The SCHQ Barometer – Round 13

2 weeks down, 1 week to go! The bye rounds have proved to be destructive to many teams but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. One more week of mediocrity to contend with and then all players will be back playing. The good news is there were still a number of performances last week that have catapulted players into contention, as well as performances that left us considering players’ futures in our team.

DEFENDERS

Trending Up 

Elliot Yeo, West Coast: A great game for Yeo against the Swans, 29 disposals, 8 tackles and a couple of absolute belting goals, saw him score 144 SC points, his second highest score for the year and a great rebound from his score of 70 the match before against the Saints. Pretty much a defensive lock, already owned by 30+% of all teams and is one of the most consistent scorers. If you don’t have him look to bring him in this week, as his price has bottomed out and is only going to go up from here.

James Sicily, Hawthorn: Another top defensive option who just keeps on getting the job done. His ability to take intercept marks and occasionally go forward and kick long goals is just another bow to Sicily’s game. Owned by almost 50% of all teams playing SuperCoach, the only question is what are the other 50% doing? On the bye this week so no need to trade him in this week, but he’s bottomed out in price, at just over 500k, so look to get him in next week.

Kade Simpson, Carlton: Another top premium defender who had a great scoring game in Round 12. A dominant third quarter in which Simpson had 18 disposals was the catalyst for another score of 120+. Like both Yeo and Sicily, Simpson has a large ownership percentage and if you don’t have him you are missing out on guaranteed points almost every week. At 516k, it’s not too late to jump on after his bye this week, but I wouldn’t leave it much longer because his price is starting to cycle upwards again.

Trending Down 

Jimmy Webster, St. Kilda: What a nightmare. Within the first ten minutes of the first quarter Webster experienced groin issues and was unable to take his place on field for the rest of the game. For the lowly 5% of teams that owned Webster it was disappointing as he had proved to be one of this season’s top POD defenders. With the Saints having the bye this week hold off on trading him until a full medical report comes back from the Saints, but for everyone else a cheap option could be available right before finals.

MIDFIELDERS

Trending Up 

Lachie Neale, Fremantle: While most SuperCoach teams are fawning over Fyfe, understandably, it’s is his teammate, Lachie Neale who is becoming a significant midfield option. He’s coming off a massive score of 159 against the hapless Blues, in which he had 33 touches at 87% disposal efficiency, as well as kicking 3 goals, and is averaging 124 in his last three games. In fact, Neale has only score below 100 in just one of his last 9 matches. A model of consistency very valuable to SuperCoach teams. Currently only owned by 5.8% of teams Neale is another good option to finish off your midfield this year.

Ollie Wines, Port Adelaide: The midfield bull is back for the Power and is inserting himself into contention for a spot in our teams. After an inconsistent start to the year, back-to-back massive scores of 142 and 157 are exactly what we have come to expect from Wines. With his immediate future finally out of the way now that he has re-signed with Port Adelaide I can see him kicking on and with Port playing 6 of their last ten matches at the Adelaide Oval, Wines could become a great pickup this week at his price.

Trending Down 

Dustin Martin, Richmond: Not sure what is going on with Dusty at the moment but after starting the season with scores of 139 and 160 he has only managed to reach the 100 mark three more times in his other ten games. Most teams will hold him now because his price point is extremely low but if you are blessed with trades to burn and extra cash, it may not be the worst thing to offload him, especially given I can’t see his scoring improving and that he has the bye this week, and get a leg up on the 55% of SuperCoachers who will hold him.

RUCKMEN

Trending Up 

Rhys Stanley, Geelong: The Cats have been crying out for a ruckman to insert himself into their best team this year and Stanley did that last week against the Dogs. Not a lot of SuperCoach relevance to picking him however given that the Bulldogs themselves are without a ruckman and seem to give up points every week. A strong performance nonetheless.

Trending Down 

Jarrod Witts, Gold Coast: Hasn’t been able to maintain the consistency he showed last year when he became a top ruck option.

FORWARDS 

Trending Up  

Jack Billings, St. Kilda: Had to put him in purely because it was the sort of performance that we expected out of him from the start of the season. 27 touches and 6 marks is a good performance. After his bye I would expect to see another performance like this again before I would consider trading him back in as a super cheap late season premium but who knows maybe he has turned it around.

Trending Down 

Toby McLean, Western Bulldogs: McLean injured his shoulder in the opening seconds of the match and struggled to have any impact after that, collecting just 15 disposals and kicking a goal. Watch to see whether he is named this week as the Bulldogs may decide to give him a week off to recover, which would hurt given some teams are struggling to field 18 players this week. Hold him though because he has proven to be a great contributor to our teams.


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