Is 2017 the year that the Saints return to the finals fray? A move into the top eight normally relates to more SuperCoach-relevant players, so let’s see what the Sainters provide us with:
Blue Chip Investment
Nick Riewoldt – FWD – $549,500
Will he ever slow down? Roo has been playing on shot knees for a few years now, his fitness is still elite and without the burden of captaincy, it’s hard to see 2017 being the year he falls off the perch as a SuperCoach set and forget.
If you have the cash, grab him. I’ve had him the past two seasons and haven’t been disappointed.
JLT SC scores: 70, DNP, 108
Mid Price Potential
Jack Steele – MID/FWD – $366,400
There’s been a lot of buzz this pre-season surrounding the form of former Giant Jack Steele. And looking at his JLT scores, it’s no surprise.
Coming from Western Sydney, where he could barely get a game, he’s immediately best 22 at St Kilda and should thrive. Just be aware that more than 25% of the competition have selected him as well.
JLT SC scores: 55, 155, 114
Point of Difference
Jack Steven – MID – $560,600 – Player Ownership: 4.8%
Jack Steven is now 26 so should be in the prime of his career (freaks like Nick Riewoldt aside), so the plateau of scores in the last couple of years is very concerning.
2013 saw him average 110, then he only averaged 85 in 2014, followed by 104 and 103 since then.
Where does this leave the dynamic Jack-in-a-box? The Saints will need a special season from the midfield group, led by Steven, to propel them into finals contention. I believe he can have a career-best return and possibly finish as a top 10 midfielder.
JLT SC scores: 59, 96, 87
Ben Long – DEF/FWD – $117,300
The Saints have blooded so many youngsters over the last three years that now their list is a young, relatively experienced one.
Therefore, there’s no need to hand a round one debut to any newbies, because there’s a bunch of guys who played 5-10 games last year vying for the same spots.
Maybe Ben Long is the most likely to get a gig out of any of the Saints rookies, but even he looks a little while off. His DPP would be very handy though.
JLT SC scores: DNP, 59, DNP
Sam Gilbert – DEF – $359,600
He’s been part of a very successful St Kilda side of the 2009-10 era, and a rock through the tough times that followed. In those two seasons in particular, he average in the 90s, quite impressive for a defender.
However, that time has passed and you shouldn’t consider the 179-game veteran for your side.
JLT SC scores: 63, DNP, 60