There’s no debate the Adelaide’s Jordan Dawson is off the chain right now. The combination of a large frame that doesn’t cease contesting the ball, a beautifully skewed K:HB ratio and use which is a clinical and effective as it is offensively oriented is just sensational. What’s also great is he’s got one of the generation’s truly underrated MIDs in Laird, offering his first use, accumulation and chain up play, and is playing in what now looks to be a successful system and side.
Consider his numbers over the last fortnight:
Dawson v Freo:
- – 27 disposals
- – 20 kicks
- – 13 contested
- – 96% disposal efficiency
- – 598 meters gained
- – 1 goal, 6 tackles, 0 clangers
Dawson v Blues
- – 31 disposals
- – 21 kicks
- – 10 contested
- – 71%disposal efficiency
- – 537 meters gained
- – 9 tackles, 7 clearances
A standard strong outing for a MID is say 30 touches, half contested, half kicks and 80%. The rate at which Dawson a) opts to go by foot and then b) hits a chest is unconscionable – doing it OB and in traffic is then insane. Accordingly, he’s done 173 and 152 over the last fortnight and now sits at a 129.2 and $655.1k. In terms of scoring, role and how conducive his game is to SC he is, on paper, a must have.
The issue however is that $655.1k this early in the season and in the context of the present cash generation is a huge ask – if not untenable then certainly one that will reverberate through the rest of the trading season. If we had a slew of rookies spitting out great scores and solid for 150k, then no problem: sell the farm and get Dawson in a heartbeat. Cash gen is ludicrously thin right now however. Mackenzie just cooked his, Ginbey’s probably due a spell, Chandler’s had his substantive growth, the DEF rookies are shaky at best, Baker’s BE is his average this week and Caminiti is about to cop 4. Then by way of future cows there’s 3 and even they aren’t sure things.
Most of us have a path to him. It’s easy to boost and combine Ashcroft, Ginbey and Mackenzie into Dawson but is that really feasible? Is sinking such a large chunk of your generated cash into 1 player this early in the season without blinking, when we’ve still got spots to complete in a poor CG landscape, the go? Taking the 340k made by Ashcroft, Ginbey and Mackenzie represents 20% of the 1.8 mill team value most sides have accrued. Conversely, Dawson’s a god and passing will mean week to week punishment. He’ll hit 40% ownership this week. Imagine your weekends when everyone but you is banking his 167 VC.
Really interested to see where we end up on this one. Dawson was more popular a starting pick here than other SC communities and the competition as a whole given the general disposition towards paying up for defenders, however vindicated that’s been – so good job to the chunk of coaches who were on him. I know FT and Tomlousyteam were early fans and starters.
We’ll start with the philosophical/strategic question:
Finally, for only non-owners:
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