The Team Picker has launched for Supercoach, so it’s time for us to start our research! I decided a nice, simple way to start analysing my selections for 2019 was to first check out the low hanging fruit, the ‘locks’ for our starting sides.
I consider these to be a gift from Champion Data, or the Supercoach Gods, and they make a nice Christmas gift for we Supercoach tragics. Almost as good as a 30m goal square…
On the first day of Christmas, the Supercoach Gods gave to me, Paddy switched to mid-forward D-P-P.
PATRICK DANGERFIELD (GEE) FOR-MID $660,500
2018 Average: 121.7ppg
2017 Games: 21
Past Averages (2017 – 2013): 136, 130, 119, 106, 113
Bye Round: 13
SO DO WE JUST PICK HIM OR WHAT?
Danger was a hot topic early in 2018, as we debated whether we should, or shouldn’t, start with him in our midfields after his interrupted preseason. In hindsight, the answer was obviously a no, as he missed Round 1 and then struggled to match his 136ppg average from 2017 as he spent a lot of time as a forward.
Given his slow-ish start, it was no surprise that Dangerfield copped a lot of criticism in fantasy football circles but the fact is, he wasn’t that bad. Sure, he didn’t match his past highs, but Paddy only scored less than 100 points twice for the entire season (94 points twice) and his average never dropped below 111ppg for the season. He even pumped out 187 points in the Supercoach Grand Final week!
For anyone but Dangerfield, this would be a successful season but simply put, Danger is a victim of his own brilliance.
If Dangerfield were only eligible as a midfielder, we would consider him a fallen premium for our midfields, but as a forward-midfielder, Dangerfield is the biggest lock of 2019.
And I’m not talking about a lock where 50-60% of coaches start with him. I’m talking over 90% ownership.
Barring injury, if you don’t start with him, you are not Supercoaching correctly.
Last season he missed a chunk of preseason and played 38% time as a forward and he averaged 120ppg. With Menzel leaving, he will again spend time forward but if he gets through a full preseason expect 120-130ppg.
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