On the sixth day of Christmas, the Supercoach Gods brought to me, 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
LACHIE NEALE (BRI) MID – $607,300
2018 Average: 111.9PPG
2018 Games: 22
Past Averages (2017 – 2012): 109, 113, 104, 87, 87
SO WHAT MAKES LACHIE INTERESTING IN 2019?
I won’t lie to you, I have always found Lachie Neale to be unsexy in Supercoach. He has barely graced my Supercoach team in the many years I have played the game because he just doesn’t excite me.
He is my Skeet Ulrich!
Remember the actor who looked a lot like Johnny Depp in the 1990s but just wasn’t as sexy? You know, Billy Loomis from Scream?
You don’t remember him?
My point exactly: We love the Cripps, Grundys, Mitchells, Dangerfields, Kellys because they have high ceilings and score you big, sexy captain scores, but on aggregate Neale is not far behind them. In fact, over the last three seasons, only Dangerfield and Mitchell would be ahead of him on aggregate from that illustrious group.
With Neale, we are talking about a guy who has averaged 113ppg, 109ppg and 112ppg in his last three seasons and only missed one single game in the last 66 matches. This season he recorded the 11th highest SC average and 8th highest total points score. Once you have removed Grundy, Gawn, Lloyd and Dangerfield (who now has forward-mid dpp status), he becomes the fifth highest scoring midfielder for the season.
Pretty sexy, right? Add to that a career average of 26 possessions and 6 clearances per game Lachie is seriously underrated by idiots like me.
What makes Lachie’s performance even more impressive still is his environment: That is, performing under the darting, slightly creepy, gaze of Ross Lyon. Fremantle’s slow ball movement and congestion around the contests certainly assisted Lachie’s possession count but not his efficiency level. It is hard to hit a target in a rolling maul!
Imagine how much easier life will be at the Lions with their more free-flowing game style and with the Tagger-bait, Dayne Zorko, at his side. For the first time ever, I will lock in Lachie (or is it Locky?) for 2019.
110-115ppg and I’ll be shocked if he play less than 21 matches in 2019!
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