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Zak Butters (Port Adelaide) $157,800, Mid

The best SuperCoach option of Port's three top-20 draft picks after a sparkling display against Adelaide in Port's first JLT game, collecting 25 disposals and five marks for a team-high 91 SuperCoach points. Backed it up with three goals and 82 points in game two against North Melbourne to stamp his name as one of the most promising rookies of 2019. Rated elite for score involvements and intercept possessions at under-18 level and worth the elevated price.

Matthew Ling (Sydney Swans) $123,900 Mid-Fwd

Put a line through this second year Swan for the time being. He is out indefinitely with a toe injury which also derailed his 2018 season. If he ever gets a clear run at it, he could be a SuperCoach star. Sydney’s head of development, John Blakey told the club’s website: “We drafted him for a purpose — for his run and his talent he showed through his under-18s year. We get him back next year probably looking like a first-year player again because he hasn’t played much football at all. We’ll be really pleased to get him on the park.” Hopefully we see him in the second half of the season.

Riley Collier-Dawkins (Richmond) $121,800, Mid

Richmond's first-round draft pick is a tall midfielder, filling a gap on the club’s list, and Damien Hardwick hasn't been afraid to throw his youngsters in the deep end. The 190cm midfielder had an outstanding TAC Cup finals series for Oakleigh, gathering 20 disposals and kicking a goal in the elimination final, 26 disposals and a goal in the preliminary final and 19 touches with 1.2 in the Grand Final. Nick Vlastuin said Collier-Dawkins was "best on" in match simulation on the Tigers' Queensland training camp in January but had limited impact in Richmond's opening JLT game and wasn't selected for game two. He looks long odds to play Round 1 but is one to keep an eye on throughout the year.

Corey Wagner (Melbourne) $123,900, Mid

The ex-Kangaroo was signed by Melbourne under the new rookie rules. Does that mean coach Simon Goodwin has a specific role in mind? The Demons have a history of plucking mature-age players (Bayley Fritsch, Mitch Hannan) and turning them into significant role players. Is Wagner the next cab off the rank? He has nine disposals and a goal in Melbourne JLT loss to Richmond and didn't play in game two.

Bailey Smith (Western Bulldogs) $180,300, Mid

At 185cm and 83kg, Smith is ready for senior footy and he’s exactly the type of player the Bulldogs love. He’s a hard runner who is quick, wins plenty of the ball, uses it well and is clean with his hands in contested situations. He has battled a sore Achilles but is building his fitness in the lead up to Round 1. Was ranked behind only Sam Walsh for disposals in the under-18 carnival and averaged 175 SuperCoach points in the TAC Cup. He played half in JLT 1 for nine touches and a goal and scored 41 points in game two. You'll want to see a big spike in the home-and-away season to justify his elevated starting price

Brett Bewley (Fremantle) $117,300, Mid

Recruited from Williamstown, where he averaged 25 disposals a game in 2018 and led the league for effective long kicks. Has been likened to Tom Scully for his running ability. Ross Lyon had success with mature-age recruit Bailey Banfield last year and seems to have taken a liking to the concept. An early tip to be one of this year's most popular cash cows but he wasn't given much time to impress in his first JLT outing, gathering 13 disposals, three marks and four tackles in 39 minutes. It was a similar story in game two, when Bewley was a late inclusion and gathered eight disposals in 41 per cent of game time. Will he play in Round 1? Come on, Ross.

Luke Valente (Fremantle) $117,300, Mid

The classic draft slider, Valente was tipped as a likely first-round selection on draft night but slipped to pick 32, where he was happily snapped up by the Dockers. The South Australia under-18 captain already has an AFL-ready body was ranked the 10th-best player in the draft by Champion Data and rated elite for intercept possessions and score involvements. Think Tiger Jack Graham. His pre-season has been curtailed by injury which wipes him from our plans.

Will Hayes (Western Bulldogs) $117,300, Mid

The Dogs have a long list of new faces so it’s hard to know what their starting 22 will look like but Hayes is ready to play if needed upon after winning Footscray’s best-and-fairest in the VFL this year. The 23-year-old midfielder averaged 26 disposals and 10 contested possessions a game and finished third in the comp for inside-50s. He played in both of the Bulldogs' the JLT Series matches and finished with 42 and 29 SuperCoach points. At the moment he's a pass.

Nick Hind (St Kilda) $117,300, Mid

Hind’s match-winning multi-bounce run in the VFL semi-final gave Saints fans, and SuperCoach players, a glimpse of what to look forward to as he dashes off the half-back line in 2019. He averaged 22 disposals, four marks and 87 points a game for Essendon’s VFL side and ranked fourth in the comp for score assists. He is clearly going to be in the mix at St Kilda and got a good run in both JLT games but failed to excite the SuperCoach scorers, registering just 29 points against the Bulldogs on Sunday. A bench option at best.

Luke Foley (West Coast) $117,300, Mid

An older draftee at 19, Foley played in the WA under-18 comp as an over-age player last season and won at least 114 SuperCoach points in all but one game. He was also WA's top-ranked player at the under-18 championships, averaging 138 SuperCoach points and rating elite for tackles, intercept possessions and assists. Can he win a spot in the premier's best 22? We haven't seen him in the JLT Series so the answer lseems to be no, at least not for Round 1
 

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Jack Ross (Richmond) $117,300, Mid

A big-bodied midfielder who missed the under-18 championships last year but won the Oakleigh Chargers best-and-fairest after motoring home, recording 25 or more disposals in five of his last six TAC Cup games. A Ben Cunnington clone who is ready to play straight away and has been turning heads at Punt Rd this pre-season. He did his chances of seeing some senior footy early in the season no harm in the Tigers’ JLT Series win against Melbourne with 21 disposals, but sat out the second half against Hawthorn. Watch the Round 1 teams.

Tom Atkins (Geelong) $112,900, Mid

Is the 23-year-old from the Cats’ VFL team the next mature-age success story off master recruiter Stephen Wells’ production line? Atkins, a tough ball-winner and dual VFL best-and-fairest winner, hopes to follow in the footsteps of Tim Kelly, Sam Menegola and Tom Stewart. His 14 touches in the JLT clash with West Coast were impressive but the thing that really stood out was his tackling, something the Cats have been crying out for in the forward half. Scored 80 SuperCoach points against Essendon in game two to enhance his prospects of a Round 1 start. The Cats play Collingwood on Friday night in Round 1 so we'll know if he's playing while the rolling lockout is in effect, giving us a chance to swap him for a player later in the round if he misses out.

Rhylee West (Western Bulldogs) $117,300, Mid

Calder Cannons coach Ross Smith says the son of Bulldogs champion Scott West is ready to play in his first season. “He’s a very mature 18-year-old,” Smith said of West, who averaged 19 disposals, six tackles and a goal in the TAC Cup this year. Was left out of the Dogs' JLT line-ups which indicates he is set to be given time to develop in the VFL.

Tom Jok (Essendon) $117,400, Mid

A project player at Essendon but his VFL form was clearly enough for him to get a shot at the AFL. Jok was given a brief taste of AFL football - 59 minutes against Carlton - and collected seven disposals and laid one tackle. Could get a chance to debut later in the season but his scoring potential will need to be improved in the VFL.

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Zac Clarke (Essendon) $142,600, Ruck

Essendon desperately needed ruck depth and that gives Clarke another opportunity at AFL level after being delisted by Fremantle at the end of 2017. The question is: How many games will he play? Clarke was impressive against the Blues in JLT1 with 37 hitouts, 15 disposals and a goal. That was good enough for 89 SuperCoach points. But he was left ou of the side when Tom bellchambers returned for JLT2. Hopes of repeating his 96-point SuperCoach average from 2013 are fading fast.

Darcy Fort (Geelong) $117,300, Ruck

The 205cm giant finally gets a chance at an AFL club six years after playing for the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup. Since then he has spent time in the VFL and the SANFL, where he dominated last year for Central District, averaging 123 SuperCoach points a game. The biggest issue for the 25-year-old will be getting a regular game but the Cats never settled on a starting ruckman last season, trying Rhys Stanley, Zac Smith and Ryan Abbott at various stages.Unfortunately his JLT Series is unlikely to catapult him to the top of Chris Scott's plans. Not a bad option for your bench but don't start him on the field!

Jordan Sweet (Western Bulldogs) $102,400, Ruck

Another mature-age recruit, Sweet gets a chance at the Dogs at age 20 after a great season for North Adelaide in the SANFL. A versatile big man who can also play up forward, he’s a chance to get a game in a side with limited ruck options. Unsighted in the JLT Series.

Patrick Bines (West Coast) $102,400, Ruck/Fwd

The former basketballer is in 9 per cent of teams despite the fact he's unlikely to play at all this year. And that's the point - advanced SuperCoach strategists aim to use him as a "floating doughnut" to take advantage of the vice-captain loophole. Find out more about why that could be a smart move here.
 

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Josh Corbett (Gold Coast) $123,900, Fwd

The third of Gold Coast’s priority mature-age recruits kicked 22 goals for Werribee in the VFL this year before his season was cut short by a nasty eye injury. Before then the North Warrnambool product was averaging almost eight marks a game and was awarded the Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal as the VFL’s most promising young talent. However, a knee injury has him behind the eight ball leading up to Round 1. We won't be complaining if he emerges as a mid-season downgrade option.

Tyson Stengle (Adelaide) $123,900, Fwd

A clever indigenous goalkicker who didn’t do much wrong in his two seasons on Richmond’s rookie list apart from being fourth or fifth in the queue for a role as a small forward. Kicked 33 goals in 19 games in the VFL and is set to learn under Eddie Betts. The small forward didn't get a chance in either of Adelaide's JLT matches but kicked four goals in a SANFL practice match on the weekend so he might not be far away from a senior game.

Matt Parker (St Kilda) $117,300, Fwd

An explosive forward who was digging holes for underground gas pipes to pay the bills while playing in the WAFL this year. Inspired to not give up on his AFL dream by Geelong star and SuperCoach sensation Tim Kelly, Parker kicked 27 goals — and laid 84 tackles — for South Fremantle this year. He was recruited with pick 47 in the national draft and Saints coach Alan Richardson believes his speed and power will suit Marvel Stadium. After applying a ton of forward pressure in the JLT Series, he looks a safe bet to be named in Round 1 but don't expect huge scores.

Izak Rankine (Gold Coast), $198,300, Fwd

Incredibly talented teenager who is ready to play straight away after playing 10 senior games in the SANFL last year before going at No.2 on draft night. His first JLT Series appearance summed up what we're likely to get - a freakish goal in the opening minutes but just five more disposals for the night (32 SuperCoach points). He hurt his hamstring in JLT2 and is racing the clock to be fit for Round 1.

Willem Drew (Port Adelaide) $123,900, Fwd-mid

Big-bodied inside midfielder who was restricted to just one SANFL game last year by a foot injury. Now a serious Round 1 bolter after a bizarre water-skiing injury to Ollie Wines created a vacancy in the Power midfield. Staked his claim with 16 disposals (11 contested) in JLT1 for 77 SuperCoach points and 86 points in game two. Dual-position status makes him a very attractive proposition if he earns a Round 1 start.

Dylan Moore (Hawthorn) $123,900, Fwd

Drafted in 2017 (pick 67) as an inside midfielder, Moore starred as a small forward for Box Hill last season. He improved as the year progressed, leading the club's goalkicking in the VFL finals and averaging 108 SuperCoach points in his final two games. Has been turning heads over the pre-season and could be a Round 1 smokie. Didn't set the world on fire in the JLT Series

Jack Petrucelle (West Coast) $123,900, Fwd

Touted as the man to replace Mark LeCras in the West Coast forward line, Petrucelle showed enough in the JLT Series to suggest he'll be there in Round 1. The lightning-quick forward collected nine disposals and kicked a goal in 62 minutes of action against Geelong then booted two goals and scored 87 points against Fremantle. Scores will be up and down but should play. Shaping as the Liam Ryan of 2019.

Noah Balta (Richmond) $123,900, Fwd

Athletic tall who can play at either end and help in the ruck and rocketed into Round 1 contention with a spectacular performance against Melbourne in JLT1 that netted 104 SuperCoach points. Couldn't back it up in JLT2 but still scored 52 points with his work in the ruck a highlight. Touch and go for Round 1.

Shane McAdam (Adelaide) $123,900, Fwd

The Crows thought enough of the livewire forward to trade Mitch McGovern to Carlton for access to him via AFL rules that allowed the Blues to snare mature-age players before the draft. The nephew of former Saint and Lions star Gilbert McAdam — and cousin of current Blue Sam Petrevski-Seton — stood out for Sturt this year with his tackling pressure, big leap and eye for goal. Missed out on the JLT Series - keep an eye out for him as a mid-season trade option.

Nick Blakey (Sydney) $166,800, Fwd

Could have played for North Melbourne or Brisbane under the father-son rule (thanks to Dad John's 359 AFL games) but stuck with his Sydney Academy ties. Standing 195cm he could develop into a tall midfielder but is likely to start his career in the forward line, where he averaged 18 disposals and 4.5 goals in the AFL Academy series. With Franklin and Menzel out, he will get every chance to succeed. Very quiet in JLT1 but better in game two with two goals against the Suns. A good chance to play early but there is a question mark about his scoring potential.

Ben Cavarra (Western Bulldogs) $117,300, Fwd

Where's Cavarra? One of the genuine feel-good stories of the draft after the Dogs called out his name at pick 45. The 22-year-old won a Morrish Medal in the TAC Cup as a midfielder but earned his AFL chance as a small forward, winning Williamstown’s goalkicking in the past two years. Kicked 34 goals this year and has enough strings to his bow to still average 97 SuperCoach points a game. Was surprisingly overlooked for selection in both JLT games despite the Dogs' despreate need for goalkicking forwards. Could Luke Beveridge pull a Round 1 surprise?

Tom Wilkinson (North Melbourne) $102,400, Fwd

A small forward plucked from the Southport Sharks after stints with Williamstown and Sandringham (where he won a best-and-fairest) in the VFL. After being overlooked in four drafts, Wilkinson rated elite in the NEAFL in 2018 for goals, accuracy, forward-50 tackles, marks, score assists and contested marks. Can he break into the Kangaroos’ best 22? Missed the JLT Series so best to look elsewhere.
 

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Great work @Presto posting all these articles!!

Are you able to post the article from today with the spreadsheet and Every SuperCoach Score?

For some reason I can't get outline.com to work on most HS SC articles anymore.
LITS, to get HS SC articles to work in 'Outline', try only coping the last part of the HS address from www. and pasting it in Outline.
It has worked for me with HS articles where the access is blocked by HS.
 

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Every SuperCoach score from the 2019 JLT Series
Al Paton, Herald Sun
March 13, 2019 3:17pm
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Do you feel the need, the need for Sheed?
That’s the question thousands of SuperCoaches are asking after West Coast midfielder Dom Sheed dominated the JLT Series.
Sheed, priced at just $394,100, scored 144 and 134 in the Eagles’ two pre-season matches to finish with a competition-high average of 139.
And his form spike wasn’t totally out of the blue. Sheed struggled to hold his spot in the West Coast line-up at times last year, but finished with a bang, scoring 130, 105 and 116 in his three finals.
Ultra premiums Patrick Dangerfield and Jack Macrae both enjoyed productive JLT Series but it was a pre-season comp for the bolters with Adelaide brothers Matt and Brad Crouch, Demon Angus Brayshaw and Saint Jack Steele all scoring big. How many can you pick?
Meanwhile, SuperCoaches might be thinking twice about some popular selections after underwhelming performances across the pre-season.
https://media.heraldsun.com.au/fe/sport/SuperCoachJLT2019.pdf
Of course, pre-season scores aren’t everything and it pays to look a bit deeper when assessing form. Champion Data has rated every player’s points per minute, with Kangaroos ruckman Todd Goldstein ranking No.1 by that measure.
TOP SCORERS
139 — Dom Sheed (WC) $394,100 MID
132.5 — Matt Crouch (Adel) $551,400 MID
131 — Stephen Coniglio (GWS) $588,100 MID
129 — Patrick Dangerfield (Geel) $660,500 FWD/MID
128 — Jarryd Lyons (Bris) $502,000 MID
123.5 — Jack Macrae (WB) $689,700 MID
121 — Lachie Neale (Bris) $607,300 MID
120.5 — Brad Crouch (Adel) $418,000 MID
118 — Angus Brayshaw (Melb) $526,900 MID
117 — Scott Pendlebury (Coll) $562,00 MID
* average over two matches

10 POTENTIAL BARGAINS
116 — Jack Steele (StK) $512,600 MID
100 — Brodie Smith (Adel) $332,500 DEF
99 — Sam Walsh (Carl) $207,300 MID
99 — Tom Liberatore (WB) $300,400 MID
94.5 — Jordan Ridley (Ess) $233,100 DEF
90 — Jack Billings (StK) 4437,600 FWD
88 — Darcy Moore (Coll) $239,400 DEF/FWD
86.5 — Will Setterfield (Carl) $144,900 MID/FWD
86.5 — Zak Butters (Port) $157,800 MID
73 — Jack Scrimshaw (Haw) $149,800 DEF
* average over two matches

CAUSE FOR CONCERN?
89.5 — Brodie Grundy (Coll) $708,200 RUCK
88 — Rory Laird (Adel) $587,600 DEF
84 — Kade Simpson (Carl) 4570,300 DEF
80 — Dustin Martin (Rich) $563,800 MID
70.5 — Alex Witherden (Bris $455,000 DEF
61.5 — James Sicily (Haw) $570,400 DEF
52 — Anthony Miles (GC) $342,000 MID
50 — Devon Smith (Ess) $531,300 MID/FWD
45 — Zach Merrett (Ess) $544,800 MID
* average over two matches
TOP 10 POINTS PER MINUTE
1.56 — Todd Goldstein (NM) $548,000 RUCK
1.55 — Matt Crouch (Adel) $551,400 MID
1.50 — Dom Sheed (WC) $394,100 MID
1.44 — Joel Selwood (Geel) $570,500 MID
1.44 — Stephen Coniglio (GWS) $588,600 MID
1.42 — Adam Treloar (Coll) $594,200 MID
1.39 — Patrick Dangerfield (Geel) $660,500 FWD/MID
1.37 — Brad Crouch (Adel) $418,000 MID
1.37 — Zac Williams (GWS) $407,800 DEF
1.32 — Angus Brayshaw (Melb) $526,900 MID
 
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Interesting they say Ridley is a must have
People say he has a great role but they think Redman or Gleeson will push him out. Redmans only played 5 games in the last 2 years so probably count him out as a major threat that leaves Gleeson, suggest researching how important Bombers people consider him to the team.
 

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People say he has a great role but they think Redman or Gleeson will push him out. Redmans only played 5 games in the last 2 years so probably count him out as a major threat that leaves Gleeson, suggest researching how important Bombers people consider him to the team.
You mean coaching staff or the supporters on BigFooty? I would value the opinions of the former but on the latter in my experience they are usually unreliably guessing on these sort of players and rookies.

As you say Redman has only played 5 games ever.

I'm not barracking on Ridley here as I don't have him.
 

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SuperCoach jury: Final word on Tom Liberatore, Brodie Grundy and more
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March 14, 2019 3:40pm
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Stuck on those final SuperCoach calls?
You’re not alone. As the first lockout of the season looms those 50-50 calls seem tougher than ever.
Our experts are here to help — although they don’t always agree. Scroll down to see their final word on key players including Brodie Grundy, Dom Sheed, Tom Liberatore, Brad Crouch and Darcy Moore.

BRODIE GRUNDY
The Phantom: I’m picking him, and so should you. This is the man who can break the Dean Cox curse and go back-to-back as the top-scoring SuperCoach ruckman.
Al Paton: I would have liked to see a bit more in the JLT Series but Grundy got through both games, which is enough to start him as my No.1 ruck. Effectively an extra midfielder.
Gilbert Gardiner: Trust the process. Gawn plus Goldstein = Gilbert’s Guidance domination. Feel like a bit of a broken record but happy to risk Grundy until his price drops.
Ben Higgins: I was never worried about his “toe injury”, Jordan Roughead’s just a clumsy big fella and stood on his foot. While his JLT scores haven’t been anywhere near his 2018 production, Collingwood is undoubtedly keeping its powder dry for Round 1. Must-have.
Dan Begala: Grundy hasn’t set the world on fire during the JLT, but he’s ticked the boxes and secured himself a spot at The Begala Brigade. He’s pricey, but if you’re chasing rankings success, Grundy is a non-negotiable.
Tim Michell: Has been locked in since SuperCoach opened. I went without him last year and it cost me dearly in both leagues and overall rankings. He might not hit an average of 130 again, but I can’t see him dropping below 120 points per game.
Paul Dunn: Grundy didn’t have a huge JLT Series in terms of points scoring, but the important thing was that he played both games after a couple of weeks of light training with a toe issue. Don’t panic about the lack of a massive pre-season score. Still a must-have for all SuperCoach teams.
Dan Batten: Had a quiet JLT, but I can’t see Grundy flopping in 2019. The Pies star didn’t fall below 95 points last year, and his ceiling was enormous — eclipsing 150 points on seven occasions. These facets of his game make him worth forking out the big bucks. Last year was just the beginning of his scoring prowess, and he has another star midfielder to hit to in Dayne Beams in 2019.
TOM LIBERATORE
Phantom: Looks fit, focused and he’s back in the centre square, where he belongs. I’ll be tempted right up until lockout but I just can’t squeeze him in at the minute.
Paton: Has been in and out of my team and I still haven’t made a final call. Definitely offers value at $300,400, just not sure if he’ll average 100 and be a keeper or 90 and force an awkward trade.
Gardiner: He’s in the team at the moment but can’t guarantee Libba is going to stay there.
Higgins: Showed he’s back to his old ways in the JLT Series, hunting the pill and dishing it out to the Dogs delivery men. My biggest concern was never with Libba’s ability but with Luke Beveridge’s willingness to play him as a full-time inside midfielder. He seems to be getting his wish and if that’s the case, he’s the perfect stepping stone to an early premium trade.
Begala: The Libba of old has been on show throughout the JLT Series, but I don’t expect him to recreate the lofty heights of season 2014 when he averaged 110. He will be a role player (M6) in The Bigala Brigade who looms as the perfect stepping stone for a fallen star.
Michell: Not for me. I’d rather bank the extra money and back Sam Walsh to score similar numbers or find extra cash and turn him into a premium. Brad Crouch is a better prospect for an extra $118,000 if you really want to pick a mid-pricer.
Dunn: Libba showed us plenty in the two JLT games. His average of 99 tells us that he could be a great value pick this year. He is underpriced given his injury from last year and is one of the very few mid-priced players that could pay off this year.
Batten: His upside is promising but as we have seen in recent years, Luke Beveridge can’t be trusted to play his troops in their best position. Plenty of competition in the coalface — Macrae, Bont, Dunkley and Wallis, just to name a few — leaves me unsure.
ANTHONY MILES
Phantom: Nah. The previous bloke and the next one have much more upside at around the same price.
Paton: Former Tiger was in my side for most of summer but I’ve put the line through him after a poor JLT Series. Hope he proves me wrong.
Gardiner: Libba in a the box seat right now and can’t justify having both mid-priced midfielders in the starting line-up.
Higgins: Was really hoping Miles would be the great white hope as a SuperCoach mid-pricer. However, his JLT scores have left me a little nervous. Hasn’t played full games and hasn’t produced anything noteworthy. A 50-50 chance I swap to Liberatore before Round 1.
Begala: He’s never really been on my radar, but Miles’ move up north was expected to yield opportunity, midfield minutes and plenty of SuperCoach points. This, however, has failed to materialise throughout the JLT and I prefer alternatives such as Tom Liberatore, Tom Rockliff and Dom Sheed.
Michell: I was red-hot on Miles before the JLT Series but I’m not as convinced after seeing his two pre-season games. I’d prefer to watch him for two games early in the season then jump on if he dominates before prices rise.
Dunn: Miles was a disappointment in the JLT. He hasn’t shown us anything that is telling us that he is worth picking in our starting squads. Steer clear.
Batten: I was very excited to see what the inside beast could produce in the JLT after dominating at VFL level, and he failed to deliver. Appears one-dimensional at the next level, with his game against the Swans epitomising this — 14 touches (11 contested), six clearances for just 35 SuperCoach points. Pass.
BRAD CROUCH
Phantom: He’s won. Crouch has ticked every box in his comeback with three dominant pre-season hitouts. Sure, there’s no guarantees over his body, but he couldn’t have done much more. Might even outscore brother Matt if he can stay on the park.
Paton: I love this guy. Has had “SuperCoach gun” stamped on him since he averaged 87 in his debut season. He has had some issues staying on the park since then but I’m willing to take a chance.
Gardiner: All power to Brad Crouch, he deserves all the luck in the world, but I just can’t get on board. If it burns me then so be it.
Higgins: Happy for him, but $418,000 is somewhat annoying priced. He’s not in the same price bracket as Anthony Miles and Tom Liberatore and he’s not in the same calibre as Dylan Shiel. I’ll be taking Matt, thank you very much.
Begala: There’s risk. There’s reward. Then there’s Brad Crouch. He’s a tantalising prospect, but I consider Crouch one of the riskiest prospects in SuperCoach. I will instead be sourcing an additional $130k to acquire the services of his brother, lil’ Matty, who I suspect will take the AFL disposal crown in Tom Mitchell’s absence.
Michell: The injury history rules a line through him for me. I understand why he’s in 25 per cent of teams based on potential, but I’m not convinced he can manage the premium numbers to justify his starting price.
Dunn: Brad should be one of the most selected players in the competition come the start of Round 1. He played not only the two JLT games but also in an Under-23 practice game the week before against the Power youngsters. The fact he has managed to get through three games without flaring up any of his existing injuries tells me that he is good to go. An average of 121 across the two JLT games shows us that he still has a big ceiling and that price makes him impossible to pass up. Locked in my side.
Batten: I was adamant from the moment SuperCoach opened that I wouldn’t pick Brad Crouch, but sure enough he is now sitting at M5. Can see plenty of similarities from Stephen Coniglio last year (besides the injury history) — a ball-winner in a talented midfield who still manages to score well. His body has held together in three matches so far and he is dominated all of them. Will ensure I have a back-up plan if he succumbs to injury.
 

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TIM KELLY
Phantom: If I’m going with another top-price premium at F3, I prefer Josh Dunkley, despite the Luke Beveridge-related risks. This means Kelly’s an upgrade target if he gets going.
Paton: A chance to start at F3 in my side, along with about a dozen other players. Amazing debut season and likely to improve in year two.
Gardiner: Were we too quick to write him off as yesterday’s man? Maybe.
Higgins: Has been part of the revolving door at F3. He’s certainly the cheaper of my options, which I like and should see more midfield minutes with Gary Ablett reportedly taking a bigger role up forward. Proven gun who is a top-six contender in the forward line.
Begala: Kelly is currently entrenched at F3 in my forward line with Jack Billings, Toby McLean and Josh Dunkley vying closely for the role on the eve of Round 1. He’s a bona fide midfielder who should revel in the spoils of Ablett’s slated transition to the forward line.
Michell: No player has been in and out of my side as much in the past two weeks. I was convinced he was the perfect F3 but I wonder whether the saga surrounding his efforts to return home to Western Australia might have an impact.
Dunn: Kelly has backed up his great form from last season in JLT2. He put aside any concerns anyone had after JLT1’s poor score and showed what he can do given plenty of time in the midfield. Likely to finish as a top-six forward. The way he played that JLT2 game means he is now in my side up forward and is unlikely to leave it before the season starts.
Batten: One of roughly 10 names I am considering at F3. As a mature-ager, second year blues shouldn’t apply to the former WAFL star. His JLT2 was superb, but what concerns me is his potential to produce sub-70 scores — as he did in JLT1. Kelly fell below 70 points on four occasions in 2018, twice posting totals in the 40s. Has all the tools in his game to succeed in SuperCoach, but is he in the Cats first choice centre-square brigade?
ALEX WITHERDEN
Phantom: Didn’t set the world on fire during the JLT Series but I’m still expecting big things from the Brisbane ball magnet in 2019. A top-eight defender for mine.
Paton: One of the hot players of the summer has gone stone cold. Highly talented but has slipped out of the backline conversation for me.
Gardiner: Nice price given potential upside. Not in the team just yet but not out of it either.
Higgins: Had been in my SuperCoach team all pre-season but failed to impress in the JLT. I thought he might take advantage of the new kick-in rules but scores of 66 (63 per cent game time) and 76 (88 per cent) simply don’t cut the mustard. Happy to upgrade to him when he inevitably proves me wrong.
Begala: There’s been plenty of hype surrounding Witherden, but I don’t expect the young gun to join the top echelon of defenders just yet. Witherden is the quarterback of the Brisbane Lions, but I’d prefer Jayden Short ($466K, DEF) given his penchant for goals.
Michell: Nope. I haven’t seen enough evidence to suggest he can post the numbers to be a top-10 defender worth spending more than $450,000 on.
Dunn: Witherden had a couple of good pre-season games but they didn’t produce spectacular scores. To make it worth spending up on him we probably needed to see a bit more. However, it is just JLT and if you are keen to have him in your side his scores weren’t bad enough to say you must drop him out. At this point he isn’t in my side.
Batten: The Lions young gun was the talk of the SuperCoach town when the kick-in rules were changed, but it didn’t result in favourable scores across the JLT. I am willing to wait and see on Witherden before committing to him. Relies too much on uncontested ball and kick-ins for his scoring for my liking. Potential upgrade target.
DOM SHEED
Phantom: Huge numbers during the pre-season — and in last year’s finals series — but it’s unlikely I’m picking him over a Crouch or Liberatore.
Paton: If you’re picking purely on form, you can’t go past a 139 average from the JLT Series. But I haven’t forgotten Heretier Lumumba averaging 120 in the 2015 pre-season comp then 63.5 for the year. Could be a trap.
Gardiner: That kick and a strong JLT Series has everyone frothing over the premiership Eagle, but he hasn’t entered into Guidance calculations just yet.
Higgins: A no from me. We’ve been sucked in by big JLT performances before and Sheed has all the hallmarks of a trap. Arguably, he wouldn’t have even been in that Grand Final if not for Andrew Gaff’s ban and the star midfielder returns from his ban in Round 3, at which time Sheed will be shuffled down the midfield pecking order.
Begala: What’s more impressive: Sheed’s heroic Grand Final performance or his seamless JLT Series? As a SuperCoach pundit, I’d have to say the latter. Sheed came of age during last year’s finals series, when he averaged a whopping 117 SuperCoach points per game. The trajectory is definitely up, but to warrant his selection, I think he needs to average 100-103 points.
Michell: The pre-season numbers were enticing, but I’d rather just pay extra for a proven premium. As a Blues fan, he’ll always be a favourite though after that Grand Final goal.
Dunn: Dom certainly put his hand up for selection in the JLT series. He had a game-high 144 in JLT1 and then had another game-high 134 from a handy 80 per cent time on ground in JLT2. He presents some great value for your team and would be a very handy point of difference. Everyone is talking about players like Brad Crouch, but Sheed scored more in these two games. Not in my team at the moment but I am going to look to find a way to get him in if I can.
Batten: POD HQ was telling Adam Simpson to sub him out at halftime in JLT2. His second game-high total saw him fall out of the unique category, currently owned by 12 per cent of teams. This on the back of his dominant finals series sees him as a definite breakout contender. Can he break out enough to be a keeper?
NIC NEWMAN
Phantom: I said he was a top-eight defender after the first week of the JLT and, let me tell you, the punters let me know about it after Newman’s game against the Magpies. Let’s see what happens next Thursday night. I’m still picking him.
Paton: See Witherden. I’m expecting an average around 85 which isn’t enough at his price.
Gardiner: It boils down to team balance and just having too many Bluebaggers already locked in. Not for me, thanks.
Higgins: Has never been in my team and certainly won’t be come Round 1 after his JLT2 fail. As good as the “He’ll replace Sam Docherty at half-back” argument sounded, he’s not Sam Docherty, and Kade Simpson is more likely to once again pick up the slack.
Begala: He looks an astute recruit by the Blues, but I don’t expect Newman to feature among the top eight defenders this season. The main sticking point for me remains his price, $394,100, which is no man’s land should his selection become a bust. I prefer the likes of Brodie Smith ($333k) and Zac Williams ($408k).
Michell: The rookies in defence have shown enough during pre-season for me to start three on field. That structure means Newman can’t fit in.
Dunn: Newman didn’t do enough to warrant his selection. He scored just the 29 points from 76 per cent time on ground against the Pies in JLT2. His role doesn’t seem to be what we had hoped and this low score certainly gives me some concerns going forward. He won’t be starting in my side.
Batten: One of the big hype players following an impressive JLT1, appearing to take the reins from kick-in gatekeeper Kade Simpson. Roles reversed when he managed just 10 disposals at Morwell against the Pies. There are a host of better mid-price defenders on offer.
 

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DARCY MOORE
Phantom: In SuperCoach? Really? Actually, yeah, maybe. He took the most kick-ins of any player in the JLT Series and had 10 intercept possessions against the Blues.
Paton: What shaped as a mad SuperCoach punt is shaping as a real possibility after an impressive JLT Series playing as an intercept defender. Durability is a massive worry but we only need to get six good games to see him spike in price and trade him up to a star. Currently in my forward line.
Gardiner: Tempting price. Can he be trusted to play out the season? Happy to go without as his scoring history and reliability doesn’t exactly jump off the page.
Higgins: I’ve really liked his pre-season but I’ve already got several expensive rookies and sadly, simply can’t afford him. I fear it could come back to bite me, especially in the forward line where rookies look a little harder to come by.
Begala: He’s only registered two SuperCoach tons in his short career (54 games) and spends more time in the stands than he does on the park! Undoubtedly a prodigious talent, but I suspect he’s going to thwart the rankings pursuit of many SuperCoaches across the land.
Michell: He’s in — for now. The intercept points from his marking ability have won me over, but I still have concerns that, like Crouch, his injury problems might strike again. If you’re going to pick him you’ve got to have Chris Burgess at the opposite end for a DEF-FWD swing.
Dunn: Two really solid games from Darcy in the JLT and at his price he is hard to look past. The key for him is that he has good job security and has scored well above his price level in these two games. He would be a solid POD for your defence if you think that his role and scoring will continue into the regular season.
Batten: Haven’t allowed myself to look too closely at Moore, as I know he will tempt me. Admittedly, he has been rather impressive as an intercepting defender who takes the kick-ins. Injury-prone and with most of the rookies available being pricey, I can’t justify the extra cash. It’s either Moore or Collins, and I’m going with Collins.
 
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