Swan Josh Kennedy – permanent super elite midfielder?

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Supercoach Premium Josh Kennedy

Last season was a truly special one for Josh Kennedy.

He excelled in a resurgent Swan’s outfit that went on to win the flag in a Grand Final against the very club that let him go only three years before.  His consistently high level of performance had him as an early Brownlow favourite. And although he ended up coming eighth with 19 votes he did end up taking out Sydney’s Best and Fairest with a record total of 877 votes.

All this contributed to Josh having a break out year in Supercoach and Dreamteam and too, jumping up in average from the Strong Midprice level of  96.1 Supercoach points per round in 2011 to the Super Elite level of 120.2 points per round in 2012. This was a whopping 24.1 point per round increase that would have had the very few coaches who selected him in their initial teams in 2012 very happy indeed.

Looking at his stats he averaged 12.3 kicks, 16 handballs, 1.2 goals and 5 tackles a game. Although his disposal average isn’t anywhere near as high as other Super Elites like Gary Ablett and Dane Swan, it’s the specific type of disposal that has seen Kennedy shoot up the Supercoach ladder. He was ranked number one in Contested Possessions per game and number one in Clearances per game. Both Supercoach gold for points scoring. Add this to his high tackle count of 5 per game and his ability to kick goals from the midfield and you can quickly see where his point accumulation has come from and why he has finished with Super Elite status.

The one aspect of his game that did let him down was in the clanger department where he finished 7th overall in the competition. Although when you’re leading the competition in contested possessions you can expect a lot of possessions to be rushed while under pressure and the negative points are counter acted by the hard ball gets in the first place.  So let’s have a quick recap of his scoring in 2012.

Josh Kennedy Supercoach stats

  • You can see in the table that Josh was very reliable, only dropping below 100 points in 4 games with a lowest score of 86. On the other side of the scale he had 6 games where he scored above 130 with a top score of 173. 
  • His average in a winning and losing team was very similar at 119 and 121 respectably which just shows how consistent he was in 2012. 
  • The upside of Kennedy seems very good but yet I have noticed not too many Supercoach coaches are considering him in their sides for 2013. I can only assume that people are reluctant to pick Kennedy because he has only one year of elite output behind him. Some might assume that they are taking a big risk at his starting price of $643,000. 

So was 2012 a flash in the pan or are we about to see another player join the cast of must have Super Elite players ? Well even though Josh had a massive average points increase from 2011 it isn’t all that dissimilar to the jumps experienced by the current crop of consistent Super Elite Players.

Josh Kennedy Supercoach comparison

  • Back in 2007 Gary Ablett had his break out year increasing his average by 22 Supercoach points. He then went on to break out again in 2008 increasing his average by a further 18 points.
  • In 2009 Dane Swan had his break out year increasing his average by 21.18 points.
  • And finally Scott Pendlebury entered the party in 2011 with his break out year increasing his average by 18.68 points. 

However not all those who break into the Super Elite Level go on to post the consistent super elite numbers of the table above.

Josh Kennedy Supercoach v others

Back in 2007 Jimmy Bartel entered the Super Elite level only to drop off by 9.9 points in 2008. Leigh Montagna joined the ranks in 2009 only to drop off by 10.99 points the following year. And lastly we all remember the 130.24 average Goddard pulled off in 2010 only for him to drop off the following season by 22.38 points. I had clumps of my beautiful red locks all over the floor that year.

Well if you look at the table of the one year wonders you can see that both Jimmy Bartel and Leigh Montagna’s stats are very similar. Both were playing in teams at the height of their powers and their drop off in average coincided with a breakout by another teammate the following year, Gary Ablett at Geelong and Brendan Goddard at St Kilda. Both would have copped the heavy tag coming off their season’s best and both their averages dropped as a result. Goddard’s drop off is as simple as St Kilda peaked in 2010 and I’m sorry Jock their window for the flag closed along with a lot of their ageing squads Supercoach relevance. So which table do I expect to see Josh Kennedy in 2013?? 

  • Kennedy is a contested ball winner and therefore will not be effected by a tag all that much. Opposition teams will know this too and I can see the first tag going to outside ball winners like Daniel Hannebery, leaving Kennedy to pick up a few cheapies along the way. 
  • He is 24 years of age in a reasonably young reigning Flag winning Swans team that arguably looks even stronger in 2013 and is definitely not in decline. Although there is some young talent coming through the Swans midfield in the form of Jack, Hannebery, and Jetta, the likes of Jude Bolton, Ryan O’Keefe and Adam Goodes are getting on and the Midfield is there for Kennedy to lead and dominate. 
  • He has scope to improve too and if he can improve even slightly on his clanger count we would see an increase to his average going forward. With his confidence and self belief at an all time high this is an area that may very well improve in 2013. 
  • He is a consistent scorer so I don’t see his price dropping too much below the $600,000 mark that makes him hard to upgrade too. 
  • Has a great “Durability Factor” and hasn’t missed a game since his move to the Swans, a stat I can see continuing in 2013. 

I think we are about to see another name added to the must have Super Elite Table.

The Mad Irishman’s Verdict

Current Status:  Super Elite
Starting price:   $643,000
2012 Average:  120.2pts
2012 Games Played:  22
2013 Predicted Status: Elite/Super Elite
2013 Predicted Average:  119 to 123pts
2013 Predicted Games:  22
Value Rating:  5  (good)

Final Word:

If you are somebody who likes having a point of difference I’d say Kennedy is your man. Will easily finish in the top 8 midfielders for 2013 and is a very sound M2 or M3 in your initial team.

Stay tuned ….

Mick the Mad Irishman

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Spot on mate, Kennedy can’t be tagged. Locked and loaded.


agree Mick.

I just can't find a place for him. Most people will have 3 uber premiums in the guts….maybe 4 if they go light on another line.

Out of the uber mids……..Gazza, pendles, swann, dangerfield, watson, Beams (questionable), Kennedy, cotchin and kennedy.

Thats 9 ubers and Kennedy is not in the top 3 and simply wont push the Gazza, Pendlebury and Cotchin trio out of my side.


Good Stuff Jim,
it's true you can't fit them all, so it just comes down to picking then ones you feel happy with. I personally have allocated 5 positions in my midfield to elite/super elite premiums so might have room for him at M3. Nothing in stone yet but it will be a very likely point of difference and I can't see him not been in the top 8 come the end of the year.


Having the weekly price increases in the table next to his averages gives you a grant idea of how over priced some players are at the start, ill pass and pick him up when he drops to 580-600g mid season.


Great stuff Jez,

I'd say 95% of elite/super elite players will drop in value during the year because it is very hard to keep their three week rolling average to starting price ratio constant all year. It only takes one bad score to throw their price off.

Evidently if Josh Kennedy had started last year at his price from this year he would have only dropped to $576,000 after round 15 and this would have been the cheapest you would have got him.


Mick me ol' china. this is th e enigma within in a riddle within a conundrum…Who is THE BEST VALUE for the coin?
I have looked at all the teams posted until last nite approx 11 PM and Jock has nailed it in the last publication . Agree totally with Jock However will he maintain the staus quo IMO YES
He has also made it to the KRAKENKATS along with GAJ , Dendleberry and dare I say it DELIDIO… with 1 more super…yes I expect to lose cash but these guys are LOCKs for the season.
Have not gone uber cheap in FWDS or BKS and I still have 100k in da bank for disastars It happened quite a bit last season..But thats the team for to-day it always changes but certain players are always value for $ and Kennedy is one


I was thinking of skipping Kennedy as a starting selection and then upgrading to him later, but your article made me go and look at the Swans fixture, and it's looking like there's some potential for some big scores to start the year. Swans first two games are against GWS and GC.

My initial team was to have 3 premium elites, 2 of which are occupied by Ablett and Pendlebury, so my 3rd is either going to be Selwood or Kennedy. Don't think I can go wrong with either at this stage.


Mick great work thanks for the run down. With 10 spots open in the mids you would think it would be a year to take a "chance" on guys like JP and the run in for him as MRB37 points out rightly is superb. With Swan & Cotchin starring in the preseason, & GAJ a cert for any thinking man it leaves only 1 spot for the likes of JP to start jostling with the likes of Pendles, Watson and lesser extent Beams and Dangermouse so he is right up there.
If he flies in the NAB he might get a spot in plenty of teams after that breakout last year, hard to see him slipping back. Great article thanks.


who said super coach couldn't get any better! Cheers Jock!


I'm stoked Jock to hear your thoughts on your midfield as I am thinking similar, great minds think alike I say mate or something like that. I reckon Gazza, Pendles and maybe Cotchin with Fyfe, and midpricers rounded out with Viney and O'meara. Also reckon Ben Jacobs is worth watching, has had some insane injuries but is fit now and he was a ripper ball magnet before them. Smokey POD for the defence I say, anyway that's me for now, lovin your community Jock!


MRB37, I love selwood as a player but I see him as a risk in SC due to his record of getting concussed. I know any player can but he really as no regard for his body and always goes football first, body second. I have had him in the last two years and a late withdrawal last year (due to concussion) gave me a zero and a first quarter KO the year before gave me a really low score and the concussion made him miss the next week.. fool me once … yady yady yada


Hi All, I'm new to the "community" and am very much taking in all the experience and knowledge the collective possess. Like most I have my top two locked in and now it's all about M3. I was very happy JP last year but I'm now thinking there is better value with either Cotchin or Mr Danger as M3, which will give me scope for Murphy, Fyfe and Mundy. There are so many options it's like trying to pick a DVD!


Thank god the hawks let him go, he’s absolute rubbish isn’t he?????????!!!?!!?


Am very tempted to go the cheaper version of someone who could have a huge season from the Swannies, and thats Kieran Jack.. $600k, could be in for a massive season.


josh kennedy or dangerfield?