The Eighth SC Day of Christmas

Written by Thommo on December 21 2018

On the eighth day of Christmas, the Supercoach Gods brought to me, Eight-ty points a week…

#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

GRANT BIRCHALL (HAW) DEF $205,200

2018 Average: DNP

2018 Games: DNP

Past Averages (2017-2013): 63, 84, 86, 89, 92

WILL HE EVER BE RELEVANT AGAIN?

Pre-2017, the biggest criticism of Grant Birchall was his inability to really rack up large SC scores. A guy who consistently scores 80s or 90s is great in draft but he doesn’t win you $50,000.

Unless he’s priced at $200k!

After only managing 5 games in 2017, one of those an injury effected 6 points, Birchall couldn’t get on the park at all in 2018. Several times he was close to a return in 2018 before suffering more knee or soft tissue injuries. That said, he was close to a return late in 2018 so hopefully he can complete a preseason leading into 2019.

If he can remain fit, we can lock in a steady 80ppg average, can’t we?

Perhaps not!

The fact is, Birchall has been on a steady decline since 2012, with his average scores since then being 95, 92, 89, 86 and 84. Yes, it’s a slow decline, but it is a definite downward trend. Throw in his recent injury history and his upcoming 31st birthday and he is quite a risk of failure.

PROJECTED SCORE

If he were priced at $300k or more, I wouldn’t go near Birchall, but at his current rookie price, you have to lock him in if he plays in the preseason. Given the Hawks’ game style, I still expect an average of 80ppg.

Bargain!

IF he's fit, do we start with Birchall?

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8 thoughts on “The Eighth SC Day of Christmas”

  1. Depends on who else is available cow-wise. If there is a Cow shortage, then he will look better. If a cow surplus then he will be surplus.

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  2. Great player once upon a time, but just read that he underwent even more knee surgery today to remove “floating cartilage” – it’s a definite no from me.

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