Welcome back folks! With SuperCoach BBL done and dusted, our attention turns well and truly towards AFL SuperCoach for season 2019!
Below are my top 5 picks for premium midfielders this season.
Patrick Cripps ($648,200)
Aside from a 54 against the Swans last season, Cripps was the pinnacle of midfield supremacy alongside Tom Mitchell, with a low score of 92.
Cripps was a shining light in a struggling Blues outfit which won just two games throughout the year. His ability to still score highly (he averaged an astounding 119.4 point last season, sixth in the league) was great news for those coaches who had him.
With Mitchell’s pre-season injury this year (broken leg), Cripps looms as a must-have to spearhead your midfield in 2019.
Cripps played all 22 games for the Blues in just his fifth season and I can see the youngster backing up his terrific form again this year.
Cripps has showed that he can still score despite a heavy tag, his 195cm 93kg frame means he can go forward and have an impact if he is struggling in the guts, which is something not all premium midfielders can do. Lock him in with confidence!
Nat Fyfe ($618,100)
When talking about the upcoming season, one of my friends dubbed Fyfe as the “sexy man from Freo” and boy has she hit the nail on the head there.
Whilst I’m told Fyfe’s rig and trademark man bun are a spectacle, it’s his SuperCoach scoring that interests me the most.
He averaged 113.9 last season but has been as high as 124.3 in his Brownlow Medal winning year of 2015. Ever since 2013, Fyfe has averaged 105+ in every season, great numbers, sexy to say the least!
He went on a nine-game 100+ streak last season between rounds 2-10 and with the loss of Lachie Neale to the Lions, there’s no doubt he’s a massive player for Fremantle again this year.
To dangle a carrot, Fyfe averages 124.1 and 140.3 against his first two opponents of the year also! Will you be putting the “sexy man” in your side this year?
Josh Kelly ($617,800)
Two words: Legitimate superstar.
If fit, Josh Kelly is one of the most damaging players in the AFL.
His ability to win the ball inside and out as well as impact the scoreboard, makes him a tantalising prospect this season.
To put things into perspective, Kelly scored a whopping 205 points against Carlton in Round 20 last year, so when he’s on, he’s on. He also had four 130+ scores in addition to that, even though he played just the 15 games.
With the departure of Tom Scully, Dylan Shiel and Ryan Griffen from the Giants’ the midfield, expect Kelly’s performance to be even more important to the Giants in 2019.
There’s enough evidence to suggest he will average 110+ in 2019, in his past two seasons he has averaged 114.3 and 113.
But it’s his ability to pump out the massive score that is his real trump here. He is one worth thinking about.
Dustin Martin ($563,800)
In 2017, Dustin Martin had what some experts believed to be “one of the best seasons of all time”. He propelled the Tigers into the Grand Final, playing a key role in delivering the premiership, taking out the Norm Smith Medal on the day too.
However, in 2018, the tattooed Tiger didn’t quite reach the same heights. An average of 119.3 SC points dropped down to a respectable yet modest (for his standards) 103.9 and appeared to be used as another forward target alongside Jack Riewoldt at times through the year.
This rotation clearly impacted his scoring, however, there’s a good chance he bounces back in 2019.
The Tigers pulled off one of the best results of the NAB Trade & Free Agency Period, securing the signing of former Sun and key forward Tom Lynch. This should once again free up Martin to play further up the ground, making him an appealing option as a premium midfielder this season.
Will you be selecting the cult hero in SuperCoach 2019?
Jack Macrae ($689,700)
I went a year early on Jack Macrae, picking him to breakout in 2017 rather than 2018.
Whilst he averaged a highly dependable 106.9, I wish I had have jumped on him from the start last year, where he churned out monster scores week in, week out. His average of 127.1 was the fourth best in the competition last season and his numbers were massive every match (he only had two scores under 100 all year).
He averaged 32.8 touches each game plus 5.4 tackles, which clearly bodes well for SuperCoach scores.
I suspect he will be a super player again this year and if he can average anything north of 110, he’s well worth having in your side.
Given last season’s efforts, this is highly likely I would think. A word of caution though, Macrae did miss games last season and is highly priced, but I don’t think that should deter you from considering him in your first side in 2019!
Who are your top five midfielders? Let me know below.
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