LEGEND: Player Name (Other Position) (Club, Price, Average, Ownership)
Daniel Rich (BRL, $532,800, 106, 2.4%)
Known as a bit of a burnman in SuperCoach for a couple of years, Rich has been consistently good in recent seasons, but never seems to find himself in many teams. The Lions love to get the ball in his hands so they can make use of his booming left-foot kick. As a side-note, it’s worth remembering that Champion Data awards an ‘effective kick’ stat for kicks that go 40+ metres to even numbers or better for the team, regardless of the outcome at the other end, which gives players like Rich who tend to kick long a built-in advantage as far as SuperCoach scoring is concerned.
Jarryd Lyons (BRL, $613,500, 117, 1.2%)
Further up the field in the Lions’ outfit is Lyons, who consistently racks up big numbers and big scores, whilst flying completely under the radar. Perhaps a little expensive as an early upgrade target, but he’s durable, having not missed a game since crossing to Brisbane from Gold Coast, and has averaged 114 from his bye round of 2019 to present. And, fittingly, Lyons plays for the Lions. Is there a more appropriately named player in the AFL?
Shane Mumford (GWS, $420,700, 130, 0.4%)
Much to the horror and frustration of Matthew Flynn owners, Mumford came back into the GWS side two weeks ago, and has been playing well – even scoring 125 against Brodie Grundy.
For most coaches, I would strongly advise against bringing him in: the last time he averaged triple figures was 2015, and the last time he played 20+ games was in 2017. But if you’re stuck with something like, say, Flynn at R2, Meek at R3, and not enough cash to turn one of them into someone like Grundy, then turning Meek into Mumford would ensure that it’s almost certain one of your R2 or R3 will play each week. This would also work as a straight swap from the injured Tom Hickey, too, provided you also have Flynn at R3. Again, that’s not a path I’d advise people to go down under most circumstances, but if you’re out of options, it’s better than copping doughnuts.
Nick Hind (ESS, $412,200, 91, 2%)
With a SuperCoach-friendly role running off half-back, Hind has rewarded those who took a punt on him as a mid-priced option, with his only poor-ish score (77 in Round 1) coming off the back of sub-par disposal efficiency (61 percent by foot) and 5 clangers, rather than him not finding the football (25 disposals, 18 kicks, 6 marks). He’s been fairly consistent since, scoring 98, 85, 93, and 102 from Round 2 to present.
Got any rare gems (or common duds) in your team? Let us know in the comments below.
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