SuperCoach 2019 – Player reviews: Tim Taranto

Published by Barron Von Crow on

Young midfielders are always hard to peg in Supercoach, players like Taranto are obviously supremely talented, but picking the correct year where they “breakout” can sometimes be more about luck than an exact science. There are things we can look for though, the #1 thing is often opportunity, which is something that may be headed Taranto’s way with Dylan Shiel now a Bomber.


Tim Taranto (with alteration like that it sounds like Stan Lee named him) has shown a natural progression in his game, he’s now headed into his 3rd season of AFL football and has continued to improve his numbers across the board as he’s gained experience. That comes both from an increased role, his midfield time jumped from 52% in his first season to 72% in his second, and from just becoming a better player. He’s also shown a quality defensive side to his game, rating as the only Giants mid to rate “above average” for pressure acts per game and he ranked 9th for total tackles in 2018 according the Champion Data. His disposals increased from 15.4 to 20.8, and almost doubled his clearances, going from 2 to 3.8 per game. Another similar spike in his numbers (which could be possible with the loss of Shiel) could see him head towards the 25 disposal, 5 clearance, 7 tackle range, which could produce some very good scores.


Player progression isn’t always linear, so it’s still entirely possible that Taranto stalls on similar numbers as 2018, or doesn’t produce a similar increase from his first to second year. He’s not the first young player to experience such a thing, and he won’t be the last. We’ve had similar cases in the past where a players “breakout” has been delayed by a year or two, which is entirely possible with Taranto. With a price tag of $481.6K, he’s not a fair jump off a more secure option from a teammate like Callan Ward, or other players such as Dustin Martin, Joel Selwood, Marcus Bontempelli, Luke Parker,  Dayne Zorko, Matt Crouch, Scott Pendlebury…you get the idea. It looks like not many are willing to take that risk at present, with Taranto only in 2.7% of teams (though that can work out as a good thing since he’s likely a POD if that figure holds).


It’s a tough one to pick, Taranto is young and talented and getting better, but he’s also probably not better (yet) than Kelly, Colignio and Ward and there’s also another upcoming midfielder like Jacob Hopper and new mids Jye Caldwell and Jackson Hately thrown into the mix too. Dylan Shiel has often been that 4th in line midfielder and has SC averages of 94.8, 102.8, 99.1, 97.7 and 89.7 over the last 5 years. If Taranto could produce a 95-99 average, I think that would be a quality result for a 3rd year midfielder, so the question will be do you want to pay near $500K for a player that would be ranked him in the 30-40 range for midfielders in Supercoach.

Personally it is not an option I will be taking, but I can definitely see the appeal in slotting him in as a M4/M5 as he has a lot of potential to be a very good scorer.

Community, are there any of you out there willing to take a chance on Tim Taranto in 2019?


TRIGGA_HAPPY · 26/02/2019 at 17:04

BVC good write up
Hard one to pick – he really is at the awkward price so almost needs to be a keeper at year end.
For a bit cheaper you can get crouch (if you can trust him) or McBags/Berry who also may breakout.

I think he may pleateau with Hately the one to watch

I have saved you a spot in the happy place BVC
code: 926691
looking forward to going head to head again in 2019

invite only as there are only limited spots.

who is on your radar at the crows this year?
Will the cheap rook fwds get a game or will fogarty take Mcgov's spot?

    Barron Von Crow · 26/02/2019 at 17:26

    Cheers, Trigga, all joined up.

    McHenry and ROB are the two biggest ones for me ATM, as well as B.Crouch and Milera. I do think we're gonna have a bit of rotation on replacing McGovern, with Fogarty getting first crack, then maybe bringing in McAdam later in the year. It's kind of tough to see it fully yet, I think Smith back pushes Milera to a wing/midfield role a bit more, which pushes Mackay out, Douglas pushes forward, which potentially pushes Gallucci or Murphy out or leaves Dougie as the Gov replacement. If we're talking just replacing Gov, i'd rather find someone with a bit more of a defensive side to their game than Fog, who kind of replicates what we already get with Tex, but then the problem is kind of they rate him highly and want to get games into him, so you kind of just find a spot for him.

    So anyway, McHenry is probably the one to look out for in Round 1, McAdam after the byes since he needs to work on his fitness a bit more to run out games.

      Gen · 26/02/2019 at 21:42

      Pat Wilson… darkhorse

        Barron Von Crow · 27/02/2019 at 00:40

        I'm sure he's got some sort of internal suspension from his drunk driving incident late last year that will see him play SANFL football for at least the first 8-10 weeks, regardless of form.

          Russty_ · 27/02/2019 at 00:59

          Thanks for the inside info….Silly boy risking his career before it even got going, now he'll have all the admin looking at him sideways.

    AuroraBorealis?! · 26/02/2019 at 23:00

    Are there any spots up for grabs in the happy place Trigg? Would love to jump in if there was room

    Peter Collins · 08/03/2019 at 00:12

    Got a spot in the league still Trigga..?? Is it cash..?? I'm feeling good about my team, so happy to throw the $$$$ in………….

JohnDJ59 · 26/02/2019 at 19:01

Hi Barron, only just put him in at M5, I have eight players that I will pick my top five mids from, Cripps and Dusty are my only locks at the moment.Also have Oliver, Bont, M.Crouch, Merrett and Angus Brayshaw on my list.

Russty_ · 26/02/2019 at 23:03

Hey BVC, nice article, had Taranto in my squad for ages, now I'm thinking of replacing him with Libba…I must be going mad!, I really rate Taranto though…could definitely be his big year in 2019.
What are your thoughts on Daniher if he's ready to go round 1?….cheers.

    Barron Von Crow · 27/02/2019 at 00:41

    Iffy on Daniher, would really need to see him going full-tilt during the JLT games to consider it

      Russty_ · 27/02/2019 at 00:56

      Cheers Barron, yeah he'll probably be pretty underdone…if he plays a JLT game, it'll be with limited minutes.

Troll Slayer · 27/02/2019 at 01:57

You probably haven't been asked to do a write up because you don't actually have any insights into the game. Just a nasty little troll. Do everyone a favour and get off this site.

    skindog · 27/02/2019 at 16:55

    Boys, i thought this shit was gonna stop? c'mon, no more having a go at each other, dont like the comment, scroll down, simple!

The Ranger · 27/02/2019 at 11:29

Thanks for the write up Barron.
If i was going to pick a player in that price range it would be either Taranto or Hopper but I don't think I'll be taking the risk.

Matt · 27/02/2019 at 11:52

I've got him at the moment. I can't see him regressing, so I shouldn't be losing money, but if it doesn't work out it won't require a huge amount of money to jump him up to a premo. The money I've saved by selecting him over a premo has been invested in more established, reliable players, so I don't think there's much risk here. I might have to burn a trade, but I think it's a risk worth taking if he can push into that premo bracket or close to it and fill an M6 to M8 spot

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