Friends With Benefits – Part THREE

Written by Schwarzwalder on March 17 2017

Trades, retirements & delistings are a regular part of the Football industry.  And while we don’t wish injury upon anyone, it also happens on a weekly basis.  Many teams may stagnate after losing their star player.  Others reach deep within their talent pool and step up in a crisis, benefitting from their star’s absence.  This can lead to a spike in Supercoach numbers for players who previously weren’t necessarily SC-relevant.

Dayne Zorko was a beneficiary at the Lions in the absence of Dayne Beams last season.  With Beams practically out for the entire year, Zorko was almost exclusively playing in the midfield during 2016.  As a result he pumped out career-best figures at a 109 avg from 20 games.  That was an 8pt increase from previous best marks.

Today we look at the last six clubs.  Who can take advantage of their opportunities this year?

 

PORT ADELAIDE

Injuries: Matthew Broadbent & Jasper Pittard are facing a race to be fit for Rd1.  Nathan Krakouer is also suspended for the first week.

Beneficiaries: Could the old burn-man Hamish Hartlett turn his recent SC form around and get off to a flying start?  With dual-position status and a price tag of $423k, you could do a lot worse.  Probably Hartlett’s last chance this year……….

 

RICHMOND

Departures: While it’s not a ground-breaking loss, Ty Vickery’s trade to Hawthorn leaves a spot open for a Ruck/Forward swingman.

Beneficiaries:  Ben Griffiths signed a contract extension at the end of last season.  It’s about time he became a focal point up forward along with Jack Riewoldt.  Step up, Ben!  New recruit Toby Nankervis ($366 400, RUCK/FWD) has looked promising during the pre-season and should take on the ruck duties.  Expect an increase on his 75pts avg (from 2016) with the guaranteed extra game time.

 

Departures: Brett Deledio traded to the Giants.

Beneficiaries:  Richmond has a number of small forwards that would be eager for some game time in Lids’ absence (Lambert, Lennon, Butler?).  New recruit Josh Caddy seems to be the logical replacement.  Sure to get more midfield time at Punt Rd and doesn’t mind snagging the odd sausage roll either.  Tricky price at $488 600, would have to commit for the entire year.

 

STKILDA

Injuries: Veteran Leigh Montagna has struggled with calf issues over recent weeks and has not taken part in the pre-season JLT Series.  In a bit of doubt for Rd1.

Beneficiaries:  With or without Montagna, Jack Steele looks to have cemented a spot in the Saints best 22 over the pre-season.  Fellow new recruit Koby Stevens could also slot into Montagna’s sweeping role across half-back.

 

SYDNEY

Injuries: Jarrad McVeigh suffered a calf injury at training and is likely to miss the opening couple of Rounds.  Defender Jeremy Laidler has also had a limited pre-season.

Beneficiaries: Callum Mills had a solid first season and is a big chance to breakout in 2017.  Plays the sweeping half-back role with a certain level of maturity.  Plenty to like about his form over the JLT Series.  Need to be wary of ‘2nd-year blues’ though…..tough one.  Dane Rampe is a very smart backman but doesn’t always get rewarded with SC tons.

 

Injuries: Tom Papley has been placed on the long-term injury list after foot surgery over the pre-season.  Promising youngster Isaac Heeney has also been diagnosed with glandular fever and is out indefinitely at this stage.

Beneficiaries:  Oliver Florent has been getting some game time over the JLT Series and might sneak into a forward pocket for Rd1.  An expensive rookie at $166 800, but comes with dual-position status.  Melican ($123 900) is still on the rookie list but look for his promotion to the senior list before Rd1.

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Injuries: Jordan Roughead & Tom Campbell aren’t expected to play much over the first half of the season due to various injuries.

Beneficiaries:  Tom Boyd really stepped up over the Finals series for the Dogs in 2016.  He’ll be getting plenty of time up the ground early in the season.  I’d expect a decent increase in his SC-numbers.  Handy price of $290 300 if you want to use him as a FWD/RUCK swingman for the year.

 

WEST COAST

Injuries: Nic Naitanui is out for the season with a knee reconstruction.  Scott Lycett is recovering well from his knee injury but might still miss the opening weeks of the season.  He dislocated his shoulder in a practice match for Perth over the weekend.

Beneficiaries: The Eagles had Jonathan Giles as back-up but recruited a couple extra big fellas in Drew Petrie and Nathan VardyPetrie is listed as a FWD only at an awkward price of $356 400. Vardy is also injury-prone and comes in at $265 500 as RUCK only.  With a midfield of Sam Mitchell, Priddis, Gaff & Shuey, I’d wager the starting Ruckman would get a decent points boost with hitouts to advantage.

 

I’m sure to have missed plenty over the last three days.  Who do you see as the main beneficiaries this season?  Let the SCT Coaches know all about it below.  I hope this little Series has been of some assistance for your Supercoach side.  Good luck for the season!

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