The madness of the silly season has begun, but it doesn’t get much madder with leaked positional changes thanks to Walesy at Too Serious. Although prices remain largely unknown in the SuperCoach realm, what’s just as – if not more important, is finding out the new positional changes for the coming season. It certainly helps with planning, if not making the one-month wait, even longer. I’ve got itchy fingers, and I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things.
Christmas comes early with news that Patrick Dangerfield has been gifted the legendary FWD/MID Dual Position Status in 2014. The gun Adelaide midfielder had 13 scores over 100 in 2013, nine of which were over 120. You can bank on him becoming one of the most owned MPP’s in 2014, especially with slim pickings available in the forward line in the new year.
In the way of rookies, both Riley Knight and Alex Spina have started their careers as MID/FWD’s.
Another gift you’ll find under the SuperCoach tree this year, is that Pearce Hanley has gone from defender, to DEF/MID which will really up his currency, if he wasn’t already high up on you wish lists for the new year. He’s been earmarked to spend more time in the midfield this year, and going on the latest trends – you better lap it up before he loses his DPP.
Although Hanley didn’t overly ton-it-up in 2013 – only getting the century nine times – he was consistent without being “incredible”, still scoring under 80 on five occasions.
They key here however, is that it was a breakout year for Hanley who finished the year with an average of 95.7, which is 5.7 points above his 2012 average. Should he spend more time through the guts in 2014 – you can expect higher scores more often. The only issue is whether you commit to him from round one, given the toughness of Brisbane’s draw.
Newly drafted Lewis Taylor - the Brent Harvey clone – has snagged himself FWD/MID and given he’ll priced around $115,900 and will play senior football next year, he’s an early rookie to get excited about.
But… OUCH! Tom Rockliff has lost his coveted MID/FWD status which will hurt those of us who were banking on locking him in up forward, so good was his season in 2013.
There is still serious reason to believe why he should still be a midfield option, nonetheless. Rocky scored a whopping 13 tons in 2013, including a nine-week period in which he scored over 100, weekly. He still had the three games where he scored under 80, but he should go another level in 2014 now that he’ll play as a permanent mid.
A massive mixed bag from the Blues, and quite a few positions will shock most. Andrew Walker has left behind his tag as a forward, and has become a permanent defender this year. He ranked second overall in rebound 50′s per game, third overall in kicks per game, fourth overall in total kicks and fifth overall in total bounces per game – coming in at 17th overall for SuperCoach scoring power in 2013.
More than half of his games this year Walker scored over 100, and he’s as consistent as they come, only scoring under 80 on three occasions. Given his ability to score some monster numbers, (seven games over 120) – he’s someone coaches will be loading up on in 2014.
Kade Simpson who’s also a midfielder turned defender, offers value as well. He’ll be a little cheaper, but he still managed to pitch in with 10 scores above 100 in 2013, albeit he did score under 80 on seven occasions – underlining that the gap between his best and worst needs to close.
The biggest tick for mine is that Lachie Henderson has become a DEF/FWD- earning the official “swingman” tag. Given his position, it does mean you’ll have to take the good with the bad if you’re going down this path. The interesting thing about Henderson in SuperCoach, is that out of his 22 games this year – half were over 80, whereas the other half were under 80.
Unfortunately it’s more bad news than it is good with the Blues (that’s normal, right?). Dale Thomas and Byrce Gibbs are midfielders only this year, losing their MID/FWD and DEF/MID DPP status’ respectively.
Thomas could count himself stiff given he only played the five games for Collingwood in 2013. But Gibbs has been threatening to make the move as a solid midfielder – which all but makes him SuperCoach irrelevant in 2014. He only managed to score over 100 on six occasions – hardly “premium” material, but he was fantastic for a consistent 80-90 score, although he averaged 95 for the year.
He scored between the 80′s and 90′s on eight occasions, but still managed to leave us wanting with five scores under 80, and a three week period in which he was injured.
Heritier Lumumba (AKA Harry O’Brien) has added himself to the list of new DPP’s in 2014, becoming a DEF/MID, whilst Jarryd Blair also becomes a DPP player, with MID/FWD eligibility. Ben Reid also joins a swag of recognised swingmen gaining DEF/FWD role.
Although Tim Broomhead is yet to debut (and you’ll see plenty of him in 2014) he’s been named as a forward, a change from midifeld last year, whilst Matthew Scharenberg who will slot into Heath Shaw’s position is a pure defender only.
Talk about dropping the bomb (pardon the pun!) the Dons have a few changes in 2014, but none that’ll hurt more than the loss of our defensive superstar, Brendon Goddard losing his DEF/MID MPP. BJ is a midfielder only in 2014, as is his teammate Dyson Heppell who has lost the defensive tag to become a standalone midfielder. You can only pick up Michael Hurley as a forward in 2014, down from his FWD/DFE MPP in 2013.
Amongst others to lose their DPP status, Patrick Ryder is a ruck only and oddly enough – Jake Carlisle remains a pure defender, despite his swingman abilities. There are a swag of FWD/MID players in 2014, including Paul Chapman, Ben Howlett and Nick Kommer and Tom Bellchambers has seemingly swapped positions with Ryder, becoming the teams FWD/RUCK.
Starting things off, new recruit Colin Sylvia has kept his MPP status as a FWD/MID, but other than that – there isn’t much change for the Dockers. New recruit Michael Apeness has gained FWD/RUCK which could come in handy down the line.
Crikey, this hurts. Steve Johnson has left behind his MPP tag and is now just a permanent midfielder in SuperCoach. Stevie J is SuperCoach royalty, and for some – losing the MPP status won’t play a part in whether or not he will be a round one lock. Johnson is still the 7th player overall in the competition to average the most disposals per game, and was ranked 4th overall in SuperCoach scores per game in 2013.
If that’s not enough, he scored 12 centuries off 16 games, and only fell below a score of 80 once, which was his first game of the year. in round three. Of course, the only downside to Johnson is his tendency to lose his head once in a while. He severed a total of six weeks suspension from the MRP (the opening two weeks care of his elimination final in 2012) in 2013.
But, to make things a bit more interesting, Jimmy Bartel has gone from FWD/MID to DEF/MID which really spices things up in 2014.
The gun Cat was prolific in 2013, scoring 13 centuries off 21 games and scored over 80 on 19 occasions – justifying why he was one of the most owned players in SuperCoach this year. He had a super hot-streak from rounds 5-15, scoring a ton on nine occasions out of 10 games.
Another curve ball, but one that is more obvious despite the fact we saw little of him in the second half of the year – Charlie Dixon has become a FWD/RUCK. Dixon started the season like a house on fire, scoring over 100 on four games out of his starting five – all of which were over 120!!! Unfortunately for Dixon, he fizzled out after injury setbacks derailed what promised to be a breakout year, playing only one game in 10 weeks through the middle of the year. Although he played the last six games of the season, and managed to average 83 SuperCoach Points in that period – he is one who looks very interesting in 2014.
David Swallow has also been named as a DEF/MID, up from his general midfield status. Swallow averaged 79 points playing out of defence in 2013, but he hasn’t really shown that he’s going to be a SuperCoach player just yet, given he only hit the 100+ mark on two occasions in 2013. Eight out of his 10 games this year were scores under 70, which is hardly tempting.
The only noticeable changes here is that Devon Smith and Rhys Palmer both will start 2014 as MID/FWD’s in SuperCoach.
Boomtown! Now, this is something to get excited about. There was once upon a time that along side Brett Deledio and Brendan Goddard – that Luke Hodge would be nestled in between the duo as the three key SuperCoach defenders you had to had. We thought we’d never get Hodgey back after losing him last year, but nonetheless – we welcome this old champion with open arms as a DEF/MID in 2014.
2013 was a mixed bag for Hodgey. Although he hit the ton on 10 occasions, there were also six times through the year where he scored in the 60′s-70′s. He’ll come a touch discounted, but the upside is worth it.
And who would’ve thought we’d also have the luxury of snagging ourselves Sam Mitchell in the same position, too? He was named on the half back flank of the All Australian team, and will be named in just about every SuperCoach side in 2014. Mitchell gains MPP for the first time as a DEF/MID.
Given Mitchell was ranked 5th overall in the competition for most possessions, this is music to our ears. Mitchell also had 10 games this year where he scored over 100, but he ticks all the boxes from a consistency point of view, only falling below 80 points on three occasions which screams “lock”.
The only downside for the Hawks is that we lose Jarryd Roughead as a RUCK/FWD – he’s just a forward only next season and Jordan Lewis has also lost his DPP ability from MID/FWD to just midfield in 2014.
Champion Data have also spoiled us, with gun recruit Dayle Garlett being named as a MID/FWD. What a nice Christmas!
Jack Watts has been gifted the MPP tag with DEF/FWD coming his way – yet another swingman. That’s really about as exciting as it gets for Melbourne in SuperCoach land.
Ahh yes, the prodigal son’s arrival is closing in. All hail Luke McDonald! The son of a gun has MPP status already, and will start 2014 as a DEF/MID albeit pricey. The good news is that cult hero Majak Daw has gained FWD/RUCK which will really be tempting if he can get some continuity and consistency in his game at the highest level.
C’monnnnnnnnnnnnnn SuperCoach! Chad Wingard, another AA named in a position he was otherwise intended not to be – Wingard gains DPP eligibility as a FWD/MID which makes him a serious player to consider in 2014. It really doesn’t come as a huge surprise considering Wingard bagged 43 goals in 2013 and had eight scores over 100. But the value doesn’t stop there; Wingard only fell below 80 SuperCoach Points on four occasions last year across his 22 games.
In other news, Hamish Hartlett has lost his DEF/MID and will be a midfielder only in 2014, which thrusts him back into SuperCoach irrelevance, whilst Jasper Pittard is a defender only in the new year.
A forward line favourite, Dustin Martin holds onto his FWD/MID status, which will provide some much needed relief for our forward lines in 2014. A little inconsistent at times during the season, Martin still went on to bag 12 centuries whilst maintaining an average of 101.8 which is too good to refuse.
The big news for the Saints comes in the way of two of their new recruits. Jack Billings starts his SuperCoach career as a FWD/MID which will really tempt plenty coaches into giving him a look in, despite being a pricey. And oddly enough, Maverick Weller has been named as a defender, despite the fact he’ll play through the midfield in 2014. Whether he is SuperCoach relevant remains to be seen, but he could be a serious point of difference in defence as a mid pricer should his NAB Cup numbers stack up.
Plenty of SuperCoach news for the Swans, Jarrad McVeigh has landed himself MPP status with DEF/MID which just about makes him a lock in 2014. McVeigh finished the 2013 season with 10 scores over 100, and only twice did he score below 80 during the season. That is ridiculously good value! His average of 106.1 will resonate through to our sides in 2014, he’s locked and loaded for mine, already!
Tom Mitchell has also gained DPP, going from a pure midfielder to a FWD/MID which could be interesting, ditto that Luke Parker who also nabs himself FWD/MID.
Believe it or not – the Eagles are the only team in 2014 to not feature a dual position player. Nic Naitanui and Dean Cox have had their FWD/RUCK scrapped, whilst Sharrod Wellingham has also been made a straight midfielder, losing his forward status as well.
More rookie news than anything, but Mitch Honeychurch lands himself MID/FWD status, and should taste more than just a bit of senior action in 2014.