Today we are going to go with something a little different, today I’m going to take you through my first five SuperCoach selections for 2017.
These are all players who in my opinion are justified in their price and assumed playing role for 2017, unless we see any drastic changes during the preseason competition I would consider all of these blokes as locks.
Before we begin I must admit that I’m cheating a little bit by not including any ruckmen on this list as I have a strong feeling that the 2017 Jock Reynolds Magazine will change our perspective on the fantasy ruck role this year. I’m also not including one of my first picked players in Kade Simpson in this article because I gave a very in-depth look at his selection value here.
Let’s get into it:
#5 – number of Supercoach Grand Finals I blew last season..
David Myers (MID $133,700)
Myers has not played football in a long time. With just 2 games in 2015 and 0 in 2016 why should we consider selecting him? Well from what I’ve been reading in addition to some reading between the lines, it looks like the Bombers will give all of their previously banned players every opportunity (maybe more opportunity than necessary) to break into the teams best 22.
Now assuming Myers can find his match fitness I think the 27-year old will be able to find his way into Essendon’s team. Currently sitting on 85 AFL career games I think it’s reasonable to assume that Myers could make it to 100 games in 2017, especially given how underdone the majority of the team is.
Myers is also a rookie priced player, a cheap rookie priced player and as Jock has told us we need to focus on these guys and not premium-priced rookies like McGrath. Myers has the advantage of having played before as compared to his rookie counterparts, not only has he played before but he has played at a relatively high level of production.
Myers averaged 74.0 Supercoach points in 2013 and a career high 85.6 points per game in 2014 before getting injured in 2015 (resulting in just two games for an average of 39). In 2015 Myers was able to rack up 14 scores of 80+ including two tons, if he can get anywhere near this sort of production in 2017 he could be buy of the year.
#4 – the greatest four-peat in living memory, Carlton winning from Round 5-8 in 2016..
Josh Caddy (FWD/MID $488,600)
I think Josh Caddy is an absolute bargain this year, particularly with a lack of obvious forward line selections available to us. If the rumors that Martin is going to play forward more in 2017 to fill the Deledio void then Caddy will be licking his lips to take some of Dusty’s possessions. If the rumors are false I still see Caddy filling a hole in the Richmond midfield as well as swinging forward to boot a goal or two.
In what was the steal of the trade period Caddy came across to the Tigers from Geelong for pick 24 (exclusive vision below), and I suspect this move will be great for our Supercoach aspirations.
Caddy had a solid year in 2016 averaging 89.8 Supercoach points over 16 games notching up 10 scores of 80+ (five of which were 100+). In 2015 Caddy had his career best year averaging 93.7 points over his 19 games including 7 scores of 107+ with a career high score of 171.
I’d be happy with an average of 90 in 2017 but I expect Caddy to push his average up towards the 100-103 points per game range despite the question marks over Richmond’s ability to actually win games. Lock this bloke in as an under-priced premium and you’ll be happy.
#3 – the amount of scores this guy had above 90 before I selected him in 2016..
Tom McDonald (DEF $488,200)
I believe it was Dex who discovered this man in 2015 but it was myself who had him in 2016’s Cheat Sheet for many weeks running. Last year I saw something in this man during his Round 10 performance against Port Adelaide. I picked him up in Round 11 and never looked back; from this point in time he averaged 100.8 through to the end of the season.
McDonald ended his season with scores of 144, 111,74,94,111,102,108 and 121, I fully expect him to carry this momentum into the 2017 season. I see the addition of Michael Hibberd into the Melbourne defensive unit as a positive for McDonald’s scoring potential as he will have an efficient disposer of the ball to work with, something he has been sorely missing over the last few years.
At under $500K McDonald is really underpriced, especially for a bloke who averaged over 100 for the majority of 2016. He might have some down games here and there but I’m locking him in as a value pick and a point of difference.
#2- the number of garments Crouching One owns..
Luke Dahlhaus (FWD/MID $520,700)
Dahl will be one of the most selected payers in 2017. He is an incredible player in a very talented team and best of all he’s an affordable forward line option.
Dahl offers us flexibility as a DPP but also offers us a player with a really high ceiling. In 2016 Dahl was able to post 9 scores of 103+ in his 17 games including a high score of 154! In 2015 Dahl was able to play all 22 games and had 14 scores of 102+ (20 scores of 80+).
I see Dahlhaus pushing his average back up into triple figures in 2017 and hopefully he can get back to playing every game of the year. At $520K in a year where we don’t have a lot of starting options in the forward line I think you are doing yourself a disservice by not selecting this man. It’s also important to note that Dahlhaus scored 104.7 points per game when he was in the lineup with Jackson Macrae, so if they are both fit the competition better lookout!
#1- where the Jock Reynolds Magazine ranks in Supercoach content
Patrick Dangerfield (MID $716,900)
It doesn’t matter what his price is, he is the best player in the competition. The man averaged 131.8 Supercoach points over 22 games in 2016…that is not human. I don’t expect him to replicate his 2016 season but I sure as hell wouldn’t be surprised if he did.
Dangerfield doesn’t really require a write-up; his 2016 season speaks for itself.
Dangerfield had 18 scores of 101+ in 2016. I’m going to list them and then write nothing else on him, select him.
162, 166, 137, 132, 129, 132, 127, 124, 229, 173, 110, 135, 140, 111, 144, 101, 131, 155.
Well let me know what you think community, who will be your first 5 selected players in 2017?
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