Today marks 33 days until the SuperCoach season officially begins and with that in mind today’s SuperCoach HQ #40in40 is starting to get serious!
With AFLX around the corner and then the JLT Community Series not long after that, it is time to take a look at some of the rookie and mature-aged players that we want to keep an eye on and who will help us throughout the season by making lots and lots of cash!
With respect to Sam Walsh (as the cutoff for this analysis was players priced $200k or below) and a couple of other rookies who I will have probably missed, this is my 50 most important rookies and mature-aged players for season 2019!
Let me know your thoughts? Who have I overrated? Who have I missed? Which players will you be selecting?
50. Harley Bennell (Fremantle) $167,700
Bennell could be the cash cow of the year as we know he has the potential to be an elite player. The only questions that remain are whether his body will hold up and does he still desire to be an AFL player. With an average of 102 in 2015 if Bennell overcomes the injuries that are always seeming to plague him and plays in the JLT series he could very well be the best player ever picked at under $168,000.
49. Irving Mosquito (Essendon) MID/FWD $117,300
The man with the best name in the AFL system may struggle for early opportunities at Essendon but a few injuries may change all that. He is wizard in the forward line who knows exactly where the goals are and can put any defence under immense pressure. May not make his debut early in the year, but could be a good downgrade option later.
48. Tyson Stengle (Adelaide) FWD $123,900
The former Richmond player showed good signs in the VFL where he kicked 33 goals in 19 games and will be looking to continue to learn with the guidance of Eddie Betts. May not find himself in calculations straight away, with McAdam and McHenry possibly both ahead of him, but a good JLT series could change all that. One to keep an eye on for possibly later in the season.
47. Luke Davies-Uniacke (North Melbourne) MID $197,500
Despite being the early pick for must-have cash cow of 2018, Davies-Uniacke, the former number 4 pick, was unable to consolidate a spot in North Melbourne’s best 22 leading to a meagre average of 40.4 SuperCoach points per game. With North’s offseason acquisitions it is likely we won’t see much of him again this season but best to put him on the watchlist in case he tears the JLT series apart.
46. Thomas Jok (Essendon) MID $117,400
The 22-year-old was recruited from Collingwood’s VFL team where he had a magnificent season in defence. Jok is a running machine who can take a high mark. Has plenty of upside and may get a chance to show what he can do early in the season. There may be better options to start the season but Jok could provide us with a downgrade option as the season progresses.
45. Jordan Sweet (Western Bulldogs) RUC $102,400
The Bulldogs are another club who have had ruck issues in the past and as such have turned their attention to mature-age recruit, Jordan Sweet who spent the 2018 season in the SANFL. Sweet is also a hand forward and with the departure of Jordan Roughead, he may find himself as the swingman the Bulldogs need.
45. Sydney Stack (Richmond) MID $102,400
After missing out on the draft, Stack has been training with the Tigers for a couple of months since the draft. He has lightning quick pace and silky skills but his professionalism was what left many clubs not wanting to take the risk. The Tigers have a good culture and while breaking into this Richmond team won’t be easy, if Stack continues to work hard, his skills and pace may be enough for him to force his way into the senior side.
43. Tom Atkins (Geelong) MID $112,900
Spent last season playing for Geelong in the VFL as an inside midfielder, where he won his second best and fairest. Geelong have found success in recruiting from their VFL team before in the form of Tom Stewart and Tom Ruggles, and the 23-year-old Atkins may just be the next cab off the rank if he can find his way into Geelong’s star-studded midfield. On the JLT watchlist.
42. Rhylee West (Western Bulldogs) MID $117,300
Drafted under the father-son rule Rhylee is the son of Bulldogs champion Scott West and all reports suggest that he is a very mature 18-year-old who will be ready to play in his first season. West averaged 19 disposals, six tackles and a goal in the TAC Cup this year and has been likened to Jack Viney – who scored 117 SuperCoach points in his AFL debut! West’s performances in the JLT will indicate if the comparisons to Viney are in fact correct.
41. Robert Young (St Kilda) FWD $117,300
Another Saints recruit from the state leagues who is ready-to-play as a pressure forward. Unfortunately, does not win as much of his own ball as SuperCoachers may like, and did only average 60 in the SANFL last season, which has many already not considering him. There may be better options to start the season but Young can likely still have an impact with the Saints this season.
40. Matthew Cottrell (Carlton) MID/FWD $102,400
Has absolutely trained the house down during preseason and by shear force has managed to get himself onto Carlton’s list, albeit in a rookie position. At just 18 years of age (19 in two weeks) he is basically a draftee as opposed to a mature aged recruit and many Blues supporters do not think he will play this year. But I wouldn’t be betting against him after he has made it this far. He may not be one for Round 1 but a debut at some stage during the season would not surprise. One to keep on the watchlist.
39. Luke Foley (West Coast) MID $117,300
Foley is a big bodied 19-year-old midfielder, standing at 189cm and has a very good tank. He averaged 17.3 disposals, 7.7 tackles and 4.7 clearances per game in the Under-18 National Championships. May struggle to break into West Coast’s senior team straight away but if he does he will be a good pick.
38. Tarryn Thomas (North Melbourne) MID $175,800
Such was the hype surrounding Thomas heading into the draft that Adelaide forced the Kangaroos to use pick 8. Thomas is an extremely classy player who can play in the midfield and up forward as evidenced by his strong tackling numbers in the Under-18 championships where he averaged nearly seven tackles per game. Will probably begin his career in the forward line with spurts further up the ground and while his price will turn a lot of people off if he has a strong JLT series make sure you reconsider splashing the cash.
37. Bailey Scott (North Melbourne) MID $117,300
Taken at pick 49 under the father son rules, Bailey Scott has managed to find himself compared to a young Tom Mitchell given his ability to rack up the touches. While only lightly built, Scott averaged 24 touches per game in the Under-18 championships and was captain of the Allies. His lightly built frame may throw some people off, but he has a great aerobic ability and may just find his way into the Kangaroos best 22 at some stage this season.
36. Marty Hore (Melbourne) DEF $117,300
The Dees love a mature age recruit and Hore is looking to follow in the footsteps of Bayley Fritsch and Mitch Hannan by cementing a spot in the Dees best 22. Whlle he is probably behind new recruit Steven May as well as Jake Lever, early reports suggest that Lever’s recovery from a second ACL is going a touch slower than expected and the Demons are unlikely to take any unnecessary chances early in the season. If that is the case Hore is ready to step up after taking the second most intercept marks in the VFL last year behind Sam Collins. One for the watchlist.
35. Jackson Hately (Greater Western Sydney) MID $148,800
With Dylan Shiel and Tom Scully both moving to new clubs in the offseason, positions are now available within the Giants midfield, which is good news for Jackson Hately who was one of the more AFL-ready picks in the draft. An elite stoppage player and hard tackler, Hatley’s experience against bigger bodies in the SANFL where he averaged 91 SuperCoach points in 2017 will help him at AFL level. At 189cm, he can play almost any position and has been compared to Elliot Yeo. Should definitely be on everyone’s watch list.
34. Tom Williamson (Carlton) DEF $189,500
After managing 15 games for Carlton in 2017 (albeit at a poor average of 49.9) Williamson struggled with injury meaning he was unable to get on the field. Highly rated at Visy Park Williamson is a smooth-moving halfback who has the potential to fill some of the void left by Sam Docherty’s second ACL injury. With another pre-season under his belt and injuries hopefully behind him, Williamson may be better equipped to show off his skills. One to watch over the pre-season.
33. Matthew Ling (Sydney Swans) MID/FWD $123,900
Highly rated at the Swans, Ling is into his second-year of AFL football but is effectively being treated as a first year recruit due to injuries that held him back last year. With the departures of Gary Rohan, Dan Hannebery and Nic Newman spots are definitely available in the Swans senior side and Ling possess something Sydney desperately crave – pace to burn! The Swans don’t mind playing their young players so expect Ling to feature at some stage this year if he can avoid injury.
32. Oleg Markov (Richmond) DEF $158,000
Internally Markov is highly rated by the Tigers so much so that he ignored the advances of teams in the offseason to re-sign with Richmond despite not having a spot in the best 22 locked down. With Sam Lloyd, Reece Conca, Corey Ellis and Anthony Miles, all departing Markov has every opportunity to make this his breakout year. With Bachar Houli progressing in age Markov will be looking to take the torch and early reports suggest that Markov has bulked up significantly. While he will cost you a little more he is one to definitely watch in pre-season.
31. Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide) DEF/FWD $189,300 DEF/FWD
With the loss of Jared Polec and Chad Wingard there are positions up for grabs in the Port Adelaide midfield. The Power have also indicated that they will be looking to add more speed and Rozee definitely adds that. Taken at pick 5 in the draft Rozee may only weigh 74kg but do not let that deter you. He’s had experience playing against senior bodies in the SANFL, and is known for his tackling and aggression, two characteristics which should not only put him in the frame for selection, but also will allow him to score some handy points. Awkwardly priced and only managed a 74-point SuperCoach average at the under-18 carnival playing mostly as a forward, but if he can replicate that at senior level we are looking at a very nice cash cow.
30. Zac Clarke (Essendon) RUC $142,600
Essendon were desperately looking for ruck depth at the end of last season and they have turned to ex-Docker Zac Clarke. Apart from one season in 2013 where Clarke averaged 96 he has never been a big SuperCoach scorer, but does have a solid record that including averages of 83, 74 and 76, all of which would be decent cash builders. With mixed reports surrounding Bellchambers fitness for Round 1 Clarke could be a decent third ruck if he can get enough games to generate dollars.
29. Ned McHenry (Adelaide) MID/FWD $139,800
At only 174cm tall McHenry is extremely quick and a tackling machine. Forward pressure is something that the Crows need more of and co-captain Tex Walker has stated that he has been extremely impressed by him in preseason training. Could be in competition with McAdam or Stengle for a spot in the Crows best-22 so it is probably best to keep an eye on both and pick whichever one gets first crack.
28. Will Hayes (Western Bulldogs) MID $117,300
A mature age recruit who played for Footscray in the VFL last season, winning their best-and-fairest, Hayes averaged 26 disposals and 10 contested possessions a game and finished third in the comp for inside-50s. With the Bulldogs undergoing somewhat of a list rejuvenation Hayes may very well find a spot in their best 22 and if he can replicate his VFL form at AFL level he will be a great pick.
27. Jack Scrimshaw (Hawthorn) DEF $149,800
The Hawks supporter makes the move from the Gold Coast where things never really worked out back home to the team he supported as a youngster. Scrimshaw is a former pick 7 indicating that the talent is there and the Hawks have a proven track record of turning players from other clubs into stars. With a solid pre-season under his belt there is every chance the Hawks will turn to their new recruit at some stage this season.
26. Chris Burgess (Gold Coast) DEF/FWD $123,900
Burgess is another of Gold Coast’s mature-age access recruits, who played as a swingman for West Adelaide this year and as such has been given dual-position status in SuperCoach. Given the departures of Steven May and Tom Lynch, as well as the fact that Burgess has signed a four-year contract with the Suns, there is a very good chance that his job security is extremely high. While there are always concerns about key position players ability to score Burgess did manage to average around the mid80’s in the SANFL. Unless better options arise prior to Round 1 Burgess is a solid selection with good job security.
25. Boyd Woodcock (Port Adelaide) MID/FWD $117,300
The Power may just have found their ready-made replacement for Chad Wingard in the form of Boyd Woodcock. He has had some experience in senior football after spending time last season in the SANFL where he kicked three goals for North Adelaide in the Grand Final win. Woodcock has a basketball background and may find himself in Port’s best-22 early on in the season, particularly with Jack Watts’ indiscretions.
24. Charlie Constable (Geelong) MID $123,900
A 2017 draftee who didn’t quite make it into the Cats best 22 last year, Constable was extremely impressive at VFL level meaning that it will not be long before he gets his opportunity with the seniors. Averaged 24 disposals in his 15 matches at VFL level, and finished top 10 in the Cats VFL best and fairest. At his price he is a must-watch during the JLT Series.
23. Jye Caldwell (GWS Giants) MID $162,300
Another player who has had some injury troubles in the past which may hold back his chances of a Round 1 selection. Averaged 22 disposals, four clearances and five tackles in his two full TAC Cup games, which are great numbers, and with the Giants losing a couple of midfield players in recent times there may very well be places in the team.
22. Shane McAdam (Adelaide) FWD $123,900
Under new rules that allowed Carlton to pick mature-age players before the draft they picked up McAdam, who impressed for SANFL side Sturt last year, kicking 31 goals in 17 games. The Crows were obviously equally impressed by McAdam, so much so that they traded Mitch McGovern from him. Comes from a good pedigree as he is the nephew of former Saint and Lions star Gilbert McAdam as well as the cousin of Sam Petrevski-Seton. Will likely be in competition with McHenry and Stengle for a spot in the Crows best-22.
21. Lachlan Schultz (Fremantle) FWD $117,300
After spending the past few seasons with Williamstown in the VFL, Schultz will follow Seagulls teammate Brent Bewley over to Fremantle where he will likely play as small forward with rotation through the midfield. At only 177cm he is small and the belief is that he will eventually take the role of Hayden Ballantyne. Early reports suggest we are unlikely to see Schultz in Round 1but could see him at some stage this season.
20. Jez McLennan (Gold Coast) DEF $117,300
With Gold Coast effectively in full rebuild mode almost all their younger players are likely to get a look at some senior football this year. McLennan is one who could be given an opportunity from Round 1 due to his ability to read the ball in flight and intercept mark, areas that Gold Coast struggled with last year.
19. Jordan Clark (Geelong) DEF $144,300
Taken at pick 15 in the draft Clark has had an interrupted pre-season suffering from tonsillitis and glandular fever. As an attacking half back, he is the type of player the Cats are desperately looking to pair with Zach Tuohy. Clark has WAFL experience and Geelong never seem to be concerned about throwing their draftees into senior action early on so expect him to play at some stage this year.
18. Isaac Cumming (GWS Giants) DEF $173,700
The Giants gave us Jeremy Finlayson last year as a cash cow and this year they could come to the rescue again with Isaac Cumming. Drafted in 2017 Cumming was talked about last year as a rookie to watch but managed just the two senior games for only modest returns. After a number of departures from the Giants in the off-season there are spots available but it is still unknown whether Cumming will be able to grab hold of one of them. Showed some good form in the NEAFL last season averaging 20 disposals. Awkwardly priced and probably others who will offer more, but one to keep an eye on nonetheless.
17. Tom Wilkinson (North Melbourne) FWD $102,400
Wilkinson is a small forward who has been draft eligible for 5 years now and in the past has spent time at VFL clubs Williamstown and Sandringham, where he won a best-and-fairest before moving to the Southport Sharks in the NEAFL. In 2018 he rated elite in goals, accuracy, forward-50 tackles, marks, score assists and contested marks. He has shown that he deserves the chance to play at the next level; the big question is whether he can break into North Melbourne’s best-22.
16. Bailey Smith (Western Bulldogs) MID $180,300
A lingering achilles injury may mean that Smith is held back to start the season, but he is the type of player the Bulldogs can’t wait to have in their team. With a body that is ready for senior footy Smith wins plenty of his own ball, ranking only behind Sam Walsh for most disposals in the under-18 Championships. Watch to see if he’s ready for JLT series/Round 1 but if not, he will be a great downgrade option later in the year. Do not be put off by his price tag.
15. Matt Parker (St Kilda) FWD $117,300
Parker is a heavily tattooed forward who was working as a tradie during the week last season while also playing in the WAFL for South Fremantle where he kicked 27 goals and laid 84 tackles. Will likely find a spot in the Saints best-22 for Round 1, which means at his price he is a virtual lock for a rookie spot in most teams.
14. Liam Stocker (Carlton) MID $126,300
It is fair to say that the Blues sold the farm to the Crows which allowed them to draft Stocker. This is good news for SuperCoach teams as he is obviously highly regarded by the coaching team at Visy Park and looks a likely type to play a part this season. Has had some injury troubles during preseason, which may hold him back from debuting in Round 1, however expect him to play valuable games this year. Stocker will likely find himself a spot in defence with some rotation through the midfield. Hopefully he can show some good signs in the JLT and bolt back into contention for Round 1.
13. Luke Valente (Fremantle) MID $117,300
One of the biggest sliders of the draft, Valente was ranked by Champion Data as the 10th best pick of his draft class, yet managed to slip all the way to pick 32. Named as vice-captain to Sam Walsh, Valente is ready made for AFL football ranking elite for intercept possessions and score involvements. Comparisons to Richmond’s Jack Graham have been made and some recruiters questioned Valente’s upside because he is already strong and they were unsure how much more development he had in him. A few niggles in preseason but should still prove to be a good prospect to be named in Round 1.
12. Ben Cavarra (Western Bulldogs) FWD $117,300
At 22 years of age Cavarra is a midfielder turned small forward who won a best and fairest in the TAC Cup but was overlooked in proceeding drafts before switching to a small forward role for Williamstown where he won their goalkicking for two years running. Kicked 34 goals last season and still managed to average 97 SuperCoach points a game. With the Bulldogs struggling for options up forward last season expect Cavarra to get an early opportunity to show what he has got.
11. Callum Wilkie (St Kilda) DEF $124,900
At only 22 years of age it may be unfair to call him a mature age player but nonetheless Wilkie spent 2018 playing in the SANFL for North Adelaide, where he averaged 26 disposals and nine marks a game, averaged 99 SC points and won the clubs best-and-fairest. Could make an immediate impact down at Moorabbin.
10. Isaac Quaynor (Collingwood) DEF $153,300
If there is one thing about Isaac Quaynor it is that you definitely won’t miss him out on the field. He has elite speed and takes the game on at every opportunity something that Collingwood could very well be looking to add as they try to go one better in 2019. Quaynor averaged 419 metres gained in the under-18 championships, ranked No.2 in the competition and was rated elite for contested possessions. Likened to Jason Johannisen if he can crack a strong Pies side he’ll be worth every cent.
9. Darcy Fort (Geelong) RUC $117,300
At 25 years old the 205cm big man from South Barwon who played for the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup in 2012 finally gets a shot on an AFL list. He dominated the SANFL last season for Central Districts, averaging 123 SuperCoach points a game. The Cats have had ruckman issues in the past couple of years and as such Fort could find himself with the perfect opportunity to cement a spot at the Cats starting ruck with a big preseason. Joel Selwood has already stated that he like what he has to offer so he is a big chance for Round 1! Should be on every teams watchlist.
8. Izak Rankine (Gold Coast) FWD $198,300
Some recruiters ranked Rankine the best player in last year’s draft and the hugely talented forward won’t have any issues settling into senior action after playing 10 games for West Adelaide in the SANFL last year. He is sure to get plenty of opportunities and one thing is for sure, he won’t take a backward step.
7. Brett Bewley (Fremantle) MID $117,300
After the success Fremantle had with mature-age recruit Bailey Banfield last year they have gone to the well again and selected Bewley, a 23-year-old midfielder from Williamstown where he averaged 25 disposals a game and rated elite for Inside-50s. Do we have another Tim Kelly on our hands? Only time will tell, but with Lachie Neale’s departure from the Dockers, a spot in the midfield has opened up.
6. Will Setterfield (Carlton) MID/FWD $144,900
Setterfield arrives at Carlton from GWS looking to rejuvenate his career. Early reports suggest that the 20-year-old is ready to step straight into the midfield. After averaging 25 disposals, five clearances and almost eight tackles a game in the NEAFL in 2017 we know he has the talent you would expect from a former number 5 draft pick. He’s coming off an ACL which may throw some people off but his dual-position status makes him close to a must-have.
5. Josh Corbett (Gold Coast) FWD $123,900 **
Corbett was the third of Gold Coast’s mature-age recruits after kicking 22 goals for Werribee in the VFL before an eye injury cut his season short. Averaged just short of eight marks a game and was named as the VFL’s most promising young talent, an award also won in the past by SuperCoach favourites Bayley Fritsch, Luke Ryan, Nic Newman and Kane Lambert. With the departure of Tom Lynch Gold Coast will be looking for a forward to pair with Peter Wright and Corbett may get first crack.
4. Harrison Wigg (Gold Coast) DEF $102,400 **
After a dominating season for Adelaide’s reserve team in the SANFL in 2017 where Wigg averaged 25 disposals, five tackles and 98 SuperCoach points a game, a trade in the offseason meant that 2018 should have been Wigg’s breakout year. Unfortunately, he never got a chance as he broke his ankle early in pre-season and didn’t play all year. The good news is that this year he is a bottom priced rookie and assuming he suffers no more setbacks looks to be a great pick as a rookie midfielder this year.
** This article was penned before the news of Wigg & Corbett’s injuries on Thursday. I will update the list shortly.
3. Nick Hind (St Kilda) MID $117,300
24-year-old Nick Hind’s spent the 2018 season playing for Essendon in the VFL where he averaged 22 disposals, four marks and 87 points a game. Has great pace and has impressed in preseason. He is getting good reviews from the Saints coaching staff so should be able to find a spot in the Saints best 22 without much trouble. Hind will likely be a key cash cow at some stage in 2019 if not from Round 1.
2. Michael Gibbons (Carlton) MID $102,400
The 23-year-old is now a two-time JJ Liston medallist, yet despite this he missed out on being drafted, in the National or Rookie drafts yet again. The good news for Gibbons is that he has been training with Carlton since before Christmas with a view to a getting a spot on the Blues rookie list. If he does, not only will he be cheap, he will also likely find himself in Carlton’s best 22 as a ready-made midfielder. Thomas Bugg’s departure further strengthens Gibbons’ claims to a spot on the Blues list.
1. Sam Collins (Gold Coast) DEF $188,900
Simply put it is my opinion that Collins is a must-have in defence. After being delisted by Fremantle at the end of 2017, Collins went back to VFL level and simply dominated. To give you some idea as to just how dominate he was last year Jeremy McGovern set a new record for intercept marks taking 89 in 24 matches, in the VFL, Collins took 110 in 18 matches! That’s the best ever in a state league. With Gold Coast’s defence needing a new man to lead them Sam Collins will do just that. LOCK HIM IN!
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