by The Stiv
Why does Rory Sloane deserve a spot in your 2017 Supercoach team?
a) He has a 5 year SC average of 108.6 points
b) He started 2016 in only 3% of teams
c) He’s great value
d) It is written
|Games last season:||21|
|Average last season:||108.6|
|100+ games last season:||12|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1|
|Price range last season:||$536,600 – $592,900|
|Missed games last season:||
Just like a young Indian lad rising up from the slums to win a million dollars, Rory Sloane is the ultimate underdog. The ancient saying “it is written” loosely translates to “it is destiny”, although in this case it is not clear exactly who is doing the writing. This Sloane dog seems to be carving out his own path, despite preconceptions of what makes a midfield beast. Or perhaps this was fated by the Supercoach Gods all along.
Sloane’s emergence as an Alpha in the Supercoach pecking order has been against all odds. Rory was taken at a lowly pick #44 in his draft year. In an age dominated by midfield behemoths, Rory clocks in at a modest 6 ft tall and 83 kg’s. He’s not the quickest player either.
Whilst being much smaller than the Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, and German Shepherd, Sloanedog’s pedigree is akin to that of the Siberian Husky. Husky’s boast incredible strength for their medium size and an endurance and determination that rivals any within the canine world.
Comparable to pulling a sled through kilometres of Arctic snow in the harshest conditions known to man (or dog), Sloanedog will never relent as he powers through, valiantly carrying the weight of the Adelaide midfield on his shoulders.
Sloane has the capacity to be an elite Supercoach midfielder as he showed in 2014 when he averaged 114.8 points but most years he averages between 105 and 109 points. The risk is that you give up such a valuable premium midfield position to a player that doesn’t end up in the top 10. Of the midfielders that played 20 or more home and away matches in 2016, Sloane finished 12th for average SC points and 17th for total SC points.
— AFL (@AFL) November 20, 2016
Sloane doesn’t tend to start in many teams but his selection % generally improves in the latter part of the year. So you can start him as a POD set and forget option or jump on when he bottoms out in price or hits his late run of form.
He has a knack for finishing seasons off well. Over his last 5 games of each SC season since 2013, Rory averages 121.8 points. At the beginning of that segment he is priced at an average of $517K. You’d take that kind of points to price ratio any day of the week.
- Man’s best friend
- Sled-pulling machine
- Rare breed – POD
- Has a taste for blood – averaged 7 tackles per game in 2016
- Loyal – doesn’t normally miss more than 1 game per season (2015 is a notable exception)
- Alpha male – clearly Adelaide’s no.1 midfielder
- Can’t quite match the scoring of the big dogs of the comp
As a relative POD, I really want to start the Sloanedog Millionaire in my midfield but personally I just don’t have a spot for him. There are too many good midfield starting options this year; however, Sloane still gets The Stiv’s seal of approval and I am likely to pick him up in the latter part of the season.
YES – as an upgrade target
Will you be selecting Sloanedog in 2017?
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