Josho’s PODs

Having PODs (Point of difference players) can be so important in getting your team ahead of the pack and set you apart from the rest. Pick them right and you could be on the road to glory, pick them wrong and you could be in all sorts of trouble.

PREMIUMS

DEFENDERS

Dylan Roberton, $509,000

Ownership: 3%
Games played 2017: 22
2017 average: 93

Roberton’s 2017 season saw him improve his average up to a solid 93 last season. The rebounding half back played all 22 games and is only in 3% of teams which is very surprising considering the year he had last year. With Docherty and Williams injured, I can see Roberton pushing himself in to the top 6 defenders this year.

Jeremy McGovern, $498,800

Ownership: 3%
Games played 2017: 22
2017 average: 91

Intercept marking machine Jeremy McGovern averaged 91 last year in what was a terrific season. He only dropped under 80 five times and had 12 scores above 90. He is only 25 and nearing the stage that his career should hit its prime, presenting him as an interesting option that’s getting little attention from coaches this preseason.

MIDFIELDERS

Lachie Neale, $599,300

Ownership: 2%
Games played 2017: 21
2017 average: 109

Lachie Neale is a proven SuperCoach scorer and has averages of 112 and most recently 109 under his belt. However, he is never spoken about or recognised as an option due to playing in the same team as superstar skipper Nat Fyfe. His body is super reliable which is displayed in his year-by-year games played tally where he has only missed the two games in the last four seasons.

Taylor Adams, $591,000

Ownership: 2%
Games played 2017: 22
2017 average: 107

Like many others before him, Taylor Adams has become a forgotten man after losing his DPP status that he had last season. Zorko, Merrett and Dusty (before his crazy good year last year) are recent examples of this. Losing DPP isn’t all bad though as Adams is now a huge POD as he is in only 2% of teams. He is only 24, improving each year and has recently become the Pies’ vice-captain, which show cases that he is tracking along well. Adams only missed out on the ton 5 times last year posting 17 scores above 100 for the season, elite numbers.

RUCKS

Todd Goldstein, $521,400

Ownership: 2%
Games played 2017: 19
2017 average: 95

Todd Goldstein for years was one of the most picked ruckmen in SuperCoach, no matter what the price. Nowadays he is only in 2% of teams. How did this happen? The inclusion of Pruess in a couple of games last year is a contributing factor that caused him to average fewer points and that’s affected his player ownership numbers. Another is the constant ankle injuries that hampered him throughout the 2017 season. After having an injury free pre-season to date, Goldy is one to consider if he can get the solo ruck role again.

Jarrod Witts, $518,200

Ownership %: 1%
Games played 2017: 18
2017 average: 94

Ex-Pie Jarrod Witts surprised so many in season 2017 as he broke out into the premium ruck category. Witts made the Suns’ No.1 ruck spot his own in 2017 and at 209cm, improved his previous best season average from 73 in 2015 to 94 last season. He is 25 years old which is prime, presenting him as a good option.

FORWARDS

David Mundy $491,700

Ownership: 2%
Games played 2017: 21
2017 average: 89

Mundy for so long has been a superstar of the AFL and has averaged solid numbers in the past. Now for the first time ever we can pick him as a forward this season. He consistently plays solid amount of games each year and still plays stints in the midfield. At $491k and with the forward options underwhelming this year Mundy isn’t the worst option in the world.

MID-PRICERS

DEFENDERS

Luke McDonald, $461,100

Ownership: 2%
Games played 2017: 22
2017 average: 84

North Melbourne are enduring the beginning stages of a big rebuild to take them back to finals contenders. Luke McDonald is one player that is a shining light in their developing list and may present SuperCoach relevancy in 2018. He has improved his averages each year for the past three years, starting with 53 in 2015, 64 in 2016 and 84 last year. McDonald is one of the main distributors out of the Roos’ defence and could possibly see himself getting more midfield minutes this year as he is getting older and bigger.

Jack Crisp, $455,300

Ownership: 2%
Games played 2017: 22
2017 average: 83

Jack Crisp is a tall big bodied midfielder for the Pies, standing at 190cm and weighing in at 91kg. Aged at just 24, you would like to think that his best footy is still ahead of him. In the past Crisp has averaged very good numbers but with the addition of Treloar and the evolution of Taylor Adams, he lost midfield minutes in 2017. However he is developing as a running half-back that goes through the midfield, a highly friendly role for SuperCoach. At just $455k Crisp is one that needs to be closely watched throughout the JLT series.

MIDFIELDERS

Luke Dunstan, $485,200

Ownership: 0%
Games played 2017: 16
2017 average: 88

Playing in a midfield that doesn’t really have a well-known gun as of yet could prove wonders in terms of Dunstan’s SuperCoach scoring potential. I mean, he is in 0% of teams so is a huge POD. He finished the season off last year so well as he averaged 110 in his last 5 games. Two of those scores showcased his ability to score big too, as he posted 140 and 119. He is entering his fifth season and is probably the most underrated breakout contender this year.

Dion Prestia, $456,800

Ownership: 2%
Games played 2017: 19
2017 average: 83

Having an injury interrupted pre-season last year caused Prestia to have a slow start to the 2017 season. It’s not talked about enough, just how important it is to have an uninterrupted pre-season and a positive is that this year Prestia has so far enjoyed one. He finished the season perfectly by averaging 110 in his final 7 games, including his three finals. He has proven in the past he can average good numbers as he has produced averages of 106 and 101 in the past.

FORWARDS

Darcy Parish, $419,000

Ownership: 3%
Games played 2017: 19
2017 average: 76

Being an Essendon supporter, I am absolutely in love with Darcy Parish. The No.5 pick from the 2015 draft has already had stints in the Essendon midfield and spent time up forward. He has become stronger each pre-season and now, as he enters his third year of AFL footy, he could be set for a breakout year and an average of above 90. He is priced nice and cheap and is in limited teams. If he performs well in the JLT series he could be a player that should be taken into serious consideration.

Daniel Wells, $390,900

Ownership: 6%
Games played 2017: 10
2017 average: 71

A fit Daniel Wells has proved in the past to be a top six forward, easily. That’s the problem though: his body is so unreliable. It was only two years ago that he was the perfect mid-pricer for many coaches as he averaged 100 in his 18 games that year.

ROOKIES

DEFENDERS

Mitchell Hibberd, $169,300

Ownership %: 5
Games played 2017: 4
2017 average: 38

I was one of the many coaches from last season who selected Hibberd in their team and was underwhelmed from his output. He turned out to be a handy loophole through-out the season and the DPP swing was very helpful, but he hardly played. With another pre-season under his belt I expect to see Hibberd becoming a key player in the North line up in 2018.

Kieran Collins, $123,900

Ownership: 2%
Games played 2017: DNP
2017 average: DNP

Dandenong Stingrays product Kieran Collins is one of the players that could potentially benefit with the retirements of Boyd and Murphy freeing up back line positions at the Doggies. He has a huge frame and if named Round 1 is one to seriously consider.

MIDFIELDERS

Lochie O’Brien (DEF), $162,300

Ownership: 5%

Lochie O’Brien is a serious talent and in the developing Carlton line up could play a lot of games in 2018. With Docherty unfortunately out for the season, the No.10 pick from last year’s draft could see himself running off the half back line and up on the wing like he did so perfectly in his junior years.

Lachlan Fogarty, $117,300

Ownership: 3%

The talk out of Geelong is that Fogarty has been really impressive and is expected to play a big part in the pre-season fixtures that are fast approaching. His coach Chris Scott has big wraps on him and even said in an interview recently that Tim Kelly and Fogarty could play a big part in the Cats’ 2018 campaign.

FORWARDS

Kayle Kirby, $123,900

Ownership: 2%
Games played 2017: 1
2017 average: 32

Kayle Kirby only played the one game last year, in the final game of the season against the Demons. He didn’t score well with his 32 but he did show minor glimpses of his talent. He had a really good year in the VFL kicking 43 goals in 17 games which led to his eventual AFL debut. The Pies’ small forward could come in for the injured Jamie Elliot as a starter for Round 1.

Josh Battle, $123,900

Ownership: 3%
Games played 2017: 1
2017 average: 8

Like Kirby and Hibberd, Battle didn’t have the best numbers in his first year. He played the one game scoring just 8 points. The Haileybury boy completed Year 12 during the 2017 season and should be able to be 100% focused on just footy this season. The talk out of the Saints about him is positive, and with the departure of Roo, we could see him named in Round 1.


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