Round 5 was a frustrating round for some, with yet more popular players going down with injury.
On a brighter note Lachie Neale returned to his 2020 scoring ways, there’s a couple of viable rookies on the bubble this week and some coaches may be in a position to start making upgrades to their team.
With that in mind, let’s look at the Buy, Hold and Sell options heading into Round 6.
If you’re going to use one trade this week, use it bringing this guy in. Hasn’t missed a beat on stepping into Port Adelaide’s senior team and his job security looks good. Breakeven of -48 this week.
Has been pretty serviceable in his two full games to date, scoring in the 50s in both starts. If you need a forward downgrade, he looks the best option.
Walsh looks to have made the step from mid-pricer to genuine premium this season — his 144 against Port Adelaide was outstanding so if you’re looking for a sub-$600K premium to jump onto this week, he’s the one.
This might not be a name you expected to see in the ‘Buy’ section, but hear me out. For those owning Tom Hickey, chances are you may not have the cash to get one of Gawn or Grundy and Darcy has had a great start to the season for Fremantle with an average of 103 and a low score of 90. It would take a brave coach to pick him (he’s currently in 1% of teams), but at just $54K more than Hickey, he’s an option worth exploring.
Had a huge game against North Melbourne on Sunday which has seen his breakeven plummet this week. This is the cheapest he’ll get for a while, so jump on if you need a premium defender.
Apologies to those who I encouraged to trade into Ridley before Round 5, unfortunately you can’t budget for injury. Will now miss ANZAC Day against Collingwood under the AFL’s 12-day concussion policy, but should hopefully only miss that game. He can be used as a good captaincy or DEF loophole given Essendon play the second last game of the weekend. For those who don’t have him, get ready to grab him in 3–4 weeks time when he drops in price.
We can’t knock this guy for his consistency — 5 scores in a row now between 90 and 100 points is pretty impressive in itself. As frustrating as it would be for owners, you still need to hold as he’s not scoring terribly.
Put in a nice game against the Hawks which has pushed his breakeven from 47 heading into the weekend back down to 28. Looks to have an assured role in that side, so hold onto him for now as he’s got further cash to make once that 24 comes out of his price cycle.
Had a very quiet game against Fremantle on Sunday, but that was his lowest score of the season to date. Breakeven of 43 this week is manageable — 4 of his 5 scores have been higher than that to this point of the season, so provided he’s named in the starting 22 you can hold but his cash generation will stall slightly. Although comments from Daniel Talia on Monday about Adelaide’s young players possibly needing to be managed have me nervous…
Has been a real yoyo so far this season, but his game on the weekend was solid. If he can put another 60-ish score on the board against GWS this week he’s got more cash to make.
It seems to be a weekly occurrence at the moment that we have SuperCoach relevant players going down with injury. Jeremy Howe did a hamstring on Friday night and Tom Hickey hurt his PCL after a great start to the season, so those two will need to be traded. Adam Cerra also tweaked his ankle on Sunday, but the latest news today was that he may have escaped serious injury so wait for more news this week on him.
This is not so much as a ‘sell’ as it is an ‘avoid’ but Josh Treacy has not set the world on fire at all in his first two games and as a result he’s a rookie you can pass on if you haven’t got him already.