Matty Boyd, nobody’s bunny and not too long in the tooth.
Rabbits, rodents and even wombats all have teeth that continue growing throughout their lives. I believe Higgo once mentioned on an early podcast that Rodent is Latin for “to gnaw”. Anyway, in order to maintain their dentures they have to constantly gnaw on fibrous plants. However, over time as the critters get older, they chew less and their incisors continue growing. The older animals get ‘long-in-the-tooth’, and that’s the origin of that saying.
As footy players get older, they tend to slow down and score less fantasy points as a result, when we are looking to select our starting teams, the community generally rule a line these players that are ‘long of tooth’. However there are a handful of exceptions and by all accounts, Matthew Boyd is one of those ridiculously old footy players that are still SuperCoach relevant, especially as a defensive Premo keeper.
Matthew Boyd will be 35 in August 2017. He debuted mid-2003 as a young inside midfielder. However, in Bevo’s first year as coach, 2015, Boyd was move permanently into Defence and used extensively as a loose running half-back, with plenty of licence. He is an innate competitor that continued to be found at the bottom of the pack gaining precious contested possessions. It was a bit of a reinvention that saw his average climb back up from 98 in 2014 to 103 in 2015. Boyd’s form consolidated in 2016 where he was the only mainstay in the Bulldog’s defence while teammates fell to injury all around him. So much so, he was named in the AFL All Australian team for 2016.
|Games last season:||20|
|Average last season:||103.7|
|100+ games last season:||11 (6 of these were 120+ scores)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2 (rounds 2 & 3. Round 18 he also scored 80).|
|Price range last season:||$490,600 – $560,900|
|Missed games last season:||
• All Australian 2016
• Only missed 5 games to injury in the last 2 years so hasn’t been ‘managed’
• Former club captain
Coming off the miraculous 2016 Premiership, Boyd at 34 and without a contract for 2017 could have easily pulled the pin on his illustrious career and everyone would have wished him a happy retirement. Instead, he signed a one year contract. Some, including myself questioned his decision to play on until I saw this tweet from the Dogs just before Xmas. The 34 year old, 5 days from Xmas giving 100%.
— Western Bulldogs (@westernbulldogs) December 20, 2016
You know it, I know it it’s his age.
Despite his impressive stats and history, at 34 you have to consider just how effective he will be. And, with his age and the drive for the Bulldogs to sustain successful momentum, we have to consider changes to his role and that he will be transitioning out of the team into retirement at the end of 2017…probably.
There’s really only one selection strategy for Matthew Boyd. He’s the 4th most expensive defender in 2017, costing more than Rance, Montagna or Laird. Furthermore, he’s only $15k cheaper than the over quality defensive veteran Kade Simpson. However, add these names along with Docherty and Shaw, and there is every likelihood of sameness in many people’s defensive structures in 2017. So, Boyd becomes a standout keeper POD selection with little extra risk than any of the other expensive keeper defensive Premos.
- Relatively injury free
- Consistent scorer 6 time he’s scored 120+ in 2016, lowest score of 74
- POD. He was never in more than 18% of teams the whole year (started in only 5% of teams)
- He kicks more than he handballs
- Around 80% disposal efficiency (guys can you confirm this, please)
- 5th in rebounding 50s across the League & just out side top 10 for marks and metres gained across the comp.
- His age
- His price
- It seems a lot of fantasy relevant players have the Round 11 bye
It all comes down defensive structures, do you risk taking an old expensive POD like Boyd over a Rance? Boyd is no lock by any means but like the bunny or the wombat it appears that Matthew Boyd is still gnawing away to keep himself part of the Bulldogs premiership defence in 2017.
For me in 2017…
HE’S A STONGLY CONSIDER
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