Most Popular Picks 2017

Written by Motts on March 22 2017

1. NAT FYFE $573,500 MID 59.7%

Started last year priced at $670,600 so he’s a massive steal for a guy who could end up the top scorer in the game.

2. SAM POWELL-PEPPER $135,300 MID 56.5%

Has rocketed into the No. 2 position after his don’t argue on Shaun Burgoyne captured the attention of the footy world. Safe starting option in the midfield.


Only his price would put you off last year’s topscorer (average 132 points). Will be very hard to win without him.

4. BRETT EDDY $102,400 FWD 51.9%

SuperCoach players love a mature-age rookie and Eddy ticks all the boxes. Set to debut for Port Adelaide at age 27 and kicked five goals against the Hawks last week.

5. JAEGER O’MEARA $318,900 MID 51.8%

O’Meara keeps moving up this list, with his knees holding up after two strong JLT Series games. Will he score enough to end up a keeper?

6. CURTLY HAMPTON $160,000 DEF 47.8%

Former Giant has a spot in the Crows’ best 22 locked up after a super pre-season. Don’t miss out.

7. LUKE DAHLHAUS $520,700 FWD/MID 44.6%

The most popular forward premium by a fair margin. Wins his own footy, tackles and kicks goals — and he’s a little underpriced after some injury-affected games last year.

8. AARON SANDILANDS $308,200 RUCK 44.4%

Monster ruckman can produce monster SuperCoach scores — including 133 in the second week of the JLT Series. Could be the year’s biggest bargain or biggest disaster if turf toe resurfaces, but if he fails you won’t be the only one to suffer.

9. JARRYD ROUGHEAD $367,100 FWD 42.4%

Roughy has looked in good shape in the pre-season comp, moving between the forward line and midfield — exactly what we want to see if he’s to recapture his premium scoring status.

10. DAYNE BEAMS $432,500 MID 41.9%

Made a late start to pre-season but looked like he’d never left, scoring 105 and 114 in the Lions’ last two games. Injury history is a concern but he has averaged 116 in a season (2014) so the value is too hard to pass up.

11. JARROD PICKETT $123,900 MID/FWD 39.5%

Scoring likely to be up and down but the former Giants goalsneak seems certain to get games for the Blues — and there aren’t a lot of quality forward rookies.

12. HEATH SHAW $576,500 DEF 38.2%

Cemented himself in plenty of SuperCoach teams with a score of 136 in the Giants’ final JLT Series game. Was targeted by shutdown players at times last season.

13. MITCHELL HIBBERD $123,900 MID/DEF 38.1%

North Melbourne needs to play the kids and Hibberd is at the front of the queue. Can win plenty of the ball but his final JLT game (27 points) rang some alarm bells. Watch the Round 1 teams.

14. TIM TARANTO $207,300 MID/FWD 37.4%

Pick of the GWS draftees and that’s saying something. Averaged 128 points in the under-18 championships last year and 148 in the TAC Cup.

15. DAVID SWALLOW $280,200 MID 37.1%

Another player severely underpriced as he returns from serious injuries. JLT scores were solid but not spectacular. Most importantly, he got through unhurt. Averaged 103 in 2014.

16. ANDY OTTEN $123,900 DEF 34.7%

Blast from the past has been solid as a rock down back for the Crows over the pre-season. Hopefully Jake Lever and Kyle Cheney don’t tip him out of the side.

17. MAX GAWN $645,000 RUCK 33.6%

Was a lot closer to the top of this list before he started sharing the ruck with Jake Spencer. Will that continue in the home-and-away season? One of the year’s big SuperCoach questions.

18. TOM STEWART $117,300 DEF 33.5%

Mature-age recruit scored 85, 57 and 45 in three pre-season games for the Cats. That’s enough for a spot on the bench.

19. TAYLOR ADAMS $527,800 DEF/MID 33.3%

A midfielder who can be picked in defence? Yes, please. Averaged 97 and 98 the past two years, can he crack the 100-mark this season?

20. TOBY NANKERVIS $366,400 RUCK/FWD 32.2%

Former Swan is already a cult figure at Punt Rd and on the fast track to becoming a SuperCoach favourite. Wins hitouts and clearances and tackles like a maniac.

21. CALEB MARCHBANK $236,100 30%

Could be the pick of the former Giants on Carlton’s list. Elite interceptor down back, where the ball is likely to spend plenty of time this year.

22. JAKE BARRETT $127,900 MID 29.5%

Former Giant just needs to be promoted off the Lions rookie list to make an impact after a strong pre-season. We expect that to happen by Thursday.

23. RORY LAIRD $526,800 DEF 29.3%

Pint-sized defender just keeps winning the ball — collecting the most disposals in the JLT Series. Could get more midfield time which means more chances to score SuperCoach points.


Dirt cheap Kangaroos defender scored 88 and 80 in his first JLT games before dishing up a 28 in his final outing — but we can forgive him one bad week. Solid cash cow.

25. JACK STEELE $347,100 MID/FWD 25.7%

Into the top 30 with a bullet after scoring 155 against the Blues then backing it up with 114 against a much stronger Sydney outfit. Starved of opportunities at GWS and could be set to explode as an inside midfielder at St Kilda.

26. ANDREW McGRATH $211,800 MID/DEF 22.8%

The No. 1 draft pick has the right pedigree but hasn’t backed it up so far with modest SuperCoach output in the pre-season comp. A cheaper rookie could be a better investment.

27. BRANDAN PARFITT $117,300 MID/FWD 22.6%

Geelong kid has come from the clouds to be in the mix for Round 1. Dual-position a bonus.

28. ADAM TRELOAR $605,400 MID 22.3%

Took Richmond to the cleaners in Collingwood’s final JLT game with no Scott Pendlebury. The return of Pendles won’t hurt his scoring. Could become a super premium this year.

29. LUKE STRNADICA $102,400 RUCK/FWD 21%

Rookie Freo ruckman is good for vice-captain loopholes and swinging between the ruck and forward line if needed to help cover for an injury in the ruck. Not good for scoring any points.

30. SAM DOCHERTY $591,600 DEF 20.7%

Last year’s topscoring defender boosted his average by more than 20 points in 2016. Can he sustain it? Scored 96 and 116 in his two JLT games so there’s no reason why not.


Originally published on the Herald Sun Superfooty website.


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