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This week, Doctor SuperCoach brings you the Judge’s verdict on two premium midfield options chosen by our community! They are Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver and GWS Giant’s Josh Kelly.

 

Clayton Oliver 

 

Age: 20

Price: $554, 700

Position: Midfield

Average: 112.2

 

The former Murray Bushranger was picked up by the Demons in the 2015 AFL National Draft with pick 4 overall, and made an immediate impact at his new club, earning himself two Brownlow votes in his first game. His debut season earned him a reputation as one of footy’s tough nuts, particularly in his side’s win over the Hawks in Round 20, where he shook off a ferocious Cyril Rioli bump and played out the rest of the match. Oliver averaged 70 Supercoach points, 19 disposals, two marks and five tackles that year – including a haul of 11 tackles against Hawthorn – where he was instrumental in his side’s win. Many coaches had to make the choice at the start of this season whether to start with Oliver or O’Meara, and gee whiz you’d be pretty pleased if you started with Oliver. This season he has made nearly 200 thousand for those who had him from the beginning. He has brought his average score up 42 points this season – the highest increase of any player. He is averaging 29 disposals, three marks and a whopping seven tackles. This includes 22 tackles in his last two games – the guy is a beast!

 

Josh Kelly

  

Age: 22

Price: $554, 600

Position: Midfield

Average: 111.3

 

The GWS superstar was taken with pick two in the 2013 AFL National Draft after an outstanding season for the Sandringham Dragons. One thing to know about this guy, is that he can run all day – he ranked elite for endurance at the draft combine, finishing the 3km time trial in under 10 minutes. This is the second fastest time ever recorded at the combine. Since his debut in 2014, his Supercoach scoring has been reasonable without being outstanding. He has averaged 68, 70 and 87 over the last three seasons. In 2017 however he has really come into his own, averaging 29 disposals, three marks and six tackles this year. He’s another one who has been a great little earner for those who started with him.

 

The Judgement

Who would have thought at the start of the year that these two blokes would be flying as high as they are. The Ginger Ninja and the Nine Million Dollar Man (sounds like a terrible superhero duo) are setting the AFL world alight in the very early days of their careers. It’s a tough choice between the two, their prices are almost identical, and there’s less than one point difference in their averages. Personally though, I’d take Oliver out of these two. I just can’t go past a hard nut, and he is as tough as they come. I still remember seeing him get absolutely flattened by Cyril, and just get up and shake it off. At that time I thought “this kid is going to be something special” and he already is!

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