Gold Coast Suns: AFL Dream Team Picks

This series of ‘club preview’ posts are written by DT TALK regular contributors choosing their 5 players they have on their watchlist from the respective club. These aren’t who we think will be the top 5 highest scoring players… and are not necessarily in order. They are just our opinions of the 5 players who we have on our watchlist heading into the 2012 season.

 

McRath’s top five Suns

1. Gary Ablett Jnr. (MID), $554,700.

The little master has to be the biggest lock at this stage. Last season saw him drop slightly in the rankings due an expected slow start and one specifically injury affected game (you know the one). As evidenced by his previous years, he is set for an average of 120+ in 2012, which makes him excellent value; with the additional perk of walk up captaincy material. He is enjoying a great preseason and is in a much better state then at this time last year. Quite simply – he is a must have for all good teams.

2. Nathan Bock (DEF), $396,900.

Despite being a defender (as he was in 2011); Bock will likely line up as a forward in the new year. The big draw card for the Suns’ anchor is that he’ll miss the first two games due to suspension. However his preseason form shows that he’ll start the year strongly, with scores of 94 and 85 (in reduced games). Therefore, if you can put up with him being on your bench for the first two games, you’ll have yourself a solid option in your defense – otherwise he’d be a prime (and unique) upgrade target for R14 after the Suns bye.

3. Danny Stanley (FWD), $392,800.

See the piece I wrote recently featuring this guy in Point of Difference. Many will ride him off straight away due to his awkward price tag and his being in the Suns team. However on closer inspection, he appears to be a real diamond in the rough. Averaging 85.6 in his last 13 games of 2011, Stanley offers a unique option for your forward line who will only get better. With great Job Security and good consistency, he will give you a different edge to your forward 6 that few will mirror.

4. Kyal Horsley (MID), $119,800.

The 24 year old Sandover medal runner up has been on many a radar ever since he was rookie listed by the Suns in December of last year. However alarm bells have been ringing since his failure to make his debut in the preseason, with no word yet on any kind of injury. If he is named next week, all eyes will be on him to see if he can show enough to be elevated to the senior squad. Given his mature body and noted ability to find the ball, he would be a fantastic option for a midfield rookie spot on your field if he in named R1. If he’s not – its not the end of the world. I’d actually be happier with this result as he’d then be likely used by Coach McKenna later in the year to offer some relief for the Suns youngsters – making him the perfect downgrade option.

5. David Swallow (MID), $377,300.

After a meteoric rise to the spotlight in his first AFL season, young Swallow will be better equipped in 2012 to handle the rigours of the AFL. With the pressure of the world now on the shoulders on the boys at Western Sydney, we should see Swallow truly come into his own as the gun player he is destined to become. Scoring a vest-effected 40 and a solid 91, the 2011 # 1 draft pick will be out to make further improvements on his game whilst helping his young team to avoid the wooden spoon for a second year (a spot that surely must belong to the Giants at this early stage). Whilst not expecting a 100 average in his second year, his rapid development should see him improve enough to put a smile on many a faces – including yours if you choose to Swallow in 2012 (sorry, couldn’t resist).

Keep An Eye On

After managing a solid 84.3 avg in his first year with the Suns, Jared Brennan showed great resistance in his 22 games in 2011. Expect him to go one better in 2012 and push this up to the premium 90 mark. Similar to Swallow, ruck sensation Zac Smith had a great debut year thanks to his expeditious development on the Holiday Strip. With a stronger body and more time in the middle, 2012 may see him do the unthinkable; and become a premium ruck in just his 2nd year in the big time. Aaron Hall has been the only Gold Coast rookie making any kind of noise this preseason. Look for the 21 year old Tasmanian to make a positive impact in his first year. Finally, many eyes will be on popular rising star prediction Josh Caddy as he prepares to build on his 2 AFL games in 2012. Starting with a low price of $249k, he has the potential to dominate from the get go; with many backing him in as their 4th/5th mid in their starting squad.

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38 Comments

  • whats the go with horsley?

  • Considering pretty much all of their players fall into the dreaded ‘second year’ category, I don’t think too many Suns are going to be that popular this year.

    Gaz is a no-brainer. You can rule out Bock because of his early suspension and the Round 13 bye. Hall is decent if his hammy troubles are over. Horsely has basically been a no-show. I guess you could pick Hunt for the lolz.

    • I don’t see the LOL factor in selecting Special K.
      With his added midfield time and hunger for the contest/tackle, I see him averaging 70+ MINIMUM!
      Not so LOL when he does that hey Giants?

      • Hunt will lack the consistency to get anywhere near that, but if you want to gamble on him then by all means, go ahead.

        • ive been watching hunt closely and here is the scoop.

          at the stoppages if the ball falls in his bread basket or drops close to him.. he WILL get it, not get tacked then dispose of it.

          but far too many times he just dosent know where to go, he dosent have the awareness to be in the right spot to get it on a consistent basis.

          the times he does get it he looks awesome, just needs to be taught where to stand and how to shark a tap…. if he can figure that out… he will be a player! until then….. av somewhere between 50 and 70?

          • I have him in my team at the moment! (subject to change)

          • Nice observation adz, I tend to agree (not that I’ve been watching him that closely). He just has a tendency to go missing, which is a pretty significant achievement when you consider he’s been playing on-ball.

          • As 7th-8th forward at the price it’s a pretty low risk.

          • Priced at $145,000, what do you think KHunt would have to score to be a decent cash cow? I’m trying to decide between him, M Clarke, Bower, and Guthrie, who are all in a similar price bracket. Hunt would definitely seem to have the best JS of the lot, as he’s still out there as a marketing tool. Would a 60 average justify his selection?

          • @snorks23 If Hunt averages around 60, then has he justified a position above the likes of Ellis, Morris, Bugg, Darley, Brennan, etc who could all potentially give you the same output for 30-40k less?

  • You realise Stanley has a club imposed suspension?

    • What ended up happening with that though? The club went gung-ho, but did the suspension get wiped by the AFLPA or shortened?

  • Ablett and Hall for me. Not really considering anyone else, maybe next year.

  • After watching the suns vs GWS game there is no doubt swallow will be a gun, but not really dt status this year maybe in 2013. Good write up although I thought prestia may have got a mention.

  • Have had Stanley on the radar..but at the moment too much competition up forward.

    Horsey will be a nice option mid season….note to Bluey…debut round 12 thanks!

    Obviously I goes without saying that ….

  • Ablett locked and all others Suns I have passed up on. I’m with everyone else waiting for next year

    On a side note: I’m interested to know whether any of the DTTalk boys have written an article for bye strategy to be released before the season starts. I have put together one over the last couple of days and would love to have it posted if it was up to standard and no one else was covering it.

    Does the DT community want to know about the bye situation before final lockout?

    • Definitely a topic worth posting about.

    • Here’s a sneak peek… there will be some stuff in the Cheat Sheet this year! Stay tuned!

      • does it involve the phrase ‘a lot of luck will be involved?’

        • Haha. The thing is… there is only so much we can do at this stage to ‘minimise’ zeroes! We all think a little differently here at DT TALK Towers, so hopefully some interesting reading!

      • Hi mate

        When do you think the cheat sheet will be released?

        It was an awesome guide last year.

        JP

  • The use of the word ‘lock’ is flung about with abandon. It does however, apply to one player; Ablett.

    • Agreed. He is the only player on my list that has been there from the start without being traded out at some stage.

  • I wish people would stop mentioning Ablett! He’s my smokey for 2012!

  • Not going with Ablett, decided on Swan Pendles and Boyd as first three with a unique as M4

  • Nice one, McRath. Quality as always. Cheers to all the DTtalk crew! Awesome stuff pumping out the articles. Starting to get toey. Bring on Round One!

  • Thanks McGrath.

    Ablett locked and seriously considering Bock, even with 2 game suspension. Will depend on how confident i get that at least one of my rooks has the potential to score 75+.

  • Caddy is an absolute gun! Watch for him to do a Shiels this year.
    Ablett is the lock of the year. Hall was very impressive and is on the bench.
    Harbrow is a smokey that I think will have a much better 2012 DT season than last year.

  • Ablett for me. Hall almost made it and damn you Bock! i would have picked you!

  • im consdidering caddy……

    i know its gunna kill me but i can’t get the idea out of my head

  • Caddy and Phil Davis from GWS are both in strong contention for a spot in my backline atm. Just want to see a decent game this weekend to help me decide…

    I’m going with a couple of roughies/mid-pricers in the backline this year, its the spot on the field I’m just not as comfident about. I reckon Bock will be a great round 5 saviour if I need an early trade to fix any obvious mistakes!

    • Pretty sure that Caddy is only a MID?

      As a DEF, he would be in a hell of a lot of teams!!!

  • I have Ablett looking at getting Nathan Bock after the Suns bye.