Proven goal kicking superstar. Is this the year of the key forward?
by Jimmy Dowland
Jack Riewoldt started 2016 off like a bull at the gate. Then he hit a rough patch at three quarter time of the season.
He has been a relatively consistent scorer for many years, averaging 87.6 over his last 5 years. With a potential closer-to-goal role but still floating up the ground getting touches, I expect this year to be one of his best.
His last 8 matches of the season were pretty ordinary which deflated his price. He ended the 2016 the season with a laughable $369k price tag (seriously laughable). He should be a sweeter and less expensive addition to our forward lines come march community.
I expect Richmond to win more games this year which will only help Jack’s scoring capacity.
|Games last season:||22|
|Average in 2016:||86|
|100+ games last season:||5 (with 5 in the 90s)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||8|
|Price range in 2016:||$369K – $516K|
|Missed games last season:||Nil|
The key forward factor. Consistency is always a worry. Some would argue that his scoring ceiling is a risk. His highest season average of 92.3 was back in 2010 where he averaged 3.5 goals a game.
As we know, picking key forwards is risky business. But I see this year as the change of guard.
Last year, Josh Kennedy averaged close to 100 but the important thing was that he hit close to 10 tons including a 180, 140, 137, 146, 141 proving that along with a couple of poor scores, they go big.
This year I see Jack doing similar things. His goal kicking numbers are set to improve, along with the number of times he gets his hands on the pill.
If you’re picking Jack in your starting side you’re likely in it for the long haul. Some might also consider offloading him after a good run of big scores given he’s shown his price can fluctuate quite a bit from week to week.
- He’s endured years of putrid delivery. We all know Dusty is a bloody gun, but he chops it up. Cotchin isn’t penetrating coming into forward 50. That could change this year with the addition of Prestia and Caddy to help carry the midfield load.
- Point of difference.
- Durable as buggery. Have a look back at his record – he’s missed one game in six seasons.
- He gathered more disposals in 2016 than in any other season, averaging almost 15 possessions. Good signs.
- You’ll ride the highs, but you’ll need to endure the lows. While I reckon things will change in 2017 you have to go in with your eyes wide open
- While $450K is a pretty good price, he has shown that he can get caught in a slump and bottom out around $370K
It’s a yes from me. I’m a loyal man with a reasonable set of spuds. I’ll be once again picking him in my Supercoach side for season 2017. Don’t be afraid to follow my lead. Yep. You’ll endure a few low scores. But I’m dead set big on him next year. Just strap yourselves in for the ride and there will plenty of boner inducing scores coming your way ladies and gentleman.
Who’s coming with me??
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