I've gone over the NAB Cup scores, which were so generously released by SuperFooty today, to jog your memory of those players that you were keen on, but just maybe didn't get the opportunity to follow up on.
There are some top-end players, but mostly break-out contenders and rookies. "More break-out contenders and rookies?" you ask, but why not? - it's my favourite part of SuperCoach!
Andrew Carazzo has stormed into consideration as a DPP after two strong NAB Cup matches. Goddard, Deledio and Scotland were thought to be the only worthwhile DEF/MIDs, but after scoring 100 and 105, his pre-season has been very impressive. Very expensive however, at $505,800.
Harry Taylor is certainly under-priced this year ($411,700), and he isn't just a key defender. If you are looking for someone a bit unique in the midfield, Taylor is an option. He averaged 87ppg in 2010 and has averaged 88 this pre-season. Great value for money.
Bionic-knee man Nick Malceski is back in form (pre-season ave of 91), and after averaging 101 in 2007 and 97 in 2010, we know that he's capable. At only $367,700, an SC favourite son could once again become a lock.
Stephen Hill has teased for a few years, and really hasn't rated a mention all pre-season. Don't forget, a former #3 draft pick, and he's ready to meet his potential - NAB scores of 92, 100 and 126 are pretty impressive. He's not too dear and could be the point of difference for your side.
There have been big raps on Clay Smith's pre-season, but his NAB scores haven't reflected the hype. Scores aside, he's a good chance to play so he's perfect for the midfield bench.
Port's recruit John McCarthy will play, and if he wasn't only available in the midfield, there would be a lot more teams with him. Awkwardly priced at $281,200, a pre-season average of 79 could be an indication that there is a lot more to come.
There are plenty of young guns to choose from in the ranks at the Giants, but it's hard to go past Sam Reid for a bench spot. For someone who's played AFL before, the basement price is very tempting.
Even though Orren Stephensen has hardly been outstandingly this pre-season (average of 36), all you can expect of your fourth ruckman is that he'll play. And Stephensen will certainly tick that box.
The late 2011 injury is long forgotten, as new Brisbane youngster Billy Longer has burst onto the scene with a NAB cup average of 63 from three matches. The added upside? He's available in the rucks, where a unique bench could be rewarded.
Is Michael Hurley ready to make his mark? His pre-season was impressive, playing twice for an average of 95. He's only available as a forward this year, and will be a risk (costing $456,600), but we know he has the talent.
Ahmed Saad's ($124,700) name has been thrown around, but I've seen his name in next to no teams. Nominated by Scott Waters as a likely starter, and With injuries hampering a few forward rookies, Saad is going to be a safe bet.
Don't forget about Matthew Bate's new role. Extended time in the middle of the ground means that he can expect larger scores, once he finds his feet, of course. A serviceable 51 point average in the NAB matches.
Somebody else caught your eye? Or totally disagree with me althogether? Comment below!