Cripps is down, how about this young gun instead?
Another one on the seemingly endless production of young talent to come from the GWS midfield brigade, Stephen Coniglio had a career-best year in 2016, surprisingly as a run-with midfielder.
He doubled his amount of fantasy tons from 2015, lifted his average possession amount to 28, laid 5.5 tackles and 5.6 clearances per game all while performing some massive jobs on the stars of our game.
He was the guy responsible for keeping a certain bloke called Patrick Dangerfield to 23 touches and 77 SC points in round 1. He held his own against Pendles and The Bont. Smashed Sam Mitchell in all the major statistical categories when they met in round 7, even keeping joint 2012 Brownlow Medalist Trent Cotchin (that will never sit right to me. Handy pub trivia knowledge down the track) to stuff all influence in round 21 (not that difficult, but Coniglio still bent him over his knee). Not only can he shut these guys down, he backs himself to win against them offensively,
At 24 he’s smack bang in that glorious age bracket where midfielders make a name for themselves for fantasy years to come, if Coniglio can start hitting the scoreboard he will push beyond a 115 average in 2017. The only problem here is whether you can fit him or not?
|Games last season:||21|
|Average last season:||105.7 (2014 – 83.5. 2015 – 91)|
|100+ games last season:||13 (6 times 120+)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4|
|Price range last season:||$494k (round 1) – 578k (round 10)|
|Missed games last season:||
He’s firmly entrenched in GWS’s best 22, but seriously the GWS reserve team would line up bloody well against a lot of AFL sides. Even a slight dip in form could see him spend a week or two in the NEAFL and made to earn back his spot. He’s never managed a full season in his 5 years at the club.
Those sub 80 scores are a concern as well. Two of those were 66 against the Cats in round 11 and 62 against North in round 23
- Padlock: Secured
- Key: Thrown away
- Ride: Enjoy
At the very least I reckon Coniglio will hold his price and become someone you could sideways trade around the byes if he doesn’t push on. In round 19 his average was 109.8, his last month of footy wasn’t great however, averaging only 89 which pushed his season average down by 4 points. Potentially 20-25K underpriced heading into the season.
- Basically everything about him. Looks the type that would insist on being the big spoon and The Bachelor want him to headline their 2017 season.
- POD option – Peaked at 3.3% ownership
- Young bull ready to explode (him, not me)
- GWS can afford to replace him if his form drops
- E% is under 70
- Umm… Maybe he has bad breath in the morning?
There are so many midfield guns to fit in a select few spots so it comes down to personal choice. There is enough there to make a case against him, but if you pick against the blokes at a similar price range you’ll undoubtably find similar cases against them. A lot of talk already about Bont, Cripps, Neale etc, if you’re after a POD then Stephen Coniglio is your man.
For me in 2017…
HE’S A LOCK
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