Supercoach 2015 – Jeff Garlett
Often referred to by the obscure nickname of “Jeffy” I have always preferred to refer to him as “Seagull” for his readiness to avoid all contact and run around the outside of packs looking for easy chips, ah, I mean kicks.
Originally rookie listed by Carlton in 2009, Seagull was a promoted rookie in the 2010 National Draft with Pick 85. Since round 4 of 2010 until the end of 2013 he has only missed 2 games both in 2013 with a glute.
2014 was a forgettable one for Seagull, who fell out of favour with the coach, got into a punch on at a Melbourne night club resulting in him being knocked out, charged and is now defending those charges. He was first omitted from the senior side in round 4 before earning a round 6 recall. Then again being omitted and failing to return for the rest of the season in round 13. He was a sub in three games, two as starting sub one subbed out. At the end of it all he had played 9 games for a paltry 48SC average.
Not staggering Pick Me, Pick Me numbers by any ones standards and aside from his first year, the Seagull has not been supercoach relevant……until now, and before you start howling me down, I will join you in doing that later, here are some more stats.
|Games last season:||9|
|Average last season:||48.2|
|100+ games last season:||1 (102 round 6)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||8 (next best was 68 which he achieved twice)|
|Price range last season:||$233K – $421K|
|Missed games last season:||0 (was available but omitted)|
|Significant history:||2010 Round 19 AFL Rising Star Nominee
SC averages of 78.2 (2013), 73.1 (2012), 72.9 (2011) and 71.6 (2010)
I can hear you asking how these stats make him supercoach relevant this year. Well its simple, he is a stepping stone guy priced at an average of 48.2 who is a consistent 70+ scorer. If he starts pushing out a few 70+ scores he will be over $400K relatively quickly giving you an almost certain $140K+ in the skyrocket for upgrades.
Now whilst this together with the fact he has only missed two games through injury in his career make him supercoach relevant but definitely not a certainty selection. $140K is not near enough to get our supercoach cash cow juices flowing. There will be forward rookies available at much lower prices that will deliver more of a return than $140K, providing you pick the right one/s.
However it is worth noting that 2013 the Seagull was quick out of the box charting a path to SC hundreds. In his first 10 games he knocked out 6 hundreds including a 131 and a career high 135 to average 87.75 at the bye in round 12 which includes a 28 and 48 in rounds 11 and 12. Up to the end of round 10 he averaged a whopping 100.5 SC points and as a F6 this would be a nice number for a year end average.
A change of home and a bit of faith from the new coach may just see him recapture his form and at 25 years he should be at the peak of his powers. Couple this with the fact that there is little competition for small forwards at Melbourne makes him a little more attractive.
There is talk about the Seagull getting more midfield time. I think that can largely be ignored as fanciful given there are no easy chips in the midfield. Couple that with the fact he could not weigh more than 75kg whilst wearing a wet woollen jumpsuit, diving boots and holding dumbbells any midfield time would be short lived in my opinion.
Sub risk, inconsistency both enough to cause supercoach nightmares.
Low end mid pricer cost with a known output average likely to generate at least $140K. Use as a cash cow with a chance he may go and pump out a start to the season like 2013.
- Durable (You can’t stop a seagull) – only missed 2 games in his career through injury
- Likely to play without any small pacey forward competition at Melbourne.
- Known supercoach average output
- You wont hold him all year therefore durability is less of an issue
- Vest candidate
I have a few self imposed rules including the “No Dickheads” policy. The Seagull falls fowl (poor and inaccurate pun) of this rule and hence could never find himself a spot in my lineup. I also like to sleep and his inconsistency will provide supercoach nightmares for those willing to take more risks than Bear Grylls in the desert with a snake skin full of his own pee. However for those looking for a certain cash cow without the reduced risk of him being dropped round 2 or 3, then the Seagull may just may fit the bill (oh dear – stop me). Those of you that do pick him, make sure you head down to Bunnings and buy a wheelbarrow to carry your plums/guts.
DO NOT FEED THE BIRDS – HELL NO!
What’s your call on Seagull Garlett in 2015?
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