New state, new team, same old Magnificent Maleficent Malceski?
The definition of maleficent is to cause harm. To do evil intentionally. Or to be capable of such acts – Malceski is all those wrapped up in an enigma in the world of fantasy football.
The bearded, tattooed and slightly eccentric cat Nick Malceski was magnificent in 2014. He had a career best season for the Swans dominating off the half back flank with his sublime left foot kicking skills. At the end of the year, the Magnificent Maleficent Malceski (I shall christen him with thy name Triple M) decided to take advantage of the free agency rules and packed his premiership winning boots and headed north for the balmy rays of the golden coast. Aged 29, Malceski must have thought the best way to avoid the early onset of arthritis was to get a bit more sun – and possibly one last opportunity to top up his pension account before packing it in for the beaches and balmy nights.
I have fond memories of the Gold Coast as a young whipper snapper and their signature late 80’s post cards with tanned topless nubile blondes under the banner of “too much sun, too much tit, that’s why I haven’t writ” – that is bloody poetry right there. Anyhow, I digress.
After having more knee reconstructions than you can remember, Triple M’s durability has been nothing short of sensational over the past 3 years, having played 19 games in 2012, all 22 games in 2013 and all 22 games in 2014. That is take it to the bank and sleep easy numbers right there. If that isn’t enough, Triple M’s scoring output in 2014 lifted 15 points per game, a beautiful 17% up from his 2013 year, to finish comfortably with a tonne plus average, and the top ranked defender for 2014. I’m also up 17% but south of my own border on his 2014 numbers.
So do we take Triple M and bank him in 2015 and see if he can replicate his 2014 scoring in our teams despite the change of teams? After pumping up his tyres with more hot air than a blimp, I’m not sure. Stick with me folks.
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||105.41|
|100+ games last season:||15 (9 of which were 111 plus)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1 (a 67 against the Hawks in R18 when the tagged him)|
|Price range last season:||$477k to $563k|
|Missed games last season:||A BIG FAT DONUT (also missed zero games in 2013)|
|Significant history:||Ranked 1st in Total Kicks
Ranked 1st in Total Rebounds
Ranked 3rd in kicks per game
Ranked 4th in Rebound 50’s per game
Average of 23 disposals 4 marks per game in 2014, kicking 74% of the time
All Australian in 2014
Triple M’s stats underscore the season he had in 2014 – ranked number 1 for total kicks – that is a stat to crack your thought process wide open (it surprised the pants off me). If that is not enough, Malceski was also ranked number 1 for total rebounds. Category killers for supercoach scoring – kicks and rebounds equals points, and a veritable smorgasbord of them. I haven’t seen that many points since the aforementioned 80’s and wandering the beach at Surfer’s Paradise as a teenager…..apologies, I again digress. The question is whether the Suns will use Triple M in the same way as the Swans, that is, as the designated kicker from full back, or the go to kicker coming out of the 50 with precise delivery by foot. Rocket has a couple of players in his squad that can fill that role, be it Trent McKenzie or Jarrod Habrow. Pre-season may reveal some of Rocket’s plans in this regard.
There are a few risks from where I sit, his price has the potential for depreciation (meaning he buggers with your starting line-up given the budgetary constraints), driven by a potential changing role at a new club with a new coach, not to mention that Malceski will be 30 at the start of the 2015 season – which is entering the winter stages for supercoach scoring output. All these are unknowns, and it’s not the known unknowns which derail your season, it is the unknown unknowns which do. In short, there are risks which cannot be quantified.
If you start with Malceski, it would be as a keeper, given his likely starting price, you will have budgeted to squeeze him in. Paying $560k plus for a defender is big, which means you will have sacrificed elsewhere, so you would want him to be there in R23.
- Durability – is outstanding having played all games in 2014 and 2013, and 19 games in 2012.
- Kicking – kicks more than a Mexican mule with excellent disposal efficiency
- Consistency – his last two seasons have been excellent averaging 105 in 2014, and 90 in 2013
- Unknowns – it is simply the unknowns of changing teams, his role in the new team headed by a new coach (3 unknowns!)
- Age – as we all know, once a player tips into the 30 year old age bracket, things start to go snap
I’m an out and out fan of Malceski, he was unbelievable for Chicko’s Chumps in 2014, but in this game, you can’t afford to look in the rear view mirror and reflect on fond memories. Our job as a supercoach is to look forward and make the dispassionate decisions to answer our fantasy dilemmas. Malceski was brilliant in 2014; I just don’t think he is worth the price in 2015 – that is my current state of mind.
Verdict – I am a 20 / 80 no at this stage, I suspect his price coupled with the uncertainty on his role at a new team means the Chumps will avoid Malceski in 2015.
A 20 / 80 NO
What’s your view on maleficent Malceski for 2015?
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