Supercoach 2015 – Chad Wingard
Quintessential small forward or something more?
There were no second year blues for this young star winning his clubs B&F and selected for All Australian honours in 2013. But maybe his head got too big and it caught up to him in 2014, his third year in the comp.
After banging out 100 in round 1 and then 104 in round 2 I was feeling pretty chuffed with selecting Chad in my forward line for 2014. If only I knew that the rollercoaster was about to begin I would have screamed and jumped off straight away.
The Chad’s 2014 was poor in comparison to his outstanding season in 2013 bettering only 4 stats – up 1.1 in tackles, up .3 in marks i50, up 4.1% TOG and up .5 in behinds kicked.
Could he be an option for us in 2015?
|Games last season:||21|
|Average last season:||79.9|
|100+ games last season:||7|
|Sub 80 games last season:||8|
|Price range last season:||$351k-$531k|
|Missed games last season:||1|
|Significant history:||Chad has been in the AFL for only 3 seasons and has played 19, 22, 21 games for SC averages of 51.7, 98.6 and 79.9.|
Breakdown of his scoring ability for last 2 seasons.
Chad has scored over 80 points 70% of the time in the last 2 seasons which is quite a bit higher than a few other small forwards like Thomas 33% (13 from 40games) and Ballantyne 40% (15 from 37games)
We all know with Supercoach it is just as risky to pick a small forward as it is a tall forward.
As with all small forward types unless they get up the ground to gather possessions they need goals to reach the 100 and with Gray taking the midfield honours more often than not Chad will need to be kicking at least 2-3 a game.
With DPP and round 13 bye Chad would be a good stepping stone selection for 1st half of the season upgrading him to a premo from either round 11 or 12 in the midfield or forward line. Could also be a worthy F6 that can cover in the midfield.
● Durable with a high TOG%
● Is a Match winner who can get those bonus points
● Proven goal kicker with returns of 43 in both 2013 & 2014
● When not kicking goals he is assisting in them (ranked 4th in 2014)
● Has to contend with Gray and Monfries for mid time as well as a forward target
● Over $400k for a small forward isn’t ideal unless he turns into Parker/Gray type
If he can get his possession count up to 20-22 per game it won’t take him long to start cracking the ton week in week out, I see him being a smaller version of Buddy where with ball in hand they can win games of their own boot and as we know influence on games is bonus SC points. Even though he cost me a few match ups last season I’m willing to consider him again, I selected him this season at $530k so being around $100k cheaper for 2015 wont sting as bad if he doesn’t improve.
With Swanny tagged to be a mid/fwd (confirmed position FWD only) it will make it harder to select Chad as they will be fighting for the same spot in the Muppets line up.
On the short list.
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