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Ladies and gentleman, Jack Darling has arrived as a legitimate SuperCoach forward premium option.

Who would of thought we would ever make that statement?

Darling’s emergence in 2018 has been stunning, with some experts even likening his performances to those of the great Wayne Carey.

The West Coast spearhead’s last month has been irresistible, slamming home scores of 112, 132, 125 and finally a monster 181 on Saturday.

His current price of $561K is expensive, but if he continues to cement his status as a top six forward he will prove too difficult to ignore.

The Heroes

Jack Darling (181 SC) was in supreme form in West Coast’s demolition of Richmond on Sunday finishing with 20 kicks, 15 marks and six goals in a herculean effort. There’s a real presence and aura about the man at the moment. Apart from an ordinary 42 against Carlton in Round 5, Darling’s two other lowest scores have been 89 and 90 this season and he has hit three figures in his other six matches. He’s currently the highest averaging forward with 111 points per match.

The stunning numbers of Bulldogs revelation Jack McRae (177 SC) have been an absolute blessing for his owners. In the wet in Adelaide he produced another midfield masterclass racking up 36 possessions, 25 of them contested, 13 tackles and 10 clearances.

The knock on Swans defender Jake Lloyd (173 SC) has always been his ceiling but he completely dispelled that myth with one of the best matches of his AFL career to date. He finished with 41 possessions, 15 marks and one goal at 85% disposal efficiency.

Tom Mitchell (155 SC) did Tom Mitchell things for the Hawks on Sunday, despite their shock loss. He had it 46 times, along with 26 contested possessions and 10 clearances. Fellow inside king Patrick Cripps (152 SC) has been sensational this season after his 2017 campaign was cruelled by injury. He finished with 31 touches, 23 contested possessions, eight marks, nine tackles and 10 clearances.

Max Gawn (121 SC) continues to be the standout option in the ruck, while resurgent Lion Dayne Zorko (121 SC) is still only $515K and is coming off 164, 121 and 121 in his last three.

Other significant scores: Jake Melksham (160 SC), Aaron Hall (137 SC), Jarrod Witts (129 SC), Jarrad Waite (129 SC), Sam Powell-Pepper (128 SC), Ben Brown (128 SC), Jarrod Harbrow (127 SC),Touk Miller (127 SC), Travis Boak (125 SC),Jeremy McGovern (123 SC), Zach Tuohy (122 SC), Luke Ryan (121 SC), Jeremy Howe (121 SC), Tom Phillips (121 SC).

The Villains

The role Robbie Gray (67 SC) played on the weekend should have his owners a little concerned. With the likes of Tom Rockliff finding form and Sam Powell-Pepper back in the Power’s midfield, Gray spent more time up forward, resulting in a poor score.

In-form Hawks firebrand James Sicily (77 SC) couldn’t live up to the hype on the weekend, while Geelong guns Gary Ablett (55 SC) and Sam Menegola (57 SC) were both ordinary in Geelong’s surprise loss to Essendon.

Adam Treloar (73 SC) butchered the pill yet again with five clangers hurting his score while the old man Kade Simpson (72 SC) endured probably his worst game so far in 2018. Blues teammate Matthew Kreuzer (60 SC) remains a little underdone after coming back from injury.

A recent run of good form from Tiger Kane Lambert (64 SC) came crashing to a halt on Sunday, while Brisbane ruckman Stef Martin (79 SC) couldn’t quite get the job done for his owners.

The Redeemers

Marcus Bontempelli (120 SC) has come good for the Dogs after an indifferent start to the season. An impressive 18 of his 28 possessions were contested, and he also had nine clearances to be his side’s best midfielder along with McRae. Lance Franklin (114 SC) is slowly working back to his best form after missing four matches due to heel soreness. He finished with three snags and should further improve next week.

After missing the first five matches of the season due to injury, the form of Melbourne bookend Tom McDonald (118 SC) has been exciting to watch. Playing a forward role he finished with four goals and is averaging 106 so far in 2018. Teammate Angus Brayshaw (105 SC) also enjoyed a better week after a slow start to the season and looks to building his confidence with his second ton in three weeks.

The Prodigies

To those who held Nick Holman (122 SC), bravo. The young Sun ensured he still has some cash growth left in him with a big score over in China. Unfortunately many of his owners have jumped off after a string of mediocre scores.

Tom Doedee (91 SC) was solid as a rock for Adelaide on Friday night in the wet and should remain your last defensive rookie to be upgraded. Hawks defender David Mirra (89 SC) was excellent for his side on Sunday, while Bayley Fritsch (87 SC) has been equally as impressive since breaking back into Melbourne’s side.

Melbourne big man Tim Smith (91 SC) emerged for his first match of 2018 with a decent outing. He played a forward role and also provided a chop out for big Maxy in the ruck. He’s a 123K forward, so it might be worth jumping on next week if he produces another good score.

Collingwood forward Jaidyn Stephenson (81 SC) continues to provide his owners with decent output while Swan Ben Ronke (71 SC) produced a solid score to back up his 122 the previous week.

On the bubble: Ed Phillips (49 SC), Tom McCartin (41 SC), Isaac Cumming (19 SC).

First game for 2018: Tim Smith (91 SC), Jordan Ridley (76 SC), Bailey Rice (55 SC), Jacob Heron (54 SC), Mitch Lewis (39 SC), Dylan Clarke (34 SC), Patrick Kerr (23 SC).

Other rookie scores: Hunter Clarke (82 SC),Oscar McInerny (65 SC),Willie Rioli (64 SC), Tom Cole (62 SC), Jeremy Finlayson (62 SC), Matt Guelfi (61 SC), Myles Polholke (61 SC),Charlie Spargo (60 SC), Zac Giles-Langdon (59 SC), Jordan Gallucci (57 SC), Ed Richards (57 SC), Bailey Banfield (56 SC), Sam Murray (56 SC), Jack Henry (56 SC), Cam Rayner (55 SC), Harry McKay (54 SC), Jake Waterman (52 SC), Paddy Dowe (51 SC), Lachlan Murphy (51 SC),Flynn Appleby (51 SC), Adam Cerra (49 SC), Andrew Brayshaw (49 SC), Tim Kelly (48 SC), Zac Bailey (47 SC), Nic Coffield (47 SC),Matt Eagles (46 SC), Billy Gowers (45 SC), Darcy Fogarty (45 SC), Lachie Keefe (42 SC), Brad Scheer (39 SC), James Worpel (32 SC), Brayden Crossley (30 SC), Lochie O’Brien (30 SC), Jarrod Garlett (27 SC), Mitch Crowden (21 SC), Cam O’Shea (18 SC), Charlie Ballard (12 SC).

The Damned

Owners of Sam Jacobs (47 SC) need to jump off now. It’s been a struggle for poor old Sauce, ever since the SuperCoach ruck rules changed to favour hit outs to advantage.

It’s almost a dead heat between Michael Hibberd (48 SC) and Jack Billings (57 SC) for the worst premium recruit of the season. The pair have both been nothing short of horrific. Billings just isn’t finding enough of the footy and is clearly down on confidence, while Hibberd’s role appears to have been hi-jacked by the likes of Lewis, Vince and co meaning he is getting much less of the pill.

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Dusty $492,700 b.e. 131 ave is 85 to 87 over the last 3-5 games. If he scores his ave this week he'll drop another 20k.
Is it time to swap Cogs or Kelly to Dusty?
Or should those lucky enough to not have him keep not having him as a POD?

I didn't thank the author of this article because I have no Idea who provided it


No. Kelly is too expensive. Dusty wil last another round

Ahmad rubas

id swap kelly but not cogs


Hi Bob,

I am punting Kelly this week for Dusty. Kelly with a BE of 120 is in Danger of losing serious cash. A BE of 131 for Dusty is highish, but for an extra 60K you can switch a rookie to a brownlow medallist. And knowing Dusty, he might just chomp his BE this week. Don't be surprised that the same switch next week will cost you $90K+. For me it is a done deal.

Cheers mate.


Zorko. Any love?


I'm thinking kelly to dusty this week….imagine if someone told you you could do that for 50k at the start of the year….


Kelly to Dusty, take it


Henry-T.Smith and Hibberd-Lloyd this week, could go darling but the Lloyd pick allows me to trade Doedee straight to Jonas/Boak next week who are both great Port PODS who will help me through the byes and (touch wood) provide premo output throughout the year.
Also thinking about Kelly-Rockliff but will re assess after the cats v blues game. Should i stick with my plan or trade in darling and paint the fence again next week (ridley looks decent) to get in jonas/boak (wont be able to get rockliff, so will hold kelly)?


Don’t jump on Smith. He scored 90 as a forward in an 100 point win whilst scoring 150ish points as a team. Don’t bring players in just because they are PODs. I brought in Zorko, Lobb, Savage, Kreuzer,


boak and jonas have been consistent all year unlike all of the players you mentioned above. Agree with your T.Smith statement but dont have any other option really, already have phillips


Didn’t have many heroes or villains this week. Had a lot of scores 80-120 including the rookies. Still came up with a below par score of 2204 and won 9/10 league games.

Henry’s 115 is out of his formula. Goodbye, mate.
Murray doesn’t seem to be scoring the same he was at the start of the year. Goodbye also.

Franklin is due a big game against a shocking team. Welcome my team.
Phillips is the only good rookie this week. 117,300 and scoring more than his break even. *coughs* Cummings *coughs*

Tiggers Footy Hunt

When will people learn? How about an an updated article on 'Blacklisted Supercoach Players'.
WARNING – select the following players at your own risk, these players may/will cause undue stress, hair loss, insanity, anxiety, depression and many other unwanted conditions.

Rockliff are people serious?
Not worth the headache, guys like him and Wingard, Hall, Shaw, Ablett (injuries) etc should be blacklisted forever – they are who they are. How did Deledio work out?


Mate Kelly down to rockcliff is looking the goods for me I reckon Kelly will just about hit his break even vsing Carlton can them down/upgrade him to rocky pocket the 50k and watch rocky rise another 100k odd it’s a tantalising move. A lot of risk attached but looking at my money situation I might just go it to reach full premo that little bit quicker


Yeah I know, but there is something about rocky that draws me in, and at 370 odd k I'm on, can't help it


The real question is how had Alex Witherden not won a Rising Star Nomination yet?


Another thought – anyone who started Jack Darling – there is a very real possiblity that the next "JOHN BRUYN MANOEUVRE" could be pulled off in the next few weeks…


Tempted to do it this week with gray and his role change


My midfield is finished and it does not have Macrae but that's alright for now.
Danger, Titch, Dusty, Fyfe, Cripps, Oliver, Crouch and Coniglio.
The exact top 8 I wanted from the start except Cogs instead of Josh Kelly who is MIA. To achieve that before the byes is all you can ask for, and hope they perform.

Now to sort out the rest of my team…


Solid midfield you got there, similar to mine but I have treloar for crouch! I’ll be looking at Tom mitchel after his bye to complete mine, pretty sure we have all missed the boat on McRae and can watch our rank disappear because of it haha


Macrae is on a run for the ages but history shows this kind of form cannot be maintained. I'm far happier saving $200k and bringing in Dusty.


Exact same midfield as mine except Cripps who's my next mid upgrade target after his bye

What are you doing with Coniglio, I picked him at the start of the year as a stepping stone to Kelly but started off with premium output and thought he was a keeper. Last 3 weeks haven't been as flash. Might save him to the very last upgrade of my team if I've got the trades


Same plan here. Kelly back in will only help him. If we need to step off someone averaging better will be cheap at the time, guaranteed.


Hi Community,

Tom Rockliff……….YES, "Rocky"………Can he be the "go to guy" during the byes?

He burnt me to a crisp in recent years. One season (2015 from memory) I started him, he got injured, traded him out, came back, traded him back in, and then got injured yet again for me to trade him out for the last time. My season was farked up after that.

So why I am I thinking about Rocky? Because he is a bloody gun when fit!

At $373K, I am seriously thinking of bringing him in after round 10. He is producing tonnes again and pushed Robbie Gray back forward (Sorry Gray owners) and seems to be on a roll with his body. (Touch wood)

With his bye this week, he will get another nice rest, a chance to blow the soot/smog out of his lungs and rearing to go for round 11. His BE is 26, and the temptation for him to run side to side with Nick Holman through the major byes is almost irresistible.

If he curses me again, and breaks down then so be it. Wont lose much cash, just that trade.

Shout me down, but Rocky owes me.

Cheers community.


Agree hawk all aboard the burn express!!! In all honesty rocky when fit is a better mid than gray and it’s just better for port having gray forward because he is a gun up there, just not always for SuperCoach. Does beg the question though is Robbie going to be a viable trade in target now? Will throw out shockers and big ones if he remains there, leaning to a no from me.


I am not touching Robbie Gray from a SC perspective now. He is a gun in the midfield, but he is not a key forward type like Jack Darling. If Rocky can get me through the byes unscathed (3 bloody rounds, that's all) he would have done his job generating me SC points and made good cash at the same time.

His risk is worth it IMO.


Rocky is worth the risk at that price cause providing he stays fit can still be a potential M9 if his scores aren't premium output


It’s Risk v. Reward.

This is a big risk, but a massive reward if it pays off.

I’ll happily wear the 2 trades if it goes pear shaped.


Gotta go the Rockpig, he was avg 123 last yr when he did shoulder inj, was the top scorer avg at that point in time.


Dammitt pulled the wrong TRIGGA!!

Tossed up between dusty, macrae or oliver for kelly when he went down with OP rd 4.

Watched dusty first 3 games destroy teams and thought wow he is on this year, won a brownlow and in fantastic form just carrying on from where he left off. Not sure where that has gone.

Oliver the same, macrae gr8 start but can he keep it up?

Anyway went dusty – the rest is history.
Worked out that one decision has cost me over 300 points which would put me top 100 infact top 70.

So does that make Dusty a permanent villian? 🙈

Not luck just the wrong call based on the safe play rather than taking a chance.

Point is you just gotta make every post a winner back ya gut and have fun doing it.

Unfortunately doc brown hasnt arrived to do it all over so now time to focus on building the team I want that can compete in the gr8 community leagues and put me in final contention.

No macrae so top 100 now pretty much out of reach. But eh ….

Dont worry be HAPPY. <img draggable="false" class="emoji" alt="😁" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/svg/1f601.svg"&gt;


Did the similar and went Dusty when Crouch done his hammy first time… Got a 140 out of him the first week and has gone down hill ever since……. Not trading him out he's just to good and will bounce back..
This week welcome Buddy or the Zork.. Will decide after a few sleeps on which one

This week Mcrae is VC no matter what!!!


Hear hear Trigga! Gotta stay happy. You can still make top 100 without Macrae or even win this caper.

The season is just underway.

Work away at your side and take some risks. And that is coming from me after you pumped me in two leagues this weekend.

Cheers mate.


Well said Toppa


I had the option between Cripps, Macrae and Coniglio, guess who I chose…


Eh Trigga chin up listen to your comrades on here , you are in it up to your eyeballs and the leaders are one or two injuries away from disintegration.


Traded Darling in after listening to the podcast last week…thanks guys. Now it’s time for your other pod recommendation being the zork


Is Crouch a good option for Kelly or is his hamstring gonna be a pain from now on?


Okay so I am thinking of going Duman up to who will be my D6:

Who should I choose out of:

Tuohy or Witherden?


Got both in my draft team, I'd say there are better options out there and none will be top 6 by years end but if you have to choose I'd take Witherden


Hows your rd 14 look crow?
Cats rd 14 bye.
I think both will score similiar from here on in

I like alex the lion tossed up between him or Ryan to take the step up.

Both play a SC friendly game.

Whatever works best for your team crow.


Hey Trigg
I have around 16 for RD 14

Not sure what to do with my team this week…
Other than trade Henry to Phillip's via Spargo

Some people are telling me to trade Billings but not sure if I should this week…

Then i have Murray who i could upgrade etc.




That time has come again gentlemen, that's right it's time for the next SHARKMOVE.
Firstly, apologies if anyone followed my pre season SHARKMOVE of Rory Lobb. I accept that I led you guys asstray with that one and I'm sorry. I should have checked on my GWS sources a bit more closely.
Now to this SHARKMOVE. A SHARKMOVE doesn't have to be trading a player in, it can also be trading a player out as this one is. So obviously it's only limited to the coaches who already have this player.
The SHARKMOVE is……..Jackson Macrae. Yes, Jackson Macrae. Hold him for 2 next more weeks, access the premos mids and trade him out before his bye for high 700's. If you trade him out, along with a dud maxed rookie, (for example Henry) you can pick up 2 premiums around the 500-550k mark. Dustin Martin and Buddy would be a possibility. Macrae still has 2 dates with Jacobs to go from here on. Good luck fellow coaches 😉


That is not a shark move that is the bruyn maneuver.


Trading out a player averaging 140 to round 10…
Big no. He's a seasons keeper no questions asked


And then you lose your final to the guy that has Macrae?
Could work I guess, but could also fail horribly, punting the guy with the best form in the whole competition.


NVTS ….nuts!! you dont trade dudes in career best form…he doesnt rest, he is a workhorse he just goes about his footy…


its not like he is Travis Cloke


Which is the better trade

Murray and Kelly (geel) out
Phillips (stk) and darling in
Cash gain 142k

Garlett (carl) and Kelly (Geel) out
Phillips (stk) and tom McDonald in
Cash gain 10k

Which is better ?


not sold on McDonald went well off two huge wins I’d lean towards darling over him


Yeo and McGovern are 50/50 for this week


Pre round 1 I took Billings over Greene, not sure if it’s a win since I’ve been dumb enough to hold Billings, whereas I would’ve ditched Greene long ago.

Anyway I’ll be taking the punt on Rocky. Not having Macrae means I’ll need to take a risk and go for some value plays. If If rocky pumps out 100s through the byes he’s done his job and is a solid M9.


Also still have Billings to this point
Can't even see the value in trading him as he's completely bottomed out and week by week hope for a turn around
F7 looking the goods for mine


Yeah it's been a long painful ride, been telling myself he'll pick up for the last 6 weeks now


100% he is the goat burnman. Looking back now I wish I dumped him earlier. Another trade I’ve regretted is not going Walters > Macrae at 600k. I was looking to conserve trades!! The smart play was to be aggressive and trade Walters back sub 400k.

Here’s hoping saving our trades works out for us in the long run Rocksta


Billings to Rocky via dpp? better scorer by 30+ ppg, get rid of rnd 14bye, get rid of the burn, get the rockpig


Which is the better trade
Murray and Kelly (geel) out
Phillips (stk) and darling in
Cash gain 142k

Garlett (carl) and Kelly (Geel) out
Phillips (stk) and tom McDonald in
Cash gain 10k

Which is better ?


Sorry 😐 the cash gain for option 1 is 80k


1st option




Def: laird Hurley yeo simmo (sicily/fwd) d6 toss up Webster howe Lloyd. I will finnish with Hurley yeo laird simmo howe and savage
Mids: danger titch Fyfe Martin Oliver cripps treloar coggs will be my finishing mids. Missing titch at the moment.
Will be happy with thOes finishing lines may luxury trade out cogs and savage later if trades allow although I don’t think they will.


Laird, Sicily, Simpson, Hurley, Howe, Yeo

Danger, Fyfe, Mitch, Cripps, Jelwood, Martin, Oliver, Cogs


Def: Laird, Yeo, Simpson, Sicily, Hurley, Ryan

Midfield: danger, dusty, Titch, Fyfe, Merrett, Coniglio, Cripps, Oliver

Not sure if Coniglio will be a keeper though at this point in time. Could move Sicily forward as well and get another defender but I think he is better down back for now, will depend on who drops in price.


My back 6 will be identical to yours wow hahaha! Turns out I wasnt the only one who started Ryan.

My mids should end up being: Macrae, Danger, Titch, Dusty, Merrett, Cripps, Duncan and Coniglio.

Same as you, not sure if Cogs will finish in my team. I will reassess how he is going and how many trades I have left after i get to full premo. Same with Duncan as well, but been reasonably happy with him so far.


murray -> mcdonald
henry-> phillips

good or bad?


Got a lot of option this week for my trades, here are the options

Murray and Kelly – Ridley and Cripp

Murray and Kelly – Ridley and Mclean

Murray and Kelly – RIdley and Dusty

Murray and Cole – Ridley and Mcdonald


Hard to go past Dusty at sub 500k


Toss of the coin Cripps and Dusty at his price


So cull Kelly & Henry for Danger & Phillips?


Cull Murray & Kelly for Yeo & Phillips & bank 113k for an upgrade in coming weeks go Danger or Macrae in?


Option 1


Thanks guys.

Anyone else got an opinion here?


Option 1


Finlayson to Yeo or Tim Kelly to Danger???

Only have enough money for one option


Yeo may not play this week, 50/50 chance


Kelly to Danger just. Finlayson against the Bombers at home could have a decent game


Disregarding byes, who to pick out of Howe, Lloyd or Simpson?


Do you have Tom McDonald?


No but not sure i can see him holding a similar average


Why not J Webster?




Danger is a must at his current price.
Every year people start without certain premos and just hope they will pick them up cheap. Then when they are available for cheap people worry about their form. You can't have it both ways. Jump on.


Averages 5 points less than Cripps and has another gear to give? Or simply when Dangerwoodlett is present as a combo not all three can pump out 120+ each week…..
Or do i go someone like an oliver?


danger ma boy


Get Danger in mate. The time is now


Nah ill shut up and just go danger


Hey boys and girls,
Which midfield rookies can i downgrade to? Poholke and Worpel looks best options but at elevated prices and both not going to be anything special i believe




Already have him


Plenty of upside still on Fritsch. Can you use another player?


My backs will be the same, but I’ll probably hang on to Savage so won’t be getting Lloyd or Simpson. I might end up with Sicily back there, ruling both out.

First 6 mids are the same, but Merrett and J Kelly instead of Bont and Coniglio. Will have an un-injured Rockliff at m9 for loopholing.


I predict Rocky to go upto 17% ownership before the byes. Biggest move being next week. No brainer really. Basically straight swap.


Who to bring in to finish defence?
Currently Have – Laird, Simo, Savage, Yeo and Sicily


Trade holman or kelly


Holman will play all the bye rounds, I'd hang on.


hold Holman


Current team
D – Laird, McDonald, Savage, Hibberd, Finlayson, Murray (Keeffe, Murphy)
M – Macrae, Mitchell, Fyfe, Cripps, Martin, Coniglio, Merrett, T Kelly (Holman, Spargo, Barry)
R – Gawn, Nankervis (Crossley)
F – McLean, Sicily, Franklin, D Smith, Hogan, Henry (Guelfi, Higgins)
110K & 17 trades

Out Hibberd (BE129) & Murray
In Ridley & Darling I don't normally do a first round trade. – could have gone with Cumming, but he's got 80 from 2 rounds vs Ridley with 76 from 1. Of course this is all speculation till the teams drop on Thursday.

While Finlayson and Henry are also ripe for picking, Hibberd has just been rubbish and he's the first cull.



Is this silly:
Hibberd -> Ridley
Kelly -> Macrae


Macrae is too expensive now


any suggestions? got 17 trades and $193k.

DEF: Laird Yeo slicly Simpson, Doedee, Murray ( naughton, Murphy)

MID: Fyfe Cripps Titch Martin Cogs Crouch T.Kelly Holman (brodie coffield Barry)

RUCK: Gawn Nic nat (Cameron)

FWD: McLean Smith Heeney keefe Fritsch Spargo (Ahern Crowden)


downgrade Naughton and then upgrade doedee or Murray

for backs you can do: howe, McDonald, Lloyd, Webster, ETC

for forwards (through Keeffe swing) you can do: darling, gray, Westhoff, boak, ETC

could go for some POD's if you want though

hope this helped