Batten's Best Buy

Batten’s Best Buy Round 17 – Dayne Zorko

As SuperCoaches, we are faced with many tough decisions on a week-to-week basis. Dan will aim to outline the ‘best buy’ of the Round in terms of price, overall output and/or cash generation for the rest of the season.

Previous BBB’s: Isaac Heeney (Round 8), Josh P. Kennedy (Round 9), Todd Goldstein (Round 10), Joel Selwood (Round 11), Tom J. Lynch (Round 12), Marcus Bontempelli (Round 13, Jake Lloyd (Round 14), Matthew White (Round 15), Patrick Cripps (Round 16)

It was an ugly week for the crew, with late outs, injuries and Matt White ruining things.

Let’s see if a Brisbane ‘star’ (yes, he is a star) can rectify BBB.


Price: $586,700
Current Average: 116 (15 games)
2016 average: 109 (20 games)
Predicted average from here on: 120
Breakeven: 34

What have I done.

I knew there was a catch to suggesting Patrick Cripps with a perfect run ahead.

They say to practice what you preach, but on this occasion I am very glad I was unable to, with Cripps scoring just 25 points and being ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken leg.

Of course he sustained it while performing a one percenter, too. Classic Cripps.

I jinxed it. I buggered up. I cursed him.

To the 0.6% of SuperCoaches who (obviously) read my article before trading him in, I apologise.

If you are reading Patrick, I am deeply sorry and I wish you the best in your recovery. I’ve added another bunch of flowers to my Cripps shrine, mate.

Oh and yes – I am also to blame for Todd Goldstein’s match-losing miss from 20m out.

Now, let’s see if we can ensure this segment doesn’t become Batten’s Best Bust, and delay the inevitable #sackdanbatten hashtag trending on Twitter.

Surely the Batten curse couldn’t impact Dayne Zorko, could it? The man is absoluuutely flying at the minute, going at 116 SuperCoach points per game.

He is coming off arguably one of the better performances for the year, and perhaps the best game ever in an 85 loss. Zorko had 36 disposals, ­­10 clearances, 12 tackles, booted four goals and scored… wait for it… a WHOPPING 196 points.

It gets better. Zorks only rose $10k last week due to his massive 170+ breakeven, thanks to his aberrational total of 51 against the Giants a fortnight ago.

He currently sits at just $586,700 despite being the fourth ranked player by average in 2017, behind only Dangerfield, Docherty and Tom Mitchell.

Beginning the year at just 3.5% ownership, the great Dayne is somehow owned by just 6.7% of the SuperCoach world at the minute.

Here is an opportunity to be had, folks. I generally don’t advocate jumping on a bloke who has scored 190 bloody points the week before, but Zorko has been in scintillating form the whole year, and has a breakeven of 34 – which he covered nearly six times over last week.

Zorko has reached the fabled SC ton in 12 of his 15 matches, piling on six 120+ totals in 2017 (and two 119’s).

You’d think he wears an invisibility cloak; such is the lack of recognition he gets. Or maybe it’s because Brisbane games are generally pretty painful to watch.

Probably the latter. Admittedly though, I was somewhat sceptical of the former DPP trio (Dusty, Merrett and Zorko) from the beginning, only to see them all go above 110 points per game this year. Regrets.

Anyway, I could rattle on about his stats all day long, but the fact is this guy is built for SuperCoach. He wins his own footy, tackles relentlessly and snags sausage rolls – in fact, Zorko has scored a goal in all but two games this season.

Let’s also not forget that Dayne Beams and Tom Rockliff are also present in the Lions midfield. They bat deep in the middle and they lose by 10 goals every second week, which means the chances of Zork copping a tag is about as likely as Cricket Australia and the players co-operating with one another.

If you are after your final midfield upgrade or wish to beef up one your pseudo premiums in the midfield, this is your man. Grabbing the fourth highest scorer for the season as a ‘POD’ at under $600k doesn’t come around every day.

He also plays four sides outside the top eight in his last seven games, all of which he faces at the ‘Gabba. I like the look of that.

Sidenote: If Zorko goes down with an ACL against the Tigers (touch wood), I will hand in my resignation papers to SCP on Monday.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Matthew Murphy

    July 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Dan,

    My cousin this week and I discussed all week about who to get for Cripps and we agreed that Marc Murphy was perfect due to consistency, price and averages. I did that trade and just a few moments ago i find out my cousin had a change of mind and traded in Zorko.

    I have one mid to upgrade next week in SPP. 267k in bank. My initial thought is J Selwood, or should i go hard and bring in Zorko?

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