G’day Coaches! Welcome back to SCT for another big pre-season!
Since we’ve now had the official Team Picker program available for nearly a month (and SCTs version for a few weeks), I just wanted to get my first thoughts down on paper (or ‘cloud’ these days) as I scrolled through the names and prices for the first time.
The selections below are by no means ‘locks’ or certain starters, long way to go yet. Just my initial thoughts at this early stage of planning and strategic cunning 😉 For positive or negative reasons, these are the names that jumped out at me upon first glance. So let’s get started on the DEFs……….
Kade Simpson (CAR) $570k – I love the guy, he’s a SuperCoach King in defence but is coming off his most successful season. There’s every chance that he’ll be a Top6 DEF again in 2019, but he strikes me as too expensive to start with. Happy to wait for that first sub-70 score and his price will drop nicely…….
Matthew Suckling (WBD) $497k & Heath Shaw (GWS) $492k – Both players keep producing some decent scores despite age and possible change of team roles. They’ll score well at times during the season but I’ll be giving them a miss this time round. Personally I see better options for TOP6 defender and at cheaper prices.
Jeremy McGovern (WCE) $483k – I started with him at a similar price in 2018. Either he makes the big plays (how was his last qtr effort in the GF where he could barely move? The one that led to Masten’s goal) and scores 120 or he’s quiet and just scrapes in a 70…..there is literally no in-between. He’d be a handy player to have as an early loophole option but I won’t be starting with him this season.
Jason Johannisen (WBD) $465k – We were all lining up to get him into our teams a few years back……then came the tags……then came the injuries…….then we were lining up to trade him out of our teams 😉 Averaged 94pts back in the Premiership year of 2016 but only played 13 games. Has had a better run with injury over the last two years, having missed only two games in that time. Did manage a 139, 113 & 156 in the back half of 2018. Could he climb back to a 95avg?
Tom Stewart (GEE) $463k – Was ultra consistent in 2018, building his average to 92 after 16 Rounds. His injury-affected game in Rd18 is the reason he’s such decent value for this season. Can he take the next step to Top10 DEF in his 3rd season?
Connor Blakely (FRE) $461k – Scored well in 2017 when playing midfield & across half back in absence of Fyfe. Already been pointed out before over this pre-season but Blakely scored nine tons in eleven weeks in 2017. You would think that Neale’s departure would open up a spot for him in the Dockers midfield. Great value if he lines up in the guts during the JLT Series.
Zac Williams (GWS) $408k – I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Zac will be a popular starting choice for 2019……..my neck is sore from hanging it out so far 😉
Brodie Smith (ADE) $332k – He’s on a lot of Coaches’ ‘never again lists’ but still capable of racking up some good stats. Awkward price but will also be a popular choice for starting line-ups.
Who took your eye at first glance this season? Do you see the backline as fairly clear-cut? Or would you expect some more surprises in 2019?
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