Player Review: Robert Murphy

Written by Thommo on January 27 2017

Who doesn't love this man?
Who doesn’t love this man?

Dob: 09/06/1982

Team: Western Bulldogs

Position: Defence

Supercoach Price: $392,300

2016 Average: 103 (72.19)

2016 Games: 3

Bye Round: 11

Past (2015-2011): 91, 89, 99, 84


Age/Durability: **

A well-publicized knee anterior cruciate ligament rupture ended Robert Murphy’s 2016 season in Round 3. Prior to 2016 Bob had a great run of durability between 2010 and 2015, averaging 20+ games per year.

2016 Form: ****?

Murphy was on fire playing off half-back when his knee ruptured, with scores of 112, 102 and 95 from an average of 28 possessions per game. It is hard to rate a player on only 3 games, especially when all 3 games were played at Etihad Stadium (hence the question mark), so take this rating with a grain of salt!

Consistency: ***

Bob will pump out the odd sub-80 score, but generally he scores between 80 and 110 most weeks, pretty good for a defender. Since 2012 he has only dropped below 70 on 3 occasions per season, so true shockers are few and far between.

Ceiling: *

Murphy is more about standard deviation rather than monster scores. In the past 5 years (2011-2015) he has scored 100+ points on 35 occasions but only managed over 130 on 6 occasions.

Tag: ****

Only a couple of teams have bothered to tag Murphy in the last few years with limited success. St Kilda seems the main team who like to man him up and he has answered with scores of 102, 116 (both Weller), 75 (Curren) and 97 (Dempster).

With so many up-and-coming guns like Johannisen and Bontempelli to watch at the Kennel, it seems unlikely Murphy will cop any more attention in 2017.

Value: *****

This is why he’s in so many Supercoach teams early in the preseason: Value! He’s priced to average 72 points per game despite a five year average of 91. As long as he’s fit, Bob should comfortably give you 90-95 per week.

Overall: ***

Murphy rates ok due to his value and scoring ability. The knee injury and his poor scoring ceiling prevent an even higher rating.


His injury means he gets a 30% price cut and the Dogs should win a good percentage of games in 2017 so Bob is certainly tempting.

However, as much as we all love Bob he’s 35 in June, returning from a serious knee injury and there are plenty of defensive options this season. Add in 2 trips to WA, an away match to the Giants at Manuka and a drive to Geelong in the first half of the season and surely Bob will be rested early.

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6 thoughts on “Player Review: Robert Murphy”

  1. In the team atm as based on price and historical consistency with the aim to use as a trade up option mid year. I think he will be motivated to prove himself.


  2. His average the 5 seasons before last was only 90.8. Nice, but with his age and recent injury he seems a bad risk. I’d love him to make a full recovery and comeback, but I don’t think it likely enough to risk him in my team.


  3. Great price. Bit too risky for my liking. If we are requesting a review I’d love a poll on Luke Shuey if you have the time!



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