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IS SWAN JORDAN DAWSON BACK IN THE KFC SUPERCOACH CONVERSATION?

The long-kicking left-footer’s versatility has always worked against him in KFC SuperCoach but, after settling into the attacking wing/half-back role, which he was prolific in late last season, Dawson has posted scores of 121, 91, 92 and 110 in the past four matches.

Dawson, a defender-forward in KFC SuperCoach, has played 60 per cent of games as a wingman and just 25 per cent in defence since Round 10.

In the opening nine rounds it was the opposite with Dawson playing 68 per cent down back, as well as filling gaps forward and in the ruck.

The 23-year-old has taken 14 intercepts marks and nine contested marks in the past five matches and only Jack Lukosius, Luke Ryan, Luke McDonald and Jake Lloyd have scored more KFC SuperCoach points in defence than Dawson since Round 10.

The dual-position status and $454k price tag is appealing, too, if you’re after a value option at D6 or F6.

Andrew Gaff was the topscoring Eagle against Richmond with 135 points.WHO ARE THE BEST OF THE M8 OPTIONS?

The last midfield spot has been a point of contention for many KFC SuperCoaches. Unless you’ve managed your cash perfectly — and had a fair bit of luck — the likelihood is you will need to settle for a fallen premium at M8. Two contenders thrust their names forward when Andrew McGrath (124) and Andrew Gaff (135) scored tons in Round 14. Both have already had their bye. Tim Kelly is another to consider after he returned to form with 118 against the Tigers, while veteran Swan Josh Kennedy will be a crazy price in Round 15 at about $417k. Otherwise you could grab a MID-FWD such as Michael Walters ($472k), especially if you’re running low on trades. Walters’ teammate David Mundy ($500k) is another to consider after a run of five tons in six games.

IS MATT CROUCH WORTH SOME THOUGHT?

The Adelaide midfielder has burnt many KFC SuperCoaches in the past, even earlier this year, when he scored 68 points in the season-opener and was dropped in Round 4. But, given some of his scoring history, is hard to ignore his recent numbers.

Crouch, who is in just one per cent of teams, is averaging 26 disposals, 11 contested possessions, seven tackles, five clearances and 119 KFC SuperCoach points since Round 10.

How many trades should you have left?

All depends on what your priority is. If you’re playing for league glory, you shouldn’t be trading in Round 15 as it’s a head-to-head bye. That is unless you have six or more trades left and need to set your team up for a Round 16 semi-final. While very little is predictable in 2020, the likelihood some players will be managed in the last four rounds of the home-and-away season suggests those targeting a rankings rise should still have a minimum of four trades left. Anything less than that and you risk being left short in rounds 17 and 18 when scoring returns to best 22.

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Was impressed with Dawson against Port , 5th in Defender points since Round 10 , should have chosen him over Mills.
 
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Still think Mills has been the better of the 2. Probably lost that consistency over the last few weeks.
I thought Mills was Heeney watching the game.

Surprised he scored so highly was on Robbie Gray most of the game.

Was a lot freer in the last quarter though.

And the camera was too far away but everytime I thought it was # 14 taking the kickouts it was # 44.

Got some very talented players coming through , get Buddy (?) Heeney , Hewett , Rampe all back.

Just need JPK for another 2 seasons until their young mids get that 50 - 75 games under their belts.

Desperately need to recruit a # 1 ruck.

Understand why McInerney hasn't been playing , can't kick to save his life.
 
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I thought Mills was Heeney watching the game.

Surprised he scored so highly was on Robbie Gray most of the game.

Was a lot freer in the last quarter though.

And the camera was too far away but everytime I thought it was # 14 taking the kickouts it was # 44.

Got some very talented players coming through , get Buddy (?) Heeney , Hewett , Rampe all back.

Just need JPK for another 2 seasons until their young mids get that 50 - 75 games under their belts.

Desperately need to recruit a # 1 ruck.

Understand why McInerney hasn't been playing , can't kick to save his life.
Lol I saw McInerney try a few kicks and they weren't great. All Sydney need are a couple of mids and Tony Lockett or should I say Joey Daniher. 😆
 
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Lol I saw McInerney try a few kicks and they weren't great. All Sydney need are a couple of mids and Tony Lockett or should I say Joey Daniher. 😆
I think Lockett would still be a better option than Reid and/or Sinclair , just give him a couple of training sessions.

Blakey , Florent , Hayward , Rowbottom etc plenty to like their.

I thought Joey was off to Brisbane to join Hipwood and Big Charlie ?

Be certainly a lot of words written about Daniher between now and trade time.
 
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Doctor’s Orders: How to make the most of Round 15 KFC SuperCoach nightmare

Smart KFC SuperCoach players can use the worst bye round of the season to boost their score and improve their team — but it will take some guts. The experts at Doctor SuperCoach explain how it works.

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Hot and cold players for Round 15 | KFC SuperCoach AFL

Tim Michell looks at the hottest and coldest players in KFC SuperCoach AFL ahead of Round 15's footy frenzy.

It’s the stuff of KFC SuperCoach nightmares.

The Round 15 bye creates more blue dots than we care to ever see on our field, but that’s the hand we’ve been dealt, and one we’ve hopefully tried to do our best to plan for.

Six teams have the bye — Geelong, Western Bulldogs, St Kilda, North Melbourne, Gold Coast and Port Adelaide — meaning we better plug these holes or else this ship will sink fast. The pass mark for this week is plain and simple — find 18 playing players for your field, in whatever manner you can, and the more premiums the better.

But how do we maximise the points on field while simultaneously strengthening our sides?

The key is to only trade out premiums that are currently priced well above their expected averages for the rest of the season, while bringing in premiums that are severely undervalued.

Trading out a high-priced player may be counter-intuitive, but the game is about points and not money.

Marcus Bontempelli and the Bulldogs have a bye in Round 15. Picture: Michael Klein

A player like Bailey Smith ($483,600) who has peaked in price after his 150 score in Round 12, is a more worthwhile trade-out option than someone like Jy Simpkin ($438,000), as long as the money can be put to good use. In a more extreme example, Marcus Bontempelli sits at $670,000, peaking after his 199 three rounds ago. Bontempelli is priced way above his season average of 114.3, so selling him may make enough money to reinvest elsewhere for an overall points increase.

With just a little money in the bank, Bontempelli and James Bell or Brad Close could be swapped to Josh P Kennedy and Andrew Brayshaw, potentially finishing off your side and increasing the team’s overall scoring potential – with an added bonus of likely a saved trade or two.

This strategy is certainly not for the faint-hearted and is very team dependent, but if you’re playing for overall rankings here are some options at affordable prices which might give coaches something to think about in a bid to keep their KFC SuperCoach sides afloat.

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JOSH KENNEDY $417,600 MID, 90.3 AVERAGE, 1% OWNERSHIP

Kennedy is beautifully priced for anyone wishing to bring in a reliable premium scorer in this time of need.

JPK is 32, so it’s fair to say he’s no longer the super premium he once was, but following an injury-affected score of 18 in Round 6, he has dropped $162,000 from his starting price.

Since returning, Kennedy has delivered scores of 84 (from 65 per cent time on ground) and 96 (from 86 per cent time on ground).

The increase in time on ground relieves any concern that he will be eased through the rest of the season and 28 disposals in Round 14 shows he hasn’t lost his touch. Any concern Kennedy is going to drift out of the Swans centre square as he moves into the twilight of his career seems unnecessary, with he and Luke Parker still prime candidates in the guts – attending a team-high 16 centre bounce attendances against Port Adelaide.

Outside of his injury-affected game, Kennedy has had a season low of 84 points while still scoring above 125 twice. With just four matches until the end of the season, Kennedy is a relatively safe scoring option with high upside at an affordable price.

Toby Greene could give your team a spark in the run home. Picture. Phil Hillyard
 
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TOBY GREENE $444,100 FWD, 88.6 AVERAGE, 6% OWNERSHIP

With an injury interrupted season and coming off two scores in the 70s, Greene may seem like a strange choice. However, he is a proven scorer when given the opportunity and, like Kennedy, could provide a cheaper alternative to those who simply can’t acquire the cash to trade up to players such as Christian Petracca.

Last year we saw Greene storm home after being injected into the Giants’ midfield, hitting three figures in each of his final six games with an average of 121.3.

It’s hard to know if Greene get an opportunity to replicate that form, but Josh Kelly’s absence will give him a chance to remind everyone what he can do in there. Kelly took no further part in the game against Fremantle after copping a Shane Mumford knee to the head just before halftime and it’s worth noting that Greene attended 11 centre bounces, up from five the week prior, with eight in the second half after Kelly went down. He also had a season-high three clearances.

This selection may be based on a slight hunch that Greene will remain in the midfield, or at least spend more time in there, as the Giants search for their best football, but given the Giants fixture run — playing Carlton, Adelaide, Melbourne and St Kilda — even in the worst-case scenario, Toby is still capable of a solid average when playing forward. At $444,100, with minimal cash cows lighting up the scene, he could prove a savvy selection.

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ANDREW GAFF $500,300 MID, 104.1 AVERAGE, 8% OWNERSHIP

Gaff is as reliable as they come, once again averaging over 100 in 2020. The ball magnet is a touch off his previous two seasons, but continues to be a quality option in KFC SuperCoach. Gaff is priced at $500,300, so he certainly won’t break the bank like some, and is averaging 108 across the past month.

What is most heartening by the prospect of Gaff is, unlike many of his teammates, he has thrived in the hub. While he did end the Eagles’ hub life with a poor showing of 67 in a lacklustre clash with the Crows, Gaff otherwise scored 119, 137, 117, 112 and 83.

The query remains on whether the Eagles will cope better with going into the Queensland hub a second time around, but you can select Gaff safe in the knowledge that he was an Eagle that held up his end of the bargain earlier in the season.

Jarryd Lyons flies under the radar in the Lions midfield.JARRYD LYONS $589,900 MID, 112.8 AVERAGE, 3% OWNERSHIP

If you’re looking for consistency, here is another man that will answer that call. Lyons had his quietest match of the season last round, scoring just 57 points against the Saints. Nonetheless, he is a quality option – who now comes at a cheaper price.

Lyons is the most expensive of the options listed here at $589,900, but that’s bound to be the case when you average 112 with only one score under 88 and three scores below 114 all season.

Lyons has flourished this season and there are doubts any taggers would even recognise him given all the attention flows to Hugh McCluggage and Lachie Neale.

While he has a high break-even of 173, these trades are all about saving our sides in this week of carnage. He will inevitably drop in price, but some may not have the luxury of waiting for that to happen and will strike now in order to gain a reliable top end premium in bye-infused madness.
 

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1. IS MAX GAWN A MUST-HAVE FOR THE RUN HOME?
@hunterpunter_1: I’ve just brought him into my team. He has some very tasty match-ups to finish the season so I didn’t want to miss out. If you can’t afford Gawn without comprising other parts of your team however, Reilly O’Brien also looks a good pick as he is playing against some rucks that he should dominate. He scored 104 and 110 against his next two opponents last year. He then has Richmond in Grand Final week. A team he scored 181 on last year!

2. HOW MANY TRADES SHOULD YOU STILL HAVE LEFT?
@hunterpunter_1: This depends on whether you are playing for league or overall. In general, as a player focused on leagues, I would think you should have at least one trade for every week left in the season to cover for injuries and players being rested. This can be altered based on how your matchup is going in the round. If you are looking like you’re going to win, then holding your trades can only be a good thing for the proceeding finals. If a loss is on the cards, go for broke and use the maximum amount of trades to get the win. If you’re going for overall and up there near the top then if a trade can earn you some good points, I say go for it! Every week you wait to upgrade is a week less with that gun in your team.

3.WHO SHOULD BE YOUR TOP TRADE TARGET FOR ROUND 16?
@hunterpunter_1: If you need a midfielder and don’t have the cash for the uber premiums, look no further than Travis Boak. He has some nice match-ups on the run home in North Melbourne, Essendon and Collingwood. He scored over 100 against each of those teams last year.
 
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Fears grow Queensland will deliver a damp and dull finals series
Footy fans usually can’t wait to see the best of the best square off in finals. But there are serious fears growing that Queensland will deliver a damp and dull post-season. Are you worried about an ugly finals series?
Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun

Fears that the Queensland-based finals series – and Grand Final at the Gabba – will deliver damp and dull matches due to the state’s dewy evenings are growing.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson put it bluntly after his club’s seventh game under lights in the Sunshine State this season.
“You’re not going to see pretty footy – it doesn’t matter who you are,” he said.
“The game is different (at night in Queensland).”
Six of the eight finalists are likely to play their home finals in Queensland and eight of the nine finals are likely to be played under lights with yellow Sherrins, which Max Gawn said are harder to mark.
The AFL has encouraged coaches to orchestrate slick, fast and free-flowing games in recent seasons to deliver sexy spectacles.
The Eagles wheel out eskies at every training session and dunk balls in soapy water to try and help their players acclimatize.
Similarly, Australia’s ODI team trained under lights using wet cricket balls in Mumbai this year.
For Simpson the results have been limited.
“We should know – we’ve probably had eight games at night here,” he said.
“You’d think we’d get better, so we’ve got some work to do.
“We started the game (against North Melbourne) thinking we’d have a go at using the whole ground and trying to play our way, but learnt real quick.

“We thought we overused the ball a little bit. But that’s just the way night games here are going to be.
“People say, ‘Well, if you haven’t learnt by now’ – but sometimes it’s dry at night.”
Bizarrely, that is the case.
“It actually felt like it had rained,” Kangas coach Rhyce Shaw said.
“But we actually played out here a couple of weeks ago and it was dry. So, who knows?”
Thursday was a glorious day on the Gold Coast – mid 20s and barely a cloud in the sky.
But by the final quarter Metricon Stadium was soaked.
Is it due to the breeze? The position of the moon? Whatever it is the Eagles stand to lose the most because of their kick-and-catch and controlled gamestyle.
Richmond invites chaos whereas West Coast wants aerial control from the likes of bookends Jeremy McGovern and Josh Kennedy, and that becomes harder to execute in the wet.
“Everyone who wants to try and control the ball in wet conditions it just takes half a second longer to adapt and to take the ball clean,” Simpson said.

“But you can still do it – it depends how much pressure the team puts on as well.
“We’re not dismissing the way we play, we just need to adjust a couple of things as we go.”
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was mocked when he lashed out at the MCG’s “dew formula” after the 5.6 (36) apiece draw against Collingwood in Round 2, and yet four months on the topic hasn’t washed away.
AFL football operations boss Steve Hocking was unfazed by Brisbane rolling Collingwood 42-34 this month, despite kicking one goal in three quarters.
The Friday night clash at the Gabba was loaded with dropped marks because the Sherrins quickly became soaked.
But Hocking dismissed concerns by pointing to the TV ratings – it was the highest-rating match in Brisbane for the year, and the Lions’ largest home-and-away audience since 2011.
AFL boss Gillon McLachlan asked his resident Queensland experts about the dew before locking in the Gabba to host the Grand Final, which will start 40 minutes earlier than the Eagles-North game.
McLachlan was pragmatically hopeful the dew would dry up long before October 24.
“I’ve rung a couple of people and they reckon it’ll be fine,” he said.
“You can’t plan everything … and if there’s dew there’ll be some dew.”
 
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