Last Drinks – West Coast 2017 Preview

The Eagles will be looking to improve on the disappointing end to their season last year – but without NicNat does that mean they don’t have many SuperCoach relevant players this year? Not a chance.

Blue Chip Investment

Josh J. Kennedy – FWD – $532,200 – Player Ownership: 12.9%

The old SuperCoach rule is too never pick key position players because they don’t score enough points, but that most certainly doesn’t apply to Kennedy, who finished last season with the second best average of all forwards with almost 98. With a number of midfielder/forwards having their DPP revoked you could do a lot worse than picking Kennedy to lead your forward line. Another important aspect about Kennedy is that he scores very well at home and is always a captaincy option. Will score very big at stages this year and is worth including.

JLT SC scores: DNP, 139, 100

Mid Price Potential

Sharrod Wellingham – DEF – $344,000 – Player Ownership: 3.6%

Wellingham has always been a bit of a SuperCoach tease and has never averaged more than 81.5 which came in 2012, his last year with Collingwood. At the Eagles, he has struggled to find a position where he can make an impact. They’ve tried him as a forward and that hasn’t really worked, they’ve played him on the wing and in the centre and he has been consistent without being spectacular. Having watched Wellingham in JLT however, it appears they have moved him into a role off halfback and his scores show that this may just be a good move for West Coast and your SuperCoach team. With two scores over 100 in 3 JLT games and another solid score of 89, Wellingham could be the type pf mid-pricer you need to distinguish your team from all the others.

JLT SC scores: 110, 104, 89

Point of Difference

Matthew Priddis – MID – $593,800 – Player Ownership: 3.1%

As odd as this may sound, Priddis is a genuine midfield POD with him in only 3.1% of teams. He is also as consistent as they come with 8 consecutive season averaging over 100. He also plays a large number numbers of games having never played less than 20 since 2010 (where he played 19). Sure Priddis isn’t the best player by foot but he earns his points by accumulating possessions and tackling, a statistic which he led last year including a 15 tackle game. With 16 scores above 100 last year you just know what you are going to get with Priddis making him a genuine midfield option and a great point of difference.

JLT SC scores: DNP, 107, 79

Rookie

Francis Watson – DEF – $102,400 – Player Ownership: 3.6%

Unfortunately, not a lot of Eagles rookies played in the latter matches of the JLT Series, as Willie Rioli is injured and the Eagles top draft pick Daniel Venables didn’t play any JLT at all. However, one player who did show something promising in the one JLT game he played was Francis Watson. A category B rookie, Watson didn’t take up the game until he was 17 years-old but the defender showed off his silky skills against the Giants and looks set for a good year. Probably won’t play straight away, and in all honesty may not play this season, but one to keep an eye on nonetheless.

JLT SC scores: 86, DNP, DNP

 Stay Away

Jonathan Giles – RUC – $280,600 – Player Ownership: 1.0%

Once considered a genuine mid-price rucking option for our SuperCoach teams with Nic Nat and now Lycett having gone down with injuries, Giles hasn’t been spotted in pre-season and it is simply too risky to start him without seeing how he is travelling. A score of 123 in Round 23 last year had some interested but even if he scores more realistically in the range of 80-100 he just isn’t worth spending nearly $300,000 on in my opinion.

JLT SC scores: DNP, DNP, DNP


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