Batten's Best Buy

Batten’s Best Buys – Grand Final Edition

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We have decided to scrap the regular one player per round set-up for this all-important round of SuperCoach. Fitting after I pumped up James Sicily, only for him to stain his underpants with a putrid score of 25 (to those who took my advice, I am so, so sorry).

The vast majority of us are trade deficient. But some way, somehow, there are people out there with trades in the bank. If you are in this camp, you must take advantage of the bricks of gold at your disposal.

There are a few potential blowouts this week, where players from these sides could – and probably should – go massive. A bumper score from a POD could be the difference in your illusive SuperCoach Grand Final, or see those in the upper echelon climb the rankings.

Here are some players to take a look at if you are one of the fortunate few with the luxury of trades: Embed from Getty Images

Sydney vs Carlton

Lance Franklin |$457,900 | FWD | Avg: 94.3 | Ownership: 36.4%

Buddy has always had a massive ceiling and he has the potential to go absolutely bananas this weekend against the Blues. He will have the GOAT defender Liam Jones to negotiate with, but he has hit two Herculean totals (160 and 164) against Brisbane and Fremantle already this season. Relatively cheap and could be a handy negative POD against your opponent.

Luke Parker |$537,100 | MID | Avg: 98.4 | Ownership: 7.4%

Luke Parker looms as a tasty little buy for this week after scoring two 120+ scores in his past three. Parker is another who is capable of getting real busy againt shoddy opposition, and Dan Hannebery is out of the side this week with injury. That means more points for the blond bombshell, who I expect to feast on the Carlton carcass.

Josh P. Kennedy |$470,300 | MID | Avg: 101.8 | Ownership: 12.5%

Many of us traded out JPK a month or so ago, and now may be a good time to get him back in. JPK had a stellar first half last week and was on track for a 130, before a quiet final term in a scaling rich quarter cost him dearly. He still managed a promising score of 110 and looks to have shaken the injury concern that plagued him in Round 19. Cheap, cheap price is a bonus.  


Port Adelaide vs Gold Coast

Paddy Ryder |$543,000 | FWD/RUCK | Avg: 102.1 | Ownership: 30.8%

Paddy Ryder loves nothing more than putting second rate ruckman to the sword. The big man did just that last week against the Bulldogs, amassing 55 hit-outs on his way to 134 points. He has also produced monster efforts against Billy Longer (130), Nathan Vardy (129) and Toby Nankervis (127). Ryder will take the piss against Keegan Brooksby this weekend. Yep. Gold Coast’s #1 ruckman is Keegan Brooksby.  If you have the cash to bring him in, do it.

Charlie Dixon |$412,700 | FWD | Avg: 90.2 | Ownership: 3.5%

The big bearded man has been in some ripping form in the past fortnight, posting scores of 102 and 116 against the Pies and Bulldogs respectively. Despite these two impressive totals, Dixon can still be purchased for a meagre $412k, up against a Gold Coast defence that is likely to cop an absolute pounding. Admittedly, his likely opponent will be Steven May who is no slouch, but the amount of times the ball will be pumped into the Power attacking 50 should ensure he reaches a handsome score. Embed from Getty Images

Robbie Gray |$477,400 | MID | Avg: 92.5| Ownership: 5.5%

Robbie Gray’s season has resembled the Superman Escape. There’s been the brilliant highs (four 120+ scores) and the agonising lows (four scores under 50), sometimes scoring going from 120 to 40 in the space of a week. His recent form has been more consistent, however, falling between 80 and 115 in his past seven. It’s easy to say he is ‘due’, but we know Robbie’s ability to dominate a lesser opponent.


Essendon vs Fremantle

Zach Merrett |$488,900 | MID | Avg: 108 | Ownership: 16.4%

It pains me to see Zachariah at such a bargain price, considering I bought him into my own side at $590k… This isn’t exactly a POD option, but buying into ZMerrett at a mere $488k could help you eliminate a negative POD against your Grand Final opponent. May be a chance to cop a tag from one of Freo’s nameless types, but I see him being worth a cheeky sideways trade. Embed from Getty Images

David Zaharakis | $528,500 | MID | Avg: 91.4 | Ownership: 1.5%

I must admit, I have been very Merrett-centric when watching Essendon so my jaw hit the floor when I saw Zaharakis’ recent form. He is going at a whopping 123 over the past three and 109 in the last five. Has scored 10 tons in his last 14 games and will be a massive #PODplay if he can replicate this 38 disposal, 137 point effort of last week.

Joe Daniher |$430,800 | FWD | Avg: 86.4 | Ownership: 5.9%

This hasn’t been a year for key forwards, but Daniher could be a serious buy. Joe Daniher is currently second in the race for the Coleman Medal, and is due for a bag. Fremantle’s defence have been nothing short of putrid in the past two weeks, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they get done by 100 for the third successive week, meaning Daniher should get amongst the goals.


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