We’re down to the business end of the season now! Not only is the home and away season coming to a conclusion – but we’re down to the pointy end of each league’s finals. If you’re still in the hunt for glory – then best of luck to you. If you’ve been bundled out – commiserations.
Coach: Alvin Kissoon
Trades Remaining: 2
Salary Cap: $5,700
It’s great to see some fans connecting with us from overseas!
With a league on the line for you, you’ve reached out to ask for some advice on your last two trades.
With two season-ending injuries (at least for SuperCoach purposes) – you’re spot on with who needs to go. Although you could move on a mid-priced option such as Heath Shaw, Luke Ryan or Matthew Scharenberg – it’s probably best to leave them as cover.
Down back, after trading this week – you’ll have solid cover with one of either Scharenberg, Shaw or Ryan sitting on the pine. If Alex Witherden can return from a hamstring injury – he can patrol the midfield bench, while up forward Hugh Greenwood is an option to provide cover.
Looking at who you can bring in, you’ve crunched some numbers when you showed us your team. You have a combined $890k to play with when you add Joel Selwood and Tom Lynch together – plus your loose change.
There’s plenty of options all-round, and you’d be stupid not to try and get the best you can. Ideally, you’d be looking at Josh Kelly, Dayne Zorko, Marcus Bontempelli, Mitch Duncan, Zach Merrett – even Rory Sloane.
To replace Lynch, it’s slightly harder – but that’s actually helpful. Jack Billings does appeal, as does Chad Wingard, Lance Franklin and Josh J Kennedy. Given that it’s harder to fill the Gold Coast Suns captains position, we’ll look at the best fit and then choose from what’s left for the second trade.
The scores of Lynch’s potential replacements have all had their good and bad games. Franklin does cost the least – which is handy when selecting a midfielder, however, in this case, I’d take a risk on Jack Billings. From all talk, it sounds like he is set to re-commit to the Saints and with their season mathematically alive – it would only be fair to expect some good output from him.
If he can improve his accuracy by foot – especially in front of goal, you’ll reap the rewards!
This leaves $409,800 left for a midfielder. Although you can’t afford the mentioned players above, pay close attention to Dayne Zorko. He’s cheap and he has a good run home. Brisbane plays Melbourne this weekend and although Zorko hasn’t come up against them since 2015, he did play them four times between 2013-2015 and reached triple figures each time.
Next up is North Melbourne in Round 23. The Lions midfielders’ record against Brad Scott’s men is mixed, given injury and a bad game. When these are removed from the equation, Zorko has scored 126, 95 and 147 since 2013 (two games removed).
If you’re not liking Zorko as a prospect, another to consider may be Dion Prestia who has a three-round rolling average of 104.3 after his 126 against Geelong on the weekend. Richmond has Fremantle and St Kilda in their last two games.
Coach: Peter Colbourne
Trades Remaining: 1
Salary Cap: $211,400
With one trade left Peter, there isn’t too much that needs to be looked at. Other than where you can use the sole trade – you don’t have as many options as Alvin!
Money is on your side though, meaning you can just about do anything.
Identifying the flaws in your side that could potentially be addressed sees Heath Shaw, Nic Newman and Luke Ryan all down back, Toby Nankervis as your R2 and Lance Franklin and Luke Dahlhaus up forward.
Personally, I think Nankervis will score well over the next two weeks – especially this week against Fremantle. In saying that, you do have the money to trade for a more expensive, and perhaps safer option?
If you choose to back Nank in, this leaves two options: trade a defender, or trade a Franklin/Dahlhaus.
Down back, you have the option both this week and next to loophole a player from the aforementioned defensive trio. Many people though have talked of trading Dahlhaus, so I think you should be sneaky and back him in – hoping that he fires for you!
This leaves (overall) two options:
- Spend big and use your last trade to send Toby Nankervis on his way
- Trade Lance Franklin for whoever you like and hope that he doesn’t reproduce an effort like last week!
Alvin and Peter – all the best for the last two rounds. Hopefully, you can hold aloft the silverware in your respective leagues come seasons end!
If you or any other coaches reading have any questions over the next couple of weeks – feel free to reach out to me over on Twitter (@oneill_jack)