Sam Docherty (DEF) – Carlton – $436,100
Remember this guy? Docherty looks set to return to the Blues from two knee reconstructions in the last two years and could be primed for a big year should his knees hold up.
Arguably the best rebound defender in the game when healthy, Docherty provides the spark and leadership in the backline that the Blues have sorely missed in his absence. In 2017, Docherty averaged 114.7 SuperCoach points per game which is more than a whole range of midfielders. With the price he is at and should he remain healthy in 2020, looks too good to pass up.
Devon Smith (MID/FWD) – Essendon – $335,800
After just seven games in 2019 for Smith, the dual position player looks ready to resume a big role for the Bombers in 2020 and will be one of the most popular picks at that price should he be ready for round one.
Smith looks set to play big midfield minutes and has an eye for goal, making him a very intriguing pick. He averaged just under 100 SuperCoach points per game in his first year for the Bombers in 2018 and looks primed to top that in 2020, with the Bombers noting that this is his first pre-season in years where he’s been 100%. Go ahead and fire him up.
Tom Mitchell (MID) – Hawthorn – $630,900
Mitchell missed the entire 2019 season because of a serious knee injury, but that won’t stop the ball magnet from having a massive 2020. $630,900 may seem a tad high for Mitchell, but he is the prime ball winner at the Hawks and has the capability of dropping 125+ points each time he plays.
Should he be healthy come round one and be able to consistently stay on the field, the 2018 Brownlow medallist could be the pick of the season.
Nic Naitanui (RUC) – West Coast – $457,800
Nic Nat is undoubtedly the number one ruck at the Eagles despite some durability issues. After an interrupted 2019 season, Naitanui returned for three games and showed plenty of flashes of what makes him one of the most exciting players to watch on a weekly basis.
In the three games he played, he averaged 93.6 SuperCoach points and the upside is there to exceed that should he be out on the field enough. Should Naitanui be able to consistently remain on the field for the Eagles, he will be an integral piece for them and also be an integral piece in everyone’s SuperCoach teams.
Jack Steven (MID/FWD) – Geelong – $361,700
2019 wasn’t the greatest year for Jack Steven for a number of reasons, but he finds himself at a new home in Geelong where the Cats have a knack of finding talent from other teams and incorporating them perfectly into their system.
Steven should be no different. Over a four year span from 2015-2018, Steven only missed two games and was regularly a 100 point per game average scorer. Steven has a great ability to find the ball consistently and is the direct replacement for Tim Kelly, meaning Steven will have all the opportunity in the world to overcome a poor 2019 and blossom in a strong Cats midfield in 2020.
Sam Jacobs (RUC) – GWS Giants – $348,400
Jacobs’ career looked set to finish at the Crows with injury and the emergence of Reilly O’Brien limiting Jacobs to just five games in 2019, but he has been handed a lifeline by the Giants and can still be a serious SuperCoach threat.
The 31-year old still has plenty of footy left in him and hovers between 80-100 points on average when he plays consistently. Big Sauce is a fantastic tap ruckman and should be able to get back to his best with a strong Giants midfield surrounding him. He’s at a decent price and worth a look.
Izak Rankine (FWD) – Gold Coast – $123,900
Rankine missed his entire rookie season due to hamstring and hip injuries, but looks set for a massive 2020 and is a serious bargain option. Rankine posted elite numbers in the 2018 NAB National Championships and has a knack for goal and a canning ability to find the ball and be a match-winner.
He went number two in the 2018 draft for a reason and at $123k, he is more than worth a look as a player that could earn you some serious money and scores to go with it.
Tom Doedee (DEF) – Adelaide – $273,700
Doedee tore his ACL in round one of 2019 and required a knee reconstruction which forced him to miss the rest of the season. After such a setback, it’s always tough to get back to your best, but Doedee has the maturity to overcome those fears and get back to his best football in 2020.
Just ask the Crows how much they rate him by putting him in the leadership group. Despite a missed 2019 season, Doedee averaged 82.2 SuperCoach points per game in 20 games played in 2018 and is more than capable of exceeding that in 2020 because of his strong intercept and rebound ability. At a fairly cheap price, Doedee is certainly worth a look in your backline.
Dan Houston (DEF/MID) – Port Adelaide – $484,800
There have been plenty of rumblings that Houston will be playing big minutes in the midfield this year for the Power, and that can only boost his value. In 21 matches in 2019, Houston averaged 89.3 SuperCoach points per game and with more minutes in the midfield, that number could increase dramatically.
Houston is a name that doesn’t set the world on fire, but he has been a consistent producer and although he doesn’t come as cheap as we would have liked, he is more than capable of hitting that value if not exceeding that.
Marlion Pickett (MID) – Richmond – $123,900
The Grand Final hero from 2019 looks primed and ready to explode onto the football scene in a big way in 2020. In Pickett’s one and only game in 2019, which so happened to be the Grand Final, he had 22 disposals and a goal, but more importantly showed he can perform on the biggest stage and has set the bar high for himself to start 2020.
Pickett should consistently be in the reigning premiers’ side because of the excitement factor and ability to be a match-winner as already proven. At such a cheap price, he is simply a must-have.