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SuperCoach Waiver Wire – Round 20

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 three 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

Steven May ( 118 / 85.3 / 67%) 

May played a tremendous game on Saturday afternoon, matched up on the Giants’ number one forward in Jeremy Cameron. Although Cameron kicked the four goals, May was clearly the Suns’ best in a game they could almost have snatched. The key defender took 14 marks, had 27 disposals and is no flash in the pan. Having enjoyed a solid run of form since returning from suspension, he looks likely to continue in that fashion this week against Essendon.

BEST OF THE REST

Nick Vlastuin ( 94 / 76.6 / 76% ) Was named on the ball to start Friday night’s game against Collinwood and did not disappoint – posting his highest score since Round 14. After the first ten minutes of the match, Collingwood allowed Richmond to move the ball at will and with ease, letting midfielders like Vlastuin take uncontested marks and move the ball by foot with confidence. It won’t be that easy for the Tigers next week against Geelong, but if he’s named on the ball again, that’ll be a good start.

Martin Gleeson ( 96 / 65.3 / 99%) The Corey Enright clone had a good match against Geelong and was probably Essendon’s best. Having lost Brendon Goddard early, the Bombers needed some class coming out of the backline and Gleeson provided. He’s very good by foot – a bonus for SuperCoach – creative and evasive, but this game came out of the blue. Recent form would suggest we see a drop-off. There’s plenty of upside in selecting Gleeson but beware.

MIDFIELDERS

Dom Tyson ( 112 / 89 / 70%) 

Won’t be named among Melbourne’s best three players this weekend but wouldn’t be far off. Kicked a couple of important goals – one late in the final term – as well as racking up 30 touches. Has hit triple figures in SuperCoach for the last three weeks now and looks like he’ll charge home strongly. Favourable matchups against Port Adelaide, Carlton and Geelong loom on the horizon. Tyson could well win you a Draft final.

BEST OF THE REST

Jake Lloyd ( 114 / 82.2 / 82% ) Having come off the rookie list to forge his career, Lloyd is making consistency his niche but broke free of the shackles in Sydney’s demolition of Port Adelaide. There is plenty of room in this Sydney side for the lesser known players like Lloyd to find a role and perform well in it. With St Kilda, North Melbourne and Richmond to come, he’d be a solid waiver selection.

Scott Selwood ( 57 / 57 / 92%) 

Performed well enough in just his first game new club, Geelong, and his first game since having ankle surgery in the pre-season. Was given the run-with role on David Zaharakis and did a reasonable job of it. We’ve not seen enough of Selwood yet this year to know how Geelong coach Chris Scott is likely to use him, but he’s certainly blown out the cobwebs in his first run. A speculative waiver selection with plenty of upside, his SuperCoach history speaks for itself.

RUCKS

Jordan Roughead ( 83 / 71 / 75%) 

The Western Bulldogs ruck department just keeps getting the job done. Although beaten by Todd Goldstein on Saturday night, the decimated Bulldogs midfield still managed to get their hands on the football enough to register a massive 60 inside 50s. Roughead took on the mantle of the number one ruckman and did it with aplomb. Could be a handy loophole option next week as the Bulldogs play on Friday night.

BEST OF THE REST

Dan Currie ( – / 77.8 / 99% ) Hasn’t played a game since Round 9 but is likely to get an opportunity to do so with Tom Nicholls suffering – and bravely playing through – a knee injury on the weekend. In his last two games, Currie faced Max Gawn and Sam Jacobs, registered over 30 hit outs in each game and scored over 90 SuperCoach points in each game. With Essendon, Collingwood and Port Adelaide to come, he could well fire triple figure scores to finish the year.

Archie Smith ( 90 / 93 / 97%) 

Two games for Brisbane, two SuperCoach scores over 90, two absolute hidings for Brisbane. We aren’t sure when/if Stefan Martin will return to the Brisbane lineup after being rested for two weeks in a row, but his return is bound to affect Smith’s scoring capability. Wait for teams to be named before you gamble on this rookie ruckman.

FORWARDS

Jarryd Lyons ( 122 / 90.8 / 60%) 

Lyons would almost be THE form player of the competition right now. He has a four-round average of over 102 SuperCoach points and given Adelaide’s soft run home, he doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. He’s hitting the scoreboard, he’s tackling hard and he’s finding plenty of the footy. What’s not to like? If you’re in one of the 60% of leagues in which Lyons is on the waiver today, snap him up ASAP!

BEST OF THE REST

Isaac Heeney ( 145 / 79.2 / 68% ) Looks to be running himself into some fine form just in time for Sydney’s finals tilt. Has kicked six goals in the last two weeks – albeit against weaker opposition – but is getting on the end of plenty of forward thrusts having taken 14 marks across those two games as well. He’ll be a SuperCoach star in years to come but could well star in your SuperCoach Draft finals right now.

Jayden Short ( 87 / 62.1 / 99%) There’s no denying that Richmond are playing their kids and Short is one of them. Listed as a FWD/MID in SuperCoach in 2016, he’s spending the majority of his time across halfback for the Tigers. Given the ball is likely to spend a bit of time in that area of the ground over the next few weeks, he may well be a prudent waiver selection. His disposal efficiency is good – over 85% against Collingwood – and for a forward listed player he’ll likely see a bit of the ball.

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