Team: Port Adelaide
Supercoach Price: $423,700
2016 Average: 77.87
2016 Games: 15
Bye Round: 9
Past (2015-2011): 101, 97, 91, 91, 92
After struggling with soft tissue injuries early in his career, Hartlett improved his durability from 2013 to 2015, playing 20+ games each season. Unfortunately these soft-tissue injuries returned in 2016, as Hartlett missed 2 games with a hamstring injury in Rounds 2 and 3 and then 5 games with a calf injury from Rounds 19-23.
2016 Form: *
Given his talent, Hartlett was terrible in 2016 dropping his average below 90 for the first time since 2010. Even though he played outside midfield and loose in defence his possession count dropped to just 18 touches per match compared with 20+ possessions every year since 2010. This was partly due to injuries but at times he disappeared for large stretches of the game and appeared disinterested.
It was no surprise that Port Adelaide shopped him around at season’s end.
As expected, Hartlett was particularly inconsistent in 2016 with 9 of his 15 games adding up to less than 80 SC points. He was a little more consistent in 2015 with only 3 sub-80 scores but that was a bit of an outlier year. Don’t expect a tidy standard deviation from HH
From 40 scores of 100+, only 9 have been over 130 since 2011. You might get an odd 130-150 score from Hartlett but don’t hold your breath.
He hasn’t been tagged since 2014 and he won’t be any time soon unless he seriously lifts his form.
Hartlett can comfortably average in the mid-90s as he did in 2014 and 2015 so he’s 15+ points under-priced to start 2017.
2016 was a horrible year for Hartlett, dropping his rating massively. The silver-lining is that he is super cheap and great value to start 2016.
Looking at pure statistics from 2016, you wouldn’t even look at Hartlett but he’s obviously much better than what the numbers indicate. If he can reproduce a year like 2015 you’d be happy to have him in your back-line especially when you consider his unique Round 9 bye.
I guess the question is: Will the off-season trade talk fire Hartlett up in 2017?
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