SuperCoach Draft players know all too well that the start of the week can be just as important as the weekend itself. SuperCoach Waiver Claims can often dictate your next week’s results, whether by potentially securing a Free Agent on a hot streak who doesn’t perform the next week or grabbing a POD player who you know tends to score big against his upcoming opposition. Each week this article will provide a snapshot of players who are currently performing and likely available on your Waiver Wire, no matter what size league you compete in.
Christian Salem (134) and James Harmes (105) played well in Melbourne’s hard fought win over Carlton in Round 2. Both defenders found plenty of the ball, Salem had 31 disposals and seven rebound 50s in a career-best game while Harmes has 23 disposals and five tackles. Salem is well entrenched in the Demons back half and is equipped to make the move to the midfield and he has an excellent kick to handball ratio. The pair won’t play Carlton every week, but both have assets that should see them score at a decent rate regardless of their opponent.
Marley Williams (90) continues to work his way into the North Melbourne system and although he only had 12 touches in North’s Round 2 game against Geelong, every single one of them was effective which is SuperCoach gold. I’d expect him to find a bit more of the football going forward as he adapts to a new game style and finds his feet in a new team. Adam Kennedy (90)
Adam Kennedy (90) had a game-high six tackles in the Giants thumping of Gold Coast in what was a balanced performance against a poor opponent. The going won’t always be so easy for Kennedy but he’ll always find plenty of the ball alongside gun defenders Heath Shaw and Zac Williams.
David Swallow (88) made his long-awaited return to football in Gold Coast’s big loss to the Giants and put in a promising performance. Although a bit rusty, he led the way for the Suns in clearances and tackles showing confidence in his body. He’ll be better for the run and we should see an increase on the 88 points he scored in Round 2.
Luke Dunstan (88) was a bit more productive in his second game for the season. Big things are expected from the strong-bodied midfielder this year so he’s well worth the add in your draft league. A punctured lung is likely to keep Jack Steven out of action for a while so Dunstan has plenty of upside, taking on a greater responsibility in the midfield.Billy Stretch (87) George Horlin-Smith (78)
Billy Stretch (87) has had two outstanding games playing mainly on the wing and hitting the scoreboard. Expect this trend to continue as he entrenches himself in that position for the up and coming Demons. George Horlin-Smith (78) doesn’t look likely to light up the SuperCoach scoreboard with triple figures anytime soon but he’s doing exactly what Geelong require of him and should hold his position in the senior squad. He’s good for a solid contribution each week.
Jarrod Witts (100) has been competitive in two hitouts for the Suns and with two strong SuperCoach scores should not be left on the waiver. Majak Daw (87) may get more opportunity, especially if the injury to Todd Goldstein keeps him out of action for more than just Round 2. Nathan Vardy (79) and Tom Boyd (75) are two who won’t necessarily rack up big SuperCoach numbers but their position in their respective sides makes them both solid additions to any SuperCoach draft teams needing a backup ruckman.
Sam Reid (115) has put together two great games for Sydney in two losses. Spending the majority of the game in the forward half alongside Buddy Franklin, Reid is hitting the scoreboard; He’s kicked 9 goals in his first two games for the season, with Franklin drawing the bulk of the attention from defenders. Despite the ankle injury to Kurt Tippett, I’d expect Reid to continue to the role of a forward and if with improvement sure to come across the board at Sydney, he’s likely to get even better delivery in the coming weeks.
Jeff Garlett (113) had an injury interrupted pre-season and is looking like he’s working his way back into football. He’s kicked three goals in both of his games but was far more active against his old team, Carlton. While I wouldn’t expect anything greater than the 113 SuperCoach points he scored on Sunday, he’s certainly capable of replicating it.
Lin Jong (103) had a career game against Sydney. He won plenty of football in close and was one of the Dogs’ best, particularly in attack. He’s got the physique to worry his opponent, appearing taller than he is. Going forward he’ll keep spending time in the midfield as Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge continues to utilise his players’ versatility.
Ryan Lester (107), Shaun McKernan (92) and Ben Howlett (80) are all worthy additions to a SuperCoach draft team required depth in the forward line. McKernan in particular, is full of confidence and should remain in the side even when Tom Bellchambers and Matthew Leuenberger are fit to play.
Andy Otten (108) rebounded well after a less than impressive Round 1 Supercoach score. This may be the status quo for Otten, however, up one week and down the next. He’s worth considering in deeper leagues but it’s also worth considering that fellow defender Jake Lever is performing well in the SANFL.
Ryan Burton (104) was excellent across half back for Hawthorn and should be given an opportunity to cement his position in the senior side. With Grant Birchall having surgery on a fractured jaw, the signs are positive for Burton. Tom Barrass (84) picked up where he left off in 2016, expect more of the same from the young defender and Lachie Plowman (80) put up another strong score playing in the back half for Carlton.
Will Langford (84) has been in and out of the Hawthorn side for the better part of a year but he was solid in Hawthorn’s loss to Adelaide in Round 2. He’s finding enough of the footy but he’s just not using it well enough at the moment. If he can fix that up we should see his scores push triple figures. James Aish (64) was back for Collingwood on Thursday night and if he can get on a run like the one he had from Round 19-21 last year he could be a worthy add.
Dom Sheed (48) didn’t set the world on fire in his first game for the Eagles this year, but the Eagles love him and in his last injury interrupted season, 2015, he showed that he had the capacity for big scores. He’s worth taking the risk on in deeper leagues.
The stars probably need to align a little for Braydon Preuss (111) here, first he needs to avoid suspension for his knee to the back of Jackson Thurlow then he probably needs Todd Goldstein to miss a few weeks with injury. While he could comfortably fit into the North Melbourne team alongside Goldstein, his SuperCoach output will take a big hit if that is the case.
Darcy Cameron is a chance to play in Round 3 as a replacement for the injured Kurt Tippett while Zac Smith has been unlucky to miss for Geelong and is performing strongly in their VFL hitouts. Tom Bellchambers dominated Essendon’s VFL hitout against Footscray and is a chance to earn selection now that he’s fit.
Will Hayward (82) made a strong debut for Sydney and looked likely in the forward half. Given Sydney love to get games into their youngsters, he’s every chance to play again in Round 3 against Collingwood.
Jack Lonie (89) probably did enough to warrant his selection against this weekend and will continue to do so if he remains productive around the ball. Wayne Milera (60) shows better skills than his SuperCoach output suggests but if in your draft team, he’ll be exciting to watch.
Ben Lennon (72) got his chance for Richmond after strong performances and a bag of goals in their VFL practice matches and was dangerous enough against Collingwood to maintain his position in the side. He’s a high draft pick from a few years ago and he knows where the goals are. Could be a great pickup in deeper leagues.
Hugh McCluggage and Aaron Francis are nearing full fitness and selection in their respective senior teams and are well worth an early add in very deep leagues or at a minimum, keep one eye on the pair and snag them when they are named to play.