Preseason 2021

10 Low Ownership SuperCoach Preseason Targets

We are now just over 20 days away from the first game kicking off for the SuperCoach season.

With so many teams looking similar, I thought I’d look at what high quality players aren’t in more than 10% of teams.

So I decided to look at 10 Low Ownership SuperCoach Preseason Targets.

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Marcus Bontempelli | $623,900
Average 116 | 7% Ownership

Last year we saw Marcus Bontempelli at some of his personal best. In the AFL he ranked 2nd for centre clearances, 6th inside ’50s, 9th for tackles & 18th for score involvements. Impressively he isn’t just an attacking midfielder. Bont is prepared to do the tough defence work. Despite the shorter quarters, he still averaged the same amount of tackles in 2020 that he did from 2019.

In SuperCoach,  he ranked 5th among all mids for both total points and averages. He scored 11 tons; 6 of these were over 120, while a monster 3 went over 160, including his personal best 199. To top the season off, he ended 2020 with 8 consecutive tons to average 135 over the season’s final 8 matches. Over this stretch of games, he was the top ranked SuperCOach midfielder in the game

Earlier in the preseason, he was featured in the 50 Most Relevant. You can read the full article and listen to the podcast here.

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Josh Kelly | $615,600
Average 114 | 7% Ownership

Josh Kelly’s SuperCoach average of 114.5 consisted of 10 tons, 5 of them over 120, including that 195 against Richmond. On top of this high ceiling is a strong scoring floor with just one score under 80 all year.

Kelly’s scoring consistency is elite over the previous four seasons, where he’s averaged 113+. The concern isn’t around his scoring potential. The query is around games played. While those concerns are valid (and we’ll talk about them soon), he is in the rare territory of midfield premiums that has shown multiple years, averaging well over 110 in the past three seasons.

Earlier in the preseason, he was featured in the 50 Most Relevant. You can read the full article and listen to the podcast here.

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Matt Crouch | $594,700
Average 110 | 2% Ownership

In SuperCoach over the first three weeks, Matt Crouch was averaging 88. However, over the final 13 games, he averaged 115 including 10 tons, five of them over 120 including a career high 162. After the home and away season he ended the year averaging 110 and having just two scores under 90 all year.

It wasn’t just his fantasy output that took a dramatic turn, but it was also his workrate off the ball and defensive efforts. In his first 102 games of AFL, only in 2 matches, he returned a tackle count of 10 tackles or more. However, in two of his final five matches this year, he handed out a 12 in one game and 14 tackles in another. Easily the two highest of his career.

Earlier in the preseason, he was featured in the 50 Most Relevant. You can read the full article and listen to the podcast here.

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Stephen Coniglio | $528,900
Average 98 | 2% Ownership

History suggests that Stephen Coniglio is a regular 105+ midfielder. As the skipper for the club for his second season, he’s no doubt striving to get himself and his Giants back into the league’s top echelon.

Even in a ‘poor’ 2020 season, he still managed 9 tons, including a season high 141 against the Lions. The season prior, he joined the elite company of scoring over 200. He did this in round 11 against the Gold Coast Suns with a 207. Across the season, he had nine tons and four over 130.

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Reilly O’Brien | $570,800
Average 106 | 6% Ownership

In SuperCoach Reilly O’Brien ranked as the 20th best performer across the competition for averages and total points. He averaged 106 across the year; it included 9 tons, 4 of which were over 120 and he dipped his scoring below 82 in just one match all year.

O’Brien is the only ruck that can challenge Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy for the top two mantle. Why? Not just because of his obvious scoring capacity, but because he has the least ‘internal’ challenges or challengers to overcome.

Earlier in the preseason, he was featured in the 50 Most Relevant. You can read the full article and listen to the podcast here.

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Dayne Zorko | $525,800
Average 98 | 8% Ownership

For SuperCoach, Dayne Zorko averaged 98 across the year, posted 8 tons and showcased his scoring ceiling, with two of those tons being over 120. It was a slower start to the year for Zorko, but after returning from injury in round 6, he averaged 105 across the formats for the remaining 12 games.

If you were to contrast his 2020 scores amongst currently available forward, then in SuperCoach, he’s ranked 7th for total points and 8th for averages.

Earlier in the preseason, he was featured in the 50 Most Relevant. You can read the full article and listen to the podcast here.

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Zak Butters | $471,400
Average 88 | 3% Ownership

Already ranked as the 11th most expensive forward, Zak Butters likely develops into a top 10 forward this year. In 2020 he had 6 tons, including a 124 and a 125.

What hurts his scoring last year is that he is still prone to the odd stinker. Last year he had 2 games where he scored under 40. If he can raise that scoring floor to be consistently 60+ for bad games, then he’ll be a legitimate top tier consideration.

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Jordan Ridley | $547,700
Average 102 | 7% Ownership

Last season Jordan Ridley averaged 18 disposals 6 marks, 4 rebound 50’s and went at an elite 87 disposal efficiency. He ranked 2nd for effective disposals per game across the league, 6th for total marks per game and ranked 16th for total rebound ’50s.

His SuperCoach season saw a total increased of 35 points per game from his 2019 average. During the 2020 season, he averaged 101, had ten scores over 100, four over 120 and dipped below 70 in just one game. He ended the season ranked fifth for total points and seventh by the average for all defenders.

Earlier in the preseason, he was featured in the 50 Most Relevant. You can read the full article and listen to the podcast here.

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Nick Haynes | $528,400
Average 98 | 2% Ownership

Nick Haynes averaged 90.8 from 11 games when playing with Zac Williams. In the 6 games he played without him, he averaged 112.2. Across the whole season, he scored 9 tons, including a 148 and a 139.

We now have genuine question marks over a few core defender. Will Lachie Whitfield will be fit round one? Does the MID/FWD role split of Zac Williams be favourable or not to scoring? What makes him even better is the fitness of key defenders Sam Taylor and Phil Davis. With both these talls playing, it frees Haynes to play the pure intercept and peel of role.

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Sam Docherty | $496,000
Average 92 | 7% Ownership

12 months ago, Sam Docherty was one of the hottest names across fantasy football. After 5 rounds, he was averaging 121 in SuperCoach. With news of an injury setback to Nic Newman and Zac Williams playing more of a MID/FWD role, ‘Doc’ looks primed to dominate possession across half-back again.  

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