Big man up forward – Time for a fresh start
When Jarrad Waite asked to be traded the Kangaroos in the off-season it caught me off guard. I, like many others, have always thought the big man would start and finish his career at Visy Park. That being said, I think him moving to North Melbourne was actually a good thing for both parties. Jarrad has a fresh start at a team that considers itself in a premiership window and Carlton because they got free agency compensation….. oh wait, they didn’t.
Carlton expected a third round pick as compensation for losing the big guy but were bitterly disappointed when they received nothing. In my opinion I think they were on the money with a third rounder, I feel he will add a fair bit of depth to the North forward line in the next two years.
|Games last season:||16|
|Average last season:||91.50|
|100+ games last season:||6|
|Sub 80 games last season:||5|
|Price range last season:||$406K – $522K|
|Missed games last season:||Missed rounds 4, 7, 8, 15 -17 Suspensions/ omissions|
|Significant history:||Ranked 9th marks inside 50 per game
Ranked 11th in contested marks
Drafted at pick 2, 2008 draft
Jarrad Waite is an interesting figure to review. If you looked at his points per game average last year alone, you would consider it a pretty decent season and if you picked him up at the $406K mark (confirmed price $491,800) you could say it was a success.
But with players like Waite comes on field decisions that he regrets. He was suspended a couple of times in 2014 and was omitted from the squad based on form.
Waite has two undeniably visible risk factors associated with him. Firstly is his age and as we know with age often comes niggling injuries. Not everyone can run around the field into their fifties injury free like Boomer and Fletch (gotta love those two vets).
Secondly is, as touched on earlier, his on field decisions which has seen him being sidelined many times in the past. When it comes to Fantasy Football, you need players on the field scoring and that is difficult if you are watching from the sidelines. last season?)
If you were considering bringing Jarrad Waite into your line up it would be with the hope that a fresh start will do the guy wonders. There is no doubting he has immense talent on the field and has, on occasion, gone large.
With big Drew Petrie standing next to him down forward next year it will free him up from the number one defender and could improve his points output. He can also swing into the back line on occasion and take those hulking big marks
- Knows how to kick a goal or two
- Has the skill with the pill in hand to impact games at the right time
- Will have an ally in Drew Petrie in the forward line next year
- A fresh start in a side pushing for a premiership
- On field demeanor and the possibility of multiple suspensions again
- Getting a bit older, let’s hope the body holds up well
- Inconsistency. Averages 90 one year, 70 the next – Rinse and repeat
A great move for Waite heading across town in the off season. With a fresh start comes a fresh chance and no bad blood at the new club. I hope that Waite can at least continue his average of 91 for the year and with any luck could push a little higher. At this stage I am not going to draft the big man into Big Ben FC
What are your thoughts on Jarrad Waite?
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