In years gone by I have tended to favour a superstars and rookies Supercoach strategy. It served me well. However, gone are the compromised drafts, which means that so too are the abundance of Supercoach rookie bailouts that the expansion teams provided.
This means we are going to have to pay more attention to the mid-pricers in season 2013. Thankfully there are a number of genuine options in each line that can make significant contributions to our team, whilst gaining some extra coin. This article will focus on the mid-price defenders.
For the sake of the argument a mid priced player falls between the $200-400k salary bracket:
Michael Hibberd (Def) – $395,100
Hibberd is an extremely left field selection but he has a game well suited to Supercoach scoring. Already in NAB cup games he has lined up as the loose man in defence, racking up some decent numbers. Despite a few clangers in the opening games, which we can put down to early season rust, Hibberd is generally a long kicking, good ball using set-up man. He has scored around 75 in his previous 2 seasons though look for him to increase that into the mid 80’s this season.
Verdict: One to monitor. Hibberd would be a great POD.
Chris Yarran (Def) – $362,000
No doubt you have a mate that supports Carlton so I’m sure you have heard of what this bloke is capable of. The problem is he doesn’t do it often enough and is an extremely inconsistent Supercoach scorer. Yarran averaged 87.3 in 2011 when he first made his switch to Carlton’s half back line before an injury riddled 2012 saw him miss games and score a measly 67.7. Nevertheless, like all blues fans are expecting for all their players, life under Malthouse could be different for Yarran.
Anyone who takes Yarran will be in a love-hate relationship with him as he scores you 110 in one week and 60 in the next. Saying that, the kid has great skills, is fast as hell and a knack for the impossible. Perhaps he can take the jump to the next level.
Verdict: could be worth the gamble. I’d describe him as high risk-high reward. For what it’s worth he probably wont be in my team.
Cam Pederson (Ruck/Def) – $278,200
I was all over this bloke as soon as he got traded to Melbourne. Pederson amazingly only managed 2 games for North last season after averaging an impressive 84.2 in his debut year as a mature aged rookie. A somewhat lacklustre NAB cup campaign (just 2 disposals v Port) has somewhat cooled my interest but I am still watching the 25 year old with a keen eye. Should he return to an average in the mid 80’s he could grow as much as $200k in value, whilst keeping your team afloat with solid scores.
Verdict: watch closely in the remaining NAB games. If he is named in round 1 he will be hard to pass up on. DPP is a bonus.
Nick Suban (Def) – $276,400
Everything that we are hearing is that Suban is geared up to play midfield in 2012, backed up by his 14 touches and 6 tackles in a 70-point loss to the Blues in NAB 2. It’s very hard to pick whether or not he is on the cusp of a breakout season. It will mostly come down to what role Ross Lyon has in stall for him. The Dockers could use more inside midfield grunt, which Suban would provide.
Verdict: Intriguing prospect. I believe he is more than capable of averaging north of 75 points, making him a cash cow worth considering.
Jordan Russell (Def) – $266,000
Russell has to do two things to warrant selection in your team:
1. Play games (preferably as a half back)
2. Avoid the sub vest
If he can achieve this he will be a great cash cow.
In 2010 when Russell finished second in Carlton’s best and fairest he averaged an impressive 86.7. If he were to return to this type of scoring he would finish the season around the $470k mark, meaning you would have made a considerable amount of cash on him. 11 touches (9 kicks) and 7 marks in NAB 2 sees Rusty heading in the right direction.
Verdict: Another one who will be hard to pass up on if he is named in round 1. Capable of high scoring as a floating backman. Collingwood has given him a lifeline which he should grab with both hands. Worth the punt with the extra trades that Supercoach has affored us in 2013.
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