2018 Player Review: Luke Parker

Written by Thommo on February 13 2018

Position: Midfielder

2018 Price: $546,000

2017 Average: 99.3

2017 Games: 22

Past Averages (2016 – 2012): 112, 99, 108, 87, 70

2017 IN SHORT

We heard little out of Sydney over the 2017 preseason, only vague suggestions that Parker had a delayed start to his preseason after surgery on his knee posterior cruciate ligament sustained in the 2016 finals and that Hannebery had forsaken alcohol.

I wonder which received more media attention?

Well, anyone who wasn’t paying attention and selected Parker was certainly needing a drink or two after Parker averaged 81.8 points per match leading in to the Round 11 bye. He only tonned up twice in that time and averaged 25.5 possessions, 2.8 marks and 4.6 tackles. He turned this around in the final 12 matches with a 107 ppg average (and 9 tonnes) from 28 possessions,  4.41 marks and 6.3 tackles per match.

Clearly a case of coming in to the season underdone, playing at 80% fitness and scoring at 80% of his best.

Unfortunately for the Swans, Parker was just one of many Swans who were underdone which led to the now famous 0-6 start before they got rolling again.

Despite the Sydney’s spectacular comeback to play finals, the Swans and Parker will be happy to put 2017 behind them!

PROs

  1. Parker is clearly underpriced due to the slow start to 2017.
  2. From all accounts, Parker has completed most of the 2018 preseason.
  3. Kennedy, Hannebery and Heeney have all had restricted preseasons so surely Parker is doing the heavy lifting early in 2018.
  4. He has a high ceiling due to his ability to kick goals and tackle as well as rack up possessions with a career high of 161 points in 2016 (twice!).
  5. He is only turning 26 in October 2018 which is the age players often step into the elite (not that Parker wasn’t elite in 2016 already).
  6. The Swans have proven they can score well on mass as shown by Kennedy, Hannebery and Parker all scoring 110+ in 2016.
  7. Parker is durable, playing every game in 2016 and 2017 (although he played through injury in late 2016).

CONs

  1. Parker can tend to put in the odd poor score. Even in his career best year of 2016 he posted a 67 and 59.
  2. Parker has a decent ceiling but he only scored over 130 once in 2017 (134). Not quite Dangerfield like!
  3. He shares his bye with Dangerfield, Martin, Fyfe, Crouch, Sloane, Neale, etc…
  4. Longmire is another coach who can frustrate with changing his players’ roles on the fly. It seems unlikely this year but Parker has often been used forward in the past.

CONCLUSION

He is not massively under-priced, but there is no doubt Luke Parker is discounted by over $50k. The last time he averaged 99 ppg in 2015 he started 2016 with a bang, posting a 130 point average over the first 6 weeks. He is a bit of a left-of-centre choice but one who is worth considering if it suits your bye structure.

THOMMO’S GUT

I am seriously considering Parker. He is going to be the main man in the midfield for Sydney over the first month or two and he is reaching the age when midfielders really hit their straps. Given his unrestricted preseason Parker could really explode early in the season.

Please consider!

So who wants to be different and select Luke Parker?

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12 thoughts on “2018 Player Review: Luke Parker”

  1. Great write up Thommo, convinced me to swap Wines for Parker. Both similar with durability and toughness.Just think Parker has a bigger ceiling.

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  2. He has been on my radar ever since the article was posted of the pre-season setbacks.

    Understand the bye is an issue and will try not to carry too many starting round 14 premiums in my starting team but so much can happen between now and then that I’m not just going to select someone else because of their bye.

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    1. Yep, I use byes to help with 50-50 choices but an underpriced gun has to be selected unless you don’t think the player can recapture their best form.

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  3. Awesome stuff Thommo, he’s firmly locked in my team. Are we overthinking the bye rounds too much? Especially the one that we have the most time/trades to plan for. So much can happen between now and R14 that I don’t see much point planning for it until about 5-6 rounds before. You’d be kicking yourself if you chose a premium with a better bye round who went on to average 5-10 points less than Parker. I know because I’ve done it in the past.

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  4. Great job as usual! I’m steering away from Swans mids this year as there are too many to pick from and I never pick the right one.

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  5. I like the look of Parker but am currently backing Treloar over him. Treloar has proven more in my opinion and still got plenty of the ball last year even though his disposal was down a bit. Expect to see him return to top 10 mid status this year.

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  6. Currently locked at M5.

    Only issue is having Danger, Dusty, Fyfe and Parker all having that bye but hoping i will be able to cover it. Parker seems to good to ignore at only 550k when other sydney mids havn’t had a big pre season

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