Preseason 2017

Unique of the Week – Jack Steven

Jack Steven

Price: $560,600
Position: Midfield
2016 Average: 103.05
2015 Average: 104.3
Bye Round: 11
Ownership: 4.87%

The 26-year-old has been tasked with the responsibility of holding St Kilda’s young midfield group together in recent years. This season, you’d expect the same.

As the Saints continue on their quest to rise to the top – it’s been some years since Jack Steven has been close to that feeling of success. He averaged 103 last season – but what remains crucial to his possible selection in 2017 is his performances at Etihad Stadium.

He’s only in 4.87% of teams, and while there is plenty of players who are more unique – Steven could be about to step foot into the elite category. His biggest scores for the year came at Docklands, with 148 vs Essendon in Round 9, 138 vs Fremantle the following week, 164 in Round 12, 170 against Essendon in Round 16 and 150 points a fortnight later against the eventual premiers.

When the Saints won at Etihad, his SuperCoach record saw him with an average of 130 points, while his 2016 record for the year at the ground was more than respectable at 112.

 

St Kilda will need to perform well against stronger sides this season if Steven is to make you money. At a premium price of $560,600 – there isn’t much room, but with a repeat of 2013, where he only had five games below 90 points, the ball is in Steven’s court.

The midfielder finished the season last year averaging 28 disposals, equal 14th highest in the competition. He averaged more than five tackles a game, 5.5 clearances and 5.3 inside-50s.

His JLT Series this year though was limited, despite playing in all three of St Kilda’s games. He was only on the ground for 39% of the first game – putting up a score of 59 against Port Adelaide. Steven did all his work early, having accumulated 21 disposals to half time. The following game against Carlton saw a score of 96 SuperCoach points, from only 62% game time. His last score for the preseason was 87 against Sydney, which brought his JLT average to a touch over 80 – going at 1.24 points per minute.

Players priced around the same price as Steven failed to convert their time-on-ground to the same extent – with the exception of Tom Mitchell and Nat Fyfe, adding to his uniqueness for price.

With more experienced bodies being added to the Saints lineup – it remains to be seen how much weight it can lift off Steven’s shoulders. Picking him in your SuperCoach side will provide you with a reliable option – but it’s whether he can take it to the next level. If you’re convinced he can become elite, then get him in and keep it a secret.

 

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