$150K gets him to $360K which would be a great outcome given not many rookies even get to $300K. I think with the $200K picks if they can get over $300K that's a decent result even if it isn't the magic $150K price rise.
I think if they only get to $270K then that's a fail and unfortunately a lot of the $200K rookies do struggle to even get to that point.
if Walsh makes $120K he gets to $330K and to me that's a useful tradeable price. If a $120K rookie makes $120K he's only at $240K and that's harder to trade from.
The Phantom’s Pre-Season: The SuperCoach midfielders who must be on your JLT Series watchlist
The Phantom, The Advertiser
an hour ago
The JLT Series is upon us and it’s finally time to see the players we’ve been talking about over summer in action. The Phantom looks at the SuperCoach midfielders who must be on your watchlist.
Brad Crouch $418,000
The first step of Crouch’s comeback — the practice match against the Power last week — was a success. If all runs smoothly over the next two weeks, SuperCoaches will be tempted.
Chayce Jones $171,300
The Crows’ first selection in last year’s draft wasn’t a standout in the practice match but he’ll get plenty of opportunity to showcase his speed and toughness in the JLT Series.
Hugh McCluggage $416,800
With his midfield role set to increase, The Phantom is tipping a breakout season for the classy, third-year Lion.
Ely Smith $117,300
The ready-made draftee should get a chance to show his ball winning ability on the inside over the next two weeks but faces a tough task breaking into the senior side early in his debut season.
Sam Walsh $207,300
Can the No. 1 draft pick follow up his dominant practice match performance with an impressive showing in the JLT Series? Blues fans — and SuperCoaches, who are considering the top-price rookie — are hoping so.
Michael Gibbons $102,300
The mature-age recruit, who played predominantly as a forward in the practice match against the Hawks, is already in 32 per cent of SuperCoach teams after being added to the Blues’ list earlier this month. Expect that number to skyrocket come Round 1.
Taylor Adams $523,100
He was pushed out the midfield at times last season but don’t forget about the Collingwood ball magnet, among the other big names, in 2019.
Dylan Clarke $147,700
In the VFL last season, the 20-year-old averaged 27 disposals, eight tackles, five clearances and 110 SuperCoach points per game and, despite concern over his kicking, deserves a chance to showcase his strengths in the senior team.
Brett Bewley $117,300
The long-kicking, hard-running mature-age recruit from Williamstown in the VFL is ready to have a big impact in his first season at Fremantle.
Tom North $123,900
As the Dockers look to cover the loss of Lachie Neale and his work at stoppages, the big-bodied, inside midfielder could be a Round 1 bolter.
Charlie Constable $123,900
Constable just missed out on a Round 1 debut last season but it could be a different story for the tall midfielder in 2019. Watch for the 19-year-old’s clearance work during the JLT Series.
Tom Atkins $112,900
The VFL’s tackle king — Atkins applied a record-breaking 23 in 2017 — has been training with the Cats’ forwards over the pre-season and has his eyes set on a pressure-forward role this season.
Anthony Miles $342,000
The 26-year-old’s numbers will increase on the back on increased midfield responsibility at the Suns but will the rise be enough to warrant selection in SuperCoach? We’ll get an indication over the next fortnight.
George Horlin-Smith $270,300
He’s part of the Suns’ leadership group but what sort of role will the former Cat play on the field in 2019? The 26-year-old has played some great senior football and dominated in the VFL during his time at Geelong.
Jackson Hately $148,800
Hately arrived at the Giants with a body ready for the big time after a number of impressive performances at senior level in the SANFL last season. Keep an eye on the 18-year-old as he lines up on a wing.
Jye Caldwell $162,300
From a SuperCoach point-of-view, Caldwell has been overshadowed by his fellow draftee Hately for most of the pre-season but the classy right-footer is slowly turning the tables after an impressive practice match showing through the midfield
Tim Taranto $481,600
The third-year Giant was the main man in the midfield against the Swans last week and he dominated. Trust me, it won’t be the only time the 21-year-old dominates in 2019.
James Cousins $219,900
Can the 21-year-old, who has seven senior games to his name, help fill the void left by Tom Mitchell in the Hawthorn engine room? His practice match performance would suggest he’ll get a chance. Watch closely as he battles with a number of other young team-mates for a Round 1 midfield spot.
Darren Minchington $190,900
The former Saint is eyeing a forward-line role at his new club and the JLT Series is his chance to make a case.
Tom Sparrow $117,300
Despite being a longshot for Round 1 selection, given the strength of the Demons’ midfield group, expect to see the tough South Australian showcase the contested nature of his game at some stage over the next two weeks.
Corey Wagner $123,900
Wagner, signed by Melbourne under the AFL’s new rookie rules, has been a standout with his running over summer. Can he squeeze into Simon Goodwin’s side as a role-player?
Aaron Hall $389,200
Will coach Brad Scott give his new recruit a licence to thrill in 2019? Let’s hope so.
Luke Davies-Uniacke $197,500
Failed to live up to the hype in his debut season but 2019 could be a different story. The 19-year-old will be given every opportunity to blossom in a developing Kangaroos midfield.
Zak Butters $157,800
The No. 12 selection from last year’s draft was the Power’s best-performed first-year player in the practice match against the Crows. With spots up for grabs at Alberton, look for the damaging 18-year-old to make a compelling case over the next two weeks.
Tom Rockliff $405,900
In a stark contrast to last year, Rockliff is fit and the Power need help on the inside with Ollie Wines set to miss the early part of the season. An impressive JLT Series will make for interesting SuperCoach discussion.
Riley Collier-Dawkins $121,800
This kid is a future SuperCoach star and, if he can carry his intra-club form into the JLT Series, a debut might come sooner than most originally suspected.
Jack Steele $512,600
After a standout summer, watch for Steele’s running to go to another level in 2019. And, with that, so should his numbers.
Nick Hind $117,300
The mature-age speedster, who averaged 22 disposals and 87 points in the VFL last season, could all be sew up a Round 1 debut with an impressive showing over the next two weeks.
Jordan Dawson $260,600
If he finally gets consistent opportunity, look for a big spike in scoring from the 192cm midfielder, who has dominated the NEAFL for the past two years.
Oliver Florent $359,300
The third-year Swan has been earmarked for more midfield minutes in 2019. Will that mean an increase in SuperCoach scoring? The JLT Series might tell us more.
Bailey Smith $180,300
Superstar Marcus Bontempelli has been impressed with the Bulldogs’ top draft pick and I think we all might be after the pre-season competition.
Will Hayes $117,300
After averaging 26 disposals and 10 contested possessions, on the way to winning Footscray’s best-and-fairest award in the VFL last season, Hayes finally gets his chance in the big time. And SuperCoaches should get their first look at the 23-year-old over the next two weeks.
Luke Foley $117,300
Like Docker Bailey Banfield, the 19-year-old was drafted after being overlooked the previous year. Can the 188cm midfielder have a similar impact in his first season?
We name the SuperCoach players from every club to watch in the first week of the JLT Series
Ben Higgins, Herald Sun
February 28, 2019 1:00pm
The JLT Series is finally here.
Real football to watch and base our SuperCoach pre-season prognostications on rather than stats and guesses.
The first week of matches provides not only some intriguing match-ups but also a chance to get a look at crucial cash cows.
ESSENDON v CARLTON
BOMBERS PLAYER TO WATCH: Zach Merrett ($544,800, Mid)
We’re watching Merrett because he has had an interrupted pre-season but he’s due to play some of JLT 1 on Thursday night and we’re keen to see how he moves after overcoming an ankle injury. He’s great value at less than $550k but is he fully fit?
KEEP AN EYE ON: Dylan Shiel ($487,000, Mid), Andrew McGrath ($384,300, Def-Mid), Aaron Francis ($350,900, Def), Joe Daniher ($277,800, Fwd), Zac Clarke ($147,700, Ruck)
BLUES PLAYER TO WATCH: Sam Walsh ($207,300, Mid)
All eyes will be on the No.1 draft pick whether you’re interested in SuperCoach or not. We’ve got to shell out big money on a first-year player but the big wraps over summer seem to suggest he’s worth it. He’ll walk into Carlton’s midfield from Round 1.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Patrick Cripps ($648,200, Mid) Kade Simpson ($570,300, Def), Nic Newman ($394,100, Def), Will Setterfield ($144,900, Mid-Fwd), Michael Gibbons ($102,400, Mid)
WEST COAST v GEELONG
EAGLES PLAYER TO WATCH: Nathan Vardy ($306,400, Ruck-Fwd)
What are West Coast doing with their ruck set-up? Will Tom Hickey be No.1? Can Nathan Vardy step up? We’d prefer the premiership big man for two reasons; he’s cheaper and available as a forward. However, he’d need to prove his scoring potential having only played more than 10 games in a season once and averaging 67.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Andrew Gaff ($587,400, Mid), Elliot Yeo ($585,500, Mid), Shannon Hurn ($523,400, Def), Josh Smith ($244,300, Fwd), Jack Petrucelle ($123,900, Fwd)
CATS PLAYER TO WATCH: Darcy Fort ($117,300, Ruck)
Fort has been one of the buzz players this SuperCoach pre-season with some (cough … Al Paton) even experimenting with him at R2. The mature-age recruit is in a battle to be Geelong’s No.1 ruckman come Round 1 and has been praised by skipper Joel Selwood. The JLT Series will reveal a lot.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Tim Kelly ($505,800, Mid-Fwd), Brandan Parfitt ($434,300, Fwd), Nakia Cockatoo ($190,500, Fwd), Jordan Clark ($144,300, Def), Tom Atkins ($112,900, Mid)
NORTH MELBOURNE v ST KILDA
KANGAROOS PLAYER TO WATCH: Todd Goldstein ($548,000, Ruck)
Fairly straight forward here. Anybody wanting to save some money in the rucks will be watching Goldstein against St Kilda and how he gels with a new-look Kangaroos midfield. He should feast on an understrength Saints ruck department.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Aaron Hall ($389,200, Mid), Luke Davies-Uniacke ($197,500, Mid), Ben McKay ($123,900, Def), Curtis Taylor ($117,300, Mid-Fwd), Tom Wilkinson ($102,400, Fwd)
SAINTS PLAYER TO WATCH: Dylan Roberton ($297,500, Def)
He reportedly starred in last week’s intra-club match but we’d like to see it in a real match against proper opposition. Roberton was on the cusp of premium status in 2017 but played just four games due to a heart issue last year. If he can return to form, he’d be one of the bargains of the season.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Jack Billings ($437,600, Fwd), Jade Gresham ($429,600, Fwd), Callum Wilkie ($124,900, Def), Nick Hind ($117,300, Mid), Matthew Parker ($117,300, Fwd)
ADELAIDE v PORT ADELAIDE
CROWS PLAYER TO WATCH: Brad Crouch ($418,000, Mid)
Often injured, Crouch is a capable SuperCoach scorer when on the park. He averaged 96 in 17 games in 2017 but we need to see him in action before committing the coin. He has said he’s gaining confidence in his body and got through a trial against the Power last week, which is encouraging.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Matt Crouch ($551,300, Mid), Wayne Milera ($433,100, Def), Brodie Smith ($332,500, Def), Darcy Fogarty ($242,700, Fwd), Shane McAdam ($123,900, Fwd)
POWER PLAYER TO WATCH: Robbie Gray ($525,500, Mid-Fwd)
We were going to say Connor Rozee but Gray is the man we need to see in action. More specifically his role if Ken Hinkley doesn’t mind giving it away. A SuperCoach stud when playing as a midfielder, he can be inconsistent as a forward. Please, Ken, play him on ball.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Tom Rockliff ($405,900, Mid), Ryan Burton ($356,700, Def), Connor Rozee ($189,300, Def-Fwd), Xavier Duursma ($130,800, Def-Mid), Willem Drew ($123,900, Mid-Fwd)
GWS GIANTS v SYDNEY
GIANTS PLAYER TO WATCH: Heath Shaw ($492,400, Def)
The SuperCoach great has been down the past two years and is coming back from a knee injury suffered late last year. However, he remains a key part of GWS’s defence and will fight Zac Williams and Lachie Whitfield for kick-in duties.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Tim Taranto ($481,600, Mid), Zac Williams ($407,800, Def), Shane Mumford ($320,200, Ruck), Jackson Hately ($148,800, Mid), Ian Hill ($117,300, Mid-Fwd)
SWANS PLAYER TO WATCH: Callum Mills ($428,900, Def)
Do we ask this every pre-season? Is this the year Callum Mills gets a run in the midfield? We 2019 might finally be the year with the departure of Dan Hannebery and the former Rising Star entering his fourth season. His popularity would skyrocket if we see him at the first bounce.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Isaac Heeney ($529,200, Mid-Fwd), Jackson Thurlow ($289,700, Mid), Nick Blakey ($166,800, Fwd), Matthew Ling ($123,900, Mid-Fwd), Justin McInerney ($117,300, Def)
BRISBANE v HAWTHORN
LIONS PLAYER TO WATCH: Archie Smith ($172,300, Ruck)
This is two-fold. Smith is cheap and has claims to the No.1 ruck role come Round 1, which could put him in the frame for R3. However, the bigger implications are Stef Martin’s chances of being SuperCoach relevant this year. Smith’s presence in the team in 2017 saw Martin’s scoring suffer.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Lachie Neale ($607,300, Mid), Jarryd Lyons ($502,000, Mid), Alex Witherden ($455,000, Def), Charlie Cameron ($387,400, Fwd), Corey Lyons ($123,900, Mid)
HAWKS PLAYER TO WATCH: The Unknowns
Far too harsh on these youngsters but outside of Hawthorn fans who knows much about Harry Jones ($123,900, Def), Dylan Moore ($123,900, Fwd), James Cousins ($219,900, Mid) and even James Worpel ($395,700, Mid-Fwd). All are in line to see more time in the midfield as the Hawks look to cover Tom Mitchell’s absence.
KEEP AN EYE ON: James Sicily ($570,400, Def), Jaeger O’Meara ($503,200, Mid), Jack Scrimshaw ($149,800, Def)
RICHMOND v MELBOURNE
TIGERS PLAYER TO WATCH: Dustin Martin ($563,800, Mid)
Amazingly, not in the top-10 most popular picks. Dusty is at the top of every SuperCoach watchlist. Massively underpriced if he can return to his 2017 scoring. His popularity will soar when/if we see him show signs of finding his Brownlow Medal form. Facing Melbourne’s midfield is a good test.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Toby Nankervis ($533,000, Ruck), Jack Higgins ($392,700, Fwd), Oleg Markov ($158,000, Def), Jack Ross ($117,300, Mid), Riley Collier-Dawkins ($121,800, Mid)
DEMONS PLAYER TO WATCH: Brayden Preuss ($239,900, Ruck)
Much like Archie Smith and Stef Martin, Preuss’ SuperCoach relevance is based on how he impacts Max Gawn’s scoring. If he remains a deep forward and just pinch-hits in the ruck then the impact should be minimal. The JLT Series should give us a better idea of Simon Goodwin’s plans.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Jack Viney ($449,500, Mid), Christian Salem ($445,400, Def), Michael Hibberd ($398,700, Def), Tom Sparrow ($117,300, Mid), Marty Hore ($117,300, Def)
GOLD COAST v WESTERN BULLDOGS
SUNS PLAYER TO WATCH: Anthony Miles ($342,000, Mid)
Arguably the leading mid-price option in the midfield, along with Tom Liberatore, after crossing from Richmond in the off-season. Tore it up in the VFL but will that translate to the AFL and more importantly in a team that will struggle all season?
KEEP AN EYE ON: Pearce Hanley ($296,400, Def), George Horlin-Smith ($270,300, Mid), Izak Rankine ($198,300, Fwd), Sam Collins ($188,900, Def), Chris Burgess ($123,900, Def-Fwd), Josh Corbett ($123,900, Fwd), Jez McLennan ($117,300, Def)
BULLDOGS PLAYER TO WATCH: Tom Liberatore ($300,400, Mid)
Speaking of Libba, the Dogs midfielder is set to make his official return from a knee reconstruction and is on the mid-price watchlist. Capable of being a 100-point player but will Luke Beveridge give him the full-time midfield role he needs to succeed. We shall see.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Josh Dunkley ($516,300, Mid-Fwd), Toby McLean ($514,000, Mid-Fwd), Tim English ($310,600, Ruck), Bailey Smith ($180,300, Mid), Ben Cavarra ($117,300, Fwd)
FREMANTLE v COLLINGWOOD
DOCKERS PLAYER TO WATCH: Brett Bewley ($117,300, Mid)
Nat Fyfe is out so here’s Bewley’s chance to truly shine in Fremantle’s midfield. The seventh most popular pick in SuperCoach with 40 per cent ownership and a true on-field cash cow hope heading into Round 1.
KEEP AN EYE ON: David Mundy ($520,900, Mid-Fwd), Jesse Hogan ($498,300, Fwd), Luke Ryan ($489,900, Def), Tom North ($123,900, Mid), Lachlan Schultz ($117,300, Fwd)
MAGPIES PLAYER TO WATCH: Brodie Grundy ($708,200, Ruck)
Usually, we might have gone for Issac Quaynor or Dayne Beams here but given Grundy’s price and slight concern over his pre-season toe injury, he’ll be under the spotlight. Don’t expect him to play a full game but just seeing him move should be enough to allay fears.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Adam Treloar ($594,200, Mid), Dayne Beams ($557,600, Mid), Jamie Elliott ($280,300, Fwd), Darcy Moore ($239,400, Def-Fwd), Isaac Quaynor ($153,300, Def)
Our experts have their say on some of SuperCoach’s biggest names
March 7, 2019 1:08pm
Having a tough time selecting your SuperCoach team?
Our experts are here to help and every week will have their say on some of the game’s biggest names.
We continue our weekly look at some of the biggest names in the game as well as what forward strategy our experts are preparing to use. NAT FYFE
The Phantom: It wouldn’t surprise me if the Dockers star is the highest averaging midfielder by year’s end but it also wouldn’t surprise me if he played 15 games. I’m happy to wait-and-see on this one, especially with the elbow issue. Al Paton: He was one of my first-picked midfielders and hasn’t moved. I don’t expect a sore elbow to hold him back from being one of the top-scorers this season. Ben Higgins: Was in my team for the entire pre-season until JLT 1 and a few 50-50 players proved their worth and I needed the cash to bring them in. Giants star Josh Kelly is in my team but is in the same boat, so could quite easily become the Dockers superstar. Dan Begala: The superstar has been a lock in my side since SuperCoach opened, but that’s been thrown out the window following his recent elbow surgery. Fyfe’s scoring is genuinely unrivalled but his hunger for the contested facet of the game does give rise to durability issues (2016: five games, 2017: 21, 2018: 15). I’ll only be selecting Fyfe is he dominates JLT 2. Tim Michell: The Dockers are confident Fyfe will figure in the JLT Series despite being troubled by an elbow injury which required surgery. He’s almost certain to be a top-six midfielder at the end of the season and the addition of Rory Lobb and Jesse Hogan should mean he spends less time forward. His ownership is high for a reason. Daniel Batten: Players who can average 120-plus SuperCoach points across an entire season, don’t grow on trees. The opportunity to snare a player who has achieved the feat three times for just over $600k is too good to pass up. Elbow, schmelbow. If he’s in Round 1, he’s in my side. Paul Dunn: With Nat missing from JLT 1 due to that elbow injury I am a little concerned but given he played in AFLX it can’t be too bad. At the moment it is a wait and see, I want to select him but he just needs to show me that he is healthy and can play 22 games first.
Phantom: Yes. Just spend the money. He’s the most-expensive midfielder - after the Tom Mitchell injury - and rightly so. The bloke just can’t get away from the footy, as he showed once again in his first-up hitout against the Suns. Al Paton: I don’t think Macrae’s incredible 2018 season was a flash in the pan but the name of the game when picking a starting squad is finding value for money. We’ll be able to pick him up cheaper at some stage and he’ll be my No.1 priority when that happens. Ben Higgins: I was happy to pick Tom Mitchell at more than $700k but I’m not brave enough to splash the cash on Macrae. Without a doubt the Dogs’ No.1 ballwinner but I think he’s too expensive and I’m looking to make him one of the first upgrades when he drops closer to $600k. Dan Begala: The meteoric rise of Macrae was out of this world last season. He’s on the verge of his prime (24 years old) and Macrae’s scoring trajectory has all the hallmarks of the game’s best midfielders with season averages of 94, 107 and 127 in the last three years. There’s a hefty price tag, $689k, but in the absence of Tom Mitchell it may be a no-brainer. Overvalued, for mine. Tim Michell: Macrae increased his SuperCoach average by 20.2 points last year, jumping from 106.9 to 127.1. He’s a classy player and a ball magnet, but I want to see more than one season above 110 before I am willing to commit $689,700. Make him a trade-in target when he’s closer to $600,000. Daniel Batten: Very impressed with his monster game against the Suns, but I still can’t justify his gargantuan starting price of $689,700 with other star midfielders on offer. Hoping for a slow start to the year from the Bulldogs gun so I can snap him up at a juicy price. Paul Dunn: Lock him away at M1 and throw away the key. Any queries were dispelled with his 40-possession game in JLT 1. Yes, we know it is only pre-season, but he looks to be continuing on from last season and will be a captain option for you each and every week.
Phantom: He’s a star but he spent most of the first JLT Series match against the Crows inside 50m, expect that to be the case for most of 2019. Gray will still go big but just not as consistently as he would as a permanent midfielder. Al Paton: If we knew he would play as a full-time midfielder he would be a must-have, but last year after Ken moved him to the forward pocket he posted only three 100-plus scores in the final 10 rounds. Love him as a player but can’t trust him in SuperCoach. Ben Higgins: Nope. Got burned to a crisp last year when I brought Gray in following his hot start to the season just as Ken Hinkley decided his best player was better off stuck in a forward pocket. Ridiculous. Dan Begala: I’m a huge fan of Robbie Gray, but under the tutelage of Ken Hinkley, his scoring tends to be sporadic and frustrating. He’s fairly priced and more than likely to find himself entrenched among the top-eight forwards but I expect to acquire his services at a discounted price around $450k. Tim Michell: Gray started last season with six hundreds in seven games but then only hit triple figures four times for the rest of the campaign. It’s hard to trust his role when he can be deployed deep forward and there’s better options around his price. I prefer Tim Kelly as a $20,000 cheaper forward. Daniel Batten: Ollie Wines’ injury piques the interest somewhat, but Ken Hinkley looks set on playing Gray up forward for the most part. Too much of a rollercoaster if he spends the majority of his time in the attacking 50m. Paul Dunn: Nine touches in JLT 1 wasn’t what those who want to pick Robbie were hoping for. For now he is not in my side, that role is still not well enough defined for me to take a chance on him. He could be an upgrade target if he does get that full-time midfield role and starts putting out consistently high scores.
James Worpel is tackled by Daniel Howe and James Cousins.
Phantom: There’ll be a spike as he steps up in the absence of Mitchell but it might not be enough to justify the awkward price. Not for me at this stage. Al Paton: Looks a player and very likely to increase his scoring with more midfield time as the Hawks try to cover for Tom Mitchell. But the fact remains he has played 11 AFL games and scored over 100 once. I need more than that to pick someone. Ben Higgins: Worpel has been in and out of my team during the pre-season and while his performance against Brisbane in JLT 1 was promising, he didn’t do enough to squeeze his way back in at this stage. Hard to pick him when the likes of Toby Greene, Joe Daniher and even Darcy Moore are cheaper. Dan Begala: The “Worpedo” is going to improve this year without a shadow of doubt, but I think it’s premature to take a punt on the awkwardly priced ($396k) second-year player. Worpel will average in the mid-80s, I suspect, but that remains insufficient to warrant selection at The Begala Brigade. It’s top-six or bust. Tim Michell: Exciting talent, but I didn’t see enough from a scoring perspective in his matches last year to part with $395,700. His opportunity should increase due to Tom Mitchell’s injury, but will that result in a spike to make him a top-six forward? It seems highly unlikely and you could be left with an awkward sideways trade to make. Daniel Batten: Will be a SuperCoach gun in the future, but not this year. In previous years I’ve liked to be fairly certain of my $400k forwards, Devon Smith (2018) and Isaac Heeney (2017) the prime examples. In saying that, Worpel is sure to benefit from extra midfield minutes in the absence of Tom Mitchell, attending 19 centre bounces on Sunday against Brisbane. Paul Dunn: Certainly staking a claim to be in the Hawks’ midfield as well as our SuperCoach teams. While he does present some value I think he is still too risky for me to put in my starting squad. Let’s see what he can produce in JLT 2 and if his role is what we want in that game before we make a final call on him.
Phantom: The returning Saint is becoming hard to ignore. But so is his defensive match-up on Ben Brown for most of the first half of the Saints’ JLT Series clash against the Kangaroos. Another great score next week and I’ll forget about it. Al Paton: Looks like a great option in defence for under $300k after very promising reports from our spy G.Gardiner - no, let’s call him Gilbert G - at the Saints’ intra-club game. Best-case scenario he matches his 90-plus average of 2015 and 2017 and we can keep him as our last on-field defender. If not, bank a tidy profit and trade him up to an A-grader. Ben Higgins: Fair to say I was extremely hesitant early in the pre-season but now that I’ve seen him play, Roberton was straight into Champagne Footy on Sunday night after JLT 1. The Saints defender looks back to his 2017 best and the Saints backline is going to get plenty of work in 2019. Dan Begala: Roberton continues to tick the boxes this pre-season with a successful intra-club and JLT Series opener (103 against North Melbourne). He’s priced at $298k and it’s going to be extremely difficult to overlook Roberton if he ticks the final box … JLT 2. He’s in for now, but I believe he’ll serve as a launch pad to a top-six defender when his price peaks. Tim Michell: Has been locked in from day one and the news that he dominated a St Kilda intra-club match only increased my confidence in having him in defence. He shapes as one of the simplest stepping stones to a top-six defender and should average a minimum of 85. Daniel Batten: Followed up a strong intra-club hitout with a very encouraging JLT 1. His intercept game is worth its weight in gold and expect to see more of his high kick to handball ratio (4:1 v North Melbourne) during the regular season. Appears to be fully over his heart scare, which makes him an absolute lock at under $300k. Paul Dunn: Had a great outing for his first game back. After a quiet first half he did spring to life after half-time. He is great value and if he has fully overcome the issue that saw him miss a big chunk of last season he would be a handy selection for you.
Phantom: To some degree, he’ll be the forgotten man in SuperCoach this year after losing his dual-position status. Like Macrae, Merrett and Dusty, just to name a few, before him, Yeo’s scoring power will see him finish among the top midfielders in 2019. He’s just been squeezed out of my side at the minute. Al Paton: Forgotten man after being classified as a midfielder only this year. Last season only eight mids averaged above 110 and Yeo (108) is every chance to join them this year. Don’t discount the Eagles star. Ben Higgins: I was late to the Yeo party last year as I reckon he’s one of those players that are too flexible for their own good. Can legitimately play anywhere on the ground and I prefer my premium midfielders to be premium midfielders. I reserve the right to bring him in later in the year when he’s thoroughly proved me wrong. Dan Begala: The premiership hero has been a SuperCoach must-have over the past two seasons given his eligibility as a defender. This may change in 2019 with many expected to overlook Yeo in favour of Fyfe, Oliver and/or Martin. Yeo has raised his SuperCoach average from 102 (2017) to 108 (2018), so I wouldn’t be surprised if he averaged 115. Tim Michell: He’s in at the moment. Only featuring in 6 per cent of teams is a huge plus and I expect him to flourish with more space to manoeuvre in the attacking half. There were only seven games last year where Yeo failed to reach 100 and five of those scores were 88-plus. He’s just about ready to emerge as an elite midfielder and looms as a real smoky to be a top-six SuperCoach scorer. Daniel Batten: Undervalued after losing his dual position status, and is one that POD HQ has been keeping a close eye on throughout the pre-season. A tackling machine (ranked fourth in 2018) who wins plenty of the footy and drives it in long inside 50m (ranked second). However, he was also the clanger king in 2018, finishing first for that stat. Paul Dunn: Many have written off Yeo after he lost his defender status. However, he has the ability to score and score well enough to earn a spot in your midfield. He had a good game but didn’t come under a lot of close attention, a luxury he won’t be afforded in the regular season. Not in my side at this point.
STARTING FORWARD LINE STRATEGY
Phantom: It’s been four premiums for most of the pre-season but then Sam Walsh happened so I’ve restructure slightly. It will still be at least three. You’ll have to wait for the final week of The Phantom’s pre-season for the reveal. Al Paton: The forward line for me is the position to save money this year. There is a crop of very promising forward rookies which means we should safely be able to play three of them on the field, especially if they include Will Setterfield and potentially another higher-priced rookie like Connor Rozee with good job security and solid scoring potential. Danger and Heeney are locked at F1 and F2, which leaves F3 up for grabs. Ben Higgins: Dangerfield and Heeney seem to be league-wide locks but I’ve also slotted Devon Smith in in a three-premium, three-rookie strategy. Smith has excellent last season and I don’t expect that to change in 2019, even with the addition of Dylan Shiel. The five cash cows are proving a little harder to nail down and probably won’t be finalised until Round 1 teams are named. I like the looks to Petrucelle, Parker and Rankine at the moment. Dan Begala: There are only two locks at this stage - Dangerfield and Heeney - with a range of players vying for F3 and beyond. I believe there exists a greater depth of rookies in the backline, so we may need to reinforce the forward line with dearer options (ie three premiums). I am still yet to crystallise my forward strategy and it’s probably my greatest area of concern. Tim Michell: Three premiums, one mid-pricer, four rookies. Patrick Dangerfield should be the first-picked player in every side and Isaac Heeney won’t be far behind in F2. I’ve got Tim Kelly at F3 benefiting from Gary Ablett’s increased time in attack and breakout contender Jade Gresham at F4. Matt Parker, Ben Cavarra, Willem Drew and Tom Wilkinson are my current rookies. Daniel Batten: I had a three premium-three cash cow formation until a disappointing JLT 1 display from Josh Dunkley had me pressing the trade button. Now I am looking at two set and forgets in Dangerfield and Heeney – who every man and his dog should own - a mid-pricer and three rookies. That mid-pricer is none other than Jack Billings at this stage (yes, I realise I am contradicting what I said on Worpel here). Paul Dunn: At the moment I have three premiums, two high-price rookies and three cash cows. I have both Rankine and Lukosius in my side at the moment, but they are more placeholders than anything. With them being top priced rookies I can easily move them down to someone that performs in JLT 2 and is named in Round 1. They will either become one mid-pricer and one cash cow or two cash cows and the cash used elsewhere to upgrade.
We pick the SuperCoach players you need to watch in the second week of the JLT Series
Ben Higgins, Herald Sun
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It’s the final week of pre-season games and Round 1 spots are on the line.
It’s also the final chance to impress SuperCoaches with some crucial names having their first hitouts.
On Thursday night Geelong’s big names produced big games while question marks have been raised over Essendon’s SuperCoach value.
We’ve looked at the weekend’s games and the SuperCoach relevant players to watch. GWS GIANTS v ADELAIDE
Friday, March 8 at UNSW Oval (Canberra), 7.10pm (EDT) GIANT TO WATCH: Toby Greene ($354,600, Fwd)
After missing JLT 1, Greene will be on many SuperCoaches’ watchlists given his price and SuperCoach scoring potential. While he’s battled injury during the pre-season he would be hard to ignore if he impresses on Friday night. Worryingly Josh Kelly has now missed both JLT matches and must be in doubt for Round 1. KEEP AN EYE ON: Stephen Coniglio ($588,600, Mid), Heath Shaw ($492,400, Def), Jye Caldwell ($162,300, Mid), Jackson Hately ($148,800, Mid), Matt Flynn ($123,900, Ruck) CROW TO WATCH: Brodie Smith ($332,500, Def)
We named Brad Crouch the player to watch last week and he didn’t let us down. Smith was equally impressive in JLT 1 but given he’s a mid-price risk, we’d like to see him do it again. Smith will be taking the vast majority of kick-ins for the Crows this season and if he kicks it to Rory Laird the majority of the time, thousands of SuperCoaches will be very happy. KEEP AN EYE ON: Bryce Gibbs ($523,900, Mid), Sam Jacobs ($455,700, Ruck), Wayne Milera ($433,100, Def), Brad Crouch ($418,000, Mid), Chayce Jones ($171,300, Mid)
PORT ADELAIDE v NORTH MELBOURNE
Saturday, March 9 at Alberton Oval, 1.10pm (EDT) POWER TO WATCH: Zak Butters ($157,800, Mid)
The first-round draft pick announced himself against Adelaide last week and his SuperCoach popularity skyrocketed as a result. Another big game in JLT 2 will not only lock him in for a Round 1 debut but also cement him as a must-have cash cow. Yes, he’s a little expensive but Sam Walsh is in more than 60 per cent of teams and he’s $200k. KEEP AN EYE ON: Justin Westhoff ($549,500, Ruck-Fwd), Travis Boak ($478,000, Fwd), Connor Rozee ($189,300, Def-Fwd), Xavier Duursma ($130,800, Def-Mid), Willem Drew ($123,900, Mid-Fwd) KANGAROO TO WATCH: Ben McKay ($123,900, Def)
The young tall looks to be in the box seat for Round 1 with Robbie Tarrant under a fitness cloud and Majak Daw out indefinitely. If McKay can move into a key defender intercept marking role, he’ll be SuperCoach gold at a bargain price. If he’s a stay-at-home shutdown defender, then cross him off your list. KEEP AN EYE ON: Jared Polec ($513,500, Mid), Paul Ahern ($375,100, Mid), Luke Davies-Uniacke ($197,500, Mid), Tarryn Thomas ($175,800, Mid), Bailey Scott ($117,300, Mid)
MELBOURNE v BRISBANE
Saturday, March 9 at Casey Fields, 4.10pm (EDT) DEMON TO WATCH: Marty Hore ($117,300, Def)
Melbourne have plenty of depth in defence so Hore is no sure thing to line up in Round 1. Despite this, his ownership is a team-high 33 per cent. The former VFL Magpie was impressive in a scratch match against Collingwood and last week’s JLT 1 performance against Richmond but will need to star again to force Simon Goodwin’s hand. KEEP AN EYE ON: Max Gawn ($692,100, Ruck), Angus Brayshaw ($526,900, Mid), Michael Hibberd ($398, 700, Def), Corey Wagner ($123,900, Mid), Aaron vandenBerg ($283,400, Mid-Fwd), LION TO WATCH: Jarryd Lyons ($502,000, Mid)
The former Sun comes with an awkward price tag but he ability to win the ball is undisputed. Lyons was arguably mishandled by Gold Coast last year but was unleashed last week against Brisbane and scored 110 SuperCoach points. The Hawks were under strength in JLT 1 but a clash against the Melbourne midfield should give us a better idea of his potential. KEEP AN EYE ON: Stef Martin ($573,700, Ruck), Mitch Robinson ($496,600, Mid-Fwd), Lincoln McCarthy ($247,500, Fwd), Archie Smith ($172,300, Ruck), Tom Berry ($117,300, Mid)
HAWTHORN v RICHMOND
Saturday, March 9 at UTAS Stadium (Launceston), 7.10pm (EDT) HAWK TO WATCH: James Sicily ($570,400, Def)
There were some nervous SuperCoaches last week after seeing Sicily play almost exclusively as a forward in JLT 1 against Brisbane. Will Alastair Clarkson revert to type in the final pre-season game and put his intercept-marking star back in defence? If he is deployed as a forward or swingman, Sicily’s scoring will become very hard to predict. KEEP AN EYE ON: Jaeger O’Meara ($503,200, Mid), James Worpel ($395,700, Mid-Fwd), James Cousins ($219,900, Mid), Jack Scrimshaw ($149,800, Def), Dylan Moore ($123,900, Fwd) TIGER TO WATCH: Noah Balta ($123,900, Fwd)
Announced himself in style last week with a huge JLT 1 against Melbourne. Balta looms as a possible key forward, pinch-hitting ruckman in Round 1 and only enhanced his chances with a 104-SuperCoach-point game last week. However, the return of Tom Lynch could put Balta’s debut in extreme doubt. KEEP AN EYE ON: Toby Nankervis ($533,000, Ruck), Jayden Short ($465,600, Def), Bachar Houli ($399,600, Def), Oleg Markov ($158,000), Jack Ross ($117,300, Mid)
SYDNEY v GOLD COAST
Sunday, March 10 at Oakes Oval (Lismore), 1.10pm (EDT) SWAN TO WATCH: Luke Parker ($561,700, Mid)
The star midfielder continues to fly under the radar and is a massive point-of-difference (POD) in 2019. Parker pumped out 84 against GWS last week but has averaged 99-plus for five straight years. He’s arguably Sydney’s No.1 midfielder now with Dan Hannebery gone and Josh Kennedy declining over the past two years. KEEP AN EYE ON: Isaac Heeney ($529,200, Mid-Fwd), Callum Mills ($428,900, Def), Ryan Clarke ($355,400, Def), Nick Blakey ($166,800, Fwd), James Rowbottom ($117,300, Mid) SUN TO WATCH: Chris Burgess ($123,900, Def-Fwd)
All eyes were on Izak Rankine from a SuperCoach perspective last week but it was Burgess that cemented his place as a must-have cash cow. Obviously being $70k cheaper helps but the former SANFL star took several strong marks and finished the game with 68 SuperCoach points. Forward rookies are looking thin on the ground, so its crucial he steps up. KEEP AN EYE ON: Jarrod Witts ($480,900, Ruck), Lachie Weller ($403,900, Def-Mid), Pearce Hanley ($296,400, Def), Izak Rankine ($198,300, Fwd), Sam Collins ($188,900, Def)
WESTERN BULLDOGS v ST KILDA
Sunday, March 10 at Mars Stadium (Ballarat), 4.10pm (EDT) BULLDOG TO WATCH: Will Hayes ($117,300, Fwd)
Luke Beveridge doesn’t mind rewarding his VFL recruits with Billy Gowers playing 20 games last year. Hayes won the Footscray VFL best-and-fairest last year and impressed against Gold Coast in tricky conditions. Now he has the chance to press his claims further for a Round 1 debut and if he does, he’ll become a very popular forward line cash cow. KEEP AN EYE ON: Josh Dunkley ($516,300, Mid-Fwd), Caleb Daniel ($418,500, Fwd), Tim English ($310,600, Ruck), Tom Liberatore ($300,400, Mid), Ben Cavarra ($117,300, Fwd) SAINT TO WATCH: Jack Billings ($437,600, Fwd)
The notorious “burn man” scored an even 100 SuperCoach points in the opening JLT Series game against North Melbourne and is all of a sudden back on the SuperCoach radar. Are you brave enough to pick him again? Billings has been named on the wing and with the new 6-6-6 rules seems to be enjoying the extra space. KEEP AN EYE ON: Jack Steele ($512,600, Mid), Callum Wilkie ($124,900, Def), Nick Hind ($117,300, Mid), Darragh Joyce ($123,900, Def), Matt Parker ($117,300, Fwd)
FREMANTLE v WEST COAST
Sunday, March 10 at Rushton Park (Mandurah), 7.10pm (EDT) DOCKER TO WATCH: Sean Darcy ($361,500, Ruck)
Looking for a cheap ruckman? Darcy could be your man with Aaron Sandilands looking at a long stint on the sidelines. He’ll likely split time with Rory Lobb, which could ruin both players’ SuperCoach relevance. He’ll get a tough test against West Coast with Tom Hickey and Nathan Vardy to again team up. KEEP AN EYE ON: Liam Ryan ($489,900, Def), Rory Lobb ($411,600, Ruck-Fwd), Reece Conca ($392,900, Mid), Sam Sturt ($135,300, Fwd), Lachie Schultz ($117,300, Fwd) EAGLE TO WATCH: Jack Petrucelle ($123,900, Fwd)
Didn’t see much of it in the opening JLT Series match - 43 points in fact - but he’s in line to replace Mark LeCras in the Eagles Round 1 team and we need as many forward cash cows as possible. With West Coast facing arch-rivals Fremantle you’d expect the heat to be on in Mandurah, which is an ideal Round 1 audition. KEEP AN EYE ON: Shannon Hurn ($523,400, Def), Tom Hickey ($485,600, Ruck), Dom Sheed ($394,100, Mid), Francis Watson ($123,900, Def), Jarrod Cameron ($117,300, Mid-Fwd)
COLLINGWOOD v CARLTON
Monday, March 11 at Morwell Reserve, 2.10pm (EDT) MAGPIE TO WATCH: Adam Treloar ($594,200, Mid)
We get our first look at the star midfielder on Monday night, who shapes as a true point-of-difference this season. He’s currently in 3.6 per cent of teams. It will be interesting to see how he combines with Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom and new recruit Dayne Beams in the Magpies midfield. KEEP AN EYE ON: Dayne Beams ($557,600, Mid), Jeremy Howe ($497,200, Def), Darcy Moore ($239,600, Def-Fwd), Rupert Wills ($166,100, Mid), Isaac Quaynor ($153,300, Def) BLUE TO WATCH: Will Setterfield ($144,900, Mid-Fwd)
Last week we named Sam Walsh as the man to watch and he turned it on against Essendon, scoring a SuperCoach ton. So did Setterfield and his form is just as important for SuperCoaches. The ex-Giant is $60k cheaper than his teammate and also has Mid-Fwd status. KEEP AN EYE ON: Nic Newman ($394,100, Def), Paddy Dow ($323,500, Mid-Fwd), Alex Fasolo ($250,000, Fwd), Liam Stocker ($126,300, Mid), Michael Gibbons ($102,400, Mid)
SuperCoach AFL cash cow bible: All the rookies you need to know for 2019 ahead of Round 1
February 5, 2019 5:00pm
The SuperCoach cash cows are calling!
After two weeks of the JLT Series, we have a much better idea of which SuperCoach rookies we will be picking in 2019 and who should avoid.
The Blues are shaping up as a cash cow goldmine while a Cat and a couple of Giants are generating massive hype. Meanwhile, some popular pre-season rookie picks are facing a battle to run out in Round 1.
Cheapies — players priced at under $200,000 — are the key to a successful SuperCoach team.
Not only do they help you put a squad together under the $10 million salary cap, they help your SuperCoach team grow in overall price during the season, allowing you to upgrade starting players with prices into premium players who pump out big scores every week.
The key is to find players who will get games early in the season, so role and opportunity play a big role in the search for a successful rookie SuperCoach pick.
Check back for regular updates of this article as we count down to all-important Round 1 selection.
Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide) $189,300 Def-Fwd
The No.5 draft pick is lightly-framed but the Power are looking to inject more speed into the midfield following the loss of Jared Polec and Chad Wingard, and Rozee brings just that. He’s had experience playing against senior bodies in the SANFL, which will hold him in good stead as he pushes for a Round 1 debut. He’s also known for his tackling and aggression, two characteristics that should see him in the selection mix. Rozee played in both of Port's JLT games and didn't set the world on fire, scoring 41 and 44. He's a likely starter in Round 1 but you can probably find better options at a cheaper price.
Isaac Quaynor (Collingwood) $153,300, Def
Collingwood’s first-round draft pick has been likened to Bulldog Jason Johannisen for his speed and ability to take the game on, and many believe he’s ready to step into the senior team should an opportunity arise. With an ASADA drug ban hanging over Sam Murray, the Pies need a small rebounding defender and Quaynor definitely fits the bill. He averaged 419m gained in the under-18 championships, ranked No.2 in the competition and was rated elite for contested possessions. In his first official game in the black and white, Quaynor collected 12 disposals in 66 minutes to go with two marks and two tackles, but he was overlooked for the Pies' second JLT game which isn't a great sign for his Round 1 prospects.
Sam Collins (Gold Coast) $188,900, Def
During his first stint in the AFL Collins put up some good scores for Fremantle in 2016-17 (including a 126 against Collingwood) before being delisted by the Dockers after just 14 matches. The 24-year-old gets another chance, this time at the Suns, after an outstanding season in the VFL where he led the league for total marks and contested marks. He cracked 93 in Gold Coast’s JLT win over the Bulldogs and while his 52 points against the Swans wasn't as exciting, he looks a safe pick and could be one of the best cash cows of 2019.
Marty Hore (Melbourne) $117,300, Def
Took the second-most marks in the VFL last year (behind Collins) and gets a chance at the Demons at age 22. He is likely to be a back-up for first-choice backmen Steven May and Jake Lever but the Dees chopped and changed their defence a fair bit last season. Hore played in both of Melbourne’s JLT matches and finished with 57 and 69 points, which is enough for a bench player in our SuperCoach teams. Currently the 10th most selected player, in almost 35 per cent of teams.
Chris Burgess (Gold Coast) $123,900 Def-Fwd
The 13th most popular player in SuperCoach (in 33 per cent of teams) is one of the Suns’ three priority mature-age access recruits, along with Sam Collins and forward Josh Corbett. The 22-year-old played as a swingman for West Adelaide last year and has been given dual-position status in SuperCoach. It also doubles his chances of selection after the departure of bookends Tom Lynch and Steven May. Burgess booted 2.2 against the Bulldogs in JLT 1 to finish with 68 SuperCoach points but managed just 15 against Sydney in game two. Alarm bells!
Isaac Cumming (GWS Giants) $173,700, Def
Cumming was on the radar at this time last year but managed just two AFL games in 2018 for modest SuperCoach returns. With another pre-season under his belt and senior players including Dylan Shiel, Tom Scully and Ryan Griffen departing, there are spots available in the Giants’ best 22. He averaged just over 20 disposals per game in the NEAFL, including one 33-disposal and two-goal game. While he won a bit of the ball in JLT 1 (14 disposals, six marks) it didn’t translate to SuperCoach scoring. He finished with just 49 points. He improved with a 63 in game two but there are better options out there.
Justin McInerney (Sydney) $117,300, Def
Two years ago McInerney was playing for Banyule in the Yarra Junior League. After being fast-tracked into the under-18 system he rated elite for marks and above average for disposals, contested possessions, uncontested possessions, intercept possessions and score assists for the Northern Knights in 2018. Had a standout game in the Swans' intra-club but managed just five possessions from 25 per cent game time in JLT1. His JLT2 return was much better - 15 disposals from 70 per cent of game time for 51 SuperCoach points. But it was against Gold Coast. Watch Round 1 teams with interest.
Ben McKay (North Melbourne) $123,900, Def
Injuries in the Kangaroos' backline open the door for the 21st pick in the 2015 draft, who has played just one senior game in three years in the AFL system. His numbers against St Kilda in JLT1 were encouraging - 14 disposals (100 per cent efficiency) and seven marks for 62 SuperCoach points, but his 35 points in game two is evidence of accepted SuperCoach wisdom - young key defenders generally don't score well.
Callum Wilkie (St Kilda) $124,900, Def
Picked up by the Saints in the rookie draft from SANFL club North Adelaide, where he won the best-and-fairest this year as a playmaking defender. The 22-year-old averaged 26 disposals and nine marks a game and could have an immediate impact. However, he had just four touches (26 SuperCoach points) in St Kilda’s win over North and played limited minutes in the Saints' second JLT outing. Scratch him from your Round 1 plans but mark him down as a possible mid-season downgrade target.
Jez McLennan (Gold Coast) $117,300, Def
The Suns are expected to give their kids plenty of game time and McLennan is one who could be given an opportunity. At 185cm and 81kg, he’s got a pretty solid body already and plays across half-back, a perfect position for a young player finding his way in the game. He reads the ball very well in flight and is known for his intercept marking, an area Gold Coast is lacking down back. Unsighted in either of Gold Coast's JLT games which makes him a long shot for Round 1 selection.
The Tigers have big raps on Markov but 2019 is surely a make or break year for him. It will be his fourth season at Richmond and there is an opportunity to claim a spot in the team after the departure of depth players Sam Lloyd, Reece Conca, Corey Ellis and Anthony Miles. Has had a huge pre-season on the track and showed promising signs in two JLT Series appearances, but scores of 55 and 43 may not be enough to guarantee a spot in Richmond's Round 1 side - or our SuperCoach squads.
Harrison Wigg (Gold Coast) $102,400, Def
Wigg had already been picked on the bench in many SuperCoach squads and looked a safe bet as he returned from a year out with an ankle injury. But after a stellar pre-season the former Crow has again fallen victim to his injury curse, rupturing his ACL in match simulation in February. Cross him off the list - until next year.
Jack Scrimshaw (Hawthorn) $149,800, Def
A former No.7 draft pick, Scrimshaw was traded to Hawthorn from Gold Coast during the trade period after never really getting settled in Queensland. The Hawks have a history of turning players from rival clubs into stars and talent doesn’t disappear overnight, so Scrimshaw could be a diamond in the rough. We know coach Alastair Clarkson has given big roles to younger players in the past two years as he regenerates his list for another tilt at a premiership. Scrimshaw had 18 touches, four marks and 68 SuperCoach points in Hawthorn's first JLT game, and improved on that with 78 points against the Tigers. Looks one of the safest bets in defence this year, even if his price is a little off-putting.
Jordan Clark (Geelong) $144,300, Def
The Cats' top draft pick (No.15 overall) won Western Australia's MVP at the under-18 national championships, leading the comp for metres gained. He looked smart and composed in his JLT Series debut, racking up 21 disposals, nine rebound-50s (No.1 at Geelong) and four inside-50s on his way to 87 SuperCoach points. His didn't quite reach those heights in game two, scoring 67 points, but looks a likely Round 1 starter.
Harrison Jones (Hawthorn) $123,900, Def
Showed promise as a running defender for the Box Hill Hawks last year but has taken a big leap forward over the pre-season as the Hawks look to inject fresh blood into their line-up. Was one of their better players against Brisbane in JLT1 with 21 disposals and four tackles but missed out when a host of first-choice players returned for JLT2. Might make an impact this year but probably not in the early rounds, which discounts him from SuperCoach calculations.
Joe Atley (Port Adelaide) $123,900, Def
Another of the 2017 draftees to consider, Atley was close to senior selection for the Power in 2018 but didn’t break through for his debut, meaning he’s still a nice price for us. He proved his ball-winning ability by winning 20 or more disposals in most of his SANFL games, finishing with an average of 21.5 in his 10 games. However, we have now had to put him on the shelf until later in the season. Atley suffered a knee injury during the pre-season and could miss the first month of action.
Angus Schumacher (Carlton) $123,900, Def
The Carlton youngster was named at centre half-back in the JLT Series opener against Essendon but only played 13 minutes in the end, failing to collect a disposals but laying two tackles. One to avoid.
Francis Watson (West Coast) $123,900, Def
The Eagles defender was stuck in a long line of key positions players but is a step closer to an AFL debut after the retirement of Eric Mackenzie and an impressive showing in the JLT 1 win over Geelong. Watson collected 17 disposals, took three marks and laid a staggering 10 tackles to finish with 76 SuperCoach points, but he was a late out against Fremantle which robbed us of a chance to really assess his value.
Xavier Duursma (Port Adelaide) $130,800, Def/Mid
The fourth-highest scoring player in the TAC Cup last season, averaging 23 disposals a game and the only midfielder to rate elite for intercept possessions, score involvements and goals. Jumped into calculations with 24 disposals, 11 marks and 78 SuperCoach points against North Melbourne in JLT2 and you can pick him in the midfield or defence.
Darragh Joyce (St Kilda) $123,900, Def
We have noted that key defenders don't make good SuperCoach picks but Joyce could be a solid bench option for us. The Irishman is a bit older than most draftees (21) and injuries in St Kilda's backline create an opening for on-field responsibility. He looked good against the Bulldogs, collecting 12 disposals, eight marks and 53 SuperCoach points.
Normally the No.1 draft pick is overlooked as a cash cow option because their price is steep for an untried player, but Walsh is different. Champion Data described him as one of the most “reliable ball-winners ever seen” after he averaged 29 disposals across 41 matches and at least 23 disposals in all 25 of his TAC Cup matches as both an under-age and top-age player. And it’s only taken one JLT match for that to be proven correct. Walsh was a standout against the Bombers, finishing with 28 touches, four tackles and 102 SuperCoach points, and Carlton's third-highest scorer against Collingwood (96 points). His $200,000 price is high but Walsh is approaching lock status.
Luke Davies-Uniacke (North Melbourne) $197,500, Mid
He was one of the must-have cash cows last season but things didn’t quite go to plan for the No.4 draft pick. Davies-Uniacke was in and out of the North Melbourne side and averaged only 40.4 SuperCoach points per game. With the arrivals of Jared Polec, Aaron Hall and Dom Tyson, he initially looked like a pass. Davies-Uniacke had 27 touches, five tackles in North's JLT opener and looked much more comfortable at the top level, but scored just 57 in game two.
Tarryn Thomas (North Melbourne) $175,800, Mid
The talented Tasmanian is exactly the type of X-factor player the Kangaroos are looking for but will he slot straight into their team for Round 1? He can play forward, midfield or down back but with his natural goal sense, he’ll surely get his opportunity inside forward 50m, while also pushing up the ground. Thomas was used mostly up forward in JLT 1 but struggled to have an impact, and scored 21 points from 68 per cent of game time against Port Adelaide. Needs more time.
Jye Caldwell (GWS Giants) $162,300, Mid
After losing Dylan Shiel, Tom Scully and Ryan Griffen from the midfield, the Giants bolstered their onball brigade with Caldwell at pick No.11 in the draft. He has had some injury troubles but he’s got a strong body already and is looking like a Round 1 lock. The Giants love this kid. He averaged 22 disposals, four clearances and five tackles in his two full TAC Cup games (before injury), which is a great sign. He had 78 points in JLT 1 which put him firmly on the SuperCoach radar, but prospective owners went cold again after just 24 points in game two.
Michael Gibbons (Carlton) $102,400, Mid
The 23-year-old is one of the most popular players in SuperCoach this year after being added to Carlton's list in February. The dual Liston Trophy winner in the VFL averaged 118 SuperCoach points a game in the state league last year and comes at a bargain-basement price. He was lively against the Bombers but looks like he'll be playing as a small forward which will limit his scoring opportunities. Scored 68 (three goals) and 34 (five kicks) in his two JLT games. Probably won't rocket up in value but should make money on your midfield bench.
Charlie Constable (Geelong) $123,900, Mid
Constable pushed hard for a senior debut in 2018 but despite his impressive VFL form didn’t get his opportunity. He finished top-10 in the Cats’ VFL best-and-fairest after averaging 24 disposals in his 15 matches, with his best a 34-disposal and one-goal game against eventual premiers Box Hill in Round 21. The tall midfielder will definitely be in the mix to play in Round 1 after an impressive JLT performance against the Eagles. He had 92 SuperCoach points and his ownership has already jumped to 22 per cent. A return of 61 in JLT2 keeps him firmly in the Round 1 frame.
Jackson Hately (GWS Giants) $148,800, Mid
Like Jye Caldwell, Hately will see opportunities for a senior debut early in 2019 and has the added benefit of already having experience against bigger bodies in the SANFL. He averaged 91 SuperCoach points in the SANFL in 2017 and is an elite stoppage player who tackles hard. That was evident in the Giants’ JLT clash against Sydney, with Hately a standout for GWS with 16 disposals, four marks, four tackles and 101 SuperCoach points. He struggled in JLT2 with just 42 points (12 touches) but shoudl still be a solid pick.
Will Setterfield (Carlton) $144,900 Mid-Fwd
We are getting the former No.5 draft pick at a discount price after playing only two senior games due to injuries while at GWS. But all that looks to be in the rear-view mirror now. Setterfield had 19 touches, eight tackles and 113 SuperCoach points in JLT1 and while his 60 points against the Pies was a bit of a let-down, he still looks like a must-have. Currently in 62 per cent of sides.
Liam Stocker (Carlton) $126,300, Mid
The Blues pulled off that risky trade with the Crows to secure Stocker, meaning they must see serious potential in him. He’s already strongly built, with a body that appears ready for AFL footy. Stocker won the Morrish Medal as the best under-18 player in the TAC Cup, which ticks another box. Can see him being given opportunities to ply his trade early for Carlton but wasn't selected for either of the Blues' JLT games. Looks like a mid-season downgrade, not a Round 1 starter.