Howe.. will he fare in 2017?
by Ben Madden
Up until 2016, Jeremy Howe was best known for his tendency to take a specky or 2. Unfortunately, you don’t get many Supercoach points for a hanger (does this need to be rectified?).
In 2016, with a move from Melbourne to Collingwood, Jeremy Howe became of interest to those in the Supercoach world. However, people were sceptical. What could this high-flying forward really do for our teams?
For the first 4 rounds, the answer wasn’t much. Round 5 saw Howe move to the backline, in arguably Buckley’s most successful move (for SuperCoachers anyway). From Round 5 onwards, Howe averaged 97.2.
Can he back this up in 2017?
|Games last season:||20|
|Average last season:||92|
|100+ games last season:||8|
|Sub 80 games last season:||5|
|Price range last season:||$364,800 (round 6) – 510,800 (round 11)|
|Missed games last season:||
The main risk with Howe is picking him and missing out on a more potent Defender. Whilst Howe’s stats show that he is consistent, only falling below 80 3 times, there are a few defenders who far outweigh his scoring ability (Rance, Howe, Docherty etc). Do you want to restrict yourself when it comes to the pointy end?
The other consideration is that the Magpies’ defence personnel has changed. In a shifting lineup, it is not a certainty that Howe will be given as lucrative a role. This will be one to monitor throughout the JASPSDFPESRM Cup, but unfortunately we cannot be certain till we see him play Round 1.
Finally, the loss of DPP changes Howe as a pick. 2016 saw him fit into many sides as a D6, swinging with Uebergang to cover the forwards when required. In 2017, much like he was in real life, he is anchored in the defence. This is something to consider when picking Howe.
Howe is selected as a defence keeper. Depending on your structure, he’ll sit at about D3 or D4, where ideally he will be all season!
- Very consistent
- Had a great SC role in 2016
- Can score big on occasion
- Great 1 on 1
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) December 6, 2016
- Unknown role in 2017
- Volatility in the Magpies’ backline
- Could clog up a spot in your finished backline
Howe is a pick that I feel I will debate a lot before Round 1. There could be an argument made to pick him over the more fancied Taylor Adams, what with Adams’ injury history. At the same time, Howe could easily find himself nullified in 2017 by a forward tag, and stuff your backline’s output. Do I have Howe in my team currently? No. Will I? Possibly.
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