SuperCoach Scout – Nick Riewoldt

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.

Nick Riewoldt

Price: $549,500
Position: FWD
2016 SuperCoach Average: 101
2015 SuperCoach Average: 90.8
Breakeven: 54
Ownership: 4.9%

What’s not to love about Nick Riewoldt? After fears that the Saints star had done his ACL in Round 1 as he was stretchered off the Etihad turf, he returned to the same ground a fortnight later and scored a monster 161 SuperCoach points.

Riewoldt confessed on Monday nights Talking Footy that he considered “doing a Juddy” as he left the ground by pulling the pin on his career post-match.

“I thought the worst. I heard a pop when I hyper-extended it, so that was the capsule splitting as it turned out. But at the time I didn’t know that” Riewoldt told Talking Footy.

The 4.9% of SuperCoach’s that kept him (including me!) rejoiced when he was named for Round 3 – missing just the one week when the talk of the town was ‘2-6’. Then for Roo to turn it on with 28 disposals, 12 marks and three majors was just unbelievable. On the other side of the ledger, the 6.2% of SuperCoach’s who traded the Sainter out would have been absolutely distraught seeing his mammoth total.

For me, holding Roo was probably up there with one of my greatest SuperCoach moves (or to quote BT, ‘non-decisions’) ever.

Anyway… enough about me. Roo’s recovery from his knee hyperextension at age 34 has me confident that he will remain durable throughout the year. What’s even better is he returned gallivanting along the wing for the majority of Sunday’s match.

Riewoldt was constantly a target around the ground for his side, utilising his remarkable tank to great effect. When he drifted forward he took contested marks in classic Riewoldt fashion, and his 28 disposals (including 20 kicks) went at an elite 78% efficiency.

Roo should continue to defy his age this season, and I rate him as a top three forward in 2017. He is not going to be coming up against Brisbane every week, but Riewoldt managed a healthy average of 101 points last season and could just as easily better this in a St Kilda side on the improve.

Saint Nick plays eight of his next 10 games at Etihad Stadium – a venue he averages 110 points per game at.

If you wish to get Roo in, your best bet is to nab him this week considering his breakeven is just 54. I can’t get enough of this bloke, and I highly recommend slotting him in your side as a ripping point of difference.

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