Sneak Previews – Daniel Wells (Nth Melb)

Written by Schwarzwalder on February 15 2016

POSITION: FWD/MID

Starting Price: $243 300

SC Scoring History
2015 – 57 points per game from two games played
2014 – 75ppg (7)
2013 – 96ppg (22)
2012 – 99ppg (19)

 

Certain players have certain reputations, especially amongst Supercoaches……..Daniel Wells is one of them. The North Melbourne veteran was taken at Pick 2 (behind Goddard) in the 2002 Draft which also contained such names as McVeigh, Simpson, Watson, Malceski and Tim Walsh (WHO??!! No.4 Pick, only played one game over three seasons for the Dogs…….look it up, people!).

Unfortunately for Wellsy, he appears on the ‘Higgins’ List of many Supercoaches. Some citing a frustrating lack of consistency despite his obvious talents, others noting a bad run with injuries. Over his thirteen seasons at AFL level Wells has played 224 games (24 more than Watson, 32 more than Malceski & only 18 less than Simpson). His 2015 season was a write-off after he sustained an achilles injury against Brisbane in Rd2. 2014 was also ruined after Drew Petrie stood on Wells’ foot during training, sidelining him for half the season. If you can get past those two mishaps, then his record doesn’t look so bad……..one might even label him ‘durable’ (dare I say it!). From his first eleven seasons, he played over eighteen games a total of ten times.

We’ve all seen Wellsy play. We know about the silky skills, the flashy highlights reel, the freaky goals, the two Syd Barker Medals (Nth B&F in 2011 & 2013)………I don’t need to harp on too much about all that. His best SC season came in 2011 where he managed a 104ppg average (23 disposals per game). Wells has reached an 88+ average in eight seasons so far.

After his effort on the weekend, four goals and best-on-ground during the intra-club match, Wells has got the Supercoach World buzzing. Having also shed 6kgs, he’s stripping fitter than ever before.

The SC Gods have bestowed many bargains upon us this season. In comparison to many rookie-/mid-priced players, Wells already has the runs on the board. He is also a walk-up start for the Kangaroos’ best 22 (if fit, of course), has dual-position status and a very reasonable starting price………. it’s easy to see why he’s frequently appearing in the RMT Thread. If he holds up in the NAB Challenge, he might also feature heavily in Father Dougal’s Cow Talk Thread up until the byes.

 

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14 thoughts on “Sneak Previews – Daniel Wells (Nth Melb)”

  1. It’s all about risk v reward for me. As long as he does not pick up a long term injury he is going to hold down a good spot as F5 & appreciate 200K. Worst case upgrade him with underpriced prem. later, however DPP is very handy & he would be useful emergency F7 loophole option come SC finals

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  2. Tempting . . . very tempting. Great write up – the most interesting stat for me are those 6kgs. No doubting his talent, with the reduced weight – I really think I’m starting him up FWD.

    Higgins List lol – what a thing to be famous for.

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  3. Top write up mate.
    Wells, Duggan, Anderson, Simpkin, Frost. All of these similarly priced players are fighting for a spot in my team, and that F4/F5 spot is the only onne I’ve been changing in the last week or so. I currently have Duggan and Anderson (and a massive $300 left in the kitty, so I don’t think that will remain).
    I’m surprised that you didn’t mention that Wells is only $100 cheaper than Carlton legend Liam Jones 🙂

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  4. Some might even say I started the Wells bandwagon this year, so you know my views on the subject.

    Lets hope he can remain fit. If so he could be this year’s most popular player.

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