2022 Pocket Profile: Western Bulldogs
Next stop on the Pocket Profile train is the Western Bulldogs! We’ve reached out to SuperCoach veteran Seeker to write about his beloved Doggies’ SuperCoach relevancy.
Jack Macrae ($699,900 MID)
Macrae has averaged over 121 SuperCoach points every year since 2018, and last year was his best ever season with an average of 128.6! That’s despite playing in a premium midfield; the myth of not having enough points to go around for a highly SuperCoach relevant teams seems busted. If you think he’s too expensive, another thing to consider is that last year Macrae’s price only dropped from $650k to $621k, so you can’t really just wait to pick him up cheap, plus you’ll miss guaranteed SC tons every week until you do get him. He’s a straight-up SuperCoach pig who rarely scores sub-tons or misses games.
Tim English ($482,600 FWD/RUC)
Tim English is a young ruckman who has the ability to double ton in SuperCoach, but there are questions; Is he out of favour or considered still underdeveloped by the club? And, what’s his best position? I think Tim plays predominantly as the No.1 ruck. He will spend time forward, but he’s a terrific mark and kicked 19 goals in 2021. He’s priced at an average of 88 and has DPP status. He’s a great option at F3/4, providing excellent ruck coverage and the opportunity to take risks with a mid-priced R2. English is also out of contract at the end of the year so he’ll want to dominate to either secure his place at the Dogs, or to give him currency to get him elsewhere. All this points to a true breakout year as a forward who’ll turn up a decent average for your team.
Bailey Dale ($518,300 DEF)
Bailey Dale broke out in 2021, playing every game for the first time in his career. He also got a role that truly suited his game style in defence. He had the second most kicks in the league and 5th overall in rebound 50s, amongst other top 10 player indicators. Dale also took a significant proportion of the Bulldog kick-out duties. He ended up averaging 95.2 and it’s easily conceivable he could improve on that average by 5-10 points to average over that 100 threshold, all for the starting price of $518k.
Charlie Parker ($102,400 MID/FWD)
I can see several Bulldogs rookies playing this year, but for this I’ve focused on Parker who is a tall and agile 24 year old utility selection, who is ready made for senior footy. At Sturt in the SANFL, he played as a tall wingman who had a booming kick and elite disposal efficiency. In 2022, he’s a dual position player at a rock bottom price and is every chance to play off that half back flank, which we know means points.
Josh Dunkley ($558,200 MID/FWD)
Why avoid a guy with a 129 SC average after the first 6 rounds of 2021? Because injury history; he missed a chunk of 2021, and another huge chunk of 2020. He’s also the most expensive forward in for SuperCoach at $558k. Are you willing to start him alongside other high injury risk forwards like Mitch Duncan, Zak Butters, Stephen Coniglio? Do you not remember the forward line carnage of 2021? Selecting reliable players and avoiding injury trades is how we dominate SuperCoach. If you do start Dunkley, you should have a plan in place knowing you might have to trade him out at some point throughout the season.
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