Supercoach Price: $501,100
2016 Average: 92.1
2016 Games: 21
Bye Round: 11
Past (2015-2011): 98, 95, 78, 84, 88
Vince has missed two matches in three years since moving from Adelaide to Melbourne, one through suspension for an errant elbow and one through injury after a delayed start to 2015.
2016 Form: ★★★★
Bernie had a slight drop-off in his SC score when compared to his career-best 2015 season but he still averaged 25 possessions, 4 marks and 3 tackles per match. These figures seem pretty similar to 2015 but he spent more time in defence in 2016 and the subsequent drop in contested ball caused the drop in his Supercoach scoring. He also used the ball poorly some weeks and lost points through poor kicking/clangers.
Due to his mixed roles from ball-winning midfielder to tagger, Vince has never scored overly consistently and 2016 was no exception. He recorded highs in excess of 130 points but also dropped three stinky sub-60 scores with a low of 46 points in the Round 23 trouncing by Geelong.
The good news regarding these low scores was that all three occurred in the final 5 rounds, mostly when the Dees were playing ordinary footy.
Vince has a decent ceiling for a defender, scoring over 120 points 7 times from a total of 17 tonnes in the last two years.
Vince is not known for his kicking and the Dees are starting to develop some depth so it seems unlikely Vince will receive a forward tag.
Vince is priced at 6 points under his best ever season of 2015 when he was spending more time in the midfield. With the Dees’ midfield finally gathering some depth, it seems unlikely Vince will spend much time there in 2017 so predicting an average higher than 2015 seems a stretch.
Bernie will play practically every game this season and pump out another solid 90-point average so he deserves a solid overall rating.
I can’t see much upside in Bernie in his role playing across half-back, even with Melbourne on the rise. However, he’s durable and pretty much guaranteed to give you an average in the mid-90 range.
A concern for Vince will be the inclusion of slick ball users in Hibberd and Salem into the Dees’ backline. Will there be enough points to go around? The other concern is his tendency to belt players on a regular basis with the tribunal reviewing no less than four separate instances in 2016 for a single week of suspension.
I reckon there are better options in defence this year, no matter how good his preseason form appears.
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