Welcome to SCHQ’s 40 in 40 – over the next 40 days we’ll bring you 40 pieces of original and thought-provoking content that hopefully helps with the make-up of your starting squad.
We’ve got heaps of good stuff coming your way and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it!
I’ll start with a quick look at how many players there in different positions and what we have to take from that.
It mightn’t be much use for your classic team, but it does give you some context for your draft preparations.
Surprisingly, to me at least, there are less dual-position players this season than than last season. In all, we’re down from 142 in 2018 to 118 this year.
It means there have been cuts in every position except for the RUCK/FWD, which grows by one.
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This leads me to believe that SuperCoach might introduce in-season positional changes as we see in AFL Fantasy and Ultimate Footy, but never before in SuperCoach.
Mark Blicavs had ruck eligibility added during the 2013 pre-season and not during the season proper, contrary to popular belief.
Would you be happy to see that change?
As we look at general positions, we’ve got almost 60 more defenders to choose from this season.
And, there’s also a single DEF/RUCK this year to select if you want, Caleb Graham ($117,300) from the Gold Coast Suns.
Having a DPP in the ruck can be exceptionally handy, so let’s hope he’s named to play early on!
Interestingly, there are more forwards than any other position for the second year running, and fewer midfielders than every position except rucks.
AVERAGE BY POSITION
But even though midfielders are relatively rare, they are obviously the highest scorers.
If you look at the table below, you’ll see that there were 96 midfielders (DPPs included) who averaged at least 90 points, or 34% of all midfielders.
38 of those averaged over 100 and eight produced an average of over 110. So don’t be happy with an average of just 100 from your mids – get the best of the best.
No forwards managed to average 110+, but there were 25 with an average above 90.
And the outliers in the above chart are the two rucks who average 130 – Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn.
Who gives a ruck? Check out my ruckmen growth analysis
How many people select them will be fascinating, considering they’ve both had minor niggles this pre-season.