The Demons’ co-captain had a year he’d probably rather forget for a multitude of reasons. The main reason though would be that he couldn’t stay on the park, an issue that hasn’t been much of a problem until last year. His foot was playing silly buggers and he had a few false starts as a result. Can he get past that to become a decent SuperCoach selection? Well, let’s take a look! *cue theme music*

THE GOOD

He’ll play at almost every Melbourne stoppage and he’s good for a clearance or five. Averaging 5.1 per game across his career and 7.2 for 2018. Under the new 6-6-6 rule, if the intra-clubs are anything to go by, this number will likely increase.

Viney is also a tackling machine averaging a whopping 5.9 per game across his career, and as a result earns a lot of free kicks for his team. Clearances and tackles are rewarded in SuperCoach, giving Viney a safe floor. He doesn’t need to top 30+ possessions week in, week out.

He has the ceiling, he can go big. Not much to write home about in 2018 with his highest score being 116, but in 2017 he had a run of 7 games where he returned three scores above 120, and only two scores below 95.

THE BAD

Viney does not go unnoticed, and when he is tagged his scores suffer and that’s not good for SuperCoach. As evidenced in the 2018 Finals series, he was great against Geelong and Hawthorn, but as soon as Mark Hutchings came along and decided to wear Jack like a glove, he scored a 49 and was pretty ineffective on the day – much like the rest of the Melbourne team.

Consistency has only become an issue as times gone on, and it’s probably to do with the Melbourne side becoming a lot stronger and a lot more competitive. In 2017, the year Viney averaged his highest amount (97.0), he would usually have a score a stone’s throw from that. Since then Demons have grown as a team they have obviously relied on him less and less and as such he is no longer required to do a the bulk the grunt work with Nathan Jones. Most times he’s good for a score around the 70 mark but as SuperCoaches we need more than that.

THE UGLY

Jack’s foot. Feet are ugly things anyway, but Jack’s is especially ugly because it’s been injured and causing him some grief. Foot injuries are ones that teams will be really cautious about because you need your feet to play the game and without them you’re pretty useless. Last year was the first time he’d had a long term injury. If you don’t do the right amount of rehab to get the foot ticking along again like it should, then Jack Trengove will tell you you’re pretty cactus until it’s fixed.

THE VERDICT

I know all the evidence I’ve shown you today probably point to a No, but I actually like this selection in 2019. If he can prove in the JLT that his foot is all good, and continues his good form from 2018 and the final series, then I see no issue in selecting him. Putting the money saved aside, he’ll be a good point of difference if nothing else. I do understand the reasoning as to why not as well, and the more I write this the less I want him in my team, but I don’t think he’s a terrible pick to start with.

What you reckon, community? In 8% of sides to date, have you been able to fit him in?


40 Comments

FLAG_pies · 22/02/2019 at 13:13

different topic, but i just watched the collingwood melbourne practice match and preuss played forward literally 90% of the time and max gawn killed it in the ruck (although he was only rucking against max lynch as grundy wasnt playing).

Originally i was NOT even considering gawn after they recruited Preuss, but after today im seriously considering him instead of grundy due to his injury even though its only a toe and the cox curse.

Wondering what your thoughts are community? Are you starting Gawn? why or why not/

    Grahame Lebroy · 22/02/2019 at 14:51

    I don't think Gawn will drop off as much as people are worried about. But it's hard to read too much into this game he didn't have much opposition to ruck against

      JR_Damo · 22/02/2019 at 18:28

      and there was no Tom McDonald either so the role Preuss was playing may change as well.

        Nice person · 22/02/2019 at 22:11

        Yeah may change to VLF. If d's were keen on rucking pruess what better opportunity than a practice match? Gawn lock

Rick Grimes · 22/02/2019 at 13:44

I'm more angling towards Brayshaw st the moment.

    NoLanguage96 · 25/02/2019 at 11:37

    Would be a very good selection thinking the same thing

Grahame Lebroy · 22/02/2019 at 14:49

If he had a full injury free pre season at his price I would be very keen. But just think there is to much risk to start him this year. Hope I am wrong and he goes really well though

ben · 22/02/2019 at 16:11

anyone interested in joining a draft keeper league, I have 2 spots available

    GreendaleFC · 22/02/2019 at 16:19

    Yeah I'm interested

Rick Grimes · 22/02/2019 at 20:33

Any interest in Jamie Elliott?

    dontblushbaby · 22/02/2019 at 21:08

    Tempting at 280k, when fit he usually kicks 2 -3 goals per game , but a pass for me

      Rick Grimes · 22/02/2019 at 21:26

      Yea he's just risk personified. Should probably be cheaper even. I'll pass too.

Rick Grimes · 22/02/2019 at 21:25

I know it's AFLX, but gee Paddy Cripps looks like he'll have a beast of a season. Lockiest of locks.

    dontblushbaby · 22/02/2019 at 21:43

    Lockiest lock at M1, hasn't moved since SC opened in my team, I believe Macrae will drop in price ,whereas Cripps will increase imo

      Rick Grimes · 22/02/2019 at 22:04

      Agree. That dogs midfield is stacked. Macrae surely can be got cheaper.

        Nice person · 22/02/2019 at 22:12

        Look at macrea scores last year, unreal

          dontblushbaby · 22/02/2019 at 22:28

          Libba will have an effect, however Macrae will be in my team eventually , just looking at value elsewhere to start with

            GloryDays94 · 22/02/2019 at 22:45

            Not really. Libba can't play inside and outside mid, plus doubt he will stay fit all season. MacRae can. He will be number 1 MID this year closely followed by Cripps.

          Rick Grimes · 22/02/2019 at 22:28

          No doubt, just can't squeeze him in.

      SC_Kev7 · 23/02/2019 at 10:49

      Macrae's ceiling worries me. The type of player that can hurt you, especially if your opponent has the C on him

        Patch · 23/02/2019 at 13:46

        As someonoe who had him all of last season: can confirm he can dish out the hurt.

          TRIGGA_HAPPY · 23/02/2019 at 17:15

          As someone who didnt he is at the top of the 7 reasons why.

TRIGGA_HAPPY · 22/02/2019 at 23:16

Hows the size of tbe modern midfielder these days?

Cripps, bont, fyfe all taller than the reigning coleman medalist who ns no short a$$.

As for Viney not sure I can trust him. Huge ceiling but if im not starting fyfe dont think I can stsrt Viney due to durability issues.

    Lekdog · 23/02/2019 at 00:33

    I want Cripps to hold me like a little baby in those guns, made me endure some AFL X just to see him and Fish

      TRIGGA_HAPPY · 23/02/2019 at 09:55

      Suns out, guns out.

      Lek reserved a spot for you in the Happy Place.
      League code: 926691.
      Jump in mate.
      Same crew as last year should be epic.

        Lekdog · 23/02/2019 at 11:21

        In

          TRIGGA_HAPPY · 23/02/2019 at 17:17

          Beauty 👍

        SC_Donkey · 23/02/2019 at 16:29

        Hope ya don't mind if jump on board Trigga

          TRIGGA_HAPPY · 23/02/2019 at 17:16

          Sorry donc only limited spots

          Will keep u in mind if a spot becomes available

Patch · 23/02/2019 at 00:57

I'm liking this option more and more every time I look at him. Will I select him? Probably not? Will I scoff at anyone who does pick him? No. No I will not. Love your work Damo.

    TRIGGA_HAPPY · 23/02/2019 at 09:59

    Hey patch.
    Reserved a spot for the potatoes in the happy place.
    League code: 926691.
    Jump in.
    Same crew as last year should be epic!

      Patch · 23/02/2019 at 13:47

      Always happy to be in the Happy Place Trigga! I'm in mate.

        TRIGGA_HAPPY · 23/02/2019 at 17:17

        Rippa patch 👌

Dylan · 23/02/2019 at 11:42

Hoping to get some advice on this team!
DEF: Lloyd, Sicily, Witherden, Williams, Rozee, Collins, (Quaynor, Hore)
MID: Cripps, Fyfe, D. Martin, Merrett, Miles, Walsh, Bewley, Gibbons, (Duursma, Constable, Hind)
RUC: Grundy, Goldstein, (Sweet)
FWD: Dangerfield, Heeney, Dunkley, Rankine, Setterfield, Cavarra, (Drew, Wilkinson)

Thoughts community??

Cheers

    Patch · 23/02/2019 at 13:45

    Loving that backline Dylan!

    I reckon it's a very settled side pre-JLT. It's a very safe side – outside of Witherden I think most of those guys are sure bets be at the pointy end barring injury.

    I'm not sold on Rankine and Walsh simply due to their prices, but it's hard to pick which rookies to replace them with at this stage. Apparently Butters at Port is tearing up their intra-club and his price of 150k I can justify.

      Dylan · 23/02/2019 at 14:46

      Thanks Patch! I'll keep Butters in mind, at this stage I like having some of the expensive rookies in, so if they don't perform JLT I can downgrade. Easier to do than try to upgrade a 123k or 117k player to an expensive rookie. What are your thoughts on Z. Williams?? Heard some good things, but news out of the praccy match yesterday was that he was barely sighted. Alarm bells or nothing to see there?

        Patch · 23/02/2019 at 17:42

        No alarm bells just yet mate. Still firmly enconced* in my side

        *may or may not be a word

Rick Grimes · 23/02/2019 at 13:24

Read Jesse Hogan might be used as a midfield option. Scored well for Dees when given opportunities. Sneaky pod perhaps.

    Patch · 23/02/2019 at 13:42

    Jeez that would be tasty if he's running around in the middle, but I'd need to see it in action during the JLT.

Rick Grimes · 23/02/2019 at 16:09

Fyfe in for minor surgery on his elbow. Should still be right for JLT 2 but makes you worry about durability. Looked good last night too.

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