The first one is simple, jump on the rookies who are cheap as chips at the start, like your Goodes, Wines or O’Meara, and watch them build up their value over several rounds. Then, once their break-even looks unreachable, sell to another cheapie and use the accumulated cash else. This is the rookie ramp and is generally a pretty simple road to follow.
The next step is to buy premium players at their lowest price. And even though we’re only 6 rounds in, there are heaps of options.
Jobe Watson – now at $595k
BE: 165 according to SC Gold
The Bombers skipper has been a real Jekyll & Hyde this season, with 4 dominating performances over 120, and 2 below 70. His price is now below $600,000, and for a player who can average close to 130 – this is a bargain.
Schon’s Good Buy Rating: He’s got high breakeven this week again, but if you get him in now or next week you’ll reap the rewards. If you wait, you’ll probably miss a 120+.
BE: 144 (SC Gold)
Richmond’s skipper hadn’t scored below 100 before Saturday’s clash with the Cats. He scored a far below average 76, which means his price will come down quite heavily.
Schon’s Good Buy Rating: I’d wait a week on Cotch if you’re keen on him, because of his big Round 5 score of 144.
Lance Franklin – only $512k!
BE: SC Gold says 205.
Buddy’s form this season has been a mixed bag – far too inconsistent for $600,000+ forward. He’s scored under 70 three times already this year, even though he’s gone over 115 three times too.
Schon’s Good Buy Rating: Next up for the Hawks is Sydney, so if you don’t have him, this week isn’t the time. Let his price bottom out and jump on before his games against GWS, Gold Coast and Melbourne. I wouldn’t be surprised if his price goes sub- $500,000.
Jarryd Roughead - $487k
BE: 97 (SC Gold)
We never like to wish injury upon anyone, but Max Bailey’s absence in the Hawthorn team means big scores for Roughead, like on the weekend - he chalked up 117 without MB.
Schon’s Good Buy Rating: Roughy’s price has already dropped more than $75,000, so if you need a cheap & reliable RUCK/FWD, Roughead is your man. I would only pick him if the prognosis for Bailey isn’t good though.
Matt Priddis – a measly $485k
Priddis will be as cheap as the elite midfielder comes this week as his price has plummeted due to his concussion-affected 5 points against Port Adelaide.4 hundreds already this season means that he’s still got it though.
Schon’s Good Buy Rating: A super selection if you want another Eagle in your side. He can be considered a POD too – he’s in less than 3% of SuperCoach sides. Maybe wait one more week.
Dale Thomas – ON SALE! $428k
BE: An achievable 48
Daisy Thomas had his first full hit-out of the season and dominated the Saints with 150 points. Thanks to a few sub affected scores, his price is right down. Many will jump on Thomas this week, and so they should.
Schon’s Good Buy Rating: A great buy. He looked fantastic playing off half-back against St.Kilda. He’s still below $450,000, and here, he’s ripe for the picking. Thanks to his big week he’ll soar in price next week.
Sam Jacobs - $459k
BE: He’ll do well to get 143
Three consecutive scores under 80 means that Sammy Jacobs will be as cheap as he has been in over two seasons. He started with three hundreds but hasn’t been close to that form since.
Schon’s Good Buy Rating: Before jumping on you should wait to see if Jacobs can regain his form. A few options ahead of him, including:
Nic Naitanui - Still above $600k
Nic Nat started his 2013 with a sub-affected 40. Wait and wait, and then pounce in a month or so once his price his devalued.
Have I forgotten anyone worth bringing in this week or the week after? Let me know below!