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Cash Cows are a HUGE part of a successful squad & are the key difference in turning an average team into a great one. We are somewhat limited with a starting salary cap of $10,000,000 and in order to get the perfect team, you need to keep on top of your game.

In order to achieve this, I have made it my weekly mission to provide you with nothing but the best Cash Cow advice. Struggling to figure out when to cash-in on a rookie? Looking for the ideal downgrade? Kano’s got you covered.

Once we progress into the season we will follow a structure as follows:

BUY – You need to trade this player into your team. His price is set to rise.

LOCK – Keep this player in your side, he still has money-making potential.

SELL – This player has reached his peak, time to trade. (includes injuries, suspension etc.)

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The conclusion of Round 2 is arguably the most important preparation stage of your season. Players are set for price changes and you need to ensure you have the best rookie talent available. In recent years we have been truly blessed with plenty of quality options from GWS, Gold Coast & the depleted Essendon line-up. This year was extremely difficult to choose the best rookies, but luckily there is still a chance to redeem yourself. Plenty of fantastic rookies have emerged and I’m pleased to bring you the best trade in options for your team this week!

*For the purpose of this review, I have classified Cash Cows as $250,000 and under.

 

 

DEFENDERS
Name Team Position Price Round 1 Score Round 2 Score Average Breakeven
Andy Otten Adelaide DEF $123,900 45 108 76.5 -82
Tom Stewart Geelong DEF $117,300 57 60 58.5 -49
Caleb Marchbank Carlton DEF $236,100 97 82 89.5 -43
Harrison Macreadie Carlton DEF $117,300 36 55 45.5 -23
Curtly Hampton Adelaide DEF/MID $160,000 50 64 57 -22
Andrew McGrath Essendon DEF/MID $211,800 83 56 69.5 -17
Harrison Marsh Sydney DEF $238,700 79 31 55 28
Jake Kelly Adelaide DEF $197,700 42 24 33 48
Joel Smith Melbourne DEF $117,300 23 DNP 23 N/A
Mitchell Hibberd North Melbourne DEF/MID $123,900 23 DNP 23 N/A
Nic Newman Sydney DEF $123,900 DNP 73 73 N/A

 

POSITION SUMMARY

Due to a lack of mid-priced defenders, many of us SuperCoach players opted for the popular 3 premium/ 5 rookie setup. This means that although the position appears to be healthy in solid options, it’s important that we choose the best picks of the bunch.

ANDY OTTEN

This Crow had us all worried after his Round 1 performance! He began the season with a dismal score of 45 and had Jake Lever breathing down his neck, pushing for selection. Luckily for us, he survived and boy oh boy, did he seize the moment! After Josh Jenkins went down, Otten spent a lot of time up forward and even rucked for a small percentage of the game! 17 disposals, 5 tackles and a goal resulted in a HUGE score of 108 and had me licking my lips at that -82 breakeven. Despite Lever still sitting as an emergency, Otten’s versatility and solid performance means we should see the big fella stick around and make us some cash

CALEB MARCHBANK

When Carlton managed to snare Caleb Marchbank from GWS we all knew they got a steal. After an impressive JLT Series for the former number 6 draft pick, the Blues automatically injected him into their best 22. Marchbank has looked at home in the half back line, delivering scores of 97 & 82. An expensive rookie at $236,100, but you just have to have him in your side! Job security is not an issue, and when you’re pumping out close to 20 disposals & 7 marks a game, you are bound to score quite well. Hopefully his form keeps up!

OTHER VIABLE OPTIONS

  • Tom Stewart
  • Harrison Macreadie
  • Curtly Hampton
  • Andrew McGrath


MIDFIELDERS
Name Team Position Price Round 1 Score Round 2 Score Average Breakeven
Sam Powell-Pepper Port Adelaide MID $135,300 78 90 84 -90
Ben Ainsworth Gold Coast FWD/MID $198,300 79 64 71.5 -29
Jake Barrett Brisbane MID $127,900 46 50 48 -22
Curtly Hampton Adelaide DEF/MID $160,000 50 64 57 -22
Andrew McGrath Essendon DEF/MID $211,800 83 56 69.5 -17
Brandan Parfitt Geelong FWD/MID $117,300 44 36 40 -12
George Horlin-Smith Geelong MID $234,000 63 78 70.5 -6
Sam Petrevski-Seton Carlton MID $189,300 59 51 55 -1
Tim Taranto GWS FWD/MID $207,300 44 75 59.5 0
Oliver Florent Sydney FWD/MID $166,800 44 44 44 8
Jarrod Pickett Carlton FWD/MID $123,900 28 35 31.5 8
Jack Bowes Gold Coast FWD/MID $171,300 64 26 45 9
Billie Smedts Carlton FWD/MID $217,100 55 47 51 23
Robbie Fox Sydney MID $102,400 DNP 44 44 N/A
Teia Miles Hawthorn FWD/MID $123,900 DNP 47 47 N/A
Declan Mountford North Melbourne MID $123,900 43 DNP 43 N/A
Mitchell Hibberd North Melbourne DEF/MID $123,900 23 DNP 23 N/A
Jordan Foote Sydney MID $182,800 37 DNP 37 N/A
Tendai Mzungu GWS MID $245,800 24 DNP 24 N/A

 

POSITION SUMMARY

There is a real lack of cash cow talent in the midfield. Aside from one amazing pure midfielder, the next best options happen to be dual position players. Whilst this is quite disappointing, the fact we can use these players as a link to our forward/backlines is a huge bonus.

SAM POWELL-PEPPER

This man is quickly becoming one of my favourite players in the game. Pick Number 18 in the draft got the Power a ready-made talent, who has simply exploded onto the scene. He was the recipient of the Round 1 Rising Star nomination and has been a key contributor in both of Port Adelaide’s victories. Along with averaging 22 touches, SPP has hit the scoreboard 3 times and has an outstanding disposal efficiency of 92%! If you don’t have the hyphen in your team, you better make him your number 1 priority. Lock him in and MAKE IT RAIN!

 

BEN AINSWORTH

Aside from Sam Powell-Pepper, the midfield is proving to be lacklustre for cash generation. The next best option appears to be the 4th pick in the 2016 draft, Ben Ainsworth. Despite being a crafty small forward, the former Gippsland Power product has the aerial skills & ground-level ability to be a huge threat to all opposition defenders. Although players of this mould tend to be low scorers, with solid tackling pressure and a good goal sense, Ainsworth is capable of scores 70+. The key to boosting his value is making sure he gets amongst the goals each week. With Gold Coast’s obvious struggles, this is definitely a risk to take into account.

OTHER VIABLE OPTIONS

  • Jake Barrett
  • Curtly Hampton
  • Andrew McGrath
  • George Horlin-Smith
  • Tim Taranto


 

 

 

 

RUCKS
Name Team Position Price Round 1 Score Round 2 Score Average Breakeven
Braydon Preuss North Melbourne RUC $123,900 44 111 77.5 -84
Jarrod Witts Gold Coast RUC $217,600 81 100 90.5 -56

 

POSITION SUMMARY

Simply put, rookie ruck stocks are in good hands this year. Most Supercoaches will follow the Strnadica route, but there are two amazing options that have emerged right in front of our eyes!

JARROD WITTS

Many of us would have laughed at the thought of picking Jarrod Witts for our team this year. The general consensus was he was too expensive to leave on our bench, but not good enough to be our R2. Well, looks like he has proved the doubters wrong. After making the switch from Collingwood to the Suns, Witts was given the keys to Number 1 rucking duties. The huge 209cm monster has dealt with the pressure head on and has shown he is a legitimate force to be reckoned with. With scores of 81 & 100, he has outscored Aaron Sandilands and is $100,000 cheaper. The question is, can Witts keep this up? Will he continue to be the sole ruckman? Can we trust him? This remains to be seen, but Jarrod is definitely one to consider.

BRAYDON PREUSS

Braydon Preuss was on our radar after an impressive JLT Series. He managed to earn a spot ahead of Majak Daw but was quickly dropped from the side… or so we thought. Todd Goldstein’s unfortunate injury gave Preuss the unlikely lifeline & he took it with both hands (or should I say both knees, Jackson Thurlow?!) The Rugby League converts stellar 206cm frame helps him greatly in the Ruck Contest and 111 is an impressive score for any player. Rhys Stanley never stood a chance as Big Braydon amassed 46 hitouts and was a constant threat among marking contests. If Goldstein is out for another week, it may be worth investing in Preuss as he has one of the lowest breakevens of any player. However, Buyer beware because a Goldstein inclusion will almost certainly hurt his scoring and could potentially see him depart to the 2’s.

 

 

 

FORWARDS
Name Team Position Price Round 1 Score Round 2 Score Average Breakeven
Dan Butler Richmond FWD $123,900 96 65 80.5 -90
Will Hoskin-Elliot Collingwood FWD $213,300 88 120 104 -85
Dan Houston Port Adelaide FWD $117,300 72 81 76.5 -85
Mitch Hannan Melbourne FWD $117,300 96 31 63.5 -59
Brett Eddy Port Adelaide FWD $102,400 30 76 53 -47
Ben Ainsworth Gold Coast FWD/MID $198,300 79 64 71.5 -29
Kayne Turner North Melbourne FWD $171,400 56 71 63.5 -28
Riley Knight Adelaide FWD $201,300 78 61 69.5 -23
Brandan Parfitt Geelong FWD/MID $117,300 44 36 40 -12
Tim Taranto GWS FWD/MID $207,300 44 75 59.5 0
Oliver Florent Sydney FWD/MID $166,800 44 44 44 8
Jarrod Pickett Carlton FWD/MID $123,900 28 35 31.5 8
Jack Bowes Gold Coast FWD/MID $171,300 64 26 45 9
Jy Simpkin North Melbourne FWD $162,300 35 47 41 12
Zaine Cordy Bulldogs FWD $222,300 59 56 57.5 13
Sam Weideman Melbourne FWD $219,400 54 59 56.5 13
Billie Smedts Carlton FWD/MID $217,100 55 47 51 23
Cam McCarthy Fremantle FWD $203,600 36 28 32 53
Will Hayward Sydney FWD $121,800 DNP 82 82 N/A
Teia Miles Hawthorn FWD/MID $123,900 DNP 47 47 N/A
Ryan Schoenmakers Hawthorn FWD $155,100 60 DNP 60 N/A
Troy Menzel Adelaide FWD $183,900 81 DNP 81 N/A
Tim Broomhead Collingwood FWD $185,000 DNP 63 63 N/A
Matthew Kennedy GWS FWD $235,000 48 DNP 48 N/A
Paddy McCartin St Kilda FWD $240,400 DNP 55 55 N/A
Nathan Wright St Kilda FWD $247,000 23 DNP 23 N/A
Ben Lennon Richmond FWD $248,100 DNP 72 72 N/A

 

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The forward line is the STRONGEST position for cash generation this year. There is a multitude of options that will help increase your salary cap and give you that edge over your opponents. There was a total of 25 rookies with forward status that played in the opening 2 rounds, which is far superior to every other position. Loading up on rookie forwards is the way to go.

DAN BUTLER

After the Tigers missed out on trading in Steven Motlop, they were in desperate need for a quick, agile, creator who could help give them some run & carry. Then steps up, Dan Butler. This skilful playmaker graced our televisions in the 1st game of the 2017 Season, and he made an instant impact. He tore through the Blues defense and was reminiscent of Lakers legend Magic Johnson, dishing out assists left, right and centre. I really love the look of this bloke, and I think he’s exactly what Richmond asked for. Despite a quieter 2nd game, Butler still managed to contribute up forward and came up with a serviceable 65. This meant after 2 games he has averaged 80.5 and has an extremely low breakeven, -90. If you don’t have Butler, I would advise you to lock him in quick.

WILL HOSKIN-ELLIOT

Will Hoskin-Elliot was somewhat of a forgotten man prior to Round 1. He was overshadowed by fellow $200k+ rookie Tim Taranto, but has quickly come to the surface! Will participated in his 1st ever full pre-season this year and has transitioned into more of a wing type role at Collingwood. This has seen him become quite the accumulator, as he surpassed 20+ disposals in both games to go along with 4 goals in total. This is a deadly combination in the SuperCoach world and if he can keep up this form, he could even become a keeper! If you have the cash I would suggest that you bring in Hoskin-Elliot as his job security is the best out of any rookie on this list.

DAN HOUSTON

It appears that the Dan’s are very good for making money! Houston was high on our radars through the JLT series and now you can see why. Playing as a half back flanker, he has delivered scores of 72 & 81 which is fantastic. His preference for kicking the ball rather than handballing has helped greatly, and his 17 total marks is an impressive stat. Now this all sounds amazingly perfect, but I have to tell you, I’m not 100% convinced he will stick around much longer. Jasper Pittard is set to return very soon, and he will almost certainly re-claim his role in the defence. This worries me that Houston may get dropped, but fingers crossed Port Adelaide keep the faith in this young man. A -85 breakeven is almost too good to refuse, but please proceed with caution.

OTHER VIABLE OPTIONS

  • Mitch Hannan
  • Brett Eddy
  • Ben Ainsworth
  • Kayne Turner
  • Riley Knight
  • Tim Taranto

 

Thank you all for tuning into the first edition of Kano’s Key, I hope you got a lot out of it. I will be keeping a close eye in the comments section of our Facebook post, so please feel free to leave me any questions you may have!

 

 

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