Poll – DEF PODs

Written by Schwarzwalder on May 16 2018

Matt asked us to look at the best Points Of Difference in every position at the Polling Station last Monday.  Very interesting proposition especially if you’re looking for something different from the pack.  I’ve decided to skip on the Rucks, considering that Gawn & Grundy are over 20+ pts (on average) better than the next Ruckmen.  First up are the Defenders………..

I’ve classified ‘POD’ as any player that is in under 7% of all teams.  The following players are listed in order of total pts till now.  Who do you see as the best defensive PODs?

 

Who are the best defensive PODs? (three choices)

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17 thoughts on “Poll – DEF PODs”

  1. Not to be nitpicky but i think the poll shouldve been based on average instead of total points. Webster and TMac are both in the top 6 defenders based on average but arent included in above poll as have missed 2 and 5 games.
    I think both are as viable an option as any of the guys listed above.

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  2. Got a give a shout out to Jonas here.

    I gambled on him about a month ago and he’s been awesome.

    So good in the showdown last week

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    1. yep. am watching how he goes this week with a view to perhaps bringing him in post-bye. could provide more than just great cover for the main byes.

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  3. I’m keeping Finlayson as d7 bench cover…he will still score ok and has dpp and good bye….excuse the pun. Naughton goes this week and Doedee soon as well. Murphy stays, and with O’connor(m11)/Finlayson switchable (is that a word ??), I have great e loop on two lines.
    Problem this week is there are so many jucy options to consider bringing in.

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  4. Shannon Hurn averaged 105.5 in 16 games from RD16 last year and finals til R7 this year, however this was because his K/E was going at a ridiculous rate. Before last week his seasons K/E was 89% compared to a career 76% and with a history of averaging in the 80’s that scoring was unsustainable. Last week this came grounding to a halt as he went at 57% by foot and he scored an 83 (21 kicks, 3 handballs, 5 marks). His kick to handball ratio is also going at 4.8 compared to a career 2.6. I just don’t think he’s enough of an accumulator to remain a high-scoring uncontested player, especially when he lacks the k/h ratio of a Heath Shaw. He does take some intercept marks but not enough to be a top 8 defender the rest of the year.

    Jeremy Howe is the only guy I see on here finishing as a top 6 defender. He’s inconsistent but I still think he can do better than last year’s average based on his scoring potential. Injury concerns should put most off for a while.

    I think Webster has shown us 6 games of good scoring and many more years of average scoring so I don’t think he can be trusted. I think you need a 10 game span, hopefully at the end of a season to say that a player will break out. It’s also a better sign if this happens earlier in a players career rather than later. Savage has been a decent pick but I avoided him for this very reason, why would a player break out at Savage’s age?

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    1. West Coast play Tigers this week, a bit more pressure to Hurn’s kicking might see him have a low score.
      Will be watching closely.

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    2. Savage was in and out of side. Had mental issues, saw sports psychologist and a new role upon returning rnd 16 that resulted in 6 hundys in last 8 games for avg 97.5. His first 2 x JLT were large, 144 and 121 i think? So his last 10 = 102.75 roughly.

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        so he avg 87.5 for year, they say roughly for a breakout year you might go up 15ppg? 87.5 + 15 = 102.5 so was on track, yet no one counted on Saints sucking so badly. He was on track till Webster came in, who is taking his pts.

        Its hard to predict but i think will tonne up again a few more times. I had written Lloyd off then he hits 120 last week…

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        1. I know he’s improved every year supercoach wise but if you’re 27 and your best score is 87 from 12 games that might just be your best score. It’s rare that someone would keep improving year upon year at that slow a rate. Only 12 games last year over represents his score, he was bad enough to play in the VFL so that’s his floor.

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  5. Jack Crisp post-bye averages by year:

    2015: 89
    2016: 92
    2017: 91

    Total games missed since 2015: 0

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