G’day folks, I just thought I’d do a quick post to update you on potential position changes for the upcoming SuperCoach season. These are based on Champion data stats gathered from the 2023 season. These are not finalised, but will hopefully give you a guide to who’s most likey available in various positions next year.
Firstly some stats. Currently there are 776 players eligible for selection in the 2024 season, This will of course increase as rookies are added from the recent AFL drafts. I will endeavour to update Rookie positions as soon as they drop. The break down ( at this time ) is there will be 225 available as Defenders, 228 as Midfielders, 70 as Rucks and 310 able to be picked as Forwards. Last year (2023) there were 149 DPP players to start the season. This coming year (2024) that number will be significantly decreased to possibly as low as 87. This does exclude rookies and potential potion changes in round 6/12 and 18. Having a significantly lower number of DPP players makes me feel any SuperCoach relevant player, that manages to get that prized DPP status will be extra valuable in 2024.
Ok what do we expect from each line ? There’s always a heap of midfield and Ruck options so I wont delve to0 deep into them in this post. I will instead focus on the Defence and Forward lines, as thats where most of the changes have occurred.
Jordan Dawson, Will Day and Sam Docherty all spent too much time in the middle and wont be available as defenders in 2024.
Nick Daicos, should just hold onto Defender / Mid status. His late season injury may have just saved him here. Jack Sinclair, James Sicily, Tom Stewart, should all be popular defenders in 2024. Some more speculative picks in defence include Harry Sheezel, Hayden Young, Dan Houston, Luke Ryan, Nic Newman and my burn man Lachie Whitfield.
This is where most of the carnage happened and it ain’t great news ! Firstly the rumours of Christian Petracca gaining Forward status were unfounded. The Oliver injury meant he spent too much time in the middle and wont get Forward stats in 2024 🙁 Most of the top Forwards from last year have gone the way of the Dodo and will be Mid only next season. they include, Josh Dunkley, Tim Taranto, Zac Butters, Connor Rozee, Stephen Coniglio and possibly the best forward pick from last year Errol Gulden. This tends to happen every year, but this level of talent leaving our Forward lines will certainly add spice to our potential midfields next year, as you could argue that Butters , Dunkley, Rozee and Gulden could all average enough to be out and out midfield selections in 2024.
There’s really not a heap to see here, as Bevo may seriously put a spanner in the works, as we look to select with Forward status for the 2024 season. Bailey Smith, Jack Macrae and Calab Daniels had horrible roles in 2023, but that see’s them with Mid / Forward status in 2024. Will they get the mid minutes ? Who knows how they line up, but all of them will most likely have the potentially to be popular selections in our Forward lines next year. Stupid Sexy Sam Flanders has also retained Forward status and will be high on our radar heading into next year. Others of note that are most likely to be available Forward are Tarryn Thomas, Luke Jackson ( Ruck / Forward) and Ben Keys. With the lack of depth in the forwards..Some more speculative picks are , Dylan Moore, Shai Bolton, Toby Greene and maybe even Dusty Martin could have one last Hurrah.
Lastly I would like to point out that Harley Reid the will be available as a Mid Forward next year and I’m sure that we will all most likely select him somewhere from F3-5. Dan Curtin will be a popular rookie selection in Defence, Adelaide moved up the draft so I think they plan on playing him straight away. Colby McKercher is a must have Midfield rookie if he gets early games for North.
So I hope that gives you some insight into possible selections for next year.
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