Welcome to a Grand Final edition of my Supercoach 2017 notebook community.
How pumped are you for Saturday? Stuff Christmas. I reckon this is the best day of the year by the length of the Flemington straight.
Before I crack into some Sydney & Bulldogs Supercoach 2017 options – I need to make sure you’re all set for Saturday’s free CoachKings play-at-home extravaganza. A great contest to run amongst your mates on Grand Final day, and I’ll chip in $250 to the winner in both the AFL & NRL comps. Check out the video below the article if you want to find out how to play and how it all works.
Right. Let’s have a look at a few blokes who will hit the park on Saturday, and how I see them as options next year.
Club: Sydney | Likely 2017 position: FWD/MID | Estimated 2017 price: $430K
His performance in the Finals series has well and truly confirmed that Isaac Heeney will be a powerhouse of this competition for the next decade. Not that there was any doubt this kid was set to be a dead set superstar.
He was only available as a FWD in Supercoach 2016. For much of the season he did play the old Ryan O’Keefe role as a high half forward, occasionally deeper. However, as the season wore on we did see more of that magnificent crop of albino white hair bob its way into the engine room. Without doubt he’ll head into 2017 as a MID/FWD.
Throw into the mix the fact that Tommy Mitchell will almost certainly head back to Victoria during the trade period. Begs the question. Will Horse want to roll him through the guts more frequently next year? Begs another bloody question. If he does, will that definitely be a good thing for his fantasy output?
On the one hand you look at his best Supercoach performances of the regular season and you notice that in each of these games he played almost exclusively as a scoreboard hitting half forward. He went 100+ only four times this season, and kicked a total of 12 goals in those four games.
Makes you wonder. If he’s not kicking as many goals will he be as capable of getting the fantasy job done? Also makes you wonder if The Horse can afford to lose such a kick arse avenue to goal..
Fear not my friends. Sydney’s last few weeks 0f finals have cleared quite a bit up for us. When the kid starts in the midfield he’s a bloody ANIMAL.
- Played midfield in Sydney’s last two finals starting on a wing
- Achieved career high possession numbers in both games
- Knocked out Supercoach tons in both games
- Only 1 goal in both games
- Damaging as buggery in both games
We have an interesting Supercoach 2017 prospect here community.
Current Verdict: Consider
Club: Western Bulldogs | Likely 2017 position: DEF | Estimated 2017 price: $560K
They haven’t put pen to paper, but Luke Beveridge has come out and indicated that Matty will go again and have a crack at a 15th season at the highest level.
On paper why wouldn’t he go again? Named an All Australian this year. Supercoach average of 103. Finished the season with the 2nd highest average of any Supercoach defender. Key man down back in what could be a premiership winning team on Saturday. Go and sign the magnificent prick up on a 5 year deal Bevo!
Friends. The reality for Boyd as a player, and Boyd as a fantasy option isn’t as exciting as all that. I’m not writing anything here that I haven’t said to his face in person so I feel comfortable saying this;
Matthew, you’ve been an incredible servant of the club. You’ve delivered us fantasy joy for many years. But it’s time you cleared your shit out of the locker and shipped off.
I want you to finish your career on the high that you deserve, having delivered for your club in the season of its finest hour. You have been a rock solid & reliable force for fantasy good and thats how I’d like to remember you.
In the cold light of day you’ll admit that the planets aligned for you this year old mate. The doggies backline was smashed with injury and you stepped up with aplomb. You weren’t just serviceable. You were brilliant.
But things will change next year Matthew. Murphy. Adams. Suckling. They’ll be back into the main rotation. You’ll turn 35. And I’m not the only one that noticed the first signs of age related decline in the back end of the season.
I don’t want to see you play out your final year in the VFL Matthew. Congratulations on a stunning career. I love you.
Current Verdict: No.