With the byes upon us, we need to find a player or two that could give us an advantage over the rest of the competition to try and claw back some of the points difference and climb the ranks.
Instead of focusing on one player in particular, let’s have a look at the two clubs who have had their byes already.
Port Adelaide and Gold Coast have had their bye, so people would go to the obvious players to trade in, but what about some of the other players who have gone under the radar lately?
Only one name really stands out as an option and that is the one of Port Adelaide key defender Tom Jonas. So far, Jonas has averaged 91.7 SC pts per game, which is an increase of 21 PPG from 2017. Currently second for overall marks this year with 89, five behind West Coast captain Shannon Hurn. A very PODish pick, but one that could gain you an extra hundred points or so.
For Gold Coast, they would have been hoping that Touk Miller would take some more responsibility in the midfield in the absence of Gary Ablett. After a slow start, he has really hit his straps in the last five rounds, with an average of 106.4. His three-round average is 112.4, so shows his form of late has been outstanding. At 491k, he is a great option to navigate the byes and hold as an M9 for the year.
Westhoff and Gray are two of the more popular forward options this year, but there are a couple of left field options that could gain you an edge. Young Suns forward Ben Ainsworth is the one catches my eye. Ainsworth has moved into the middle over the past four weeks and his scores have shown that. A three-round average of 87.7 is not spectacular, but for 359k it is well above what you are paying for. Two 80s and a 98 in that time, so it shows that he can go high 90s and the potential to go above the three figures. Another option is Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak.
Remember, don’t go crazy on these types of players, but if you have the stock standard Gray/Westhoff etc, one or two of these guys won’t go astray.