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KFC SuperCoach: The top rookies in every position for season 2020

Still unsure of which KFC SuperCoach rookies to pick on the eve of the season? We have ranked the top cash cows in every position and predicted their season average and how much cash they’ll make.

Dan Batten, Herald Sun

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Uncertainty and doubt surrounds the AFL season and it is a similar story – albeit on a far less pressing level – for KFC SuperCoach rookies.

A dearth of bargain basement options means all SuperCoaches will be forced dig into their back pockets for high-priced cash cows.

There’s also questions marks over some very popular rookies, meaning it will be a mad scramble once Round 1 teams are named on Wednesday and Thursday night – that is if there’s any footy at all.

In our rookie ratings we have factored in the three big rookie indicators – scoring potential, cash generation and job security.

We have also forecasted the amount of cash each rookie will make if they are playing, along with their predicted average at the top-level, based off Marsh Series form and their SuperCoach output in state-league and under-18 competitions

Here are the rookies to stick in your sides for season 2020.

DEFENCE1. BRANDON ZERK-THATCHER ($189,000)

Marsh average: 82.5 (61, 104)

Scoring potential: 9/10 (75+ average)

Cash generation: 7/10 ($160k)

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Job security: 9/10

Rookie rating: 25/30

Verdict: Get familiar with the acronym ‘BZT.’ The defender is Sam Collins (intercept) mark 2, only his scoring looks like it’ll be stronger Posted a SuperCoach ton in Marsh 2 and his place in the injury-hit Bombers side is locked in.

2. JOHN NOBLE ($215,400)

Marsh average: 76 (79, 73)

Scoring potential: 8/10 (70+ average)

Cash generation: 6.5/10 ($150k)

Job security: 9/10

Rookie rating: 23/30

Verdict: Mature-age cash cows are SuperCoach gold, and John Noble’s role as a pinpoint distributor out of defence justifies his high asking price. Played in all of Collingwood’s finals after being drafted mid-year and should deliver consistent on-field scores with his first AFL pre-season under his belt.

John Noble should justify his expensive price.3. LACHIE ASH ($193,800, DEF/MID)

Marsh average: 75 (88, 62)

Scoring potential: 8/10

Cash generation: 6.5/10 ($150,000)

Job security: 5/10

Rookie rating: 19.5/30

Verdict: The No. 4 selection from last year’s draft has been playing senior footy since he was 15 in Shepparton. Ash’s selection in the GWS defence hinges on whether Zac Williams (achilles) is named in Round 1. Expect the dashing defender to score well enough to make us considerable cash despite his elevated price, but doubts on his job security in the stacked GWS line-up remain. However, if he performs as he did in the Marsh Series, he will be difficult to drop.

4. JARROD BRANDER ($133,000, DEF/FWD)

Marsh average: 61.5 (46, 77)

Scoring potential: 5/10 (55+ average)

Cash generation: 6/10 ($130k)

Job security: 6/10

Rookie rating: 18/30

Verdict: His impressive 75-point total in the Eagles’ Marsh Series finale will be the exception, not the rule. A marking tall playing on the wing can’t be relied upon to score consistently, but with the current rookie situation and DPP status, what choice do we have? Not a certain starter for Round 1 but the Eagles have talked up his progress and are keen to get games into the former first-round draftee.

5. BAILEY WILLIAMS ($123,900, DEF/RUCK)

Marsh average: 70 (70, DNP)

Scoring potential: 6/10 (60)

Cash generation: 6.5 (150k)

Job security: 5/10

Rookie rating: 17.5/30

Verdict: As versatile as SuperCoach players come with a rare ‘DEF/RUCK’ position status. Nathan Vardy and Williams are battling it out for the second ruck position, and poor pre-season form from Vardy could see the athletic youngster be the support act for Nic Naitanui in Round 1. If he gets the chance, Williams looms as a potential on-field option with plenty of time around the ball. With the concerning lack of defensive rookies, select him in defence if named.

Others to consider: If Will Gould is named, he shoots to No. 1 on this list. He still sits in 50 per cent of teams, but a Round 1 debut looks unlikely after being surprisingly dropped for Marsh 2. Lion Brandon Starcevich was unlucky to miss the top-five and looms as another rookie option, but the Lions’ clean bill of injury may squeeze him out. Hawk Damon Grieves played 12 per cent gametime in Marsh 2 but is an automatic bench selection if named following his 77-point outing in their first practice game. Dockers mature-ager Tobe Watson is another potential bench option, while young Sun Jez McLennan played both Marsh Series games but didn’t set the world on fire.

Time to trade out: Stephen Hill (28 per cent of teams) sustained yet another soft tissue injury in Marsh 2 and no doubt the Dockers will be extra cautious, ruling him out of the start of the season. Demon Trent Rivers (28 per cent) is no chance of a Round 1 debut after playing no pre-season games. In the likely event Will Gould isn’t named, half of SuperCoaches will be forced to trade him out, while Docker youngster Hayden Young (19 per cent) didn’t play a pre-season game as his training loads are managed due to an injury setback.

TIM MICHELL’S TOP 5

1. Will Gould

2. John Noble

3. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher

4. Jarrod Brander

5. Lachie Ash

AL PATON’S TOP 5

1. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher

2. Jarrod Brander

3. Izak Cumming

4. Will Gould

5. Jez McLennan

Will Gould is unlikely to play in Round 1. Picture. Phil Hillyard
 
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MIDFIELD1. MARLION PICKETT ($123,900)

Marsh average: 61 (61, 61)

Scoring potential: 9/10 (75+ average)

Cash generation: 10/10 ($250k)

Job security: 10/10

Rookie rating: 29/30

Verdict: Don’t be alarmed by his successive scores of 61 in the pre-season. A 28-year-old cash cow playing a stack of midfield minutes has him atop the rookie mantle. Apparently he played alright in his first game last year, too.

2. MATT ROWELL ($207,300)

Marsh average: 78 (100, 36)

Scoring potential: 10/10 (85+ average)

Cash generation: 9/10 (220k)

Job security: 10/10

Rookie rating: 28/30

Verdict: Don’t be surprised if Matt Rowell scores more points in his debut season than Sam Walsh. The No. 1 pick will thrive from the outset and his work in the coalface will ensure he is a reliable on-field scorer.

Lock Marlion Pickett in. Picture: AAP Image/David Crosling3. TOM GREEN ($166,800)

Marsh average: 89 (106, 72)

Cash generation: 9/10 ($230k)

Job security: 7/10

Rookie rating: 27/30

Verdict: He’s done enough, surely! The injury to Tim Taranto came at the best possible time for the Patrick Cripps-clone. Green’s game is built for SuperCoach – let’s hope he isn’t another Jackson Hately.

4. DEVEN ROBERTSON ($123.9K)

Marsh average: 61 (DNP, 61)

Scoring potential: 7/10 (65+ average)

Cash generation: 8/10 ($190k)

Job security: 4/10

Rookie rating: 19/30

Verdict: If he plays, Robertson – who broke Sam Walsh’s disposal record at the under-18 carnival last year – will score well. Brisbane’s blank injury list will likely squeeze the youngster out. Let’s pray he is named.

5. JACK MAHONY ($117,300, FWD/MID)

Marsh average: 41 (30, 52)

Scoring potential: 5/10 (55 average)

Cash generation: 6/10 ($130k)

Job security: 7/10

Rookie rating: 18/30

Verdict: Should fill the void left by small forward Kane Turner who will miss the first half of the season with injury. Mahony scored well as a junior but this is unlikely to translate to the top level while playing as a pressure small forward. May be best to pick Mahony in the midfield as Connor Budarick – who also has FWD/MID status – is a potential on-field option up forward.

6. JEREMY SHARP ($117.3K)

Marsh average: 31 (16, 46)

Scoring potential: 6/10 (55 average)

Cash generation: 6/10 (130k)

Job security: 5/10

Rookie rating: 17/30

Verdict: Appears to be on the fringe after playing a half in both their practice game. As an outside midfielder for the struggling Suns, Sharp will be best placed on the bench. Fingers crossed he gets a run – we need all the rookie midfielders we can get …

Others to consider: Options are few are far between here. Young Crow pressure forward Ned McHenry was ousted for Marsh 2 but if he is playing, he is a lock for a midfield bench spot. There may be a few more forward rookies popping up, which could mean that Connor Budarick might have to be picked as a forward.

Time to trade out:

Time to trade out: Barring a selection miracle, Ned McHenry (22 per cent) appears destined to miss out on a Round 1 spot. No. 2 pick Noah Anderson (15 per cent) should debut in their season-opener but won’t score well enough to make good coin.

TIM MICHELL’S TOP 5

1. Marlion Pickett

2. Matt Rowell

3. Tom Green

4. Aiden Bonar

5. Connor Budarick

AL PATON’S TOP 5

1. Marlion Pickett

2. Matt Rowell

3. Connor Budarick

4. Tom Green

5. Jeremy Sharp

Deven Robertson may just miss a Round 1 spot. Picture: Steve PohlnerRUCK
 
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RUCK1. TRISTAN XERRI ($123,900, FWD/RUCK)

Marsh average: 77.5 (98, 37)

Scoring potential: 6/10 (60)

Cash generation: 6.5 ($150k)

Job security: 4/10

Rookie rating: 16.5/30

Verdict: Tristan Xerri (pronounced ‘Sherri’ as Gilbert Gardiner revealed on last week’s AFL SuperCoach podcast, could be the man to fill the void of prime goalkicker Ben Brown if he fails to get up for Round 1. In the event that he gets named, he will be out the door as soon Brown returns. From there he shapes as a solid loophole alternative to teammate Charlie Comben.

2. DARCY CAMERON ($123,900, RUCK/FWD)

Marsh average: 123 (123, DNP)

Scoring potential: 6/10 (65)

Cash generation: 6.5 ($150k)

Job security: 2/10

Rookie rating: 14.5/30

Verdict: SuperCoaches got their hopes up when he scored a formidable 123 points in their first Marsh Series clash, until he played VFL practice match in their next game. You would suspect that will be the case until either Brodie Grundy or Mason Cox break down. He should be

3. CHARLIE COMBEN ($117,300, FWD/RUCK)

Marsh average: DNP

Scoring potential: 0/10

Cash generation: 0/10

Job security: 0/10

Rookie rating: 0/30

Verdict: Zeros all round – just what we want from our loophole each week. North Melbourne’s draw is favourable and his ruck/forward swing is a handy bonus.

Others to consider: If more rookie defenders are named, Bailey Williams comes into the frame for rucks. If you’re strapped for cash, Gold Coast ruckman Matt Conroy ($102,300) is the sole base-price rookie for loopholing.

TIM MICHELL’S TOP 3

1. Darcy Cameron

2. Bailey Williams

3. Tristan Xerri

AL PATON’S TOP 3

1. Darcy Cameron

2. Bailey Williams

3. Tristan Xerri

Darcy Cameron tempted SuperCoaches with a monster pre-season score.

FORWARDS1. IZAK RANKINE ($123,900)

Marsh average: DNP

Scoring potential: 8/10 (70+)

Cash generation: 8/10

Job security: 9/10

Rookie rating: 25/30

Verdict: Izak Rankine played no Marsh Series games yet is the No. 1 forward rookie – that says a lot about the quality of forward rookies at our disposal. The Suns have said he will make a full recovery from his shoulder setback by Round 1, but there is a slight chance that could be in the NEAFL. Regardless, the excitement machine will dazzle at the top level and shapes as the best rookie forward of 2020. He will be a delight to watch.

2. CONNOR BUDARICK ($106,900, FWD/MID)

Marsh average: 55.5 (74, 37)

Scoring potential: 6/10 (60)

Cash generation: 9/10 ($220k+)

Job security: 6/10

Rookie rating: 21/30

Verdict: A rookie below $110,000 – hezah! They are as rare as hens teeth this year, and Connor Budarick might just be the biggest cash generator of any rookie. Don’t be too concerned about his score of 37 – it was in a half of gametime. What is a concern is his job security, but Suns midfielder David Swallow suggested him as a SuperCoach pick. Reading between the lines, a Round 1 debut appears imminent.

3. MAX KING ($123,900)

Marsh average: 37.5 (46, 29)

Scoring potential: 5/10 (50 average)

Cash generation: 5/10 (110k)

Job security: 10/10

Rookie rating: 20/30

Verdict: Just like St Kilda fans, SuperCoaches should temper their expectations for Max King’s output. But his job security is the best of all the forward rookies with the Saints keen to get games into the talented tall forward. Should produce the odd spike game to ensure he makes us a bit of cash but do not field under any circumstance. The definition of a slow burn.

Max King scoring is likely to be inconsistent. Picture: Michael Klein4. CURTIS TAYLOR ($123,900)

Marsh average: 64 (33, 95)

Scoring potential: 6/10 (60 average)

Cash generation: 6.5/10 ($150k)

Job security: 7/10

Rookie rating: 19.5/30

Verdict: Filled us with some hope that there is life in the 2020 forward rookie crop after a 90-plus score in Marsh 2. The second year Roo won’t produce this kind of score every week but looks to have done enough to secure a Round 1 spot. Hopefully he posts better returns than his two AFL games to date – posting scores of 31 and 9 last season …

5. AIDEN BONAR ($202,800, FWD/MID)

Scoring potential: 7/10 (65 average)

Cash generation: 5/10 (100k)

Job security: 6/10

Rookie rating: 18/30

Verdict: Played just a half due to a hamstring concern in their second Marsh Series encounter, but don’t count the former Giant out. Bonar should be a reliable scorer with some on-ball time. That is if he is named for Round 1.

Others to consider: Mitch Georgiades looks to have locked down a spot in the Power side but scoring is likely to be volatile. Similar story for Crow Ben Davis, who scored 23 in his debut game last season.

Time to trade out: Sam Flanders (12 per cent) didn’t play a pre-season game and is too pricey to be have in your side while he isn’t playing.

TIM MICHELL’S TOP 5

1. Izak Rankine

2. Max King

3. Curtis Taylor

4. Jack Mahony

5. Ben Davis

AL PATON’S TOP 5

1. Izak Rankine

2. Max King

3. Curtis Taylor

4. Jack Mahoney

5. Ben Davis
 
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Can someone post the herald sun article titled ‘Eight Bold 2020 KFC SuperCoach Predictions’.
Eight bold KFC SuperCoach predictions for the 2020 season

Which hyped player will a SuperCoach bust? Which of Jack Steven or Shannon Hurn will score more points? We look into the crystal ball to make some big calls for the season ahead.

Paul Dunn, Herald Sun

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Scott Pendlebury SuperCoach tips

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury tells us who is looking good on the Pies list and who to steer clear of for SuperCoach

There are two ways you can play KFC SuperCoach. One is to play it safe and select the popular players which will see you finish in the middle of the pack. The other way is to take some big risks and go all out to take the overall win!

Last year I made some bold pre-season calls and had a reasonable strike rate, so here we go with some big predictions for what will happen in season 2020.

TIM ENGLISH WILL BE A TOP-FOUR RUCK

This year we will see a changing of the guard in the rucks with one of Stef Martin or Todd Goldstein giving up their spot in the top four scorers in their position. Personally, I think that will be Martin. The guy to take his place will be Bulldog Tim English. He has put on some bulk and showed us in the Marsh Series that he is ready to make the next step. No longer will he be pushed around, look for him to post some great scores.

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Tim English is ready to become a premium SuperCoach scorer in his fourth season. Picture: Michael KleinTHE BONT IS THE MAN

This new role that we see for Marcus Bontempelli will see him have the highest average of the big three Dogs, and he will be in the top-five averaging midfielders overall. We have been waiting for him to bust out for years now and this will be the year that he explodes and shows us exactly what he can do, pushing that average even higher than last season’s 113.

MATT ROWELL WILL MATCH SAM WALSH’S ROOKIE SEASON

We all thought Walsh was a once-in-a-lifetime rookie, but I think Rowell can get within five points of Walsh’s rookie season average of 86. Draftees are coming into the league more and more prepared every season. Rowell will get plenty of opportunity in the midfield and should play all 22 games, with Gold Coast needing to get these kids up to speed quickly. He should be in 100 per cent of sides going in to Round 1, particularly with the lack of rookies that we have seen.

JAMES SICILY WILL RETURN TO FORM

After letting us down last season, look for Sicily to return to being a top-three defender. Things have changed at Hawthorn and this should release Sicily back to the SuperCoach-friendly role that we knew him for in prior seasons. He is someone you will want to have in your side before the end of the season. His average dropped by 11 points last year to 93, look for him to boost that back up over 100 again.

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SHANNON HURN WILL DROP BACK TO THE PACK

There are two concerns with Hurn. He had calf issues last year, which tells us that he will have them again, causing him to not play more than 19 games, and his average will slip below 90. He started to drop off late last season and I think this will continue. He will miss too many games, which will make you scramble for an alternative. He isn’t worth the risk this season.

Shannon Hurn is 32 years old.Jordan Dawson is tipped for a breakout season. Picture: Phil Hillyard

JORDAN DAWSON WILL BE A BUST

Dawson has been hyped all pre-season, but we have been promised great scorers at the Swans in the past and been let down (think Callum Mills). The signs are there from Marsh 2 (when he scored just 50 points after a 125 in Marsh 1) which make me worried. There is always that one player that we are all over in the pre-season that bombs in the real season. My prediction is that it will be Dawson this season. I really hope I am wrong, but I simply don’t trust John Longmire or Swans players with big wraps on them.

JACK STEVEN WILL BE THE RECRUIT OF THE YEAR

We all know that he can do it but unfortunately Jack has had an injury-plagued couple of seasons along with some personal issues last year. His past three seasons have seen him average under 100 but the move to Geelong will rejuvenate him and see him push back over 100 again as he takes the midfield role that has been left vacant by Tim Kelly. Get on board while he is still relatively cheap!

Jack Viney produced huge scores in the Marsh Series.JACK VINEY WILL BREAK OUT

The former Demons skipper has flirted with a 100 average in the past few years (last year excepted, when he only got to 80) but never quite got there, but this year is his year. He has had a great pre-season (scoring 120 and 133 in his two Marsh Series games) and he will take his game back to the level that we all expected from him. He will get over 100 this season and become one of the value picks of the season.

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Who knows how good my crystal ball is and how close I have gotten on some of these calls.

We won’t know until the end of the season. We will revisit these when we get to round 23 and see how many I got right. Last season I managed five of eight, hopefully I can go better than that this year!
 
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37. Deven Robertson (Bris) $117,300 MID

Showed promise in his first pre-season, watch team sheets closely.

38. Noah Anderson (GC) $202,800 MID

Big wraps and one for the future.

39. Will Gould (Syd) $117,000 DEF

Missed the Swans’ last pre-season hitout. Worrying.

40. Izak Rankine (GC) $123,900 FWD

Recent injury setback the only concern, if fit and firing could be anything.
 
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Nobody could argue with pick No.1.

As for the next 39, form an orderly queue, please.

My KFC SuperCoach Top 40 is based on what should be the backbone for every fantasy football decision — price, potential and consistency.

Richmond premiership star Marlion Pickett ticks every box. If you’re serious about SuperCoach, he has to be in your side.

What a luxury it is having a player the calibre of Pickett in the $123,900 bargain bin.

There was some liberties taken among the top 10 — let’s call them wildcards — with Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, John Noble and Jarrod Brander primed to be plump 2020 cash cows.

GILBERT GARDINER’S TOP 40 SUPERCOACH GEMS

1. Marlion Pickett (Rich) $123,900 MID

Should be first picked in every SuperCoach team. Pickett has the highest ceiling of any player in the competition, the perfect combination of silky skills and job security.

2. Dylan Roberton (StK) $260,400 DEF

Will score like a $500,000+ defender and had it not been for the well-documented health scares Roberton would be priced accordingly.

3. Devon Smith (Ess) $335,800 FWD/MID

Rarely sets the world on fire but sits around the 85-100 mark each week.

4. Matthew Rowell (GC) $207,300 MID

Some erred on Sam Walsh last year and paid dearly for it. Will be harder for Rowell, who operates at the coal face unlike Walsh, but the emerging Sun should get every chance.

5. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (Ess) $189,000 DEF

Third-year Bomber is ready to blossom in 2020 after a standout pre-season. Maps to more than double in price by the byes.

6. Tom Green (GWS) $166,800 MID

Tough team to break into the Giants but Green has all the hallmarks of 2020 Cash Cow of the Year. Got all the tools and body shape to impact straight away.

7. Sam Docherty (Carl) $436,100 DEF

On price and potential would be close to No. 1 had it not been for Docherty’s back-to-back knee reconstructions.

8. John Noble (Coll) $215,400 DEF

More upside than not for the unheralded Magpie, who looks to have cemented a spot in the back six.

9. Jarrod Brander (WC) $133,000 DEF/FWD

If he played at Collingwood or Carlton would be on every SuperCoach shopping list. The 196cm forward-turned-wingman is undoubtedly a breakout contender.

10. Jack Steven (Geel) $361,700 FWD/MID

Similar boat to Docherty, the upside is huge but we need to see it on the field first.

11. Max King (StK) $123,900 FWD

Steer clear of the genuine key forwards and especially young ones but the way King has marked the footy in the pre-season just screams pick me!

12. Stephen Coniglio (GWS) $549,500 MID

Has a knack of picking up an injury or two, but otherwise the perfect KFC SuperCoach poster boy – gets a heap of the footy and kicks goals.

13. Dustin Martin (Rich) $534,000 FWD/MID

How could you not pick him?

14. Tim Kelly (WC) $561,800 MID

Got all the tricks and now gets the chance to play at the feet of a superstar ruckman. Top-five SuperCoach scorer by seasons’ end?

15. Jack Mahony (NM) $117,300 MID/FWD

A playing cash cow is a good cash cow and small pressure forward Mahony ticks both boxes.

16. Lachie Neale (Bris) $658,500 MID

Not the most exciting nor talented midfielder going around but what Neale lacks in bells and whistles the 26 year-old makes up for in consistency.

17. Jake Lloyd (Syd) $591,400 DEF

No ifs, buts or maybes, the Swans rebounder should be your set and forget D1.

18. Lachie Whitfield (GWS) $604,100 FWD/MID

Pricey yes, but Whitfield stays fit could be a top-3 scorer.

19. Hugh McCluggage (Bris) $510,700 MID

Dare to be different? Emerging Lions screams POD (point of difference) midfielder.

20. Marcus Bontempelli (WB) $623,000 MID

The scariest thing is “The Bont” is only just about to enter his prime. Get on.

21. Josh Dunkley (WB) $632,400 MID

The real deal. Showed us that last season and ready to take the next step.

22. Michael Walters (Frem) $547,200 FWD/MID

Good things come in small packages.

23. Sam Walsh (Carl) $471,900 MID

Rose with a rocket last year, will find it harder but oozes class.

24. Todd Goldstein (NM) $609,400 RUC

Consistency and durability, two of the most important words in SuperCoach.

25. Patrick Cripps (Carl) $635,900 MID

Beast. Priced accordingly but can’t go wrong.

26. Josh Kelly (GWS) $637,700 MID

As long as the body is right, Kelly can be a top-five scorer.

27. Caleb Daniel (WB) $537,900 DEF

The gap between his best and worst matches is negligible. A must-have.

28. Kysaiah Kropinyeri-Pickett (Melb) $157,800 FWD

Hard-nosed small forward is exactly what the Dees need.

29. Patrick Dangerfield (Geel) $625,500 MID

Future SuperCoach Hall of Famer. Not many capable of scoring 200 — Danger can.

30. Clayton Oliver (Melb) $593,900 MID

Raging bull winged last year by injury. Take on trust, but can bounce back.

31. Jack Macrae (WB) $668,900 MID

How will Dunkley and The Bont impact on Macrae’s output?

32. Nat Fyfe (Frem) $651,600 MID

Genuine superstar worth serious consideration but has had a knack of missing the odd game.

33. Rory Laird (Adel) $525,800 DEF

Hard to have any of the top flight defenders with any confidence. Even bunch.

34. Alex Keath (WB) $413,000 DEF

Intercept specialist could find another level at the Kennel.

35. Max Gawn (Melb) $697,100 RUC

Price and pre-season knee setback the only thing holding Gawn back. Watch and act.

36. Brodie Grundy (Coll) $705,900 RUC

The best ruckman in the game. Set and forget.

37. Deven Robertson (Bris) $117,300 MID

Showed promise in his first pre-season, watch team sheets closely.

38. Noah Anderson (GC) $202,800 MID

Big wraps and one for the future.

39. Will Gould (Syd) $117,000 DEF

Missed the Swans’ last pre-season hitout. Worrying.

40. Izak Rankine (GC) $123,900 FWD

Recent injury setback the only concern, if fit and firing could be anything.
 
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KFC SuperCoach and new tips.com.au competition to go ahead in 17-game AFL season

SuperCoach will still run in 2020 after the AFL announced a revised 17-game season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what is changing in Australia’s biggest fantasy game.

Herald Sun

March 17, 2020 1:40pm

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How to KFC SuperCoach

New to KFC SuperCoach? We've got you covered!

KFC SuperCoach and the new $1 million tips.com.au competition will go ahead for the AFL’s revamped 17-round season.

The AFL announced a reduced season on Monday to cope with the impact of the coronavirus.

But the exciting message is, KFC SuperCoach and tips.com.au are ready to go for Round 1, so you can still sign up to take on your mates and compete for great cash prizes.

The unusual circumstances will force some changes on the game, but it will still be the same SuperCoach we know and love.

WHAT WILL 17 ROUNDS MEAN FOR YOUR STRATEGY? OUR 10 TIPS

What we know so far:

— The last four rounds of the home-and-away season — now set to be Rounds 14-17 — will be the KFC SuperCoach finals series.

— If a season is completed the $50,000 major prizes for both KFC SuperCoach and tips.com.au will be awarded as normal, plus runner-up prizes. Weekly prices will be awarded for any completed rounds.

— The 17-game fixture will not feature any byes, so special bye round rules will not apply.

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KFC SuperCoach is flexible and can respond to major changes during the season.

— Number of trades may be adjusted to accommodate a compressed fixture or the possibility of increased team changes. Details to be confirmed.

— Player prices will be adjusted as usual, but there may be changes to when the changes take effect.

More will be known when the AFL reveals full details of its revised fixture. When decisions are made, we’ll pass them on to the SuperCoach community.

And we’ll give you tips to pick your team based on the latest changes. Every KFC SuperCoach player is in this together, now we have a new challenge that gives everyone a shot at SuperCoach glory. Good luck!

Register now at supercoach.com.au andtips.com.au.

A note on SuperCoach Racing:

At this stage, races will continue without any fans, so SuperCoach Racing will also continue.
 

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KFC SuperCoach and new tips.com.au competition to go ahead in 17-game AFL season

SuperCoach will still run in 2020 after the AFL announced a revised 17-game season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what is changing in Australia’s biggest fantasy game.

Herald Sun

March 17, 2020 1:40pm

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How to KFC SuperCoach

New to KFC SuperCoach? We've got you covered!

KFC SuperCoach and the new $1 million tips.com.au competition will go ahead for the AFL’s revamped 17-round season.

The AFL announced a reduced season on Monday to cope with the impact of the coronavirus.

But the exciting message is, KFC SuperCoach and tips.com.au are ready to go for Round 1, so you can still sign up to take on your mates and compete for great cash prizes.

The unusual circumstances will force some changes on the game, but it will still be the same SuperCoach we know and love.

WHAT WILL 17 ROUNDS MEAN FOR YOUR STRATEGY? OUR 10 TIPS

What we know so far:

— The last four rounds of the home-and-away season — now set to be Rounds 14-17 — will be the KFC SuperCoach finals series.

— If a season is completed the $50,000 major prizes for both KFC SuperCoach and tips.com.au will be awarded as normal, plus runner-up prizes. Weekly prices will be awarded for any completed rounds.

— The 17-game fixture will not feature any byes, so special bye round rules will not apply.

FROM OUR PARTNERS

Basketball is back on Foxtel with the NBA and NBL Foxtel Now 10 day free trial*

Dustin Martin is still a great SuperCoach pick. Picture: Michael Klein.

KFC SuperCoach is flexible and can respond to major changes during the season.

— Number of trades may be adjusted to accommodate a compressed fixture or the possibility of increased team changes. Details to be confirmed.

— Player prices will be adjusted as usual, but there may be changes to when the changes take effect.

More will be known when the AFL reveals full details of its revised fixture. When decisions are made, we’ll pass them on to the SuperCoach community.

And we’ll give you tips to pick your team based on the latest changes. Every KFC SuperCoach player is in this together, now we have a new challenge that gives everyone a shot at SuperCoach glory. Good luck!

Register now at supercoach.com.au andtips.com.au.

A note on SuperCoach Racing:

At this stage, races will continue without any fans, so SuperCoach Racing will also continue.
KFC SuperCoach and new tips.com.au competition to go ahead in 17-game AFL season

SuperCoach will still run in 2020 after the AFL announced a revised 17-game season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what is changing in Australia’s biggest fantasy game.

Herald Sun

March 17, 2020 1:40pm

HERALDSUN.COM.AU1:21

How to KFC SuperCoach

New to KFC SuperCoach? We've got you covered!

KFC SuperCoach and the new $1 million tips.com.au competition will go ahead for the AFL’s revamped 17-round season.

The AFL announced a reduced season on Monday to cope with the impact of the coronavirus.

But the exciting message is, KFC SuperCoach and tips.com.au are ready to go for Round 1, so you can still sign up to take on your mates and compete for great cash prizes.

The unusual circumstances will force some changes on the game, but it will still be the same SuperCoach we know and love.

WHAT WILL 17 ROUNDS MEAN FOR YOUR STRATEGY? OUR 10 TIPS

What we know so far:

— The last four rounds of the home-and-away season — now set to be Rounds 14-17 — will be the KFC SuperCoach finals series.

— If a season is completed the $50,000 major prizes for both KFC SuperCoach and tips.com.au will be awarded as normal, plus runner-up prizes. Weekly prices will be awarded for any completed rounds.

— The 17-game fixture will not feature any byes, so special bye round rules will not apply.

FROM OUR PARTNERS

Basketball is back on Foxtel with the NBA and NBL Foxtel Now 10 day free trial*

Dustin Martin is still a great SuperCoach pick. Picture: Michael Klein.

KFC SuperCoach is flexible and can respond to major changes during the season.

— Number of trades may be adjusted to accommodate a compressed fixture or the possibility of increased team changes. Details to be confirmed.

— Player prices will be adjusted as usual, but there may be changes to when the changes take effect.

More will be known when the AFL reveals full details of its revised fixture. When decisions are made, we’ll pass them on to the SuperCoach community.

And we’ll give you tips to pick your team based on the latest changes. Every KFC SuperCoach player is in this together, now we have a new challenge that gives everyone a shot at SuperCoach glory. Good luck!

Register now at supercoach.com.au andtips.com.au.

A note on SuperCoach Racing:

At this stage, races will continue without any fans, so SuperCoach Racing will also continue.
Thanks, very useful info!

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How a 17-game AFL season will impact on your KFC SuperCoach plans

There’s never been an AFL season quite like this. But the good news is, KFC SuperCoach is going ahead. Here’s how a shortened season will impact your plans and the players you should be considering.

Tim Michell, Herald Sun

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March 17, 2020 1:54pm

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Stephen Coniglio SuperCoach tips

GWS captain Stephen Coniglio tells us who is looking good on the Giants list and who to steer clear of for SuperCoach

Who could have seen this coming?

After months of KFC SuperCoachhomework, the best laid plans are out the window.

But it’s not all doom and gloom.

KFC SuperCoach is still going ahead as the AFL pushes on with plans for a 17-round season.

The final details of the competition (number of trades etc.) are still being determined.

Many SuperCoaches have already started plotting what five fewer rounds, no byes and the potential for disruptions during the season will mean for their teams.

There’s only so much we can plan for in what is an unprecedented global pandemic.

From a purely KFC SuperCoach perspective, a 17-game season presents a new challenge for coaches who have nailed their formulas over 22 matches in recent years — and the rest of us a chance to take it up to the seasoned experts.

Here are 10 factors you should consider when making your plans before Round 1.

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Could you snare Lachie Whitfield cheaper if you don’t start with him?1. NAIL YOUR MID-PRICERS

Five fewer rounds will make it tougher to get your team to “full-premium” status using the popular guns-and-rookies approach. The fastest way to trade to a top scorer will be by nailing your starting mid-price selections. Say Lachie Whitfield ($604,100, FWD-MID) starts the campaign slowly and Christian Petracca ($441,300, FWD) dominates from the outset in his new midfield role. In one trade, you’ll be able to turn a player who started in the dangerous mid-price bracket such as Petracca into a season keeper.

HERE’S OUR MID-PRICE BIBLE TO HELP YOU OUT

2. THE MATT DE BOER EFFECT

The most-feared tagger in the game was set to lock horns with popular premiums Patrick Dangerfield (rounds 1 and 21) and Marcus Bontempelli(rounds 3 and 13) twice in 2020. That second meeting won’t be a part of the 17-round fixture, so don’t leave Dangerfield or Bontempelli out based solely on the likelihood of two De Boer shutdown jobs. Dylan Shiel, Dion Prestia and Luke Parker were others facing a likely De Boer clamp twice who now won’t have that concern.

Marcus Bontempelli will only have to face Matt De Boer once this season.3. RETHINK YOUR ROOKIE STRATEGY

How many rookies do you want to fieldwhen cash generation is going to be tough? KFC SuperCoaches found it tough to pinpoint the standout rookies throughout pre-season and that’s arguably only going to be more difficult now. You need a combination of strong job security and scoring potential and outside Marlion Pickett, there’s hardly a standout rookie who ticks both boxes. For example, would Brandon Zerk-Thatcher ($189,000, DEF) be squeezed out of Essendon’s team if the league went into lockdown and Patrick Ambrose recovered from a knee injury before footy started again?

4. BE PREPARED FOR THE SEASON TO STOP SUDDENLY

The coronavirus situation in Australia is changing daily and understandably, the health of players, staff and the fans is paramount. If the peak of the virus in Australia is still months away, there could come a point where KFC SuperCoach takes a break. Think about this when making your trades or punting a premium with a short-term injury.

FOOTY TIPS! Join Australia’s best footy tipping competition for your chance to win big. Add our experts to your league and join now at TIPS.COM.AU.

Brodie Grundy (right) and Max Gawn would have shared the same Round 13 bye.5. DON’T BANK ON VENUES STAYING THE SAME

Carlton has already declared it wants to play games at Princes Park while fans are unable to attend and it appears certain fixtures will be shifted. If you’d been banking on Jack Macrae, Josh Dunkley and Bontempelli dominating due to Western Bulldogs having five of their opening seven games at Marvel Stadium, you’ll need to rethink your strategy. The new AFL fixture will be a key KFC SuperCoach consideration.

6. NO BYES TO PLAN FOR

The bye rounds — which take into account a KFC SuperCoach team’s best 18 scores — won’t be a factor this year. There’s no need to think about bye planning, such as Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy missing in Round 13, when choosing your starting side.

7. ROOKIES WILL STILL CHANGE IN PRICE, POSSIBLY AFTER TWO GAMES

We’re still working through the finer details, but rookies still have a role to play. As stated above, cash generation is going to be tricky, particularly when making mid-season downgrades. However, price changes may take effect after two matches instead of three to compensate for five less rounds being played. This is still being discussed and we’ll keep KFC SuperCoaches informed about any rule changes.

Charlie Comben might not be the ruck loophole to capitalise on Max Gawn or Brodie Grundy going big anymore.8. FORGET CHARLIE COMBEN BEING THE BEST R3 LOOPHOLE

Dual-position status and a swag of Sunday fixtures made North Melbourne's Charlie Comben ($117,300, RUC-FWD) the best ruck loophole of 2020. But KFC SuperCoaches will need to do another set of analysis when the 17-round fixture is released to determine if that’s still the case. It would be handy for coaches if bargain-basement big man Matthew Conroy ($102,400) picked up a few extra Sunday games to be used for the captaincy loophole.

9. POINTS PER MINUTE WILL BE CRUCIAL

Amid talk of shorter quarters, players who amass KFC SuperCoach points quickly will be crucial. West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui often doesn’t play more than 60 per cent of matches, but recorded 1.38 points per minute played in 2019 — the best ratio in the league. Others who were prominent included Max Gawn (1.23 PPM), Brodie Grundy (1.21 PPM), Jack Macrae (1.19 PPM) and Adam Treloar (1.19 PPM). If it’s going to be a rapid-fire season, you want the quickest point scorers in your team.

10. BE FLEXIBLE

The AFL landscape is changing daily.KFC SuperCoach will be flexible this year should extra trades or other changes be required to compensate for an AFL hiatus or a coronavirus diagnosis. We’re here to provide the most enjoyable experience possible in Australia’s favourite fantasy game and will be making decisions based on the enjoyment of every KFC SuperCoach.

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How a 17-game AFL season will impact on your KFC SuperCoach plans

There’s never been an AFL season quite like this. But the good news is, KFC SuperCoach is going ahead. Here’s how a shortened season will impact your plans and the players you should be considering.

Tim Michell, Herald Sun

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March 17, 2020 1:54pm

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Stephen Coniglio SuperCoach tips

GWS captain Stephen Coniglio tells us who is looking good on the Giants list and who to steer clear of for SuperCoach

Who could have seen this coming?

After months of KFC SuperCoachhomework, the best laid plans are out the window.

But it’s not all doom and gloom.

KFC SuperCoach is still going ahead as the AFL pushes on with plans for a 17-round season.

The final details of the competition (number of trades etc.) are still being determined.

Many SuperCoaches have already started plotting what five fewer rounds, no byes and the potential for disruptions during the season will mean for their teams.

There’s only so much we can plan for in what is an unprecedented global pandemic.

From a purely KFC SuperCoach perspective, a 17-game season presents a new challenge for coaches who have nailed their formulas over 22 matches in recent years — and the rest of us a chance to take it up to the seasoned experts.

Here are 10 factors you should consider when making your plans before Round 1.

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Could you snare Lachie Whitfield cheaper if you don’t start with him?1. NAIL YOUR MID-PRICERS

Five fewer rounds will make it tougher to get your team to “full-premium” status using the popular guns-and-rookies approach. The fastest way to trade to a top scorer will be by nailing your starting mid-price selections. Say Lachie Whitfield ($604,100, FWD-MID) starts the campaign slowly and Christian Petracca ($441,300, FWD) dominates from the outset in his new midfield role. In one trade, you’ll be able to turn a player who started in the dangerous mid-price bracket such as Petracca into a season keeper.

HERE’S OUR MID-PRICE BIBLE TO HELP YOU OUT

2. THE MATT DE BOER EFFECT

The most-feared tagger in the game was set to lock horns with popular premiums Patrick Dangerfield (rounds 1 and 21) and Marcus Bontempelli(rounds 3 and 13) twice in 2020. That second meeting won’t be a part of the 17-round fixture, so don’t leave Dangerfield or Bontempelli out based solely on the likelihood of two De Boer shutdown jobs. Dylan Shiel, Dion Prestia and Luke Parker were others facing a likely De Boer clamp twice who now won’t have that concern.

Marcus Bontempelli will only have to face Matt De Boer once this season.3. RETHINK YOUR ROOKIE STRATEGY

How many rookies do you want to fieldwhen cash generation is going to be tough? KFC SuperCoaches found it tough to pinpoint the standout rookies throughout pre-season and that’s arguably only going to be more difficult now. You need a combination of strong job security and scoring potential and outside Marlion Pickett, there’s hardly a standout rookie who ticks both boxes. For example, would Brandon Zerk-Thatcher ($189,000, DEF) be squeezed out of Essendon’s team if the league went into lockdown and Patrick Ambrose recovered from a knee injury before footy started again?

4. BE PREPARED FOR THE SEASON TO STOP SUDDENLY

The coronavirus situation in Australia is changing daily and understandably, the health of players, staff and the fans is paramount. If the peak of the virus in Australia is still months away, there could come a point where KFC SuperCoach takes a break. Think about this when making your trades or punting a premium with a short-term injury.

FOOTY TIPS! Join Australia’s best footy tipping competition for your chance to win big. Add our experts to your league and join now at TIPS.COM.AU.

Brodie Grundy (right) and Max Gawn would have shared the same Round 13 bye.5. DON’T BANK ON VENUES STAYING THE SAME

Carlton has already declared it wants to play games at Princes Park while fans are unable to attend and it appears certain fixtures will be shifted. If you’d been banking on Jack Macrae, Josh Dunkley and Bontempelli dominating due to Western Bulldogs having five of their opening seven games at Marvel Stadium, you’ll need to rethink your strategy. The new AFL fixture will be a key KFC SuperCoach consideration.

6. NO BYES TO PLAN FOR

The bye rounds — which take into account a KFC SuperCoach team’s best 18 scores — won’t be a factor this year. There’s no need to think about bye planning, such as Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy missing in Round 13, when choosing your starting side.

7. ROOKIES WILL STILL CHANGE IN PRICE, POSSIBLY AFTER TWO GAMES

We’re still working through the finer details, but rookies still have a role to play. As stated above, cash generation is going to be tricky, particularly when making mid-season downgrades. However, price changes may take effect after two matches instead of three to compensate for five less rounds being played. This is still being discussed and we’ll keep KFC SuperCoaches informed about any rule changes.

Charlie Comben might not be the ruck loophole to capitalise on Max Gawn or Brodie Grundy going big anymore.8. FORGET CHARLIE COMBEN BEING THE BEST R3 LOOPHOLE

Dual-position status and a swag of Sunday fixtures made North Melbourne's Charlie Comben ($117,300, RUC-FWD) the best ruck loophole of 2020. But KFC SuperCoaches will need to do another set of analysis when the 17-round fixture is released to determine if that’s still the case. It would be handy for coaches if bargain-basement big man Matthew Conroy ($102,400) picked up a few extra Sunday games to be used for the captaincy loophole.

9. POINTS PER MINUTE WILL BE CRUCIAL

Amid talk of shorter quarters, players who amass KFC SuperCoach points quickly will be crucial. West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui often doesn’t play more than 60 per cent of matches, but recorded 1.38 points per minute played in 2019 — the best ratio in the league. Others who were prominent included Max Gawn (1.23 PPM), Brodie Grundy (1.21 PPM), Jack Macrae (1.19 PPM) and Adam Treloar (1.19 PPM). If it’s going to be a rapid-fire season, you want the quickest point scorers in your team.

10. BE FLEXIBLE

The AFL landscape is changing daily.KFC SuperCoach will be flexible this year should extra trades or other changes be required to compensate for an AFL hiatus or a coronavirus diagnosis. We’re here to provide the most enjoyable experience possible in Australia’s favourite fantasy game and will be making decisions based on the enjoyment of every KFC SuperCoach.

MORE AFL NEWS:
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7. ROOKIES WILL STILL CHANGE IN PRICE, POSSIBLY AFTER TWO GAMES

We’re still working through the finer details, but rookies still have a role to play. As stated above, cash generation is going to be tricky, particularly when making mid-season downgrades. However, price changes may take effect after two matches instead of three to compensate for five less rounds being played. This is still being discussed and we’ll keep KFC SuperCoaches informed about any rule changes.
 
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KFC SuperCoach: Expert verdict on best bargain picks for 17-round season

Mid-pricers are suddenly in vogue as the AFL plans for a 17-round season amid the coronavirus crisis. We've rated 70 of the top boom-or-bust picks in KFC SuperCoach.

Tim Michell, Al Paton and Dan Batten, Herald Sun

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Mid-pricers have become a necessary evil in KFC SuperCoach.

For all the potential pitfalls involved with starting a player in the $250,000-$450,000 bracket, the coronavirus crisis and 17-round season has created an unprecedented need to scour the fallen premiums and potential breakout stars.

Last year provided evidence of just how tough picking the right mid-pricer can be.

For every James Worpel ($395,700, average 97) and Zac Williams ($407,800, average 101.6) there were 10 examples of players who failed to make the leap to premium status.

How do you pick the perfect mid-pricer? A change in role, or club, is arguably the greatest indicator of a potential rise to KFC SuperCoach prominence.

That’s why players such as Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw ($382,800, FWD-MID) and Geelong recruit Jack Steven ($361,700, FWD-MID) feature in more than 10 per cent of teams.

Mining the mid-pricers for premiums returning from long-term injuries, such as Sam Docherty ($436,100, DEF) and Devon Smith ($335,800, FWD-MID) is another proven strategy.

Cash generation from rookies is going to be more difficult than ever this year with the league forced to cut its season from 22 rounds to 17.

This will bring mid-pricers into the plans of many coaches as the quickest leap to a fallen premium.

Whatever path you take, tread carefully.

Choosing the right mid-pricers can be the difference between KFC SuperCoach immortality and complete failure.

In a year where rookies are as scarce as toilet paper on supermarket shelves, mid-pricers have never been more important.

Tim Michell, Dan Batten and Al Paton provide their verdicts on more than 60 mid-price options for your KFC SuperCoach team.



DEFENDERS


Callum Mills (Sydney) $444,100 DEF 2019 avg: 81.8 Marsh Series scores: 105


Mills has threatened to break out every year since his 2016 debut with the hope of more midfield minutes to boost his scores. But it’s time we accept he’s likely to be a permanent halfback. He scored 105 in Sydney’s second pre-season game but there’s too many players back there — Jake Lloyd, Dane Rampe, Jordan Dawson — competing for points to do that regularly.

Al Paton’s verdict: Won’t be sucking me in this year. Good player, but not for SuperCoach.

Kade Simpson (Carlton) $442,600 DEF 2019 avg: 81.5 Marsh Series scores: 85, 65

The Carlton veteran was a SuperCoach staple in previous years, averaging 92.7 or more every season from 2009-2018. But his average tumbled from 105 in 2018 to 81.5 last year and it’s hard to make a strong case for Simpson when there’s so many other value KFC SuperCoach defenders. Pick his teammate Sam Docherty instead.

Tim Michell’s verdict: He’ll go down in the KFC SuperCoach defensive hall of fame but don’t start Simpson this year.

Sam Docherty (Carlton) $436,100 DEF 2019 avg: N/A. Marsh Series scores: 69, 105

The topscoring SuperCoach defender of 2016-17 is available as a mid-pricer – that’s an offer too good to pass up. The fact he hasn’t played in two years means we should temper our expectations a bit but should only get better as the year progresses.

Al Paton’s verdict: Unlikely to average 115 but still a good shot to be a top-six defender. Lock him in.

Sydney Stack (Richmond) $435,100 DEF 2019 avg: 80.1 Marsh Series scores: 79, 45

Stack was one of the SuperCoach rookies of 2019 after being signed during the supplemental period by the Tigers. He made an instant impression with 108 on debut and posted four other tons to finish with an average of 80.1. More importantly, he generated $345,400 for those who took the punt at a basement price. Stack only scored less than 63 twice which is huge for a first-year player.

Tim Michell’s verdict: He’s an intriguing option. Stack was a midfielder last season when he entered SuperCoach as a $102k rookie but has been reassigned as a defender. On talent alone he should be in Richmond’s best 22, but there’s enough questions about his job security not to start him. The Tigers won last year’s VFL premiership and only lost Brandon Ellis from their senior team.

Michael Hurley (Essendon) $432,900 DEF 2019 avg: 79.7 Marsh Series scores: 43, 116

The Bomber was a premium SuperCoach scorer in 2017 when he averaged 103 points a game, and his 91 average the next year wasn’t too bad. Last year his scoring nosedived as his previous high disposal numbers dried up. Can he bounce back? A 116 in Essendon’s final Marsh Series game puts him on the radar.

Al Paton’s verdict: Scored 43 in the Bombers first pre-season hitout. Injuries to defenders headlined by Patrick Ambrose don’t help him. Pass.

ry which puts a line through him as a KFC SuperCoach option.
 
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Bayley Fritsch (Melbourne) $413,900 DEF-FWD 2019 avg: 76.2 Marsh Series scores: DNP, 102

One of the best KFC SuperCoach picks of 2018 has turned into a very reliable performer for the Demons who can play at both ends – equating to a valuable defender-forward swing in fantasy. Fox Footy expert David King is tipping him to have a big year.

Al Paton’s verdict: Scored 102 in his only Marsh series appearance but his averages in his two full AFL seasons — 75 and 76 — are cause for concern. Could be a handy late round selection in SuperCoach Draft.

Connor Blakely (Fremantle) $411,500 DEF 2019 avg: 75.8 Marsh Series scores: 75, DNP

The Docker was tipped as the next big thing in defence when he logged nine SuperCoach hundreds in the last 12 games of 2017. His average of 85.1 in 2018 was serviceable before he dropped by 9.3 points to 75.8 last year. There were encouraging signs when he attended the fourth-most centre bounces for Fremantle in the Marsh Series against Carlton, but that was with Nat Fyfe and Michael Walters absent.

Tim Michell’s verdict: I’ve been tempted before, but not this year. Don’t be surprised if Dylan Roberton averages just as much and he’s $150,000 cheaper. He’s no certainty to feature in Round 1 after not playing in the second of Fremantle’s Marsh Series games.

Wayne Milera (Adelaide) $402,500 DEF-MID 2019 avg: 74.1 Marsh Series scores: 103, 57

KFC SuperCoach breakout dreams are all about players like Milera, who looks capable of anything if he can settle at halfback and stay fit. If you pick him and it comes off you’ll feel like a genius, but the strike rate on getting these picks right isn’t high.

Al Paton’s verdict: Scored 100-plus three times last year and had another three in the 40s. Went 103 then 57 in the Marsh Series. I’m not brave enough.

Hunter Clark (St Kilda) $402,200 DEF 2019 avg: 74.1 Marsh Series scores: 97, 56

Clark was one of the beneficiaries of Brett Ratten taking charge at Moorabbin midway through last season. The No. 7 draft pick from 2017 was thrust into a halfback role by Ratten and averaged 85.4 from Round 15 onwards. There’s plenty of questions about how the Saints line-up in Round 1 with so many new faces. But it would be a huge shock if Clark wasn’t deployed in the quarterback role he performed so effectively under Ratten’s watch.

Tim Michell’s verdict: I’m a huge fan, evidenced by trading Clark in late last year when he was on a hot streak. But can you start him and Sam Docherty? If we’re going to get five-six defensive rookies to pick from in Round 1, there’s unlikely to be space for two players in the $400,000-$450,000 price range. Maybe next year.

Alex Witherden (Brisbane Lions) $392,800 DEF 2019 avg: 72.3 Marsh Series scores: 49, 62

Looked like he was ready to become the next premium defender in KFC SuperCoach when he averaged 87 in his debut season, but he has gone backwards in the two years since. Needs to boot Daniel Rich off kick-out duties.

Al Paton’s verdict: Last year (average 72) was a bit of a mystery. Should improve, but by how much?

Zach Tuohy (Geelong) $386,300 DEF 2019 avg: 71.1 Marsh Series scores: 72, 112

The Irishman never quite got to premium status in KFC SuperCoach, hitting his peak in 2017 when he averaged 88.1. He’s dropped to 84.8 and 71.1 in recent years, scoring less than 60 five times in his 15 games in 2019. Tuohy’s dip coincided with Tom Stewart’s emergence as a SuperCoach premium. Stewart jumped from an 85.3 average in 2018 to 98.2 last year. At 30, Tuohy is unlikely to launch back above 80 again.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Has been prominent in pre-season but at 30, is he going to produce a 90+ season for the first time in his career? It would be one out of the box. There’s cheaper options such as Roberton who will likely score just as well.

James Aish (Fremantle) $353,000 DEF 2019 avg: 65 Marsh Series scores: 138, DNP

Burst on to the SuperCoach radar with a huge opening game of the Marsh Series, but has all the signs of a pre-season trap. Could flourish at a new club but bear in mind his SuperCoach averages over his six-year career — 71, 51, 63, 57, 68, 65.

Al Paton’s verdict: Nooooooo.
 
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Jayden Short (Richmond) $349,300 DEF 2019 avg: 64.3 Marsh Series scores: 113, 73

The small defender was a player expected to take another jump after increasing his output from 58.2 points a game in 2017 to 85.8 in 2018. An elbow injury in Round 3 kept him out until Round 15 last season and he never quite got going despite being an important member of the Tigers’ premiership backline. If he is going to be back on kick-in duties, he could be this year’s best mid-price defensive smokie.

Tim Michell’s verdict: One of the best mid-pricers in defence and one of very few options available for about $350,000 to have averaged 85+ before. Strongly consider him if it means nabbing an extra premium on another line, particularly in midfield.

Jack Watts (Port Adelaide) $307,900 DEF 2019 avg: 81 Marsh Series scores: DNP

Footy’s forgotten man showed signs of flourishing in a SuperCoach-friendly role using his elite kicking skills out of the backline last year (scoring 90 in Round 1) before injury struck just two weeks into the season. Returns at a heavily discounted price.

Al Paton’s verdict: Could still be a handy SuperCoach player at some point but didn’t feature in the Marsh Series so you can’t start with him.

Adam Cerra (Fremantle) $338,900 DEF 2019 avg: 62.4 Marsh Series scores: 89, 71

The No. 5 draftee from 2017 is ready to take the next step after featuring in 41 games in the past two years under Ross Lyon. With a new game plan and Justin Longmuir at the helm, Cerra has been tipped to be one of the young guns to spend greater time in midfield. Against Carlton in the Dockers’ first Marsh Series match, Cerra had 19 disposals for 89 points from 67 per cent game time. He only averaged 62.4 last year, so it’ll take a big jump for him to become a premium.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Fremantle’s new game style — based largely on possession — should benefit players such as Cerra who will play across halfback and through midfield. Dockers fans have noted his versatility, which could be a KFC SuperCoach detterant. Do you really want a player who could be in a back pocket one week and across half-forward the next? He’s a talent, but it’s a big leap from 60 points to a premium average.





Grant Birchall (Brisbane Lions) $292,700 DEF 2019 avg: 77 Marsh Series scores: 46, 67


Birchall was a staple of plenty of KFC SuperCoach defences through Hawthorn’s golden era, averaging 90-plus from 2011-13 and 84 as recently as 2016. Since then he has played just
eight games in three seasons due to injury. Played both Marsh Series games for scores of 46 and 67.

Al Paton’s verdict: The Lions have a way of turning injury-cursed players into reliable performers (think Lincoln McCarthy, Allen Christensen), but at 32 there isn’t enough upside to justify the risk.

Sam Durdin (North Melbourne) $285,600 DEF 2019 avg: 52.6 Marsh Series scores: 67, DNP

Majak Daw will return to North Melbourne’s defence in one of the best stories of 2020, but there’s a spot up for grabs if Durdin is good enough. Drafted in 2014, he’s preparing for his sixth season at the Roos. He didn’t debut until 2017 and his tally of 10 matches last year was his most during his time at Arden St. He had three scores of 76-plus last year but also four of less than 50.

Tim Michell’s verdict: It’s hard to see him being a consistent enough scorer to be a SuperCoach factor. There’s better options at his price too.

Jack Lukosius (Gold Coast) $274,600 DEF-FWD 2019 avg: 50.6 Marsh Series scores: 70, 58

The No. 2 draft pick found his feet in an intercepting role in defence later in 2019, resulting in dual-position status in KFC SuperCoach in 2020. Scores should continue trending upwards.

Al Paton’s verdict: Ask me again in 2022.

Tom Doedee (Adelaide) $273,700 DEF 2019 avg: 56 Marsh Series scores: DNP

The intercept defender was set to be one of the most-popular KFC SuperCoach picks of the year before a pre-season setback delayed his return from an ACL injury. He’s listed as being 1-3 weeks away, but the Crows are known for being cautious with players returning from injury. Doedee’s role suits SuperCoach, but unfortunately the time frame doesn’t. The 23-year-old averaged 82.2 from 20 games in 2018.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Doedee might be the perfect exit strategy if a mid-price defender doesn’t work out and he’s back about a month into the season. A knee injury is set to delay his start to the campaign but monitor his progress through the SANFL closely.

Isaac Quaynor (Collingwood) $261,700 DEF 2019 avg: 60.3 Marsh Series scores: DNP

The dashing Magpies teenager broke through for four games in his debut season but expect that number to climb sharply after a standout summer on the track. Was solid in the Pies’ practice match against Carlton but John Noble is ahead of him for a Round 1 berth.

Al Paton’s verdict: Likely SuperCoach star of the future, but you can’t start him if he’s not there in Round 1.

pped another foot injury which puts a line through him as a KFC SuperCoach option.
 
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Dylan Roberton (St Kilda) $260,400 DEF 2019 avg: N/A Marsh Series scores: DNP, 60

Fingers crossed Roberton is good to go for Round 1 after a serious heart condition threatened his career. The St Kilda defender averaged a career-best 92.6 in his last full season in 2017, reaching 100 four times by Round 6. A repeat of that number would almost make him a season keeper at D6, although most coaches will start him in the hope of trading to a fallen premium when his price and break-even meet.

Tim Michell’s verdict: I’ve cooled on him, but only due to the need to spend extra money on high-price rookies such as John Noble ($215K) and Lachlan Ash ($193K). If you’ve got the money and he’s fit for Round 1, don’t hesitate. The Saints have been buoyed by his off-season progress.

MIDFIELDERS

Sam Menegola $441,700 2019 avg: 81.3 Marsh Series scores: DNP, 7

Menegola was one of the most consistent KFC SuperCoach scorers at the Cattery in his first three seasons, averaging 99.3, 100.4 and 100. But his scoring fell away dramatically last year as he posted 81.3 from nine games. He’s been available as a FWD-MID in previous seasons but with MID only status, it’s hard to make a case for him in 2020. Quinton Narkle seems more likely to take on a prominent role in the middle after Tim Kelly’s move west.

Tim Michell’s verdict: At that price, you need him averaging 105 or more and he’s never gone close to that. Look elsewhere.

Jack Viney $439,300 2019 avg: 80.9 Marsh Series scores: 120, 133

Viney recorded his worst SuperCoach numbers since 2014 last year, playing through injury and averaging 80.9 points per game. The Melbourne hard-nut has never averaged above 100 but he is threatening surpass that mark – if his Marsh Series is anything to go by. Viney amassed 120 and 133 against Adelaide and Hawthorn respectively. Can he replicate that scoring during the season?

Dan Batten’s verdict: There’s enough data across his seven seasons of senior footy to suggest Viney is incapable of averaging midfield premium numbers. There may be a rise, but it smells like a trap to me.

Will Brodie $435,800 2019 avg: 80.3 Marsh Series scores: 99, 89

The contested ball winner has never been a regular at Gold Coast, which is a knock on his SuperCoach relevance. However, he did increase his average from 68.1 in 2018 to 80.2 last season in the eight games he played. Two of those were 100+ and he had at least 20 disposals in every game bar one. He’d need to increase his average by at least 20 points to be a worthwhile selection which seems a tall order.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Looks like he could emerge as a midfield bull for the Suns but I need to see more than I have in his 19 career games.

Dan Hannebery $417,000 2019 avg: 96 Marsh Series scores: 69

Injury has cruelled the former SuperCoach gun and he is a far-cry from the player who twice averaged above 113 across a season. However, when he eventually did enter the Saints side he performed well, scoring 94 points or more in four of his five games last season. In fact, Hannebery had the highest points per minute of any player in the competition in 2019.

Dan Batten’s verdict: He’s cheap but you can’t trust him to play 15 games, let alone 22.

Andrew McGrath $399,400 2019 avg: 73.5 Marsh Series scores: 94, 105

Positive signs from the No. 1 draftee in the pre-season as he looks to fulfil the promise of moving from defence to becoming a fully-fledged midfielder. He appeared to have peaked at an average of 73.5 playing in the backline but should improve spending more time around the ball. Will that be enough to justify spending almost $400,000 though? It’s a stretch, but I’m tempted.

Tim Michell’s verdict: He should give Essendon fans a glimpse of a bright future this year but is likely to be 12 months off a potential KFC SuperCoach explosion.

Quinton Narkle $396,600 2019 avg: 104.3 Marsh Series scores: 113, 78

‘Sparkle’ Narkle was thrown into the Cats’ on-ball mix in his three home-and-away games last year and thrived, posting ominous scores of 123 and 134. His other four games in the Cats’ side – including finals – produced far less impressive results, failing to score above 70. There is no doubting his ceiling, the question remains whether Narkle can do it on a consistent basis, and no Tim Kelly should help his cause.

Dan Batten’s verdict: Would have been an interesting pick if he had FWD-MID status. But it’s a massive risk picking a mid-priced midfielder who has played just 12 AFL games.

Oliver Florent $373,400 2019 avg: 68.8 Marsh Series scores: 66, 41

Another player in breakout territory approaching his fourth campaign in the Harbour City. He’s in no-man’s land though due to his price. He’s highly unlikely to boost his scoring from 68.8 to premium numbers and you’re guaranteed to burn a trade turning him into a fallen premium at some stage. Two hundreds in the last three games of 2019 was exciting, but don’t bother.

Tim Michell’s verdict: It’s always nice to hear a player is going to spend more time in midfield, but there’s much better options than Florent at a similar price or cheaper.

Rupert Wills $337,900 2019 avg: 69.1 Marsh Series scores: 53, 72

The 26-year-old Pie has been on the fringes due to the star midfielders ahead of him, managing just 13 games in four seasons. He averaged a whopping 123 points per game in the VFL last year, compared to 69.1 at AFL level. Wills had more centre-bounce attendances during pre-season with Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams missing at stages.

Dan Batten’s verdict: A tackling machine but doesn’t do enough with the footy. Likely to be forced out once Treloar returns from injury.

Jordan Clark $330,900 2019 avg: 60.9 Marsh Series scores: 78, 59

An exciting talent who will take SuperCoach by storm in years to come. His best was great last season and he made almost $200,000 for those who picked him as a cash cow. Eight scores of 54 or less is a huge worry though and should be enough to deter you if you were considering him as a mid-price bolter.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Had him last year and it was very much a love-hate relationship. No thanks.

Jackson Hately $301,600 2019 avg: 61.7 Marsh Series scores: 129, 92

How could we forget Jackson Hately? The man who struggled to get picked due to the Giants’ midfield logjam last year may be the player to benefit from Tim Taranto’s injury. The ball-winner posted scores of 85 and 95 in his first two games at AFL footy and posted similarly tantalising scores in his Marsh Series matches.

Dan Batten’s verdict: His job security is too shaky – a fact most of us know all too well.
 
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Harry Morrison $287,200 2019 avg: 52.9 Marsh Series scores: 43, 84

Morrison makes the list as he was used in Blake Hardwick’s role across halfback in the second of Hawthorn’s Marsh Series games and scored 84 points. His numbers in 2018 (19 games, 64.5) would have caught the eye if he was closer to top rookie value, but he’s just too expensive to be a SuperCoach factor. Especially when he could be squeezed out of the team when Hardwick returns about two months into the season.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Just pick a rookie instead. They’ll generate more cash and likely score similar anyway.

RUCKS

Tim English $448,400 2019 avg: 82.6 Marsh Series scores: 123

All the talk out of Whitten Oval has been English is in for a big year, and his first Marsh outing franked that. Up against Scott Lycett in the first half, English was comfortably on top and finished with a game-high 123 points, winning 13 touches, 37 hit-outs and kicking two goals. The beanpole ruckman has added considerable size to his slender frame and appears set to add plenty of points to his 2019 average.

Dan Batten’s verdict: Can he average enough to keep the whole year? No. Could he be a useful stepping stone to Gawn/Grundy? Perhaps. Probably 1-2 years off entering the premium ruck category.

Toby Nankervis $404,300 2019 avg: 74.4 Marsh Series scores: DNP

He was a great KFC SuperCoach pick three years ago when he started at $366,400 and averaged 88.8. But injuries restricted the Tigers big man to nine matches last year and he’s locked in a battle with Ivan Soldo for No. 1 billing at Punt Road. You wouldn’t want to take a punt on Nakervis regaining the centre-square mantle, only for him to be squeezed out for Soldo a few weeks into the season.

Tim Michell’s verdict: He was a star a few years ago when he started at a similar price. But it’s all about set-and-forget now which means starting Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy. Even if you are intent on picking a mid-pricer, Nank isn’t the answer.

Andrew Phillips $403,100 2019 avg: 92.8 Marsh Series scores: 73, 87

The Bombers recruit will have a key role while their ruck stocks remain depleted. Phillips recorded a very respectable average last season in his five games for the Blues, and could replicate that as the No. 1 man at the Bombers – at least until Tom Bellchambers returns.

Dan Batten’s verdict: If he was a bit cheaper he might be worth consideration.

Sam Jacobs $348,400 2019 avg: 80.2 Marsh Series scores: 66, 111

Now this is a mid-price ruck move I can get behind. Jacobs isn’t going to average 115.4 again like he did in 2014, but he’s a durable big man who only left Adelaide due to a lack of opportunity after Reilly O’Brien’s emergence. I don’t completely buy that Jacobs and fellow veteran Shane Mumford will share ruck duties. Expect Mumford to be back-up to Jacobs, who will certainly be the Giants’ first-choice ruckman. He’ll be a great stopgap for the first half of the season if you can’t afford to start with the big two.

Tim Michell’s verdict: I’ll always advocate starting with Gawn and Grundy, but if you can’t squeeze them in, Jacobs is the man you should target. He ticks most of the boxes.

Zac Smith $254,700 2019 avg: 67 Marsh Series scores: 87, 122

Back at his first club after being stuck down the queue in Geelong’s long but unremarkable ruck brigade. In Jarrod Witts’ absence in the Marsh Series, Zac Smith shocked SuperCaoches with totals of 87 and 122 against Geelong and Adelaide respectively. His ton matched up against emerging big man Reilly O’Brien was no mean feat, but Witts will be back soon.

Dan Batten’s verdict: With co-captain Jarrod Witts closing in on a Round 1 return, it’ll be back to the NEAFL for Smith despite some strong pre-season form.

Sam Naismith $251,500 2019 avg: N/A Marsh Series scores: 79, 69

The Swans big man hasn’t played for the past two years and is more than $100,000 cheaper than he was scheduled to start 2018 ($363,700) as a result. I understand the appeal of picking a cheaper ruckman to load your KFC SuperCoach team in other positions, but Naismith’s career-best average is 69.6. That would mean giving up about 60 points each round to the Gawn-Grundy owners which is a significant gulf.

Tim Michell’s verdict: If you’re going cheap, it has to be Jacobs. At least he has a proven history of averaging 80+.

FORWARDS

Darcy MacPherson (Gold Coast) $443,800 FWD-MID 2019 avg: 81.7 Marsh Series scores: 132, 127

The Suns mid-forward is worth a look after lifting his average from 60 to 81.7 last year. MacPherson went from 14 disposals a game to 18.7 and averaged 6.1 tackles a game. On that trajectory, the 22-year-old will be a contender to finish in the top-10 forwards. Jordan De Goey (87.3) had the 10th-highest average in 2019 of this year’s forwards.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Has put himself at the forefront of mind with a blistering Marsh Series. His career is on the right KFC SuperCoach scoring trajectory and the early indications suggest he’ll be in the mix to be a top 6-10 forward come season’s end. He averaged 129 in pre-season.

Patrick Lipinski (Western Bulldogs) $441,500 FWD-MID 2019 avg: 81.3 Marsh Series scores: 71, 97

The bullocking young Bulldog looms as a breakout contender after averaging 92.5 points in the last five rounds of 2019. Lipinski’s average surged from 59.4 in 2018 to 81.3 last season, but whether he can push a 90-plus average will be determined by how much midfield time he gets.

Dan Batten’s verdict: The Dogs signalled their intent in their first Marsh Series game with star trio Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae and Josh Dunkley attending more than 20 centre-bounces, while Lipinski attended the fourth-most with nine. He’s one to look at during the season if he gets greater midfield opportunity.

Christian Petracca (Melbourne) $441,300 FWD 2019 avg: 81.3 Marsh Series scores: 188, 72

Petracca’s KFC SuperCoach popularity skyrocketed after he monstered 188 points against Adelaide in the Marsh Series, racking up 27 contested disposals. The star Demon has been slated for greater midfield time after spending 79 per cent of games in attack last year. That doesn’t guarantee a scoring spike but his effort against the Crows was impossible to ignore, although his Marsh 2 score of 72 did temper expectations.

Tim Michell’s verdict: I’m on the fence after a scores of 188 and 72 in the Marsh Series. He likely gets nudged out of teams due to Jack Steven, Andrew Brayshaw and Devon Smith being cheaper, with just as much scoring potential.

Brandan Parfitt (Geelong) $427,400 FWD-MID 2019 avg: 78.7 Marsh Series scores: DNP, 58

Parfitt’s SuperCoach average dipped in 2019, posting 78.7 points a game last season compared to 80 the previous year. He showed he was capable of producing premium totals, posting six 95-plus scores, but also fell below 70 on six occasions. Parfitt was left out of the Cats’ opening Marsh clash but is tipped to return following a standout showing in a VFL scratch match.

Dan Batten’s verdict: Is too good to be on the outer, but will he be the beneficiary of Tim Kelly’s midfield time? Quinton Narkle is ahead of him in centre-square pecking order.

Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide) $422,100 FWD 2019 avg: 77.7 Marsh Series scores: 108, 70

The Power rising star scored five KFC SuperCoach tons in his debut campaign, including a season-best 119 in Round 21 against Sydney. Rozee has been trialled in midfield during the off-season and amassed 108 against Brisbane Lions in Port Adelaide’s opening game of the Marsh Series. From 77.7 points last year, his average is only heading north.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Rate Rozee as both a player and a SuperCoach pick. How many players who spent the majority of the season in forward 50 averaged more than him last year? In four games last year where he had 20 disposals, he scored 102-119. That bodes well for a potential spike playing further afield.

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Jack Martin (Carlton) $420,800 FWD-MID 2019 avg: 77.5 Marsh Series scores: 75, 78

While the former Sun has never averaged more than 82 in his six AFL seasons, his first Marsh Series performance was very encouraging. Martin reached 75 points from 45 per cent game time in his first match in navy blue, tallying nine disposals, five tackles and slotting a goal. Could the Blues recruit blossom into a SuperCoach premium at his new club?

Dan Batten’s verdict: Looks like a pre-season trap to me. Can’t see Martin going above 85 playing as an outside midfielder.

Jonathon Ceglar (Hawthorn) $417,000 RUC-FWD 2019 avg: 76.8 Marsh Series scores: 80, 101

Earmarked for the No. 1 ruck role at Hawthorn with Ben McEvoy to play predominantly in defence. There’s always going to be the risk coach Alastair Clarkson will swing McEvoy into the middle, but don’t let that deter you from considering Ceglar. The 29-year-old averaged 36 hit outs and 95.7 points in the last three rounds of 2019 when McEvoy was trialled as a key backman.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Love the idea of having potential ruck back-up via a Charlie Comben

($117,300, RUC-FWD) swing, but wouldn’t you trade Max Gawn or Brodie Grundy if they’re injured? Three games isn’t a big enough sample to pick him with much confidence. Have to admit his pre-season was promising and the price is tempting though.

Bailey Smith (Western Bulldogs) $415,900 FWD-MID 2019 avg: 76.6 Marsh Series scores: 80, 86

Bailey Smith has the makings of a SuperCoach star of the future after recording an average of 76.6 in his debut season. Smith is a similar case to teammate Patrick Lipinski given there are limited spots up for grabs in the stacked Bulldogs midfield.

Dan Batten’s verdict: Expect him to build on his first-season average, but not enough for him to enter considerations. There’s just too many big guns in the Bulldogs team who chew up points and only so many breakouts can happen.

Brad Ebert (Port Adelaide) $415,200 FWD 2019 avg: 76.5 Marsh Series scores: 43, 47

The Port Adelaide veteran averaged less than 80 for the first time since 2011 last year as he was restricted to 11 games by concussion. Ebert spent the majority of time in attack upon his return and his average dipped from 100 after Round 6 to 76.5. He’d played 21 or 22 games in nine consecutive seasons before last year, so his durability isn’t an issue.

Tim Michell’s verdict: There’s spots up for grabs in Port Adelaide’s midfield and Ebert is expected to filter back into the middle in the absence of injured vice-captain Ollie Wines. He posted a career-best average of 100.7 two years ago but has had a quiet pre-season. He’s on the watch list, but I wouldn’t start him.

Chad Wingard (Hawthorn) $412,300 FWD-MID 2019 avg: 75.9 Marsh Series scores: 56, 50

Wingard had an injury-interrupted campaign in his first year at the Hawks and his SuperCoach average suffered as a consequence. However, spending more time in midfield, Wingard averaged 26.5 disposals, six tackles, 5.2 clearances and 90.8 points a game in the final four rounds. The 26-year-old finished with 15 touches and 56 points in a promising display in Hawthorn’s pre-season clash with St Kilda.

Dan Batten’s verdict: Wingard has averaged more than 88 four times in his career and he is more than capable of that at full fitness. His pre-season raised concerns though and there’s better options around his price or cheaper.

Liam Baker (Richmond) $403,900 DEF-FWD 2019 avg: 74.4 Marsh Series scores: 120, 46

Baker managed 85 or more in six of his first eight matches last year after playing three games in 2018. He played a more advanced role in Richmond’s Marsh Series clash against Collingwood, amassing 120 points. However, the Tigers were without their State of Origin stars in Wangaratta. When they returned, he only posted 46.

Tim Michell’s verdict: His dual-position eligibility is a bonus, but Sydney’s Jordan Dawson ($467,800) has the same DEF-FWD swing and greater scoring potential. Pass.

Lance Franklin (Sydney) $394,200 FWD 2019 avg: 72.6 Marsh Series scores: DNP

Veteran superstar Lance Franklin was flying at the start of pre-season before he was forced to undergo surgery on his knee, putting him in doubt for Round 1. If he is ready to go he could prove an inspired selection, facing Adelaide, Essendon, Gold Coast and Carlton to start the season.

Dan Batten’s verdict: Couldn’t go lower than last year but it’d be a Buddy big risk coming off an interrupted pre-season.
 
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Tom Lynch (Richmond) $388,800 FWD 2019 avg: 71.6 Marsh Series scores: DNP, 111

It’s feast or famine in SuperCoach for key forwards. Lynch posted three consecutive tons (103, 116 and 132) from rounds 17-19 last year, but also had a stretch of seven games in eight where he scored 57 or less.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Only consider key forwards mid-season when they have a favourable run of fixtures ahead. The Tigers finish 2020 with an appealing run against Adelaide, Carlton, Hawthorn and Fremantle during SuperCoach finals.

Tom McDonald (Melbourne) $387,000 FWD 2019 avg: 71.3 Marsh Series scores: 139, 50

Like his club, McDonald sparkled in 2018 and struggled last season. His Marsh Series hitout against Adelaide was reminiscent of his form two seasons ago when he averaged 97.6 points per game, finishing with 17 disposals, seven marks, three goals and 139 points.

Dan Batten’s verdict: He’s a nice forward smokie given the Demons are likely to rise this year. Would take a braver man than me to go through with it, though.

Blake Acres (Fremantle) $384,400 FWD-MID 2019 avg: 70.8 Marsh Series scores: 111, DNP

Our first look at Acres the Docker in the Marsh Series was eye-catching. The ex-Saint had 31 disposals, six clearances and six inside-50s against Carlton in a performance which earned praise from new coach Justin Longmuir. If only he hadn’t pinged a hamstring at training a few days later.

Tim Michell’s verdict: He was right in the mix after his efforts against the Blues until being injured. Look at Andrew Brayshaw instead if you want a Docker.

Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle) $382,800 FWD-MID 2019 avg: 70.5 Marsh Series scores: 94, 102

He has been promised greater midfield time and we saw the benefits against Carlton in the Marsh Series when he tallied 19 disposals, seven tackles and four clearances on his way to 94 points. Entering his third season, the former No. 2 pick is a potential breakout contender but it’s worth tracking his midfield time when Nat Fyfe and Michael Walters return in Marsh game two. He has scored 90 points or more just three times in his 39 games so far.

Dan Batten’s verdict: Hasn’t shown enough to date to suggest he will elevate himself into forward premium status – even with more centre-bounce action.

Jack Riewoldt (Richmond) $374,100 FWD 2019 avg: 68.9 Marsh Series scores: DNP, 27

The one key forward you could consider. Riewoldt’s worst SuperCoach season from 2010-2018 was 81.5 and he averaged more than 90 in four of those years. The gun Tiger dropped $87,800 and $131,100 from his starting price in 2017 and 2018. After bottoming out at $324,100 two years ago, he averaged 113.8 from Round 15 onwards.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Keep him in mind for a mid-season trade. Although from this starting price, it’s unlikely Riewoldt will come much cheaper.

Jack Steven (Geelong) $361,700 FWD-MID 2019 avg: 74 Marsh Series scores: DNP, 97

There is no doubt the former Saint is underpriced entering 2020 after dealing with injury and mental health setbacks. From all reports he is in a good space at his new club despite a calf blow which halted his first pre-season as a Cat. While he is unlikely to return to his former SuperCoach glory, a 90-plus season average is a definite possibility with midfield minutes up for grabs in Tim Kelly’s absence.

Dan Batten’s verdict: He was in my side early in pre-season but his recent calf blow raised concerns over his durability. However, the first glimpse of him as a Geelong player in the Marsh Series has me reassessing again.

Jack Higgins (Richmond) $358,800 FWD 2019 avg: 66.1 Marsh Series scores: 22, DNP

The small forward made an encouraging return for the Tigers in Wangaratta after undergoing brain surgery last year. Higgins was a nice cash cow two years ago but doesn’t have the SuperCoach-friendly role which makes other mid-price options appealing.

Tim Michell’s verdict: Great to see him back out there, but there’s better SuperCoach options.

Tarryn Thomas (North Melbourne) $339,900 FWD 2019 avg: 62.6 Marsh Series scores: 61, 52

Thomas provided plenty of excitement for Roos fans in his debut season and while he was an inconsistent scorer, he showed glimpses of his SuperCoach ceiling, registering scores of 109 and 107 – the latter coming in just his fifth game.

Dan Batten’s verdict: He’ll be great to watch, but not from a SuperCoach perspective. Pass.
 
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