The Eleventh SC Day of Christmas

Written by Thommo on December 24 2018

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, the Supercoach Gods brought to me, Eleven Achilles a snapping (well, one anyway)…

Ten(th) in contested possessions…

Nine tonnes tonning…

Eight-ty points a game…

#7 a Bomber Bombing…

Six clearances a game…

Five Gold Coast Suns…

Four bargain Blues…

Three bench men…

Two winged Crows…

And Paddy switched to Mid-forward D-P-P

ZACH WILLIAMS (GWS) DEF $407,800

2018 Average: 97ppg

2018 Games: 2 games

Past Averages (2017-2013): 94, 88, 69, 65, 59

Welcome back, Zac!

The general consensus in the 2018 preseason was that Zac Williams was ready to break-out to a full premium defender. His defensive teammate, Nathan Wilson had left for Fremantle and Williams was on an upwards trajectory. Sadly an achilles injury prevented us from seeing if Williams really was on the cusp of Supercoach greatness.

Thankfully by the end of the season, Williams had made a full recovery and he returned for two games in the finals and he looked to pick up where he had left off with 117 SC points in his first match back. He was a bit down with 77 SC points in the semi-final but that was to be expected after such a long time off.

Now that he is back to full health, Williams should finally have that long-awaited break-out season in 2019. Whitfield did move into his role in 2018 but with the departure of Shiel, Whitfield may spend more time in the midfield and there is plenty of room for running players in defence or on a wing for the Giants in 2019. Besides, Williams played that running half-back role on his return in the finals despite playing no footy all year. Cameron obviously rates him!

Given he is eligible as a defender, I would almost suggest simply selecting Whitfield but Lachie is full-priced and Williams has received a 30% injury discount for 2019. While Lachie may struggle to increase his average further due to the attention of taggers, Williams is a risk-free option at his discounted price (priced at 75ppg). Even if he struggles to elevate his score above his 2017 average, he is so cheap that it will not be a disaster.

PROJECTED SCORE

I can’t see Williams averaging anything less than 90-95ppg and if he can eliminate those few low scores (4 sub-80 scores in 2017), there is a strong possibility he could enjoy a Docherty style of break-out.  If he averages 100+ points, I will not be the slightest bit surprised.

Lock, lock, lock.

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5 thoughts on “The Eleventh SC Day of Christmas”

  1. Thanks again Thommo, great write-up. But now you’re messing with my head. Whitfield is a lock. Zac is very tempting.

    VERY tempting. Here’s to March and a better eyed ear.

    Seasons greetings everyone. Tapping off for now

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