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Welcome to SEZsational HQ. We hope you enjoy the tour of our facilities, please don’t feed the footballers. My team has been constantly changing ever since SuperCoach opened in December; I’m one of those coaches who likes to try a handful of different options during the pre-season so that come lockout, I’m not flustered. Here’s my current team:
My first three defenders haven’t really changed since day one. Taylor Adams was my first picked, he’s a pure midfielder who has been granted defender status and he could very well finish the season averaging triple figures. I’m not worried about his durability, bad luck does not equal injury prone.
Sam Docherty may not average 109 this year but he’ll go close; The ball will spend plenty of time in his area. He may drop in price a little, but not much. I’m not concerned, though, he won’t be an easy pickup later in the game regardless. The little nugget, Rory Laird, makes his way into Adelaide’s midfield and into my team for the third year in a row. He was a little inconsistent last year but to be fair, he was only young; Now at 23, I’m backing him in for a big year.
Geelong recruit Zach Tuohy is my big risk here and I must admit to some biased, I’m a Cats supporter. He’s a quality rebounding defender who made the AFLCA All-Australian team a couple of years ago. He’s been plying his trade, at Carlton, behind arguably the two best rebounding defenders in the competition. At Geelong he’s the main man, the Cats will look to get the ball in his hands at every opportunity. Plus there are points up for grabs at Geelong after the retirements of Corey Enright and Jimmy Bartel. He may stay in my team, he may not, it will all depend on which rookies and which rucks are named to play in Rd 1 and how much I have to shuffle around.
I’m confident Curtly Hampton and Tom Stewart will play and score well enough to take the field and I’m backing in a pair of young Kangaroos to slowly make some coin.
WHAT?!! No Jaeger? That’s right. For me, he’s a stepping stone that won’t be ready to be upgraded until late in the game and my history with retaining trades (hint: It’s my weak point) suggests I may get stuck with him, Liberatore style. That’s not terrible, I expect him to score around 95, but I’ve got greater aspirations. Patrick Dangerfield costs a pretty penny but the Brownlow Medallist is the most consistently high scoring player in the game, lock him in and throw away the key.
Nat Fyfe comes in at a slightly reduced price, I’m not worried about his leg, he’s had long enough to recover from that and he looks fine… fit, I mean fit. He looks fit. Next on the list are my two Brownlow Medal chances, Dan Hannebery and Marcus Bontempelli, both not without interrupted pre-seasons but both have played JLT. I’m backing both in to be top 10 midfielders by season’s end, averaging over 110 SuperCoach points.
Tom Mitchell is currently in 10% of SuperCoach teams and I’ll tell you why. We all saw him average 103 at Sydney last year, behind Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker and Hannebery and even playing a run with role on occasion. This year he’s at Hawthorn and for me, he’s their number one midfielder. Expect a lot of clearances and a lot of possessions. Dayne Beams is capable of pumping out 130s, he’s capable of being a top 10 midfielder and that’s why he’s in my side. He’s a bargain at $432k and I expect to keep him.
Sam Powell-Pepper is a lock, he could pump out scores of 90+ this year, the rest of my rookies are the “fingers crossed” types. I’m hoping Will Brodie is named to play in Gold Coast’s Rd 1 match and makes some quick cash so I can look to offload him around his bye in Rd 9. Jake Barrett found a lot of the football in the NEAFL for GWS last year and I’m hoping he can do so for Brisbane in the seniors this year. Harrison Wigg looked decent for Adelaide during the JLT Series so he gets a chance and I’m backing Geelong Coach Chris Scott to try to get some games into the youngster, Brandan Parfitt who showed plenty during Geelong’s final JLT hit out against Essendon.
My ruck department hinges on whether or not Jake Spencer plays in Rd 1. If he does, I’ll go with my current setup. If he doesn’t, I’ll be finding a way to fit Max Gawn in, in place of Todd Goldstein. I have no concerns over Goldstein what-so-ever. Braydon Preuss and Majak Daw may get some games, but if JLT has shown us anything it’s that North Melbourne prefer to have their secondary ruckman play the majority of the game in the forward line. Goldstein will still attend plenty of stoppages and could even increase his scoring from last year.
At R2 I’m taking the risk on Aaron Sandilands. The banning of the third man up at stoppages only helps the tallest of ruckmen and I expect Sandilands to dominate hitouts to advantage, especially with Nat Fyfe back at his feet. His durability is always going to be a concern with his history and age, but he looks good for now and I’ve got a plan if he falls over.
Enter Jarrod Witts, one of the only men who can rival Sandilands for height. Witts looks to have secured the number 1 ruck spot at the Suns and I’m looking at him like an expensive rookie, just like Tim Taranto or Andrew McGrath. If I can get a handful of games out of Witts and Sandilands I should be able to turn them both into a gun and a rookie should Sandilands get injured.
SCP expert, Dan Batten, said to me this morning, “No Dahlhaus, he’s too good to miss out on”. While I don’t disagree, I can’t afford him, so I’ve opted for his teammate, Jack Macrae. In the F1 position, I really want to pick Gold Coast’s, Tom Lynch. He’s arguably the game’s best forward and set for a huge year in a team that can finally deliver the ball well to him. I just can’t justify his Rd 9 bye, though. With no “best 18″ in Rd 9, starting Lynch is a hit to my overall ranking that I just can’t take. Macrae had a pretty inconsistent year last year, I had him in my SC Draft team and let me just say, I’m not a fan of rollercoasters. I’m hoping – yes hoping – that he’ll have a more uniform season in 2017 and if he does, he will certainly increase his average. There’s not a lot of top-end talent in the forward line this year, Macrae is easily a top 8 forward.
Next up I’ve been wooed by Toby Greene. The kid won the GWS best and fairest and made the All-Australian team last year. He flew well under the radar and will do so again. Stephen Coniglio out for the start of the season may see him with increased midfield minutes, but I’m looking forward to him kicking and setting up some goals. Could hit triple figures this year. Jarryd Roughead is my mid-pricer in the forward line. The way he plays, 90 points should come easily and at $367k he’s priced too well to ignore. One of the best forwards in the game in years gone by, I’ll have some of that, please.
It’s a rookie heavy forward line purely because I’m not confident that any of the mid-priced options – apart from Roughead – will take the next step. I love the way Christian Petracca and Jack Steele play their footy, I believe Jack Billings will catch up to The Bont eventually, but not this year. So I’m backing in number two pick, Tim Taranto to lock down a spot in a star-studded GWS side.
Kane Turner showed a bit in JLT3 but he’s also a nice expensive placeholder, I’ll decide on him when teams are named. Brett Eddy is a lock; He’ll play plenty of games for Port Adelaide, how well he scores is the question, he could be very up and down. The bench will be determined when Rd 1 teams are announced but in the mix are Dan Butler, Dan Houston, Aaron Black, Jarrod Pickett and more.
So here’s my team as it stands today. I’ve got a whopping $6k left in the bank and plenty of backup options available if I don’t like what I see when teams are announced. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
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