Is this the year that Dan truly becomes The Man?
by Nicki Boy
Coming off Grand Final heartbreak but nonetheless a stellar year, the light-haired ginger they call ‘Hanners’ could be ready to join the big league in 2017.
The big league is the space of fantasy football that in recent years been occupied by the brethren of Fyfe, Pendlebury, Ablett and Goldstein. A league in which big and consistent scores are a must to go along with the fancy price-tag they carry.
Hannebery, being only 25 years of age is primed and ready to make the jump. He’s ready to challenge the cream of the crop. Much like a young boy on the verge of puberty, Hannebery is primed and ready to fully develop into The Man he was destined to become.
The Man that will rise from the ashes of his 2016 heartbreak and evolve in to the next Scott DePendlebury.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$616,800|
|Games last season:||22|
|Average in 2016:||113.4|
|100+ games last season:||17|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2|
|Price range in 2016:||$486K – $629K|
|Missed games last season:||Nil|
What’s not to like about this bloke. Seriously? He’s consistent as buggery and rarely takes a game off. In 2016 he had in total only 5 scores that were below 100 points playing in a midfield that consisted of Luke Parker, Josh P. Kennedy and Tom Mitchell. It took him till round 12 to score below 100 points in a contest and finished the year averaging 30.5 disposals and nearly 5 tackles.
Beast is the operative word that comes to mind when describing Hannebery.
With the cradle snatchers (Hawthorn) stealing a young and fresh Tommy Mitchell (23 years of age) in their version of the renaissance, a handsome 28 disposals and 6 tackles are up for grabs each and every game in the Sydney midfield.
So why wouldn’t we select Hannebery?
— telegraph_sport (@telegraph_sport) October 11, 2016
In the Grand Final, Hannebery sustained a knee injury that will require him to miss part of the preseason or maybe even its entirety depending on how well it recovers.
It’s reported that he sustained serious medial ligament damage and will have to wear a knee-brace over the summer which does not sound promising at all.
At an asking price of +$600k, Hannebery has to be at peak fitness and performance to warrant any consideration of starting squad selection.
The other doubt is if there are enough Supercoach & AFL Fantasy points for Hannebery in that Sydney squad. They have a whole lot of big time possession getters that will steal points off of each other. Despite Mitchell’s absence Heeney will most likely play more in the middle which could ultimately hinder Hannebery’s performance and ability to gather the quality possessions that will improve his scoring output.
The question isn’t whether to select Hannebery in Supercoach and AFL Fantasy in 2017 – but when.
Do you believe in the great man to raise his game to a new level. Do you start with him in the hope of gaining an early advantage over the competition?
Or, do you wait till that knee is cherry ripe and pick him up at a discount to complement your midfield at a reduced cost? Only the best of coaches will know when the time is right.
- He’s played all 22 games in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. When he gets healthy he generally stays healthy for reasonably long periods of time, plus he’s only 25!!!
- No Tom Mitchell screams more points for Hannebery in terms of disposals and tackles. Two necessities in order to be an ultra-premium midfielder.
- Only 10.7% of coaches started with the superb midfielder last season. Will be a starting squad point of difference for sure considering the output he has delivered the last two seasons (113.4 in 2016 and 114.5 in 2015)
- Will be coming off a pretty serious knee injury that may in fact hinder his early season form. That leg may also fall out from under him at any stage in 2017 if it doesn’t recover properly.
- Plays in a side of Supercoach scoring machines that may steal points off one another all year long. May reduce Hannebery’s ability to score in excess of 125+.
If he has a preseason that’s sound and that leg of his near enough to right, I’m picking him.
Last year’s winner had Hannebery in his starting side for that ultra-consistency and was rewarded handsomely. Hanners could improve that output even more this year and be one of the best in the competition.
He’s one of the most complete midfielders in the competition, and being at 25 years of age, he’s ripe to deliver.
What’s your call on Hanners in 2017, starter or not?
Have a chat with Nicki Boy on Twitter: @Nick_Wealands
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