On the Fourth day of Christmas, the Supercoach Gods brought to me, four bargain blues…
Three bench men…
Two winged crows…
And Paddy switched to Mid-forward D-P-P
WILL SETTERFIELD (CAR) FWD-MID $144,900
2017 Average: 45ppg
2017 Games: 2
2018 Average: DNP
IS SETTERFIELD WORTH THE HYPE?
All I can say is, “This guy had better be good!”
For two preseasons we have heard from the Giants, and then the Blues, how skilful Will Setterfield is. Sadly 2018 was ruined with a preseason ACL injury but that didn’t stop the Blues from swooping on the Giants’ list again, and amazingly the hype remains.
So now we wait to be impressed.
Given the state of the Blues’ midfield, which is clearly a soldier or two short, Setterfield should step straight into a midfield role as soon as he’s ready. With the devastating second knee reconstruction required by Sam Docherty, Setterfield could even run across half-back or a wing, but wherever he plays he’s a bargain at that price.
Given he has only played 2 games in his entire career, it is difficult to predict anything to do with Setterfield, but surely he’ll average as much as any first year rookies.
Let’s say 70ppg!
And now, for his sake, let’s hope the young fella can stay on the park.
NIC NEWMAN (CAR) DEF 394,100
2018 Average: 73ppg
2018 Games: 11
Past Averages (2017): 83ppg
HAVE WE FORGIVE NEWMAN?
I coached Newman in 2017 and traded him out the week he pumped out 151 points and never recovered.
Like Tom Mitchell before him, Newman seemed to be hated by Horse at Sydney and his game suffered accordingly. In 2017 he averaged 21 possessions, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 83 SC points and looked like he had a decent fantasy game. However after 12 scores of 80+ points in 2017 he could only manage 4 scores over 80 points in 2018.
Was Newman stifled by Longmire at Sydney or is he just not that good a player? Now at the Blues, we are about to find out. If Neman can nudge his scores towards 90ppg he is worth a starting position, but he is awkwardly priced.
Obviously we won’t know much until we see Newman’s role, but with Doc out for the season, he’s likely to spend plenty of time playing behind the ball with Simpson and Williamson. I see 85-90ppg in his future.
TOM WILLIAMSON (CAR) DEF $189,500
2018 Average: DNP
2017 Average: 50ppg
2017 Games: 15
Williamson missed 2018 with a back injury after a relatively successful first season in 2017. He was a running half-back with elite fitness in his junior career and should slot in well to the Blues’ backline and help replace Docherty.
Even though last season was ruined with injury, Williamson now has two seasons in the system so he should be able to improve on his first season average. He is unlikely to score huge numbers as he has never been an accumulator but at his price he is a lock if he plays round 1. Just don’t expect more than 60-70ppg.
MATTHEW KREUZER (CAR) RUC $432,900
2018 Av: 80ppg
2018 Games: 12
Past Averages (2017-13): 110, 73, 89, 69, 98
NO RISK, NO REWARD! RIGHT?
Kreuzer started as the highest priced ruckman in the season and his price fell off a cliff after a round 1 groin strain hindered him for weeks. He showed some flashes of brilliance with 3 tonnes in four weeks from round 8-11 but he just never got going for the season.
Unfortunately for Kreuzer, this is not an isolated incident. Across his entire career he has only averaged 15 matches per season and at age 30 in May, time is against him.
That said, if you are willing to take a risk, you could get a bit leg up on the competition if Kreuz gets off to a flying start.
I get the impression that the Blues prefer playing a single ruckman. That may change after West Coast winning a premiership with tandem ruckmen, but if Kreuz is fit and solo rucking, expect a healthy 95-100ppg average.
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