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SuperCoach AFL 2024 round 18 trade guide: top targets to replace missing stars
Max Gawn is hurt, Isaac Heeney is suspended – and that’s just the start. See the best trade targets and strategy to survive this week’s SuperCoach carnage.

The carnage is real.

SuperCoach teams have been thrown into a tailspin by a wave of injuries and suspensions to popular players – with trades at a minimum.

Max Gawn out.

Touk Miller out.

Jeremy McGovern in hospital.

Isaac Heeney and Izak Rankine suspended.

And we still aren’t sure how long Zac Fisher will be out for.

Some teams will have all six of those players. Most will have at least two or three.

With trades at a minimum, we need to pick our targets before pulling the trigger this week.

Here’s the expert verdict on who to trade, and the best replacements.

MAX GAWN $599,000 RUC

After initial hopes he was subbed off against the Eagles as purely a precautionary move, scans on Monday revealed a chip at the base of his fibula.

The Demons have put a time frame of 2-3 weeks on the injury – although Gawn himself is aiming to miss just one game. Teams set up with cover in the ruck through players like Luke Jackson or even Nathan Kreuger should be able to survive a week or two without the second-best scorer in SuperCoach this year. Three weeks is stretching things.

There’s also an added complication that Jackson might not save teams if they need him to fill an Isaac Heeney-sized hole up forward this week.

Almost 8000 coaches have pulled the trigger, moving out Gawn this week. If you plan on joining them, here are your best trade options.

1. Luke Jackson $476,500 RUC/FWD

2. Tristan Xerri $603,100 RUC

3. Tim English $566,800 RUC

4. Jye Caldwell $544,200 FWD/MID

5. Tom De Koning $640,400 RUC

Jackson is the fourth-best scoring forward this season but you can get him this week for $70,000 under his starting price – and $123k cheaper than Gawn. His season has been a rollercoaster but the timing has worked out with Sean Darcy missing this week due to concussion. That means Jackson will be playing solo ruck, a role that has produced his best scores all season, including 121 points last week after taking over following Darcy’s halftime exit. He’s likely to head back to the forward line when Darcy returns, but the cash could help fix one of the many other problems this week.

If you’re looking for a straight swap, you only need $4000 in the bank to get Xerri, which is remarkable in itself for a player who started the year priced at $407k. Xerri has attended 1237 ruck contests this season – 50 more than No.2 ranked Gawn, is ranked No.3 for hitouts in 2024 and No.1 for centre clearances by ruckmen. He’s only getting better, averaging 121 in his past five games, and has some potentially lucrative match-ups on the horizon including clashes against Geelong (round 20) and West Coast (round 22).

English is the more known quantity and is available at a huge discount – almost $150k cheaper than his round 1 quote. He hasn’t been able to match his amazing heights of 2023, when he averaged 128 points a game, but he can put up a 130 on his day. His past three rounds – 136, 70, 137 – sums up his 2024. Match-ups against Carlton and Geelong should work in his favour but it gets tougher after that, including a possible date with Gawn in round 21.

Another option for coaches with Jackson in their squad is to move him into the ruck and bring in a forward – and Caldwell is the standout option here. He’s $39k more expensive than he was last week after scoring 134 against Collingwood, his third score in a row of 115 or better, but $544k is still excellent value. A key role in the Bombers midfield has unlocked his premium potential and he comes with valuable DPP.

If you really want to shoot for the stars, TDK is your man. His scoring lately has been off the charts – his 128 against the Giants last Saturday was his lowest in his past five games. He scores his points in unusual ways for a ruck, ranked 24th in the AFL for average hitouts but winning an average of 23 disposals and nine clearances over that five-game hot streak. The red flag is he was rested two weeks ago and Marc Pittonet is dominating in the VFL, so Michael Voss always has the option of playing two rucks. Toby Nankervis ($647,700 RUC) is a safer option with a formline that almost matches De Koning (five-round average 134) and with zero threat of a second ruck taking away his points. They will both require a bit of money in the bank, though.

IZAK RANKINE $569,500 FWD

1. Jye Caldwell $544,200 FWD/MID

2. Dayne Zorko $573,600 FWD/MID

2. Connor Rozee $495,500 MID

3. Dylan Moore $532,800 FWD

4. Jy Simpkin $456,500 FWD/MID

Rankine is appealing his four-match suspension, but unless he walks from the tribunal a free man he’s likely to force a trade in SuperCoach.

See above for all the reasons Caldwell is a great pick; he’s the clear standout in the forward line. If you don’t have Zorko, he’s only $4k more than Rankine and has three more games at the Gabba plus away fixtures against West Coast, St Kilda and Collingwood – all teams that yield a stack of points to half-backs.

Dylan Moore can drop scores in the 60s and 70s but the 130-plus totals make up for it – his five-round average of 114 ranks behind only Isaac Heeney, Sam Flanders and Rankine in the forward line, three points ahead of Caldwell.

You could use some DPP swings to grab a midfielder like Rozee, while Simpkin is the bargain option – although not as cheap as he was a few weeks ago. He has three scores over 100 in his past four but may have to spend more time at half-forward with George Wardlaw returning to the engine room.

TOUK MILLER $482,300 MID

1. Colby McKercher $444,200 DEF/MID

2. Connor Rozee $495,500 MID

3. Chad Warner $496,000 MID

4. Hayden Young $524,800 DEF/MID

5. Jason Horne-Francis $502,400 MID

With reports Miller could be out for up to a month with a wrist injury, Miller’s owners have no option but to consider alternatives. The issue? Being subbed with 33 points at the weekend caused him to lose more than $17k and drop to $482k, restricting the trade options available to many teams.

Colby McKercher will net about $38k in a downgrade, provide DPP cover and has the prime kick-in role for North Melbourne (he took 11 against Gold Coast). Connor Rozee will cost about $10k after an 18-disposal opening term launched the Port skipper to a score of 168 against the Western Bulldogs. If you missed out at his cheapest a few weeks ago, this is your opportunity to jump on.



After peaking at $634k, taggers have brought Chad Warner crashing back to earth in the past five weeks (he has a five-round average of 85.2, ranked 68th overall). He’s a risky option, but has North Melbourne this week and a huge ceiling.

Hayden Young showed against Richmond that even time in attack won’t limit his scoring each week. The Freo star’s marking ability shone through against the Tigers and Young has five tons (three above 120) in his last seven games. He’s also DPP.

Horne-Francis is an option for those who want a POD. He has Richmond in round 19, seven hundreds this season and only one score of less than 84 points.

JEREMY McGOVERN $554,400 DEF

1. Jack Sinclair $637,000 DEF/MID

2. James Sicily $578,600 DEF

3. Colby McKercher $444,200 DEF/MID

4. Lachie Whitfield $558,500 DEF

5. Tom Stewart $491,100 DEF

Pending his availability for round 18 (and potentially future rounds), McGovern should be a hold. Most coaches are running low on trades and unless you’re in the running for $50k or badly need a league win this round, stash him on your bench and hope if he’s out he only misses one round.

He has been one of the most consistent scorers of 2024 with 11 tons and only one score below 88. His role as one of the AFL’s premier interceptors and West Coast’s main kick-in man guarantees a floor of close to 90 points.

If you have to trade, Jack Sinclair is airborne with a three-round average of 129. Even being thrust into the midfield against Sydney didn’t halt his momentum. He’ll cost more than $80k as an upgrade, but has DPP and a glut of games at Marvel Stadium during the run home.

Hawks captain Sicily is the POD option if he returns from injury. He’s got scores of 147 and 142 in his past two appearances – although they did come against Richmond and West Coast. Whitfield has had at least five kick-ins in every match since round 5 and although his ceiling isn’t as high as other premiums, he boasts seven tons in his past eight games. If you want to free up cash by trading McGovern and make two trades this week, a resurgent Tom Stewart is worth considering. He’s scored 107, 97 and 115 in his past three and Chris Scott moving him into the midfield to free up Stewart has been a masterstroke. If Collingwood gives him the freedom it did to Zach Merrett, Stewart could even be a great VC option.

ISAAC HEENEY $593,200 MID/FWD

He’s only out for one match, and might even get off at the tribunal. Hold!
 
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Lawson Humphries $117,300 DEF/MID

Mannagh’s Geelong teammate has the lowest BE this week of -89 after scoring 91 and 66 in his first two games. Already added to 32,000 teams last week, he’s a great option again on the bubble if you have the trades to afford a rookie downgrade.

Jacob Blight $102,400 DEF

Richmond’s mid-season draft selection has conceded some goals in his first two games but done some nice things himself including some impressive intercept marks, a trait he was known for in the WAFL and VFL. Humphries’ DPP makes him the top rookie pick this week, but if you’re only looking for defensive cover – or an extra $15k – he should be a solid choice.

Shaun Mannagh $179,800 MID/FWD

Not rookie priced any more after a $62,500 following his third game, but still dirt cheap. Playing his first game since round 2, Mannagh scored 118 points on the back of 20 disposals and 14 tackles against Hawthorn, resulting in a -72 Break Even, the fourth-lowest in the competition. That’s a huge win for coaches who held him all season, but for the rest he could be dirt cheap bench insurance over two positions who can fill in when needed, possibly starting this week.
 
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Adelaide

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Matt Crouch Shoulder Season
Karl Gallagher Hamstring 2 weeks
Will Hamill Finger 2 weeks
Mitch Hinge Adductor 1 week
Wayne Milera Knee Season
Patrick Parnell Shoulder Season
Luke Pedlar Shoulder Season
Josh Worrell Arm 2-4 weeks
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Hinge was subbed out of Sunday's loss to Brisbane with an adductor injury and will miss this week as he manages the issue. Pedlar's season is over after a nasty shoulder injury in the SANFL at the weekend. He will undergo surgery and is expected to be on the sidelines for three months. Hamill is out for another two games after finger surgery. – Brandon Cohen

Brisbane
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Noah Answerth Shoulder 1 week
Keidean Coleman Knee Season
Tom Doedee Knee Season
Darcy Gardiner Knee Season
Kalin Lane Knee Season
Lincoln McCarthy Knee Season
Brandon Starcevich Concussion 1 week
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Starcevich has entered concussion protocols after his hit from Adelaide's Izak Rankine on Sunday, and at this stage he'll miss just the one match. Answerth is coming along a little quicker than expected and could also be available in a week. – Michael Whiting

Carlton
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Matt Carroll Groin Indefinite
Tom De Koning Ankle Test
Sam Docherty Knee Season
Corey Durdin Shoulder 1-2 weeks
Jack Martin Calf Test
Hudson O'Keefe Hamstring Test
Jack Silvagni Knee Season
Jacob Weitering Quad Test
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
The Blues are sweating on the fitness of De Koning and Weitering, with both carrying knocks into the weekend. Martin could return at some level, while O'Keeffe is also likely to be back after a long layoff. Docherty has recently progressed to non-contact training following an ACL injury sustained in Opening Round. – Riley Beveridge

Collingwood
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Aiden Begg Knee Season
Josh Carmichael Concussion TBC
Mason Cox Knee 1-2 weeks
Jamie Elliott Vascular Test
Josh Eyre Concussion 1-2 weeks
Beau McCreery Calf 3-5 weeks
Dan McStay Knee TBC
Brody Mihocek Pectoral 10-12 weeks
Tom Mitchell Foot 2-4 weeks
John Noble Concussion Test
Wil Parker Knee 1-2 weeks
Isaac Quaynor Toe Test
Jakob Ryan Calf 2-4 weeks
Oscar Steene Toe 4-6 weeks
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Darcy Cameron and Jeremy Howe will both be available after injury scares over recent days, while Elliott has bolted into contention for Friday night after missing months with a vascular issue. Quaynor will need to prove his fitness later in the week but is in doubt with a toe injury. Mihocek has been ruled out for the rest of the home and away season and might not play again this year due to a pec issue. – Josh Gabelich
Essendon
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Kaine Baldwin Foot 5 weeks
Saad El-Hawli Ankle 4 weeks
Jaiden Hunter Knee Season
Darcy Parish Calf 2 weeks
Zach Reid Pectoral TBC
Updated: July 8, 2024
Early prognosis
Parish is closing on a return in what would be another boost for the Bombers, who had no fresh injury concerns following their win over the Magpies. Sam Weideman, yet to play in the AFL this year, is available again following his VFL suspension. – Dejan Kalinic

Fremantle

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Josh Corbett Hip Season
Sean Darcy Concussion 1 week
Josh Draper Groin Test
Oscar McDonald Knee 6-7 weeks
Ollie Murphy Abdomen 5-7 weeks
Alex Pearce Arm Test
Brandon Walker Shoulder Test
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Pearce will have to get through main training during the week but could return against Hawthorn this Saturday, but Darcy will miss with concussion after being subbed out last week. Despite battling through a groin injury against Richmond, Draper is expected to be available for selection, while Walker is a test after sitting out last week with an AC joint complaint. Nathan O’Driscoll and Sebit Kuek both played WAFL on the weekend after recovering from knee injuries. – Sophie Welsh
Geelong
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Tanner Bruhn Scaphoid 1-2 weeks
Mitch Edwards Back Test
Toby Conway Foot TBC
Cam Guthrie Achilles TBC
Tom Hawkins Foot 4-6 weeks
Emerson Jeka Achilles Test
Oli Wiltshire Pelvis 2-3 weeks
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Conway will be unavailable again this week as the club pursues a clear diagnosis and treatment options, with clarity expected next week. Guthrie's troublesome Achilles continues to bother him and there is no timeline for his return now. In better news, Bruhn's recovery from a wrist issue is accelerating and he could return as early as round 19, while Rhys Stanley is available after a minor back complaint ruled him out of last weekend's action. – Michael Rogers

Gold Coast
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Levi Casboult Hamstring 4-6 weeks
Sam Day Foot 4-6 weeks
Brandon Ellis Calf 1 week
Touk Miller Wrist 4-6 weeks
Ethan Read Leg TBC
Lachie Weller Knee 1 week
Jarrod Witts Back Test
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
A rough week for the Suns with Miller and Day to miss at least a month. Witts will be tested during the week after missing the loss against North Melbourne. Read has a small fracture in his leg with a timeline for his return to be given "in due course", the club says. – Michael Whiting

GWS Giants
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Lachie Ash Calf Test
Josh Fahey Foot 12 weeks
Cooper Hamilton Ankle 2-3 weeks
Josh Kelly Calf 3-4 weeks
Nick Madden Ankle 3-4 weeks
Braydon Preuss Back Indefinite
Harry Rowston Back Indefinite
Sam Taylor Testicle 2-3 weeks
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
The Giants hope Ash will be available this weekend, but he faces a fitness test on Friday. Taylor could be back in a fortnight, but Kelly is set to miss much of the next month. Nick Haynes (hamstring) made his return through the VFL last weekend. – Riley Beveridge

Hawthorn
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
James Blanck Knee Season
Sam Butler Leg Season
Calsher Dear Ribs Test
Jack Ginnivan Leg Test
Mitch Lewis Knee Season
James Sicily Shoulder Test
Chad Wingard Calf Test
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Lewis will undergo a knee reconstruction in the coming days after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Geelong on Saturday night. Sicily will need to prove his fitness later in the week after dislocating his shoulder in round 16, while Ginnivan is facing a race against the clock to be fit after fracturing his fibula. Dear missed the weekend with rib soreness and could also be available against Fremantle on Saturday. – Josh Gabelich
 
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PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Ben Brown Knee Test
Max Gawn Foot 2-3 weeks
Christian Petracca Ribs, spleen Indefinite
Harrison Petty Hamstring Test
Joel Smith Suspension Indefinite
Charlie Spargo Achilles TBC
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Gawn is facing a 2-3 week stint on the sidelines after chipping the base of his right fibula against West Coast on Sunday. Petty missed the game with a hamstring complaint but the Demons were hopeful he would be available for Saturday night’s clash with the Bombers. - Alison O'Connor

North Melbourne
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Miller Bergman Ankle Test
Callum Coleman-Jones Achilles Season
Zac Fisher Foot Test
Brayden George Knee Season
Josh Goater Achilles Season
George Wardlaw Concussion Test
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
The Kangas will make sure Wardlaw passes through the AFL's concussion protocols before making him available for this weekend, while Fisher also faces a fitness test later in the week. Wil Dawson (shoulder) and Blake Drury (knee) are both set to be available and are likely to return through the VFL. – Riley Beveridge

Port Adelaide
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Ryan Burton Foot Test
Trent McKenzie Hamstring 1 week
Sam Powell-Pepper Knee Season
Esava Ratugolea Hamstring Test
Josh Sinn Quad Test
Ivan Soldo Knee 3 weeks
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Good news for Port with Ratugolea and Burton training on Tuesday and expected to be available for selection to face Gold Coast on Sunday, while Sinn will train on Thursday to press his claims. – Michael Whiting

Richmond
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Jacob Bauer Ribs Test
Judson Clarke ACL Season
Mate Colina Back TBC
Liam Fawcett Back 4-5 weeks
Campbell Gray Hamstring 7-8 weeks
Josh Gibcus ACL Season
Dylan Grimes Back Season
Mykelti Lefau ACL Season
Tom Lynch Hamstring 2-3 weeks
Dustin Martin Back Test
Sam Naismith ACL Season
Marlion Pickett Calf 1-2 weeks
Dion Prestia Calf Test
Maurice Rioli jnr Ankle 1-2 weeks
Jack Ross Foot 3-4 weeks
Samson Ryan Ankle Test
Tylar Young ACL Season
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Richmond could be boosted by the return of Prestia and Martin, with the pair needing to get through training this week in order to face Greater Western Sydey. Pickett and Rioli are closing in on returns, but Lynch's timeline has bumped out a week, having sat at 1-2 last round. – Sarah Black

Saint Kilda
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Riley Bonner Foot Test
Anthony Caminiti Ankle 2-3 weeks
Brad Crouch Knee TBC
Paddy Dow Ankle Test
Jack Hayes Knee TBC
Dougal Howard Hamstring Test
Max King Knee Season
James Van Es Ankle Season
Marcus Windhager Hamstring 4-6 weeks
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Windhager will miss up to six weeks after straining his hamstring against Sydney on Sunday. Caminiti is set to be sidelined for a few more weeks with a high ankle sprain. Bonner and Dow will need to prove their fitness later in the week ahead of the trip to South Australia to face Adelaide. – Josh Gabelich

Sydney
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Harry Arnold Back Test
Jack Buller Back Season
Harry Cunningham Hamstring 1-2 weeks
Isaac Heeney Suspension Round 19
Peter Ladhams Concussion Test
Angus Sheldrick Ankle Test
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
For the first time this season, Callum Mills is off the injured list and will return to the senior side this Saturday. Luke Parker is also available again after suspension, while Heeney's fate will be determined by the Tribunal (and possibly the Appeals Board) this week. Sheldrick is set to return in the VFL after a lengthy lay-off, while Cunningham is still at least a week away. - Martin Smith

West Coast
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Rhett Bazzo Groin 1 week
Matt Flynn Ankle Test
Elijah Hewett Foot 1 week
Callum Jamieson Knee TBC
Noah Long Knee Season
Jeremy McGovern Ribs/lung TBC
Jack Petruccelle Hamstring 1 week
Dom Sheed Hamstring 1-2 weeks
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
McGovern remains in Melbourne with a punctured lung and broken rib and will miss Sunday’s match against Brisbane. Jamieson is working through a patella tendon knee issue, while Petruccelle and Sheed are closer to returns from hamstring injuries. Flynn missed last week’s game with a rolled ankle and is in the frame to return this week, as is Hewett who is nearly recovered from a foot issue. – Sophie Welsh

Western Bulldog
PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Jordan Croft Thigh 6-8 weeks
Ryan Gardner Wrist 6-8 weeks
James Harmes Hamstring 3-4 weeks
Jason Johannisen Calf 5-7 weeks
Liam Jones Knee 2-4 weeks
Alex Keath Hamstring Test
Aaron Naughton Concussion 1-2 weeks
James O'Donnell Concussion 1-2 weeks
Kelsey Rypstra Hamstring 3-4 weeks
Bailey Smith Knee Season
Cody Weightman Groin Test
Updated: July 9, 2024
Early prognosis
Jones could miss up to a month in a big blow, after scans revealed a moderate-grade MCL injury. Naughton and O'Donnell have entered concussion protocols. Johannisen has suffered a setback with his calf and might not return in the home and away season. Croft has suffered another stress fracture and could miss the rest of the campign. – Josh Gabelich
 
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SuperCoach AFL 2024: Experts reveal their trades, rate best replacements for Gawn, Rankine and more
Seven SuperCoach experts reveal their trades – including two who are prepared to go down to zero trades to deal with a series of round 18 emergencies. See all our experts’ moves here.

Al Paton, Tim Michell, Patch and Chloe Williams

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July 11, 2024 - 2:19PM

Is it too early to use your final trade?

Two SuperCoach experts are answering that question this week by going down to zero in the trade bank – and praying there is no more carnage over the next seven weeks.

Hands have been forced by a series of SuperCoach emergencies, headed by an injury to ruck superstar Max Gawn, and compounded by Touk Miller, Jeremy McGovern, Izak Rankine and Isaac Heeney (probably) all missing this week.

And some experts have still found a way to punt some underperforming so-called premiums.

See their trades for round 18 here, and scroll down for their verdict on all the most traded players this week.

AL PATON
IN: Toby Nankervis, Connor Rozee

OUT: Max Gawn, Matt Rowell

My initial instinct was to hold Gawn but that’s just leaving too many points on the table. I have held Luke Jackson all season for exactly this scenario, except I didn’t predict I would also have my best forward missing the same round, so moving Jackson into the ruck only creates a problem somewhere else.

I considered Tristan Xerri as Gawn’s replacement, and I think he’s a very solid choice. But why not shoot for the stars? Toby Nankervis has the third-best five-round average of any player in SuperCoach – his past four scores are 144, 131, 121, 159 – and while he comes with some suspension/injury risk, I love the big fella and it will be fun to barrack for him in the run home. Richmond isn’t playing for much any more in 2024 but the skipper clearly has plenty of pride and should deliver more captain-worthy scores for my SuperCoach side, with several friendly ruck match-ups to come.

Rowell is playing this week, which is a plus, but he has been stinking up my team for way too long. I have to swallow the fact this move is costing me $80k more than it would have last week, but I have trades and cash and now is the time to spend them.

If Zac Fisher returns I can cover Isaac Heeney and Jeremy McGovern with rookies for one week. Go Billy Dowling.

THE PHANTOM
OUT: Izak Rankine

IN: Jye Caldwell

It’s been a big few days. I finally traded in Izak Rankine on Friday, then launched into the top 400 with a 2600 over the weekend. Then Rankine was suspended, so, too Isaac Heeney, and Max Gawn ruled out. I can cover all the zeros this week, but Rankine will miss four games and there are only seven left – it’s a trade worthy of my final one. Probably. I think.

I’m not hesitant on the replacement, Caldwell – he’s really making his mark on the Essendon midfield – but seeing 0 in the trade balance this far out from the finish line might not be a good thing. Fortunately, my bench cover is pretty good, so it’s likely I’ll pull the trigger. Probably. I think…

TIM MICHELL
IN: Colby McKercher, Tom Stewart

OUT: Adam Saad, Touk Miller

We are sending our last two SuperCoach trades for the year into orbit. Miller is out for four weeks, so flipping him for Colby McKercher is an easy move. After dodging the Izak Rankine drama I could have sat on my hands and held my last trade for a rainy day. And while that probably makes sense, I’ve been aggressive all year and don’t plan to stop that this week.

Geelong has an incredible run home, starting with Collingwood this week. I spent last Friday night screaming at the TV as the Magpies let Zach Merrett (who I don’t own) run around and do whatever he wanted. I expect Stewart will get the same sort of freedom this week, and then it’s Western Bulldogs (who don’t tag), North Melbourne (I like Stewart’s chanced vs Will Phillips), Adelaide (who he scored 134 against in round 2), Fremantle, St Kilda (who don’t tag half-backs) and West Coast in the last six rounds.

Saad is one of my favourite players but there could be 200-300 points difference between him and Stewart from this point. So, it seems this will be my last week featuring in expert trades for 2024. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because I wasted about 15 of my 40 trades.

PATCH
IN: The Nank, Colby McKercher

OUT: Matt Rowell, Max Gawn

Gawn is injured and Rowell is bad. Both are grounds for trades in my book because I’m mad and don’t care any more. Nank is on a tear and I want him in, and need cash to do so. Fortunately, I can make the exact amount of cash needed to go Gawn to Nank by going down to McKercher from Rowell. When the SuperCoach gods give me a sign, who am I to look spit into their face?

So I shall make the move, as the gods command, and take my one solitary trade remaining and clutch it to my chest: protecting it from the howling Antarctic winds, keeping the mud from its cherubic face, and holding it close during the long and dark nights of the Melbourne winter. I shall protect this trade with my life.

DAN BATTEN
OUT: Izak Rankine and Bigoa Nyuon

IN: Jye Caldwell and Mattaes Phillipou

My team is an absolute mess. I have three trades left and have Isaac Heeney, Max Gawn, Touk Miller, and traded in Izak Rankine and Jeremy McGovern last week. I traded McGovern to Zac Fisher so I didn’t have to field a rookie in round 17, and boy do I wish I had that trade back now.

I am looking at three doughnuts before trades, so I have to do something, and I probably have to fix up my forward bench considering I am going down to one trade. Can the Pou be my saviour? Phillipou attended 63 per cent of centre bounces last week and scored 112 points. If the midfield role continues he can provide handy scoring until Gawn returns, and coverage in the likely event Alex Sexton is dropped down the track. I wish I’d just jumped on Jye Caldwell last week, but better late than never.

DOS (PHANTOM JNR)
IN: Toby Nankervis, Mattaes Phillipou

OUT: Max Gawn, Bruce Reville

Crisis creates opportunity. Everyone is in struggletown, myself included (Gawn, Heeney, Rankine, TDK, Bytel...), but I am not going to let that stop my charge to a top 1K finish! Gawn may want to play next week, but by his own words he “currently can’t walk”. I’m happy to zig while everyone zags and bring in Nank the Tank, the most in-form player in the competition still owned by just 1 per cent of teams! Nank’s ceiling and consistency is higher than any forward available, and for some reason I just can’t trust Jye Caldwell, even though he’ll probably continue to burn me.

I can swing Luke Jackson forward to cover TDK if he misses (again!) while I’ll happily roll the dice with some dodgy rookies up forward if needed. Mattaes Phillipou fresh off 112 SuperCoach points in just 68 per cent time on ground playing inside midfield, plays Adelaide and West Coast in his next two, and his final six games at Marvel Stadium. He’ll stem the bleeding of Rankine’s month-long absence, who I’ll hold for my final push for the $50K ... I mean top 1K. One trade remains.

CHLOE WILLIAMS
IN: Mattaes Phillipou, Lachie Neale, Nank the Tank

OUT: Harry McKay, Max Gawn, Jason Horne-Francis

That’s right ... I’ve been hoarding my final boost. I’m going big one last time.

Al kindly nudged me into the all-or-nothing approach of bringing in some big guns for the run home. I have Luke Jackson, but would be left to play a rookie up forward if I held Gawn, so he is ... Gawn. Nankervis comes in with a three-round average of 137, as does Neale with a 147.3 in the same metric and a match-up against West Coast.

One downgrade to Phillipou gives me enough money to do this, and if he stays in the middle, he should outscore or match McKay who only managed a 78 last week despite kicking five goals.

I was going to burn yet another trade on McKercher ... but that could be coming next week. I only have the one boost, unfortunately.
 
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SuperCoach AFL 2024: Experts reveal their trades, rate best replacements for Gawn, Rankine and more
Seven SuperCoach experts reveal their trades – including two who are prepared to go down to zero trades to deal with a series of round 18 emergencies. See all our experts’ moves here.

Al Paton, Tim Michell, Patch and Chloe Williams

17 min read
July 11, 2024 - 2:19PM

Is it too early to use your final trade?

Two SuperCoach experts are answering that question this week by going down to zero in the trade bank – and praying there is no more carnage over the next seven weeks.

Hands have been forced by a series of SuperCoach emergencies, headed by an injury to ruck superstar Max Gawn, and compounded by Touk Miller, Jeremy McGovern, Izak Rankine and Isaac Heeney (probably) all missing this week.

And some experts have still found a way to punt some underperforming so-called premiums.

See their trades for round 18 here, and scroll down for their verdict on all the most traded players this week.

AL PATON
IN: Toby Nankervis, Connor Rozee

OUT: Max Gawn, Matt Rowell

My initial instinct was to hold Gawn but that’s just leaving too many points on the table. I have held Luke Jackson all season for exactly this scenario, except I didn’t predict I would also have my best forward missing the same round, so moving Jackson into the ruck only creates a problem somewhere else.

I considered Tristan Xerri as Gawn’s replacement, and I think he’s a very solid choice. But why not shoot for the stars? Toby Nankervis has the third-best five-round average of any player in SuperCoach – his past four scores are 144, 131, 121, 159 – and while he comes with some suspension/injury risk, I love the big fella and it will be fun to barrack for him in the run home. Richmond isn’t playing for much any more in 2024 but the skipper clearly has plenty of pride and should deliver more captain-worthy scores for my SuperCoach side, with several friendly ruck match-ups to come.

Rowell is playing this week, which is a plus, but he has been stinking up my team for way too long. I have to swallow the fact this move is costing me $80k more than it would have last week, but I have trades and cash and now is the time to spend them.

If Zac Fisher returns I can cover Isaac Heeney and Jeremy McGovern with rookies for one week. Go Billy Dowling.

THE PHANTOM
OUT: Izak Rankine

IN: Jye Caldwell

It’s been a big few days. I finally traded in Izak Rankine on Friday, then launched into the top 400 with a 2600 over the weekend. Then Rankine was suspended, so, too Isaac Heeney, and Max Gawn ruled out. I can cover all the zeros this week, but Rankine will miss four games and there are only seven left – it’s a trade worthy of my final one. Probably. I think.

I’m not hesitant on the replacement, Caldwell – he’s really making his mark on the Essendon midfield – but seeing 0 in the trade balance this far out from the finish line might not be a good thing. Fortunately, my bench cover is pretty good, so it’s likely I’ll pull the trigger. Probably. I think…

TIM MICHELL
IN: Colby McKercher, Tom Stewart

OUT: Adam Saad, Touk Miller

We are sending our last two SuperCoach trades for the year into orbit. Miller is out for four weeks, so flipping him for Colby McKercher is an easy move. After dodging the Izak Rankine drama I could have sat on my hands and held my last trade for a rainy day. And while that probably makes sense, I’ve been aggressive all year and don’t plan to stop that this week.

Geelong has an incredible run home, starting with Collingwood this week. I spent last Friday night screaming at the TV as the Magpies let Zach Merrett (who I don’t own) run around and do whatever he wanted. I expect Stewart will get the same sort of freedom this week, and then it’s Western Bulldogs (who don’t tag), North Melbourne (I like Stewart’s chanced vs Will Phillips), Adelaide (who he scored 134 against in round 2), Fremantle, St Kilda (who don’t tag half-backs) and West Coast in the last six rounds.

Saad is one of my favourite players but there could be 200-300 points difference between him and Stewart from this point. So, it seems this will be my last week featuring in expert trades for 2024. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because I wasted about 15 of my 40 trades.

PATCH
IN: The Nank, Colby McKercher

OUT: Matt Rowell, Max Gawn

Gawn is injured and Rowell is bad. Both are grounds for trades in my book because I’m mad and don’t care any more. Nank is on a tear and I want him in, and need cash to do so. Fortunately, I can make the exact amount of cash needed to go Gawn to Nank by going down to McKercher from Rowell. When the SuperCoach gods give me a sign, who am I to look spit into their face?

So I shall make the move, as the gods command, and take my one solitary trade remaining and clutch it to my chest: protecting it from the howling Antarctic winds, keeping the mud from its cherubic face, and holding it close during the long and dark nights of the Melbourne winter. I shall protect this trade with my life.

DAN BATTEN
OUT: Izak Rankine and Bigoa Nyuon

IN: Jye Caldwell and Mattaes Phillipou

My team is an absolute mess. I have three trades left and have Isaac Heeney, Max Gawn, Touk Miller, and traded in Izak Rankine and Jeremy McGovern last week. I traded McGovern to Zac Fisher so I didn’t have to field a rookie in round 17, and boy do I wish I had that trade back now.

I am looking at three doughnuts before trades, so I have to do something, and I probably have to fix up my forward bench considering I am going down to one trade. Can the Pou be my saviour? Phillipou attended 63 per cent of centre bounces last week and scored 112 points. If the midfield role continues he can provide handy scoring until Gawn returns, and coverage in the likely event Alex Sexton is dropped down the track. I wish I’d just jumped on Jye Caldwell last week, but better late than never.

DOS (PHANTOM JNR)
IN: Toby Nankervis, Mattaes Phillipou

OUT: Max Gawn, Bruce Reville

Crisis creates opportunity. Everyone is in struggletown, myself included (Gawn, Heeney, Rankine, TDK, Bytel...), but I am not going to let that stop my charge to a top 1K finish! Gawn may want to play next week, but by his own words he “currently can’t walk”. I’m happy to zig while everyone zags and bring in Nank the Tank, the most in-form player in the competition still owned by just 1 per cent of teams! Nank’s ceiling and consistency is higher than any forward available, and for some reason I just can’t trust Jye Caldwell, even though he’ll probably continue to burn me.

I can swing Luke Jackson forward to cover TDK if he misses (again!) while I’ll happily roll the dice with some dodgy rookies up forward if needed. Mattaes Phillipou fresh off 112 SuperCoach points in just 68 per cent time on ground playing inside midfield, plays Adelaide and West Coast in his next two, and his final six games at Marvel Stadium. He’ll stem the bleeding of Rankine’s month-long absence, who I’ll hold for my final push for the $50K ... I mean top 1K. One trade remains.

CHLOE WILLIAMS
IN: Mattaes Phillipou, Lachie Neale, Nank the Tank

OUT: Harry McKay, Max Gawn, Jason Horne-Francis

That’s right ... I’ve been hoarding my final boost. I’m going big one last time.

Al kindly nudged me into the all-or-nothing approach of bringing in some big guns for the run home. I have Luke Jackson, but would be left to play a rookie up forward if I held Gawn, so he is ... Gawn. Nankervis comes in with a three-round average of 137, as does Neale with a 147.3 in the same metric and a match-up against West Coast.

One downgrade to Phillipou gives me enough money to do this, and if he stays in the middle, he should outscore or match McKay who only managed a 78 last week despite kicking five goals.

I was going to burn yet another trade on McKercher ... but that could be coming next week. I only have the one boost, unfortunately.
Surprising to see the last three bringing in Phillipou, he could just as easily drop a 30 or 40 this week as a good score.
 
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