Walts right in, sit right down..
If we had a $14m salary cap, this bloody beautiful game we call Supercoach would be easy, but we don’t and the reality is it takes a mix of picks – some bonafide rolled gold, some astute rookie picks and then some value plays. In this latter category, coaches tend to go looking at players coming back from long term injures or potential breakout players. I think the probability of making a good call is enhanced by looking at those players coming back from injury, or who came back from injury late in the year and thus their averages are down, which should lead to a cheaper price in the new season. Trying to pick a breakout player is a lot more difficult. So with that long winded intro, for me, this is where Mickey Walters steps right in and sits right down.
In his first three years of football, young Mickey did sweet fanny alright, literally played a total of 9 games in those first three years for an average of 56 points – by any measure they are putrid numbers. Then Ross Lyon ambled into town, had a word into the tattooed ear of Walters and told him to bugger off until he took the game seriously and the boy listened and heeded the warning. Walters responded by playing the last 8 games of 2012 and his average went up nearly 35% to a very tidy 75 points per game (for a career total of 17 games in 4 years).
In 2013, with a full pre-season and the horse-whisperer in his ear again, he had something of a breakout year, playing 18 games (more than his first 4 years combined) and his average grew another 18% to 89 points per game – a stellar season for the inked up Mickey playing as a forward pocket or half forward where he finished as the clubs leading goal kicker and featured in the 40 man initial squad for All Australian. Word on the street was that he would see more midfield time in 2014 to compliment his obvious goal nous but alas that was undone when his ankle / Achilles went snap midway through Round 3.
So the question is; can he get back to his form of 2013?
|Games last season:||6|
|Average last season:||79.17|
|100+ games last season:||2|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3|
|Price range last season:||$387k to $479k|
|Missed games last season:||16|
|Significant history:||Club leading goal kicker in 2013
Debut in 2009
Member of All Australian squad of 40
It’s a tricky one, Walters finished the year strongly, in Round 22 and 23, and he scored 109 and 112 respectively averaging 16 disposals but importantly with 5 tackles and 3 goals in each of those last two games. It is that sort of impact which has piqued my interest in Walters. If he can replicate that sort of form in 2015, then he might prove an absolute bargain buy.
Mickey goes missing or again get hurts and misses games. He has never played more than 18 games in a season, in fact, in his last three years; he has averaged only 11 games – that’s a very big risk. Can he stay on the park – it is the central issue for me folks.
Depending on price, Walters could be used as a stepping stone to an ultra-premium FWD or MID / FWD DPP (confirmed position FWD only) to add flexibility into your team as you move closer to finals. You never know, he could also be 2015’s version of Luke Parker and you select him for his value and he just keeps on delivering.
- Mickey likes to kick goals and loves to chase and tackle – both excellent for supercoach scoring
- Can make a big impact from a limited number of disposals
- Has a good tank so potential upside from more midfield time and increased number of disposals
- Durability – has to Mickey’s Achilles heel, pardon the pun
- Does not average big disposal numbers – so if he isn’t tackling or kicking goals, then he won’t produce decent supercoach scores
Not sure, I’m a 40/60 at this stage. I’m attracted to his value, and if Walters comes in priced at $400k (confirmed price $383,000), it might be too hard to resist. But if his price comes in at a small discount to what I think he is ultimately worth (ca $450 to $475k – if everything goes right), then there may be better buys elsewhere.
Verdict – sit and watch for me. I like what he might be able to do for Chicko’s Chumps in 2015, but I will need to see some evidence in the pre-season. So Mickey can Walts in but he isn’t sitting down in my team just yet.
40 / 60
What’s your view on Mickey Walters in 2015?
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