Herald Sun

Wheel and deal Gaz in

- AL PA­TON

IT’S Gary Ablett week. The great­est player in Su­per­Coach is back — a week early.

We thought we’d have another round to pre­pare a trade strat­egy to snare the Gold Coast cap­tain as his price bot­tomed out.

Then he pumps out a 153 against the Western Bull­dogs and the Su­per­Coach world goes into melt­down try­ing to fig­ure out how to get Ablett into our teams — now.

If he can score at least 119 this week, his price will start to rise again from its cur­rent low point of $669,800.

And we’re will­ing to bet he’ll make it con­sid­er­ing he has scored 145, 160 and 164 in his past three games against this week’s op­po­nent, Greater Western Syd­ney.

The three most pop­u­lar play­ers to make way for Ablett are Dy­lan Shiel, Pa­trick Cripps and Joel Sel­wood.

Shiel is out for 6-12 weeks so there’s no point keep­ing him, while Sel­wood will miss just one week but his form strug­gles this sea­son make an Ablett switch a big win.

Cripps has been pos­si­bly the buy of the sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 95 points and adding $257,000 to his Round 1 price.

But he might be start­ing to feel the strain of a long sea­son, break­ing the 100-point bar­rier just once in his past seven games and av­er­ag­ing 82 points in his past three. Time to thank him for his work and put him out to pas­ture.

For most play­ers, get­ting Ablett will take two trades — use one to turn a for­ward bench player into Bull­dog Caleb Daniel or a de­fender into Mag­pie Bray­den May­nard (both on the bub­ble this week) and use the cash to re­place Cripps with Ablett.

Then make Gaz cap­tain.

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