Dane Swan – debut article by Mr Crimmins
Folks, this internet fame reaches a long way(much bloody further than the new Frankston bypass so Higgo tells me). Not only are fans both young and old joining The Community via this website but yes, I also get a chatting to honest folk who would have never looked twice at my mustache in years gone by.
And then there’s Crimmo … or Mr.Crimmins as he likes to be called. He’s been coming down to The Seaford, sipping alone on his standard 3 pots of light beer and then silently heading home. Crouching and the lads used to stir up the miserable bugger for not talking! Well the other day the whole front bar fell silent. Crimmo walked up to old Jock and said, “My name is Mr.Crimmins and I would like to write for The Community.”
Turns out old Crimmo use to teach up at the Tech …. bloody gun too I hear; strict, uncompromising, massive tight arse (why he drinks light beer!), but results driven.
It warms my bloody heart to introduce to you our final writer of The Jock Reynolds Community, Mr. “Crimmo”Crimmins;
Dane Swan – fantasy footballing greatness.
A foreward to the 2013 season with respect to Dane Swan by Mr Crimmins
While being adept at navigating websites to research all things Fantasy Football, such things as writing an electronic style article are very much new to me. In my days of PE instruction, I recall stating that computing was a fad and nothing will ever replace the efficiency of the common star jump when it comes to strengthening the mind and body. I was wrong.
I have continued to study the great game of AFL, however, my playing days ended after being delisted from the under 19’s down at the Melbourne Football Club. I was good, fit, strong – still am, but laying out Robert Flower at training did me no favors. I still love my Dees(young Jack Watts will mature into his body and defensive role nicely this year – a very unique pick).
In this my first article, I will be examining an old favorite Fantasy of mine …
- 2012 SuperCoach ave: 126.2, 2012 AFL Fantasy ave: 133.6
- 2013 SuperCoach price: $675,300, 2013 AFL Fantasy price: $688,100
I dealt with many of the tattooed kind during my years teaching PE at Frankston Technical College, but none as talented as this young man. A three time Copeland Trophy winner, Brownlow Medallist and an AFL Premiership player. Also, I suspect, responsible for many a Fantasy/Supercoach Premiership too! He’s been the backbone for thousands of teams over the years, and it’s hard to argue against him.
Lets take a look at some important Dane Swan numbers;
- Averaged over 100 in both SuperCoach and AFL Fantasy in the past 6 seasons
- Average over 120 in his last 4 seasons
- In his last 83 games, he’s only dropped under 100 points 14 times, with ONLY 6 out of these 83 games scoring below 90!
- Breaks through the 700 disposals per season barrier consistently
Dane’s 2012 was one of great note. He averaged 35 touches per game, and didn’t drop below 27 all season. He averaged the most uncontested possessions per game, third most centre clearances and fourth in the league for metres gained per game, on top of averaging 102 minutes game time per game.
It seems with every tattoo Dane gets, the better his football becomes. If you listen to reports from Collingwood’s pre-season training, young Dane is in the best shape of his career. While this may seem a scary prospect for the 17 other clubs, us here at The Community continue to debate his relevance to our starting squads.
The pending return of Luke Ball may make life easier for Dane, possibly enabling him to spend more time up forward. Dane has proved more than capable of kicking goals when going forward; In 2012 he kicked 25 goals.
Of course, there is a heavy price tag that comes with a player of Swan’s quality, and for the thrifty like me, selecting a player of such expense is difficult. However, I believe he’s the type of player you can build your side around. You know you can bank the big scores every week. He’s only missed 5 games in 5 years and as mentioned above, very rarely does he drop below 100.
One must also consider the issue of whether the General himself (soreness) will appear throughout the season. In my day, ther was no getting out of a session, in fact, we use to hide such injuries as broken fingers! But the game has changed and having a midfield of the likes of Pendlebury, Thomas, Beams, Ball, Sidebottom ….. there is some common sense in resting key players and have them at the height of their physical powers for finals. The risk is there, but the same risk lingers when selecting guns from other contending sides.
In my opinion, Dane is a must for season 2013. He is a fantasy legend of high consistency.
It’s up to you now to decide whether you’ll build your team around him and his hefty price, or you wait until his price drops and upgrade to him. Either way, Dane Swan is a “must have” in your SuperCoach/AFL Fantasy side come finals time.
Will the tattooed maestro find a spot in your Round One midfield though?