(Written & Created By Ben)
Tipped by many to have a breakout season in 2018, Lachie Weller ($403,900) didn’t quite reach breakout level, however all signs point towards 2019 being the year he finally takes the next step.
He averaged a mediocre 74.4 in 2018, however this was not due to inconsistency. He only had 2 scores above 100 and 3 below 60, with most of his scores coming in the 65-85 range. This could mean one of two things:
1 – He simply isn’t that good of a scorer and isn’t supercoach relevant
2 – If moved into a more important role, with more involvement with the game, his consistency would lead him to average somewhere in the 85-90 range.
I’m more inclined to believe the latter, I think if he was moved closer to the middle, or even on a wing, he could average a healthy 90 in your backline. He scored both of his tons not because he had more possessions than usual, but because he was more involved with the overall game and had more inside 50’s, tackles, goals etc., which he would get more of if he was moved closer to the middle of the ground. And besides, someone has to score at GC. One to watch in JLT for his role.
There are two money makers in Gold Coast’s backline that should be very strongly considered for every Supercoach side.
First, mature-ager Sam Collins ($189,500) should be in every Supercoach side if he starts round 1. This isn’t exactly a hot take, but Sam Collins will be this year’s Doedee, mark my words.
He plays a very Supercoach friendly style of play, with intercept marks his bread and butter. According to Champion Data, he took 110 intercept marks in 2018, the most they’ve ever recorded in any competition.
Although it’s certainly possible he doesn’t, Collins has the potential to average in the 85-90 range. A steal at 189k.
Harrison Wigg ($102,400) was on many people’s benches to start last season, until he broke his ankle in the preseason.
Now back and with a brand new position, Gold Coast seem committed to playing him, and should start round 1.
It’s unclear how he’ll score, as he’s never played an AFL game, but a rookie that’s likely to play round 1 at that price is something you don’t turn down.
Lock and Load:
After being traded from Richmond, many were salivating at the prospect of Anthony Miles ($342,000) being unleashed into a Gold Coast midfield that desperately needed mature age talent.
A talented midfielder who struggled to break into the supremely talented midfields of GWS and Richmond, there is much less competition in Gold Coast’s middle, meaning Miles is a walk-up start round 1.
Miles is a proven scorer, averaging 99.9 and 97.5 in 2014 and 2015, and scoring 90 in his single game last year, so with more responsibility and less competition, Miles has the ability to average somewhere in the 95-105 range. Must be strongly considered.
Another player struggling to break into his old side, George Horlin-Smith ($270,300) is now going to get plenty more opportunities in a relatively weak GC side.
He showed his high scoring potential in his first game last year, scoring 120 off of 26 disposals, 8 tackles and 2 goals. However, once Tom Hawkins came back from injury, his role was significantly diminished, hence why his scoring dropped.
I doubt he can consistently score 120 every week, but I believe he can average a good amount of points if put in the right role. Another one to watch for in JLT.
There aren’t really any rucks you should be looking at from Gold Coast. Jarrod Witts ($480,900) had a down year last year, and only has a career high average of 94.3. There are better options around his price.
The number 2 and 3 picks in this year’s draft, Jack Lukosius ($202,800) and Izak Rankine ($198,300) looks to be good rookie choices for your forward line.
Both play very Supercoach friendly styles of footy, and are walk-up starts for round 1. The question is, do you have enough cash to start both?
If you have to pick one, I’d prefer Rankine, as he may get a run in the midfield and it’s unclear where Lukosius will play.
Either way, both appear to be solid choices, but keep an eye on Luko’s role in JLT.
Thanks for reading my preview of Gold Coast for this upcoming Supercoach season! If I missed anyone GC fans, make sure to let me know!
** Great work, Ben! – Schwarzwalder **
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