Trade Winds for Round 4

Back for another edition of Trade Winds, and the injuries are starting to come thick and fast to a number of very important fantasy players. The three players below are all out for a significant period of time and hence deserve a little bit more dissection, however others also in the mix with potentially shorter-term injuries are Nick RIEWOLDT, Marcus BONTEMPELLI, Matthew STOKES, Chris JUDD, Adam COONEY and Jack ZIEBELL. If you have any – or god help you – all of these players, you face a nervous wait this weekend.

Jimmy BARTEL – Geelong – $549,000 Av 47 Knee injury, out for 6 to 8 weeks
One of the most popular players in SC over the years, BARTEL is currently still in 14% of fantasy forwardlines, despite last weekend sustaining a knee injury that will see him miss the best part of the next two months. Its been a sorry year so far for Jimmy, but he will definitely be a trade up target when he returns – especially when his score of 5 kicks in and his value plummets.
Jarryd ROUGHEAD (Haw) – $545,500 Av 125
Lance FRANKLIN (Syd) – $527,700 Av 99
Dustin MARTIN (Rich) – $527,400 Av 100
Dane SWAN (Coll) – $501,800 Av 120
Luke DAHLHAUS (Bull) – $499,300 Av 102

Verdict : For value its hard to go past SWAN if you don’t have him. But for my money ROUGHEAD is the best bet – very consistent and in a team that hits the scoreboard hard each week – and he’s picking up plenty of possessions around the ground too.

Ollie WINES – Port Adelaide – $535,400 Av 103 Wrist injury, out for 4 to 5 weeks
The young gun of the Port Adelaide midfield, WINES is a contested footy monster and that always equates to effective SC scores. He was considered a slight POD selection early on in the year, however he is still in 10% of SC teams at the moment – and obviously has to be traded out. A real blow to Port and to the fantasy footy community, but there are some surprise replacements looking to fill the void.
Luke PARKER (Syd) – $542,200 Av 85 (Down $40,000)
Stephen HILL (Freo) – $532,000 Av 113
Dustin MARTIN (Rich) – $527,400 Av 100
Luke SHIEL (GWS) – $529,900 Av 112
David ARMITAGE (St.K) – $522,900 Av 115

Verdict : Some interesting and unique names in that bunch, but if you can stretch up to PARKER he’s definitely the one to choose. If not, I like the look of ARMITAGE – could be taking that next step.

Chris YARRAN (Carl) – $427,600 Av 75 Suspended for three weeks
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a decent brain fade on the footy field – maybe Ty VICKERY in recent years – but YARRAN brought it back last weekend, decking Paul CHAPMAN with a roundhouse left in the first few minutes of the game which will see him sit on the sidelines for the next three weeks. If you are one of the 5% of SC teams who have him you may be able to cover him, but it is worth it? That’s your decision to make, but the alternatives are below.
Heretier LUMUMBA (Melb) – $428,900 Av 91
Jack NEWNES (St.K) – $424,500 Av 71
Steven MAY (GC) – $407,500 Av 82
Shane SAVAGE (St.K) – $396,700 Av 92
Dylan ROBERTON (St.K) – $324,900 Av 96

Verdict : Three Saints in this lot might seem excessive, but at least you know the ball is going to be down their defensive end a lot! SAVAGE and ROBERTON represent great value I think, with SAVAGE getting the nod by a whisker as he runs through the midfield also.

That’s it for this week – hopefully the other guys mentioned in the intro actually play this week or if not, are only out for a week or two. Remember don’t chase early wins by sacrificing too many trades – that type of strategy could come back to haunt you down the track when the whips are cracking come Finals time. Resist!

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