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Doctor’s Orders: Players who can win you a SuperCoach premiership
The trades you make this week can be the difference between heartache and euphoria. The experts at Doctor SuperCoach name the players who will set up your Grand Final team for premiership glory.
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After 22 rounds of blood, sweat and tears, it has all come down to this round.
SuperCoach grand final weekend is finally here and the trades you make this round could be the difference between heartache or euphoria.
This week in Doctor’s Orders, the expert team at Doctor SuperCoach take a look at four left-field options to give you the upper hand on the grandest stage of them all.
JOSH KELLY ($578,900 MID) AVG: 116.9
Kelly has been building a name for himself as one the perennial burn men of the league. His fragile body always seems to let him down and is the only reason why he sits in just 7 per cent of teams. Kelly made his return from his latest calf setback against the Dogs and was relatively disappointing, scoring 82 in a bad loss for GWS.
So why should you risk bringing him in? Kelly is the No.1 point of difference at this point of the game, with no exceptions. When fit and firing, there is only a select few players that can match his scoring prowess — despite his injury problems, he is the seventh-ranked player in terms of average points per game. The icing on the cake is his match-up against Gold Coast, a team he averages 130 points against in his past four encounters. Few players are capable of scoring 200-plus in matches, and Josh Kelly is definitely one of them.
With the Giants desperate to bounce back and playing against the Suns, Kelly could be the key to winning your league.
Josh Kelly of the GWS Giants.DUSTIN MARTIN ($524,100 MID) AVG: 99.6
Dusty is a shadow of the Supercoach player he once was, and his inconsistency has lowered his average to below 100 for the first time since 2014. There’s no denying he got off to a poor start this season for SuperCoach purposes, but his form and large ceiling can be a gamechanger in finals. In his past two games, Dusty has eclipsed 130 twice, averaging 34 disposals, three tackles and one goal per game.
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Richmond has a tough match-up this week against Brisbane, but historically Dusty loves to play against the Lions, averaging 108 across his career. Add to the fact Richmond desperately needs to win to secure a position in the top four, and this should spur Martin on to a massive score, carrying the Tigers on his back.
His cheap price tag and obvious upside make him a tantalising option this week. For just $200 you can upgrade to him from Matt Crouch.
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Dustin Martin is hitting form at the right time.DAN HOUSTON ($460,500 DEF) AVG: 87.9
After being a reliable defender for most of his career, Houston has transformed into one of the most promising midfielders in the competition. The classy 22-year-old has averaged 103 in his past four games as a pure midfielder and is reaping the rewards. During this time, he has averaged 26 disposals, five tackles, six marks and just under a goal a game, cementing his place in the rotation.
The Power are still fighting for a spot in the finals, while this week’s opponent Fremantle has essentially been knocked out of the race with little to play for in Round 23. They also have a horrible track record when it comes to leaking points in midfield, with the likes of Jack Macrae (152), Marcus Bontempelli (132), Josh Kelly (114), Seb Ross (129), Dan Hannebery (122) and Dylan Shiel (116) dominating them across their past four encounters.
Although he is a raw prospect in terms of SuperCoach, Houston could prove to be a handy addition for a team with a lower budget, looking for a high reward. Expect Port to come out firing, which can only help Dan Houston.
Jack Darling could have a day out against Hawthorn.JACK DARLING ($503,900 FWD) AVG: 84.9
Darling is yet another player who started the year off poorly but is coming home like a house on fire. Before the bye it seemed like Darling’s status as a premium forward was all but gone, but in his past eight games he has averaged 105 SuperCoach points. It’s clear he has overtaken Josh Kennedy as the Eagles’ No.1 forward and he sits fifth in the Coleman Medal race with 50 goals this season.
What makes Darling a huge threat in the SuperCoach Grand Final is his large ceiling. Across the past two seasons he has surpassed 120 points in 10 games, which is a massive 25 per cent strike rate. When you combine his recent consistency, along with his scoring prowess, you get a man capable of winning you a flag. The Eagles play a bottom-10 side in the Hawks this week and they’ll be desperate to win and earn a home final.
Darling could either flop or dominate this week — there’s definitely risk involved with this selection, but the potential upside could get you over the line.
 
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The Phantom’s Round Trade Talk: Scoring history against Round 23 opponent and at the venue the key to making the final move
To help you make the final, premiership-winning — or $50k-winning — move, The Phantom looks at the scoring history of this weekend’s fixture, as well as at the venues.
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With one round left in SuperCoach for 2019, it doesn’t matter what your team has scored to this point, all that counts is what your 22 players score in Round 23.
For some, it will be in a grand final. Others will be just trying to improve their overall ranking one last time.
And for the best SuperCoaches of the year, it’s all about the $50k with only 266 points separating the top-10 in the world.
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So, if you do have a trade or two left, it’s all about picking the best option for this week, even if it means ignoring the leading scorers for the year.
Recent form is vital but so is scoring history against this week’s opponent and recent scores at the Round 23 venue.
And Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury tops the list against recent opponents, averaging 142 points in his past three matches against the Bombers.
Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury loves playing against the Bombers.
Pendlebury has posted scores of 138 and 163 in most-recent meetings with Essendon, tallying 38 disposals on ANZAC Day this season and 34 in Round 18 last year.
The classy left-footer only managed 89 points, despite finishing the game with 34 disposals, against the Crows last week.


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But Pendlebury tallied 24 uncontested possessions and 10 marks in more of an outside role which has developed in 2019.
Another interesting Round 23 trade-in option is Giant star Josh Kelly, who returned from a five-week injury layoff against the Bulldogs last week.
Kelly didn’t set the game alight, finishing with 25 disposals and 82 points from 75 per cent game-time but the Giants travel to Metricon Stadium to take on Gold Coast this week, a team Kelly has posted scores of 138, 146, 120 and 119 in his past four matches against.
Will Giant Josh Kelly keep up his impressive recent form against the Suns?
There’s the threat of defensive Gold Coast midfielder Touk Miller, who blanketed Brisbane’s Lachie Neale in Round 21.
But coach Stuart Dew led Hawks James Worpel and Chad Wingard run riot in the middle last week.
Todd Goldstein’s 122-point three-round average against the Demons confirms his status as the No. 1 replacement option for Max Gawn, if he fails to overcome hamstring tightness.
PAST 3 V ROUND 23 OPPONENT
Scott Pendlebury (Coll) 142
Brodie Grundy (Coll) Ruck135
Josh Kelly (GWS) 135
Max Gawn (Melb) 134
Lachie Neale (Bris) 133
Patrick Dangerfield (Geel) 123
Todd Goldstein (NM) 122
Clayton Oliver (Melb) 112
Zach Merrett (Ess) 112
Nat Fyfe (Frem) 107
And what about the top-scorers in the past three matches played at the Round 23 venues this season.
MCG
A.Treloar (Coll) 142.9
D.Martin (Rich) 124.6
P.Cripps (Carl) 123.8
D.Prestia (Rich) 122.4
B.Houli (Rich) 120.3
OPTUS STADIUM
M.Walters (Frem) 130.9
J.Darling (WC) 126.9
N.Fyfe (Frem) 122.5
D.Sheed (WC) 117.5
E.Yeo (WC) 115.2
Tom Rockliff, left, leads a Power running group at training.ADELAIDE OVAL
B.Smith (Adel) 101.5
R.Laird (Adel) 100.2
B.Crouch (Adel) 98.3
T.Rockliff (PA) 97.3
D.Byrne-Jones (PA) 93
GMHBA
P.Dangerfield (Geel) 127.4
T.Kelly (Geel) 106.9
M.Duncan (Geel) 102.0
G.Miers (Geel) 98.0
M.Blicavs (Geel) 97.3
BLUNDSTONE ARENA
T.Goldstein (NM) 119.1
J.Ziebell (NM) 116.8
J.Macmillan (NM) 112.0
J.Anderson (NM) 98.1
B.Cunnington (NM) 91.8
Swan Josh Kennedy has scored well at the SCG this season.SCG
J.Kennedy (Syd) 114.5
G.Hewett (Syd) 106.4
J.Dawson (Syd) 100.0
I.Heeney (Syd) 97.3
D.Rampe (Syd) 96.8
METRICON STADIUM
J.Witts (GC) 118.8
T.Miller (GC) 96.5
D.Swallow (GC) 93.4
A.Miles (GC) 92.3
C.Burgess (GC) 87.9
L.Weller (GC) 83.6
Bulldogs star Josh Dunkley had a field day at Mars Stadium in Ballarat earlier this year.MARS (TOTAL SCORE FROM 1 GAME)
J.Dunkley (WB) 136
J.Macrae (WB)135
J.Trengove (WB) 124
S.Lloyd (WB) 123
L.Hunter (WB) 113
 
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SuperCoach 2019 winner Dwayne Delmenico reveals how he hung on with no trades left

Al Paton, Herald Sun
September 4, 2019 8:32am

A Melbourne property analyst and Collingwood fan has ridden his luck, a “ticking time bomb” of trades and an anxiety-inducing final round to be crowned the 2019 SuperCoach champion.

Dwayne Delmenico is $50,000 richer after claiming the title of Australia’s top fantasy footy coach.

His team Rexwells Crumbers entered the final round 82 points behind the No.1 ranked side, and Delmenico attended the Pies v Bombers clash on Friday night but hardly noticed Collingwood’s come-from-behind win.

“The actual score of the game barely registered, I was just watching (Adam) Treloar and (Zach) Merrett who one of the other guys had,” he says.

Both had quiet matches, giving him a shot at the title, but after a rollercoaster weekend it all came down to Port Adelaide playing for pride against the Dockers in the final game of the home-and-away season. It was a dead rubber for most fans, but Delmenico was hanging on every kick and handball.

“Watching (Scott) Lycett dominate was pretty awesome, but when Justin Westhoff took it out of the ruck and gave it to (Travis) Boak for a goal I thought it ended me.

“It was pretty tough viewing. After that game finished I was sure I’d lost.

“When the result came out I was genuinely speechless.”

It turned out Delmenico got lucky when one of his rivals left Westhoff on the bench, but his bigger break came from Lycett — although that’s not what he was thinking when the Power big man was dropped in Round 20 after a string of big scores.

“The week I brought him in he went on a huge run, he was my poster boy. Then when (Ken) Hinkley dropped him I almost fell of my chair,” Delmenico says.

Unfortunately — or so it seemed at the time — he had no trades left so had to keep Lycett, playing Isaac Heeney instead and bringing the former Eagle back for his grand final cameo.

“It felt like a ticking time bomb that was going to blow up at any moment,” he said of using his last trade to replace injured Docker Luke Ryan with four rounds to go.

“I was on a tightrope and if anyone was out I would have had doughnuts everywhere. Miraculously I got through.”

Delmenico says having an extra forward on the bench who could score well was a key part of his SuperCoach strategy, but he couldn’t credit his win to long-term planning.

“I wrote down a list of rules in the notes on my phone at the start of the year and I didn’t stick to them at all.

“One was no injury-prone players but I had Tom Rockliff and Josh Kelly at different stages. I also had ‘no second-to-fourth-year players’ and something about a ‘fifth-year goldmine’. The last one is ‘stick to the rules’, which I clearly didn’t.”

He says much of his windfall will go towards his wedding early next year, but “I’ll splurge a bit on something”.

His best advice for other players is to not lose hope.

“I was ranked about 20,000th last year and 40,00th overall after five rounds. I didn’t even win all my league grand finals.”
 

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Supercoach 2019 Awards

The SuperCoach season has been and gone so, in the tradition of all footy clubs, it’s time for an awards night.
Melbourne property analyst Dwayne Delmenico claimed the coveted No.1 ranking, but any player finishing in the top 100 — of more than 200,000 entries — deserves recognition.

And while most of us didn’t reach those heights, there were countless other SuperCoach awards taken out by coaches across the country.

Any guesses which team’s supporters reigned supreme over the rest? Which state averaged the most SuperCoach points?

And don’t forget the most prestigious prize of all – the highest averaging postcode.

Check out the SuperCoach awards you missed:

TOP 10 LEAGUES
1. SCSBestoftheBest

2. Back to Back III

3. DRSC COMM 9


4. DR SC Admin League

5. The Big Dogs

6. Draft Gods of SC

7. FFEIxamChallengers

8. BigFooty Pies Div1

9. BF Div 4

10. AFLOS Div 1

The SuperCoach Scores forum’s ‘Best of the Best’ league has taken out the top gong in this category.

On average, each player in the league scored 2259 points per round throughout the season.

They knocked off Doctor SuperCoach, who managed two of the top five leagues.

BEST COACH IN EACH STATE
Victoria: Rexwell Crumbers, Dwayne
NSW: Carlton Rebuild’s, Brady
ACT: Blue Stompers, Keith
Queensland: GoodForNothing, Jack
South Australia: DEZ, Derek
Northern Territory: Struggling Grunts, Luke
Western Australia: TimberEagles, Christopher
Tasmania: Dudley II, Luke
Other/international: t_mitchell_3_votes, Trevor

WINNING STATE
1.Western Australia

This will be a sweet sight for those across the Nullarbor.
WA coaches posted the highest average points per round, narrowly beating Tasmania and South Australia.
Victoria had by far the most entries but finishing fourth in this bracket.

CLUB SUPPORTER RANKINGS
1. West Coast

While they couldn’t snare a top-four spot on the field, the Eagles’ supporters won bragging rights as the best in the land.
As for Carlton fans, they can’t catch a break, ranking ninth.
Their arch-rivals won it all, with SuperCoach victor Dwayne Delmenico’s – the coach of ‘Rexwell Crumbers’ – supporting the Pies.


TOP SUPERCOACH POSTCODES
1. 3030 (Cocoroc, Derrimut, Point Cook, Quandong, Werribee and Werribee South)
2. 3136 (Croydon, Croydon Hills, Croydon North, Croydon South)
3. 3977 (Bannons Creek, Botanic Ridge, Cranbourne, Devon Meadows, Skye, Junction Village, Sandhurst)
4. 3037 (Red Hills South, Red Hill)
5. 3156 (Ferntree Gully, Lysterfield, Mountain Gate)

TOP 100 RANKINGS
1. Dwayne Delmenico, Rexwells Crumbers — 53679 (Prize: $50,000)
2. Chris Jones, Jonesy Jets — 53665 ($5000)
3. Robert Fowler, Sledbomber Stars — 53659 ($1000)
4. Alex Sanford, Froff — 53506 ($1000)
5. Brady Wauchope, Carlton Rebuild’s — 53505 ($1000)
6. Harry Ramage, Like a Rockystar — 53460 ($1000)
7. Sam Shattock, Late Balta — 53458 ($1000)
8. Daniel Johnstone, The Losers Club — 53423 ($1000)
9. Julian Ayres, Blues Steel — 53420 ($1000)
10. Luke Thompson, Struggling Grunts — 53392 ($1000)
11. Jamie Eccles, Eccman tigers — 53327
12. Derek Ratschat, DEZ — 53320
13. Mary Naumovski, Mary’s Men — 53318
13. Marty Rodowsky, The A-Team — 53318
15. Jaimes Adkins, Addo’s Amateurs — 53307
16. Peter Garriga, Rock Coaches — 53293
17. David Kerr, St Parkers — 53289
18. Liam George, 50shades of Robbie — 53284
19. Hunter Ross, Hunter’s Heroes — 53262
20. Jeremy Oliver, Wedonotforgive@SCT — 53248
21. Christopher Phelps, TimberEagles — 53245
22. Rohan Anand, BoomBoomAfridi — 53215
23. Stephen Noblett, Leaping Angels — 53192
24. Kyle O’Sullivan, Team Kos — 53167
25. Tony Pountney, DVDA Cats — 53162
26. Josh Skelton, UDL 2 give U the L — 53157
27. Alan W, DeeLevers — 53147
28. Josh Mulford, Corbusier’s Crouch — 53145
29. Robert Dipierdomenico, Guava Kreuzer — 53142
30. Sanjeev Anand, Pat’s Delight — 53139
31. Michael Gervasi, Jaegers bombs — 53135
32. Damien Evans, DAMOnation — 53130
33. Jamie Irving, Bigfellashawks — 53127
34. Marcus Roberts, Lynchpin — 53106
35. Luke Blyth, Dudley II — 53092
36. Damien Cowper, The Super Teds — 53090
37. Andrew Brush, Brushy’s Badlands — 53088
38. Elton Kha, Jake Stringer’sU18 — 53074
39. Darren Kenney, Norwegian Vikings — 53065
40. Fuat Abazi, Fuus Filths — 53064
41. Jake Hunt, Insert Team Name — 53053
42. Arman Bilimoria, Arman’s Army — 53050
43. Craig Byrnes, Budda’s Battlers — 53042
43. Jordan Batis, Mr. Dependlebury — 53042
45. Rebecca Anderson, Team Loki — 53040
45. Ryan Martin, Moo’s Cows — 53040
47. Dale Flanagan, DON FLANO — 53036
48. Matthew Crees, Matts Machines — 53033
49. Graeme Catterall, Kick_It_Ur_Hot — 53029
50. Kangli Hub, p.jennie.fan — 53028
51. Seb Siwek, GeordieDemolition — 53027
52. Sam Abley, Hold the Fort — 53025
53. Nick Scanlan, Nicko’s Champs — 53023
53. Trevor Mitchell, t_mitchell_3_votes — 53023
55. Brayden Hayes, Wet Bandits — 53018
55. Sho Alam, Jibrangers — 53018
57. Dale Irwin, Head ‘n Shins — 53013
58. Andrew Renton, Smithy FC — 53009
59. Justin Sculley, Fearthebeard — 53008
60. Ian Shattock, The Woodenspooners — 53007
61. David Booth, Hodgey_15 — 53006
62. Jayden Harberger, Green Swans — 53002
63. Brady Millman, Madmangmilk — 53001
64. David Todaro, Chieftons — 52991
65. Jack Clayton, GoodForNothing — 52989
66. Sam Lowry, Treloar and order — 52987
67. Adam Williams, Ryder2Gray — 52986
67. Corey Grech, The Flappy Boys — 52986
69. Daniel Sokol, Band of brothers — 52985
69. Nick Paget, OMG — 52985
71. Julian Growcott, Rosewood squids — 52984
72. Justin MacDonald, Juzzomac FC — 52982
73. Adrian Manariti, DreamTeam — 52981
74. Michael Mustica, Neckdeep — 52970
75. Will Tucker, Tucker’s Troops — 52968
75. Steven Mylas, Get There — 52968
77. Zac Rockettza, cattack@SCT — 52966
78. Tom Mcintyre, T-Mc’s Hunters — 52964
79. Jared Dixon, Hypnotoads — 52962
80. Nick Dionyssiou, Fat Preuss — 52961
81. Stephen Kennedy, KD 2 KNICKS — 52959
82. Thomas Rudolf, Uncle Jaensch — 52957
83. Aiden seamark, Cox4brownlow — 52952
83. Todd Baird, No Second Prizes — 52952
85. Kara O’Sullivan, Catdogs — 52944
86. Louis Smithers, Smithdogs Deez — 52943
87. Hugh Gordon, Gordonators — 52942
88. Daniel Tucker, Get Tucked — 52939
88. Phil Torney, Lucky Phil — 52939
90. Josh Martin, Wheres my Bootsmas — 52936
91. Noah Ross, Superoos — 52935
92. Jai Mcdougall, Legs Troops — 52929
93. Hugh Griffin, The Chucking Famps — 52927
94. Hayden Darbyshire, Another One — 52926
95. Charlie Wandby, Wanners Warriors — 52925
95. Samvir Singh, TheSCMessiah — 52925
95. The J, Jaeger Bombs — 52925
98. Chris Diamantis, Status:Elite — 52923
99. Jason Holman, Holzman’s Heroes — 52921
100. Sam HalsallSam’s, Sheitkickers — 52920
 
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There was a website which use to work for reading heraldsun articles which pulled all the adds out and just displayed the text. Anyone remember what it was?
It used to work, but looks like HS made some adjustments, hmmm. I keep getting messages like below.

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The Phantom’s Five: More opportunity means more output for the most SuperCoach-relevant players of the AFL Trade Period
Of all the players to find new homes in the AFL Trade Period, The Phantom looks at five who look set to have the biggest impact on SuperCoach in 2020

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Out of all the players to find new homes in the AFL Trade Period, who is the most SuperCoach-relevant? The Phantom looks at the top-five.


Blake Acres (Fremantle)
Estimated 2020 Price: $390,000
2019 — Games: 19, Average: 71
Average 2015-2018: 48, 75, 75, 88
The 24-year-old wants to play in the midfield, new Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir wants him to play in the midfield and SuperCoaches, you guessed it, want him to play in the midfield.
During his six years and 75 games at the Saints, Acres struggled for consistency due to the lack of a defined role — along with injury — but he’s set lock down a spot in the Dockers’ midfield in 2020.
“I played a lot of roles for the saints and felt like I was able to settle in one position,” Acres said.
“Justin has made it clear what role I’ll play next year and in the future for the club. Around the ball, on the wing and a little bit of work inside.”
The Western Australian played as lead-up target and running half-forward for most of 2019 but there was a number of glimpses of what he can do in the midfield at the Saints, too.
In the first five rounds of 2018, the 191cm Acres averaged 24 disposals, 10 contested possessions, eight score involvements, four intercepts, four marks and 106 SuperCoach points per game, playing as a pure wingman. And there was a similar four-game stretch, which saw him average 24 disposals and 105 points in 2016.
But the best news is Acres is likely to be priced at an average of 71 and keep his dual-position status as a midfielder-forward.

Hugh Greenwood (Gold Coast)
Estimated 2020 Price: $465,000
2019 — Games: 14, Average: 85
Average 2016-2018: dnp, 85, 86
Some players are just built for SuperCoach. And the Gold Coast recruit is one of them.
In his 51 career matches, Greenwood, who spent four years on Adelaide’s list, has scored 80 points or more in 31 of them, passing the 100-point mark on 12 occasions. The impressive scoring record comes on the back of the 27-year-old’s elite ability at the contest.
Greenwood’s contested possession rate of 64.1 per cent was the highest of the 225 players in the competition to average 17 disposals or more in 2019.
Across his career, the 191cm midfielder also rates elite for groundball gets, clearances, tackles, pressure acts and contested marks, despite never being part of Adelaide’s first-choice on-ball rotation.
But Greenwood will have greater responsibility in the Suns’ midfield and, after spending plenty of time forward in his final season at West Lakes, is also a chance to gain dual-position status as a forward.
And that will be the key to his selection, given the size of the spike will depend on the left-footer’s ability to improve his fitness and win more ball away from the contest.

Aiden Bonar (North Melbourne)
Estimated 2020 Price: $160,000
2019 — Games: 2, Average: 41
Average 2018: 57
A physically-ready, rookie-price midfielder with two pre-seasons under his belt? Yes, please.
There’s been no harder engine room to crack than the Giants’ in recent seasons and Bonar has felt the squeeze first-hand.
The highly-rated 20-year-old, who was drafted at pick No. 11 in 2017 despite two previous knee reconstructions, played just six games in his two years at GWS, spending most of his time forward.
Bonar showed his wares as a big-bodied midfielder in the NEAFL, however, averaging 18 disposals, 10 contested possessions, six tackles and 94 points per game in 2019.
But with Kangaroos’ coach Rhyce Shaw declaring “there’ll definitely be opportunities for Aiden to play” SuperCoaches might start to see these numbers translate to the top-level.

Jack Steven (Geelong)
Estimated 2020 Price: $400,000
2019 — Games: 7, Average: 75
Average 2015-2018: 104, 104, 91, 95
Steven has played all 22 games in four of the past seven seasons and he’s averaged 100 SuperCoach points or more in three of them.
In 2013, thanks to three scores of 150 or more, the 29-year-old finished the year as the sixth-ranked player in the competition.
At his best, there’s no arguing a fit-and-firing Steven is a SuperCoach star.
But Steven played just seven games in 2019 after taking time away from the club to deal with mental health issues.
If he can return full health and fitness following a move home to Geelong — and the signs are positive — he’ll be at the top of the watchlist come 2020.
And his status in the SuperCoach world might grow even more if he’s added to a forward pool, which is likely to see many popular names — including Josh Dunkley, Tim Kelly and Rowan Marshall — lose their dual-position tag,

Billy Frampton (Adelaide)
Estimated 2020 Price: $180,000
2019 — Games: 2, Average: 43
Average 2018: 44
Playing for Port Adelaide in the SANFL this year, Frampton posted SuperCoach scores of 175, 167, 145 and 141. Impressive numbers in anyone’s book.
And in Round 9 this year, Frampton booted three goals and took three contested marks to finish with 64 points against the Suns in the first of his two senior appearances in 2019.
The 23-year-old may have only played three AFL games during his five-year stint at Alberton but he showed enough to suggest he can slot into an Adelaide side which will be without Josh Jenkins and Sam Jacobs next year.
The 200cm big man could go straight past young Crow Elliot Himmelberg as the pinch-hitting ruck-forward in 2020.

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There’s a chance GWS veteran Shane Mumford plays purely as back-up to former Crow Sam Jacobs next year. If that’s the case, then the likely $390k price-tag for a player who boasts a career-best average of 108 and says he still has “plenty to offer” becomes hard to ignore.
On first look, Sam Frost’s move from Melbourne to Hawthorn isn’t at all relevant to SuperCoaches, given the defender has never averaged more than 65 points per game. But his addition to the Hawks’ defence will — hopefully — free intercept-king James Sicily from manning a key-post in 2020.
 

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Thanks @Presto, some interesting options there!

Early days obviously, but I’m currently most interested in Acres, Frampton and Bonar based on expected pricing and positions.

Greenwood could be a lock if forward eligible, although I’m not 100% sure he will be, and I don’t think GC have had many high scoring mids over the years (ex Gaz). Miles looks to have had some injury issues, but he only averaged 84 with 4 mainly small tons out of 17 games.
 
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The Phantom’s Fixture analysis: Bulldogs set to soar, bye-round carnage and Kangaroos ruckman sent for a popularity boost

The 2020 AFL fixture is out and the SuperCoach pre-season is almost here. The Phantom looks at which players benefit most, the impact of the bye-rounds and the best teams for the captain’s loophole
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October 31, 2019 5:45pm

There’s plenty of water to go under the bridge but The Phantom has an early look into what the 2020 AFL fixture might mean for SuperCoach in 2020.

DOGS SET TO SOAR
Bulldogs stars Jack Macrae, Josh Dunkley and Marcus Bontempelli were regular captain options last year but with a SuperCoach-friendly fixture, they are set to become even more popular in 2020.
Luke Beveridge’s side, again, play 12 games at Marvel Stadium next season, a venue the trio starred at in 2019.
Macrae averaged 138 SuperCoach points per game, Dunkley 135 – 150 from Round 7 onwards – and Bontempelli 117.
But it’s the Bulldogs double-up games and five Friday night appearances which will excite SuperCoaches.
Last year’s semi-finalist, which has added key-pillars Alex Keath and Josh Bruce, play on Friday in three of the opening four rounds and only play one top-six side from last year, GWS, twice.
Port Adelaide, North Melbourne, Fremantle and Carlton will be the Bulldogs’ other double-up games. And the trio’s last performance against each side is as follows.
Port Adelaide: Macrae 142, Dunkley 111, Bontempelli 130
North: Macrae 108, Dunkley 130, Bontempelli 118
Fremantle: Macrae 153, Dunkley 118, Bontempelli 132
Carlton: Macrae 150, Dunkley 173, Bontempelli 112
Macrae, in particular, will enjoy facing the Power twice, posting scores of 147, 151 and 145 in his previous three matches against them.
Regular prime time – Thursday or Friday night – teams Collingwood (8), Richmond (8) and Geelong (6) dominate the early games, while West Coast, Hawthorn and Essendon will appear five times in the much-sought-after timeslot.

THE BYE-ROUNDS
Round 12: Brisbane, Essendon, Geelong, Port Adelaide, St Kilda, West Coast
Round 13: Carlton, Collingwood, Fremantle, Melbourne, Richmond, Sydney
Round 14: Adelaide, Gold Coast, GWS, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs

Thursday, June 11. Mark the date in your calendar, SuperCoaches. It’s the start of the second of the three mid-season bye rounds. And it’s what SuperCoach nightmares are made of.
Again, the top-two ruckmen in the competition, Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn, who were the two highest-averaging players in 2019, will share the same week-off.
But that’s not all. Patrick Cripps, Adam Treloar, Nat Fyfe and Clayton Oliver, who were all ranked inside the top-10 midfielders by average last year, will be missing, as will two of the four top-ranked defenders Jake Lloyd and Bachar Houli.
And then there’s returning SuperCoach gun Sam Docherty to think about.
From a ruck point-of-view, it brings Saint Rowan Marshall, who is likely to be classified as ruckman-only in 2020, returning Eagle Nic Naitanui, Port Adelaide’s Scott Lycett, who won’t have Paddy Ryder to worry about, and up-and-coming Crow Reilly O’Brien, into the picture.
Or, like many did this season, given how dominant Gawn and Grundy, do we just plan for better coverage in Round 13?
And what about the popular names with the Round 14 bye? Josh Kelly, Lachie Whitfield, Stephen Conglio, Tim Taranto, Tom Mitchell, James Worpel, Macrae, Dunkley, Bontempelli, Matt and Brad Crouch, Rory Laird – and the list goes on.
Both will be big talking points over the pre-season, let’s save the worrying for then.

THE LOOPHOLE
SATURDAY NIGHT OR LATER
North Melbourne: 15 (12 on Sunday)
St Kilda: 15 (10 on Sunday)
Fremantle: 14 (10 on Sunday)
Melbourne: 11 (10 on Sunday + 1 Monday)
We might have more options following November’s draft but, if you plan to play a floating donut at the bench ruck position, North Melbourne dual-position rookie Tristian Xerri is your man. Unless, of course, the 20-year-old big man can push for senior selection in his third year.
The Kangaroos play 12 games on Sunday, two more than St Kilda, Fremantle and Melbourne.
St Kilda’s additional five games on Saturday night brings any potential ruck draftee from the Saints into the loophole frame.
 
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Champion Data’s top 30 prospects for the 2019 national draft
Chris Cavanagh, Herald Sun
November 15, 2019 4:12pm
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In less than two weeks AFL clubs will make calls that will shape their future when they pick the best junior talent in the 2019 national draft.
Those choices will be the result of exhaustive research including watching them play live, interviews and occasionally bizarre psychological testing.
But if it comes down to raw numbers, these are the players that will be read out first on November 27 and 28.
Scroll down to see who Champion Data ranks as the best 30 young talents in this year’s draft pool.

1. MATTHEW ROWELL (OAKLEIGH CHARGERS)
Height: 178cm, Weight: 74kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Rowell is the clear standout in 2019, like Sam Walsh in 2018, so we can compare the two seasons. At the under-18 championships Rowell averaged 15.5 rating points, 25 disposals and 12 contested possessions, slightly under Walsh’s 16.2 rating points, 30 disposals and 14 contested possessions. In the NAB League, however, Rowell averaged 171 ranking points, 32 disposals and 17 contested possessions, compared to Walsh’s 158 ranking points, 32 disposals and 13 contested possessions. Hard to split.
CHRIS SAYS: The keen gardener might find his flowers grow quicker in the more tropical conditions of the Gold Coast than Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Touted at the No.1 pick for most of the year, he’s all but certain to be headed for the Suns.
Plays like: Lachie Neale

2. TOM GREEN (GWS ACADEMY/MARIST)
H: 188cm, W: 85kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Green is the best contested ball winning junior ever recorded by Champion Data. He broke the record with 16.2 contested possessions at the 2019 under-18 championships, surpassing his own mark of 13.7 set at the 2018 championships.
CHRIS SAYS: A midfield bull whose grandfather Michael Green played in four premierships for Richmond. Shapes as an intriguing story on night one of the draft. GWS will be hoping he slips to at least pick 6, but clubs expect a bid before that with Melbourne (pick 3), Adelaide (pick 4) and Sydney (pick 5) all expressing interest.
P lays like: Patrick Cripps

3. NOAH ANDERSON (OAKLEIGH CHARGERS)
H: 188cm, W: 86kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Anderson separated himself from other midfielders through his ability to regularly impact the scoreboard from the midfield. He joined Jack Higgins, Hugh McCluggage and Devon Smith as players to average 25 disposals and two goals in the NAB League.
CHRIS SAYS: The son of two-time Hawthorn premiership player turned St Kilda star Dean Anderson, but not eligible for father-son status at either club. Best mates with Rowell, the classy outside onballer looks Gold Coast-bound at pick 2.
Plays like: Stephen Coniglio

4. LUKE JACKSON (EAST FREMANTLE)
H: 198cm, W: 94kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Jackson was the standout ruckman from the 2019 draft class, ranking fourth at the under-18 championships for AFL player rating points. His 13.8 rating points per match were the second-most recorded at the championships by a ruckman across the past five seasons.
CHRIS SAYS: A former Australian junior basketballer who is considered the best young ruckman and key forward in this year’s draft. Melbourne (pick 3) has been urged to take a gamble on him given his upside is as big as his frame.
Plays like: Brodie Grundy

5. HAYDEN YOUNG (DANDENONG STINGRAYS)
H: 188cm, W: 82kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: The prototypical modern interceptor, Young averaged the most intercept possessions at the under-18 championships and the second-most intercept marks. He was one of the best ball movers, ranking second for metres gained while recording an above average kicking efficiency.
CHRIS SAYS: One of the standouts at last month’s draft combine, ranking first in the agility test. An excellent decision maker with elite execution. Another player in the mix to be taken by Melbourne at pick 3.
Plays like: Nick Haynes

6. CALEB SERONG (GIPPSLAND POWER)
H: 178cm, W: 83kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Serong was the second-highest rated player at the under-18 championships behind only Matthew Rowell. He won the fifth-most disposals and applied the third-most pressure of any player for the carnival. Despite his size he was one of the best stoppage players in the NAB League, ranking fourth for clearances and fifth for contested possessions.
CHRIS SAYS: Co-captained Vic Country as part of an ultra-consistent season and has been picking Cameron Ling’s brain all year. But appears to have been a slight slider from a top-five prospect earlier in the season. Has been linked to Carlton at pick 9.
Plays like: Tim Kelly

7. SAM FLANDERS (GIPPSLAND POWER)
H: 182cm, W: 79kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Primarily a forward in his underage season, Flanders showed he can also play through the midfield in 2019. He increased his NAB League disposal average from 16.0 to 22.4 while still managing to kick more than one goal per match.
CHRIS SAYS: A powerful player with plenty of potential for further growth if he can improve his tank, which has been a key focus. Looks certain to be a top-10 selection, potentially even top-five.
Plays like: Christian Petracca

8. LACHLAN ASH (MURRAY BUSHRANGERS)
H: 186cm, W: 80kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: The best outside line-breaker in his draft class, Ash led all comers for metres gained at the 2019 under-18 championships with 502 per match. He also ranked second for uncontested possessions and fifth for score involvements.
CHRIS SAYS: Could come into the frame as early as Adelaide’s pick 4. A gut runner who ranked equal-seventh in the yo-yo test at the draft combine. Co-captained Vic Country at the national championships and earnt All-Australian honours.
Plays Like: Lachie Whitfield

9. DEVEN ROBERTSON (PERTH)
H: 182cm, W: 80kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: As Western Australia’s captain, Robertson won the Larke Medal as the best performed player at the 2019 under-18 championships. He broke Sam Walsh’s record for the most disposals at the championships, averaging 30 per match.
CHRIS SAYS: A tough ball-winner who oozes leadership and is the nephew of former West Coast captain Darren Glass. Fremantle (picks 7 and 10) seemingly in the box seat, but Melbourne (pick 8) also interested.
Plays like: Joel Selwood

10. WILL GOULD (GLENELG)
H: 191cm, W: 98kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Gould played a key role in Glenelg’s SANFL premiership, playing 15 matches as an intercepting defender. Playing against senior opposition he rated elite for intercept possessions as a general defender and above average for disposals and kicking efficiency.
CHRIS SAYS: Statistically ranked a little higher than he is expected to be selected, with a late first-round or early-second round pick-up likely. Could be a good Scott Thompson replacement for North Melbourne (picks 26 and 27) if he slips that far.
Plays like: Tom Stewart
 
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11. LIAM HENRY (CLAREMONT)
H: 179cm, W: 67kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Henry ranked in the top three mid-forwards for uncontested possessions, metres gained, score involvements, assists and goals at the under-18 championships. In his four matches in the WAFL Colts he was the No.1 mid-forward for disposals, uncontested possessions and assists, while sitting second for score involvements and goals.
CHRIS SAYS: Has been labelled the best small forward in this year’s draft and it’s no wonder with comparisons to Michael Walters and Derek and Dale Kickett in the family tree. A Fremantle Academy member, Henry seems destined for the Dockers.
Plays like: Michael Walters

12. DYLAN STEPHENS (NORWOOD)
H: 183cm, W: 69kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: At the 2019 under-18 championships he was the leading uncontested possession winner, while ranking in the top 10 midfielders for groundball gets, metres gained and pressure applied. A running machine, he placed third in the 2km time-trial at the combine.
CHRIS SAYS: Grew up in Melbourne and Mildura before winning a school scholarship in South Australia. Was among the best on ground playing against men in the SANFL reserves grand final for Norwood, gathering 26 disposals. Still lightly framed but can win the ball on the outside.
Plays like: Jared Polec

13. FISCHER MCASEY (SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS)
H: 195cm, W: 86kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Primarily a defender, McAsey showed that he could play at either end of the field in 2019. At the under-18 titles he played as a defender and was the No.1 rated key-position player. He led all key defenders for disposals, marks, intercept possessions and intercept marks.
CHRIS SAYS: Considered an Aaron Naughton clone, standing the same height as the Western Bulldogs star and with similar attributes. Dad Chris played one game for St Kilda in 1983. Geelong (pick 14) has expressed interest if he slips that far or the Cats can trade up.
Plays like: Cale Hooker

14. JACK MAHONY (SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS)
H: 176cm, W: 70kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Mahony was third-highest rated player at the under-18 championships, leading the competition for both score involvements and score assists. When delivering the ball inside 50 he had the second-best retention rate of the top 20 players for kicks at the Championships and he ranked in top 20 per cent of the competition for this metric in his three NAB League matches.
CHRIS SAYS: A small forward and midfielder who is considered a good decision maker and has speed and leadership capabilities, but is expected to find more love in the second round than the first.
Plays like: Jade Gresham

15. FINN MAGINNESS (SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS)
H: 187cm, W: 80kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: At the under-18 championships he had the second-highest contested possession rate of any player to average at least 18 disposals. His elite running power was on display at the draft combine, placing second in the 2km time-trial by just one second.
CHRIS SAYS: A Hawthorn father-son prospect, with dad Scott having played 131 games for the Hawks including two premierships. Hawks are keen but will be hoping a bid does not come for him before their pick 11.
Plays like: Josh P Kennedy

16. COOPER STEPHENS (GEELONG FALCONS)
H: 188cm, W: 83kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Stephens was the 13th-highest rated underage player at the 2018 under-18 championships and averaged 19 disposals and 100 ranking points in the NAB League that year. He won 32 disposals, 16 contested possessions, eight clearances and kicked a goal in Round 2 of the 2019 NAB League then suffered a season-ending leg injury.
CHRIS SAYS: A strong contested-ball midfielder, Stephens broke his leg in the third match of the season after an impressive start to the year. Bounced back to finish equal-first in the yo-yo test at the draft combine, putting his athleticism on show.
Plays like: Matthew Kennedy

17. HARRY SCHOENBERG (WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS)
H: 180cm, W: 78kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Schoenberg was only outpaced at the 2019 under-18 championships for disposals by likely No.1 pick Matthew Rowell. As an inside midfielder he also ranked in the top five across the carnival for contested possessions and score involvements.
CHRIS SAYS: Good in traffic and creative by hand, the onballer has lifted his draft prospects significantly this year. Missed the initial South Australian squad of 30 but went on to win the team’s MVP at the national championships.
Plays like: Jacob Hopper

18. SAM PHILP (NORTHERN KNIGHTS)
H: 185cm, W: 80kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Philp was the best player not to be selected for the 2019 under-18 championships. He averaged 126 ranking points per match in the NAB League, rating at least above average in all key indicators for a midfielder. He also ranked in the top 10 players for both contested possessions and clearances.
CHRIS SAYS: Another player to be left out of his state’s initial squad for national championships who has become a draft bolter across the year. Clocked the quickest time in the 20m sprint at the draft combine and finished equal-fifth in the yo-yo test.
Plays like: Rory Sloane

19. TRENT RIVERS (EAST FREMANTLE)
H: 188cm, W: 85kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Rivers was one of the best performed general defenders at the under-18 championships, ranking in the top three players for disposals, uncontested possessions, marks and intercept possessions. He was the No.1 ranked defender in the WAFL Colts, collecting at least 100 ranking points in all nine of his games.
CHRIS SAYS: A dashing defender with a long kick who works hard and won All-Australian honours after a strong national championships for WA. The West Coast fan finished fourth in the agility test at the draft combine.
Plays like: Shaun Burgoyne

20. CONNOR BUDARICK (GOLD COAST SUNS ACADEMY)
H: 175cm, W: 72kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Budarick was the third-highest ranked player in the NAB League, behind only Matthew Rowell and Tom Green. He ranked in the top 10 players for disposals and top five for score involvements and tackles. At the championships he found less of the ball led the competition for pressure applied.
CHRIS SAYS: The skipper of the Suns’ academy, Budarick is a small defender or midfielder who has speed and endurance. The Suns can pre-sign him without going through the usual bidding process with other clubs as part of their AFL assistant package.
Plays like: Devon Smith
 
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21. BRODIE KEMP (BENDIGO PIONEERS)
H: 192cm, W: 82kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Kemp made the rare transition from a key defender to a midfielder in 2019. His last two games at the championships before his season ended due to an ACL injury were his best of 2019, averaging 22 disposals, 13 contested possessions, four clearances and 1.5 goals.
CHRIS SAYS: Felt his draft dream was over after doing an ACL while playing for Geelong Grammar in July, but is still very much a top prospect who could yet find himself taken in the top 10.
Plays like: Kyle Langford

22. JOSHUA WORRELL (SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS)
H: 195cm, W: 75kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Worrell might be the most versatile player in the 2019 draft, spending time as a defender, wingman and forward at times throughout the year. His best match came as a defender where he won 23 disposals and 14 intercept possessions in Round 3 of the NAB League.
CHRIS SAYS: A versatile player who can play a range of roles but has primarily featured as a tall defender. Season ended early due to a shoulder injury but has been linked to Geelong which hold picks 14 and 17.
Plays like: Jake Carlisle

23. JACKSON MEAD (WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS)
H: 184cm, W: 83kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: At the under-18 championships Mead was the fifth-highest rated player, averaging 21 disposals and one goal per match. In the SANFL reserves he rated elite for inside-50s, score assists and score involvements among midfielders.
CHRIS SAYS: Has established himself as one of the standout midfield/forward options in the draft. Eligible to be taken as a father-son by Port Adelaide, with his father Darren having played 122 AFL games for the club. The Power holds a strong draft hand to get it done with picks 12, 18 and 29.
Plays like: Angus Brayshaw

24. RYAN BYRNES (SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS)
H: 181cm, W: 80kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Byrnes was one of the most consistent ball winners in the NAB League, collecting more than 20 disposals in 14 of his 15 matches. He finished fifth among midfielders for disposals and when he attended a centre bounce Sandringham had a +31 clearance differential – the fourth-best differential of any player.
CHRIS SAYS: The Sandringham captain was ultra-consistent in the NAB League this year, registering less than 21 disposals just once from 15 games. Also had a strong national championships for Vic Metro but missed All-Australian selection.
Plays like: Taylor Adams

25. JEREMY SHARP (EAST FREMANTLE)
H: 187cm, W: 79kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Sharp is the most outside midfielder likely to be taken early in the draft, with a contested possession rate of just 23 per cent across his 30 matches covered by Champion Data. At the 2019 under-18 championships he won the fourth-most uncontested possessions and ranked second among midfielders for metres gained.
CHRIS SAYS: A medium midfielder who has pace and a penetrating kick. Named on the bench of the All-Australian team after a strong national championships for Western Australia and tested highly in the 20m sprint, yo-yo test and 2km time-trial at the draft combine.
Plays like: Andrew Gaff

26. TRENT BIANCO (OAKLEIGH CHARGERS)
H: 178cm, W: 70kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Roaming across half-back, Bianco accumulated the most disposals of any player to appear in more than 10 matches in the NAB League in 2019. He won at least 22 disposals in all but one match, however he had a contested possession rate of just 28 per cent, winning 10 contested possessions just once for the season.
CHRIS SAYS: A hard-running half-back or wingman who plays smart football and captained a star-studded Oakleigh to the NAB League premiership this year. Trained with Collingwood last summer but should be selected well before their first pick at 35.
Plays like: Lachie Weller

27. JAY RANTALL (GWV REBELS)
h: 184cm, W: 82kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Rantall was consistently able to hit the scoreboard from the midfield this year, rating elite for goals and score involvements. His tackle numbers exploded late in the year, laying 45 tackles from his final four matches. He also broke the 2km time-trial record at the 2019 combine.
CHRIS SAYS: Not only beat the time-trial record at the draft combine but smashed it by 14 seconds with a time of 5min 50 sec. Made big leaps forward this year after switching to AFL after representing Australia in basketball at the 2018 World Cup in Argentina.
Plays like: Jy Simpkin

28. CAMERON TAHENY (NORWOOD)
H: 185cm, W: 80kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Taheny started with a bang in his SANFL League matches, kicking 15 goals from his first four matches, but then was held goalless in his final three games. Despite his form dropping off he still rated elite for both goals and forward 50 marks for a general forward.
CHRIS SAYS: Clubs constantly asked in interviews what happened to Taheny in the second half of the year after such a good start. A few niggling injuries played a part but the mid-sized forward says he has learned a lot about himself and plenty of clubs are still interested, with 15 having interviewed him.
Plays like: Sam Lloyd

29. WILL DAY (WEST ADELAIDE)
H: 187cm, W: 70kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: In his four matches in the under-18s he averaged 26 disposals, three intercept marks and eight intercept possessions across half-back. At the 2019 under-18 championships he was second only to Hayden Young for intercept possessions.
CHRIS SAYS: Grandfather Robert Day played in Hawthorn’s 1971 premiership and cousin Sam Day is at the Gold Coast Suns. A former state-level baseballer, the half-back is be a late first-round or early second-round pick.
Plays like: Jarryn Geary

30. CODY WEIGHTMAN (DANDENONG STINGRAYS)
H: 177cm, W: 73kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Weightman was the leading goalkicker at the under-18 championships, booting nine goals from four matches. He plays taller than his 178cm height suggests, rating elite for both forward 50 marks and contested marks among general forwards in the NAB League.
CHRIS SAYS: A self-proclaimed footy head who is shaping as a first-round selection, having been invited to the opening night of the draft. Ranked well in the vertical jump and running vertical jump at the draft combine. A strong overhead mark with good goal sense who earnt All-Australian honours after the national championships.
Plays like: Jamie Elliott
 

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Champion Data’s top 30 prospects for the 2019 national draft
Chris Cavanagh, Herald Sun
November 15, 2019 4:12pm
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In less than two weeks AFL clubs will make calls that will shape their future when they pick the best junior talent in the 2019 national draft.
Those choices will be the result of exhaustive research including watching them play live, interviews and occasionally bizarre psychological testing.
But if it comes down to raw numbers, these are the players that will be read out first on November 27 and 28.
Scroll down to see who Champion Data ranks as the best 30 young talents in this year’s draft pool.

1. MATTHEW ROWELL (OAKLEIGH CHARGERS)
Height: 178cm, Weight: 74kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Rowell is the clear standout in 2019, like Sam Walsh in 2018, so we can compare the two seasons. At the under-18 championships Rowell averaged 15.5 rating points, 25 disposals and 12 contested possessions, slightly under Walsh’s 16.2 rating points, 30 disposals and 14 contested possessions. In the NAB League, however, Rowell averaged 171 ranking points, 32 disposals and 17 contested possessions, compared to Walsh’s 158 ranking points, 32 disposals and 13 contested possessions. Hard to split.
CHRIS SAYS: The keen gardener might find his flowers grow quicker in the more tropical conditions of the Gold Coast than Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Touted at the No.1 pick for most of the year, he’s all but certain to be headed for the Suns.
Plays like: Lachie Neale

2. TOM GREEN (GWS ACADEMY/MARIST)
H: 188cm, W: 85kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Green is the best contested ball winning junior ever recorded by Champion Data. He broke the record with 16.2 contested possessions at the 2019 under-18 championships, surpassing his own mark of 13.7 set at the 2018 championships.
CHRIS SAYS: A midfield bull whose grandfather Michael Green played in four premierships for Richmond. Shapes as an intriguing story on night one of the draft. GWS will be hoping he slips to at least pick 6, but clubs expect a bid before that with Melbourne (pick 3), Adelaide (pick 4) and Sydney (pick 5) all expressing interest.
P lays like: Patrick Cripps

3. NOAH ANDERSON (OAKLEIGH CHARGERS)
H: 188cm, W: 86kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Anderson separated himself from other midfielders through his ability to regularly impact the scoreboard from the midfield. He joined Jack Higgins, Hugh McCluggage and Devon Smith as players to average 25 disposals and two goals in the NAB League.
CHRIS SAYS: The son of two-time Hawthorn premiership player turned St Kilda star Dean Anderson, but not eligible for father-son status at either club. Best mates with Rowell, the classy outside onballer looks Gold Coast-bound at pick 2.
Plays like: Stephen Coniglio

4. LUKE JACKSON (EAST FREMANTLE)
H: 198cm, W: 94kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Jackson was the standout ruckman from the 2019 draft class, ranking fourth at the under-18 championships for AFL player rating points. His 13.8 rating points per match were the second-most recorded at the championships by a ruckman across the past five seasons.
CHRIS SAYS: A former Australian junior basketballer who is considered the best young ruckman and key forward in this year’s draft. Melbourne (pick 3) has been urged to take a gamble on him given his upside is as big as his frame.
Plays like: Brodie Grundy

5. HAYDEN YOUNG (DANDENONG STINGRAYS)
H: 188cm, W: 82kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: The prototypical modern interceptor, Young averaged the most intercept possessions at the under-18 championships and the second-most intercept marks. He was one of the best ball movers, ranking second for metres gained while recording an above average kicking efficiency.
CHRIS SAYS: One of the standouts at last month’s draft combine, ranking first in the agility test. An excellent decision maker with elite execution. Another player in the mix to be taken by Melbourne at pick 3.
Plays like: Nick Haynes

6. CALEB SERONG (GIPPSLAND POWER)
H: 178cm, W: 83kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Serong was the second-highest rated player at the under-18 championships behind only Matthew Rowell. He won the fifth-most disposals and applied the third-most pressure of any player for the carnival. Despite his size he was one of the best stoppage players in the NAB League, ranking fourth for clearances and fifth for contested possessions.
CHRIS SAYS: Co-captained Vic Country as part of an ultra-consistent season and has been picking Cameron Ling’s brain all year. But appears to have been a slight slider from a top-five prospect earlier in the season. Has been linked to Carlton at pick 9.
Plays like: Tim Kelly

7. SAM FLANDERS (GIPPSLAND POWER)
H: 182cm, W: 79kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Primarily a forward in his underage season, Flanders showed he can also play through the midfield in 2019. He increased his NAB League disposal average from 16.0 to 22.4 while still managing to kick more than one goal per match.
CHRIS SAYS: A powerful player with plenty of potential for further growth if he can improve his tank, which has been a key focus. Looks certain to be a top-10 selection, potentially even top-five.
Plays like: Christian Petracca

8. LACHLAN ASH (MURRAY BUSHRANGERS)
H: 186cm, W: 80kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: The best outside line-breaker in his draft class, Ash led all comers for metres gained at the 2019 under-18 championships with 502 per match. He also ranked second for uncontested possessions and fifth for score involvements.
CHRIS SAYS: Could come into the frame as early as Adelaide’s pick 4. A gut runner who ranked equal-seventh in the yo-yo test at the draft combine. Co-captained Vic Country at the national championships and earnt All-Australian honours.
Plays Like: Lachie Whitfield

9. DEVEN ROBERTSON (PERTH)
H: 182cm, W: 80kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: As Western Australia’s captain, Robertson won the Larke Medal as the best performed player at the 2019 under-18 championships. He broke Sam Walsh’s record for the most disposals at the championships, averaging 30 per match.
CHRIS SAYS: A tough ball-winner who oozes leadership and is the nephew of former West Coast captain Darren Glass. Fremantle (picks 7 and 10) seemingly in the box seat, but Melbourne (pick 8) also interested.
Plays like: Joel Selwood

10. WILL GOULD (GLENELG)
H: 191cm, W: 98kg
CHAMPION DATA SAYS: Gould played a key role in Glenelg’s SANFL premiership, playing 15 matches as an intercepting defender. Playing against senior opposition he rated elite for intercept possessions as a general defender and above average for disposals and kicking efficiency.
CHRIS SAYS: Statistically ranked a little higher than he is expected to be selected, with a late first-round or early-second round pick-up likely. Could be a good Scott Thompson replacement for North Melbourne (picks 26 and 27) if he slips that far.
Plays like: Tom Stewart
Cheers - these articles are always worth looking back nearing keeper league draft time and as a cross reference to the stats summary in the AFL prospectus.
 
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