2018 Price: $600,600
2017 Average: 109.2
2017 Games: 21
Past Averages (2016 – 2014): 111, 88, 64
2017 IN SHORT
Even with the return of the banned Bombers, Zach Merrett started 2017 where he left off in 2016, scoring eleven tonnes from his first seventeen games with a low score of 83 points. He racked up 31 possessions per game in that time and was making footy look easy.
Unfortunately, just when many Supercoaches were feeling rich and jumping on the Merrett bandwagon, he had a few setbacks. Twice in the final 5 matches he was tagged causing a season low of 67 points against the Dogs and he was also suspended after punching Plowman in Round 20. All up he only scored one tonne in the final 5 rounds but at least he scored that 135 points in the Supercoach finals from 31 possessions and 4 goals against the Dockers.
- Merrett is only turning 23 late in 2018 so he’s still improving and as I’ve said before, this is his fifth season, time for him to really jump to the elite!
- He is very consistent, recording 27 tonnes from 43 matches in the last wo seasons. That may not sound great but 9 of those sub-100 scores were 90s and Merrett only scored under 80 once in 2018.
- Merrett has a decent ceiling with 11 of his last 27 tonnes going over 130 points.
- Love ‘em or hate them, the Bombers are improving.
- He has a handy bye: Round 13!
- He’s durable, playing every game in the last two seasons (barring the one game missed through suspension).
- The taggers only appeared late in 2017 and had some success on Merrett so will we see more tagging in 2018?
- The Bombers seem to have 30 players spending time in the midfield this preseason.
- Merrett is a below average kick and kicks short too often meaning he scores higher in AFL Fantasy than Supercoach.
Zach Merrett seems a pretty safe bet in 2018. He has scored consistently for two years and he is at the age when he should be still improving. Taggers are a slight concern, as is the arrival of midfield-forwards in Devon Smith and Jake “Gut-Tatt” Stringer, but these seem unlikely to hurt him overly.
To be honest, it’s hard to find a significant flaw with Merrett.
Disclaimer: Right now, Merrett is my M3. I am after upside in my midfielders and I can see plenty of upside in young Zach. He wins plenty of the ball and just needs to clean up his ball use a bit, something that should happen with experience.
The way my gut feels it, Merrett gives you a 110 point average at worst, but could go higher.
And what other midfielders have a Round 12 bye? Well, plenty, but none that I trust.
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