With a sample size of just 1, it should come as no surprise that I have a large pool to choose from this week. So, I’m limiting the field to those that I think can keep producing this sort of form for the rest of the year.
Harris Andrews (BRL, $480,100, 117)
Widely touted as the next big thing in key defenders, the now 22-year-old averaged 88 last season (92 if you take out an injury-affected 22), and looks set to build on that this year. Like Brisbane supporters, the 2.3 percent of coaches who started him will certainly like what they’ve seen so far.
Jack Steele (STK, $512,600, 115)
Tipped by many to break into the elite bracket this year, Steele didn’t disappoint the 1.8 percent of coaches who started with him on the weekend. He was only up against Gold Coast, so it might be worth waiting another week before jumping on board, but if he can back it up again this week, then at $512K he’s an absolute Steele. (sorry…)
Ben McEvoy (HAW, $553,100, 102)
In just 1.3 percent of teams, ‘Big Boy’ averaged 102 last year and 95 the year before that. If you’re looking to offload one of Gawn or Grundy after last week, McEvoy could be one to look at, especially if you already have Goldstein.
Honourable mention: With his ownership at 3.2 percent, Toby Nankervis (RIC, $533,000, 127) just misses the Rare Gems cutoff. He’s durable for a ruckman, having only missed 2 games in the last 2 years, and with a 2018 average of 98, he could be another one to look at if you’re shopping for a replacement ruck.
Jack Gunston (HAW, $521,400, 103)
Making an appearance in just 0.8 percent of teams, Gunston has reaffirmed his status as the most underrated player in SuperCoach. Having missed just 1 game in the last 4 years, and 5 in the last 6, Gunston has averaged 90+ in all but one of the last 5 seasons. His up-and-down scoring might be off-putting to those who play primarily to win leagues, but if you’re going for overall rank, he’s just about the most reliable forward money can buy. You’ll probably be able to pick him up cheaply at some point, but if you’re looking for a set-and-forget option early in the year, Gunston won’t let you down.
Zac Fisher (CARL, $392,800, 109)
There are few things SuperCoaches enjoy more than being able to pick a midfielder and pretend that he’s a forward. Sadly, Champion Data has been cracking down on this tactic in recent years. As an integral part of Carlton’s on-ball brigade in 2019, Fisher needs to be on your radar. And it’s not just his role that should have you excited – it’s his skill set: he has inside grunt, outside speed, is a great ball-user, reads the play well, possesses silky evasive skills, and can tackle Dustin Martin. I fully expected him to break out this year; right now I’m kicking myself for not backing that expectation in and starting him. He’s currently in just 2.1 percent of teams; you can expect that number to swell over the coming weeks and months if he keeps this form up.
Do you have any of these players in your team? Or do you think there’s another unpopular selection out there that’s worth a look? Let us know in the comments below.
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