Where have you been. Let's get down to business. Time to get on top of PODs posthaste. You'll feel like the smuggest person in the room at the next Supercoach dinner party.
Many people are trying to get their head around PODs nowadays.
What makes it such a divisive topic? That's what we are here to find out.
A POD (point of difference) selection in Supercoach is a playing that is not commonly selected by other teams in the league or competition. Generally they are not considered a premium player, but potentially on the rise in the upcoming season for one reason or another.
So that is the basic definition of PODs.
After spending so much time in the area of PODs, we can now pass our knowledge on to you. The things you uncover in this post will hopefully assist with your understanding.
More and more people are realising the importance of PODs.
Think through the things you already associate with PODs. What are some words that describe your current understanding?
Bargain selections that output high points to cost ratio is normally what people think. However, many see them as "burn men", and a risk that could potentially destroy your whole season.
As right or wrong as those thoughts may be, at least you are now in a good state of mind to explore you POD options in greater depth.
Many of the stats in our model will not support the selection of these, but some circumstances outside our model may mean they are indeed potentially good selections.
Feast your eyes on the following PODs.
First POD to consider, is:
To begin, it is best to start with a firm understanding of this young Fremantle mid.
Andrew Brayshaw has shown promising signs in the preseason, and will be allowed more freedom through the midfield now that Ross Lyon is no longer coach.
At $384K, and able to be selected as a Forward, he's a contender for POD of the year.
Now you have your first POD down. Turn your attention onto the following.
This once fantasy irrelevant Hawk will have full ruck duties to start the 2020 season, with McEvoy likely to miss through injury, and also play backline.
With DPP in the Forward / Ruck capacity, Jonathon Ceglar could be a smart option that saves you money compared to Gawn and Grundy.
He's currently at 2.4% ownership and is at a starting price of $417k.
Cam Rayner is progressing slower than a few other young guns in the competition, which has turned many off selecting the $251K forward.
However, at that price, and trends predicting him to be at a value of almost $400k by seasons end, he may be a decent pick that no one else is brave enough to take.
Now you have three solid POD options.
If Isaac Cumming can lock down his defender position in the GWS best 22, then his asking price of $245k is very attractive.
Another player on the rise, he has proven he can score big with a 90 vs Gold Coast in 2020.
This one is not for us, but certainly would produce huge bragging rights if it comes off.
Ed Richards has been a quiet achiever in a doggies team full of supercoach guns. And his stats suggest he will continue the rise.
At $264k with DPP in the Forward / Mid, he's not for the faint hearted. But he is quite fun to watch.
It's a make or break season for the saints defender with a price of $402.
Hunter Clark has shown great signs that he will be the rebounding defender for the Saints this year, and he's a beautiful kick of the footy.
Given his form and role, it's surprising that he has less than 3% selection at this point.
Quinton Narkle is the riskiest of all. Perhaps even utter insanity to even consider him. He is already $396k and can only be taken in the mids.
Seems like an easy decision to not select. However, those two scores late last year of 123 and 134 leave us teased.
He won't be in the mix for most, but if he does ton up and become the Tim Kelly replacement, you could be laughing all the way to the bank.
Turning into a journeyman, James Aish has been an under performer for most of his career.
With a move the Freo, and at $353k in defence - Aish may actually find himself used more of a midfielder, which is great for his Supercoach points.
Rival coaches will think you're a nutjob for taking him. You never know.
Callum Mills burnt many coaches in the past, which has left the $444,100 Defender with less than 2% ownership.
But all the qualities still remain for him to explode as a Supercoach gun. Rebounding defender, intercept marks and a high handball receive ratio shows that the Swans want him with the ball. The hope remains than he becomes the new Jake Lloyd.
Finally, this one feels odd. The once King of Supercoach and annual captain lock is now hovering around as a $519k forward with only 1.3% suitors.
Seems odd. But Gaz is a true POD this year, and perhaps the biggest and most obvious POD of them all.
He can be selected as a forward for the first time in (can't remember how long - 10 years?) which makes it surprising that he isn't more widely fancied.
Can he reclaim his supercoach glory?
Obviously there are more factors involved, but this forms the basis for a solid foundation for team selection.
For now, that's the summary of PODs and bragging rights.
You are now prepared to tackle the next conversation when it comes to PODs.
Best to spend some time reflecting on what PODs you might consider for 2020. That's all we will cover in this particular snapshot. You are now closer to being top of the class in all things PODs.
What will happen with PODs in 2020? Soon we will find out. The way forward will be an intriguing journey.
Let's just hope you win the bragging rights amongst your mates for most ludicrous POD selection.
Now go make yourself a cup of tea. One further request for you. Let us know your thoughts too.
And don't stop there - there are many other resources to be found to help you Supercoach selections.
Prepared by the aflsupercoach.com Team