It’s that time of the year when our SuperCoach teams are all but complete. Some may be looking for that final piece of the puzzle no matter the price, others are looking for a bargain and we are all desperately trying to squeeze every last dollar out of our cash cows. Downgrade options that play at this time of year are like gold as smart buyers weigh up the pros and cons of form players and proven heroes.
Was impressive in his debut game a fortnight ago, kicking two goals against the Giants but was quieter in Geelong’s big win against Brisbane in Round 16. Though he came to AFL late, he’s picked up the game well and has spent time forward, in the backline and in the ruck for Geelong’s VFL team. He competes well in the air and brings the ball to ground when needed. Although he is a SuperCoach DPP and a handy price, it’s worth noting that when he plays he’ll play primarily forward and isn’t likely to be a big scorer. Geelong has also put forward two very tall sides in the two weeks Buzza has played, should coach Chris Scott steer away from that – given the pending returns of Scott Selwood, Daniel Menzel and Geroge Horlin-Smith – he could find himself back in the VFL.
Seemingly brought into the side to free up his brother, Cam, Zach has slotted into the backline nicely. Despite not finding a lot of the ball he competes hard for someone so small and looks composed with the ball. Tom Stewart and Tom Ruggles won’t be fit for at least another fortnight so he may get an opportunity to string a few games together. At bargain basement price he’s a decent floating donut should he be dropped. Geelong have a Friday night game and a few Saturday afternoon games to come but have a Sunday game in the penultimate round of the season and are appealing for a Monday match in Round 23, perfect for loopholing in your SuperCoach Grand Final.
Spending time in the back half and pushing up onto the wing Sheehan isn’t finding much of the ball. The 26-year-old has a nice long left foot kick and Carlton would have him in the team to help with their transition out of defence. The problem for Sheehan? Despite trading Zach Tuohy at the end of last year they still have a lot of high-quality rebounders led by Sam Docherty and Kade Simpson. Given the injury to Patrick Cripps and his mature body, he may continue to play senior footy this year, but don’t bet the farm on it.
Kicked a couple of goals in his debut against Port Adelaide and is one of many pacey small forwards on Richmond’s list. The problem is, which ones will they play? Dan Butler and Daniel Rioli look to be locked in but the Tigers have tried Shai Bolton, Jason Castagna and now Stengle in that position also. It’s their modus operandi this year; With Jack Riewoldt their only tall target, their success has been in no small part thanks to their forward pressure and run and carry. Although there are big wraps on this kid, he’s no guarantee to continue playing senior footy.
Despite the Giants’ recent struggles, Patton has been absolutely flying. Taking a look past his average, his numbers are impressive. From a SuperCoach perspective, he has a three-round average of more than 125 points and a five-round average more than 100. From a football perspective, he’s spending more time between the arcs, getting his hands on the football more and hitting the scoreboard often. He’s averaging more than 16 disposals, nine marks and four goals over the last three weeks. Not only that but his work rate has increased and he’s staying involved more often. His tackling pressure has been excellent. Could Jon Patton be turning himself into a genuine winger, Nick Riewoldt style, or will things change when some of the Giants injured stars return to the field?
Struggled in the middle part of the season with a bruised sternum and was traded out by many coaches. If you held him, well done to you. A big score of 139 against North Melbourne in Round 16 restored our faith in him, and his sternum. 33 disposals and a goal is so very Nat Fyfe like and could just be the tip of the iceberg. He’ll get better on the run home. If you’re looking for a player to round out your midfield and are on a budget, Fyfe is super cheap and has plenty of upside.
He’s been super consistent in previous years, averaging over 105 SuperCoach points for the last three years but didn’t put the scores on the board at the start of 2017. He hit triple figures just three times in his first nine games this year but is coming home with a wet sail, hitting the ton in five of his last six games; His three-round SuperCoach average is 128 points. If you’re looking for a man in form, look no further than Ward.
Although it’s not surprising to see Tom McDonald scoring well in SuperCoach land, it’s surprising to see the ‘goals’ column of his stats sheet filled with numbers. In the absence of Jesse Hogan and Jack Watts, and even in Hogan’s return, McDonald has turned himself into a potent forward for Melbourne. He’s kicked at least two goals a game in the last month including a bag of five – as well as the match winner – against West Coast in Perth. Whether he remains in the forward line is one question we can’t answer, but there’s no doubting he’s a quality defender also. If he’s swung back there he’ll be full of confidence and ready to perform as Melbourne charge to their first Finals appearance in a long time.
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