St.Kilda’s Sneaky SuperCoach Stars

If this is not the the most biased article you’ve read then I’d be very surprised. Being a St.Kilda supporter, I’ve watched all the Saints games and have noticed that while we’ve lost two games – including a thrashing – some of our young blokes can play and the old heads have still got it…. and they’re making an impact in the SuperCoach world, without getting noticed. The backline is the most impressive; 5 St.Kilda players (all PODs) are in the top 20 of SuperCoach defenders. But they’re not without some reasonable POD contributors in the midfield and forward line.

 

THE BACKLINE

Sam Fisher ($458,000 – selected in 2.7% of teams)
He’s had it in the past, and over the last couple of years we had a sneaking suspicion he was going to get back close to his best. He is over his injuries and excited he could continue his career at the Saints. Despite being the Saints’ oldest player he is leading the backline again and has pumped out 101, 121 & 72.

Shane Savage ($396,700 – 1.8%)
The former Hawk was the steak knives in the McEvoy for pick 17 (Luke Dunstan) deal. He is proving to be one of the better steak knives in a trade in recent memory. He is collecting just over 22 disposals a game and regularly pumping the ball inside 50 (ranked 15th per game) from the wing; a few more running goals like the two against GWS would be even better! Savage has scored 101, 102 & 74 so far.

Dylan Roberton ($324,900 – 1.4%)
After being a delisted free agent, Roberton made himself a regular in the Saints’ side in 2013, but a mix of injuries and form restricted him to just 7 games last year. His spot will be under threat when Gilbert and Webster are 100% fit but he’ll stay if his form stays in this vein. In his 3 games this year his 18.7 disposals per game include a club high 4 rebound-50s and he’s disposing at 82.1% efficiency. This has helped him score 96, 70 & 123.

 

THE OTHERS

David Armitage ($522,900 – 0.3%)
I was on this guy in the preseason when he was about 20k cheaper but – all things considered – Jack Steven seemed better value. So far that is not the case. Armitage has stepped up in the past two weeks and looks a genuine SuperCoach premium. His stats tell the story: averaging 31.3 disposals, 5.3 marks and 4 tackles a game. Compared with the rest of the league, per game, he is 7th for total effective disposals, 7th for inside 50s, 5th for disposals and 6th for uncontested possessions. Contested possessions are normally the SuperCoach friendly stats, but uncontested means he is getting lose and the stats are showing he’s using the pill well and getting it inside 50 – SuperCoach gold!! Was a bit flat Round 1 with 77 but has produced 129 & 139 more recently. Armitage’s average for his price is similar to Neale, Ebert, Bontempelli, Scott Thompson (1 game) & Dane Swan and he is averaging more than Selwood, Beams & J.P.Kennedy.

Adam Schneider ($369,600 – 0.2%)
I would steer clear of Schneider but his name was worth bringing up. He is definitely in the twilight of his career and was on the rookie list to help mentor the young forwards. His luck came with some bad luck to a couple of others who had to be placed on the long term injury list. He scored 100 in Round 1, pulled up sore after that game, then produced 101 in the Round 2 walloping. He’s never averaged over 100, possible sub and injury risk, but he’s also repaying faith and playing a fantasty friendly half forward role.

Nick Riewoldt ($493,500 – 2.6%) and Leigh Montagna ($480,300 – 0.6%)
The two old heads are both injured and may not be back for Round 5. However you must keep them in the back of your head. Riewoldt is playing a role on the wing to give Josh Bruce the forward 50 with Tim Membrey. He has scored 89 & 108, while Montagna’s only game so far brought a tidy 110 from 24 disposals and 9 tackles.


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