I have nothing but the most sincere, complete and utter respect for James Bartel. There is a place set aside for him at the Jock Reynolds Fantasy Footy Community banquet hall.. and he can have the drumstick as far as I’m concerned.
Triple premiership player. Brownlow medalist. Norm Smith Medalist. All Australian. This bloke is a living, breathing, playing legend of our game. Just as importantly in my book is the fact that he is a nice bloke. Hasn’t gotten carried away. Could have pulled any manner of sheila but he’s kept it all under his hat.
I love him. And I’m not afraid to let that be known in all corners of this big arse brown land of ours.
But as I have often said this caper is not for the sentimental. It’s not for the soft of heart. It’s won by the ruthless and lost by the kindhearted. The cold and clinical get the bikkies. The warm and fuzzy get stuffed.
Jimmy Bartel will not start in my Supercoach or Dreamteam lineups in 2013. He’s days of fantasy supremacy are behind him.
- 2013 Price: Supercoach: $527,400, Dreamteam: $492,700
- 2013 Position: MID/FWD
- 2012 averages: 98 SC, 95 DT (21 games)
- 2011 averages: 101 SC, 97 DT (21 games)
- 2010 averages: 102 SC, 105 DT (19 games)
- Age: 29
The big news with Jimmy is that he’ll be available as both a forward and a mid in 2013. There are many locking him into their forward line, and I can see the thinking behind this. The bloke was very recently an ultra premium midfielder. Slot him into the forward line and happy days.. premium scoring up forward where the quality is thin on the ground. On the surface I’m happy with that.. but then I have a look at the stats:
It doesn’t take a Rhodes bloody scholar to see whats happening here. Jim is on the slide. He looks likely to average around the 95 mark in Supercoach in 2013. If he’s good he might maintain his 98 or even nudge 100 again… if he slides a bit more he might finish low 90’s.
But Jock you old bastard.. that’s all good… after all he’s just a FWD and there’s not much scoring going on up there anyway you silly old fool! Yeah I thought the same kids.. but based on his 2012 season;
- He would have been the 10th ranked Supercoach Forward against the 2013 listed forward options
- He would have been the 5th ranked Dreamteam Forward against the 2013 listed forward option
Now I stuff around a fair bit kids. I am a sentimental man at heart. But when it comes to Supercoach and Dreamteam you need to look at the facts. You need to look at trends. Jimmy Bartel is one of the best we’ve seen. But he’s trending down, he’s getting old and I wont be spending this kind of coin on a player who I do not believe will finish in the best forward lines at the end of the season.
Would love to hear your thoughts,