Even a seasoned veteran of fantasy footy such as myself was staggered to hear the young Brad Crouch has not been named for round 1.
To soil the underpant of our round 1 midfield rookie plans even further – Nick Kommer has been named to debut for Essendon when they take on the Crows at AAMI park Friday night and looks a very tempting swap for Crouch.
Mark my words. Not a season goes by when the fantasy footy gods don’t chuck a few of these curve balls at as at the last minute. I love it. It’s these very situations that sort the wheat from the chaff. The men from the boys. The fantasy pretenders from the true fantasy elite.
First thing we need to do is remove the emotion from this equation. Crouch is out. Kommer is in. Kommer will score points round 1. Crouch will not. For many this may appear to be a very easy decision to make – and I suspect that the most popular trade in the lead up to lockout will be CROUCH OUT. KOMMER IN.
But hold your horses community. Let’s pull this thing apart and compare what we’re dealing with here;
Essendon, Mid, $109,500
- He averaged around 50 in his 4 NAB hit outs – I’d expect him to output 60’s in the real deal.
- Selected at pick 73 in the 2012 Draft.
- He’s a mature age 22 year old which is a positive.
- Played the whole NAB Cup and was very pretty impressive.
- Comes across from the WAFL where he played 27 games averaging 16 possessions a game. Suggestions are that he was red hot late in the season for East Perth which is where he really got the attention of recruiters.
- Pressure may come from Winderlich who may return from injury soon and Jetta who didn’t make round 1, however Hirdy did come out and say that Essendon has 43 of 44 fit players available so this must be a good thing for Nick’s job security.
Adelaide, Mid, $115,900
- Averaged 55 through the NAB, with less game time than Kommer.
- Selected at pick 2 in the 2011 mini draft
- He has been described as a clearance beast.
- Had to cool his young heels in the SANFL for season 2012 becasue he was too young.
- He averaged 20 touches and 5 clearances a game in the SANFL.
- Sanderson has suggested a few times that he would have played senior footy for the Crows in 2012 if the rules allowed it.
- There are a lot of grumpy Crows around the interwebs tonight struggling to understand how blokes like Brodie Martin, Matthew Jeanch and Andy Otten have snagged a round 1 berth before him.
- He’s named first emergency.