KFC SuperCoach 2022: Experts Tim Michell and Matt Turner reveal their teams, debate big selection calls

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KFC SuperCoach is back for 2022, and the banter has already started.

Resident experts Tim Michell and the KFC SuperCoach Hipster Matt Turner go head to head on their early seletion calls, reveal their best pre-seasonn mail, make some big predictions and spar on some big calls ... and somehow The Phantom comes out of it the worst.

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Tim Michell: Welcome to another year of KFC SuperCoaching Hipster. But first, let me get something off my chest. Since Josh Dunkley was rubbed out for Covid reasons after visiting a cafe for an oat latte, I have been wondering what one tastes like. As our resident Hipster, can you fill me in?

Matt Turner: I may be left-field when it comes to my SuperCoach tastes, but I can’t confirm anything on the oat latte front – I don’t drink coffee. Caffeine makes me dizzy. I can confirm Dunkley isn’t in my starting team for 2022, though. I notice he’s part of your “Slam Dunklan” forward line with Slam of the Mitch variety. Are you confident Dunkley isn’t going to be a full-forward or back-up ruckman or back pocket, given how many mouths there are to feed on-ball at the Doggies?

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Charlie Curnow is impressing at Blues pre-season training. Picture: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Charlie Curnow is impressing at Blues pre-season training. Picture: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images

TM: Now there’s the first shock of 2022. I might ask our good mate The Phantom to revoke your Hipster credentials! I guess I’ll just stick to Zinger burgers then. Duncan and Dunkley are hard to look past in the forward line, but there’s so much value this year. Great question about Dunks, who knows with Bevo lotto. I might end up going cheap up forward anyway with Coniglio, Curnow, Gresham and Rayner all under $300k. Mark my words Matty, Charlie Curnow is the Joe Daniher of 2022 in KFC SuperCoach.

MT: I didn’t get on the Daniher wagon last year and regretted it. Don’t mind the logic with Curnow, but I won’t be treading that path. I thought the first shock of 2022 was when I got a glimpse of your team and didn’t see Max Gawn in there. I’m the original Rowan Marshall fan in the SuperCoach world, but were you busy picking your SuperCoach BBL team in September and stopped watching footy, as Gawn scored 159 twice (in Round 23 and the prelim) on his way to Demons legend status?

Tim Michell is adopting a different strategy in 2022.
Tim Michell is adopting a different strategy in 2022.
Matt Turner was on the Touk Miller train early.
Matt Turner was on the Touk Miller train early.

TM: I’m taking a different approach to things this year, Hipster. I’ve thrown everything I could at a top-1000 finish in the past few years and got close last year but just fell short. This year is all about picking guys I love watching and Rowan Marshall is someone I want to be on. I ran out of trades at the end of last season grabbing Dayne Zorko, although he’s a name I’d rather never mention again. Trust me, it’ll only lead to a long rant. Al Paton knows that all too well. There isn’t much crossover in our teams, but one player from yours I’m really warming to is Will Day from the Hawks. Where are the points going to go back there? Impey, Sicily, Jiath and Day all have claims.

MT: I was a huge Will Day fan in his draft year (2019) here in SA. He’s got Inspector Gadget arms, is a beautiful kick and a better dasher than the reindeer of the same name. There should be plenty of footy down there for the Hawks this year and two hundreds in just five games before his injury showed what he can do. Yes, there are other half-back types – Scrimshaw too – but I think he represents great value at $345,700. Speaking of defenders, are you comfortable with having Caleb Daniel as your best backman? And a guy who was a massive let-down to end last year, Lachie Whitfield, at D2? Feels a little thin.

Rowan Marshall is available as a ruckman only in 2022. Picture: Michael Klein
Rowan Marshall is available as a ruckman only in 2022. Picture: Michael Klein

TM: Comfortable would be stretching it, and the other player I’m considering is Luke Ryan. I think he will get more freedom this year and launch back into triple figures with a few injury-prone talls due back. But we’re going to have to sacrifice somewhere and maybe accepting a few second-tier premos might be it. On that, I’ve already heard KFC SuperCoaches say we’re going to need almost every bench rookie playing due to Covid and the likelihood players will be sidelined. How are you planning for Covid disruptions?

MT: A lot of finger-crossing, black cat avoiding and continuing to go to my triskaidekaphobia meetings. In all seriousness, my Phantom’s Lair podcast buddy The Eradicator has always been big on line-up flexibility. Dual-position players (DPP) are going to be more important than ever this year, and I’d ideally like to have a ruck/forward in my attack. Although I think not having Gawn might be a mistake, I don’t mind your Luke Jackson move for the reason I mentioned above, plus he’s a jet.

TM: All right, now some credit where’s it’s due. You were on Touk Miller long before almost anyone else. There’s no doubt he’s in the elite scoring category now, but how are we going to fit him, Jack Steele, Jack Macrae and Clayton Oliver under the salary cap? They’re all so consistent I doubt any of them will fall to under $600k this season. I can’t decide between Oliver and Steele for M1.

MT: All aboard the Touk train – it’s filling up. Phantom will confirm this, but I also had Oliver long before he was a popular premium, starting with him in his second season in 2017 when he jumped from a 70 average to 111. I love Clarry, but I love Steele, Macrae, Touk, Walsh – who I see you’ve picked – and they’ve all been in my team at some point in the past few years. I’m sticking with Macrae and Touk as my big guns. Would love another. I think there could be a reasonable gap in scoring between those guys and the next level down. I’ve gone Macrae and Touk with a bit of a smoky at M3, Luke Parker. I couldn’t go past Neale at M4, given his price, and I see you’ve got him, too.

Touk Miller dominated in KFC SuperCoach in 2021 – but was in hardly any teams. Picture: Albert Perez/AFL Photos/via Getty Images
Touk Miller dominated in KFC SuperCoach in 2021 – but was in hardly any teams. Picture: Albert Perez/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

TM: Speaking of The Phantom, I’m not getting sucked in by him spending hours each day talking about Will Brodie, but I do think he’s onto something with Caleb Serong. I’m paying up for Andy Brayshaw because he’s one of my favourite players, but Serong is primed to go to the next level. What about Matthew Rowell, do you think he can deliver the same heights this year as he did in those magical first few games?

MT: Tim, he’s not onto something with Caleb Serong. As usual, Phantom is following others and claiming it. Colleague Simeon Thomas-Wilson had him last year and I told Phant post-season I was starting with him this year. And now he’s spruiking him as if he’s just stumbled on him. Que Serong, Serong, I guess. As for Rowell, I’d love to see him fly out of the blocks like 2020, but his quieter 2021 means I will pass. You are loving a bit of mid-price madness, picking seven guys between $260,000 and $400K. Feels risky. I’ve got just three.

TM: OK, short question time. You can only have one of Nick Daicos and Jason Horne-Francis, who do you pick? I’ve gone Daicos.

MT: Horne-Francis. Two standout years of senior SANFL. Competitive beast. I have to go the South Australian. Make a case for your R2 – I’ve gone the Big O, Oscar McInerney, who had eight tons in his final 11 games last season.

TM: Braydon Preuss. Yes, Matt Flynn and Kieren Briggs showed a bit last year, but I’ll be stunned if he doesn’t start as the Giants’ No.1 ruckman in Round 1. He’s too cheap to ignore based on the numbers at Melbourne when Max Gawn didn’t play. Next question, who are your five locks of 2022? For me, it’s Walsh, Brayshaw, Gresham, Greg Clark and Bowey. Yes, Jake Bowey. This kid will be an elite SuperCoach scorer within years and scored 80 in a prelim final. Red-headed Caleb Daniel, as Mr POD Dan Batten likes to say.

MT: Gawn – it’s Max Gawn. Touk – I’m president of the Touk cheer squad in SuperCoach so have to start with him. Jack Crisp – I struggle to fathom why you (not you, specifically, but anyone) wouldn’t start with a bloke who is a DPP, will play midfield and had two 140s in his final five games last season. Macrae – has averaged at least 121 the past four seasons. Tom Stewart – he’s like Jake Gyllenhaal. He won’t win you any Oscars (get you any huge scores) but a stinker is incredibly rare.

Jake Bowey made a bright start to his AFL career. Picture: Michael Klein
Jake Bowey made a bright start to his AFL career. Picture: Michael Klein

TM: Matty, it’s been a pleasure. Last question – does Will Gould debut this season? It’s the time of year where we should all be optimistic, so I’m going to say yes. It’s been a punishing few years for us all but John Longmire could save us at selection in Round 1. There’s a Jordan Dawson-sized hole begging to be filled! Keep The Phantom honest over in SA and please don’t let him talk about Will Brodie anymore. It’s getting to Tom Green levels and I can’t handle another Phant man crush.

MT: Phantom’s been waiting for Will Gould to debut longer than I’ve been waiting for my chai latte at a local cafe I’m at. I think Gould does and I think with the teams we’ve picked, you and I are well placed to outscore Phantom this year. I’m getting dizzy just thinking about it.

TM: If by chai latte you mean Zinger Crunch burger, then I agree.

TIM MICHELL’S TEAM

DEFENCE

Caleb Daniel $510,900

Lachie Whitfield $502,600 DEF/MID

Changkuoth Jiath $459,300

James Sicily $448,100

Jake Bowey $265,600

Garrett McDonagh $117,300

Leek Aleer $144,300

Charlie Dean $102,400

MIDFIELD

Clayton Oliver $672,000

Sam Walsh $637,100

Andrew Brayshaw $584,300

Lachie Neale $543,200

Matt Rowell $342,900

Jade Gresham $299,000 MID/FWD

Jarrod Berry $268,500

Nick Daicos $193,800

Zac Taylor $117,300

Greg Clark $117,300

Charlie Parker $102,400 MID/FWD

RUCK

Rowan Marshall $536,800

Braydon Preuss $204,700

Jack Williams $117,300 RUC/FWD

FORWARDS

Josh Dunkley $558,200 MID/FWD

Mitch Duncan $540,000 FWD/MID

Zak Butters $443,600

Luke Jackson $389,800 RUC/FWD

Cam Rayner $278,600

Stephen Coniglio $261,300 MID/FWD

Elijah Hollands $123,900 FWD/MID

Jesse Motlop $117,300

MATT TURNER’S TEAM

DEFENDERS

Tom Stewart $585,700

Jack Crisp $571,000 DEF/MID

Sam Taylor $475,800

Will Day $345,700

Jacob van Rooyan $126,300 DEF/FWD

Charlie Dean $102,400

Will Gould $123,900

Garrett McDonagh $117,300

MIDFIELDERS

Jack Macrae $699,900

Touk Miller $677,800

Luke Parker $591,600

Lachie Neale $543,200

Caleb Serong $451,000

Jason Horne-Francis $207,300

Neil Erasmus $166,800

Matty Roberts $117,300

Josh Sinn $157,800 DEF/MID

Josh Goater $117,300

Greg Clark $117,300

RUCK

Max Gawn $657,400

Oscar McInerney $509,600

Jack Williams $117,300

FORWARDS

Mitch Duncan $540,000 MID/FWD

Tarryn Thomas $459,300 FWD/MID

Zak Butters $443,600

Cam Rayner $278,600

Stephen Coniglio $261,300 MID/FWD

Josh Rachele $184,800 MID/FWD

Elijah Hollands $123,900 FWD/MID

Jesse Motlop $117,300

Originally published as KFC SuperCoach 2022: Experts Tim Michell and Matt Turner reveal their teams, debate big selection calls