AAMI Community Series Watchlist
Round 1 is rapidly approaching and with it the deadline for locking down our picks. Thankfully we will get one *official* look at all the potential during the upcoming AAMI Community Series.
It’s easy to get lost in the training reports coming out daily, clubs hyping up acquisitions as well as promises that may never come to fruition. It’s important to know who you’re looking for and set realistic expectations to cement them into your team.
To assist with nailing your watchlist ahead of the community series I’ve gathered as many of the Jock Reynolds team I could muster to tell us who they’re looking at and what it would take to lock them in.
The homer pick immediately goes to Ned McHenry (FWD, $212,900) who will be looking to establish himself as a full-time player in 2021. He has already talked about playing a high-half forward role this year with potential stints on the wing, a role that becomes slightly more open due to the injury to Wayne Milera. Only has 0.2% ownership, so a big POD gamble to take, but I have liked his performances so far.
Brayden Sier (MID, $313,800) from Collingwood could be one to take a bigger midfield role for the Pies in the absence of Adam Treloar. He’s never had a significant run of games, but averaged 80.1 in 8 games in 2018 and 73 in 3 games in 2020. He took an equal team high 13 CBA’s in the Pies 1st pre-season game against Geelong, which will where the potential for his points will come from. Finally one long-shot whose numbers caught my eye was
Kyron Hayden (DEF, $281,400) from North Melbourne. He attended 21 CBAs for the Roos against St Kilda, equal second on the team behind Jy Simpkin, who is clear #1 midfielder for the Roos. He’s been a lockdown defender in the past, he’s had injury issues and it remains to be seen if that sort of CBA time will continue, but the numbers certainly catch the eye and is enough for us to keep tabs on him for now.
I’ve got my eyes on two boys from the harbour city set to blossom into premiums this weekend. They did it last scratch match, and I want to see if Callum Mills ($540,000 DEF) and Tom Green ($350,000 MID) will fill the same roles in their clubs’ final hit-outs before round one.
I’m also keeping a close eye on Nik Cox ($175,000 DEF/FWD) because a) goodness gracious me we need rookies ASAP if not sooner and b) he may be my only silver lining to watching Essendon this year beyond Zach Merrett. Please let him lock in that wing spot.
“Not those rookies…..The ones at the bottom”
I have my eyes set on Oleg Markov (DEF, $314,300) and Paddy Dow (FWD/MID, $202,400). I’d like to see more of what they did in their practice matches. Rookies look like they’ll be scarce in round 1, so mid pricers/slash high priced rookies will be the ones we may have to rely on, the only issue is these players are priced the way they are for a reason.
Paddy Dow needs to show me himself bullocking from stoppages, and being the ball winning mid he was drafted to be. Probably hasn’t had the opportunity most others in his draft class have got but if he is to follow the trajectory of the likes of Cerra, Brayshaw, Smith, Rayner, etc. then 2021 will be the year he finally shows the footballing world why he was taken at Pick 3, and the practice match was a good start.
Oleg Markov didn’t really get the opportunity at the Tigers, he was always the back up for if Houli or Short or Vlastuin went down. This time, he’s the main man coming out of defence for the Suns, and by all reports he was doing it with confidence and ease for the Gold Coast team. While that game wasn’t livestreamed, he will be the one my eye is keenly trained on so I can confirm what I already thought; he’s underpriced for what he can produce as a best 22 player.
Callum Mills ($540,000 DEF) is so close to being locked into my side, it’s not even funny. I want to see him playing in a predominantly midfield role in the upcoming AAMI community series game. I think I prefer him over someone like Zac Williams, since we saw Williams rest forward in the practice match against Essendon. I think that Mills will play a predominantly midfield role this season, with the ability to play back in defence. The combination of these two roles is more attractive than a midfield and deep forward role that Williams has.
I am really keen to see how Dylan Moore (FWD, $302,300) plays in Hawthorn’s AAMI match against North Melbourne, because I have him pegged for a wing role at Hawthorn this year. He played a lot on the ball in the first practice game, but I imagine with the return of multiple midfielders he’ll get pushed out of that Centre Square. A wing role is much more attractive than a forward pocket position, so I’m hoping that he can move up the ground and score between 80 and 90 points again.
Jarmes Harmes (DEF, $344,700), Jarmes if you will, is good at footy sometimes…mostly when he is a midfielder. He has spent this preseason training with the midfield, does that make him a midfielder? Not necessarily (see L. Beverage 2014-2021) but it’s a decent indicator for things to come.
In 2019 Jarmes averaged 95 Supercoach points playing predominantly through Melbourne’s midfield, I think he can do that again and provide my side with a best-22 caliber, underpriced selection who I’ll flick around the byes. Now that we’ll only see teams drop 24 hours out from the games, I’m trying to limit my rookie exposure on-field and Jarmesy helps that.
Hopefully, the Jarmes Factory Cinema can produce some delicious treats for me in the coming preseason game
One Patrick Dangerfield (FWD, $611,900) has my sultry peepers looking in his direction. His influence and ability to rack up the possessions in the cats recent scratch match has me wondering if I was wrong to doubt him. If I’m going to pony up for Danger I want to see it once more and really make sure he isn’t going to fall to pieces. Although, I still think he could rally up 90 points missing an arm and leg.
Kade Chandler (FWD, $161,200) this young man broke his hand three times last year. However, if you watched the exhibition against Richmond I ask myself if this was due to overuse kicking goals. Really exciting small forward who has a nice set shot. Depending on how long Kysiah Pickett is out there is a spot available if he can put in another impressive performance; Pappa needs a cheap(ish) rookie!
AFL players started training for the 2021 AFL season on December 7th 2020, but SuperCoaches like me started their pre-season 130 days ago, the day after the 2020 AFL Grand Final.
It’s safe to say that after 3144 hours of pre season research, 188640 minutes of data collection and 11318400 seconds worth of statistical analysis, I’ve gone a little crazy.
Jamie Elliott ($362,700 FWD/MID) keeps taunting me with his flashy CBA stats, midrange price and DPP status. I know he’s never been a big SC scorer or dependable, but I’m really intrigued about what Elliott could get up to in SC in 2021 as a pure midfielder. I will keep a close eye on him in the next pre-season game against Richmond.
Continuing on the crazy train, the next station is Stefan Martin ($272,200 RUC). I love a value ruckman, never taking the set and forget route in the 15 years I’ve been playing SuperCoach. Martin has been super impressive for the Dogs in the pre-season, and its nearly all but certain he’ll line up Round 1 in the ruck with English moving forward. I’d argue he’s the best value player sub $300k in SC this season, and another crazy notion I keep coming back to.
That wraps up the watchlist for the Jock Reynolds team! Tell us in the comments or on twitter who you’re looking at and what gets them locked into your team.
Dont forget to check out the fabulous podcast series recapping some selections from all the teams and keep your eyes peeled on the socials for our Community series match recaps.
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