30th December, 2021

15 Players to Closely Follow in the 2022 Preseason for AFL Supercoach

The 2022 season represents a crucial year for several players, and there may be useful Supercoach dividends to be had if you can pick the right ones. The best way to find the right ones is to follow them in the preseason. Here a few to get you going.


1. Sam Petrevski-Seton ($344,200)

Undervalued? Underused? Underplayed by Carlton? Take your pick. Whatever you decide as the reason it didn't work out is now irrelevant as the speedy mid / def / fwd (seriously what is he) now finds himself in the second chance draw at West Coast. How will he be used - the main question coaches will want answered during the pre-season. Alternatively, we may have the question answered as to why he never made it work at Carlton: perhaps he's just no good.

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2. Majak Daw ($176,400)

Demons' selection of Daw certainly raised eyebrows. But it does make sense given their position. They are premiership contenders again after winning it in 2021 and know full well that an injury to May, Lever, Jackson, Brown or Gawn could derail their season. Daw will likely only fill in here or there, but if he produces a scintillating preseason then he may be worth a look at a higher priced cash cow.

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3. Sam De Koning ($123,900)

Geelong are surely entering a youth policy for a few years, although that seems to be said every year and the old firm still propel them into finals. De Koning has high praise from senior Cats players, who see him breaking through as a defender in 2022. Still quite raw and light for a 202cm footballer, perhaps he may even get a crack in the ruck if Stanley's form won't suffice.

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4. Adam Cerra ($490,200)

The move from Freo to Blues was no surprise for this emerging talent. His development at Freo was overshadowed by Andrew Brayshaw, but Cerra still took huge strides in 2021. Sam Walsh will likely be locked in by many coaches, but many will be wary of going "double Carlton" in the mids after Cripps burned so many last year.

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5. Jarrod Berry ($268,500)

Berry had a forgettable 2021 due to calf issues. The good news for Supercoachers is that this has seen his asking price halved for 2022. Berry, who averaged 97pts in 2020 from 15 games, is now priced as if he was averaging in the 40s. On paper that looks a discount too good to refuse, but let's see that calf get through a few games before we get too attached.

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6. Charlie Constable ($213,400)

Couldn't get a run at things down at the Cats, which means he will be given every chance at GC. Likely to be the bolter selection when Round One teams are announced and he's name in the Center. But let's remember he is yet to be proven at this level and may be getting opportunity for the sake of opportunity - which seems the Gold Coast way.

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7. Jackson Hately ($188,700)

Another crow who was touted preseason in 2021 to have a huge year after showing some supercoach scoring ability in his limited time at GWS. Reality was he barely played, and was massively underwhelming when he did. There will be some suitors again this year at this price. But just because he plays for a rebuilding team doesn't mean he's guaranteed games as last year showed.

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8. Braydon Preuss ($204,700)

Turning into the new Angus Graham or Mark Seaby. The career long backup ruckman who clubs near the bottom of the ladder wonder why he can't just be recruited to play first ruck at theirs. Seemingly surplus to requirement at the Demons, he found his way to GWS only to get injured. Now with Mumford finishing his 5th farewell season tour he gets his chance. Cheaply priced and should get a big crack at it early. Lock him in if you love the annual trading ruck pain merry-go-round.

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9. Josh Schache ($296,100)

Whipping boy turned crucial backman in the space of a month come finals last year for the Dogs. Never been a great supercoach scorer, but the penny has potentially dropped for Schache as a defender. His new found confidence and belief may set him as one of the more shrewd selections to gloat about for coaches if it comes off. If.

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10. Toby McLean ($283,000)

Some would say he's on his last legs which is a shame given his POD premo status a few years back. Seems to be behind Weightman now, and other players like Scott are prefered by Beverige who likes a balance of obedient foot soldiers in his team. Cheap price, big gamble.

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11. Mitch McGovern ($256,000)

Mitch McGovern is a dirty word in fantasy circles, just like his predecessor Levi Casboult. It's hard to believe he even rates a mention. However, however, however - he is actually very underpriced. Not just that, but he's the type of player who can hit a big score to cause the kind of price booms usually reserved for the Melbourne and Sydney property markets. And it's highly possible given Voss has earmarked McGovern to fill the void left by Liam Jones. Watching with interest as he may morph into the other McGovern we know so well at West Coast.

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12. Ed Richards (def) ($261,300)

The labradoodle haired leftie is a frustrating player for fantasy coaches and bulldogs alike. Has all the skills required, but for whatever reason just can't get a long crack at it. A make or break year.

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13. Aidan Corr ($306,700)

Injury riddled 2021 but not to be discounted as he returns in 2022. Not the prettiest of players but with Kangaroos set for a long year ahead he may see a fair bit of it in their backline.

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14. Rory Atkins ($248,300)

Atkins once looked like he was the Isaac Smith of the Crows, but he fell heavily out of favor when Nicks became coach and school boy'd him in front of the documentary makers. Obviously this drove a wedge between player and coach as he found himself in the repechage at Gold Coast. Played only a handful of games for the Suns in 2021, all of which were underwhelming (quite on brand really). He gets one final crack at it in 2022. If he grabs it early, this very risky supercoach selection will pay handsomely.

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15. Callum Sinclair ($357,100)

For those keen on playing the musical chair supercoach ruck game, Sinclair is likely in your mix. Underpriced, capable, and almost certain to burn all you saddists out there. Only 4 games last year and may not even make that many this year. Better off looking towards Ladhams if you MUST have a Sydney ruckman.

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Prepared by the aflsupercoach.com Team


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