Can he bounce back in 2017?
God giveth, God taketh away.
The SuperCoach God that is.
One of the biggest talking points so far this year has been the lack of our usual reliable DPP options in the forward line. The top three scorers are not available in 2017 which has left it looking threadbare.
Thankfully though, we’ve been granted a slight reprieve in defence with some surprising DPP options, one of which is Collingwood hard nut Taylor Adams.
|2017 Price:||$527,800 (2016 price range $480K – $529K)|
|Games last season:||14|
|Average last season:||97|
|100+ games last season:||7|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3|
|Missed games last season:||
Don’t be fooled by Adams’ DPP status, he is a pure midfielder who apparently spent so much time helping out Collingwood’s rubbish defence that he was allocated there in SuperCoach.
There’s no complaints here. There was chatter that Adams was primed to breakout in 2016 before a series of lower body injuries stalled his progress and he plateaued at a 95 average. A 95 average is not enough for SuperCoach relevance in the midfield, but as a defender it should place him toward the pointy end of the final standings.
Missed games have been a recurring theme in Adams’ career so far, as Champion Data’s guru Fantasy Freako points out:
Taylor Adams hasn’t played more than 18 games in any season so far. Missed 16 games through inj. and 6 suspended. #2017AFLProspectus
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) December 15, 2016
He had three separate injury layoffs last year, with knee, hamstring and ankle problems. There doesn’t seem to be much of a threat to his scoring output unless the genius coaching mind of Nathan Buckley devises a defensive forward role for him. If he plays 22 games he seems a near certainty to end as a top-8 defender, but that’s a big ‘if.’
At over $500k, Adams is a premium selection that you’d pick as a keeper and hope his body can hold up for the whole season.
- Wins plenty of it and tackles which means consistent scoring
- Two consecutive 95 average seasons which should be his minimum output
- Part of a strong Collingwood midfield group
- Should be entering his prime at 23 years old
- Needs to stay fit
- Is likely to be heavily selected
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) December 20, 2016
Adams’ injury history is a concern. However, given the age of most of the players who figure to be the top scoring defenders at the end of the year, they’ll likely all be managed at some point. Adams is an extra midfielder in your side and will provide consistent scoring. Will likely start in my side.
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