Bubble Boys & Breakevens

Bubble Boys and Breakevens – Grand Final Edition

It’s finally here! The prestigious SuperCoach Grand Final week has arrived. While some of us were out of the hunt a long time ago, there are still a select few that will be vying for that infamous premiership title, which can be used to brag to friends and family about in seven days time.

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As a result, this week has never been more vital in terms of making the right choices. Let’s go through a few players who you should be considering bringing in, in the final week of SuperCoach for the year:

CASH COWS

Normally, cash cows consist of players just with low breakevens. This week, the list of cash cows is put together of players with low breakevens, who are cheap, with the capability of putting up a more than solid score. In other words – a player who is cheap as possible that could be brought into play on your field.

JACK GRAHAM

$117,300 | MID | BE: -87

It may have only been Round 22, but on debut young Jack Graham was fantastic. A score of 87 is considered a great score for any player playing in their first game regardless of the opponent. The 19-year-old picked up just the 13 disposals, however, went at 84% disposal efficiency and was further influential with 11 tackles and a goal.

Given the Tigers’ demolition of Fremantle, it’s hard to see them making any changes heading into their final home and away game against the Saints. Graham should keep his spot due to his solid performance and looms as a potentially adequate contributor if required to be placed on your field.

JOSHUA BEGLEY

$117,300 | FWD | BE: -67

Another player making his debut on the weekend, Joshua Begley looked more than comfortable in his first game for the Bombers. Kicking two goals, gathering 13 possessions and with an output of 69 points, it’s hard to see any reason why he wouldn’t play in Essendon’s Round 23 match.

Begley is a confidence player who has the potential to pile on the points against Fremantle on Sunday afternoon. It’s clear how easily the Dockers’ defence was exposed against Richmond, which subsequently saw a majority of the Tigers’ forward have a day out with many big SuperCoach scores as a result. If the same is to happen this weekend, expect young Begley to get involved and at least put up a similar performance to the one he displayed in Round 22.

BANKING BIG FOR A FINAL UPGRADE

For many, maximising salary cap space for a final upgrade is vital too.

Therefore, there is one simple and popular strategy that many will utilise in SuperCoach’s final week of the year. You may have the likes of a David Myers, Declan Mountford or James Stewart sitting on your bench with lots of value. None of these guys will be used this week so why not trade them out for someone who is cheap as chips?

There are a plethora of players who hold that $102,400 price tag, but makes sure you pick someone who is:

  1. Not playing for a first and,
  2. Whose team is playing later on in the round?

The reason for this is at least you’re bringing in a player that can be used as part of the vice-captaincy loophole – a popular strategy to potentially maximise your SuperCoach score as much as possible in Grand Final week. Obviously maximising your salary cap space is another large benefit to following this tactic. Look to players such as Ben Jarman (MID/FWD), Zachary Sproule (DEF/FWD) or Luke Strnadica (RUC/FWD).

MID-PRICE MAYHEM

HARLEY BENNELL

$387,000 | MID/FWD | BE: 110

In some retrospects, Harley Bennell’s return to AFL football was a bit of a fairytale, however, it wasn’t all fairy tales as the Dockers went down by 104 points.

From an individual level though Bennell was pretty good in his return. Six disposals isn’t desirable, however, to kick two goals and finish with 62 SuperCoach points was pretty good considering it was his first game in two years. There’s no doubt that the more games he plays the quicker he’ll find his groove, and for that reason, I believe he will end up playing against Essendon this weekend. If you’re looking to take a risk this week then Bennell is the kind of ‘X-Factor’ type player you could look towards. However, don’t expect him to set the world on fire in just his second game back.

JACOB TOWNSEND

$287,700 | MID/FWD | BE: -62

Surprisingly, Jacob Townsend was one of the superstars of Richmond’s win on Sunday in his first senior game for 2017. Finishing with a bag of six goals and a score of 118 points, Townsend looms as a cheap, downgrade option for any of your potentially injured or suspended players as we head towards Grand Final weekend.

Don’t expect him to backup with another big bag or dominant performance, however, he’s not the worst option available. Probably a much safer option than a rookie-priced player. His score on the weekend shows that he is a player with some talent and hopefully the Tigers are the team that can allow him to display that on a consistent basis.

THE GUNS

MATT CROUCH

$615,800 | MID | BE: 142

In just 5.8% of teams, Matt Crouch is a man that has low key been flying under the radar all year. Until now, no one has really considered him or even picked him up for that matter, which is almost an embarrassing statement to be making.

Averaging 109.0 points for the year, Crouch has been unbelievably consistent ever since Adelaide’s Round 13 bye – falling below the 100-point mark just once, which was coincidentally on Friday night against the Swans. Even then, Crouch was arguably the Crows’ best player for the night finishing with 34 touches and a goal in what was a strong individual performance. He currently sits second in total disposals for the year and is both a contested ball winner and outside runner. One to definitely trade in if you’re looking for a premium midfielder.

DAVID ZAHARAKIS

$528,500 | MID | BE: 80

Another unique premium to note down is Bomber David Zaharakis. Many will be aware of his poor start to the year, however, he has been very good in the latter part of the season, particularly since Essendon’s bye round.

Despite a couple of scores in that 80-90-point range in the past month and a half, Zaharakis’ last three games have seen him post a respectable three-round average of 123 points with scores of 137, 103 and 129. The two games that Zaharakis dominated in more than others were against weaker teams in Carlton and Gold Coast and the Bombers happen to face another one this week in Fremantle. Given his 1.8% ownership, Zaharakis is seriously the perfect option if you’re looking for someone who doesn’t come with your normally expensive price tag and can be a unique piece to your potentially premiership winning side.

 

There’s no next week, folks! Breakevens are irrelevant at this stage.

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