It’s time to kick off our Team Reveals for the 2021 SuperCoach season. Up first is our podcast host MJ. What do you think of his side?

Defenders

I know Jake Lloyd didn’t play in the AAMI community series, but from all reports it was precautionary and would’ve likely played had it been for the four points. I think the new man on the mark rules + the expansion of the kick in markings only further provides confidence he’ll continue on as the top scoring defender. Rory Laird is clearly staying in that midfield unit and we should see a comparable scoring trend to when he was in this role last year.

Tom Stewart has some inbuilt value due to an injury affected game from last year. His Cats also play the Crows in round one, the turnover kings in the forward half. Stewart should give me a huge return in round one. Sam Docherty started with a bang last year, and I think we see the best of him in 2021. Jordan Clark and ‘CJ’ are my stepping stones that hope to transition into fallen premiums quickly. I’ve gone both because I don’t trust any defensive cows on the field.

I’m not too fond of all the cash cows in our backlines, but I have got the two, I think, with the best job security stashed away at D7 & D8.

Midfield

I’m forking out the big bucks to get Lachie Neale. I’m not convinced he’ll replicate the same heights of last year, but he won’t be too far off. He’s a captain option every week, and I don’t want the hassle of trying to find the money to upgrade to him. Unlike others, I have zero concerns about Jackson Macrae and his scoring in 2021.

Josh Kelly has been in my side all preseason and has given me zero reasons even to consider moving him. The same with Nat Fyfe. While both have a poor injury history, I’m choosing to bank the points these top end premiums will deliver for as many games as possible.

I don’t love the pick of Paddy Dow, but at his price point, positional flexibility, and with his job security, it’s hard to ignore. Tom Powell is one of the easiest picks of the season. At the same time, I’m rocking the double debut of Errol Gulden and Braeden Campbell.

Rucks

The most expensive player in the game, Max Gawn, is worth every single cent. With matches against Fremantle (Lloyd Meek), St Kilda (Paul Hunter) and GWS (Matt Flynn) in the opening three weeks, it’s a tasty early run. Yes, I’m one of those guys running a cash cow at R2. I explain the thought process behind it here.

Forward

With Patrick Dangerfield git and playing through the midfield, it’s an easy selection in SuperCoach. He’s a clear top tier forward, and an only injury will prevent him from staying that way for the season. I’ve been a Josh Dunkley ‘truther’ ever since finding out he’s a MID/FWD option. I see him as the only forward capable of matching it with Danger.

The next three picks are insane value options in Jack Ziebell, Joe Daniher and Jarman Impey. I expect none to become premiums, but at their price point and historical scoring potential, given they are fit, they are easy selections.

Chad Warner is the forward rookie i most comfortable with on field. While James Rowe and Harrison Jones won’t be the most consistent scoring options they do both appear to have great job security.

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