Josh P Kennedy SupercoachJ.P.K – as reliable as they come.

by The Stiv

A majestic beast boasting unparalleled shoulder girth – Josh P. Kennedy is Supercoach Royalty. Regarded amongst his peers as the most powerful inside midfielder currently gracing our competition, J.P.K can often be forgotten amongst the machine that is the Sydney Swans midfield.

Kennedy may not have the outside panache of Hannebery, the youthful fervour of Mitchell, or the high flying prowess of Parker but what he does have is simple: the ability to win the ball, and he does this better than anyone else in the competition. Let’s take a closer look at his statistics.

2017 Supercoach Price: $617,100
2017 Est. Position: MID
Games last season: 21
Average in 2016: 113.4
100+ games last season: 14
Sub 80 games last season: 1
Price range in 2016: $545K – $599K
Missed games last season: 1 game with a hammy
Significant history:
  • Averaged 105+ for the past 5 seasons
  • Missed only 3 Supercoach & AFL Fantasy games over the past 7 seasons.

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Kennedy’s past averages and durability are approaching Legendary status and he has continued to rank amongst the best players in key areas. In 2016 he was ranked #3 in the comp for disposals, #2 for handballs, and #1 for contested possessions with a whopping 17 per game. He was also ranked #10 for inside 50’s and #6 for average Supercoach points. They are some serious numbers.

With credentials like his you’d expect J.P.K to be selected in a high number of teams. It might surprise you to learn that Josh was selected in only 4.2% of starting teams and despite uber-premium output he only finished in 8.2% of teams. Is this how you show respect to royalty? Answer me dammit! It’s a slap in the face at best and damn right ungrateful.

With the departure of Mitchell there will be more points up for grabs, particularly for inside mids. It’s speculated that Heeney will be taking that role but he is much too valuable as a marking forward to be utilised as a permanent mid. Mills will get some midfield time too but expect Kennedy to do the brunt of the heavy lifting.

Kennedy is unlikely to receive more attention because his brute strength makes him untaggable. Opposition teams generally look to curb Hannebery’s outside run and carry.


J.P.K will be turning 29 in 2017 and he plays a tough and taxing style of game. There is always the risk that this will catch up with his body.


Kennedy’s consistency means his price does not fluctuate to a great degree compared to someone like Luke Parker. This makes him a safe bet to select in your initial squad.

Any coach selecting J.P.K would be doing so as a “set and forget” option that will pump out consistent scores through to the completion of the Supercoach season.


  • No Tom Mitchell racking up inside ball.
  • Untaggable.
  • Durable, high scoring, and consistent (scored below 90 only once in 2016).
  • A tasty POD.
  • Can take a mark and knows where the goals are.


  • He’s no spring chicken.
  • J.P.K comes with a hefty price tag.
  • Is he of the calibre of Dangerfield, Pendlebury, and Fyfe?


In Supercoach we need a combination of stability and calculated risks. If you’re going in with a team full of “potential” guns don’t be surprised if more than a few turn out to be turds. You need a few spare pairs of undies. You need J.P.K.



The Stiv.

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jockreynolds · 02/11/2016 at 10:18

Great stuff Stiv! Blown on my arse by the quality of these write ups hitting the site I'm that proud. I haven't ever started with JPK. And I reckon I might be the same this year. The trouble is that at that price he's competing with your Dangers, your Pendles, your Hanneberrys your Fyfes for a starting spot. But stuff me – reliable as buggery as you say and in a way a nice POD starter. Loved the article mate

I N Pieman · 02/11/2016 at 10:40

Think I'm with Jock on this one. So many majestic premium midfielders available you can only slot a few in to start with. Definitely not ruling him out but I've probably got a few in front of him. Great job Stiv

    The Stiv · 02/11/2016 at 12:08

    Cheers Pieman. Even after reading his stats he doesn't quite excite as much as some of the other premo's does he?

    neil · 02/11/2016 at 13:04

    Don't fully agree pies .Danger selwood maybe sloan bont whos more relevant depends on their prices really .I think you may get jpk a bit better later whereas Danger you wont .He's in the top 4 have I missed someone

      I N Pieman · 02/11/2016 at 13:15

      Pendles & Hanners can lay claim as well Neil. Starting with Danger Selwood & Pendles this year proved significant, they all played 22 games & scored well. I also picked Sloan up very early in the season when no ne had him & he was fantastic till he missed the final round. Then we also have the likes of Bont Treloar Cripps & Neale. The guts is overloaded with SC beasts. And so overloaded we've moved on from Gary quickly. I'm not ruling JPK out but I've got a few in front of him

        neil · 02/11/2016 at 15:15

        my opologies pieman perfectly correct pieman .Danger Sellwood and Pendles top 3 next hanners jpk treloar . Gets tough doesn't it.Iwill stick with jpk though and 3 of the others

          I N Pieman · 02/11/2016 at 15:36

          I forgot Priddis Beams & Fyfe also options. So many of them Neil its ridiculous. SC 2017 will be won in the Fwd line

            neil · 02/11/2016 at 18:08

            Priddis is a slow starter Beams to injury prone Fyfe yes on second line behind jpk but could be priced well nightmare

Nick Wealands · 02/11/2016 at 11:31

Love this write up Stiv, you can just put him in your side and forget about him because he's just that bloody consistent. If you want a bloke who is gonna play 21+ games all year long he's your man

    The Stiv · 02/11/2016 at 11:56

    Exactly. You get what you pay for. If you've made some risky selections you can balance it out with someone like JPK. Just keeps getting it done.

neil demonsdelight · 02/11/2016 at 12:59

Nailed it The Stiv..NO. 1 LOCKED IN 100 percent. The only single worry is starting price 580 and he's in. Mr.Reliable sc.even better without Tich but plays equally well forward and kicks goals. Papley will play exclusively fwd PAY for what you get and you get the best well done The Stiv

    The Stiv · 02/11/2016 at 15:26

    Thanks mate good on ya. His price will be over 600K next season. This is what will turn most people off but as you say, you get what you pay for with this bloke.

      neil demonsdelight · 02/11/2016 at 19:53

      STIV JPK could easily have been in a demon Guernsey last year. As a member of long standing take it from me if the doc didn't do a second exam of Trengoves foot he and our first pick were headed north how good would that midline look then.Remember Mitchell of the OLD Hawk variety still plays great footy I rate JPK highly but behind danger sellwood and pendles

gaveday · 02/11/2016 at 13:31

I love the article but he's a no for me. Doesn't fit my age requirements and I smell an injury.

Kev · 02/11/2016 at 15:05

Great read, Stiv. Can't really make a solid case against the bloke. At a pinch you could argue he's slightly overpriced as he spent a lot of time last year between 550-590k.

You can only go with 2-3 blokes that are 600k+ so he may get squeezed out and become an upgrade target

    The Stiv · 02/11/2016 at 15:29

    Some fine points you make there Kev. There is some mighty tough competition in the $600+ bracket.

richard · 02/11/2016 at 17:13

If you start or upgrade JPK he always finishes in top 10 mids.Locked him in the last 4 years and will continue to do so.

    jockreynolds · 03/11/2016 at 09:39

    You're right Richard. I've always felt I could lay off him early and pick him off at some point throughout the season when he's dipped in price.. but looking at each of past handful of seasons he's been a 'win' selection for everyone that took him from day dot

Trevor · 02/11/2016 at 19:27

JPK is the slow kid of the Premo SC Midfield club

lostlarrikin · 03/11/2016 at 08:21

Great analysis Stiv.
Yeah have started him a couple of times when his price was a bit lower, havent regretted it.
Can only fit in so many Lamborghinis from the drop and I cant see JPK getting nod over Danger, Fyfe and Pendles.
That said, a stacked midfield worked well for many last year.
Generally starts like a house on fire so an early correction is off the cards.
Confident he'll be top 10 again by year end so need to find room for him at some stage.

Adam · 03/11/2016 at 14:38

Kennedy epitomises consistency and durability therefore locked in for my 2017 team. Will join Selwood, Pendlebury, Dangerfield, Fyfe, as the 5 uber premiums in the midfield. Thinking of starting with 6 or 7 premo mids but unsure who to join the aforementioned five due to the surplus of premium mids such as Bontempelli, Hannebery, Steven, Sloane, Ablett, Rockliff, Cripps, Shuey, Parker, and so on. Also whilst on Sydney I'm hoping to see Nic Newman play in 2017 as he's been superb in the NEAFL and should be priced between 100,000 and 120,000 as well as S Reid and A Johnson returning from injury and rookie priced between 100,000-200,000.

Steeeve · 06/11/2016 at 14:09

Kennedy is consistent, but comes across as a bit of a slow starter to me. Will be an upgrade target.

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