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Players greed will ruin the OUR GAME. Or maybe the Umpires horrific decisions and these stupid new rules will destroy the game before the players greed.

Country of 25 million and listed AFL players on Average make 372K a year when the supporter in the stands is making 70K.

The AFL has pi$$ how much up against the wall in their little china failure and now Gill is off to the USA, please stop the stupidity. The AFL needs to be honest with itself as do the players and understand outside Australia no one will watch our game, each country has its own culture and sporting past times.

I Understand TV rights fund the players egos, but how long will you put up with paying to view a game on the TV with little increases each year. Personally this year has been one of the most frustrating years i can ever remember watching football. How long will us Supporters put up with increases in pay per view ever increasing ground admission and a bad product.

Don't wont to offend any one on this site, but a bloke getting a million a year to play footy isn't right, and the girls seeking a 100% increase is just laughable. Just imagine walking into your bosses office and asking him to double your salary.


Simple fact if players wages increase so does the cost of watching OUR GAME. Just hope the CLUBS the AFL and the players haven't forgot this simple fact when they walk around their million dollar homes and offices and sink the game further into DEBT.
 
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SuperCoach Plus: 11 things you need to know for Round 7 of the AFL season

From the Braydon Preuss express to bargains, captain picks and a sign Lachie Whitfield could be on the way back, here are 11 KFC SuperCoach nuggets to help your team this week.

KFC SuperCoaches have another week of head-scratching after a serious injury to Brodie Grundy scrambled trade plans.
With rookies ready to trade and stars available at discount prices, there are plenty of options to consider.

And we’re here to help!

SuperCoach Plus is a treasure trove of stats and tools including Break Evens, score and price projections, a bye planner, the new Trade Assist button and lots more. And now SuperCoach Plus subscribers can see live KFC SuperCoach scores for every AFL game in the 2022 season.

And you get exclusive weekly analysis articles just like this one!

Scroll down for 11 nuggets to help your team this week.

GET ON THE PREUSS CABOOSE

There was talk of Braydon Preuss as a KFC SuperCoach ruck option for years and now we know why. The GWS big man was traded into more than 27,000 teams last week and responded with 117 points against St Kilda – his third 100-plus score in as many appearances this season. That generated a monster $93,700 price rise and there is plenty more where that came from. With a Break Even of -46 this week, a projected score of 86 against the Crows would send his value skyward by another $59,000. If he maintains an average of around 90 he will be priced at about $440,000 when the Giants’ bye arrives in round 12.

DOUBLE ACT

The sight of another ruckman on the GWS team sheet might have made some buyers nervous about Preuss but it didn’t impact his scoring, or that of ruck partner Matt Flynn, who picked up 122 points of his own. The pair were in the right place at the right time as Paddy Ryder missed through suspension, St Kilda’s back-up ruckman Jack Hayes suffered a knee injury early then the last Saints ruckman standing Rowan Marshall went down with a thigh problem in the second half, forcing Josh Battle (and Jack Steele, for one contest in the last quarter) into the ruck. Preuss was the No.1 man for the Giants, attending 69 ruck contests to Flynn’s 41 and taking 13 centre bounces to Flynn’s nine. Preuss posted 16 hitouts-to-advantage which boosted his score, while Flynn hit the scoreboard with two goals and one score assist. For the record, Battle attended 31 ruck contests and won one hitout.

MONEY MEN
Preuss’s Break Even is the third-lowest in the competition, behind Port Adelaide ruckman Sam Hayes (-97) and Gold Coast forward Malcolm Rosas (-71). Hayes is projected to make $81,000 after his third match, while Rosas was a late withdrawal from the Suns’ loss to Brisbane, but his ownership jumped from just over 3000 to more than 35,000 regardless. Those new owners will be heartened by Stuart Dew’s post-match comments that Rosas’s calf issue was only minor and he should play this week. Other players with low Break Evens include Billy Frampton (-14), Peter Ladhams (-13) and Connor Rozee (-13). Bubble boys Ben Hobbs ($153,300 MID, BE -10) and Finn Callaghan ($198,300 MID, BE -9) might not be the money trains we were hoping for.


BARGAIN BUYS

High Break Evens are a good indicator of players about to plunge in price. The trick of course is identifying when their value has bottomed out and the time is right to strike and trade them into our teams. Clayton Oliver had a Break Even of 173 entering round 6, and after scoring 168 against the Tigers he lost $3100 in value and reset his BE to 73 – a projected score of 123 this round will send his value back up by more than $20,000. So if you want Oliver, jump on now. Touk Miller has fallen almost $100,000 to $578,600 and has a BE of 130 against Collingwood this week. Based on recent form he might not quite get there but if he misses, it won’t be by much, making this a great time to trade him in. Patrick Cripps (BE 125), Darcy Parish (BE 99), Tom Mitchell (BE 92) and Josh Dunkley (BE 90) are unlikely to get any cheaper.

FATTENED CASH COWS

Going the other way, we need to identify when cash cows in our team have made as much money as they are going to and are ready to be traded out. The threshold to watch for is when a player’s Break Even exceeds their average. The alarm bells are ringing for Josh Rachele, who has a BE of 85 and a season average of 67, although that does include two 100-plus returns. After two low scores Jason Horne-Francis’s BE (83) has also surged past his average (72.8). However, if he can keep scoring around the 70-point range he’ll start making money again after a small drop this round. At the other end of the spectrum, Patrick McCartin (BE 44), Tristan Xerri (BE 30), Nic Martin (BE 2) and Josh Gibcus (BE -2) still have cash to make, while Nick Daicos is worth holding for his solid on-field scoring even though his BE of 80 is close to his 84.8 average. If he can score 80 points a week SuperCoach Plus projects he’ll keep making money all the way to round 17.

WHAT’S UP WITH WHITFIELD?

Was three-quarter time in Friday night’s loss to St Kilda the moment Lachie Whitfield turned the corner? After playing as a high half-forward in the first three quarters, Whitfield avoided a disastrous score with a 35-point final term from nine disposals. He was moved on to the wing and spent 57 per cent of game time in the final term in that role, gaining 197 metres gained along the way. Whitfield owners are due a change of luck. Averaging his fewest KFC SuperCoach points since 2015, he is yet to crack the ton and has four scores under 80. His intercept numbers have plummeted, averaging half as many intercept possessions as in 2021, grabbing just one intercept mark from six games. Add to that a drop in disposal numbers and kicking efficiency, and he’s averaging 16 fewer points compared to last year.

WHAT’S UP WITH BONT?

Marcus Bontempelli looked an astute buy after dropping $37,000 in value in the first four rounds and coming off a 136-point score against Richmond. But buyer (and Bevo) beware – that was the moment the Dogs coach came up with a role change for his captain. Bontempelli has spent 58 per cent and a season-high 67 per cent of playing time up forward over the past two weeks, and it’s having a big impact on his scoring output. He has attended just 10 centre bounces in each game, returning 102 and a season-low 88 points. Bontempelli’s impact on the scoreboard has improved this season, averaging a career-high 2.5 goals, but what he has lost is volume elsewhere – averaging just 20.7 disposals, his fewest since his debut season in 2014 (excluding 2020). Bontempelli has now lost $54,300 since round 1 and with a break even of 157, he’s going to get a lot cheaper. Get ready to pounce if his role changes again.

IS MATT ROWELL BACK?

Owners of Matt Rowell would have been thrilled with his third ton of the season. It was on the back of some excellent work in the clinches, winning 20 contested possessions – his second-most this year – of which 17 were won pre-clearance. Given he won so much inside ball, his ball use was impacted, having just 14 effective disposals from a tally of 24. Rowell dropped $400 in value after his 103 points and reset his Break Even to a very achievable 66, but his major cash-making days seem to be over. An average around 80 will result in small price rises through to Gold Coast’s bye, but he is projected to peak at about $425,000.

THE SUPER POD

West Coast defender Alex Witherden could be the ultimate point of difference selection in KFC SuperCoach this year. Prior to round 6 he was in just 313 teams, and that number jumped to 1412 (1 per cent of teams) before he pumped out 152 points against Port Adelaide. The former Lion has been the main beneficiary of the Eagles’ seeing so much of the ball in their defence. He’s averaging a career-high 26 disposals, 518 metres gained and eight intercept possessions. He narrowly leads the club for disposals in the defensive 50 over Shannon Hurn, with Witherden taking 22 marks in that zone – ranked No.1 at West Coast. Hurn is still the designated kick-in player with 37, but Witherden isn’t too far behind with 27. Witherden’s last month has been outstanding – averaging 130 points – ranked third behind Max Gawn and Callum Mills.

WHERE’S THE LOVE?

If you like a unique pick, there are plenty of other great options to consider. Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy – who averaged 118 points a game last year – is in just 2.4 per cent of teams (he’s also almost $80,000 cheaper than his round 1 price. Brodie Grundy replacement, anyone?). Travis Boak is in just 5 per cent of teams despite the fact only three players have scored more points than him this season (average 126.8). Jordan De Goey (in 10.3 per cent of teams) and Dan Houston (10.5 per cent) are averaging 97.2 and 108 respectively.

CAPTAINS CORNER

It’s hard to overlook Jack Macrae as the top captain choice for round 7, even after his slightly disappointing score of 92 last week. Macrae faces Essendon this round, a team he averages 120.1 against across his career with an average of 137.6 in his past three. Clayton Oliver – fresh off 168 points against Richmond – averages 125 in his past three games against Hawthorn, while Max Gawn scored 172 against the Hawks last year and could be rucking against Max Lynch, who gave up 164 points to Peter Ladhams on Anzac Day. It might pay to steer clear of Lachie Neale this week – his past two scores against the Swans are 77 and 55.
 
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KFC SuperCoach AFL Round 8 trade guide: Which rookies to buy and well plus cut-price trade targets

West Coast mature-age debutant Greg Clark could rewrite KFC SuperCoach trade rules. See the best rookies on offer this week plus who to trade out.

Is a 24-year-old West Coast rookie the answer to our KFC SuperCoach problems?
Greg Clark ($117,300 MID) scored 104 points on debut against Richmond and is clearly the most traded in player this week, added to more than 26,000 teams at time of writing.

Cashing in a player like Jason Horne-Francis or Josh Rachele – or even Nick Daicos – to Clark frees up cash to grab a cut-price premium, and there are some great options to choose from (see list below).

But it might not be that simple.

Clark’s value won’t change until he plays his third game and buying a rookie-priced player before they are “on the bubble” following their second match is fraught with danger.

This basic commandment of KFC SuperCoach is dubbed the “Josh Glenn rule” after the Gold Coast cheapie who scored 103 in his first game back in 2015 and was added to thousands of KFC SuperCoach teams only to follow that up with a score of 36 before being dropped the next week (he returned to the team 10 weeks later and he played three more games for a career average of 52).

Another complication is the promising crop of rookies that have emerged at this point of the season. Picking Clark a week early means likely passing on some promising bubble boys, but waiting a week might force a tough choice between Clark and some other great one-gamers.

Here’s our take on the KFC SuperCoach rookies to buy, hold and sell this week.

BUBBLE BOYS

Paul Curtis (NM) $117,300 FWD | Ave: 58, BE: -48

Robbie McComb (WB) $102,400 MID | Ave: 50, BE: -41

Oliver Dempsey (Geel) $102,400 FWD | Ave: 38.5, BE: -18

Toby Bedford (Melb) $123,900 FWD | Ave: 49, BE: -26

* Greg Clark (WCE) $117,300 MID | R7 score: 104

If you can afford to wait a week for Clark, McComb is the pick of this week’s bubble boys after a great game against the Bombers – 21 disposals and two goals – likely cemented his spot at least for the next few weeks. Concerns about his job security and scoring potential (63 points isn’t a great return from those stats) are offset by his bargain basement price and the fact Luke Beveridge loves to play unknown mature-age recruits (the 26-year-old was drafted from Footscray’s VFL team, where he won the 2021 best-and-fairest).

Clark is as safe an option as we’ll ever get as a one-gamer and the advantage of picking him this week is you can confidently start him on field, which is something we can’t say for a lot of our rookies or a player like McComb. Clark, who would have been in most KFC SuperCoach teams in round 1 if not for a shoulder injury in the pre-season, looked totally at home at AFL level with 24 disposals at 83 per cent efficiency, seven marks and six tackles on debut, and will get plenty of opportunities in a depleted West Coast midfield.

Curtis and Dempsey are both small forwards which rings alarm bells in KFC SuperCoach, evidenced by Dempsey’s 12 points in game two, while Bedford looked OK for the Demons but only got his chance after being the medical sub the previous five weeks due to Covid running through the club.

WAIT

Jack Carroll (Carl) $123,900 MID | R7 score: 95

Cooper Hamilton (GWS) $102,400 MID/FWD | R7 score: 68

Maurice Rioli Jr (Rich) $123,900 FWD | R7 score: 92

Luke Strnadica (WCE) $102,400 RUC | Ave: 66, BE: -73

Carroll will be high on many KFC SuperCoaches’ radar after an eye-catching debut, collecting 29 disposals, eight marks and a goal on his way to 95 points against the Kangaroos. However, it’s worth waiting a week to see how he goes against the Crows in a team featuring George Hewett, who was a late out last round.

Hamilton’s scoring wasn’t as high but the junior endurance beast impressed with 12 touches and five tackles, comes at a bargain price and has dual-position status which stands out in this rookie pack. Unfortunately, like Carroll he has the dreaded round 12 bye (it’s worth noting that McComb has a more friendly round 13 bye).

Rioli’s pressure was outstanding and he booted three goals against the Eagles but that small forward role can be very hot and cold – even if he scores well again against Collingwood this week he’s probably too big of a risk.

SELL

Jack Hayes $258,800 RUC-FWD

Josh Rachele $273,300 FWD-MID | Ave: 64, BE: 78

Nathan O’Driscoll $303,800 DEF/MID | Ave: 62.2 BE: 77

Corey Durdin $203,800 FWD | Ave: 47.3, BE: 47

Jarrod Berry $376,000 MID | Ave: 75.7, BE: 86

Rachele is the top priority after losing $17k in value last round and facing a Break Even of 78, a score he has beaten twice this season in seven games and not since round 4.

O’Driscoll’s cash generation has dried up a lot quicker than many predicted but he has made $179k for coaches smart enough to grab him before his price rise. Those who recruited him a week later have made a $140k profit; the equation gets trickier for the 11,000 coaches who added him to their squads after two price rises – trading in a rookie for a profit of about $65,000 seems way unders. He plays the Kangaroos at home this week so another good score that resets his Break Even is not out of the question.

Berry faces the Eagles this week but he has scored above 86 only once this season. He hasn’t been able to reproduce his monster pre-season numbers but has been a solid money-maker, rising in value by $107,500.

HOLD

Jason Horne-Francis $310,900 MID | Ave: 70.7, BE: 58

Nick Daicos $379,600 DEF/MID | Ave: 83.4 BE: 74

Paddy McCartin $268,700 DEF/FWD | Ave: 63 BE: 44

Hugh Dixon $246,000 RUC/FWD | Ave: 59 BE: 47

Josh Ward $236,800 MID | Ave: 49.2 BE: 26

All of these players can be traded if they are your only way to grab a top-end premium but try to find another way if you can.

Horne-Francis should start making money again this week and along with Daicos is a player you can start on field – you wouldn’t want to be replacing him with someone like McComb at M8.

Dixon is likely to lead the Eagles’ decimated ruck division against the Lions on Saturday night after Luke Strnadica was ruled out with health and safety protocols.
 
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UPGRADE TARGETS: BARGAINS YOU CAN’T IGNORE
KFC SuperCoaches banking on cash generation from popular cheapies Jason Horne-Francis and Josh Rachele to launch them into upgrade season have been left disappointed.

Last year’s No.1 and No.6 draft pick both lost value after low scores in round 7, putting top premium options in most positions even further out of reach.

That’s why you need to be willing to look beyond Clayton Oliver, Callum Mills, Jack Macrae and Jack Steele, and consider the next rung of KFC SuperCoach midfielders.

Will they net you the same points as the absolute elite bracket of midfielders? Probably not.

But the extra trade – or extra $100k in your bank – might provide a significant advantage when other coaches are scrambling later in the season.

With that in mind, here are the best cut-price midfield options for your KFC SuperCoach team ahead of Round 8.

Luke Parker $518,800 FWD/MID

About 5000 coaches traded in Parker last week for just $475,300 and were rewarded with a massive 150 KFC SuperCoach points against the Lions on the back of 33 disposals and six tackles. Parker is $43k more expensive this week but is still fantastic value and his value is heading north fast with a Break Even of 51 against this week’s opponent Gold Coast. Parker attended 24 centre bounces against the Lions and the return of Tom Papley from injury is likely to ensure an ongoing role at the coal face where we know what he can do – averages of 99 or better every year since 2014.

Christian Petracca $560,400 MID

KFC SuperCoaches hoping Petracca’s price would plummet below $550k after only one ton from rounds 3-6 will be disappointed after he amassed 131 points against Hawthorn. Petracca was the beneficiary of the Hawks sending a tagger to Clayton Oliver, getting off the chain in the second half on his way to 31 disposals. Petracca won’t get any cheaper than this so it’s the perfect week to jump on if you have the money spare. You would need about $250k to turn Horne-Francis into Petracca, which will likely be a tall order for most coaches.

Ollie Wines $508,200 MID

The Brownlow medallist is a forgotten man in KFC SuperCoach, featuring in only 2 per cent of teams despite winning the AFL’ s top individual award last season. Wines has scored less than 96 once this season, when he was subbed out against Melbourne due to a heart issue with 53 points. That score has caused his price to plummet by more than $100k from his starting value this year. The only issue with Wines is Port Adelaide has the bye in Round 12, which most coaches are inclined to avoid when planning trades. If you are well placed for that round – when Carlton, Essendon, Richmond, St Kilda and GWS Giants also have the bye – then strongly consider.

Patrick Cripps $526,700 MID

The Carlton skipper is likely leading this year’s Brownlow Medal after another three-vote outing against North Melbourne in which he tallied 138 KFC SuperCoach points. Disregarding the game when he suffered a minor hamstring injury, Cripps has not scored less than 119 and is averaging 143 points. Forget uber premium numbers, that’s a whole other level of scoring. He’s unlikely to maintain that incredible scoring over a full season, but $527k is fantastic buying for one of the hottest players in KFC SuperCoach this year, and with a Break Even of just 29, this is as cheap as he will get. Even if you traded him out a few weeks ago when he missed due to injury, Cripps is a great buy this round. Did we mention he even had hitouts to advantage against North?

Josh Kelly $542,900 MID

Kelly is renowned for his huge KFC SuperCoach ceiling and displayed that with his first monster score of the season against Adelaide – 153 points. Kelly hadn’t hit any great heights in the opening six rounds as GWS limped through the start of the season. That score against the Crows was the first time this year he’s reached 120, but pleasingly for coaches who favour high floors he hasn’t dropped below 81. Kelly has an incredible record against Carlton, averaging 118.4 against the Blues. GWS meets Carlton in Round 9 and Kelly is going to be more expensive if you hold off. Featuring in just 7 per cent of teams, he could be a nice point of difference in your midfield.

Andrew Brayshaw $581,500 MID

Put Brayshaw on your wait-and-see list for rounds 9 or 10 rather than bringing him in this round. The Freo star’s lowest score of the season to date – 77 – will result in a price fall and a Break Even of 157 in Round 8. The slight issue with waiting is Fremantle faces North Melbourne this week and it’s likely Brayshaw will rack up a huge possession tally. He started the season valued at $584k and the fact you can buy him for less than that despite being one of the best onballers of 2022 (average 117.1) is remarkable. Hopefully he gets even cheaper in coming weeks when he will be impossible to resist.


Tom Green $551,800 MID

We’re told Mr Consistent shook a hard tag from The Phantom at Adelaide Oval on Saturday to record his sixth ton in seven matches (the other score was 92). Green tallied 107 against the Crows from 24 disposals, of which 17 were contested. His contested style suits KFC SuperCoach scoring perfectly and despite a brilliant start to the year, Green is still available for a very gettable price. Like Wines and Kelly he has the Round 12 bye, but this type of reliability only comes around so often in KFC SuperCoach. If you’ve got the cash – and especially if you’re an avid listener of The Phantom’s Lair podcast (who isn’t?) – Green would be a great buy.

Touk Miller $592,100 MID

OK, so we aren’t getting Miller at his lowest price after his score of 160 against Collingwood. That eclipsed his Round 7 Break Even by 30 points and was made even more incredible by the fact he scored about 145 of those points after quarter-time. It was the exact sign coaches who had been waiting to trade for Miller wanted to see before jumping on. He was back winning possessions at will and also hit the scoreboard twice to boost his total. Anything less than $600k is still great value for the Suns co-captain and if you haven’t used too many boosts already, you could look at going to Greg Clark and Robbie McComb to fund a move for one of KFC SuperCoach’s top midfielders.
 
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KFC SuperCoach: Who will get DPP status at Round 12?
Another dual-position update in KFC SuperCoach is just weeks away. Here are the players who could earn DPP status, and what it means for your trade plans.

Load your forward line at your own peril.
Several top KFC SuperCoach scorers are in contention to gain DPP at Round 12 in the second round of additions for the season.

Longtime KFC SuperCoach premium Marcus Bontempelli is the biggest name in the mix to have FWD status added after spending significant time in attack in recent games for Western Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs skipper’s price has dropped to less than $600,000 despite averaging 108 to Round 8, which would have him ranked fourth of this year’s forwards behind teammates Tim English and Josh Dunkley and Sydney’s Isaac Heeney.

After Round 8, Bontempelli had spent 37 per cent of time forward this year, just above the 35 per cent threshold to have FWD status added.

If Bontempelli was to gain FWD status, he would be a must-have player after the Bulldogs’ Rund 13 bye.

But that relies on Luke Beveridge continuing to use him regularly as a forward which is no guarantee and a week-to-week proposition.

Even one game where he plays exclusively as a midfielder could be enough to deny Bontempelli forward status.

Bontempelli’s 37 per cent time forward was equal to teammate Bailey Smith, who averaged 107 KFC SuperCoach points to Round 8.

The prospect of a four-Bulldog forward line in KFC SuperCoach seems ridiculous, but should Smith and Bontempelli gain FWD status four of the top-six FWD averages to Round 8 would have been Bulldogs.

Two-time AFL Fantasy winner — and current top-100 ranked KFC SuperCoach — Selby Lee-Steere has experienced DPP changes in recent years.

But with this being the first season KFC SuperCoach has used in-season positional changes, Lee-Steere said DPP changes were a crucial part of trade strategy.

“It does throw another curve ball, particularly in this limited trade set up of SuperCoach,” Lee-Steere told the Official KFC SuperCoach podcast.

“Teams are trying to get the best players in their position because come Round 12 we’re going to be throwing another batch and …(then) Round 18 there’s going to be another batch.

“You might think you’ve got your team set … it’s hard to plan for it, particularly if it’s someone from Bulldogs.

“We mentioned (Luke Beveridge) and GWS with Leon (Cameron), it’s hard to get a read on what positions they’re going to play so it’s hard to plan in advance for a potential DPP switch.

“And if you were to get one, like if (anyone) owns Bont and he gets it, then that’s a bonus for him because he’s one step ahead.

“When everyone is going to be racing to trade in Bont, come Round 12, 13, or after his bye, (they) can get one step ahead and be trading in a gun midfielder.”

Smith and Bontempelli aren’t the only big names KFC SuperCoaches should be watching closely in coming rounds.

Max Gawn, who was a borderline DPP in Round 6, is within 10 per cent of the 35 per cent threshold needed for FWD status.

The top ruckman in KFC SuperCoach available as a forward would be incredible and would bring other topscoring big men such as Sean Darcy firmly into the trade mix.

Rowan Marshall had spent 27 per cent of time forward after eight rounds, but with Paddy Ryder back in the St Kilda side will be another DPP contender.

Marshall attended 56 ruck contests and 15 centre bounces against GWS in Round 6, but just seven centre bounces and 26 ruck contests in Round 8 when partnering with Ryder (who recorded 19 CBAs and 39 ruck contests).

Popular rookie pick Robbie McComb is another player in line to gain FWD status, which will open up a valuable swing with players such as Dunkley, Luke Parker, Nic Martin and Will Brodie for tens of thousands of teams.

Darcy Cameron is another who seems certain to have a second position by Round 12 after becoming the No. 1 ruckman at Collingwood after Brodie Grundy’s PCL injury.

After Round 8, Cameron had spent 39 per cent of time in the ruck – a figure which will surely only grow with Grundy still sidelined for another two months or more.

This wealth of possible FWD additions should provide a warning for KFC SuperCoaches.

If you plan to keep Nic Martin, Will Brodie and Stephen Coniglio, but have already committed to Dunkley, Parker and/or English, plan ahead and work out how your FWD line is going to look after the byes.

Ensure you have room for Bontempelli and Gawn – in particular – should they gain FWD status, and that you can be flexible if Smith continues his premium breakout season.

Jayden Short is the other player to watch in coming rounds after recording 38 centre bounces in the last two rounds.

The gun Tiger needs to spend significant time in the middle in the next month to gain MID status, but has shown great promise after being shifted into the engine room by Damien Hardwick.
 
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DPP WATCH – TIME IN POSITION AFTER ROUND 8
Stats: Champion Data

Marcus Bontempelli – Time in Position

Midfield 63%, Forward 37%

Total points: 759 (Would rank ninth in FWD)

Average: 108.4 (Would rank fourth in FWD)

Max Gawn – Time in Position

Ruck 72%, Forward 28%

Total points: 964 (Would rank first in FWD)

Average: 120.5 (Would rank second in FWD)

Rowan Marshall – Time in Position

Ruck 73%, Forward 27%

Total points: 625 (Would rank 31st in FWD)

Average: 89.3 (Would rank 20th in FWD)

Robbie McComb – Time in Position

Midfield 48%, Forward 52%

Total points: 173 (Would rank 183rd in FWD)

Average: 57.7 (Would rank 146th in FWD)

Jayden Short – Time in Position

Defence 74%, Midfield 23%, Forward 3%

Total points: 894 (Would rank 14th in MID)

Average: 111.8 (Would rank 18th in MID)

Darcy Cameron – Time in Position

Ruck 39%, Forward 61%

Total points: 456 (Would rank 23rd in RUC)

Average: 65.1 (Would rank 33rd in RUC)

Bailey Smith – Time in Position

Midfield 63%, Forward 37%

Total points: 749 (Would rank 11th in FWD)

Average: 107 (Would rank fourth in FWD*)

*Fifth if Bontempelli was also made forward, sixth if Bontempelli and Gawn qualified for DPP.

Ben Hobbs — Time in Position

Midfield 23%, Forward 77%

Total points: 205 (Would rank 177th in FWD)

Average: 51.3 (Would rank 165th in FWD)

Note: A minimum of six games is required to be considered for DPP before Round 12. Players must play at least 35 per cent in a position to have DPP added.
 
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DPP WATCH – TIME IN POSITION AFTER ROUND 8
Stats: Champion Data

Marcus Bontempelli – Time in Position

Midfield 63%, Forward 37%

Total points: 759 (Would rank ninth in FWD)

Average: 108.4 (Would rank fourth in FWD)

Max Gawn – Time in Position

Ruck 72%, Forward 28%

Total points: 964 (Would rank first in FWD)

Average: 120.5 (Would rank second in FWD)

Rowan Marshall – Time in Position

Ruck 73%, Forward 27%

Total points: 625 (Would rank 31st in FWD)

Average: 89.3 (Would rank 20th in FWD)

Robbie McComb – Time in Position

Midfield 48%, Forward 52%

Total points: 173 (Would rank 183rd in FWD)

Average: 57.7 (Would rank 146th in FWD)

Jayden Short – Time in Position

Defence 74%, Midfield 23%, Forward 3%

Total points: 894 (Would rank 14th in MID)

Average: 111.8 (Would rank 18th in MID)

Darcy Cameron – Time in Position

Ruck 39%, Forward 61%

Total points: 456 (Would rank 23rd in RUC)

Average: 65.1 (Would rank 33rd in RUC)

Bailey Smith – Time in Position

Midfield 63%, Forward 37%

Total points: 749 (Would rank 11th in FWD)

Average: 107 (Would rank fourth in FWD*)

*Fifth if Bontempelli was also made forward, sixth if Bontempelli and Gawn qualified for DPP.

Ben Hobbs — Time in Position

Midfield 23%, Forward 77%

Total points: 205 (Would rank 177th in FWD)

Average: 51.3 (Would rank 165th in FWD)

Note: A minimum of six games is required to be considered for DPP before Round 12. Players must play at least 35 per cent in a position to have DPP added.
Legend, thanks heaps for the info!
 
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In the blink of an eye, the bye rounds are just around the corner.

Taking stock of your team balance before committing to a player is paramount in the coming weeks, otherwise you’ll end up with a lopsided team and run the risk of playing with 13-14 players when others have planned ahead and have at least 18 playing across all three bye rounds. Planning is essential!

With most KFC SuperCoaches looking to upgrade on a weekly basis, value is something we all look for as we are reluctant to pay top dollar for blue chip assets.

The $500,000 to $600,000 price bracket is generally where all the bargains are, and if we look at the highest scoring player from this range ahead of Round 9, the name Patrick Cripps sits atop of the list.

Currently in career-best form, if we take out the match he injured his hamstring in, his numbers are ridiculous – averaging 33 disposals, 17 contested possessions and 140 points.
Cripps’ work in the clinches has been huge, averaging 11 pre-clearance contested possessions – the most of any midfielder in the competition. His impact on the scoreboard has also been important and he has been able to compliment his contested numbers with goals, booting 13 in seven games – equalling his previous best goal tally for a season already.

If you want Cripps in your side, then this is the round to pounce as he has a Break Even score of just 50.

If you already own Cripps, then Andrew Brayshaw is the next-best target. His Break Even score is much higher (122), but that shouldn’t deter you in any way as he has already exceeded that figure in four games.

Brayshaw has just one blemish to his name this season, scoring 77 points against the Cats in Round 7 when his ball use was poor. He also has a tremendous ceiling, scoring 189 against the Saints in Round 2 and 190 against the Tigers in Round 20 last season. With Sean Darcy feeding him at stoppages, Brayshaw is an excellent buy this week.


If you traded out Patrick Cripps, trade him back in! Picture: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Other midfielders to target include Christian Petracca, Ben Keays and Zach Merrett.

In defence, it’s hard to bypass Jayden Short or James Sicily at this stage. Shorts looks set to continue playing as a centre bounce midfielder, attending 15 centre bounces on the weekend to complement his 23 in Round 7. He also scored 109 points against the Magpies in Round 8.

Sicily continues to score well and has just one score under 100 all season which came back in round 2. He’s averaging an equal career-high 23.3 disposals and a career-high 112 points. Sicily has also played on from 27 of 29 kick-ins, which is a huge bonus.

Other defenders to target include Nick Vlastuin, George Hewett (if named) and Sam Docherty.
LEADING SCORERS IN $500,000-$600,000 PRICE RANGE

Patrick Cripps (Carl) $580,700 MID, Av 126, BE 50

Travis Boak (Port) $587,300 MID, Av 125, BE 107

Tim English (WB) $572,700 RUC/FWD, Av 122, BE 100

Nick Vlastuin (Rich) $503,300 DEF, Av 121, BE 29

Andrew Brayshaw (Frem) $570,700 MID, Av 119, BE 122

George Hewett (Carl) $536,500 DEF/MID, Av 117, BE 88

Ben Keays (Adel) $584,000 MID, Av 117, BE 138

Tom Green (GWS) $546,900 MID, Av 117, BE 116

Christian Petracca (Melb) $559,200 MID, Av 114, BE 89

Sam Docherty (Carl) $562,500 DEF, Av 114, BE 122

Jayden Short Rich $560,100 DEF, Av 112, BE 66

James Sicily Haw $569,900 DEF, Av 112, BE 84
 
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KFC SuperCoach 2022: The Phantom’s Round 10 trade guide and burning questions

Who is the best Jack Steele replacement? Is it now time to dump struggling Giants? How many Dogs is too many? The Phantom answers the big KFC SuperCoach questions.

Jack Steele is injured, the Giants have a new coach, the next round of DPPs are around the corner and a mature-age gun is on the bubble – it’s a big week in KFC SuperCoach.

Let’s go straight into the burning questions...

What to do with Jack Steele?

More than 51,000 KFC SuperCoaches had their heart in their mouth when the St Kilda skipper was crunched in a tackle in the first half against the Cats on Saturday.

But, like the true warrior he is, Steele returned to the field and hobbled to the final siren with 74 points to his name.

That collective sigh of relief, however, was soon overpowered by the news he will need surgery and up to two months on the sidelines.

In another blow, Steele’s price fell by $46k but, thankfully, there are still plenty of options within reach.

Starting wi…

We know who the options are, just tell us what you would do, Phantom...
Well, if you wanted honesty, that’s all you had to say.

You’re right, though, Al Paton and Tim Michell have already outline an extensive list of options.

So, OK, here’s what I would do.

Firstly, if you still don’t have Clayton Oliver, Patrick Cripps or Jack Macrae – yes, those people exist – then there’s your move.

If money is no issue, Touk Miller and Rory Laird are both great options with the middle bye in Round 13.

Laird has posted six KFC SuperCoach tons on-the-trot, five in excess of 120, but it’s easy to forget he also averaged 123.6 in the final 15 rounds of last season.

I’m not going to go into the out-of-DPP, out-of-mind theory right now.

He’s also not going to get tagged like Miller and he’s a huge point-of-difference, currently – and that’s the key word – in just two per cent of teams.

But, he can’t run like the Gold Coast skipper and he’s less damaging with the ball in hand going forward.

I don’t have the money, but I’d lean towards Miller – he’s got more 140+ scores in him, I think.

Before you ask me why I am trying to steer you away from Callum Mills, I’m not.

Of course, I am all for getting him, I just think Miller and Laird provide a bit more value this week. The Sydney star could be cheaper after the bye.

If money is an issue, I’d go with Andy Brayshaw or Christian Petracca, both who have the Round 14 bye.

The pair are at the top level when it comes to KFC SuperCoach scoring ceiling, but they’re also not a three-figure lock every week.

It’s a rollercoaster, but you’ll get off happy.

Buy a Brayshaw ticket first.

If you want to make more money, don’t look in the midfield for a replacement.

Look at someone like Steele’s teammate, Jack Sinclair, in defence, for example.

He posted six KFC SuperCoach tons to start the year and the streak was only broken by those horrible conditions in Cairns.

Yes, it was another score in the 80s a week later against the reigning premier but he was very good against the Cats on Saturday, recording a season-high 24 kicks – at 79 per cent efficiency – and 107 points.

Sinclair is the fourth-ranked KFC SuperCoach defender and he’s available for $520k.

You could restructure slightly and play Eagle Greg Clark on field rather than, say, Nick Daicos or Sam De Koning in defence.


Is Greg Clark a must have?
Must-have is a strong term in KFC SuperCoach but the mature-age Eagle is close.

Not throw-out-your-trade-plan-and-forget-about-that-upgrade close, but he’s likely to be one of the top KFC SuperCoach cash cows of the year.

Importantly, too, he’s likely to be solid bench cover for the run home. He may have followed up his KFC SuperCoach ton on debut with just 13 disposals and 64 points, but he did spend a bit of time on Petracca on Sunday.

I’m not saying must-have because this year is different. Previously, a mature-age rookie who scored 104 in his first game, and has a breakeven of -97, would absolutely be a base-your-whole-plan-around-it trade.

But some KFC SuperCoaches are almost complete and are looking to add that final piece of the on-field puzzle this week. And I’m not going to tell them to stop that, points are still king.

I guess, though, even those teams should look to get him in on the bench.

What about Rory Thompson?
Who?

I’m kidding, but I’d only go there if you really need to downgrade in defence.

Both Paddy McCartin and Sam De Koning still have money to make and are scoring well as cover.

Back to Steele replacements, what about Brad Crouch in his absence?
No. He’s kicked at 53 per cent efficiency or lower in six matches this year. His overall kicking efficiency of 51.7 per cent is the worst of top-20 ball-winners in the competition.

It has been – and will continue to be – the reason he’s not yet in the top echelon of KFC SuperCoach midfielders.


Stephen Coniglio struggled against the Blues in Round 9. Picture: Mark Jesser/AFL Photos


Phantom, Stephen Coniglio can’t even get a kick, is it finally time to move him on?
Last week, I highlighted his steep decline in centre bounce numbers. I also mentioned that he’s still proven he can score well in the forward-heavy role – just not consistently.

What I didn’t say was, at times, you can argue, Coniglio going forward is one of Leon Cameron’s better positional moves, given the co-captain’s ability around goal and one-on-one work, as well as his haphazard decision-making as a midfielder.

Of course, this was all before Cameron and GWS parted ways during the week.

Yes, Coniglio has a huge breakeven of 146 after season-low 37 but try and give it at least another round to see how stand-in coach Mark McVeigh uses him.

“Mark should put a different spin on things … I’m expecting a really exciting brand of footy to played in the back half of the year,” Cameron said as he announced his resignation.

Same goes with Lachie Whitfield – as hard as that may be – too.

Plus, the Giants have West Coast and North Melbourne in the next three matches.

I’m looking at moving on Nic Martin this week, whose price could fall for the first time after what looked a tired performance in Round 9, instead.

What about Butters?
I hope you listened last week and took my advice to hold and re-assess at the bye – that’s still my plan.

Staying in the forward line, how many Bulldogs is too many?
Jack Macrae 124.4

Tim English 121.6

Josh Dunkley 113.7

Bailey Smith 111.6

Marcus Bontempelli 110.5

Bailey Dale 105.8

Tom Liberatore 102.4

Adam Treloar 98.8

On those averages, and now solid data, you can’t have too many.

So if – and there’s a big chance – Marcus Bontempelli and Bailey Smith gain forward status ahead of Round 12, I’ll be looking to get them in. Smith first, probably.

Sure, Covid could sweep through the club – or just another illness, like the Bombers two weeks ago – but, from what we’ve seen so far, that’s more unlikely than likely.

But you know what’s more likely than unlikely? The top five on that list all averaging 110 from this point onwards.

If I traded George Hewett out, should I tr…
Yes. And I know there are more than 14,000 of you. The Blues recruit just eased back into a game-high contested possessions (16) and clearances (8) in his return game. He’s now scored a KFC SuperCoach ton in every game he’s played this season.

Sure, Hewett missed two games, but Lachie Neale and Ben Keays are the only other players to have reached three figures in every match to start 2022.

You’re a bit snappy, Phantom, are you okay?
I’m okay (trust me).
 
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Anyone got this article on next lot of DPPs? Link here: DPP status
I don't have access, but I think it might be what was posted below:
Marcus Bontempelli and Bailey Smith are closing in on DPP status with the next wave of KFC SuperCoach positional changes only two rounds away. Bontempelli and Smith have both spent 63 per cent of time in midfield and 37 per cent of time forward this year, putting them above the 35 per cent of threshold to gain FWD status when positions are added after Round 11.
However, with such a fine margin between their current forward percentage and that needed to have FWD added, one game as a fulltime midfielder in the next two weeks could cost Bontempelli or Smith FWD status. Smith attended 11 centre bounces against Collingwood last round, recording 66 per cent of his 41 disposals in the offensive half. Bontempelli had 14 CBAs and seven of his 26 disposals against the Magpies were in the attacking 50. The Bulldogs have a Round 13 bye and there will be huge interest in Bontempelli and Smith should they gain DPP status come Round 14.
Their teammate and Round 10 bubble boy Buku Khamis will not gain FWD status after Round 11 as he will not have played the required six games. Khamis played his first match of the season in Round 9 and has scored 41 and 66 in his two games.

Max Gawn will need to spend significant time in attack against North Melbourne and Fremantle to reach 35 per cent. The Demons skipper’s FWD percentage remained steady at 28 per cent after he tallied 17 centre bounces and 34 ruck contests against West Coast.

The biggest mover ahead of Round 10 was Jayden Short, whose midfield time rose from 23 per cent to 29 per cent as his role change continued against Hawthorn. Short attended 15 centre bounces against the Hawks and despite only playing midfield in the past three rounds, appears likely to become a DEF-MID before Round 12. Short is the No.3 ranked defender behind James Sicily and Sam Docherty and already features in 41.8 per cent of teams. DEF-MID status would provide those teams with greater security in the run home when trades are at a premium and allow for a positional swing with Jordan Dawson, Jack Crisp, Jack Sinclair and other DPPs.

Connor Rozee is another player all but locked in to become DPP, spending 49 per cent of time in midfield after nine rounds as his transition into the Power engine room continues.

Rookies Ben Hobbs and Robbie McComb will have FWD added, while Darcy Cameron is destined to become a RUC-FWD.

Rowan Marshall is also close to the threshold for RUC-FWD status. Marshall only recorded nine CBAs against Geelong compared to Paddy Ryder’s 18. In the two rounds where Ryder was suspended, Marshall had 18 and 15 CBAs (he was injured for most of the last quarter in the second of those matches against GWS).

Tom Mitchell, Travis Boak and Patrick Dangerfield are others to monitor, but are more likely to be contenders for DPP after Round 17. Boak in particular has made a late surge for DPP status, spending 49 per cent of game time forward in rounds 7-9. The Power star only scored 36 points against North Melbourne but showed he can still post big totals playing in attack with 30 disposals, six tackles and 149 points against the Western Bulldogs in Round 8.

Marcus Bontempelli – Time in Position Midfield 63%, Forward 37%
Max Gawn – Time in Position Ruck 72%, Forward 28%
Rowan Marshall – Time in Position Ruck 70%, Forward 30%
Robbie McComb – Time in Position Midfield 43%, Forward 57%
Jayden Short – Time in Position Defence 65%, Midfield 23%, Forward 3%
Darcy Cameron – Time in Position Ruck 46%, Forward 54%
Bailey Smith – Time in Position Midfield 63%, Forward 37%
Ben Hobbs — Time in Position Midfield 28%, Forward 72%
Tom Mitchell – Time in Position Midfield 74%, Forward 26%
Connor Rozee – Time in Position Midfield 49%, Forward 51%
Patrick Dangerfield – Time in Position Midfield 78% Forward 22%
 
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