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 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 hole they need to address.
Zach Tuohy ( 112 Last Round / 80.7 Season Average/ 53% League Availability)
Tuohy is enjoying a peak of form nearing the end of the season, averaging 25 touches and 98 SuperCoach points over the past six weeks. With only Melbourne and Essendon to come, there is a chance Tuohy could be the strongest finishing defender available, having scored three successive tons thus far.
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Robbie Tarrant ( 106 / 84.8 / 48% ) Tarrant continues his solid SuperCoach form with a third successive score above 90, producing a 19 disposal and ten mark performance totaling 106. North Melbourne has a well-documented challenging run home, facing two top-four aspiring teams in the Swans and the Giants, both are teams which Tarrant hasn’t historically scored well against.
Nick Haynes ( 91 / 84.7 / 65%) Haynes’ 18 touches and six marks against the Eagles gave him his fifth successive game of 80 or more points. Haynes has been extremely consistent all year with only one score below 70, and should be a decent option against the Dockers next week, although he may need to be much more accountable against the tall structure Roos in the final round of the year.
Brad Crouch ( 113 / 89.8 / 58%)
Crouch continues to validate why Crows supporters were screaming for their beloved club to lock him down to a long-term contract, and they did with Crouch signing a four-year deal this week. Crouch has been on fire since his return in Round 14, albeit with heavy game time management, with at least 29 touches in all but three games and averaging 103 in that time. Crouch is a contested football beast and adds significant tackle counts to his high possession game, meaning he can go very large in the SuperCoach format. The Crows have a favourable remaining draw facing the Power and the Eagles at Adelaide Oval, which could help Crouch become the most important Waiver Wire selection for those who have a midfield spot to be filled.
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Dom Tyson ( 146 / 92.0 / 64%)
Tyson is once against listed as an attractive midfield Waiver Wire option and the numbers speak for themselves. Five scores of 95 or above in the past six rounds, and four successive tons at an average of 115 of the past four weeks. Tyson is producing numbers reminiscent of 2014 where he finished second in the club’s Best and Fairest and secured 11 Brownlow votes. The Dees finish the season against the Blues and the Cats, and as mentioned in last week’s edition, Tyson would be considered a final-winning inclusion.
Isaac Smith ( 124 / 81.8 / 63% ) Smith’s performance against the Roos was close if not the best of his season, with 33 disposals (including 21 kicks), 11 marks and seven tackles, netting a season-high 124 points. Smith has three successive tons to his name now, and is averaging 107 over the past four weeks. The Hawks face a trip to Domain Stadium in a 2015 Grand Final rematch against the Eagles and finish against the Pies, so Smith in his current form is another attractive option if you’re pushing for bragging rights.
Blake Acres ( 110 / 74.0 / 98%) The Western Australian midfielder has given Saints fan a peek into the future over the past three weeks, averaging 23 touches, one goal and 104 SuperCoach points. The major benefit to Acres is his team’s run home, with the Saints facing only the Tigers and Lions to finish out the year.
Jordan Roughead ( 85 / 71.7 / 74%)
Again easily beaten by his opposing ruckman (Grundy), on the weekend, yet still provided a solid Ruck option for those in need. Now has five scores above 80 over the past six weeks and remaining match-ups versus two bottom-four teams in Essendon and Fremantle, meaning he can be a viable option for those without a premium Ruck.
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Rory Lobb ( 121 / 76.5 / 73% ) Impressive four-goal performance in the agonizing loss to the Eagles, finishing with 15 touches and a season-best 121 points. An attractive match-up against the Dockers next week means Lobb could be a solid one-week option for those in desperate need.
Touk Miller ( 125 / 75.1 / 73%)
Miller has been thrust into the Suns’ midfield once again and is reveling in the contested footy. Miller had a career-high 39 disposals against the Bombers, including 13 contested, and has set himself within the midfield for the remainder of the season. With three 110+ scores over the past six weeks, Miller as a DPP has become an extremely valuable commodity coming into the final weeks.
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Sam Gray ( 106 / 78.3 / 54% ) 25 disposals and one goal for Gray against the Demons on Saturday. Gray is averaging 92 since his return to the seniors in Round 19 and been playing solid midfield minutes. The Showdown awaits the Power this week which may hinder his scoring (scored 57 in their Round 2 clash), however a final meeting against the Suns could mean Gray fills a vital forward spot for you come final round of the season.
Maverick Weller ( 91 / 81.2 / 67%) The Saints were very competitive up until half time against the Swans and in no small part to Weller. Providing a strong bodied defensive-minded presence in the forward line, Weller has also added 24 goals thus far this season, making him a surprisingly valuable asset to our SuperCoach sides with five successive scores above 90 now and averaging 93 over the past seven rounds. As mentioned above, the Saints have a very kind run home, so Weller could be a great option to fill a forward gap.