Proven Elite – Can he return to Brownlow form?
Jobe Watson has been the heart and soul of the Essendon Football club in what can only be described as some of the darkest days in AFL history.
The Bombers captain has been instrumental in their midfield engine for many years and has proven to be an elite fantasy footballer. Since winning the Brownlow Medal, and the ASADA investigation that followed, Watson has sustained a few injuries that have set him back which has resulted in inconsistent points output at the top level.
|Games last season:||14|
|Average last season:||107|
|100+ games last season:||8|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2|
|Price range last season:||$500k-$601k|
|Missed games last season:||8 games, rounds 13-20 with Quadricep tendon injury|
|Significant history:||Averaged 106 or higher the last 5 seasons.2012 average 120.95Drafted at pick 40 under the father-son rule in 2002|
Watson is a big bodied, hardworking midfielder who has the ability to break a tag and get his hand on the pill. In 2014 he spent some time resting in the forward line and has the ability to kick a few goals, kicking 10 for the season. He was averaging 104 points before his injury and 84 points upon his return in round 21.
There is no hiding from the fact that the Essendon Football Club is facing ASADA sanctioning with the possibility of player bans to come. It has been all over the news for the last two seasons and could very well make any Essendon player (from a fantasy perspective) a real liability.
Putting the ASADA situation aside, Watson turns 30 in February which is in the middle of the pre-season, meaning he will have to work hard and do everything right to make sure his body holds out for the entire season and to ensure he does not get injured or begin to fade in the second half of next year. With age comes niggling injuries and Watson seems to be getting a few more these days so we will have to keep an eye on him being rested around the bye period.
If you were considering bringing Watson into your team you will need to keep an eye on his progress in the pre-season to see how he is faring in fitness and injuries. He is a proven elite fantasy footballer that has the ability to pump out huge 160 scores however he occasionally pumps out an 80 in a quiet game. If he spends more time playing forward he is also a very able goal kicker with pretty decent accuracy.
- A solid midfield workhorse that will never give up. Has proven time and again that he will run out a game and give everything for his team
- Has the ability to go large in the fantasy scoring department posting some quite large scores on occasion
- Can push forward and slot a few goals. Barring his injury last season, he can go forward and become an able goal kicker whilst resting from midfield duties.
- With the emergence of Dyson Heppell in the midfield, he won’t be tagged as much in 2015 which could result in him going large.
- He is getting on in age and as a midfielder that can start to cause issues with injuries and the ability to run out a game.
- ASADA investigation. This has been playing on the minds of the entire football team for two seasons now and with the possibility of show cause notices, it will only cause more drama for Watson and his team.
- Weakened Essendon rucks. With Ryder leaving, the ruck situation is a little weaker for the Bombers which could result in less clearances and less hands on the ball.
It’s tough to gauge where Watson sits in the fantasy realms at the moment, he consistently averages 106 points or higher in the midfield but truth be told, it’s not enough on a consistent basis. In the midfield we are looking at 110+ players week in week out to sure up our team.
A lot will depend on how Watson trains in the pre-season and if he carries any injuries into the regular season. That said, if he can get on the park, I think Jobe will average 105-115 points for 2015 and with a starting price of approximately $535k I think he is worth a punt from round one.
What are your thoughts on Jobe Watson?
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