Could the Power high flyer rise back to premium status?
Wingard, known for freakish skill in the air and on the ground comes in a bit cheaper in 2017 due to a lack lustre 2016.
If he got bonus points for some of the tricks around the goals (see below) Wingard probably would be one of the greatest Supercoach players going around.
Unfortunately, that is not the case.
Still only 23 though, Wingard has risen to become one of the best midfield/forwards in the AFL. Drafted with pick 6 in 2011, GWS passed on him with their first 5 picks of the draft and the Power didn’t take long to pounce on him. SA Under 18 coach Brenton Phillips even said he is the best player he has ever coached in his 10 years as the coach of the SA Under 18’s.
With Supercoach averages of 95+ in 2013 and 2015, is 2017 the year that Wingard returns to elite premium status?
|Games last season:||18|
|Average last season:||80.8|
|100+ games last season:||6|
|Sub 80 games last season:||20|
|Price range last season:||$370k-$528k|
|Missed games last season:||
2016 was a disappointing year for Wingard. Expectations were high due to him getting into the All Australian team for the second time in 2015. He dropped in statistical averages in just about every category which impacted his Supercoach average. Some of the significant categories were
- 15.44 disposals a game (19.18 a game in 2015)
- 2.89 marks a game (3.86 in 2015)
- 2.17 tackles a game (3.05 in 2015)
Was he just spending too much time on getting mark of the year back? With Monfries out for the year, Wingard spent more time in the forward line. This could be the reason why Wingard dropped off in 2016 or he might of missed his mates.
At $439k, you’d be hoping that Wingard can return to his form in 2013 and 2015. With the return of Monfries and Ryder, this could be the case, but that is not guaranteed. Other clubs may put the work into stopping Wingard who can be dangerous at times.
Another problem for Wingard is injuries. He missed 4 games in 2016 which is the same as he did between 2012 and 2015. He had hamstring troubles early and late into the season.
Would have to be for him to get back to premium status. There is not enough money to be made with Wingard to be a cash generating mid pricer. With the lack of forwards for Supercoach in 2017, an average of 90 would do well. Could also slip under the radar as a POD in our forward lines.
- Young, still only 23 years old
- Capable of averaging 90+ (did in 2013 and 2015)
- Nearly $100k cheaper than last year
- Only missed 8 games out of 110 that he could have played
- Monfries returning could mean different role
- Hamstring troubles last season
- Could get tagged
- Tough first 4 games (Swans, Freo, Crows, GWS)
With the absence of 2016 top 6 forwards in 2017 Supercoach, it will be tough to get a good forward line together and other players will need to step up. It seems the return of Monfries and Ryder should get Wingard back up to an average of above 90+.
He is one of my first picked, but just to be on the safe side, it might be wise to keep an eye on his preseason.
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Is Wingard our saviour for our forward lines community?
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