It’s the end of season 2011. Tommy Rockliff has had a blinder of a season. He’s averaged 28 touches a game, 6 marks, 5 tackles and over 110 in both Supercoach and Dreamteam. The kid has just won the Best and Fairest for the Lions over club legend Simon Black. He’s 21 years old. How bloody good am I? He reckons.
Fast forward 12 months and things aren’t as flash for Tom. He’s been played up forward a lot by Vossy. He was a prolific goal kicker at TAC cup level and needs to play a role in front of the sticks. He’s lost his regular midfield rotation. His fantasy scoring plummets from a dead set premium of 615K at the start of the season (which many selected him at) to 373K at the end of it.
- 2013 Price: Supercoach: $517K, Dreamteam: $480K
- 2013 Position: MID/FWD
- 2012: Let many fantasy coaches down. Well down on his usual output and provided just the 9 scores over 100. Was often played up forward by Vossy in almost a traditional full forward roll, the results AFL Fantasy scoring wise weren’t flash. Gains the FWD line eligibility for 2013
- 2012 average: 97 SC, 93 DT
- 2011 average: 114 SC, 112 DT. Scored over the ton in each of the last 11 Supercoach games of the season
2012 will have done the kid wonders. A 21 year old who wins the B&F can’t help but get ahead of himself and suffer from an inflation of the head. I’m not convinced his move up forward was strictly structural… been in the caper for many years and wouldn’t be at all surprised if there was a tale to be told between Vossy and Rocky.
Forgetting all that business, the cards fall magnificently Rockliff’s way for fantasy season 2013. The addition of Stefan Martin to the Lion forward line is the most significant of these as Tom won’t be asked to play such a structural role up forward. Then there’s an ageing Simon Black who’ll be managed next season. Big Matthew Leuenberger will be tapping the thing magnificently and Brent Moloney will be there to get under the packs.
The Lions have set up for a assault on 2013 and I can assure you that we’ll see the Rock back in the guts this season.
STRONGLY CONSIDER. Plenty of value forward in season 2013 but there needs to be some space left for this bloke
Will you have a crack at Tom Rockliff in 2013?