SuperCoach Scout – Operation: Tag Sloane

The world of AFL related media is vast, dynamic and fast paced. If you aren’t engaged on a daily basis, you’re bound to miss something in the flood of news articles, opinion pieces, videos and social media posts – and how relevant are they all to your SuperCoach team anyway? This season, we’re solving your problem. Each week we’ll give you our take on the most SuperCoach relevant media.

Rory Sloane

Position: MID
Price: $543,300
2017 Avg: 113.5
Breakeven: 173

Cast your minds back to round six; the Crows were the only undefeated side, their star midfielder Rory Sloane was in sublime form giving himself hot, early favouritism for the Brownlow honour – averaging 132 SuperCoach points, we were questioning if he could be stopped.

A sloppy 77 to start the year was quickly forgotten about after Sloane scored over 139 in four of his next five performances.

Prior to Round 7, the blonde-haired magician grew in SuperCoach popularity, he went from being picked in 9.4% of teams to 13% of teams in a single week. To the disappointment of those who jumped on the bandwagon, Sloane’s next two weeks were way down on his average.

In round seven, North Melbourne’s Sam Gibson kept him to 80 points, however, ex-teammate Bernie Vince did a better job on Sloane the following week allowing him just 70 points. Coincidentally, the Crows experienced their first two losses during this fortnight.

With talks of the tag back, teams tried their best to put a stop to Adelaide’s main engine worker.

Brisbane’s Nick Robertson did his best to halt Sloane, but couldn’t prevail as Sloane went for 31 touches and 119 Supercoach points. All signs led to a return to form next week against Fremantle – we all witnessed a career-best game from Sloane during the 10th round of the year. The 27-year-old shook the Connor Blakely tag in the first quarter, then taught Nathan Fyfe a head-to-head lesson accumulating 30 disposals, 13 tackles to collect a whopping 177 points.

For obvious reasons, Sloane’s popularity again skyrocketed to close to 20% of all teams. A bit of deja vu occurred as Sloane played victim to another tag, this at the hands of former Eagle Scott Selwood – who disallowed him from scoring triple-figures.

In Round 12, the Saints were all over him, Koby Stevens was given the job of keeping Sloane to just 14 disposals and 66 points – his lowest of 2017. New to the role, Hawthorn’s Daniel Howe kept the star midfielder to just 80 points. Sloane then dropped another $50,000 in price, causing headaches for those interested or owning him.

Sloane’s average from the last three matches reads 78, his round 15 break even sits at 173. What’s most concerning is his disposal, shutting down Sloane has worked previously and I dare say teams will continue putting time into him.

This week Carlton’s Ed Curnow, a renowned tagger, won’t be playing but the club is likely to find a replacement. With Dayne Beams out, and most teams looking to upgrade their last midfield rookie to a premium, don’t be fooled by Sloane’s low price of $543,300. Right now, there are better options around, he might pick up form in the run home but currently, signs are negative.

However, I am not saying current owners should offload him, give him at least another week! This guy’s a proven performer and has shown his ceiling so far in 2017, as crunch time approaches big names like Sloane tend to make even bigger names for themselves. For the sake of the SuperCoach community, let’s all pray for the end of the tag!

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