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SuperCoach steal of the century and other Round 9 trade targets

Injuries have occurred, but SuperCoaches can choose from a good rookie and affordable premiums, including an insanely cheap but very risky superstar. View the full trading guide.

The injury gods came for SuperCoaches in a chaotic Round 8, with Tom Green (ankle), Elliot Yeo (groin) and Zac Williams (glutes) all hurt, forcing a rethink of trading plans.

At press time we’re waiting for more information on the trio’s availability for Round 9, but the sudden appearance of some lowered options comes at the perfect time.

Meanwhile, cheapies like Matt Roberts and Sam Darcy could be ready to trade with rising Break Evens after poor Round 8 scores.

If you need a replacement for an injured star or are ready to upgrade a max rookie or mid-pricer, these are the players who should be on your radar this week.

An injured Elliot Yeo sits on the bench. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Tom Green was fouled out in the first quarter. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

CHEAP

DARCY JONES $123,900 FWD

Job security was the big question mark for the small forward after his action-packed debut, but in a promising sign he retained his place in the top 22 after Toby Greene and Brent Daniels returned to the GWS line-up. Even more promising, he put in another standout performance (fourteen disposals, one goal) on a disappointing day for the Giants. That should keep him in the team for at least a few weeks and make us a lot of money with a Break Even of -75, the lowest in the game this week. Demoting Sam Darcy to his namesake will be a popular move.

Giants small forward Darcy Jones. Photo: Phil Hillyard

RILEY HARDEMAN $117,300 FINAL

Also in the bubble this week, but scores of 50 and 37 don’t scream ‘pick me’. And haven’t we learned a lesson in picking North Melbourne defenders? Fellow bubbleboy Docker Cooper Simpson is in a similar boat after scoring 17 points in his second game.

LACHIE SULLIVAN $102,400 MID

Hopefully Collingwood’s coaches follow Fantasy Freako on that was). Sullivan, who was offered a rookie contract by the Pies last summer after winning Footscray’s best and fairest award in the VFL in 2022 and 2023, finished with 10 disposals, five tackles and 75 points. Jordan De Goey and Tom Mitchell missed the Blues blockbuster so keep an eye on the teams and we still have a week to go before Sullivan’s price changes happen, but he is at the front of the queue to be traded for Round 10.

JACK HAYES $228,000 FWD

Hayes was one of the feel-good stories of the AFL and fantasy in 2022 when he was handed an opportunity by the Saints and scored two SuperCoach tons in his first four games before missing the rest of the season with injury. It’s been a long road back, but Hayes looked fantastic in his first game of the season against the Kangaroos on Saturday, finishing with 17 disposals, six points, four tackles, two goals and 115 SuperCoach points. He’s a player we’ll have to watch for another week, but he could be a great money train if Ross Lyon backs him.

Colby McKercher is doing well at center back. Photo: Linda Higginson/AFL Photos via Getty Images

COLBY McKERCHER $309,800 MID/FINAL

Can we trust Clarko? That’s the question SuperCoaches must answer – and it’s not an easy one – after a huge 135-point score against the Saints. After starting the season at halfback with SuperCoach returns of 88, 95 and 74, the No. 2 draft pick was tried at center square and his scores dropped. But he has been back in defense in the past two rounds, and with Harry Sheezel on the ground, the Tasmanian left-footer has taken over as the Kangaroos’ back-half divider. His stats from Saturday show 30 disposals at an efficiency of 90 percent, and he now has a breakeven of -61. If the role is filled, McKercher could be a brilliant mid-season option. But Clarko could send Sheezel back, or McKercher’s guts, at any time. How brave are you?

PREMIUM OBJECTIVES

CLAYTON OLIVER $476,700 MID

That price is not a misprint. The Demons champions, who were worth almost $700,000 before Round 1, were back to his most damaging levels against the Cats, with 31 disposals, 17 contested possessions, four tackles, eight score involvements and 141 SuperCoach points. Those kinds of numbers are normally familiar territory for Oliver, but it’s only his second score over 100 for 2024, and his best this season by 36 points. The question for every SuperCoach is: can we expect this every week? If the answer is yes, Oliver could be one of the steals of the century. His value dropped to $466,000, but he has bottomed out. He won $10,5000 after lockout and entered Round 9 with a breakeven of just 48. If you believe, this is as cheap as we can get him – possibly for years.

Is Clayton Oliver back? Photo: Michael Klein

DYLAN MOORE $521,600 FWD

Who says there aren’t many premium forwards in SuperCoach this year? Looking at the last two rounds individually, Moore scores as well as almost any player in the league: 136 and 140 SuperCoach points. Throw in a 116 the week before and he’s clearly in red-hot form. The concern is that he scored twice in the 50s in the previous three weeks, and Hawthorn’s midfield is full of constantly moving magnets as Sam Mitchell searches for the right mix with so many young players. Moore attended eight center bounces against the Dogs, finishing with 24 disposals, five tackles and a goal. It’s also not ideal that its price increased by almost $100,000 during that hot period. Sorry we didn’t mention him a month ago.

TOM STEWART $523,400 FINAL

Stewart’s Break Even of 138 looked in serious danger at half-time against Melbourne, but he slowed down to finish with 104 points, his third total between 101 and 110 for the year. Stewart’s ceiling doesn’t seem as high as in previous seasons, with teammates like Max Holmes gaining more of a foothold in defense, but he is a safe option. It’s a great buy now for over $100,000 below its starting price, but with a Break Even of 132 you could wait another week and get it even cheaper.

Tom Stewart could be a valuable replacement for Elliot Yeo. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

BAILEY DALE $532,400 FINAL

Dale appears to be the real deal on defense after an unusual five-week scoring streak that goes like this: 47, 12, 175, 132, 116. The named sub in Round 5 (which explains the 12-point score) was clearly the rocket Dale needed that, and importantly, he was still the Bulldogs’ main outlet out of defense, while Tom Liberatore returned to the side – a move that some feared could have seen Ed Richards sent back to defence. It’s a risk picking a player coached by Luke Beveridge, and Dale is a lot more expensive than he was three weeks ago, but with a Break Even of 55 he’s still going up, and at his price he’s one of the best options.

DARCY PARISH $528,600 MID

Parish’s 125 points against Collingwood can be put down to the Anzac Day factor – we know he loves a big game with a medal on the line. Can we write off another big game because it was against West Coast? Parish recorded 36 disposals, 11 points, five tackles and 148 SuperCoach points in a best performance on the ground on Saturday evening, and represents huge value in SuperCoach after dropping below $500,000 in Round 8. He’s back above that mark after breaking his Break. Even, but it’s still a great buy with a BE of just 28 going into Round 9. The Bombers’ next four games are GWS, North Melbourne, Richmond and Gold Coast.

Darcy Parish is back in form. Photo: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

CHRISTIAN PETRACCA $551,800 MIDDLE

Petracca was at the top of many shopping lists this week and went into the final round with a sky-high Break Even, but after another somewhat disappointing performance (94 points, his third in a row under 100) we can afford to wait a little longer. It seems like a bargain to get Petracca for less than $600,000, but he gets a lot cheaper than that. According to SuperCoach Plus, he will reach $511,000 just before the mid-season byes. Is his Demons buddy Oliver a higher priority in SuperCoach at the moment?