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5 Value Picks for 2018

Which players could be featuring in our 2018 SuperCoach teams? Although there are a number of factors which determine a players price for the following season, Jack has run his eye over a few candidates who are in line to receive a price discount.

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MAX GAWN

After missing 10 games, Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn could potentially scrape in for a price discount given the period he missed. He started 2016 at $645,000 after averaging 118.5 in 2016. His start to this season saw scores of 128 and 111 before succumbing to injury in Round 3.

He finished the year $139,500 less than the price he started at – yet still managed scores of 113, 108, 111 and 160 in the back half of the year. If Gawn can open at around $500,000 (as he finished) – then he will be a juicy prospect.

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MICHAEL BARLOW

Being stretchered off with a leg injury wasn’t how Michael Barlow imagined his game, let alone his season would end in Round 13. He only managed 12 games for the year, and only played 13 games in 2016. If the SuperCoach DPP can hold onto that status, and receive a nice price – it could make Barlow a handy option.

In previous seasons, he’s averaged 116, 110 and 111.7 – but that goes back a few years. Providing Barlow can stay on the track and average 90+, many coaches would take him in their forward line given the limited options.

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AARON SANDILANDS

It’s probably not the first time that Aaron Sandilands has been on a list like this. After struggling with injury, he only managed 10 games. When he could keep his body right, he pumped out scores of 107, 103, 101, 105, 104 and 102 – not bad for a 34-year-old who stands at 211cm.

The Fremantle ruckman started 2017 at $308,200 – and if he can begin the year at that price, how many coaches will take the risk and hope his body holds up?

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BRETT DELEDIO

After struggling with calf injuries, Deledio finally got back on the park in Round 20. He played the final four games of the home and away season, with his last two seeing him record scores of 96 and 92.

It’s expected that the Giant will receive a nice discount after dropping $42,300 after one price change, and if his previous years are anything to go buy – it will make him a must-have. He hasn’t averaged less than 90 since 2006 (other than 2017), with his form seeing triple figure averages between 2008 and 2015.

His position will be interesting, with a slightly different role at GWS – compared to his Richmond days. This year he was a forward (in SuperCoach) and if by way of a miracle he can maintain that status – lock him in.

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NIC NAITANUI

With West Coast taking a conservative approach, ‘Nic Nat’ didn’t play a game in 2017 after an ACL injury the year before. Given this fact, it’s likely he should receive a nice discount, which, all going well, should see his price be juicy for the output he can provide.

Given that he’s more certain to earn himself a discount than Dustin Martin was to win the Brownlow, make sure he’s in your SuperCoach team in 2018. It’s likely, given Naitanui’s eagerness – that’ll he get straight back into footy and pick up where he left off in 2016.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

  • Mitch Robinson – should get a discount after only playing seven games in 2017, has the potential to average around 90 and if he has mid/fwd status like this year he becomes juicy
  • David Armitage – he only played two games, but the Saints will be eager to get his experience back after losing Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna to retirement – averaged 109 in 2015 – midfield only could be a turn-off unless that changes for 2018
  • Harley Bennell – will need to get his body right, but played two games this year that wasn’t flash, but nevertheless averaged 101.7 in 2015
  • Allen Christensen – Didn’t play in at all in 2017 which means a discount should be coming his way, will prove to be a good value choice if his body holds up
  • Tom Langdon – A left-field choice, hopefully for coaches though a price discount will provide Tom Langdon to be a value pick

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