Jack Steven: In 2017 we all thought what the hell is wrong with Jack Steven? He’d lost his edge and was being tagged into the ground. That’s when we discovered he was suffering from hamstring tendonitis, causing his fantasy scores to plummet.
This caused Steven’s average to drop by as much as 13 points in SuperCoach from 103 to 90 and 11 in AFL Fantasy from 104 to 93. Every stat for Jack was down in 2017 which had him have his worst year since 2014.
In the JLT series Steven looked to be over his tendonitis by using his explosive pace from the pack to launch the ball towards the Saints goals. He was back to doing what he does best, winning clearances and tackling the opposition.
There is value to be had with Steven this year, especially with people who draft by averages. Those in your league who do that will be waiting until the later round to grab him, but from what I’ve seen in the JLT, I’d be quite happy to take him as my M3 in all formats this year.
Shane Savage: Shane Savage finished 2017 with a bang. Averaging 100 in Supercoach and 92 in AFL Fantasy in the last 8 games, that put Savage in D1 position.
In the JLT matches that trend looks set to continue, with Alan Richardson using him as the main rebounder for the Saints. The Saints looked to get the ball in Savages hands, so he could utilise his thumping kick to transition in to attack.
While Savage has impressed in the JLT you will still be able to get great value when drafting him. Currently on our website mock.thedraftdoctors.com.au his ADP in Supercoach is 83, AFL Fantasy 79 and Ultimate Footy 79. On the Ultimate footy website his ADP is listed as 116. That means you can pickup potentially a D1 defender in between rounds 8-11. That’s some serious value right there.
Given the cold shoulder
Jack Steele: In 2017 Steele had break out year. All his stats were up, he had fantasy relevance as he was inside midfielder with forward status and there was no David Armitage.
Now that David Armitage is back, there is a three-way shootout as to who will be playing more mid time between Steele, Armitage and Dunstan. When it comes to my draft it is a problem I don’t want to be having.
The other problem with Steele is he is an inside mid and that’s it. Without that F status next to his name and no clear path as to what his role will be, the only way I’m drafting Jack Steele, is as bench cover.