(Written & Created By Ben)
Looking through the Rate My Team threads during the last month or so, there are lots of incredible teams being drawn up and drafted by all of the wonderful Coaches on this site. However, quite a lot of them are starting to look eerily similar, with the likes of Cripps, Whitfield, Dangerfield, Heeney etc. popping up quite frequently (although I am also guilty of this!).
So I thought I’d bring attention to some POD premos that you should consider as an alternative to some of the more popular picks to get an edge on the competition early. I’ve decided to classify a POD as anyone under 5% ownership rate (according to Supercoach Stats, and as of 4/2/19). Without further ado, let’s get into it……….
Shannon Hurn($523,400), 2018 avg 96, 4% ownership
The ever-classy Hurn was instrumental to West Coast’s premiership run last year, playing a pivotal distribution role out of the backline, and was rewarded with a career best average in the process. Hurn showed his big ceiling last season with 7 scores of 110+, as well as his inconsistency, with 7 scores below 80.
From what I can tell, these lower scores were due to a lower possession count, which hopefully should be less of an issue with the new kick-in rules, as Hurn took a whopping 61.7% of West Coasts’ kick-ins last year. Watch his scoring in JLT………
Jack Crisp ($519,900),2018 avg 95.8, 3% ownership
Jack Crisp finally broke into the Top 6 DEFs last season after teasing us for so long, boosting his average up by nearly 6ppg higher than his previous best. This can mainly be attributed to the 10 tons he scored throughout the season.
At only 25 years old, Crisp should be entering his prime on a strong team that generally scores very well in Supercoach, therefore he could increase his average further this year. Another one to watch………
Luke Ryan ($489,900),2018 avg. 90.3, 3% ownership
A player who has been in and out of my team despite burning me so bad last year, Ryan looks set to be one of the main beneficiaries of the new kick-in rules. This is because despite taking 40% of Freo’s kick-ins last season, he barely ever played on.
Considering how disposal-reliant his scores are (every ton scored last year he had 20+ disposals, only one 20+ disposal game where he didn’t score a ton), most of his kick-ins should turn into disposals, which should then turn into tons. Another one to watch closely……..
Stephen Coniglio($588,600), 2018 avg 108.4, 4% ownership
A mid-price gun last season that had many Coaches kicking themselves for not starting (me included – whoops!), Cogs had a career best year both in the regular game and in Supercoach. He showed his incredible ceiling, scoring 13 tons last year, including 4 scores of 130+ (and two of those were 150+!).
However, now he is premium priced, everyone seems hesitant to select him. Will the departure of Shiel mean his average increases or decreases? I can’t say for sure. Another one to keep an eye on.
Adam Treloar ($594,200), 2018 avg 109.5, 3% ownership
One of the premier young midfielders in the comp, Treloar has been incredible for the Pies since coming over from GWS, averaging an impressive 107.4 in the 3 years he’s been there. Last year he was impressive in particular, amassing 10 tons from 13 games before going down with injury, including three scores of 120+.
Entering what should be his prime, and again playing for a good ‘Supercoach-scoring’ side, Treloar should be one to watch in the JLT series. Will be interesting to see how the 6x6x6 format, as well as the addition of Beams affects his scoring.
Marcus Bontempelli ($564,600), 2018 avg 104, 4% ownership
The player that I love to hate (Supercoach-wise anyway), Champion Data’s darling Bontempelli had a somewhat disappointing 2018, which can mainly be chalked up to Mr. Magnets giving him extended periods up forward. This may cause some people to write him off, however you have to remember that he’s only 23 and not even in his “prime” yet, so it wouldn’t be surprising for him to have a big jump in scoring some time in the future.
Sam Menegola ($543,100),2018 avg 100, 3% ownership
A player that I personally overlooked in my Geelong preview, Menegola has now averaged 100 in the last 2 seasons, despite the number of high-scorers in Geelong’s midfield. He was a bit of a rollercoaster last season, scoring 13 tons (including 6 of 120+), while also chucking up 5 stinkers of 70 or less.
However, once you jumped on the Meneroller-coaster, it certainly had more ups than downs, so he’s definitely one to consider if you’re looking for a POD alternative to someone like Heeney or Smith.
David Mundy ($520,900), 2018 avg 96, 1% ownership
A battler through and through, Mundy will be turning 34 this year, which is mostly the reason only 1% of coaches have picked him till now. However, last season he was 5th in total points for forwards, which is incredible for someone his age. He was ranked that high off the back of 11 tons, and scoring only 5 games below 80. The main reason he had a few mediocre scores is because he played primarily forward for a few games.
I believe this won’t be an issue this season though, as with Neale gone, Blakely out for most of the season, and Fyfe missing his obligatory 10 games for the year, Mundy’s experience will be relied upon in Freo’s young midfield. I was almost tempted to not include him in this write-up, as he’s my team’s super POD at the moment, but alas, I put the good of the SuperCoachTalk community before my own Supercoach success 😉
Lance Franklin ($543,500), 2018 avg 100.1, 4% ownership
It’s weird to be thinking of Buddy as a POD, yet here we are. Despite struggling with injury all year, Buddy actually had his best average since 2012, where he averaged 115.5. Buddy reached this average by going absolutely huge throughout the year, smashing out scores of 175, 178 and 161 during the season.
However, in typical Buddy fashion, he also had 6 scores under 60, so he is truly the biggest risk vs. reward player in the game. There are some Rounds where he’ll cost you a league win, other Rounds he’ll win you one, he can be both incredibly frustrating and incredibly satisfying to have on your team. However, if he enters the season with a clean bill of health, expect him to throw up less stinkers and hopefully have a more consistent year (while still pumping out monster scores.
So there we go, some PODs for your consideration! Side-note, I deliberately didn’t list any rucks, as I felt there are no PODs that arereally worth looking at, as all of the viable choices have more than 5% ownership at this stage (even Stef clears the mark by a large amount at 9%). Aside from that, is there anyone I missed? Is there someone in this list I’m overrating? Make sure to let me know!
** Nice work, young fella! – Schwarzwalder**
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