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    Don't normally like novelty markets but these seem wrong enough to be worth a bet. Whoever set them way too focused on last year. Pendlebury, Gawn and Cripps in particular seem very generous. Will check it out to see if the odds have survived.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Don't normally like novelty markets but these seem wrong enough to be worth a bet. Whoever set them way too focused on last year. Pendlebury, Gawn and Cripps in particular seem very generous. Will check it out to see if the odds have survived.
    Completely agree. Quite a bit of value on offer there in my eyes. Also thought it was pretty funny that 2 of the 3 experts didn't seem to understand it was a question of average, not aggregate
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    Thought the WCE market was weird. NicNat on a managed program and could start the season slowly as Fav. Yeo second line and can go big but his scoring is relevant to his role which can change during the year (hence his lower scoring at times last season). But they rate Shuey on the third line at $4.50. That is not bad value IMO.
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    Liking treloar, hibberd and Robbie gray all at $11 and gaff for West coast at $17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brettthejett View Post
    Liking treloar, hibberd and Robbie gray all at $11 and gaff for West coast at $17
    Excuse this question to Brett as it is not SC related.
    But........ Did I just see that Timmy qualified for the A Main .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creeker View Post
    Excuse this question to Brett as it is not SC related.
    But........ Did I just see that Timmy qualified for the A Main .
    HE qualified for the saturday night preliminary a main but failed to reach the big one on sunday night that we were all there to see
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    Another HS article, subscriber only

    Which young guns are ready to step in and step up for our SuperCoach teams this year
    Ben Higgins and Gilbert Gardiner, Herald Sun
    January 25, 2018 9:00am
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    THE cash cow is the bedrock of our SuperCoach season.

    Every year we scour draft analysis, the pre-season training titbits and practice match reports.

    At every club there is at least one - sometimes more as you’ll see below - cash cow option.

    We’ve picked the top SuperCoach cheapie candidate at every club. Don’t agree? Have your says and who you think can step up in 2018.
    Richmond’s top draft pick Jack Higgins.

    ADELAIDE

    DARCY FORGARTY (Mid-Fwd, $153,300)

    Was spoken about as a potential No.1 pick, but slid down the order after a knee injury hampered his Under-18 Championships. The fierce competitor is built (192cm, 92kg) to perform at AFL level.

    TOM DOEDEE (Def, $123,900)

    The young defender was a shock selection at No.17 in the 2015 draft but after a stellar year in the SANFL he’s being touted as Jake Lever’s replacement in the Crows’ backline. Doedee averaged 17.2 disposals in 2017, ranked No.1 in the league for intercept possessions (9.0 per game) and rated elite for intercept marks (2.6) and spoils (4.1).

    BRISBANE

    ZAC BAILEY (Fwd, $139,800), BRANDON STARCEVICH (Mid-Fwd, $126,300)

    All eyes will be on Cameron Rayner but keep a close eye on Bailey and Starcevich during AFLX and the JLT Community Series. The top-20 picks could sneak into the Lions’ best 22, possibly ahead of Rayner, after standout pre-seasons.
    New Blue Cam O'Shea is a leading cash cow contender.
    Northern Territory product Zac Bailey. Picture: AFLNT Media

    CARLTON

    CAM O’SHEA (Def, $166,000)

    Ex-Port Adelaide defender thrown a lifeline by Carlton after impressing at VFL level for the Northern Blues last year. The perfect SuperCoach “cash cow” given his age and experience at the level, not going to ton up but more than capable of churning out handy scores.

    COLLINGWOOD

    SAM MURRAY (Def, $123,900)

    The Magpies must have swooped on the little-known Sydney Swans ball magnet for a reason. Lightning quick and a good user of the ball, Murray could become a mainstay in Nathan Buckley’s team.

    ESSENDON

    KOBE MUTCH (Mid, $123,900)

    It will be hard to break into the Bombers’ best 22 this season after a bumper trade period, but second-year midfielder Mutch could be worth keeping an eye on. The ball magnet went well at VFL level last year and worked closely with Jobe Watson.

    FREMANTLE

    SAM SWITKOWSKI (Fwd, $117,300)

    Mature-aged recruit Switkowski emerged as the VFL’s best pressure forward last year, while also banging in 19 goals in 12 games after bouts of glandular fever and a hamstring injury. Must be considered at price and potential job security.

    GEELONG

    TIM KELLY (Mid, $117,300)

    The mature age recruit from WA has Cats coach Chris Scott excited. “Tim Kelly is a bit older but we think he could help us, if not straight away, but pretty early in his tenure,” he said. While the Cats don’t need any more midfielders, Kelly should compete for a spot in the forward line.

    GOLD COAST

    WILL BRODIE (Mid, $187,700)

    The second-year midfielder is looking to add to his three games from his debut season. With Gary Ablett departing, Brodie’s strong inside game and developing outside game could see him break through for more regular game time in 2017. Expensive but plays a SuperCoach friendly game if given the chance.

    NICK HOLMAN (Mid, $102,400)

    At the other end of the price spectrum, Holman should walk into the Suns’ midfield after a stellar year in the SANFL. The former Carlton midfielder racked up the second most disposals at state level in 2017 and loves the in-and-under stuff.
    Nick Holman gets a second chance with the Suns. Picture: Nick Holman.
    Isaac Cumming in action for the Allies before being drafted. Picture: Mark Dadswell

    GWS GIANTS

    ISAAC CUMMING (Def, $123,900)

    The Giants Academy graduate could get his opportunity thanks to Zac Williams’ Achilles injury. The classy half-back has elite disposal - he finished top 10 in the kicking and clean hands tests at the AFL Draft Combine - and good speed. Will have to beat out Harry Perryman for the job.

    HAWTHORN

    DYLAN MOORE (Mid, $117,300)

    The 2017 Under-18 All-Australian claimed the 2km time trial crown at the AFL Draft Combine and was ranked by Champion Data as the 12th best talent in the draft. Despite standing 175cm, Hawthorn picked Moore up with pick No.67. Under Alastair Clarkson, if you’ve got the talent and the application you get games.

    MELBOURNE

    CHARLIE SPARGO (Mid-Fwd, $117,300)

    The Demons’ top pick has been compared to AFL games record holder Brent Harvey and could push straight into the Melbourne line-up in Round 1 as a dangerous small forward. Spargo is reportedly training the house down at Gosch’s Paddock and will get plenty of opportunity in AFLX and the JLT Series.

    NORTH MELBOURNE

    LUKE DAVIES-UNIACKE (Mid, $189,300)

    Was touted as a potential No.1 draft pick before slipping to North Melbourne. This was great news for SuperCoaches. The most AFL ready player landing at the most in-need club. Our favourite stat from the TAC Cup ... “LDU” was ranked No.1 for disposal efficiency of all TAC Cup players to average more than 10 contested possessions.

    PAUL AHERN (Mid, $123,900)

    A forgotten man. Drafted by the Giants at No.7 in 2014, Ahern has been beset by injury in his time in the AFL. However, the midfield-forward is now fully fit and impressing in pre-season for the Kangaroos. With a solid AFLX and JLT Series, Round 1 is well within his reach.

    ALEX MORGAN (Def, $123,900)

    The former Bomber hasn’t played a game but was snapped up by North Melbourne as a delisted free agent. The 21-year-old has speed to burn but has been held back by injury. Pace and ball use are traits the Kangaroos are in desperate need of so expect to see Morgan early.

    PORT ADELAIDE

    DOM BARRY (Mid, $117,300)

    The mature age recruit played nine games for Melbourne before stepping away from football. After an outstanding season in the SANFL, the Power have given him a second chance and he’s hit the ground running at Alberton, finishing second in the time trial.

    RICHMOND

    JACK HIGGINS (Mid-Fwd, $130,800)

    The premiers’ top draft pick and roared into Round 1 calculations with some impressive showings at pre-season training and Daniel Rioli’s ongoing recovery from an ankle injury. Another hard tackling small forward who perfectly suits the Tigers’ style.

    ST KILDA

    HUNTER CLARK (Mid, $175,300)

    A couple of fringe cash cow options at St Kilda with Hugh Goddard, Nathan Freeman and Logan Austin but we’ve got for St Kilda’s top draft pick. The Dandenong product averaged 26.8 disposals, 6.7 tackles and 126 SuperCoach points in the TAC Cup and should add class to the Saints’ blue collar midfield.
    St Kilda’s top draft pick Hunter Clark. Picture: Tony Gough
    Darcy Cameron at Sydney training. Picture. Phil Hillyard

    SYDNEY

    DARCY CAMERON (Ruck, $123,900)

    We hoped Cameron might get a chance last year but it didn’t eventuate. However, with Kurt Tippett’s retirement there is now hope. Callum Sinclair and Sam Naismith probably have first dibs on the big man roles but if they go down with injury or form, Darcy is a serious ruck bench option.

    WEST COAST

    DANIEL VENABLES (Fwd, $123,900)

    Yet to make his debut, Venables could benefit from the retirements of Sam Mitchell and Matt Priddis. Was close to an AFL debut in Round 13 before injury intervened. Priddis described the youngster as a “Luke Shuey clone” and his leg speed and attack on the ball should serve him well.

    WESTERN BULLDOGS

    ED RICHARDS (Def, $135,300)

    If there’s an opening in the Bulldogs’ 22, it’s at half-back. Richards was targeted in the draft to fill that need and could be unveiled as early as Round 1. Luke Beveridge isn’t afraid to play the kids. Has been likened to Heath Shaw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Presto View Post
    Another HS article, subscriber only

    Which young guns are ready to step in and step up for our SuperCoach teams this year
    Ben Higgins and Gilbert Gardiner, Herald Sun
    January 25, 2018 9:00am
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    THE cash cow is the bedrock of our SuperCoach season.

    Every year we scour draft analysis, the pre-season training titbits and practice match reports.

    At every club there is at least one - sometimes more as you’ll see below - cash cow option.

    We’ve picked the top SuperCoach cheapie candidate at every club. Don’t agree? Have your says and who you think can step up in 2018.
    Richmond’s top draft pick Jack Higgins.

    ADELAIDE

    DARCY FORGARTY (Mid-Fwd, $153,300)

    Was spoken about as a potential No.1 pick, but slid down the order after a knee injury hampered his Under-18 Championships. The fierce competitor is built (192cm, 92kg) to perform at AFL level.

    TOM DOEDEE (Def, $123,900)

    The young defender was a shock selection at No.17 in the 2015 draft but after a stellar year in the SANFL he’s being touted as Jake Lever’s replacement in the Crows’ backline. Doedee averaged 17.2 disposals in 2017, ranked No.1 in the league for intercept possessions (9.0 per game) and rated elite for intercept marks (2.6) and spoils (4.1).

    BRISBANE

    ZAC BAILEY (Fwd, $139,800), BRANDON STARCEVICH (Mid-Fwd, $126,300)

    All eyes will be on Cameron Rayner but keep a close eye on Bailey and Starcevich during AFLX and the JLT Community Series. The top-20 picks could sneak into the Lions’ best 22, possibly ahead of Rayner, after standout pre-seasons.
    New Blue Cam O'Shea is a leading cash cow contender.
    Northern Territory product Zac Bailey. Picture: AFLNT Media

    CARLTON

    CAM O’SHEA (Def, $166,000)

    Ex-Port Adelaide defender thrown a lifeline by Carlton after impressing at VFL level for the Northern Blues last year. The perfect SuperCoach “cash cow” given his age and experience at the level, not going to ton up but more than capable of churning out handy scores.

    COLLINGWOOD

    SAM MURRAY (Def, $123,900)

    The Magpies must have swooped on the little-known Sydney Swans ball magnet for a reason. Lightning quick and a good user of the ball, Murray could become a mainstay in Nathan Buckley’s team.

    ESSENDON

    KOBE MUTCH (Mid, $123,900)

    It will be hard to break into the Bombers’ best 22 this season after a bumper trade period, but second-year midfielder Mutch could be worth keeping an eye on. The ball magnet went well at VFL level last year and worked closely with Jobe Watson.

    FREMANTLE

    SAM SWITKOWSKI (Fwd, $117,300)

    Mature-aged recruit Switkowski emerged as the VFL’s best pressure forward last year, while also banging in 19 goals in 12 games after bouts of glandular fever and a hamstring injury. Must be considered at price and potential job security.

    GEELONG

    TIM KELLY (Mid, $117,300)

    The mature age recruit from WA has Cats coach Chris Scott excited. “Tim Kelly is a bit older but we think he could help us, if not straight away, but pretty early in his tenure,” he said. While the Cats don’t need any more midfielders, Kelly should compete for a spot in the forward line.

    GOLD COAST

    WILL BRODIE (Mid, $187,700)

    The second-year midfielder is looking to add to his three games from his debut season. With Gary Ablett departing, Brodie’s strong inside game and developing outside game could see him break through for more regular game time in 2017. Expensive but plays a SuperCoach friendly game if given the chance.

    NICK HOLMAN (Mid, $102,400)

    At the other end of the price spectrum, Holman should walk into the Suns’ midfield after a stellar year in the SANFL. The former Carlton midfielder racked up the second most disposals at state level in 2017 and loves the in-and-under stuff.
    Nick Holman gets a second chance with the Suns. Picture: Nick Holman.
    Isaac Cumming in action for the Allies before being drafted. Picture: Mark Dadswell

    GWS GIANTS

    ISAAC CUMMING (Def, $123,900)

    The Giants Academy graduate could get his opportunity thanks to Zac Williams’ Achilles injury. The classy half-back has elite disposal - he finished top 10 in the kicking and clean hands tests at the AFL Draft Combine - and good speed. Will have to beat out Harry Perryman for the job.

    HAWTHORN

    DYLAN MOORE (Mid, $117,300)

    The 2017 Under-18 All-Australian claimed the 2km time trial crown at the AFL Draft Combine and was ranked by Champion Data as the 12th best talent in the draft. Despite standing 175cm, Hawthorn picked Moore up with pick No.67. Under Alastair Clarkson, if you’ve got the talent and the application you get games.

    MELBOURNE

    CHARLIE SPARGO (Mid-Fwd, $117,300)

    The Demons’ top pick has been compared to AFL games record holder Brent Harvey and could push straight into the Melbourne line-up in Round 1 as a dangerous small forward. Spargo is reportedly training the house down at Gosch’s Paddock and will get plenty of opportunity in AFLX and the JLT Series.

    NORTH MELBOURNE

    LUKE DAVIES-UNIACKE (Mid, $189,300)

    Was touted as a potential No.1 draft pick before slipping to North Melbourne. This was great news for SuperCoaches. The most AFL ready player landing at the most in-need club. Our favourite stat from the TAC Cup ... “LDU” was ranked No.1 for disposal efficiency of all TAC Cup players to average more than 10 contested possessions.

    PAUL AHERN (Mid, $123,900)

    A forgotten man. Drafted by the Giants at No.7 in 2014, Ahern has been beset by injury in his time in the AFL. However, the midfield-forward is now fully fit and impressing in pre-season for the Kangaroos. With a solid AFLX and JLT Series, Round 1 is well within his reach.

    ALEX MORGAN (Def, $123,900)

    The former Bomber hasn’t played a game but was snapped up by North Melbourne as a delisted free agent. The 21-year-old has speed to burn but has been held back by injury. Pace and ball use are traits the Kangaroos are in desperate need of so expect to see Morgan early.

    PORT ADELAIDE

    DOM BARRY (Mid, $117,300)

    The mature age recruit played nine games for Melbourne before stepping away from football. After an outstanding season in the SANFL, the Power have given him a second chance and he’s hit the ground running at Alberton, finishing second in the time trial.

    RICHMOND

    JACK HIGGINS (Mid-Fwd, $130,800)

    The premiers’ top draft pick and roared into Round 1 calculations with some impressive showings at pre-season training and Daniel Rioli’s ongoing recovery from an ankle injury. Another hard tackling small forward who perfectly suits the Tigers’ style.

    ST KILDA

    HUNTER CLARK (Mid, $175,300)

    A couple of fringe cash cow options at St Kilda with Hugh Goddard, Nathan Freeman and Logan Austin but we’ve got for St Kilda’s top draft pick. The Dandenong product averaged 26.8 disposals, 6.7 tackles and 126 SuperCoach points in the TAC Cup and should add class to the Saints’ blue collar midfield.
    St Kilda’s top draft pick Hunter Clark. Picture: Tony Gough
    Darcy Cameron at Sydney training. Picture. Phil Hillyard

    SYDNEY

    DARCY CAMERON (Ruck, $123,900)

    We hoped Cameron might get a chance last year but it didn’t eventuate. However, with Kurt Tippett’s retirement there is now hope. Callum Sinclair and Sam Naismith probably have first dibs on the big man roles but if they go down with injury or form, Darcy is a serious ruck bench option.

    WEST COAST

    DANIEL VENABLES (Fwd, $123,900)

    Yet to make his debut, Venables could benefit from the retirements of Sam Mitchell and Matt Priddis. Was close to an AFL debut in Round 13 before injury intervened. Priddis described the youngster as a “Luke Shuey clone” and his leg speed and attack on the ball should serve him well.

    WESTERN BULLDOGS

    ED RICHARDS (Def, $135,300)

    If there’s an opening in the Bulldogs’ 22, it’s at half-back. Richards was targeted in the draft to fill that need and could be unveiled as early as Round 1. Luke Beveridge isn’t afraid to play the kids. Has been likened to Heath Shaw.
    Thanks for posting.

    Quite a few new names to add to my watch list, including some more cheap forward options.
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    a few new names to add to the watch list , including a few more cheaper forward options.
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    HE’S the GOAT - Greatest Of All Time - when it comes to SuperCoach. But should he be in our 2018 starting squads?

    That question is harder than it appears. There is a simple argument for not selecting Gary Ablett this year; he’s 33, and has a horrible recent injury history.

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    But the counter-argument is pretty good; if he gets on the park he can score like no one else in the game (with the possible exception of new teammate Patrick Dangerfield).

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    Let’s break those two sides down a bit. In Gazza’s case we’ll start with the negatives first, since most experienced SuperCoach players look like passing on the great man.

    WHY WE SHOULDN’T PICK HIM

    * How many players produce their best form past the age of 30, let alone 33? Ablett will be 34 in May.

    * He will set you back $631,100 - making him the fourth-most expensive player in SuperCoach. That is a huge investment and you need a huge return to justify it.

    * Ablett hasn’t played more than 15 matches in a season since 2013 as he battled shoulder problems and other injuries. Most players only get more injuries as their body ages.

    * Ablett was ranked No.4 on averages last year but 139th on total points, illustrating the value of picking durable players. Matt Crouch, Clayton Oliver and Tom Mitchell didn’t miss a game in 2017.

    * The Cats are smart. They will manage their star recruit to have him in prime condition for September, which might mean a rest or two during the home-and-away rounds - probably in the week you desperately need him in SuperCoach.

    * Where will Ablett play at the Cats? At Gold Coast he was the top banana in the midfield, with occasional rests up forward. This season he’s likely to spend a lot more time in attack as he shares the onball load with Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan and Co (who will also take some of his points).

    Gaz could kick 50-plus goals as a permanent forward but so does Eddie Betts and you wouldn’t pick him in SuperCoach (Eddie booted 55 goals last year and averaged 79 points a game)

    WHY WE SHOULD PICK HIM

    * When Ablett plays, he scores. He has averaged at least 114 for the past ELEVEN SEASONS. Respect.

    * When he has a decent run at it, he scores even more. Take out the injury-interrupted matches in the past few years and his average starts to climb - wind the clock back to when he played close to every game and he was consistently around the 130 mark (granted, that was a few years ago)

    * We’re not going to get into conspiracy theories about why Ablett missed some games at Gold Coast but any player would have extra motivation to get out every single week for a team with a shot at a premiership. Talk about players having a point to prove can be a bit cliched but Ablett could be the most driven individual in AFL history. He’s also an uber professional who will channel every ounce of his will into proving he’s still a superstar.

    * He’s playing in a better team that will win more games, kick more goals and earn a stack more SuperCoach points. He also gets to play against Gold Coast now!

    * Sure, Dangerfield and Selwood might pinch some of his points but they’ll also be giving him the ball - and taking the attention of opposition taggers who only had Ablett to worry about when facing the Suns in recent times. Gaz off the chain is a scary thought.

    * He’ll also get nine matches at the Cats’ home ground, where he has a career average of 122 from 36 appearances.

    * The romance. Picking Ablett would be a huge gamble, no doubt. But he’s likely to be a point of difference - aTHE VERDICT

    Al Paton says: Would not be surprised at all if the GOAT bolts out of the blocks with a 130 average and he would be an awesome POD ... but very low chance of playing 22 games means it’s a no. Probably.

    Ben Higgins says: If he was $100k cheaper I’d consider him but he’s not. How does he slot in with DangerWood? How many games will he play? Why wouldn’t I shell out $20k more for Martin or Mitchell? Or save money with Kelly, Clayton and Crouch?

    Gilbert Gardiner says: Too many question marks over the SuperCoach GOAT to be considered a viable option despite the prospect of a formidable combination being built with Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood.nd what a POD to have if he rekindles the flame and goes on a scoring spree early. In Round 2 Geelong plays Hawthorn - Ablett’s past seven scores against the Hawks have been 146, 112, 159, 157, 138, 149, 189. At least his price doesn’t change until the next week.

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    AFL SuperCoach 2018: the seven players you need to build the best SuperCoach team
    GILBERT GARDINER, Herald Sun
    January 28, 2018 8:05pm
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    ANYONE can tell you Patrick Dangerfield and Dustin Martin will be among the most popular players in 2018 AFL SuperCoach.

    But the secret to SuperCoach, the biggest and best fantasy game in Australia, is not the players you always pick, but the ones you miss that determine your fantasy fate.

    These are not always the stars with the biggest names and boldest scoring reputations, but often, recycled or mature-aged recruits and bona fide SuperCoach jets on the comeback trail from injury.

    The biggest challenge is identifying which of the 805 players in 2018 AFL SuperCoach could set us apart from the rest of competition.

    At SuperFooty HQ, we identified the seven most eligible SuperCoach stocks for 2018, made up of cash cows, mid-priced foot soldiers and an elite ruckman heavily discounted.

    Each player presents tremendous upside on the field, and cash generation off the field, which together creates the ideal platform for the invaluable in-season upgrades.

    Over the next few weeks, astute SuperCoach minds will ponder list management strategies involving the Big Three — Dangerfield, Martin and Tom Mitchell.

    How many is too many? Is it possible to recruit all three without heavily impacting team balance?

    Or, should we go with two or more premiums in defence and attack, and then fill out the rest with best available cash cows?

    Whatever you do, be prepared to think long and hard about leaving out the Magnificent Seven.

    THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

    Cam O’Shea (Carl) $166,000 DEF

    A mature-aged recruit, with previous AFL experience, is worth his weight in SuperCoach gold. O’Shea, 25, will step into the role vacated by Sam Docherty (ACL) and while his scores will not be as big, the former Port Adelaide defender could more than double in price in 6-8 weeks.

    Nathan Wilson (Fre) $417,300 DEF

    Averaged 75 points in 21 games last year for GWS Giants, but a more expansive role at Fremantle could deliver us a 15-20-point boost. The speedster has progressed steadily over the past five seasons and further improvement is well within his grasp.

    Jack Redden (WCE) $437,900 MID

    Forgotten midfielder could be set for big things in 2018, with a spot up for grabs in the midfield following the retirements of Brownlow medallists Matthew Priddis and Sam Mitchell. Redden, 27, averaged 79 points in 17 games, but 86 in the last nine outings. Monitor him closely in JLT Series.

    Paul Ahern (NM) $123,900 FWD/MID

    Big-bodied midfielder is yet to make his AFL debut after a wretched run of injuries but could fill a variety of roles at Arden Street this season. The former No. 7 draft pick, who has been trialled across half back for the Kangaroos, is prolific in and around stoppages.
    Max Gawn has shed eight kilograms in the off-season. Picture: Getty

    Max Gawn (Mel) $503,700 RUC

    Set and forget. Gawn is simply a must-have in SuperCoach 2018. The All-Australian ruckman battled for consistency last year — hence a discounted price — after his hamstring exploded early in the season. With a full preseason and the Dees’ expected rise up the ranks, a ripped Gawn could rival the game’s elite midfielders as the No. 1 SuperCoach scorer in the business.

    Jake Stringer (Ess) $356,000 FWD

    A fresh start has given Stringer renewed confidence ahead of a bumper 2018 season. The former Western Bulldog, who looked deflated, last year under immense off-field pressure, could easily bounce back to being one of the game’s best forward-midfield weapons.

    Liam Ryan (WCE) $117,300 FWD

    Ryan is all about maximum damage from minimum disposals. The high-flying Eagle, taken with pick no. 26 in the draft after being overlooked in 2016, booted 73 goals in 23 WAFL games last year despite only averaging 13 disposals. The 21-year-old Geraldton product runs like the wind and tackles with intent. You’ll regret not picking him.
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    SuperCoach winner Ayden Potter reveals his strategy for 2018
    Ben Higgins, Herald Sun
    January 30, 2018 4:00pm
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    RESIST temptation.

    Patrick Dangerfield, Dustin Martin, Tom Mitchell and Nat Fyfe might look pretty all together in the midfield but it can backfire spectacularly if you’re weak in defence or attack.

    SuperCoach winner Ayden Potter has learnt a lot since taking home the $50,000 grand prize.

    “In previous years I’d gone in with too many premium midfielders, too top heavy,” he said.
    That means Dangerfield, at $749,800, is out of the The Night’s Watch and Dustin Martin is no certainty either.
    Instead, the super consistent Mitchell looks set to lead the midfield brigade as Potter looks for more value in 2018.
    Tom Mitchell at Hawthorn training. Picture: Chris Kidd

    And there’s plenty of it with a raft of star midfielders underpriced this season.
    “I’m looking for more value this year, I’ve gone in with too many high-priced midfielders before and it’s burnt me,” Potter said.
    “Trades are crucial, if you don’t get your balance right, then you can burn through them early, which hurts.
    “This year is pretty open (for premiums) ... Mitchell will definitely be in there and I think Dusty will be at some stage when he’s cheaper.
    “Danger is still a wait and see with Gaz (Gary Ablett) there.”

    Potter agrees with the majority of SuperCoaches that Max Gawn and Nic Naitanui look like set-and-forget ruckmen.
    While he’ll be watching Naitanui pre-season closely, Gawn looks ready to bounce back to form.

    “Gawn is just too cheap to pass up,” he said.
    “I think it’s set-and-forget in the rucks depending on Nic Nat’s pre-season, if he plays in the JLT, he’s in.”

    The 2015 winner is an advocate of the guns and rookies strategy but one mid-price risk has taken his eye this off-season.
    “Christian Petracca looks like he’s ready to break out,” he said.
    “Isaac Heeney is more expensive but can still improve.”

    For a successful guns and rookies strategy to work, picking the right cash cows is crucial and Potter will be keeping a close eye on youngsters in the lead up to Round 1.
    “I don’t think the AFLX will translate to SuperCoach but it will be good to see which young players are pushing their case,” he said.
    “I think if Jack Higgins is named for Round 1 he’s a must-have and can score really well for a first-year player.”
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    SuperCoach 2018: The Phantom’s verdict on which premiums to trust in defence
    The Phantom, The Advertiser
    January 30, 2018 11:30am
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    IN a shallow pool, which premium-price defenders can we trust for SuperCoach in 2018? The Phantom takes you through the players at the top-end.

    THE SURE THINGS

    Michael Hurley (Ess) $563,500
    An average of 26 disposals — at 79 per cent efficiency — and eight marks per game would be a great return for any ball-winning midfielder. But these aren’t the numbers of a midfielder; these are the numbers of the 2017 All-Australian centre half-back.
    After averaging 82 in the opening four rounds — don’t forget he did miss 12 months of footy — Hurley exploded, reminding us all of his scoring power, posting SuperCoach tons in 12 of the next 16 games, seven of them in excess of 115.
    Only 3.2 per cent of teams started with the key defender last season but the signs were there, the rest of us just missed them. Prior to the suspension saga, Hurley, who is now back in full training after off-season surgery, lifted his average from 86 to 95 in 2015, finishing the year strongly, averaging 106 in the final six games.
    That percentage will be much higher in 2018 — and for good reason.

    The Phantom’s verdict: One defender we can be sure about. With the Bombers on the rise, there is no reason he won’t improve again.

    Rory Laird (Adel) $550,800
    Speaking of defenders we can be sure about, Laird is just about the only other one. The 24-year-old, who reads the play better than most, is a ball magnet in every sense of the word, tallying 34 or more touches on nine occasions in 2017.
    Laird, who averaged 30 disposals and 100 SuperCoach in an All-Australian year, is as safe as selections come.
    Even in the absence of half-back sidekick Brodie Smith.
    In the last two games Laird lined up at half-back without Smith — the preliminary final and grand final — he posted scores of 129 and 106. Don’t be concerned.
    The Crows play 6 of the first 9 games at Adelaide Oval and, like a number of his star teammates, Laird scores well at the venue, averaging 109 points there last season.

    The Phantom’s verdict: Along with Hurley — and maybe Michael Hibberd — Laird is one of the few sure things in defence in 2018. Put him and forget about it.

    Elliot Yeo (WC) $561,300
    In 2017, after a number of years of inconsistency, there was finally some certainty about Yeo’s form and SuperCoach scoring — his average of 103 was the third-highest of all forwards.
    But — with an injury and his flexibility — is there now too much uncertainty to start the 24-year-old in 2018?
    An ongoing hip concern has limited Yeo’s pre-season to this point and, although he’s still on track for the opening round clash with the Swans, we’ve all learned the hard way — The Phantom included — the risk associated with underdone players.
    This quote from Yeo, who has switched from a forward-midfielder to a pure defender in SuperCoach for 2018, earlier this month doesn’t help either; “I’d like to progress through into the midfield but I still think there might be times there where I will have to play backline or I’ll have to go forward, deep forward or high-half forward.”
    Even he’s not certain.

    The Phantom’s verdict: The Phantom isn’t certain either. In a Sam Docherty-less defence, even with limited preparation, he could still be a top-3 scorer. But is ‘could’ enough?
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    SuperCoach 2018: The Phantom’s verdict on which premiums to trust in defence
    The Phantom, The Advertiser
    January 30, 2018 11:30am
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    IN a shallow pool, which premium-price defenders can we trust for SuperCoach in 2018? The Phantom takes you through the players at the top-end.

    THE SURE THINGS

    Michael Hurley (Ess) $563,500
    An average of 26 disposals — at 79 per cent efficiency — and eight marks per game would be a great return for any ball-winning midfielder. But these aren’t the numbers of a midfielder; these are the numbers of the 2017 All-Australian centre half-back.
    After averaging 82 in the opening four rounds — don’t forget he did miss 12 months of footy — Hurley exploded, reminding us all of his scoring power, posting SuperCoach tons in 12 of the next 16 games, seven of them in excess of 115.
    Only 3.2 per cent of teams started with the key defender last season but the signs were there, the rest of us just missed them. Prior to the suspension saga, Hurley, who is now back in full training after off-season surgery, lifted his average from 86 to 95 in 2015, finishing the year strongly, averaging 106 in the final six games.
    That percentage will be much higher in 2018 — and for good reason.

    The Phantom’s verdict: One defender we can be sure about. With the Bombers on the rise, there is no reason he won’t improve again.

    Rory Laird (Adel) $550,800
    Speaking of defenders we can be sure about, Laird is just about the only other one. The 24-year-old, who reads the play better than most, is a ball magnet in every sense of the word, tallying 34 or more touches on nine occasions in 2017.
    Laird, who averaged 30 disposals and 100 SuperCoach in an All-Australian year, is as safe as selections come.
    Even in the absence of half-back sidekick Brodie Smith.
    In the last two games Laird lined up at half-back without Smith — the preliminary final and grand final — he posted scores of 129 and 106. Don’t be concerned.
    The Crows play 6 of the first 9 games at Adelaide Oval and, like a number of his star teammates, Laird scores well at the venue, averaging 109 points there last season.

    The Phantom’s verdict: Along with Hurley — and maybe Michael Hibberd — Laird is one of the few sure things in defence in 2018. Put him and forget about it.

    Elliot Yeo (WC) $561,300
    In 2017, after a number of years of inconsistency, there was finally some certainty about Yeo’s form and SuperCoach scoring — his average of 103 was the third-highest of all forwards.
    But — with an injury and his flexibility — is there now too much uncertainty to start the 24-year-old in 2018?
    An ongoing hip concern has limited Yeo’s pre-season to this point and, although he’s still on track for the opening round clash with the Swans, we’ve all learned the hard way — The Phantom included — the risk associated with underdone players.
    This quote from Yeo, who has switched from a forward-midfielder to a pure defender in SuperCoach for 2018, earlier this month doesn’t help either; “I’d like to progress through into the midfield but I still think there might be times there where I will have to play backline or I’ll have to go forward, deep forward or high-half forward.”
    Even he’s not certain.

    The Phantom’s verdict: The Phantom isn’t certain either. In a Sam Docherty-less defence, even with limited preparation, he could still be a top-3 scorer. But is ‘could’ enough?

    There is no good reason why he won't improve, however you can count on one hand the number of defenders who have backed up a 100 average season with another.

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    SuperCoach Pre-season 2018: The Phantom’s verdict on the premium ruckmen
    The Phantom, The Advertiser
    February 1, 2018 1:00am
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    MAX Gawn is a lock but, if you’re not convinced on the mid-priced Nic Naitanui, then where do you look? The Phantom tells you where.

    THE MUST-HAVE

    Max Gawn (Melb) $503,700
    The Melbourne big man stormed onto the SuperCoach scene in 2016, posting 15 SuperCoach tons - six of them in excess of 150 - to finish the season as the third-ranked player in the game, behind only Patrick Dangerfield and Scott Pendlebury. It looked as if Gawn was headed that way again in 2017 with scores of 128 and 111 in the opening two rounds before a severe hamstring injury against the Cats in Round 3 saw him miss the next two months of footy.
    Although the 26-year-old, who is cutting a lean look at training after shedding eight kilograms over summer, reminded us of his huge ceiling with a 160-point performance against the Giants in Round 20, he never really got going.
    But that’s good news for SuperCoaches in 2018.
    At $503k, Gawn, whose hitout-to-advantage percentage of 33 is the best in the game since 2015, is priced at an average of 92 but that figure is well below his scoring capabilities.
    Expect it to be more like 110 come the season’s end.
    The Phantom’s verdict: Currently in 57 per cent of teams, Gawn is the most-popular player in SuperCoach. It should be 100 per cent come Round 1.

    THE CONTENDERS

    Now this is where it gets interesting. If you’re not convinced about pairing the returning, mid-priced Nic Naitanui with Gawn to form the popular ‘DreadBeard’ combo - as named by The Eradicator - here are a few more premiums to consider.

    Paddy Ryder (Port) $566,500
    If you are looking at another premium, the All-Australian ruckman should be the first name you look at.
    As expected, after a year out of the game, Ryder took a while to settle into his groove, breaking the 100-point mark in only two of the first 10 games of 2017.
    But, with 40 hitouts, two goals and 119 points against the Lions in Round 13, that changed. The athletic Ryder, who won more contested possession than any other ruckman last season, was Port Adelaide’s most influential player in the second-half of the year, averaging 114 SuperCoach points from that point - one point more than No. 1 SuperCoach ruckman Matthew Kreuzer.
    The Phantom’s verdict: At almost $40k cheaper, Ryder provides slightly more value than Kreuzer and should only improve on his comeback year in 2018.
    Matthew Kruezer, left, in the surf at Carlton’s preseason camp. Can he top the SuperCoach ruck stocks for the second year in a row? Picture: Michael Klein

    Matthew Kreuzer (Carl) $603,700
    Not since Dean Cox in 2009 has a player been crowned the No. 1 ruckman in consecutive seasons. While that doesn’t mean Kreuzer can’t do it in 2018, it’s just something to be aware of.
    After a number of years battling his body, Kreuzer finally delivered on the potential we had seen many glimpses of in the past. The 28-year-old played 21 games last year, after reaching the same tally in 2016. It was great to see Kreuzer finally get some consistency in his body because in the previous six seasons, he only managed 75 out of a possible 132 home-and-away games.
    What was even better to see was the impact the 200cm big man had. Kreuzer, who is just as good below his knees as he is in the air, posted 14 SuperCoach tons, six of them in excess of 130, with the allround nature of his game helping his scoring.
    Out of all ruckmen, only Shane Mumford laid more tackles and Kreuzer won the third-most disposals and the second-most contested possessions.

    The Phantom’s verdict: If he plays another 21 games he averages more than 100 again.

    Sam Jacobs (Adel) $526,300
    Given he’s only missed four games in the past six seasons, Sauce Jacobs is just about as reliable as ruckmen come.
    But his scoring isn’t what it used to be.
    Back in 2014, Jacobs averaged 115 points per game – the third most in the competition – and scored more than 250 points than any other ruckman. He followed up with another outstanding season in 2015, with his 108-point average putting him behind only Todd Goldstein’s competition-leading 129 in the big man bracket.
    But then Champion Data changed the ruck scoring in SuperCoach. No longer was every hitout rewarded with a point but only those which went to a team-mate’s advantage.
    In the first season of the new scoring system in 2016, Jacobs’ average fell by almost 20 points.
    Of course, this wasn’t the only reason. A late-season injury was another major factor in Jacobs’ form.
    The 29-year-old bounced back to some degree in 2017 but, in a telling statistic, won 165 more hitouts than any other ruckman in the game, yet finished the year the fourth-ranked overall SuperCoach scorer.
    The Phantom’s verdict: Can score big - especially when he gets forward and gets on the scoreboard – but I’m not sure it’s often enough for him to challenge for the No. 1 ranking again.

    WHAT IF?

    Todd Goldstein (NM) $518,300
    If Goldstein return to anything near the form of 2015, when he scored 150 SuperCoach points more than any other player in the game, he’s a bargain at $518k.
    But it’s a big if.
    While he only averaged 95 last season, Goldstein still posted some big numbers.
    And they all came when he played as the solo ruckman. In the four matches Goldstein scored more than 120 points, Braydon Preuss was not in the side.
    The Phantom’s verdict: Yes, Goldstein did score well when Preuss wasn’t there but he just remember Goldstein was also dropped to the twos. The way in which coach Brad Scott works his ruck set up will be the key.
    The fact he shares the bye with Max Gawn isn’t helping.

    AVOID… FOR NOW

    Brodie Grundy (Coll) $534,700
    While the young star averaged midfield-like numbers - 18 disposals, 10 contested possessions and four tackles per game in 2017, coach Nathan Buckley has suggested he will be playing Mason Cox and Grundy in the same side in 2018.
    And we only like solo ruckmen around here.
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    a few new names to add to the watch list , including a few more cheaper forward options.
    Haha Herb, can't believe you quoted that ginormous post just to say thanks! classic

    Good stuff Presto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGeta View Post
    Haha Herb, can't believe you quoted that ginormous post just to say thanks! classic

    Good stuff Presto.
    don't have access to the Herald Sun Articles , so thought I would say thanks.

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    The fallen premium is one of SuperCoach’s most valuable commodities. Here’s our picks
    Ben Higgins, Herald Sun
    February 1, 2018 11:30am
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    THE fallen premium. Alongside the cash cow, the most valuable commodity in SuperCoach.
    Delivering premium output at a discount, these are the players to watch heading into 2018.
    Playing the SuperCoach stockmarket can be a tough task but put your trust in the right player and reap the rewards.
    Do you take the risk?

    DAN HANNEBERY (Mid, $535,100)
    The Swans superstar was a beast in 2016 but was always behind the eight ball in 2017 after copping a knee injury in the Grand Final loss to the Dogs. Hannebery is the cheapest he’s been since 2014 after averaging less than 100 for the first time since 2013. The star midfielder was the No.3 and No.4 SuperCoach scorer in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
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    PEARCE HANLEY (Def-Mid, $428,000)
    Hanley has completely dropped off the SuperCoach radar over the last few years thanks to poor form and injury. However, he’s roared back into contention this season, regaining defender eligibility, burning up the track in pre-season and being touted as a major piece in the Suns’ midfield sans Gary Ablett. Averaged 103 in 2014.

    SCOTT PENDLEBURY (Mid, $586,500)
    One of the greatest SuperCoach scorers of all time. “Pendles” is the cheapest he’s been since 2011 after averaging 106 in 17 games in 2017. It’s the first time the Magpies skipper has averaged under 110 since 2009. Pendlebury still scored 90-plus in 12 games with six scores of 120-plus before succumbing to injury. Will Taylor Adams and Adam Treloar steal points?

    HEATH SHAW (Def, $458,100)
    Has “Heater” fallen off the cliff? Nathan Wilson and Zac Williams took on larger roles off halfback in 2017 but now Wilson is a Docker and Williams is out with an Achilles injury. So will Shaw return to his playmaking role? What we do know is he is the cheapest he’s been since 2011 after averaging under 90 for the first time in SuperCoach history.

    PATRICK CRIPPS (Mid, $537,300)
    Cripps looms as a must-have in 2018. Outside of his debut season, Cripps has averaged 96 or more. However, injuries have been a major issue for the bull midfielder and you might need to keep a bit of cash in the pocket in case he goes down again. That said, the Blues have been very excited by Cripps’ pre-season so expect to see plenty of him in the JLT Series.

    LUKE PARKER (Mid, $546,000)
    Similar to Hannebery and Swans captain Josh Kennedy. Parker started above 600k last year but saw his price plummet and his average of 99.3 was his lowest since 2013. It was a consistent season for Parker without the big scores of 2016. A big finish to the season (90, 134, 126, 75 and 119) saved him.

    STEPHEN CONIGLIO (Mid, $452,400)
    After a breakout season, the Giants star could only manage seven games in a season ruined by injury. However, once he did return there was only one score below 80. The bigger question remains ... was 2016 a one-off? Coniglio’s previous best average was 91.

    MAX GAWN (Ruck, $503,700)
    The most popular man in SuperCoach. Gawn was in a huge number of teams at the start of 2017 as well but wasn’t able to reproduce his blistering 2016. An early injury and form issues later in the year conspired against his SuperCoach owners as the big Demon went from the No.3 scorer in 2016 to 278th in 2017.

    AARON SANDILANDS (Ruck, $480,000)
    Yes, he’s injury-prone. Let’s try and look past that for now. When he’s on the park, “Sandi” is a SuperCoach beast. The Dockers veteran played nine full games in 2017 and scored 90-plus in seven of them. Youngster Sean Darcy is breathing down his neck so monitor closely in the pre-season.

    ROBBIE GRAY (Fwd, $504,300)
    Gray had averaged 111, 110 and 108 in the previous three years but that came to a screeching halt in 2017 as he became a permanent forward. It was the first time the Power star had averaged under 100 since 2013. We wait to see what role he’ll play in 2018 with the addition of Tom Rockliff and Steven Motlop to the Port line-up.

    LUKE DAHLHAUS (Mid-Fwd, $498,500)
    The Dogs struggled in 2017 and Dahlhaus wasn’t immune. The positive news is he retains his dual position eligibility and is the cheapest he’s been since 2014. The Dogs star scored 90-plus in nine games but was struck by injury late in the season, posting 72, 88, 66, 79 and 69 in the final five games.

    JARRAD McVEIGH (Def, $454,800)
    The former Sydney captain has been beset by injury in recent seasons and has seen his output drop dramatically. From three consecutive seasons of 100-plus averages to 88 and 82 in 2016-17. However, McVeigh looks back to full fitness this season and looms as the Swans’ playmaker off halfback
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    Sam Jacobs (Adel) $526,300
    Given he’s only missed four games in the past six seasons, Sauce Jacobs is just about as reliable as ruckmen come.
    But his scoring isn’t what it used to be.
    Back in 2014, Jacobs averaged 115 points per game – the third most in the competition – and scored more than 250 points than any other ruckman. He followed up with another outstanding season in 2015, with his 108-point average putting him behind only Todd Goldstein’s competition-leading 129 in the big man bracket.
    But then Champion Data changed the ruck scoring in SuperCoach. No longer was every hitout rewarded with a point but only those which went to a team-mate’s advantage.
    In the first season of the new scoring system in 2016, Jacobs’ average fell by almost 20 points.
    Of course, this wasn’t the only reason. A late-season injury was another major factor in Jacobs’ form.
    The 29-year-old bounced back to some degree in 2017 but, in a telling statistic, won 165 more hitouts than any other ruckman in the game, yet finished the year the fourth-ranked overall SuperCoach scorer.
    The Phantom’s verdict: Can score big - especially when he gets forward and gets on the scoreboard – but I’m not sure it’s often enough for him to challenge for the No. 1 ranking again.
    FWIW, Phantom has admitted he got this wrong and the scoring system change was in 2015 not 2016. It is convenient to use the scoring system change to explain the drop but that wasn't the case.
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    The Phantom’s SuperCoach pre-season 2018: The young stars who are set to rule the forward line this season
    The Phantom, The Advertiser
    February 2, 2018 1:00am
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    TWO young stars are set to explode, while an old-favourite could bounce back to his best. Here are the top-priced SuperCoach forwards The Phantom likes in 2018.

    THE YOUNG GUNS

    Isaac Heeney (Syd) $536,300
    The young Swan was one of the most popular forwards at this time last year before a bout of glandular fever put him out of senior action – and thousands of SuperCoach teams - until Round 5.
    Even though he was coming off a more limited preparation than most, Heeney posted three SuperCoach tons in his first four games and a further five more for the year to finish with an average of 98 – up 18 points on 2016.
    Out of the 2018 crop of forwards, only Sam Menegola and Lance Franklin averaged more.
    And it’s only up from here. The 21-year-old’s midfield role increased in 2017, spending 65 per cent of his game time in the middle, averaging 21 disposals, five marks and five tackles.
    But these numbers could explode even further as his midfield minutes increase.
    Heeney, who underwent minor knee surgery late last year but is still on track for the JLT Series, has been doing plenty of work with the midfield coaches over summer. If a more permanent move does eventuate this season, The Phantom is betting the Swans’ academy product is the top-scoring forward of 2018.
    The Phantom’s verdict: Knee surgery in December isn’t ideal but at least it isn’t glandular fever. If he can do what he did after missing seven weeks through March and April last season – not to mention the lingering effects he felt even after he returned to the field – imagine what he can do this year.

    Jack Billings (StK) $536,300
    Is this the year the No. 3 draft pick from 2013 elevates himself into the elite category?
    The Phantom believes it will be.
    But to do so, the 22-year-old needs to find greater consistency.
    Billings, who wins the ball through the midfield and in the forward 50, passed the 100-point mark in 10 games last season but also failed to score more than 70 on six occasions.
    The highly skilled left-footer, who was involved in 29 per cent of his side’s scores - ranking him No. 1 at the club - found the consistency required in the final five rounds of the year, scoring 103, 130, 112, 96, and 104 to finish the season.
    This could be a sign of what’s to come, especially if he tidies up his goal-kicking – Billings kicked 23.36 in 2017.
    It was a while ago, yes, but The Phantom will never forget Billings’ match-winning performance in just his 21st game at the level in 2015. Against the Bulldogs, Billings had 22 disposals, seven marks and booted 4.2 – three of them coming in the final quarter to seal the victory – to finish with a game-high 143 points.
    The Phantom’s verdict: It won’t surprise me if there are a few more performances like the one against the Bulldogs in 2015 from Billings this year.

    THE HANGOVER

    Luke Dahlhaus (WB) $498,500
    After averaging 104 in 2015 and, if you ignore an injury affected 29 in round 12, 100 in the premiership year of 2016, Dahlhaus raced out of the blocks last season to average 115 after
    five rounds.
    But it was all downhill from there.
    Maybe the off-season celebrations caught up with Dahlhaus – although it was more likely a move to a greater forward role in the second half of the year – because he only scored one SuperCoach ton in the final nine rounds, to finish with an average of 91. The 25-year-old averaged 22 disposals during this period – a stark contrast from the 27 in the first 13 games.
    Dahlhaus is reportedly training well – but, hey, who isn’t? – and surely, as a collective, the Bulldogs bounce back.
    It’s all up to coach Luke Beveridge now.
    If we see Dahlhaus the full-time midfielder again in 2018, $498k is super value.
    The Phantom’s verdict: I’m backing him to bounce back. Don’t let me down, Lukes.

    THE SWITCH

    Michael Walters (Freo) $478,300
    His season average may have only been 87 but it was a nine-game stretch between rounds 7 and 16 which really made the SuperCoach community take notice..
    Walters, who had played predominantly as a small-forward for most of his career and in the first six rounds of the season, moved further up the ground with damaging effect.
    The 27-year-old led the Dockers for metres gained and averaged 111 SuperCoach points and 25 disposals during this period with an enormous performance against the Saints in Round 15 the highlight.
    Walters showed his unique ability to win the football through the midfield and then get forward and have an impact on the scoreboard. His 32 disposals, 18 contested possessions, six goals and 172 SuperCoach points was one the best individual efforts of the year.
    While the classy Docker missed the final five rounds of the year with a knee issue, he’s back in full training and is, again, set for more midfield time in 2018.
    The Phantom’s verdict: He’s great to watch and, although he’s not in at the moment, I think The Phantom has almost convinced himself.

    WAIT AND SEE

    Robbie Gray (Port) $504,300
    What a sight it is to see the Power star back in training and on track for a JLT Series appearance after a cancer diagnosis late last year.
    And in another great sight for SuperCoaches, Gray is back as a dual-position forward in 2018.
    The last time the 29-year-old was able to be selected as a forward was in 2015. In that year, the sublimely-skilled Gray averaged 110 points, posting 14 SuperCoach tons along the way to finish the year as the 11th-ranked player in the game.
    He lost his dual-position status the following year but Gray, even in an injury interrupted season, still posted an average of 108.
    In 2017, the figure dropped to 92, mainly as a result of some inconsistent form and more time forward.
    Gray, who was the No. 1 score assist player in the competition, still posted nine SuperCoach tons, breaking the 130-point barrier on three occasions, but failed to score more than 45 points in four games.
    While he’s almost unstoppable in the forward 50, the inclusion of Tom Rockliff to the midfield mix might mean Gray spends even more time there in 2018.
    And that could mean the scoring inconsistency continues.
    The Phantom’s verdict: Fingers crossed Gray’s good health continues because, at $504k, there is a huge amount of upside here. However, we will just need to wait and see how Ken Hinkley’s sets up his midfield during the JLT Series first.

    Sam Menegola (Geel) $551,800
    With many popular dual-position forwards being taken away from us in the past few years, the addition of Menegloa is a welcome one.
    Out of all SuperCoach forwards in 2018, the ball magnet is the only player to have averaged 100 points or more last season.
    He achieved this by posting nine SuperCoach tons and scoring more than 88 points in 15 of his 19 appearances. In fact, he’s passed the 88-point mark in 20 of his 25 career home-and-away matches.
    The 25-year-old’s best performance for the season came against the Giants in Round 23. Menegola tallied 32 possessions, three goals and 143 SuperCoach points to take his five-round average to an impressive 118.
    But it’s important to note skipper Joel Selwood missed the final three games of the year.
    He’s back in 2018 and so is the little master Gary Ablett.
    So does Menegola get the same opportunity to run through the midfield as he did last year?
    Unlikely.
    The Phantom’s verdict: While Menegola has shown he can be effective inside 50, his midfield minutes will determine his scoring. And we don’t what they will look like yet.
    SuperCoach:  12621 (2017)  1799 (2016)  36059 (2015)  54421 (2014) 


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