3rd January, 2022

Are These 16 Players Potentially 2022 Afl Supercoach Must Haves?

The 2022 season is right around the corner, so let's get in ultra early and take a look at the players that are catching the interest of Supercoach experts already.


1. Jack Gunston ($355,200)

Gunston missed plenty of season 2021 with injury and is underpriced from his usual value. This doesn’t mean he is a must pick however. The tides at Hawthorn are changing quickly, and his role may no longer lead to consistent goal scoring and in turn solid Supercoach returns. He may even see a positional change in 2022 perhaps down back, especially if Siciliy and Will Day can’t get going. A tough call for coaches but a class player should never be cast aside without thought.

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2. Zac Butters (FWD $443,600)

Another young player who showed signs he was set to explode in the early parts of 2021, only to be crippled with injury. Set to be one of the most popular selected forwards merely for his rampaging start to 2021, Butters will hopefully prove to be a season long permanent premo forward for you team. His trajectory is pointing in only one direction, and that is up. Likely a must have starter.

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3. Jarrod Witts ($380,300)

Most of us were disappointed to see his prices at 380k, with many hoping for a larger discount given his absences in 2021. Witts is entering 2022 as a 29year old, which historically represents the peak golden years for an established ruckman. Witts already has proven Supercoach form, averaging just under the 100 mark in 2019. These are not the glory scores of Gawn, Grundy or Darcy, but they are certainly serviceable scores at this price point while you build capital and wait for the dip in one of the big 3. Must consider, especially for those not opting for the set and forget ruck strategy.

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4. Dylan Shiel ($361,100)

Shiel has been a dissapointment since joining the Bombers in a high profile switch. Carlton will feel they dodged a bullet (alas they got hit in the chest by a few others). 2022 is Shiels make or break year it feels, not in terms of selection or having a long career, but more in terms of making that giant leap to becoming a star gun midfielder of the league, which looked cartain when he first started at GWS. To put his price in perspective, before 2021 Shiel had been a consistent 90-100 average point scorer over the previous 7 years despite injury breaks. Even in 2020, he averages 102, yet beginning in 2022 he has a starting price of 73 odd. If it were a stock market selection, you would be screaming at yourself to “buy the dip”! However, given he hasn’t posted a decent score for well over 18 months, it’s not as simple as that. Factor in a gluttony of younger Bombers showing signs of rapid improvement, and Shiel would want to make 2022 his big year.

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5. Jade Gresham ($299,000)

Possibly the steal of 2022. Almost bang on 300k for a young player who was tracking nicely to be a solid 90pt+ average forward. And if you look at the stats, those can be surprisingly harder to find than you think. The achilles injury that set him back will hopefully not stunt his growth in 2022, and we will see the gains we expected before the injury in round 3 last year. Lock him in.

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6. Stephen Coniglio (FWD $261,300)

Two years ago it would be a no brainer. Steven Coniglio, that bloke who shot a supercoach 200 pointer in a game, still in him prime, as a Forward, at 260k - get outta here, that’s a done deal. Unfortunately, no. Coniglio has somehow become highly damaged goods. Whether it was the Amazon Prime doco or the general toll of being Captain, something has shot his confidence, and seemingly his talent. Fingers crossed he can regain belief, as he can be a great watch when he’s in a Supercoach mood. If he shows any kind of form preseason, then lock him in that forwardline. It is anticipated he will be top 2 in the most highly selected players. Safety in numbers perhaps.

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7. James Sicily ($448,100)

Missing the entire season in 2021 after being a must have defender the year before, Sicily is by no means an automatic selection despite his enticing price point. If Clarkson was still in charge at the hawks, then perhaps he would be a predictable option as rebounding and intercept defender, which translates to supercoach gold. But with Mitchell now at the helm, some predictability that Clarkson bought to the Hawks team plan is now out the window. A close inspection of his preseason will be compulsory for all coaches. At this point, he is more than likely a solid investment for your backline for the season at this starting price that is sure to raise at least 100k and sit around that point for most of the season.

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8. Jeremy Howe ($427,300)

Collingwood’s misfortune has somewhat coincided with the injury blows to their high flying defender. Howe was all set for All Australian defender honors in 2020 before a horrid injury shut him down. And since then, the team around him has also met its demise in terms of form. At 427k, he is quite a speculative pick as the Pies undergo a semi rebuild with a high concentration of top end youth talent looking to gain opportunity. Howe for now is seen as a highly risky selection.

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9. Nick Haynes ($413,700)

Nick Haynes has frustrated many coaches over the past year or so. A defender at the peak of his powers, he can make the game look easy at times. He possesses the supercoach scoring abilities of winning one on one contests and safely finding team members in transition to attack. But for some reason, he just has too many games where he fails to make consistent, significant impact to be considered a lock in premium defender for supercoach. Perhaps this is his year? His curve suggests it may be one of the last years that he has the opportunity to reach the truly elite. So if you have been a fan of his over the years, this could be the season you finally see those gains.

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10. Tim Taranto (FWD $529,700)

Toby Taranto… correction Tim Taranto gave the biggest indication last season that he is tracking perfectly towards permanent elite status in Supercoach. Not only were his Supercoach scores on the consistent improvement, but he was given much more time back in the midfield where Coniglio left a gaping hole. The added bonus for Taranto came late in the season though, which could be viewed as the most significant performance of his career - that forward burst where he booted 4 quick goals, seemingly morphing into Toby Greene’s beast mode in his absence. This is a huge sign that Taranto is still releasing his powers as a footballer. His price point is still risky - but will have many takers and it’s hard to blame them, given he can be taken as a Forward. Pushing lock status.

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11. Adam Treloar (FWD $483,200)

Some will see Treloar as yesterday’s man in terms of Supercoach premium status. Sure, he is no longer the gun his team relies on to get results, but he is still an extremely interesting selection to look at in terms of Supercoach. Firstly, he can be taken as a forward, a huge benefit given he gets plenty (some) midfield minutes. Secondly, a critique of Treloar over his career has led many to conclude he is a flat track bully - ie, he plays well against the weaker teams. The good news is that 80% of teams playing the Dogs will look very weak in 2022, as they are expected to be a major threat to the premiership. That’s good news for Treloar fans, who will see him excel in matches that have opened up due to one sided score lines, which is when Treloar can really go berserk with scoring. Consider.

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12. Zac Bailey (FWD $459,900)

Turning into everyone’s new favourite player at Brisbane. Bailey is a forward of centre, high impact player. Many see him as the heir apparent to Zorko, and it’s hard to argue against that, although Zorko does find the ball a lot easier. Bailey sits in that same zone as Zac Butters in terms of becoming a rock solid A grader for the next 10 years. His price has gradually creeped up which will turn a few coaches off, as well as the scoring competition from teammates like Neale, Zorko, Lyons and McCluggage.

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13. Mitchell Duncan (FWD $540,000)

One of the under the radar, unsung heroes of Geelong’s continued finals tilts, Duncan can now be taken as a Forward. Duncan is a truly solid performer who will not deviate much from his average. You will get solid 110s when he plays well rather than big 160s, but you will also get acceptable 80s in his stinkers rather than 50s. Can be injury prone. Also, if you like a thrilling supercoach watch like Toby Greene, Duncan is not your man. In fact you may barely spot him throughout the duration of a Geelong Cats game only to learn he’s polled you a ton at the end! That type of player. Also can be a slow starter in matches, he tends to score most of his points midway through the 2nd and 4th quarters. Just an observation.

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14. Toby Greene ($495,000)

Do you really want to do it to yourself? Come on, it’ll be fun having Greene, a bloke who can make it look like he’s playing against D grade under 12s at times right? Not entirely - Greene as we’ve come to expect has plenty of baggage to consider if you select him. Injury, suspension and in game niggles are the harsh realities of owning Greene. But boy, when he fires, he really fires and makes you stick your chest out as a Supercoach coach among your mates. If you are a risk taker or a happy-go-lucky coach then he’s highly recommended. If you are an unlucky coach that constantly berates your own supercoach misfortunes, then best to steer clear and save yourself the grey hairs.

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15. Bayley Fritsch ($367,500)

Slender build with a huge head, Fritsch doesn’t appear the quintessential key forward for the Premiership side, or a bloke who would kick 6 to turn the game in a Grand Finals. Well, face it, he is. It’s hard to fathom how quickly he rose to now be considered on track to be elite, as many fans are likely still in denial that he could reach those heights. But it’s hard to argue that he’s not heading there. Perhaps his unassuming softish physique or gangly limbs lead many to conclude he is a bit player, but his goal column stats would suggest otherwise. Like a young Gunston, he slips through the cracks on the opposition defence and hurts you on the scoreboard. Still not a high possession player, which is why he probably is not a Supercoach type selection at this point, even at this price.

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16. Lewis Melican ($272,600)

Lewis who? Pelican? No, Melican. An unknown defender up Sydney way with stocks on the rise, albeit a slow burn. In and out of the Swans teams over the past 5 years, he can’t seem to lock down his place in the eyes of Longmire. He will seem out of place in Supercoach type circles, but something about him has caught the eye. And that was his most recent performance in the Elimination Final against GWS where he scored 108. This may signal that he’s set for a big 2022 in the backline.

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Prepared by the aflsupercoach.com Team


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