On the Seventh day of Christmas, the Supercoach Gods brought to me, #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 MERRETT (ESS) MID – $544,800
2018 Average: 100.4ppg
2017 Games: 22
Past Averages (2017 – 2014): 109, 111, 88, 64
In the 2019 season, Merrett is the one receiving a gift from the Supercoach Gods.
That gift: Dylan Shiel!
Zach Merrett is not well known for his ball-use but even so he received attention from taggers in 2018 and early in the season he struggled, scoring 95, 72 and 79 points when tagged in Rounds 2, 8 and 9. He got better at dealing with a tag as the season progressed, scoring 114 points while wearing the George Hewitt tag in Round 19, but that may not be relevant in 2019. With the arrival of Dylan Shiel, Merrett may find himself running free again.
Shiel has a better disposal efficiency than Merrett and is similarly susceptible to a tag so his arrival should be a god-send.
And for all that I have blamed taggers for Merrett’s poor early season form, that is not the whole story. Poor old Zac also copped a high bump in Round 1 that forced him from the field in the second quarter of that match and, even though he didn’t miss a match, he looked out of sorts for the few weeks following. If you judge Merrett purely on his second half of the 2018 season, he averaged 113.7ppg, more in keeping with his 2016 and 2017 output.
All up, Zach Merrett looks a bargain priced at 100ppg!
If you make allowances for the 17 points in Round 1 and the slow few weeks following, Merrett is clearly 5 -10 points undervalued. Add the arrival of Shiel and Merrett should return to a solid 110ppg in 2019.
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