The world of AFL related media is vast, dynamic and fast paced. If you aren’t engaged on a daily basis, you’re bound to miss something in the flood of news articles, opinion pieces, videos and social media posts – and how relevant are they all to your SuperCoach team anyway? This preseason, we’re solving your problem. Each week we’ll give you our take on the most SuperCoach relevant media.
2015 Games: 2
2015 Average: 56.5
Daniel Wells is “a sight for sore eyes” according to a North Melbourne teammate following a recent intra-club practice match. After being restricted to only 12 games since the start of 2014, the 31-year-old is fit and firing as he looks to remain injury free this season.
Wells’ recent campaigns have been plagued by foot and Achilles injuries. The Roos are taking a cautious approach, leaving the midfielder on a restricted program. Despite only playing one quarter of a practice match at Arden Street, signs looked “encouraging” this pre-season according to senior coach Brad Scott. To date, Wells has maintained a great physical condition, while completing the majority of his designated training program.
In seasons gone by, the now slimmed-down Wells has a career SuperCoach average of 94 when discounting campaigns that have involved less than 10 games. His highest SuperCoach season was in 2011, when he finished off the year with an average of 104.2 SuperCoach points per game. His last full season in 2013, Wells gathered 12 scores above 100 with the highest being 125 on two occasions.
Throughout unaffected seasons, Wells consistently maintained a disposal average above 20 while also recording more than three marks a game to his name. Wells often contributed on the scoreboard back in 2011 where he finished 10th for Inside 50s per game, and 8th goal assists per game in 2012.
When you consider the price tag that comes with the 224 game veteran, $243,900 is on the cheaper side for a dual-position player that is capable of maintaining an average beyond 100. It is expected that Wells will continue to gain more game time during the NAB Challenge series – and potentially put his hand up to be available for selection come Round 1. If his name is read out in the 22 – with no sub rule – he could be a great pickup.
As with any player returning from injury, there is always risk associated. Questions would usually be asked of a player who only managed two games in one season. However, when you look at what Wells offers both North Melbourne and SuperCoaches, and for his price tag – it’s a risk that people can afford to take. He is definitely a mid-price option that can sit in your forward line.