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.
Jarrod Harbrow (103) played his first game for the Suns this year after overcoming a pre-season injury. He found plenty of the ball in Gold Coast’s big win over Hawthorn and although you shouldn’t expect triple figures from Harbrow every week, he’s certainly capable of 80s in a well-performing Suns outfit. If your defensive stocks are lacking, he’s certainly a good add as you’d expect him to play out the rest of the season with some consistency.
Jayden Hunt (114) has done plenty for Melbourne in his first three games of 2017 and Saturday afternoon’s game was no exception. He’s one of a brigade of running and rebounding defenders who push up and use the ball well going inside 50. Against Geelong, he had 30 disposals, took nine marks – a game-high – and kicked a goal. He’s entrenched in the Demons’ best 22 and should continue to score well.
David Swallow (117) was everywhere in his second game for Gold Coast this year; He had 34 disposals, nine clearances and six tackles as part of a core midfield group that simply dominated with pace and aggressiveness. There’s no reason why Swallow and the Suns shouldn’t maintain that high level of intensity in every game going forward. He’s playing as practically a pure midfielder so far this year so should continue to find plenty of the football. Could comfortably average triple figures for the year.
Luke Dunstan (105) finally did what we were all expecting him to do from the get-go and rack up a big triple figure SuperCoach score. Still not a big user of the football but given the chance to step up in his role in the midfield in the absence of Jack Steven and David Armitage. Should be a confidence boosting performance from Dunstan, who used the ball beautifully from his 22 disposals.
Zac Smith (127) earned a recall for Geelong and took full advantage of the injury to his opponent, Max Gawn. 38 hitouts are usually going to equate to a big score but his work around the ground contributed also; He had 17 disposals, one goal and four clearances – second only to ‘Dangerwood’ for Geelong. His agility makes him capable of big SuperCoach scores but he won’t be lining up against Jack Watts every week.
Matthew Leuenberger (98) returned from injury to play his first game for Essendon this year against Carlton in the rain on Sunday afternoon. Although conditions didn’t suit the big men, the scrappy game meant plenty of stoppages. Leuenberger has 46 hitouts against Kreuzer and Casboult, taking on the ruck duties solo for the Bombers. Six tackles and seven one percenters contributed to his score and will certainly see him hold his position in the team despite good first two rounds from Shaun McKernan.
Alex Neal-Bullen (127) led the tackle count (10) in Melbourne’s match against Geelong and he also led the Demons for clearances with nine. He’s listed as a MID/FWD in SuperCoach but is spending most of his time in the middle. He’s finding plenty of the football for Melbourne and hitting the scoreboard as well, averaging 21 disposals, 2 scoring shots, and 91 SuperCoach points across the first three games of the season. If he’s still available on your waiver, pick him up, he’s playing his way into the Demons best 22.
After Max Gawn went down with a hamstring injury late in the second quarter, Jack Watts (118) took over the bulk of the ruck work for the remainder of the game and performed admirably. Although he didn’t win the hitout count, he probably won the battle around the ground by getting into dangerous positions. While I expect Jake Spencer to come in for the injured Gawn, this could be the boost of confidence that Watts needs to continue on and have another strong season.
Nic Newman (105) has had a great first two games in 2017. Sydney’s contested game style suits him and fellow defender Zak Jones who both spend time at half-back and push through the middle of the ground. Newman has hit the scoreboard in both of his games for Sydney and averages 5.5 score involvements per game. If you’re playing SuperCoach Classic he’s a must add this week but he may also be a good pickup in SuperCoach Draft.
Jason Castagna (82) has proven a livewire for Richmond this year and Round 3 was no exception. While Richmond is playing well and winning games, Castagna along with fellow small forwards, Dan Butler and Daniel Rioli are heaping on the pressure inside forward 50 and are all hitting the scoreboard. Castagna kicked 1.1 in Round 3 and averages a goal a game.
Brady Grey (92) got the call up for his Fremantle as the club looked towards youth to try to get their first win for the season. They were successful against the reigning premiers, the Bulldogs and Grey was a large part of that. He tackled well and led the Dockers for inside 50s as well as kicking a goal himself. Ross Lyon simply has to get games into young kids such as Grey so although a speculative add to SuperCoach Draft team scoring wise, he should get plenty of games this year.
Sam Petrevski-Seton (116) relished the wet conditions on Sunday afternoon making eight tackles and kicking a goal in Carlton’s big win over traditional rivals, Essendon. He’s growing in confidence the more games he plays and it shows in his performances as he hunts the ball and applies pressure with repeat efforts.
If Braydon Preuss (87) is still on the waiver in a deep league, he won’t be for long. Todd Goldstein struggled against GWS as Preuss took over the mantle of the number one ruckman for North Melbourne. 26 hitouts and four clearances against Shane Mumford and his Giants is a solid effort. Snap him up quickly, he looks like he’ll get games and ruck duties regardless of Goldstein’s availability.
Jake Spencer should be on the radar of all coaches this week after Max Gawn has been ruled out for 12 weeks of football. Jack Watts can’t ruck on his own, he was out on his feet in the final quarter against Geelong. Spencer scored 70, 34 and 81 in the JLT series at a rate of 1.03 points per minute, he should come into the Melbourne team as Gawn’s replacement and he could score highly as well.
If not for his – and his teammates – poor kicking for goal, Melbourne could have taken four points away from their match with Geelong. Dean Kent (102) kicked 2.3 against the Cats from eight marks and looked to do it with ease. He got the better of his matchups against Geelong small defenders Tom Ruggles and Jackson Thurlow and could easily do so again in the coming weeks. Worth a look in deep leagues.
Brandan Parfitt (99) is looking like a steal for Geelong who took the youngster with pick 26 in last years draft. He’s played all three games in his first AFL season and is building confidence nicely. With the ball he looks composed and adds pace to a team that has often been found lacking. Although his handball happy nature isn’t the best thing from a SuperCoach perspective he did manage 23 disposals, five tackles, a game-high four free kicks for, and a crucial final term goal. He won’t score this highly every week but you get the feeling that he’s just scratching the surface of what he can do in his first season of football.