I keep telling you, Coaches…….if you go to this much effort in the comments then you’ll probably end up with your own thread. 😉
I’ll say it again……………our greatest strength at SCT is that literally ANYONE can write articles providing any statistics given are accurate. If you get the urge to write something then send it through to me at ‘schwarzwalder ‘at’ supercoachtalk ‘dot’ com.
BEN‘S FIRST GLANCE AT FWDs
I’m on a completely different wavelength to everyone else apparently, cos I’m having a real hard time being able to select forward premos with confidence outside of Danger and Heeney. With this in mind, I’m going to list every major FWD premo and what my issue with them is, and hopefully a few of you can talk me into some of them.
Tom Hawkins – Had a stellar year last year, but no indication he can back it up as it was his best season by about 20ppg, and it’s odd for players to “break out” so < late in their career. Also KPP.
Justin Westhoff – With Lycett in the team, he won’t get as much opportunity in the ruck. Role also unclear. Also a KPP.
Lance Franklin – Seems to be carrying something all the time these days, also an absolute rollercoaster and will drop in price significantly at some point during the season.
Sam Menegola – Also a rollercoaster who may bottom out, and unsure if he’ll get midfield minutes with the addition of Dahl.
Devon Smith – Probably the premo I’m closest to picking at F3, pretty consistent scores, however how much midfield time will he get this year with Shiel coming in and younger players like Langford and McGrath likely to get a run?
Tom McDonald – Rollercoaster KPP who will bottom out at some point, also didn’t finish the year super strong.
Robbie Gray – If he was guaranteed permanent spot in the midfield he’d be a no-brainer, but unfortunately as long as he splits his time between mid and forward I’m steering clear.
Jack Gunston – Too up and down, changes roles too much to be considered.
David Mundy – Getting up there in age and likely to be pushed out of the midfield by Freo’s young guns.
Luke Breust – Again, way too up and down, and still unsure if he truly broke out or just had a big purple patch in the middle of the season.
Josh Dunkley/Toby McLean/Mitch Wallis – All guns when played in the midfield, but Mr. Magnets really makes me nervous about starting any of them.
Tim Kelly – Another premo I’m strongly considering, but again was very up and down last year, he’ll probably drop in price at some point during the year.
Jack Riewoldt – Getting older and will have to share points with Lynch this year. Also KPP.
Jesse Hogan – KPP, injury prone, and a new club. Too many question marks.
Mitch Robinson – Injury prone and inconsistent, may get pushed out of the midfield by Neale and young guns.
Kane Lambert – Far too inconsistent and burned me last year when I started with him. No thanks.
Chad Wingard – Another I’m strongly considering but too many question marks around role, effort level, and Hawthorn’s midfield as a whole without Titch.
I honestly cannot pick any of these players in confidence at the moment, surely someone can talk me into one of them?
FREO TRAGIC‘S FIRST GLANCE – FWDs
You make some great points re forwards this year.
When I am deciding on forwards , I find it easier to rate them out of 10 and list them by their bye weeks.You only really want to start 2 at the most from any Bye week. This leaves you the most options when upgrading pre Byes. So for me the 3/4 best missing each round are:
Round 12 bye.
D. Smith. $531 300. (9/10)
Tackle machine. Did enough last year to deserve his midfield spot. I think he is a very safe bet for top6 forward this year.
R Gray. $525 500. (8.5/10)
With Wingard and Polec gone, surely he needs to spend more time in the midfield. Even if he doesn’t he has the talent to average 95+ as a full time forward.
D Mundy $ 520 900. (8/10)
Just like Walters he will spit his time forward and mid, but I rate Mundy higher due to his durability. Doesn’t have a huge ceiling but rarely puts up a stinker either.
Wingard $481 100. (7.5/10)
Is a close 4th and may thrive with Titch missing.
Round 13 Bye:
Danger $660 500. (10/10)
First picked. Lock, Enough said.
Heeney $529 200. (9.5/10)
Training with the midfield group. The kids got all the talent in the world. I smell a breakout to uber premium. Lock
Menegola $543 100. (8/10)
Solid performer. No value at that price but a pretty safe bet to be top 10 forward again.
Round 14 Bye.
Nobody really stands out here unfortunately. I would prefer to start a round 14 bye premo. It just leaves more options when upgrading. Maybe one of these guys?
Toby Greene $354 600. and Tom Lynch $425 600.
Both underpriced but come with some risk attached. Toby’s body (and mind sometimes) are made of crepe paper. Lynch is no certainty to average 95+ let alone be top 10 forward.
I will only really be considering these guys as a F4 if we have a forward rookie drought.
So (for now) I’m starting Danger , Smith and Heeney.
Then looking at R Gray or maybe Wingard as my pre Bye upgrade.
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