2019 AFL Supercoach Must Haves

The 2019 AFL season is right around the corner, so it’s time to pick your Supercoach team. We reveal the must haves in every position.

Ryan Lepore
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Wed, 6 Mar, 12:00 AM

There’s certainly a lot more than just bragging rights up for grabs these days with fantasy footy and the most popular form is Supercoach. With the new season just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to start filling those teams. So, whether you’re a beginner or expert, we have you covered with the best Supercoach gems in every position for season 2019.

Defenders

Lachie Whitfield ($542,100)

The former number one draft pick had a breakout year in 2018 playing all 24 games, earning All Australian honours and winning the club best and fairest. Whitfield became one of the most dangerous half back flankers in the competition after shifting to defence last season and also led the Giants in Brownlow Medal voting with 16 and finishing just outside the top 10. Zac Williams’ return could see the 24-year-old play more midfield minutes but regardless of where he lines up, you can count on him racking up possessions at high efficiency and is a lock for your defence at cheaper price than Jake Lloyd and Rory Larid (who one of or both, need to be in your side, too).

Darcy Moore ($239,400)

While Moore may be a speculative pick, especially with his injury history, the young pie will be a permanent fixture in that Magpies defence this season and will have the licence to play with a similar freedom to that of Jeremy Howe. Moore will likely take the kick-outs for the Pies as well which as we know with the new rules could be very valuable. He is a great mark, a good user by foot and has the flexibility of being a DPP. At his price point, he could be a steal and is worth a gamble on a proven (on his day) performer.

Midfielders

 Patrick Cripps ($648,200)

Already a Supercoach beast, there’s no reason to why Cripps won’t continue his amazing start to his fledgling career. The new Carlton captain averaged a tick under 120 last season in earning his second club best and fairest at the age of 23 and his first All Australian honour. The new 6-6-6 rules may mean Cripps’ incredible contested ball numbers may suffer, but he’s just as damaging on the outside, meaning we can’t overlook our Brownlow Medal tip.

Dustin Martin ($563,800)

If Dusty can get anywhere near his 2017 form, he is an absolute steal at his price point. Martin spent a lot of time forward last year and could be set for more midfield minutes this season with Tom Lynch’s arrival. Arguably, he’s still the best player in the game and the Tiger train doesn’t look like slowing down in 2019. You can’t afford not to have the Brownlow Medallist in your team in 2019.

Will Setterfield ($144,900)

Former Giant and fifth overall pick in the 2016 National Draft, finds himself at a slightly higher price point than the majority of rookies this season but is more than $50,000 cheaper than teammate Sam Walsh. Setterfield who’s only played two career games is looking to rejuvenate his career at the Blues and settled in well finishing with 19 disposals (nine contested) and eight tackles in the JLT match against Essendon. Importantly, Setterfield is also a DPP (FWD) adding much need flexibility for these ‘cash cow’ options.

Ruck

Braydon Preuss ($239,900)

Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy stand head and shoulders above the rest of the ruckmen in the competition and their price suggests this. Both men received All Australian honours with Grundy finishing with the highest average of 2018, meaning he’s the most expensive player in the game ahead of Gawn at number three. You have to lock one of these in (if not both) as your starting ruckman but if you’re trying to save cash and stock up on another premium midfielder, Gawn’s new teammate Braydon Preuss could be your man. The former Kangaroo will once again be the second banana but if his pre-season form is anything to go by, the Dees will play both Gawn and Preuss with one resting forward. This makes big Braydon a bargain at his current price, especially if he plays week in, week out. Many may see him as a risk having not played a senior AFL game in over 12 months, but talk from the coaching staff and form suggests Preuss will have a big say in 2019 for his new club.

Forwards

Isaac Heeney ($529,200)

Isaac Heeney started the 2018 season cracking the ton in his first five games before tapering off towards the back end of the season scoring 100+ only once in his final six matches. The young gun will be key to Sydney’s finals hopes in 2019 and looks primed to have the big breakout season he has promised. Heeney will undoubtedly spend more time in the midfield this season with a changing of the guard of sorts occurring in the harbour city. Like many of the best forward options in Supercoach, Heeney is also a DPP (MID).

Josh Dunkley ($516,300)

Josh Dunkley capped off his 2018 season in style and was rewarded by winning the Most Improved Player award at the Bulldogs best and fairest night. His move into the midfield in the second half of the season paid incredible dividends for his Supercoach owners, scoring 100+ in seven of his last nine matches including an incredible average of 131.6 in his final five weeks. His season price rise of $279,800 was the second most in the league, only behind Tim Kelly of Geelong. His starting price this year is $60,000 short of where he finished 2018 and only looks to improve again this season. Another DPP (MID) and must have.

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