On the Third day of Christmas, the Supercoach Gods brought to me, three bench men…
Two winged crows…
And Paddy switched to Mid-forward D-P-P
SAM COLLINS (GC) DEF – $188,900
2017 Average: 58ppg
2017 Games: 2
Past Averages (2016): 72 points
WHO’S SAM COLLINS?
For those who weren’t paying attention in 2016, Sam Collins was a pretty handy tall defender for the Dockers who played 12 matches in the second half of the season, scoring 2 tonnes and a 92 in that time. He fell from favour in 2017, playing 18 matches in the WAFL and only 2 for the seniors and was delisted at the end of 2017.
And that is where things became interesting. Returning to Werribee in the VFL, Collins was likened to Jeremy McGovern with his amazing intercept marking prowess. In 2018 he averaged 126 SC ppg on the back of 10.6 marks, 6.4 intercept marks, 11.9 intercept possessions and 10.8 contested possessions. At 194cm, 98kg and age 24, Collins should be both a lock for the best 22 at the Suns and for Steven May’s half-back role.
In summary, if he plays in Round 1 you should just get on your knees and thank the Supercoach Gods for a mature age rookie miracle.
You know the ball will live in the Gold Coast back line.
SHANE MCADAM (ADE) FWD $123,900
WHO’S SHANE MCADAM?
McAdam is the 23-year-old mature age recruit drafted by Carlton with their extra local league selection which they then on-traded to Adelaide in the Mitch McGovern deal. After missing out on selection at the 2015 draft, the nephew of Gilbert McAdam and Cousin of Petrevski-Seton returned to local footy, only this season playing 12 matches for Sturt in the SANFL. He kicked 23 goals and showed great tackling intent in those 12 matches and is likely to find a role as a defensive forward for the Crows.
And the guy has serious speed and a vertical leap!
When I hear “defensive forward” I don’t exactly expect high Supercoach scores but McAdam should give us 55-65ppg as a pulse on the bench.
And based on his online highlights, he’s great to watch!
ZAC CLARKE (ESS) RUC $142,600
2017-2018 Av: DNP
2016 Av: 53ppg
2016 matches: 13
Past Averages (2015-2011): 66, 76, 96, 74, 89
HAVE WE FINALLY FOUND A DECENT BACK-UP RUCKMAN?
We won’t know his role until the preseason arrives, but Clarke could be the bench ruckman we have long desired. Obviously he is behind Tom Bellchambers in the ruck department and he is rookie-listed, but if Joe Daniher is struggling with his osteitis pubis then Clarke may be used as a ruck-forward alternative.
And he does have some Supercoach chops. While he struggled for form in his final season at Fremantle in 2016, Clarke did average 96ppg in 16 matches in 2013. He recorded 11 scores over 80 points that season with a high score of 134 points. He never quite managed those highs again but Clarke did average over 74ppg every year from 2011 to 2014.
For a Supercoach like me who stuffed up the Captain loophole every week of the season, I would love some ruck bench cover for a change.
Now watch closely for Clarke to be elevated from the rookie list!
If he is, we should get 70-80ppg.
Rather than having a poll today, instead let the community know in the comments which rookie-priced players you have your eye on…
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