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.
2016 Ave: 97
2015 Ave: 92
After what was a stellar season 2017, Viney was last week named co-captain alongside the evergreen Nathan Jones. Following in the first steps of his father Todd, the young bull has been rewarded for his competitiveness and will lead the Demons as they grow bigger and stronger in years to come – setting Viney up for the day when he captains independently.
A new coach, a new captain, a killer midfield line-up – it’s an exciting time for the long patient Melbourne fans. At 22 years of age, Simon Goodwin and his coaching staff believe it’s the perfect time to give Viney the equal-top job. Last year, the aggressive midfielder celebrated his fourth year in the league, playing 21 games for a SuperCoach average of 97 points per game. Viney averaged 26 disposals (12 contested) across the duration of the year. In addition, he averaged 7 tackles per game to reward him with 14 Brownlow votes and his first club Best and Fairest.
Delving through these statistics you’d think they would be simply correlated into outstanding SuperCoach scores. Viney however, made himself a small rollercoaster ride for competition owners last year. In Round 2 he scored just 65, then went ballistic for seven to eight weeks until he matched it with another 65. Small man syndrome hit him in Round 10 just like a wild fist hit Brad Ebert from the Power, he was given a week suspension for this hit, then returned 95 and 71 before the bye round. Fortunately, he didn’t fall below 80 until Round 19 with another 65, then a season low 48 in Round 21.
Now if that’s the worst you’re going to get from a fourth-year player and you’re complaining, maybe SuperCoach isn’t for you. This kid is pure, in between all those wayward performances young Jack scored 10 triple-figure scores all up – most of which were above 110.
After coming into the competition in 2013 and averaging 72 points per game, Viney’s output has only increased each year and I dare say he can average triple-figures in 2017.
But won’t the captaincy tag hinder his scores? Unlikely. This kid has excelled ever since coming into the league, it’s obvious how much he’s wanted to lead this side and besides he only has 50 per cent of the job to do.
For Demon fans, they’re out here hoping this move will push them into their first top eight finish since 2006. That’s beyond 10 years. Although it could act as a risk to Viney’s scores, the cast of Jones, Bernie Vince and former Hawk Jordan Lewis, alongside the rising stars of Petracca, Brayshaw and Oliver will see the Demons rise in calibre.
I’m going to assume Viney’s role isn’t going to change much, he knows what role he needs to play and so does the whole AFL fan base from previous years. We need Viney to develop into an ultra-premium, and 22 going on 23 seems to be the perfect time for a player in his position to do so. Look at players like Josh P Kennedy, Geelong skipper Joel Selwood or Brownlow medallist Matthew Priddis. They were all young prodigies with similar abilities who made a name for themselves in SuperCoach as contested ball and tackling machines.
It’s a unique one but also a risky one if you’re going to ignore one of the big guns instead for him – we all know you can’t have endless amounts of midfield guns as much as you want to. Viney is primed for a more consistent year, will that mean he becomes more elite in fantasy? Uncertain. The one thing that is for certain is that when you’re cheering on your players each and every weekend, you’ll damn well enjoy watching Viney go at it.