Mid-price madness: Four SuperCoach mid-price picks worth consideration

Premium players are the bedrock of Supercoach teams but nothing gives more joy than watching a mid-pricer perform and smugly knowing you were ahead of the curve.

Author: Chris Leitch @LeitchDawg

Photo Credit: Cristian Filippo – Carlton FC

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Tom Doedee was a classic in 2020 – third-year player started at $273,000, hit five tonnes from 10 outings to hit $410,000. Unfortunately, he was then injured but it was almost time to cash in anyway.

Of course, you can get too far ahead of the curve. For every Doedee there’s an Aaron Naughton, who averaged 95 from the first four rounds last year at a starting price of $329,700, then post-bye clocked two 31s and – gulp – a 17.

Many’s the season where I’ve punted on a young player breaking out, got burnT and swore never pick him again, only to discover I was 12 months too early and he was one that got away.

Here’s a few mid-pricers primed to take it up a notch in season 2022 – and fill your SuperCoach bank balance. If you’re gutsy enough to pick one and they come off, sing loud and long.

Defenders

George Hewett $399k – The former Swan crossed the border and finds himself in the box seat for early opportunities, with the injury to Sam Walsh.

He impressed alongside another Blue recruit in Adam Cerra, attending as many centre bounces as the former Docker, and he loves a tackle. His new role will be more point-scoring friendly than at the Swans and his dual position status is a bonus.

Other considerations: James Sicily $448k – very popular pick, nothing new there.

Midfielders

Tim Kelly $464k – With the injury crisis at the Eagles, Kelly almost has to be put on ice now to make sure someone can lead the Eagles midfield for Round 1. But he’s ready to repay the faith.

West Coast midfield coach Matthew Knights wants his onballers to hit the scoreboard more and Kelly is the man to lead by example. He’s only kicked 11 goals since coming from Geelong – but at the Cats, he kicked 41 in two seasons. Take away injury-affected scores of 26 and 12 last year and he’s well under-priced.

Other considerations: Matt Rowell $342k – well-owned, hoping for a return to his early 2020 form.

Rucks

Peter Wright $447k

If you’re saving money in the ruck to feed into premiums on other lines, two-metre Peter could be an option – just be prepared to roll with the bumps.

Wright will be a key tall target in the Bombers forward line and pinch-hit in the ruck, and he’s got a impressive scoring ceiling – 147 on ANZAC Day, 146 and seven goals against the Bulldogs. But can he hit those heights consistently enough? There was a 32 against Hawthorn last year, and he didn’t set the world on fire in his first practice match.

Other considerations: Luke Jackson $389k – Rising Star, expected to take more mid time from Max Gawn.

Forwards

Zac Bailey $459k

Genuine breakout contender for the Lions. The fifth-year player was flying in Friday’s warm-up game and looks set for more midfield time.

Finished the 2021 season strongly with 99, 110 and 92, and always a danger around goals – kicked 28 last year including two bags of four. In a year where the forward contenders are tightly bunched, Bailey could be a contender – not only as a value player, but to be one of the top forwards for the season.

Other considerations: Zak Butters $443k – popular breakout option.

Good luck!

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