Saturday, March 15, 2008

2008 SuperCoach Predictions.

It's that time of the year again...

We're all filled with expectation and a little dread (Richmond supporters) for the coming season, and now we get the chance to show that we actually know what we're talking about when it comes to AFL.

Yes SuperCoach is back!!! Back to make us look like Gods or fools depending on how the players we place our faith in perform on the big stage.

In this post I am going to put my neck on the chopping block and predict which Geelong rookies will give you the best bang for your buck.

Top Value:
- Harry Taylor - Played some good games in the NAB Challenge. Kept Richo quiet until a late burst soiled his record, also played well against J. Brown in Brisbane. Will most likely get a gig while Matthew Egan is out, possibly until round twelve. Should be able to double your money if he plays, which I see as being a likely scenario.

- Ryan Gamble - Has been outstanding up foward so far in 2008. Snagged a few goals and looks to be able to hold a mark. May even get a run before Tom Hawkins. Well worth a look.

- Trent West - With Ottens a chance to miss round one the door is ajar for the young ruckman. Should he play, the astute SuperCoach could make a tidy sum.

Who to steer clear of:
- Kane Tenace - Any game where effectiveness of possessions is a factor leaves "Blackjack" on the outer. Shocking disposal and decision making create a SuperCoach trainwreck.

- Rookie listed players. L.Bedford, C.Kangars, J.Laidler, B.Moles, S.Mumford. They can't play until someone has a season ending injury.

- Shannon "Shagga" Byrnes - This could be a career defining season for "Monty". Will it lift him to new heights? Or will his kicking, decision making, and coolness under pressure leave fans furious? Only time will tell.

- Brent Prismall - Should have broken into the team last season, but there were no open spots *cough*Byrnes!*cough* If theres an injury in the cetnre or wings he will be a genuine chance to play, and should he play he will repay every dollar of your investment. Gold.

Now for the Cream:
Gary Ablett
Jimmy Bartel
Joel Corey
All three will score around thirty possessions a game, Corey may lose points dues to - at times -shoddy disposal, but will make up for it with contested balls.

Matthew Scarlett - Will rack up 25+ possessions a game. With bonuses to marks from opposition kicks making him great value.

And there you have it.

I hope that helps.

Good luck, bit not too much. I want the ca$h!!! :D

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