains (6 sub 80 scores, with 3 below 60). This is a concern, however, so far in 10 games – he hasn’t yet dropped a sub 90 score.


As you can see – he can get the pill. In 2014 Ellis dropped below 20 disposals only 3 times – in his first 3 games. Since then, Ellis has not had a single game below 20 touches. He also likes to kick more than handball, and more importantly – has almost doubled his average tackles per game. See below, Ellis’ 2015 stats:


For those of you who like to know how well he goes in comparison to wins and losses, in his completed 2014 season and his 2015 season so far, he has averaged around 12 points per game better in wins – which is good – a loss isn’t correlating to drastically less points.

One thing we must ask ourselves if we decide to take a punt on Ellis – Will the tigers win more than they lose between here and the finals?

Tigers run home reads: WCE (MCG), SYD (SCG), GWS (MCG), CAR (MCG), STK (ES), FRE (MCG), HAW (MCG), ADE (AO), GCS (MCG), COLL (MCG), ESS (MCG) & NM (ES). That’s a pretty tough run really. You can pencil in wins against St Kilda, Carlton, and Gold Coast. They’d start favourites against GWS, Collingwood and Essendon. They’d be 50-50 against North, Adelaide and West Coast. Hawthorn, Sydney and Fremantle would be losses for mine.

So; Tigers have 3 likely wins, 3 likely losses, 3 probable wins and 3 coin tosses. Looks promising really, considering his finals games are all winnable games.

His points per minute (PPM) for 2015 is really good – a shade over 1 point per minute; considering the average game goes for 120 minutes, he’s likely to hit the ton.

Notably, Ellis is more an outside player (61% possessions being uncontested) – this can spell trouble if the tag does befall him. Another stat of note is his disposal efficiency of 73%, barely differing from 2014.

For mine, Ellis is a bona-fide option for out M8 position this year. When you weigh up all that I have laid out before you, do you think he is worth it?

Ellis is a very likely inclusion for me this week.

Well Community, What about you? Is Ellis worth a valuable midfield spot? Is he overpriced? We’d love to hear from you!

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Nice article. Ellis definitely worth a look at. Also his teammate Shane Edwards I reckon as a POD in the forward half! 6 hundreds and 2 scores of 80+.


Edwards would be a good pick if he was $50k cheaper.


I'm looking at getting Edwards in as my F6 as well. That means I'd have a Tiger in each of my lines (Edwards, Maric, Ellis, Rance).


Lumumba to Hodge
Saad to Hodge

trading out saad will give me 18 on field, Lumumba I will only have 17.
trading out Lumumba will cost 30k more but IMO saad has a 10-15 point greater scoring ability

Gordo D Magnificent

Depends on your league/overall situation to me. If you need and want to win this week, (depends on your opponents field tbh, not a lot of teams fielding more than 17) i would trade saad. But the way i see it, Saad still has a little bit more money to be made, and lumumba is just bleeding cash.


up until about 10 minutes ago I had Hodge locked as a trade into my team this week. I just read that he has an injury cloud and has been training all week with his calf bandaged. Clarko said he will be ok. He said that about Birchell 3 weeks ago!! Hodge is a risk.


thanks for the info Derek. I would like your wisdom on who is the next best option. (I'm getting smith next week)


For the run home, I'd be looking at the good teams. Its ok to have rookies and "break out' players from Melbourne, Dogs, saints melb etc….but when the season gets serious you need to have the big boys in your team.

For the lesser teams, there comes a point in the season where they are tired, out of contention for finals and ready for a rest. I'm looking at you Tom McDonald, Hogan, Simpson, Thumper, The Bont, Saad, Cripps even SMartin.

So you need players from the big teams, plus you need tried and tested SC premiums. Selwood, Priddis, Hodge, Gibbo, Bartel, Enright, Taylor, Buddy, Dawson, Pendlebury……..

Also – beware Ross Lyon…. especially when Freo are 10-1.

There is a lack of good premium defenders this year. Only 4 have a season average over 100SC. A defence premium is a player who can average over 95+. Players who standout for me besides Hodge are; Enright, Taylor, Grundy, Shaw, Gibson, Hurley, Houli, Murphy, Yarran, Birchell

Smith would be ok, he is cheap, but unless he is playing back on the wing where he started the year, he won't be in my team.

General Soreness

Dex some very solid points backed by brilliant analysis as always mate. I really like his consistency, the fact he scores in multiple ways and that he is a massive POD. Personally I wont be bringing him in as there are better at the price, but for those looking to separate themselves his POD value may be worth the premium.


4 trades away from a line up i would consider finals ready (no field rookies, pretty much all premo's and players like newnes and ibbo), would having 11 trades left after this seem a good amount? And how many trades should i have going into finals, cause i do want to trade ibbo to a more consistent scorer in the end.


7-8 trades for finals should cut in my opinion. I’m still not entirely convinced on newnes as d6. I have him and think he may be culled post bye for smith. Even thinking josh Gibson. With the Hawks at nearly full strength Gibbos intercept marking coupled with potential 20+ pos equals good POD.


Should i trade Birchall this week? Just been announced that he isnt playing this week, and clarko himself said he doesnt know when he will be back.


do you mean trade in? if he isn't playing, why would you want to trade him in?


Don't know how you got trade in from anything from that, but i mean trade out, ive had him since round 5 and has screwed me since round 8


ok. I thought you were thinking of trading Birchell in this week (I was).

Hold him, he will score big. The hawks have yet to have the whole defence play this year. When they do, Birchell will be free to run and carry off half back = Big SC

Favalinko U Beauty

Birchall good chance to play this week (HOLD).


He is not playing against crows


I have had Cloke in my team from the beginning. Somehow I managed to rank in top 250.

The plan was to get rid of him around the byes, Collingwood have Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port (in Adelaide), WCE after their bye.

I'm crazy to keep him aren't I?

Ben Bretel

yea good plan

The Ranger

Hahaha! Of course he would start putting in some big scores now!
That was bound to happen!
Tough one Derek.
I'd say it depends who you can trade him to, he'd be a big POD if you kept him….


thoughts on team please and how to improve..

def: shaw, rance, murphy, hodge, lumumba, b.smith, pearce, hamling
mid: fyfe, pendles, beams, priddis, JPK, wines, sloane, CEY, boston, mckenzie, anderson
ruck: blicavs, nic nat, read
fwd: gray, swan, martin, goddard, franklin, higgins, tarrant, lamb

thinking CEY out next week aswell as lumumba and tarrant. 2 premos, 1 rookie

Ben Bretel

great team


good team. missing good DPP swing sets.

Without thinking about the byes, I would consider over the next couple of weeks doing the following:

Lumumba >> Delidio (Via Higgins)
CEY >> Parker (gun!)
Anderson >> Steele (give you a Mid/Fwd Swing – Anderson not getting a game soon)
Tarrant >> HGoddard (gives you a Def/Fwd swing)


I'm new to serious Supercoach and need advice as its not clear-cut to me about who to keep beyond the byes.

Like many my main decision this week (and next week too, probably) is not who to bring in, but how to trade out. My conundrum is this, I had expected to keep Newnes long term but noticed that currently:

NEWNES – Ave SC: 82.73, $445300 DEF/MID (overall player ranking 94)
OXLEY – Ave SC: 84.09, $392200 DEF (overall player rank 86)
KOLODJASHNIJ, K – Ave SC 82.36, $429300 DEF (overall player rank 96)
SAAD, Adam – Ave SC: 83.5, $389300 DEF/MID (overall player rank 137)

(would love to know where to find info on how to locate SC positional player rankings too btw: ie what is OXLEY and NEWNES rankings as defenders over the current year??)

Based on the above info why keep NEWNES over OXLEY?

I have had to make 8 injury related trades this year so far and I have limited remaining trades so I'm pretty sure I wont go full premium (at least not all 30 players), so I WILL need to keep at least one of the above.

Any thoughts whould be greatly appreciated


I wouldn't worry about rankings to much, they can be distorted a lot based on who they have played, injuries etc.

I made my "Final" team a few weeks ago and have only worried about when should I get those players in (although I'm starting to re-consider delidio).

If Oxley, Saad, KK are not in your final team, it is just a matter of when you get rid of them. I have newness in my final team at D6. I like that he plays a lot of midfield time and he is DPP. Oxley was always a cash cow.


Krakouer > Steele
Brown > Hamling

Bellch > Dahlhaus



Originally selected Murphy but now I'm wavering a bit. I have $610k to spend on a midfielder. Who would be the pick of the R11 bye premium midfielders? Currently have Sloane, Beams, Deledio and Martin (last two are in forwards).

The Ranger

I've had Murphy in and out of my team this week but Jordan Lewis is tough to ignore.


mm same, worried about his lack of contested ball this season


I think you should keep brown as a handy backup. He will play every game and offload him only if he gets injured. Also Krakouer might get rookie upgrade this week. I would punt him only if he is not selected this week as his bye in R13. Totally agree with your third trade


As a Tigers fan, I would like to point out that the Tigers have a very very hard run home.

If you bring Ellis in, bring him in with caution.


Suggest some trades. Got 670k in the bank.

Simpson, Shaw, Gibson, Newnes, Saad, Lever, Hamling, Pearce
Fyfe, Beams, Selwood, JPK, Parker, Treloar, Rockliff, Miller, Steele, Dumont, McKenzie
Goldstein, Maric, Read
Gray, Martin, Swan, Franklin, Tarrent, Goddard, Lonie, Hogan.

Was thinking of trading Saad, Miller and Lonie but not sure who to. Suggestions?


Saad – hodge
Miller – Sloane
Lonie – Deledio


Thanks BC! If I'm being honest, I'm not touching Sloane and Deledio. Both have been injured and don't want Deledio due to price tag. Was thinking Dahlhaus. Hodge I like. Then I need a mid. Lewis?


miller to pendles
Lonie to dahlhaus
I wouldnt get hodge but there arent any consistent defenders atm


At least Sloane's injuries have been collision related so shouldn't impact him going forward. Lids recent soft tissue injury history could prove more relevant if his achilles tendonitis recurs later in the season.


Stupid or no brainer move??

Bring in Danger at his price now and stick with the plan of bringing in keepers only.
Had his bye and need bodies on the field.

Or is it too much to pay even if he ends top 8-10 for the year..


Danger is too much could have gotten him for 500k


In my my view you really need to look for value whenever you can and not pay for dudes when they are at the top of their price cycle like Danger currently is.


Too expensive now ….

the chef

15 trades 500k
Back: shaw, tmac, newnes, hodge, hamling, Dmac (pearce, brown)

Mid: fyfe, beams, steven, JPK, parker, ebert, Boston, CEY (rocky, heeney, glenn)

Ruck: maric, nic nat (read)

Fwd: gray, martin, swan, Tarrant, titch, clark (TBC, krak)

Only have 14 playing this week but easy win in my league thinking about these trades

CEY into the def by DMac swing —> houli
clark —> goddard/franklin
and then what other trade should i do?

Cheers community.

the chef

15 trades 500k
Back: shaw, tmac, newnes, hodge, hamling, Dmac (pearce, brown)

Mid: fyfe, beams, steven, JPK, parker, ebert, Boston, CEY (rocky, heeney, glenn)

Ruck: maric, nic nat (read)

Fwd: gray, martin, swan, Tarrant, titch, clark (TBC, krak)

Only have 14 playing this week but easy win in my league thinking about these trades

CEY into the def by DMac swing —> houli
clark —> goddard/franklin
and then what other trade should i do?

krak/TBC —> steele
dmac –> MID PREMO
Cheers community.

The Ranger

Not for me at that price.
Richmond have a tough run home too and he may well drop off.


Thought on Lewis??
Not sure if he will finish as a top 10 mid


SMitchell is back in fine form this year and getting all the hard ball. Lewis has become an outside player and not getting as much contested ball. Avoid.


If you have Sloane, he is a good option


Which 3 players should I trade out this week out of:Which 3 players should I trade out this week out of:

Was wanting to get Hodge but heard he is under an injury cloud. Who is the next best option to bring in apart from Hodge in defence.
Have Simpson, Smith & Shaw


oxley and saad still have a fair bit of cash in them so a NO to them
cripps with the absence of judd, will score quite well, history supports this,
i would go Clark, Rocky (still possibly 4 weeks away) and then CEY, with the return of sloane, crouch up and running in reserves again his time may be limited to the red vest at best


Clark, Cripps, CEY if you have a team for this round


Hi folks

Need your help

The bont hasn’t done much in the last few games and he has had injury issues as well.

Should I upgrade him to Goddard or Dahlhaus?


Keep him in the team.

Looking for your expert advice?


godddard, and the DPP makes him even more attractive option


Hold, see what he does in the next few weeks

Major Mooseknuckles

Hey community, need an opinion on whether Wallis is a valid selection over Sloane – Wallis seems to be off the leash in terms of tagging duties. He competes for points as any player does but I think the competition in the crows engine room is more fierce. Not to mention the dogs have more runs on the board against tougher teams.

Any insight/opinion is valued and appreciated

Cheers guys


Ha ha. Love the name major.


I’m bringing in sloane.


I have been contemplating Wallis as well. If you don't have the cash to get Sloane he would be a good option, but is he going to be in your final team at the end of the season? There is more of a chance that Sloane would be


Thoughts on Rory Sloane? And who do you think will be the top 10

Midfielders by seasons end?


Fyfe, Pendlebury, Priddis, Dangerfield, Lewis, Hannebury, Mundy, Selwood, Kennedy (Armatage or Shiel).

Sloan is well priced, has had some time off, so should be fresh, has signed his contract, so his head should be clear. Good chance to return to early season form, and finish just outside the top 10 mids.


So,You don't think Beams will finish in the top 10


Ranked 9th by average currently, could perhaps be in the mix to remain in the top 10, but a long season with no midfield help (particularly if Rockliff is out for a great portion on the remainder of the season).

wise old man

I think Fyfe might just slip in at one then Pendles, Hannebery, Dangerfield, Gray, Beams, Priddis, Armitage, Mundy, and Ebert


Sloane is a good pickup
Fyfe, Pendlebury, Gray, Dangerfield, Priddis, Beams, Lewis, Ablett by average


what trades should i do this week have 540k in the bank

Shaw, Enright, Saad, Lumumba, Kmac, Dmac (Pearce, S.hureley)
Fyfe, Priddis,Pendles,Heppell,Parker, Selwood, B.Ellis, Montagna (Amon, Stretch, Smith)
Goldstein, Maric (Read)
Gray, Martin, Swan, Zieball, Titch, Lonie (Dale, Lambert)

was thinking of getting rid of saad, lumumba,kmac and lonie. which 3 should i get rid of


why is no one considering JPK? he should be a popular pick next round after his bye.


waiting for it to rain.

Brooke Richards

Probably because most people already have him


Gday community. Just wondering if there is a podcast tonight seeing theres a game tommorow? Thanks


who to get out of Simpson Tmac Houli Hodge Laird Picken bob murphy, pick 3

wise old man

I need one more midfield premo. I'm currently looking at Pearce Hanley, Dayne Beams and Patrick Dangerfield.
Could you guys help me out a bit here?



If you need one now, you'd have to go Beams.

Danger too expensive and hanley is still a little unproven, only playing one game.


Might need to read the article above, Ellis I reckon could get it done


What are peoples thoughts or Bob Murphy?
I feel like with the Dogs upcoming soft draw he will get considerable amounts of the pill as his teammates look for him for his distribution by foot. Will increase his average into the top six defenders i reckon and his price isnt to expensive as well.
Good choice or go with the likes of Simpson and Hodge


I’ve gone Murphy this week. Over his bye and at a good price. Very consistent as well.


Looking at Bob's scores, he tends to score poorly against the poorer teams.

Worst 2 scores this year were against St.Kilda & Melbourne. I dont know the reason why, but maybe the poorer teams make some effort to stop him getting the ball and being creative, whereas the better sides spend more time having their fowards focus on attacking.


Very interesting point, because if you take those two scores out he has had a very good year. Reckon the fact however that these are must win games for the Dogs will lift his effort being captain to lead by example.


Maybe simply because the ball isn't in defence as much vs poorer teams?


Simpson would be the one to get for those looking to upgrade their defence this week who don't already have him.


Both are good options, but i reckon Simpson's output will be very similar to Murphy from this point in the year and thus myself leaning to Murphy as he is a little less expensive with a slightly lower breakeven


Murphy is a no for me, I’ve been hurt by his patches of mediocrity before….


Hodge, Enright or Simpson?


Simpson, more reliable for his price


can anyone tell me whats going on with Ricky Henderson. I was hoping to hold him for a while as he has a BE of 50 odd but it seams im going to have to trade him over Lumumba to field a side. he hasn't played since rd 7 and I was hoping he could average around 90 countinuing the upwards trajectory of his 85.3 average in 2013, (2014 only played 8 games due to injury)


Crows are still holding him back as he recovers from that back complaint. Like Birchall it's just one of those things that has dragged on a few more weeks than expected but he will probably play next week but nothing is guaranteed of course.

As he's unlikely to be a season long keeper I would upgrade him to a 2015 premo defender this week anyway, especially if it's going to cost you a donut to carry him another round.

Yes you might lose out on a tiny bit of cash by not keeping the faith but you will probably feel a whole lot better once your rolled gold replacement, in all likelihood, belts out a decent score this weekend.


Same boat mate, I upgraded him to Hodge this week.


Hi Community, wanting to know with the 10 team leagues, who makes the cut for finals, is it top 4,6, or 8❓


For SC Draft? It’s top 8 for any league.. Even 10 teams. Won it from 7th last year ha ha



Cyril is Delicious

Do I get in Hodge? Or do I go a cheaper option in Murphy, Laird, Smith, Houli or Gibson, to save one cash?

Getting Hodge in will leave me with $161,000?



Murphy, save yourself $70,000 which could help you in the long run


is Brodie Smith a worthy pick? If so I'm thinking of trading Birchall – Smith and Saad – Mcdonald. Mcdonalds bye will not effect my team with his bye next round as I will have 20 players playing


Smith will be a whole lot cheaper next week.



Looking for some assistance, I have enough players for both this week and next week, so my thoughts are longer-term.

Just trying to upgrade in the forward line, and have a few options, involving the trading out of Tarrant, either this week or next, I will have upto $555,400 to spend. Current forward line looks like – Gray, Goddard, Franklin, Motlop, Hogan, Tarrant (Dale & Lonie).

Think of possibly doing one of the following trades this week-
Tarrant to Gunston
Tarrant to J.Riewoldt
Tarrant to Wingard
Tarrant to Dahlhaus
Tarrant to Gawn (for cash to further upgrade, would be on ground/loophole candidate) to D.Martin (in 2-3 weeks)

or wait and do one of the following-
Tarrant to N.Riewoldt (next week)
Tarrant to Betts (next week)
Tarrant to Rioli (next week)

Help please, I am really struggling with this decision, leaning towards either Gunston this week or N. Riewoldt next week.



I’m waiting for Bennel next week and soft draw for the rest of the season


Great article Dex! Ellis is definitely a player I haven't heard much of in the community and should be definitely considered. I brought him in before his a bye and it looks like it could pay off or I hope it does. I would say it would be better to get Ellis in over Dangerfield this week


I had Rockliff at the start and then traded him out and back in again,should i just hold him or burn another trade and go to Sloane