One of our long-time Readers has decided to have a crack at the potentially underpriced SuperCoach players of 2019. I reckon they’ve done a cracking job, just quietly. Feel free to tell them what you thought in the comments section. Today we look at the Defenders……….
(Written & Created By ‘Anonymous’)
Harris Andrews / $480k
Why: average jumped from 69 to 88 in his fourth year, including a 9 round average of 106 between rounds 4-12 (low: 80, high 152). Concussion in round 14 and recovery from it heavily affected his score before finishing the year with 3 scores in the 90’s. Based on his 9 round average he’s potentially under-priced. Ceiling: 110 avg.
Why not: key position player, might be expected to take on the big forwards at times which could mean his scoring is inconsistent, also never been on the radar prior to last season, could have just been a spike. Floor: 75 avg.
Connor Blakely / $462k
Why: averages of 89 & 85 in the last 2 seasons (his 3rd & 4th season in the AFL) show he has the ability to score. This includes an 11 round average of 110 in 2017 between rounds 6-18 (low: 74, high: 130) and a 4 round average during round 14-18 of 121(!!!) based on nothing other than hope (any Fremantle fans?), these scores were probably during a period where he was getting midfield time. And with Neale gone to Brisbane, there’s a midfield spot with his name on it. Ceiling: 115 avg.
Why not: Only played the first 13 games due to a right knee injury that ended his season, however during those games he recorded scores of 67, 66, 63, 48 & 62, as he spent time as a defender. Raises the question; does he get first crack at that midfield spot or continue in defence as a young kid gets the nod. Floor: 80 avg
Lachie Weller / $404k
Why: was a key acquisition last off season to play a half-back/wing/half-forward role, clearly in the best 22 and had 10 games above 75 last season despite a slow start. Someone has to score points for Gold Coast, why not the silky smooth running machine with a similar style to other SC friendly players. Ceiling: 90 avg.
Why not: averaged 72 & 74 in the last 2 seasons.. no real evidence to show he’s ready to become a 95+ scorer coming into his 5th season… and he plays for Gold Coast. Floor: 70 avg.
Nic Newman / $394k
Why: averaged 83 in 2017 in his first taste of AFL action while playing the SC friendly role of half-back/wing including the infamous 151 in his 5th game, the boy can score. Despite struggles to get in the side and a role change, he was still able to put up a 110 in round 21 last year, the boy CAN score. A move to Carlton and Docherty going down for another year means he potentially slots straight into Docherty’s 2017 role, a role that saw Docherty top the charts in 2017. Ceiling: 95 avg.
Why not: a mid-aged recruit 2 years ago, he’s 25 and probably not an improver, a new team means his role is not defined and anything outside of that half-back role would be SC suicide. A hard floor to define, first dibs on half back and his floor is high, 80 avg. anything else, 50 avg.
Andrew McGrath / $384k
Why: 20 games in both his AFL seasons, he’s clearly in Essendon’s best 22 and 3rd year breakouts are a clear theme in SuperCoach. His biggest asset; he passes the eye-test, he just oozes class & looks like a star when he’s got the ball. Breaks into the midfield – Ceiling: 105 avg.
Why not: his SuperCoach potential relies heavily on the position he plays in, Essendon are deep in midfield and with Shiel added to the top of that list there are massive doubts on whether this is the year he becomes part of the rotation. Floor: much of the same, 70 avg.
Jasper Pittard / $366k
Why: after averaging 81 & 92 in 2015 and 2016 playing a rebounding half back role, injuries and form have stagnated his progression however at 27 and at a new club, a 90+ average isn’t out of the question if the move has reinvigorated him. Ceiling: 90 avg.
Why not: hasn’t looked overly flexible during his career, he’s either an attacking half-back/wing or he’s not in the team, Luke McDonald seems to be his biggest rival for the best 22 if they only go with the 1. Floor: 70 avg.
Kade Kolodjashnij / $364k
Why: an average of 89 in 2015 including 8 scores of 105+ had him as one of the hot commodities during the 2016 pre-season, a young rebounding half-back, he was going to be a staple in SC sides for a decade. For one reason or another, this hasn’t eventuated. A change of scenery and with Lever down, Hibberd taking a more defensive role, and Jordan Lewis being a year older, has he been recruited to fill that half-back role? Ceiling: 90 avg.
Why not: season averages of 69, 73 & 67 for a struggling Gold Coast since his breakout year. Maybe he’s just not very good. Floor: 65 avg.
Luke McDonald / $362k
Why: increased his average from 64 in 2016 to 84 in 2017 with a 9 round average of 91 to end the year, had many tipping him to take a further step in 2018, what followed was a poultry 67 average with just the 1 ton, that ton however was 132 which again showcased what he is capable of, can he put that season behind him and get back on track to SuperCoach relevancy? Ceiling: 90 avg.
Why not: Pittard coming into the side has thrown doubt on his role, at an awkward price is it too big a a risk for someone who will at best, be a rollercoaster. Floor: 65 avg.
Aaron Francis / $351k
Why: ended the year with scores of 86, 94 & 104 and another player who seemingly just passes the eye-test, maybe a year to early, maybe slightly overpriced to be worth the risk but could be the next Hurley, Howe, Rance type premium defender. Ceiling: 90 avg.
Why not: just not enough evidence to take the leap of faith, 10 games in 3 years means he also hasn’t quite played enough AFL football at this stage to say he truly feels at home. Expect a good a year but not worth the pick. Floor: 70 avg.
Jayden Hunt / $243k
Why: an excitement machine who has the ability to score big (2 110+ scores in 2017) a difficult 2018 has him really really cheap and if he can manage his way back into the side and get a good score early, could be worth the extra dollars over an unknown rookie. Ceiling 75-80 avg.
Why not: risky to pick a player who is $130k more expensive than the common rookie and hasn’t locked down a spot in the side. Money better spent elsewhere. Floor: expensive captains loophole.
Corey Ellis / $233k
Why: was a highly rated young half back flanker with tremendous foot skills who showed a bit when given a run of games in 2016 but just doesn’t find the ball enough and hasn’t been able to lock down a spot in a really strong premiership side. If he can get into a much weaker Gold Coast 22, he might just find himself stationed where the ball will spend most of its time in 2018. Ceiling: 85 avg?
Why not: 2015, ‘17 & ‘18 haven’t been kind, and with scores of 15, 16 & 18 in 2015 and a 23 in 2017 his inability to get the ball could be a serious problem in a team that won’t have a lot of possession. Floor: 45 avg
Have you considered any of these fellas for your starting line-up?
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