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.
After starting the year with two pleasing victories, Travis Boak and his squad aren’t too worried about sitting two and two after the first month of footy. The Power’s two losses came against teams who most regard as the top teams in the league at this point of the season.
Port lost to the Crows by 17 points, then they were run over by the Giants last weekend where they matched it with Leon Cameron’s team for the first three quarters.
If this team are serious this season, then bulk SuperCoach points will come from them. So, is the Power resurgence a real thing or is it something to brush off. Before they play Carlton to kick-start ANZAC round, let’s assess the worth of the Power.
Power Captain Travis Boak spoke to AFL Media during the week, saying his side has full belief this season, and that they are “capable of matching it with the best sides in the competition.”
To match it with the best, Port Adelaide Coach Ken Hinkley says contested ball is what they will be focusing on from here on out. This starts with his midfield, SuperCoach stars such as Ollie Wines, Travis Boak, Robbie Gray and Brad Ebert will need to be at the top of their game.
Over the first month of footy, we’ve been ultra-impressed with the work premium midfielder Ollie Wines has produced. He has averaged 121 points per round, yet in the two games the Power lost, his efficiency was down. Only 1.3 percent of teams started this guy, but have reaped the rewards as he sits in the top ten for total SuperCoach Points. With a break-even of 126, wait a week on him – he won’t rise above $600,000 just yet. But he will play a big role in the Power’s focus on contested brand of footy.
Then there’s the classy Gray, who this season has put together two absolute shockers, one A+ performance and a decent 92 in a losing side. What to expect from him? I really don’t know. I do know he has been getting a bit more midfield time, will lose a bit more money in the coming weeks and loves playing the Blues. Gray’s highest ever score of 174 came against Carlton, plus he loves playing at home – out of a huge 37 matches, Gray has averaged 116.5 at Adelaide Oval. His breakeven sits at 169, so get ready to jump on this fallen premium in the coming weeks.
Veterans Brad Ebert and Travis Boak have been consistent performers over the years, this year is no different. Ebert averages a very respectable 111 so far in 2017 – an increase of over 30 points from last year – whilst Boak averages just 90. Ebert has always been a quality scorer yet I’m not sure if he’ll remain at this level. His captain Boak has scored three 90’s and an 82 to start the year, expect him to hit triple-figure scores soon. He sits under $500,000, so I’d be keeping an eye out on Port’s form.
It’s crazy to think that Hinkley wants to improve on contested ball winning when these midfielders aren’t scoring that bad. Let’s look at other areas.
Big man Charlie Dixon came out firing with 84 and 108, but when the tides are down and Power are on the losing end Dixon struggles to kick goals, resulting in lower scores. After all, it’s why he’s getting paid. Don’t sleep on him though if the Power go on a run. They have Carlton, Brisbane, West Coast and Gold Coast coming up.
Chad Wingard. Now here’s an interesting one. The top ten pick burst onto the scene in his second year at the club, averaging close to 100 points a game. He then struggled in 2014, averaging just 79, before coming back with a 97 average the following year. What’s in store this year? As a forward only, Chad has been an option for at least three per cent of SuperCoach teams. He’s similar to Dixon when the Power are down so is Chad.
He scored similarly to Dixon in the opening fortnight, yet 58 last week was disappointing. Wingard averaged 105 in wins last year, whereas in games Port lost he averaged a mere 65 points. Now although that’s risky, Port should win all their next four games at least, and one can trade in Wingard for around $400,000 – bargain.
Many are interested to see what Port can do this year, they have a bit of depth and are playing some good young talent. If they can put together four-quarter efforts, their stars – who are all unique in SuperCoach – will provide lots of points for your side.