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After a poor first outing against the Tigers to begin his 2017 campaign, the Carlton youngster put together a consistent run of form. In his following six matches, Cripps had five scores ranging between 100 and 110, and an outlier of 77 against the Suns. Then in round eight, Cripps belted out a season-high score of 157 against the Saints. Although he was thereabouts, the 22-year-old bull couldn’t crack the 100 over the next three weeks. From rounds 13 to 15 he bounced back with scores of 114, 134 and 126. The Blues were in competitive spirit – lead by Cripps who was ranked third in the league for clearances since Round 7. For obvious reasons, Cripps was getting attention among the SuperCoach community – including us; we traded him into SCPFC last week – before carnage struck during the second term of Carlton’s clash with the Demons last Sunday. The Blues confirmed Monday that their young prodigy had received a broken fibula, and will miss the rest of the season.
Cripps is currently priced at $533,500, with the run home creeping up, getting his replacement right is crucial. I’ll walk you through the best options, and some unique picks that may get you through SuperCoach glory as the rollercoaster finals approach.
If you’re crazy and have gone this far without Patrick Dangerfield then, unfortunately, he’s probably too expensive to jump on now considering his insane run of form – so I’m going to leave him off this list.
Even if you don’t have the injured Cripps, you may want to look at these guys for your last upgrade spot in the midfield.
Tom Mitchell | $589,800 | Avg: 116.6 | 3 Rd Avg: 119.7
Apart from that bull down in Geelong, Tom Mitchell would have to be the most in-form player in the competition. The statistical rankings are clear, he sits first in total disposals as well as total effective disposals, third in total SuperCoach score, third in total contested possessions, fourth in tackles – the list goes on. He’s smashing records, and doing it with complete utter ease – he has dropped below the 30-disposal mark just once this season, and that was in round three when he accumulated 27. But for SuperCoach, he’s easily been one of the most consistent and elite performers. The former Swan dropped under 100 just once with 85 against the Cats. For that sort of scoring, he isn’t even that expensive, but with a breakeven of 93, now’s the time to secure him.
If you’ve got the cash, it’ll cost you just $58,300 to swap him for the injured Cripps, and it’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made.
There are other options, however, and if Mitchell isn’t for you then here are your best bets with a couple left field choices.
Dayne Zorko | $586,700 | Avg: 116 | 3 Rd Avg: 122
The Queensland-born on-baller has given plenty of promise so far in his short AFL career, he’s dropped under 100 three times this season and my word does he have a huge ceiling. Last week, 36 touches, 12 tackles, four goals and 196 points marked a career-best game for him. Zorko has now had seven games over 118 points – and is still only owned by 6.7% of coaches.
Clayton Oliver | $530,000 | Avg: 109.3 | 3 Rd Avg: 103
Another consistent performer, the teenager is living it up in his breakout year and has a season low of 80 points a couple weeks back – not so bad. Oliver has been in the media circle the past fortnight, but it hasn’t worried him – teams are backing him with 23% ownership rating. Safe bet here.
Josh Kelly | $601,800 | Avg: 113.9 | Last 3 Rd Avg: 113.3
Just as I thought we found the most consistent player around, you see this bloke’s numbers. The million-dollar man has a season low score of 92 – and is averaging a sublime 114 in a quality midfield. Shown his ability to score big with 147 on the Magpies, 134 against the Hawks and 176 against the Bombers a month ago.
Rory Sloane | $487,000 | Avg: 110 | 3 Rd. Avg: 87
If you have limited cash/trades or want to make a bit of money after offloading Cripps, then Sloane is someone who should appeal to you. In a rough patch now with five consecutive games without a ton, but will come good barring the hard tag. Can be damaging as shown earlier this year.
Marc Murphy | $506,700 | Avg: 110 | 3 Rd. Avg: 110
Trading Cripps to his skipper in Murphy would be straightforward and give you a small dose of cash. Murphy’s efforts cannot be questioned, will provide you with good points and knows how to collect them fast – he’s recorded six games over 120 points this season.
I’d recommend waiting a week for Joel Selwood, who has a breakeven of 165 – if you don’t have the trades to be messing around, then take a good look at the Cat’s skipper who will feed you points when it matters.
Seb Ross | $552,300 | Avg: 105.8 | 3 Rd Avg: 116
Seb Ross is currently owned by just 0.9% of teams, yet if you remove his round one blunder of just 36 points, he has an average of 111 points this season! Last week he went for 151 big ones and excluding round one his lowest scores read 88, 94 and 99.