Player With PODential – Round 14

I am back after a bit of time off! My SuperCoach team hasn’t been fairing too badly. My Round 13 score was just below 1800 and I had some rubbish scores, but I still remain in the top 9k. My side looks a bit stronger for Round 14 and 15 byes and hopefully I should have a fully upgraded side after another 6 trades (up and down). That will leave me 6 trades for injuries. Hope your team has been travelling well! Onto the good stuff…

 (image: The Age)

It was hard to go past my boy Jack Steven as this weeks point of difference. In about 2010, I made the brave move of sticking the number 3 on my new Saints jumper after watching Steven dominate the VFL when I went to a game. It was a week or so later that I went to him against the Demons and he had about 27 disposals and got the rising star nomination. I knew I was onto a winner.


Price: $595,100
Position: Midfield
Games Played: 12
Season Average: 110.3 (13th highest in AFL & 9th highest midfielder)
3 Round Average: 133.7 (4th highest in AFL)
5 Round Average: 130.2 (3rd highest in AFL)
Selected In: 2.6% of sides
Breakeven: +104


  • Only four scores below 100. Aside from a poor 60, Steven’s other sub-100 don’t read too bad: 81, 93 & 99.
  • Has the abiltiy to go big. As we saw against Carlton, Steven has the ability to turn a game on its head. He scored 164 in that game from 25 disposals, 3 goals & 9 tackles. He has five scores that are 115+ and three of his last four games have been 130+.
  • Improving as the season goes on. If we look at his first twelve games in two halves, he averaged 102 over the first six rounds and has averaged 118.5 over his last 6 (including a season low of 60).
  • He’s in his prime. He’s won two best and fairests in the past three seasons and could win another. Add to that his 2016 inclusion in the leadership group, there’s no reason to say why he can’t continue the hot form.
  • His overall stats stand out. He’s not just having a good SuperCoach season. His numbers are right up there with the best. Per game in the AFL, he ranks: 4th for inside-50s, 16th for effective disposals, 10th for disposals per game, 17th for contested possessions, 12th for clearances and his 75 tackles is the 19th highest total. In short, he’s averaging 28.8 disposals, 3 marks, 6.2 tackles and just under 1 goal a game.


  • That 60 in Round 7 wasn’t ideal. I actually watched a St.Kilda FC interview with Jack last night and he said that Ben Jacobs got the better of him this season. That 60 was the exact game he was speaking of.
  • A $600k (or close enough to) price tag is big for a player who isn’t 100% proven in Supercoach yet – his breakout season of 110 in 2013 was great but since then he’s averaged only 84.8 (injury affected season) and 104.3 – can he keep it up in 2016?

There’s honestly not a lot of cons. I am finishing my midfield off this week with Scott Pendlebury, but if I was after a POD then I think Steven would be my man. He’s taken over from Armitage as St.Kilda’s best mid over the past two seasons and he’s putting his hand up to be St.Kilda’s next skipper. Like any POD, there’s the risk of the low game, but turning a negative into a positive is that his only really poor score was against arguably the leagues best tagger. He’s only risen $33k this season, so I would still take him despite a price tag of nearly $600k.

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