One and Dunn?
“By seeking and blundering we learn.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I put Lynden Dunn on my team last season. Not, mind you, before his value skyrocketed and he was the highest priced defender in Supercoach ($559K Round 16!). I had Lynden Dunn on my team…from…the…beginning…of…the…season.
(Will pause and let the mocking laughter die down)
Why did I put someone whose best Supercoach average was 82.. only averaged a putrid two tons per season.. and played on a team so bad that it seemed like a real-life version of the movie Multiplicity with a team of Josh Bootsma clones?
Preseason 2014 was the reason. Roos had the boys energized and playing more aggressive, disposal-heavy footy. 445 disposals v the Tigers. 444 v the Cats. Dunn had 20 and 25 of them each game.
Sure it was preseason but Dunn had an emerging look about him. Given this and sexy $444K price tag, Dunn seemed like a good risk.
And the first 6 rounds he made me look like Jock at champion-level arousal. Dunn averaged 92 a game with a high of 133 round 6. Then Roos moved him to the forward line. And that’s when the pant soiling began. 3 sub 80s in a row. In fact, around the house when my youngest daughter had an accident in her pants, I call it having a “Dunn-Dunn.”
So I offloaded. Immediately after Roos moved him back to the backline and Dunn went on a rampage. 116, 145, 149 (career high) and 97. It was almost like the SC gods were smiting me for dookie-fying the name of a loyal subject.
Well enough of my sad sack story. Let’s pop a squat on the data toilet and give the arse of Dunn a good Supercoach wet wiping.
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||85.2|
|100+ games last season:||5|
|Sub 80 games last season:||12|
|Price range last season:||$560K (R16) Lo: $338K (R22) Standard Deevy 29|
|Missed games last season:||0|
|Significant history:||Ranked 3rd in Total Rebound 50s 2014 (100)
Ranked 9th in time on field 2014 (96.3%)
Ranked 1st amongst rising stars in Goals 2006
Rumoured to line skivvies with discarded onions
Last season Dunn had his best year in the AFL. He raised his average from 82 to 85. His marks total went significantly up from 67 to 125, and went ton a career-high 5 times.
On the more blood curdling side, he laid Dunn-Dunns all over the field by going sub-80 a sack-punching 12 times. Equally alarming, his tackles average went from 5 to 1. Those type of Dunn-Dunns are hard to wash out!
As we all know, non-mid eligible defenders are always a risk. Ol’ Throtts thought he was taking a calculated one with young Lynden. Turned out a bad mistake.
Does having a career-best SC average, another year under the magical Paul Roos and getting new support from newbies Sam Frost and Prince Heritier make him worth considering?
Lumumba is the kind of quicksilver, strong-minded half back that you would love to have in your back line corp. For someone who prefers kicking to handballs like Dunn, it may give him a better playmate in starting the chain down the field. Looking at Dunn’s worst game where his TOG was 95% and only got 10 disposals and 5 marks, he could use the help.
- Prefers to kick the pill (12 vs 5 handballs a game)
- Field rat. Rarely leaves the game
- Forward play may lead to being the rare Def/Fwd DPP (confirmed position DEF only)
- Sucky suck sub 80 scores. Top 3 lowest: 45, 47, 56!
- Other than rebound 50s, doesn’t do much in other SC-relevant categories
- Forward line fiasco. If he moves up, you SC scores goes down
To put it simply, Dunn-Dunn me once, shame on you. Dunn-Dunn me twice, shame on Throtts.
Even if he gets DEF/FWD eligibility and his price was $100K less, it wouldn’t be enough to erase the memories of last season and give Dunn another go. Or put on my watchlist. Dunn would need to capture our attention in the first two rounds with 110+ scores to warrant even that consideration.
In the glass half full take, I can see Dunn upping his average to 90-95. But it will be a PAINFUL 90. The odd 120+ ton that will be offset by a batch of sub 60s. In other words, pure Supercoach hemorrhoids. And like those bum bumps, Dunn’s results will make the season hard on the backside…in more ways than one.
HELL TO THE NO
Community, what’s your take on Lynden Dunn?
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