Preseason 2017

Team Reveal – Off His SaintJawds

Every day until lockout the experts at SCP will reveal their SuperCoach team. That’s one team per day from now until Thursday night’s clash between Carlton and Richmond! While our teams will inevitably change with the announcement of the Round 1 AFL teams, we want to share our insight with you and hear what you think of our teams. Not only are we revealing our teams but we’re revealing a league code every day as well, so check back daily and join one of our leagues where you can play against our experts as well as our collaborative team, SCPFC. 


Ever since SuperCoach first opened in December, an immeasurable amount of permutations and combinations have rotated through my selected side. Some days I’ll inject cheaper rookies in order to save enough money to squeeze in that extra premiums. On other days a mid-price will bob his head up to completely throw previous plans out the window. But the constant rotating is nearly over. The revolving door period is coming to an end. It’s show time. Here’s my team ‘Off His SaintJawds’ as it stands.



In defence, I have opted to pick a line which consists of three premiums, an expensive rookie (Marchbank) and four cheap rookies. Every year, it seems that the best performers chop and change and there may be the odd surprise packet– just look at Sam Docherty from last year. Through the occupation of just three premium spots, I have allowed myself to be flexible for who I pick up later in the year with the hope of targeting those who are in form.

I’m backing Heath Shaw to regain the mantle of the top SuperCoach defender with the Giants only going to get better. More midfield time for Rory Laird should contribute to an even better fantasy output, and I expect this Crow to be ultra-consistent who I can depend on to produce 90+ scores on a weekly basis.

Jeremy Howe looms as a major POD, but I just love how this guy goes about it. If you take out the games he spent in the forward line last year, he averaged 100 and in my opinion, is underpriced. His JLT role suggests his game-style as an attacking defender will continue in 2017 and he showed last year he has the potential to pump out large scores.

I’ve left out Sam Docherty and Kade Simpson, but another Blue in Caleb Marchbank is set to play an important role for me at D4. The former Giant will be an integral cog in Carlton’s rebuilding side and should be fed plenty of opportunities by Brendan Bolton.

Hampton and Stewart are the obvious rookie picks at this stage, and I like the Roos duo Vickers-Willis and Hibberd as bench options, selection pending.

A notable exclusion is popular pick, Taylor Adams. Whilst his scoring potential is fantastic, he shares the same bye round as my preferred premiums, and his combative style means he is a candidate to miss games here and there.



Patrick Dangerfield’s selection needs no explaining. Neither does Fyfe’s.

At M2, I will be picking either JPK or Hannebery. It’s a toss of the coin. Both have been producing elite seasons year after year and there is absolutely no reason why that won’t continue in 2017.

The hard-running Treloar will only benefit from being in Collingwood’s system for a year – look for an absolutely dominant year which will have him in Brownlow contention come Grand Final week. He may even eclipse Pendlebury.

I have gone for a slightly cheaper option in Tom Mitchell at M5 with the belief his output can increase with his move to Hawthorn. During his time at the Swans, he managed to average 103.8 last year in the same midfield as maestros Kennedy, Hannebery and Parker. Now at Waverly Park, the ball magnet is likely to be vital around stoppages and is set to shed his occasional shutdown role. His job, and his job only, will be to hunt the footy. It’s as simple as that.

If Dayne Beams stays fit, he is a genuine midfield who is worth over $600k in SuperCoach. The new Brisbane skipper has been firing in the preseason competition and I’m backing this to translate into the real stuff.

I’m not completely sold on David Swallow but his scoring history is difficult to ignore at such a discounted price. If he can average in the mid-to-high 80s for the first half of the season it would be a good result.

At the moment I have picked the obvious rookies who are rumoured to be playing.



I’ve made the decision to start with Aaron Sandilands. The 211cm giant has the potential to easily produce triple-figure scores and I intend to use him as a stepping-stone to a more durable premium before the byes.

Jarrod Witts was a constant disappointment from a Collingwood fan’s perspective but I think new opportunities at Gold Coast may finally allow him to make inroads in his career. Signs are that he will be the Suns’ primary ruckman and if this eventuates, I reckon he will average at least 75. The ban on third-man ups should help his cause.

Strnadica has earned the prestigious position as my floating donut. Not all heroes cost over $600k.



I’ve passed on Nick Riewoldt as he is simply unaffordable for me at this stage, although I believe he will be a great option. Hopefully, he can be an upgrade target for me after a subpar performance. Luke Dahlhaus and Jack Macrae are the next best bets to be top 6 forwards and are hence locks for my side.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Shaun Higgins. That’s a joke, right? Well, $426,400 for a bloke who showed in 2015 he is capable of averaging 95 and playing virtually every game is too hard to pass up. Yes, he could get injured, and I’ll be culpable for picking him if that happens. But that’s the same with any player.

I’m on the fairytale story of Jarryd Roughead – hopefully he can recapture his best on-field footy form.

Toby Nankervis has been the flavour of the month, and his likelihood of being the Tigers’ sole ruckman is extremely enticing. What’s more is his dual-position eligibility. If Sandilands happens to go down, or Witts’ form isn’t up to standard, I can fling the former Swan into my ruck line and reshuffle my forwards. Although I believe 90+ is certainly possible, the big Nank gives me a safety net with his flexibility.

I really like the look of Tim Taranto with the injury to Stephen Coniglio. The number 2 draft pick looks destined to play an important role for the Giants early and should produce quality scores for a rookie. New Docker Cam McCarthy is worth forking out the extra cash for, with excellent job security and preseason my reasons for picking the centre-half-forward. Brett Eddy has already been told he’s playing against the Swans in Round 1 and is a must have at the basement price.


Here’s my full side with a $5,600 buffer in the salary cap. What are your thoughts? Ridiculing and taunting is most welcome – bring it on!

If any of you lot want to take on SCPFC and me, join the league with code: 179204.

Best of luck! You’ll all need it 😉



  1. Carleton

    March 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I can tell you’re an expert, but I’ve seen better teams – like the previous team on this SEZsational series.

  2. Michael

    March 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    My team is actually extremely similar. Nice job.

    Personally, I’d downgrade Taranto and Mcarthy and use that cash in other areas such as Swallow, Higgins etc

    Good luck

  3. max gunn

    March 18, 2017 at 11:08 am

    4 GCS and Port players spells trouble come rnd 9

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