After going back to somewhat of a normality over the past 10-12 days, fantasy coaches will again have to be agile and alert as we enter a second footy frenzy. POK’s Pies couldn’t repeat the form of round 12, posting a disappointing score in round 13 and subsequently falling back out of the top 100 (125 overall)
Let’s take a look at some trade options for round 14.
The Rookie – Any debutant
There are much better options to downgrade to in other positions. If you desperately need someone in defence, you may as well go down to a $170k debutant. Bailey Williams has been named for the Eagles on Thursday night.
Unique/Undervalued – Brad Sheppard
The Eagles defender has been solid this year, averaging 72.2 for the season which is more than other highly owned defenders in Brodie Smith, Tom Stewart, Dan Houston and Jack Crisp. Sheppard has risen his level in the past two games with scores of 96 and 80. Owned by just 2.7% of coaches and plays the Tigers this week who historically give up points to defenders.
The Premium – Luke McDonald
Averages a ridiculous 102.6 over his last five games but is still owned by less than 3% of coaches. Is pricey now at $744k but doesn’t look like slowing.
The Rookie – Xavier O’Neill
Very few options here as well but O’Neill played his role for the Eagles on Sunday, laying four tackles and kicking a goal on his way to 46. Despite poor job security moving forward, O’Neill has been named for the Eagles again so is certainly an option.
Unique/Undervalued – Lachie Hunter
Hunter has had an interrupted season for various reasons, however when he’s played he’s been very good. Often undervalued behind teammates Jack Macrae and Marcus Bontempelli, Hunter is averaging 93.6 from his five games this season. Sits at less than 2% ownership, the definition of unique whilst being very good.
The Premium – Lachie Neale
Had his worst score of the year last week and is set to drop a huge amount of coin in coming weeks. In saying that, he’s still a player you want moving forward and with his bye, being able to get a guaranteed 100 from your captain is a huge luxury.
The Rookie – Bailey Williams
Available as a defender and a ruckman, the perennial emergency will finally debut for the Eagles on Thursday night. Anyone with Darcy Cameron or the managed Sam Draper could do worse than downgrade to Williams and earn some good cash.
The Premium – Reilly O’Brien
Third round in a row he’s been in this spot with O’Brien and the Crows on the bye this week. How many ruckman could you be guaranteed an 83 from this week, including Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn? Picking O’Brien gives you a good, safe score this week and an excellent run for the remainder of the season.
The Rookie – Jake Riccardi/Irving Mosquito
Riccardi was extraordinary in a Giants loss to the inform Eagles on Sunday, recording 16 possessions, 12 marks and two goals for a score of 87. Subsequently rose $48k but remains the clear rookie pick of the week at $218k. Mosquito deserves a mention here as well after an impressive debut against Richmond, albeit without the score of Riccardi.
Unique/Undervalued – Devon Smith
Hasn’t done much this year but returned with an 84 against the Tigers after being rested in round 12. At just $597k, Smith presents as good value if you’re after a name with fantasy pedigree.
The Premium – Dayne Zorko
Like Neale, the Lions skipper is a worthy option to bring in for his 80 average on the bye. Should be one of the top three forwards for the remainder of the season and still sits at less than 10% ownership.