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The Phantom reveals the first draft of his SuperCoach team for 2020

The SuperCoach pre-season is officially here. With the team picker live, The Phantom has been busy working on the first version of his team for 2020. See it now

The Phantom, The Advertiser

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Christmas has come early, SuperCoaches – in more ways than one.

If the 2020 team-picker, which is now open to masthead and SC Stats subscribers, wasn’t enough, I’m ready to reveal the first draft of my team for next season.

Ready might be overstating it, given it’s only December, but the bones are there – and some will still be there come March 19.

DEFENCE

It’s thin – it often is – but, again, there appears to be too much value at less than $500k.

Giant star Zac Williams is the rolled-gold premium after averaging 109 points per game in the final seven games last season, before his side’s grand final capitulation.

But then it’s the value.

Sydney young gun Jordan Dawson, who is available as a dual-position defender-forward, was almost the first-picked after his finish to 2019. St Kilda’s Hunter Clark wasn’t far behind for the same reason.

And, despite missing the past two seasons through injury, Blue Sam Docherty is must-have if he’s ready to go.

MIDFIELD

There’s 11 midfielders priced at more than $600k in 2020 and you can be sure about most them. At least at this early stage, anyway.

It’s the next bracket where the uncertainty lies.

I’ve gone with four big guns from the top-bracket – Jack Macrae, Nat Fyfe, Josh Dunkley, Patrick Dangerfield – all of which need little explanation.

All I’ll say is don’t forget about Dunkley, the ball-magnet who scored the fourth-most points of any player in the game last year, just because he’s a midfielder-only in 2020.

Two Bulldogs? Yep. Luke Beveridge’s side play 12 games at Marvel Stadium next season, a venue both Macrae (138) and Dunkley (135) starred at in 2019.

In the end, there could be five midfielders worth more than $600k but, at this stage, I’ve gone with the player likely to lead Adelaide next season, Rory Sloane.

Like the Crows, Sloane’s 2019 was underwhelming. And that’s probably an understatement.

But he still posted 14 SuperCoach tons, six of them in excess of 120.

Top draft pick Matt Rowell is lock, as is one of Richmond’s grand final heroes, Marlion Pickett, who’s available at rookie-price.

RUCK

The best ruckmen in the game Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn– the two most-expensive players in SuperCoach – share the Round 13 bye. With that in mind, is it the right move to look at the mid-price value of new Giant Sam Jacobs, who will be the No. 1 man at GWS, or even returning Eagle Nic Naitanui?

By March, probably not, but it’s tempting.

Devon Smith looks ready to bounce back in 2020 after an impressive start to the Bombers’ pre-season. Picture: Martin Keep/Getty

FORWARD

I might have to ask Santa for another on-field spot in the forward-line because there’s almost too much value to choose from.

After certainties Lachie Whitfield and Dustin Martin, you need to have returning Bomber Devon Smith, who played just seven games last season.

Smith averaged 98 points per game and won Essendon’s best-and-fairest in his first year at the club in 2018 and he’s in full-flight on the track.

The thought of highly-talented Carlton recruit Jack Martin finally reaching his full potential at his new club - via a more-permanent role - is too hard to ignore.

Adelaide young gun Chayce Jones is set for more exposure in a new-look Crows side dnd, if all goes to plan, the No.3 pick from the 2018 draft, Izak Rankine, could win the Rising Star award at $123k.

Despite trying, I couldn’t, however, find a spot for like Andrew Brayshaw ($382k) or Jack Steven ($361k).

Well, not yet, anyway.

There’s plenty that can - and will - happen, especially with the rookie-price players, over the next three months.

The Phantom's 2020 SuperCoach Team - First draft
 
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12 Huge SuperCoach 2020 Bargains

December 24, 2019
Al Paton, Herald Sun

Sam Docherty (Carl) $436,100 DEF
The Blues co-captain was the first picked player in plenty of SuperCoach teams last year before suffering another knee injury in the pre-season. He will ease his way into full training after Christmas following a trip to the US, but he’s on track for Round 1. It’s two years since his breakout 2016-17 seasons when he emerged as one of the top defenders in the game, averaging 109 and 115 points a game. But at that price, he’s a risk worth taking.

Marlion Pickett (Rich) $123,900 MID
Richmond’s one-game wonder will be one of the most popular players in SuperCoach after scoring 96 points in his only AFL game, which also happened to be a Grand Final. The 28-year-old is cheaper than some teenage draftees.

Devon Smith (Ess) $335,800 FWD/MID
Ask any Essendon fan how much they missed Smith last season. He was one of the top SuperCoach forwards in 2018 (98 average) after crossing to the Bombers, but he was clearly not right in his seven games last year before sitting out the rest of the season with a knee injury. That means he’s available at a massive discount for 2020.

Jack Steven (Geel) $361,700 FWD/MID
Will a move home refresh the four-time Saints best-and-fairest winner? The early signs are good. At his best Steven is a SuperCoach dynamo — he scored 154 as recently as Round 23, 2018 and averaged 90-plus for the three seasons before 2019 — but his seven matches last year included a 32 and two scores in the 60s. Dual-position status a big plus.

Mitchell Hibberd (Ess) $114,400 MID
Could be the hard midfielder Essendon needs if he can grasp his AFL lifeline. Hibberd was delisted by North Melbourne at the end of 2018 but had a great season for Williamstown, making the VFL team of the year and starring in the grand final before the Bombers pounced in the rookie draft. “I’ve still got a lot of AFL football left in me and I plan on proving everyone wrong,” the 23-year-old said. Also cheap as chips.

Izak Rankine (GC) $123,900 FWD
One of the most hyped draftees going into last year but the No.3 pick didn’t play a game after suffering a hamstring injury in the pre-season comp. The No.1-ranked player at the 2018 under-18 championships (where he averaged 120 SuperCoach points a game) is $75,000 cheaper than he was 12 months ago.

Tom Doedee (Adel) $273,700 DEF
The young Crows defender was a revelation in 2018 when he averaged 82 points as a rookie, but he managed just one quarter in 2019 before rupturing his ACL. If he’s fully fit an intercepting role is his for the taking with Alex Keath now at the Western Bulldogs.

Nic Naitanui (WC) $457,800 RUCK
Nic Nat played three games mid-season last year — scoring 99, 84 and 94 — then returned for the finals, scoring 68 and 90. His knees are always a worry but the big selling point is picking him instead of Brodie Grundy or Max Gawn frees up almost $250,000 to spend elsewhere. If you’re feeling really brave, Sam Jacobs is just $348,400.

Callan Ward (GWS) $511,400 MID
Forgotten man who played just one game last season, scoring four points before wrecking his knee. A model of consistency before that, he played at least 20 games every season from 2011-18 (including 95 in a row) and averaging 89, 107, 97, 113, 106, 106, 100 and 105 in that time.

Tom McDonald (Melb) $387,000 FWD
Had a nightmare first half of last season and had just found form after the bye — scoring 135, 62 and 139 in successive weeks — before a knee injury ended his year. Priced at a 71 average, can he produce numbers more like his 2018 season when he averaged 97.6 points a game? If the Demons bounce back hard he’s a chance.

Stephen Hill (Frem) $190,600 DEF/FWD
Freo wingman is a huge steal after missing most of last season with quad and calf injuries. Not a noted SuperCoach scorer but at that price he only needs to score 50 or more to jump in value (he averaged in the mid-90s in 2015-16 and in the 80s in his most recent full seasons). We know his body is fragile but you can’t ignore him if he’s on the park.

Harley Bennell
Not on an AFL list yet so we don’t have a price but expect him to be under $130,000 if Melbourne gives him a start. Has barely played for four years but he could be a superstar — he averaged 98, 97, 96 and 102 from 2012-15 — and if he’s playing in Round 1 everyone will take the risk.
 
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SuperCoach: Early look at the cash cows to watch out for ahead of season 2020
It’s never too early to start your rookie research and there are already names presenting themselves for a Round 1 berth. A one-game-wonder, a former Roo and a Dockers veteran are among the leading cash cows for 2020.
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Al Paton and Tim Michell reveal the biggest changes for AFL SuperCoach next year
While last month’s draft didn’t receive the ‘super draft’ tag like in 2018, there are already cash cows presenting themselves.
One of them made history last September, while another was selected in that illustrious draft before the likes of Connor Rozee and Bailey Smith.
But one thing has remained the same – we have another No. 1 pick who is a SuperCoach lock.
Check out the full list of cash cows to watch out for during the pre-season.
.Marlion Pickett ($123.9k, MID)
The 28-year-old has played just one game of footy but boy was it an impressive one. And fortunately for SuperCoaches his 96 SuperCoach points on Grand Final day aren’t factored into his starting price. Mature-age cash cows are gold in SuperCoach and Pickett’s state league form stacks up, averaging 101 points in 20 WAFL games in 2018.

Matt Rowell ($207.3k, MID)
Think Sam Walsh. Like the Blues young gun, Rowell dominated in all competitions during his U18 years as he racked up footy at will. The No. 1 pick averaged a herculean 171 SuperCoach points in the NAB League, including a mammoth 266 point-display in their Grand Final win. With the Suns lacking midfield stars, Rowell will slot straight in and will be well worth the expensive rookie price-tag.

Izak Rankine ($123.9k, FWD)
The excitement machine failed to play a single game for the Suns in his debut season and the former No. 3 selection comes in at a major discount as a result. Rankine provides genuine X-Factor as a mid-forward and many draft pundits said he was ready for AFL level during his U18 year. Lock him in your forward line.

Mitch Hibberd ($114.4k, MID)
This man could be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Bombers’ injury crisis. Hibberd was taken in the rookie draft following a dominant VFL season at Williamstown in a new role as an inside midfielder, tallying 24 disposals, seven tackles and 128 SuperCoach points per game. Essendon are crying out for tough, inside midfielders and the former Roo could be the man to fill the void.

Stephen Hill ($190.6k, DEF/FWD)
It’s a surprise to see the 29-year-old Docker at such a low price, but injury has held Stephen Hill back in recent years. Hill signed a two year deal at the middle of last year and if he is in the Dockers line-up in Round 1 next year, he is too good to pass up – especially with his dual position status. He averaged 85-plus SuperCoach points from 2013-2016, eclipsing a 95-point average in 2015 and 2016

Hayden Young ($180.3k, DEF)
Hayden Young was mooted as a top-three selection for most of the year but slipped to pick No. 7 in last month’s draft, giving him a slight discount. He remains a high-priced rookie but the smooth-moving defender is a capable scorer, averaging 129 SuperCoach points at NAB League level and 107 points at the National Championships. Shaping up as a likely debutant in Round 1.

Will Gould ($117.3k, DEF)
The Swans draftee looks a lot older than his age suggests and he has the frame to step in for the Swans from day dot. Gould played close to a full season at SANFL level last season, averaging 89 points per game and even taking the kick-ins for Glenelg. The Shannon Hurn comparisons will excite any SuperCoacher.

Tom Green ($166.8k, MID)
If he plays, he will score well. The Patrick Cripps-clone has been earmarked as the next SuperCoach beast, averaging 159 SuperCoach points in four NAB League games for the Giants academy and posting a ton at NEAFL level against the Gold Coast. The question is whether Green can force his way into GWS’ stacked midfield, which is oozing with talent.

Nakia Cockatoo ($148,200, FWD/MID)
Another injury riddled cheapie who is priced favourably. The Cats’ forward played just the two games last year due to numerous setbacks but, like Hill, is seriously tempting if he is in come Round 1. Posted an average of 63 points from 10 games in 2016, which we would definitely take.

Sam Flanders ($162.3k, FWD/MID)
The Suns gave up picks 17 and 22 on draft night to prize the Gippsland Power midfielder, which suggests they like the cut of his jib. Like Rowell, Flanders should get opportunities early and is capable of playing as a small forward or in the midfield. Flanders averaged 113 points at the National Championships.
 
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Biggest price jumps and falls for SuperCoach 2020

Forget the Boxing Day sales, SuperCoach is where you’ll find the wildest price changes from 2019 to 2020. Who has had the biggest spikes and who’s suddenly in the bargain bin?

Tim Michell and Alistair Paton, Herald Sun

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SuperCoach player prices are based on a complex formula based on past form and scoring potential.

But some players threaten to blow up the computers at SuperCoach banking HQ.

A close look at the full list of player prices for the 2020 SuperCoach AFL season reveals the players who stand out from the crowd due to a massive spike or fall from their price tag this time last season.

That’s valuable intel when looking for all-important value next season. Here are 20 names that caught our eye.

10 BIG PRICE DROPS

Devon Smith (Ess) FWD-MID

2019 starting price: $531,300

2020 starting price: $335,800

Price change: -$195,900

A huge price discount for Bombers midfielder Smith, who was limited to seven games in 2019 due to knee issues. Smith averaged 97.9 points in 2018 and will be a popular choice in forward lines next year. He’s got the potential to be a top-eight forward in 2020 if fully fit.

Robbie Gray (Port) FWD-MID

2019 starting price: $525,500

2020 starting price: $453,000

Price change: -$72,500

Gray bottomed out in price at $392,000 this year before scoring five hundreds during the run home when injected back into the midfield. If you don’t want to splash top dollar for a F3, the Power star could be your man. Just be prepared for a rollercoaster ride.

Stephen Hill (Frem) DEF-FWD

2019 starting price: $389,200

2020 starting price: $190,600

Price change: -$198,600

Even with his injury history, a dual-position player who’s in the best 22 needs to be considered. Before playing 16 games in the past two years, Hill hadn’t averaged less than 80 in the past six seasons. If his body is right, he could be a perfect F6 or D6 as a stepping stone to a fallen premium. He’s got the biggest discount of any player from 2019.

Tom Doedee (Adel) DEF

2019 starting price: $446,200

2020 starting price: $273,700

Price change: -$172,500

The Adelaide defender was one of the top SuperCoach cash cows of 2018 when he averaged 82.2 points from 20 games. A knee injury ruined his 2019 campaign but Doedee should slot straight into the back six under new coach Matthew Nicks. A perfect D4 or D5.

Lance Franklin (Syd) FWD

2019 starting price: $543,500

2020 starting price: $394,200

Price change: -$149,300

Franklin’s starting price is at the top end of mid-price, which is generally an absolute no-go zone. But it’s been hard to ignore the off-season talk about his return to full fitness. Franklin has only twice averaged under 90 since 2006 and the Swans play Adelaide, Essendon, Gold Coast and Carlton in the opening month of 2020.

Jack Steven (Geel) FWD-MID

2019 starting price: $513,500

2020 starting price: $361,700

Price change: -$151,800

Lock him into your forward line if he’s in Geelong’s Round 1 side. There’s a midfield vacancy to be filled at the Cats after Tim Kelly’s return to WA and Steven’s four-year average from 2015-18 of 98.1 would have ranked top-10 for forwards this year.

Tom McDonald (Melb) FWD

2019 starting price: $529,800

2020 starting price: $387,000

Price change: -$142,800

Don’t go there without some indication he’ll be playing in defence again regularly. McDonald’s career-best average of 97.6 from 2018 was a clear outlier and he dropped by 26.3 points this year. Steven and Devon Smith are cheaper with far more upside.

Tom Hawkins (Geel) FWD

2019 starting price: $552,900

2020 starting price: $465,000

Price change: -$87,900

How does the new-look Geelong forward line operate with Hawkins and Josh Jenkins in tandem? He started at premium price last year after averaging 101.8 in 2018 but 2012 is the only other season in a 13-year career he has averaged above 90. Pass.

Jack Gunston (Haw) FWD

2019 starting price: $521,400

2020 starting price: $433,600

Price change: -$87,800

The $425,000 to $450,000 zone is about as awkward a starting price as SuperCoach can offer. You’re better off looking at options who are $100,000 cheaper or finding the money to select premiums such as Dustin Martin and Lachie Whitfield.

Chad Wingard (Haw) FWD-MID

2019 starting price: $481,100

2020 starting price: $412,300

Price change: -$68,800

Wingard might be the most interesting player on this list. Plenty of coaches considered him last year after his move to Hawthorn at $481,100, so why wouldn’t we again with a discount of almost $70,000? He averaged 91.5 between Rounds 17 and 22 this year and any indication of more midfield time would be a huge bonus.
 
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10 BIG PRICE JUMPS

Reilly O’Brien (Adel) RUCK

2019 starting price: $136,800

2020 starting price: $517,400

Price change: $380,600

Took his chance after Sam Jacobs suffered a rare injury, making his AFL debut in Round 3 last year and never looking back after scoring 85 and 84 in his first two games. By the end of the year he had logged scores of 181, 149 and 123 and Jacobs left for more opportunities at GWS. Will start 2020 as the Crows’ No.1 ruckman but he’s not challenging Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn just yet.

Sydney Stack (Rich) DEF

2019 starting price: $102,400

2020 starting price: $435,100

Price change: $332,700

Tiger cult hero was a revelation after bursting on to the scene with a 108 on debut, making plenty of cash before suffering an untimely end-of-season injury. Starts next season as a genuine mid-pricer, and his first challenge is to win his spot back in the Tigers’ best 22.

Rowan Marshall (StK) RUCK

2019 starting price: $341,100

2020 starting price: $598,700

Price change: $257,600

If you declared before Round 1 last year that Marshall would be one of the top SuperCoach picks of the year, people would have thought you had rocks in your head. Especially when he was overlooked by the Saints in Round 1 in favour of Lewis Pierce. After breaking into the team he scored tons in his first three games and went on to average 110 for the year, a remarkable achievement but one that likely prices him out of our calculations for 2020, especially in the ruck.

Josh Dunkley (WB) MID

2019 starting price: $516,300

2020 starting price: $632,400

Price change: $116,100

Hard to believe some people traded Dunkley out after a sluggish start to last season. A move to the midfield turbo-charged his scores, averaging 126 for the rest of the year. His 2020 price is based on a 116 average for the whole season so remarkably the sixth-most expensive midfielder could be slightly underpriced.

Bachar Houli (Rich) DEF

2019 starting price: $399,600

2020 starting price: $571,600

Price change: $172,000

Producing a string of top-level SuperCoach scores has never been a problem for Houli, but 2019 was the first time he’d maintained that level over 19 games, if anything getting better as the year went on. Starts 2020 as the second-most expensive defender behind Sydney’s Jake Lloyd.

Caleb Daniel (WB) DEF

2019 starting price: $418,500

2020 starting price: $537,900

Price change: $119,400

A clever player who was a clever pick as a forward last year after switching to a new role at half-back. We have to pick him in the backline in 2020 and pay premium dollars but there’s no reason to think he won’t deliver similar numbers.

Toby Greene (GWS) FWD

2019 starting price: $354,6400

2020 starting price: $510,100

Price change: $155,500

Taking a gamble on Greene late last season paid off — sort of — for brave SuperCoach players. The polarising GWS star averaged 121 from Rounds 17-22 before missing the final round — and the SuperCoach grand final — with injury. Unfortunately, that’s always the risk with picking him, and next year he will be competing for a spot in the Giants’ midfield with returning stars Callan Ward and Stephen Coniglio.

Darcy Moore (Coll) DEF

2019 starting price: $239,400

2020 starting price: $405,800

Price change: $166,400

No mid-forward swing for Darcy next year and it’s hard to justify starting him at what is known in SuperCoach circles as a very awkward price - not reliable enough to pick as a keeper and not cheap enough to make a heap of cash.

James Worpel (Haw) MID

2019 starting price: $395,700

2020 starting price: $527,000

Price change: $131,300

Worpedo played nine games in 2018 at an average of 73 points a game, then 22 last year at a 97 average, including a hot streak from Rounds 17-22 when he averaged 123. It would take guts to select him in 2020, especially in the midfield, but don’t’ put anything past the Worpedo.

Brad Crouch (Adel) MID

2019 starting price: $418,000

2020 starting price: $534,100

Price change: $116,100

If you told Brad Crouch owners before Round 1 last year he would play 22 matches and score 129, 129 and 127, they would have been delighted. But he still managed to frustrate as his scores regularly dipped into the 80s even with high disposal numbers. And he doesn’t present the same value next season. Pass.

Jordan Dawson (Syd) DEF

2019 starting price: $260,600

2020 starting price: $467,800

Price change: $207,200

The Advertiser’s SuperCoach expert The Phantom is the No.1 fan of the Sydney running defender as a 2020 bargain selection, but unfortunately he’s not all that cheap thanks to a fast finish to last season that included six 90-plus scores from his last nine games. If he can push his season average to 100 - and the Phantom says he can - he still presents great value.
 
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SuperCoach 2020: The players at new clubs who should be on your pre-season watchlist

The new year is here and it brings new opportunity for a number of SuperCoach-relevant players. The Phantom looks at 10 names to add to your 2020 pre-season watchlist.

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From established stars to up-and-comers looking for opportunity, The Phantom looks back at his traded player guide and analyses the players at new clubs in 2020 who must be on your SuperCoach watchlist.

JACK STEVEN (Geelong)

$361,700, MID-FWD

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 Saints to deal with mental health issues.

If he can return to full health and fitness following a move home to Geelong — and he’s made a good start, impressing at Cats training pre-Christmas — he’ll remain at the top of the summer watchlist in a forward pool which is without many popular 2019 dual-position options.

TIM KELLY (West Coast)

$561,800, MID

2019 — Games: 22, SuperCoach average: 103

Average 2018: 93

Kelly’s ability around goal is what sets him apart from most other midfielders in the competition.

The mature-age revelation rates elite for goals, goal assists and shots-at-goal per game, booting 24 majors and playing a direct hand in 18 others in 2019.

These numbers saw the 24-year-old post SuperCoach tons in 12 of his 22 home-and-away matches last season but he can be even better at the Eagles.

He’ll have Nic Naitanui — who is a huge upgrade on the inconsistent and ever-changing Geelong ruck brigade — hitting to him at the centre bounce, as well as one of the game’s best defensively-minded midfielders Elliot Yeo there to support.

And on the spread, Kelly will have two of the AFL’s finest field-kicks, Shannon Hurn and Lewis Jetta, looking for him on the rebound.

And his midfielder-only status will make him a SuperCoach point-of-difference in 2020.

SAM JACOBS (GWS)

$348,400, RUCK

2019 — Games: 5, SuperCoach average: 80

Average 2015-2018: 108, 87, 96, 84

In his last outing as a Crow, the 31-year-old tallied 25 hitouts-to-advantage and 125 SuperCoach points in the Round 23 clash with the Bulldogs.

It was just his fifth game in 2019 but it showed he’s still more than capable at the top level.

At GWS, a “refreshed” Jacobs will be the man to lead the Giants’ ruck brigade – which works with one of the game’s best midfields – with Shane Mumford set to play a modified role in 2020.

Jacobs’ output has fallen away gradually since the 2014 season when he averaged 115 points, finishing the year as the third-ranked player in the competition but his tap-work remains elite and, prior to this year, he’s proven as durable as any big man in the game.

Between his Adelaide debut in Round 5, 2011 and the injury in Round 2, 2019, Jacobs played 181 of a possible 185 games for the Crows.

HUGH GREENWOOD (Gold Coast)

$463,100, MID-FWD

2019 — Games: 14, Average: 85

Average 2017-2018: 85, 86

In his 51 career matches, Greenwood has scored 80 points or more in 31 of them, passing the 100-point mark on 12 occasions.

And the impressive scoring record comes on the back of the 27-year-old’s elite ability at the contest.

His 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 in 2020 – while gaining valuable dual-position status in SuperCoach – and there’s likely to be a spike in scoring as a result.

AIDEN BONAR (North Melbourne)

$202,800, MID-FWD

2019 — Games: 2, Average: 41

Average 2018: 57

A physically-ready, rookie-price midfielder with two years in an AFL environment 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.
 
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BLAKE ACRES (Fremantle)

$384,000, MID-FWD

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.

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 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.

JACK MARTIN (Carlton)

$420,800, MID-FWD

2019 — Games: 16, Average: 77

Average 2015-2018: 72, 74, 81, 81

Martin’s undeniable talent has been on show in his six seasons at the top level but, after playing a number of different roles at the Suns — and playing them very well — he’s yet to take his game to an elite level.

Stationed predominantly as a forward, Martin posted five SuperCoach tons in 2017 after averaging 19 disposals and booting 24 goals.

Martin broke the 120-point mark on three occasions but also posted seven scores of 70 or less – a formline which sums up his SuperCoach career to date.

Despite a strong start through the midfield – two SuperCoach tons in the opening three rounds – Martin, again, struggled for consistency in 2019 with his performance mirroring that of the Suns’.

In fact, in the six Gold Coast wins Martin played in over the past two years, he averaged 21 more points than in losses.

It might be forward but the 24-year-old’s position at the Blues will be more consistent. And the same can be said for an improving Carlton outfit.

Is this the year it all comes together?

MITCH HIBBERD (Essendon)

$114,400, MID

Average 2017: 39

The 23-year-old failed to make it playing predominantly as a defender for North Melbourne but after being delisted at the end of 2018, Hibberd turned himself into tall, big-bodied running midfielder in the VFL last year.

Playing for Williamstown, the 191cm Tasmanian averaged 24 disposals, seven tackles and 128 SuperCoach points per game to be named on a wing in the VFL’s team of the year.

And he fills a need at the Bombers.

“Throughout this whole period we were looking for a ready-made inside midfielder and we believe we have found one in Mitch,” list boss Adrian Dodoro said following the rookie draft.

BILLY FRAMPTON (Adelaide)

$165,000, FWD

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 Jacobs next year.



Ben Keays at Crows training. Picture SARAH REED

BEN KEAYS (Adelaide)

$266,100, FWD

2019 — Games: 2, Average: 70

Average 2016-2018: 52, 69, 60

He was drafted as a midfielder, after averaging 29 disposals and 162 SuperCoach points for Queensland at the 2015 under-18 carnival, but Keays spent most of his time at the Lions in the forward line.

The former No. 24 pick played 16 games in an encouraging debut season at Brisbane before posting a SuperCoach score of 80 or more in three of his 10 appearances in 2017.

But Keays played just four more senior matches for Brisbane and that midfield move never came.

Playing exclusively as a forward in the NEAFL in 2019, the 22-year-old averaged 20 disposals, three tackles and 2.7 goals per game.

Can he break into an Adelaide forward line, which lacked consistent pressure inside 50 last season?
 
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Can anyone enlighten me as to the contents of this article please, Greenwood will have greater responsibility in the Suns’ midfield in 2020

It's behind a paywall :(
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Eight reasons to be excited about Gold Coast in 2020

He hasn’t arrived on the Gold Coast with much fanfare, but former Crow Hugh Greenwood will be the only Sun rated elite heading into 2020.

How much of a difference will the tough on-baller make?

Will the sun finally rise on the Gold Coast?

The 2019 season started brightly for the Suns before they lost their last 18 games to collect the wooden spoon.

But the wins came off the field with the AFL handing Gold Coast extra draft picks that helped the club secure Matthew Rowell and Noah Anderson, while securing their top-10 picks from 2018 — Jack Lukosius, Izak Rankine and Ben King — to longer deals.

Here’s eight reasons why the Suns can be hopeful in 2020.

1. ONLY ONE WAY
When you finish on the bottom of the ladder one season, the only way is up the next. The Suns won just three games in 2019, all in the opening four rounds in results that came as a surprise to many. However, the wind quickly went out of sails of the young side as it lost the last 18 matches by an average of 49 points. It was not pretty, but surely the Suns will be better for the experience.

2. YOUNG TALENT
The Suns will field the youngest and least-experienced list in 2020. Their average age will be 23.24 and average games played 50. That means there is no shortage of young talent with potential. The Suns now have 11 top-10 draft selections and six who were selected from picks 11 to 20. That is some serious talent. It’s just a matter of getting more experience and getting them to jell and perform. If coach Stuart Dew can do that, the future looks bright.

3. PRIORITIES RIGHT
A generous assistance package the AFL handed the struggling club helped it land an impressive trio of selections at the 2019 draft. Using a priority draft pick that gave it the first two selections in the national draft, Gold Coast snagged Victorian best mates Matthew Rowell and Noah Anderson, and then secured Gippsland Power product Sam Flanders with pick 11. Some recruiters saw the trio as the best three on-ballers in the draft and all could have immediate impact. Inside bull Rowell ranked better in the NAB League in 2019 than Carlton’s Sam Walsh did in 2018, while Anderson looks like not only a quality outside midfielder but also a damaging forward. Flanders is comparable to Melbourne’s Christian Petracca.

4. HIGH RANKINE
There was plenty of buzz around Izak Rankine this time last year after the South Australian was selected at pick three in the 2018 national draft. But injuries meant the exciting talent was unsighted at AFL level last season. Rankine suffered a hamstring injury on the eve of the season and subsequent setbacks sidelined him for 13 rounds. After one NEAFL game, the 19-year-old then suffered a hip injury and returned only for the last two games of the year in the seconds. However, the Suns think Rankine can make a splash in 2020. This is a player who had 17 touches and kicked five goals to log 169 SuperCoach points against Vic Metro in the under-18 national championships of 2018.

5. FORWARD KING
One of the Suns’ top priorities last season was getting Ben King to sign a contract extension, something he did in October. Selected at pick six in the 2018 national draft, King earned a Rising Star nomination in a debut season in which he played 14 games and kicked 17 goals. At 202cm, he is one of the most exciting key-position prospects in the game, as proved by his four-goal haul against Essendon in Round 19. King is now locked away until the end of 2022 and the Suns believe he will continue his upward trajectory.

6. LUKOSIUS GROWTH
Like King, the 2018 No. 2 draft pick Jack Lukosius inked a contract extension until the end of 2022 and is a key-position prospect with plenty of upside. One recruiter billed the 19-year-old as a “once in a generation player”, comparing him to St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt. Lukosius spent much of his debut season as a defender, averaging 11.3 disposals, 240 metres gained and 4.3 marks. However, he hopes to join King in attack when his game and body further develop.

7. GREEN STAMP
The Suns enter 2020 with just one elite player on their list, according to Champion Data. That player is former Adelaide midfielder-forward Hugh Greenwood, who swapped colours during the trade period. Gold Coast gave up its third and fourth-round picks in exchange for the 27-year-old in what looks a value acquisition. Greenwood adds a hardened body to a young list and is a proven and consistent performer who averaged 17.1 disposals, 4.1 clearances, six tackles and 86 SuperCoach points in 14 games for the Crows last year.

8. ELECTRIC ELLIS
Greenwood was not the only experienced player to head north to Gold Coast during the trade period, with two-time Richmond premiership player Brandon Ellis also joining the Suns. The outside midfielder played 23 games for the Tigers last season, averaging 21.1 disposals, 2.4 inside-50s and 4.6 score involvements playing primarily on a wing. The 26-year-old has played 176 AFL games over eight seasons and the Suns believe he can complement their young group.

CHAMPION DATA SAYS
Similar to the start of 2019, things look bleak for Gold Coast heading into 2020. The Suns midfield, defence and forward line are all rated 18th in the competition. Once again, their youth will be relied upon, having 20 players in the age bracket of 18-21 years of age – the most of any side.
HOW YOUR CLUB IS TRACKING
2015: 16th — 4W, 1D, 17L
2016: 15th — 6W, 16L
2017: 17th — 6W, 16L
2018: 17th — 4W, 18L
2019: 18th — 3W, 19L
TAB ODDS
Premiership: $251
Top 8: $21
Top 4: $67

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Eight reasons to be excited about Gold Coast in 2020

He hasn’t arrived on the Gold Coast with much fanfare, but former Crow Hugh Greenwood will be the only Sun rated elite heading into 2020.

How much of a difference will the tough on-baller make?

Will the sun finally rise on the Gold Coast?

The 2019 season started brightly for the Suns before they lost their last 18 games to collect the wooden spoon.

But the wins came off the field with the AFL handing Gold Coast extra draft picks that helped the club secure Matthew Rowell and Noah Anderson, while securing their top-10 picks from 2018 — Jack Lukosius, Izak Rankine and Ben King — to longer deals.

Here’s eight reasons why the Suns can be hopeful in 2020.

1. ONLY ONE WAY
When you finish on the bottom of the ladder one season, the only way is up the next. The Suns won just three games in 2019, all in the opening four rounds in results that came as a surprise to many. However, the wind quickly went out of sails of the young side as it lost the last 18 matches by an average of 49 points. It was not pretty, but surely the Suns will be better for the experience.

2. YOUNG TALENT
The Suns will field the youngest and least-experienced list in 2020. Their average age will be 23.24 and average games played 50. That means there is no shortage of young talent with potential. The Suns now have 11 top-10 draft selections and six who were selected from picks 11 to 20. That is some serious talent. It’s just a matter of getting more experience and getting them to jell and perform. If coach Stuart Dew can do that, the future looks bright.

3. PRIORITIES RIGHT
A generous assistance package the AFL handed the struggling club helped it land an impressive trio of selections at the 2019 draft. Using a priority draft pick that gave it the first two selections in the national draft, Gold Coast snagged Victorian best mates Matthew Rowell and Noah Anderson, and then secured Gippsland Power product Sam Flanders with pick 11. Some recruiters saw the trio as the best three on-ballers in the draft and all could have immediate impact. Inside bull Rowell ranked better in the NAB League in 2019 than Carlton’s Sam Walsh did in 2018, while Anderson looks like not only a quality outside midfielder but also a damaging forward. Flanders is comparable to Melbourne’s Christian Petracca.

4. HIGH RANKINE
There was plenty of buzz around Izak Rankine this time last year after the South Australian was selected at pick three in the 2018 national draft. But injuries meant the exciting talent was unsighted at AFL level last season. Rankine suffered a hamstring injury on the eve of the season and subsequent setbacks sidelined him for 13 rounds. After one NEAFL game, the 19-year-old then suffered a hip injury and returned only for the last two games of the year in the seconds. However, the Suns think Rankine can make a splash in 2020. This is a player who had 17 touches and kicked five goals to log 169 SuperCoach points against Vic Metro in the under-18 national championships of 2018.

5. FORWARD KING
One of the Suns’ top priorities last season was getting Ben King to sign a contract extension, something he did in October. Selected at pick six in the 2018 national draft, King earned a Rising Star nomination in a debut season in which he played 14 games and kicked 17 goals. At 202cm, he is one of the most exciting key-position prospects in the game, as proved by his four-goal haul against Essendon in Round 19. King is now locked away until the end of 2022 and the Suns believe he will continue his upward trajectory.

6. LUKOSIUS GROWTH
Like King, the 2018 No. 2 draft pick Jack Lukosius inked a contract extension until the end of 2022 and is a key-position prospect with plenty of upside. One recruiter billed the 19-year-old as a “once in a generation player”, comparing him to St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt. Lukosius spent much of his debut season as a defender, averaging 11.3 disposals, 240 metres gained and 4.3 marks. However, he hopes to join King in attack when his game and body further develop.

7. GREEN STAMP
The Suns enter 2020 with just one elite player on their list, according to Champion Data. That player is former Adelaide midfielder-forward Hugh Greenwood, who swapped colours during the trade period. Gold Coast gave up its third and fourth-round picks in exchange for the 27-year-old in what looks a value acquisition. Greenwood adds a hardened body to a young list and is a proven and consistent performer who averaged 17.1 disposals, 4.1 clearances, six tackles and 86 SuperCoach points in 14 games for the Crows last year.

8. ELECTRIC ELLIS
Greenwood was not the only experienced player to head north to Gold Coast during the trade period, with two-time Richmond premiership player Brandon Ellis also joining the Suns. The outside midfielder played 23 games for the Tigers last season, averaging 21.1 disposals, 2.4 inside-50s and 4.6 score involvements playing primarily on a wing. The 26-year-old has played 176 AFL games over eight seasons and the Suns believe he can complement their young group.

CHAMPION DATA SAYS
Similar to the start of 2019, things look bleak for Gold Coast heading into 2020. The Suns midfield, defence and forward line are all rated 18th in the competition. Once again, their youth will be relied upon, having 20 players in the age bracket of 18-21 years of age – the most of any side.
HOW YOUR CLUB IS TRACKING
2015: 16th — 4W, 1D, 17L
2016: 15th — 6W, 16L
2017: 17th — 6W, 16L
2018: 17th — 4W, 18L
2019: 18th — 3W, 19L
TAB ODDS
Premiership: $251
Top 8: $21
Top 4: $67

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SuperCoach: The premiums that start the season on fire

Nailing your premiums is crucial in SuperCoach, and a hot start from your rolled gold picks can set you up for the rest of the season. Which stars are notorious for getting off to a flyer, and who are slow out of the blocks?

Dan Batten, Herald Sun

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Picking premiums who score well from the the geto-go is the key to setting up your SuperCoach side in the long run.

Big totals from your proven scorers early doors will see you skyrocket up the rankings, and will ensure you aren’t playing catch-up for the remainder of the season.

While the averages of our rolled gold premiums are there to see when we select our sides, their opening rounds of previous seasons can be easily forgotten.

Who is notorious for starting their season with a bang, and which premiums are often slow out of the blocks?

Check out the best scorers across the opening rounds.

Defenders

Despite an off year in 2019, Crows defender Rory Laird has been a superb starter over the past four seasons. The ball-magnet has averaged 105 SuperCoach points per game across the first five rounds since 2016, making his $525.8k price-tag all the more juicy ahead of 2020.

Returning blue Sam Docherty is the second best starter of the top defenders since 2016, but he has sat out the past two seasons with injury. He still remains an irresistable SuperCoach pick.

Swans kick-in king Jake Lloyd was the leading defender after five rounds in 2019 and faded as the year wore on. Shannon Hurn was a similar story out west, averaging 113 points across the first five rounds before dipping to a season average of 103.5 by season’s end.

Will opposition sides lock down on these rebounder in 2020? If not, both could be prove be an underpriced .

Tiger veteran Bachar Houli looms as the opposite considering he averages just 85.5 points to open the season from 2016-2019, along with Giants defender Zac Williams, who finished last season with a bang.

Hawks interceptor James Sicily has begun the season averaging 104.8 and 102.4 points in 2018 and 2019 respectively, and is one to watch during the pre-season with recruit Sam Frost providing reinforcements down back.

Jake Lloyd ($591.4k)

2016: 128, 67, 85, 58, 71 (81.8)

2017: 89, 114, 99, 98, 84 (96.8)

2018: 119, 71, 85, 89, 94 (91.6)

2019: 131, 124, 130, 109, 111 (121)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 97.8

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 121

Bachar Houli ($571.6k)

2016: 74, 127, 144, 59, 59 (92.6)

2017: 43, 107, 88, 89, 87 (82.8

2018: DNP, 57, 73, 87, 90 (76.8)

2019: 112, DNP, DNP, DNP, 72 (92)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 85.5

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 92

Shannon Hurn ($562.2k)

2016: 66, 94, 102, 78, 79 (83.8)

2017: 103, 78, 75, 94, 50 (80)

2018: 112, 138, 85, 91, 58 (96.8)

2019: 108, 89, 109, 139, 121 (113.2)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 93.5

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 113.2

Zac Williams ($551.7k)

2016: N/A

2017: DNP, DNP, 75, 87, 88 (83.3)

2018: 92, 84, 109, 90, 96 (94.2)

2019: 82, 95, 101, 60, 91 (85.8)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 88.5

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 85.8

Rory Laird ($525.8k)

2016: 90, 127, 91, 95, 79 (96.4)

2017: 147, 76, 86, 112, 121 (108.4)

2018: 137, 120, 105, 129, 110 (120.2)

2019: 102, 89, 84, 106, 93 (94.8)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 105

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 94.8

James Sicily ($509.5k)

2016: 44, 92, 91, 54, 68 (69.8)

2017: 35, DNP, DNP, 77, 64 (58.7)

2018: 125, 61, DNP, 110, 123 (104.8)

2019: 100, 81, 95, 119, 117 (102.4)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 85.6

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 102.4

Sam Docherty ($436.1k)

2016: 118, 76, 116, 103, 87 (100)

2017: 91, 124, 111, 108, 93 (105.4)

2018: N/A

2019: N/A

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 102.7

Average over first 5 rounds 2017: 105.4
 
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History suggests that Patrick Dangerfield is the man to lock into your team from the get-go, having averaged 121.4 points in the first five rounds since 2016 – including eight 130-plus totals.

Dual Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe often throws in a stinker to begin the season but also hits some herculean heights, registering four scores of 147 or more to go with four of 75 or less since 2016. His average across the first five matches is the third best of any midfielder from 2016-19.

Third on the list is clearance machine Tom Mitchell, who will prove to be a bargain at $630k if he can produce his 2018 exploits, amassing totals of 167, 148 and 149 in the first three rounds.

More recently, SuperCoach studs Lachie Neale and Patrick Cripps got their 2019 campaigns off to a flyer topping a 130-point average in their first five matches, Neale maintaining this lofty standard until Round 9. It will be fascinating to see if both can replicate this form in 2020, particularly Neale who copped numerous tags in the second half of the season.

This pair was closely followed by consistent Bulldog Jack Macrae, who hasn’t fallen below 97 across the opening five rounds in the past two seasons.

Giants smooth mover Josh Kelly is perhaps the most interesting player of the midfield bunch, failing to average more than 105 points in the first five games of a season across his career. It suggests that he may be a player SuperCoaches look to upgrade to, rather than start with.

The outlier here is Rory Sloane, who is notorious for his hot starts to the season, going at a whopping 130.8 points per game across the first five rounds in 2017. Sloane averaged a formidable 111.8 SuperCoach points across this period in 2019, finishing the season with a much less impressive average of 103.

If you want Sloane in your side, start him.

Jack Macrae ($668.9k)

2016: 95, 82, 82, 95, 96 (90)

2017: 92, 98, 108, 107, 121 (105.2)

2018: 120, 142, 131, 103, 98 (118.8)

2019: 132, 127, 139, 110, 97 (121)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 108.8

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 121

Lachie Neale ($658.5k)

2016: 109, 92, 100, 120, 104 (105)

2017: 83, 129, 84, 140, 119 (111)

2018: 99, 96, 77, 85, 100 (91.4)

2019: 127, 140, 177, 140, 91 (135)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 110.6

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 135

Nat Fyfe ($651.6k)

2016: 61, 167, 115, 141, 53 (119.6)

2017: 108, 117, 113, 107, 126 (114.2)

2018: 75, 120, 160, 101, 151 (121.4)

2019: 147, 124, 63, 110, 128 (114.4)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 117.4

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 114.4

Josh Kelly ($637.7k)

2016: 86, 89, 77, 82, 76 (82)

2017: 105, 120, 110, 92, 96 (104.6)

2018: 116, 108, 91, DNP, DNP (105)

2019: DNP, DNP, 95, 114, 97 (102)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 97.1

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 102

Patrick Cripps ($635.9k)

2016: 106, 101, 83, 96, 117 (100.6)

2017: 50, 109, 100, 77, 109 (89)

2018: 130, 115, 92, 92, 151 (116)

2019: 126, 116, 157, 169, 110 (135.6)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 105.1

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 135.6

Tom Mitchell ($630.9k)

2016: 127, 133, 108, 71, 113 (110.4)

2017: 116, 118, 103, 85, 127 (109.8)

2018: 167, 148, 149, 90, 75 (125.8)

2019: N/A

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 115.3

Average over first 5 rounds 2018: 125.8

Patrick Dangerfield ($625.5k)

2016: 162, 77, 166, 99, 137 (128.2)

2017: 138, 140, 138, 90, 120 (125.2)

2018: DNP, 130, 100, 103, 135 (117)

2019: 97, 154, 128, 66, 127 (114.4)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 121.4

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 114.4

Rory Sloane (559.3k)

2016: 96, 81, 92, 137, 103 (101.8)

2017: 77, 146, 168, 124, 139 (130.8)

2018: 89, 141, 78, 59, DNP (91.8)

2019: 155, 105, 107, 88, 104 (111.8)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 109.9

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 111.8


Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 70
 
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The sensational starts from Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn should have SuperCoaches locking them in and throwing away the key.

Grundy and Gawn both average over 109 SuperCoach points across the opening five rounds since 2016, and their numbers in recent years are even more impressive.

While Grundy has started the last two seasons with sub-100 totals, he has bounced back to average 128.4 and 122 respectively over the first five rounds, and Gawn isn’t far behind him, registering first five round averages of 123.2 and 113.6

The next best competitor in this category Nic Naitanui, who is set to be a popular pick due to his discount price. If he can replicate the 106.5 SuperCoach points he averaged in the first five rounds of 2016 and 2018 (2017 and 2019 he was injured at the beginning of the season), he will prove to be a shrewd buy.

Brodie Grundy ($705.9k)

2016: 109, 96, 86, 54, 81 (85.2)

2017: 82, 135, 105, 113, 71 (101.2)

2018: 95, 139, 154, 141, 113 (128.4)

2019: 81, 137, 132, 160, 100 (122)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 109.2

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 122

Max Gawn ($697.1k)

2016: 95, 85, 172, 105, 160 (123.4)

2017: 128, 111, 27, DNP, DNP (88.7)

2018: 139, 97, 117, 112, 151 (123.2)

2019: 87, 116, 126, 113, 126 (113.6)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 109.3

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 113.6

Todd Goldstein ($609.4)

2016: 126, 95, 172, 121, 125 (127.8)

2017: 105, DNP, 52, 96, 87 (85)

2018: 105, 123, 57, 76, 77 (87.6)

2019: 102, 66, 114, 113, 99 (98.8)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 100.6

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 98.8

Nic Naitanui ($457.8k)

2016: 153, 80, 114, 100, 115 (92.4)

2017: N/A

2018: 113, 85, 110, 92, 103 (100.6)

2019: N/A

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 106.5

Average over first 5 rounds 2018: 100.6

Forwards

Lachie Whitfield wasn’t listed as a forward last year but his blistering start to 2019 should fill SuperCoaches with confidence. Whitfield posted just one score below 105 in the opening five rounds of last season at 120 points per game, and is the second ranked forward for opening five round average since 2016.

The man atop that list, Dustin Martin, has also received forward eligibility this season and has pumped out 105 points per game in the opening five rounds since 2016. He and Lachie Whitfield will situate the F1 and F2 spots of most SuperCoach sides this season,

Isaac Heeney has failed to live up to his SuperCoach potential in recent years but you can’t fault his starts to the season, registering five round averages of 112.4 and 103.4 in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The big question with the blond bombshell is whether he can keep it up for a full season in 2020.

Of the top priced forwards in 2020, Michael Walters recorded the second highest average opening five round average, while Toby Greene averages a promising 94.2 points since 2016 across his first five matches.

New Cat Jack Steven’s early season form isn’t encouraging as we would have hoped, but it’ll be difficult to pass on the former Saint if he receives good midfield minutes.

Lachie Whitfield ($604.1k)

2016: 73, 78, 104, 103, 36 (78.8)

2017: N/A

2018: 114, 115, 64, 89, 90 (94.4)

2019: 105, 123, 152, 137, 86 (120.6)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 97.3

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 120.6

Michael Walters ($547,200)

2016: 76, 106, 39, 84, 102 (81.4)

2017: 47, 62, 77, 86, 45 (63.4)

2018: 83, 116, 132, 72, 98 (100.2)

2019: 109, 50, 120, 103, 109 (104.2)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 87.3

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 104.2

Dustin Martin ($543k)

2016: 86, 134, 81, 83, 79 (92.6)

2017: 159, 118, 155, 54, 92 (115.6)

2018: 139, 160, 93, 141, 91 (124.8)

2019: 109, 66, 60, DNP, 115 (87.5)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 105.2

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 87.8

Isaac Heeney ($510.7k)

2016: 95, 69, 62, 123, 52 (80.2)

2017: DNP, DNP, DNP, DNP, 75 (75)

2018: 105, 110, 104, 120, 123 (112.4)

2019: 85, 67, 137, 130, 98 (103.4)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 97.2

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 103.4

Toby Greene ($510.1k)

2016: 51, 120, 52, 112, 129 (92.8)

2017: 72, 138, 92, 84, 118 (101)

2018: 131, DNP, DNP, 93, 55 (93)

2019: 78, DNP, DNP, DNP, DNP (78)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 94.6

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 78

Jack Steven ($361.7k)

2016: 101, 81, 120, 100, 93 (99)

2017: 75, 63, DNP, DNP, 88 (75.3)

2018: 135, 98, 71, 76, 121 (100.2)

2019: 92, 67, DNP, DNP, 74 (77.7)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 90.9

Average over first 5 rounds 2019: 77.7

Lance Franklin ($394.2k)

2016: 91, 102, 109, 101, 83 (97.2)

2017: 125, 103, 74, 77, 70 (89.2)

2018: 175, 87, 106, 98, 48 (102.8)

2019: 55, 77, 61, 80, 77 (70)

Average over first 5 rounds 2016-2019: 90
 
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SuperCoach steals who changed clubs for the 2020 season
Alistair Paton and The Phantom, Herald Sun
January 16, 2020 4:23pm
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Who will be the Lachie Neale of SuperCoach in 2020?

A move from Fremantle to Brisbane catapulted Neale from a very good SuperCoach performer to a star of the game, ranking fourth overall for total points.
A new coach, a fresh start and the Queensland sun helped Neale lifting his average by 10 points a game, making him one of the best SuperCoach buys of the year.

Similar factors will be at play for a number of past and potential stars this year. Who are the smart buys in SuperCoach?
JACK STEVEN (GEELONG) $361,800 FWD/MID
Stevens’ price is heavily discounted after his final year at St Kilda yielded just seven games as he took time off to deal with mental health issues. At his best he is a top-flight SuperCoach scorer, logging three scores of 150 or more back in 2013. A move to the Cattery could see a return to the top.
TIM KELLY (WEST COAST) $561,800 MID
Another player who should benefit from a happier life off the field, the Eagles’ boom recruit will slot straight into one of the best midfields in the competition ready to feast on Nic Naitanui’s surgical centre bounce taps. He has averaged 93 and 104 in his two AFL seasons and the graph is clearly heading upwards.
SAM JACOBS (GWS GIANTS) $348,400 RUCK
Lost his spot as No.1 ruckman at the Crows last year to Reilly O’Brien but showed he hasn’t lost his scoring ability with 125 SuperCoach points in Round 23 against the Bulldogs, on the back of 25 hitouts to advantage. Will have an elite midfield roving to him at the Giants and presents a whopping $350,000 saving on Brodie Grundy or Max Gawn.
HUGH GREENWOOD (GOLD COAST) $463,100 MID/FWD
Joined the Adelaide exodus at the end of 2019, signing with the Suns where he is likely to attend a lot more centre bounces — a great way to earn more SuperCoach points. Contested possessions and tackles have always made him a handy scorer, can he go to another level? Could be a smoky for your forward line.
AIDEN BONAR (NORTH MELBOURNE) $202,800 MID/FWD
Highly-rated youngster squeezed out of the Giants, where he managed just six games after being selected at pick 11 in the 2017 draft. Averaged 18 disposals, six tackles and 94 points per game in the NEAFL.
JACK MARTIN (CARLTON) $420,800 MID/FWD
What did the Blues get in the frustrating former Sun? It’s one of the most intriguing questions of 2020. If he lives up to the hype that had experts labelling him the best junior talent in the game he could be a SuperCoach steal. SOS will be picking him.
BLAKE ACRES (FREMANTLE) $384,000 MID/FWD
Former Saint will enjoy the wide open spaces in Perth, where he should be permanently stationed on a wing, replacing the departed Bradley Hill and Ed Langdon. Was thrown everywhere at St Kilda but a 106-point average over the first five rounds of 2018 showed what he’s capable of.
BILLY FRAMPTON (ADELAIDE) $165,000 FWD
Selecting tall forwards is normally a no-no in SuperCoach but bench players are often hard to find in attack so we need to be on the lookout for any cheapies likely to get games. The Crows obviously liked what they saw in the SANFL last season, poaching the 23-year-old from crosstown rival Port Adelaide after he posted SuperCoach scores of 175, 167, 145 and 141 in the state league. One to watch in the pre-season.
 
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