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SuperCoach Waiver Wire – Round 19

SuperCoach Draft players know all too well that the start of the week can be just as important as the weekend itself. SuperCoach Waiver Claims can often dictate your next week’s results, whether by potentially securing a Free Agent on a hot streak who doesn’t perform the next week, or grabbing a POD player who you know tends to score big against his upcoming opposition. Each week this article will provide a snapshot of players who are currently performing and likely available on your Waiver Wire.

The final four weeks of the season are upon us, so when making Waiver Claims you will now need to consider the week to week opportunities where you identify the players with favourable matchups to either start within your own side, or that you potentially want to prevent your opposition from claiming given a glaring need they need to address.

DEFENDERS

Jackson Trengove ( 132 / 78.2 / 72%) 

Considering recent matchups against Goldstein and Mumford, Trengove would have no doubt enjoyed a change of difficulty against Archie Smith and the Lions this week. In saying that Trengove has been a consistent performer regardless of the ruck opponent of late, averaging 110 over the past three weeks. Trengove potentially faces another novice opponent in Sam Naismith this week, and other than Max Gawn may not face another confronting assignment for the remainder of the year.

BEST OF THE REST

Zach Tuohy ( 108 / 76.7 / 59% ) Tuohy came away with 35 possessions against the Hawks – which ideally should have translated into a bigger score – and is averaging 90 SuperCoach points over the past four weeks. The Blues have a fairly attractive remaining schedule with no top eight matchups (STK,BRIS,MELB,ESS).

Matt Rosa ( 98 / 71.5  / 73%) Rosa is all about risk/reward this season. When healthy he has been a valuable resource given his midfield exposure, which will no doubt increase given the Suns’ depleted midfield brigade. Expect Rosa to score well enough to start for the remainder of the season given his current role, his durability the question that needs to be assessed.

MIDFIELDERS

Seb Ross ( 120 / 92.7 / 75%) 

Ross returned to form on Saturday night with a 25 disposal, seven tackle performance netting an impressive 120 points. Ross is very much embedded within the Saints midfield core, even with the Saints being blessed with effectively an injury-free year to their mids. What is most impressive is that only Steven (107.8), is averaging more as a pure midfielder than Ross, and with the Saints having a favourable run home (only one top eight matchup against the Swans remaining), we should see both he and Steven score well for the remainder of the year.

BEST OF THE REST

Nick Dal Santo ( 117 / 87.7 / 55%)  Averaging just under 100 points per game over the past three weeks, and although the Roos have locked in a September berth, they do have a very difficult four-week period coming up exclusively against top eight sides vying for the double chance (WB, HAW, SYD, GWS).

Brad Ebert ( 111 / 83.2 / 42%)  If you exclude the injury affected outing against Hawthorn, Ebert has four tons in the last five matches and is playing a major role in Port’s late season resurgence. The Power face two top eight teams in Sydney and Adelaide within the remaining four weeks, so Ebert could be a week to week selection to close out the season.

RUCKS

Zac Smith ( 108 / 81.5 / 50%) Smith has once again performed under Friday night lights, with an impressive 15 disposal, 31 hit out and 108 points against the Western Bulldogs. The Cats have overcome the two remaining hurdles for the Home and Away season, defeating both the Dogs and Crows in successive weeks and only have bottom 10 teams remaining. Smith is definitely worthy of picking up over the next two weeks against the Bombers and the Tigers, though temper expectations from there given he will face some stiff opposition come the last two rounds when he faces Stefan Martin and Max Gawn respectively.

BEST OF THE REST

Sam Naismith ( 109 / 79.5 / 96%)  With both Tippett and Sinclair still weeks away from returning, Naismith could potentially be a saviour for those in deeper leagues seeking some consistency within the Ruck position.

 

FORWARDS

Devon Smith ( 118 / 83.8 / 50%) 

Smith has returned from his on-going knee issues with extreme success, averaging 103 over the past three weeks, and more importantly committed to challenging his durability with 14 tackles against the Tigers on the weekend. Smith’s talent and capabilities are well known. He has the ability to find space and accumulate possessions, as well as an uncanny ability to hit the scoreboard. The Giants next three matchups should be straightforward with Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium, and then both West Coast and Fremantle at Spotless. Subsequently Smith is a priority claim this week.

BEST OF REST

Jack Watts ( 131 / 85.4 / 55%) Those who snapped up and kept Watts since late last month will have been rewarded with Watts gathering 18 disposals and three goals against the Suns. Consistency is now the challenge for former number one draft pick, and Melbourne’s remaining schedule is all but with match-ups split between top eight and bottom ten sides.

Jarryd Lyons ( 91 / 88.6 / 62%) The 24-year-old Crow has been one of the most consistent sub-50 game players in the competition this year. 14 games at an average of 88.6 is a fantastic output for a forward/mid, and it seems Adelaide’s patience has finally paid off. The Crows have close to a dream run home with three of the four remaining games at home against Brisbane, Port Adelaide and West Coast. The only away match-up being a trip across the Nullabor to face Fremantle at Domain Stadium.

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