Moving Forward with Lids
Everyone has a second favorite team, right? Not YOUR team but one when they aren’t playing your gang you like to see win.
I haven’t lived in Ohio in some 20 odd years. While I still rawk hardest for my Cleveland teams, they aren’t usually shown nationally (usually for good reason). So I pick up a local team to root for.
In LA it was the Clippers, Angels and Raiders (lived there when they had them). In San Francisco it was the Warriors, Giants and Raiders (49ner fans are the WORST). And in NYC, I favor the Nets, Mets and Jets. (no, I’m sorry Yankees fans ARE THE WORST)
In footy, obviously, I don’t have a logistical problem rooting for GWS. But my best buddy Seldon is a lifelong Tigers fan. So is his brother Action Lew, who is credited for getting both of us into Supercoach. (and whom I finally beat in tipping last season after three seasons. Down goes, Action! Down goes Action!).
So we talk Tigers all the time. In fact, in 2013 I was thinking of abandoning my Giants for full patronage to Punt Road. Couldn’t do it. But I still root for the Tigers . And probably watch almost all of their games. They are a confounding bunch — a mishmash of players of varying talent that rarely repeat their best performance, yet are sterling at mirroring their worst. They are very much like my Browns. So in a way, the Tigers remind me of home.
One of my favorite Tigers is Brett Deledio. Lids is very hard not to like from a footy standpoint. Great skills, fearless, never misses a game and can rack up Supercoach points whether winning or losing (unlike one of his teammates, cough, Cotchin, cough).
What was significant 2014 is that instead of allowing Lids wilt in the midfield (along with their chances of winning), Mr. Wonderful Anthony Miles came in and Hardwick moved Lids into the half forward line. His impact – and the Tigers fortune – soon changed.
Will this new role make him a DPP and very Supercoach relevant in 2015? Why don’t we shotgun a couple cans of Tooheys, throw on a couple clown wigs and drop some Lids on our way to the Data Freak Out at SC Park.
|Games last season:||18|
|Average last season:||103|
|100+ games last season:||10 (went ton last 8 of last 9 games)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3 (Low 68, R12 vs Roos)|
|Price range last season:||$441K (R15) – $559K (R1)|
|Missed games last season:||1 (rested for sure)|
|Significant history:||Ironman. 1st time in 7 years hasn’t played all 22. (Achilles)
7th in Inside 50s 2014
Best season 117 SC ave in 2012.
Rumour: Collects rare talcs and harvests exotic ant honey.
I picked Lids for my R1 team. And he repaid Throtts by going 136 in his first game. Next game he had a 92 yet the Achilles problem that reportedly had been nagging at him for some time decided to become more annoying. And in a year of rash decisions, I cut him after round 5 sensing Lids would have a hard time returning to form.
And after his return Round 7, the scores he posted made it seem like a genius move, as he averaged 84 the next 7 rounds. Then Round 15 Hardwick moved him up across the half forward line and the Tigers made their move. Before he was playing a little all over. Committing him to the half forward had a profound effect on his game. From Rounds 15-23, Lids averaged 115. And was the only bright spot against that bare-bottom-in-front-of-your-friends spanking from Port with 126.
Comparing his last two seasons, Lids’ numbers are basically the same (103 vs 104) with some numbers going up, some dropping. Nothing super significant. He was 7th in bounces in 2013, yet those numbers dipped a point in 2014. His Inside 50s rose from 4.1 to 4.7 a game (7th best). Goals doubled to 20 total (even though shorter season), yet tackles went down from 3.7 to 2.7. Marks went up 5.1 to 5.4/a game (featuring two 10+ mark games). Most importantly, disposals went from 23.8 to 25.4 that came with a snazzy 72% efficiency.
OK, given his time more up the field, we take bended knee to ask the SC Gods to make Lids a DPP this season. I’ll tempt faith and say it should happen. And if it does, I can say with typical American confidence and bluster that he will be worth the coin…especially if he can repeat 2012 form where he averaged 117 with only 3 sub 100 games!
Tigers are like a beautiful girl with bad breath. Great to have on your arm yet when you go for the kiss…PAIN! And will up, down, all around Hardwick keep him at upfront or play mad scientist with him some more?
Lots of good reasons to pick Lids. Not crazy price and kid doesn’t shirk from the field when the action is on, winning or losing.
- DPP status most likely (hell to the yeah!)
- Strong and steady (rarely misses games)
- Growth of Miles gives a strong midfield to push ball forward
- More half forward means more inside 50s, marks and goals
- Hardwick fusses and moves him back to mid (not a bad bad thing)
- Tigers didn’t do much to improve their side offseason
- Can go sub 80 more times than desired
- Facial hair made Douchey’s Top 100 Looks of 2014.
Simply, if Lids is a DPP, he’s a lock for my forward line. Will be almost the same price as Dusty was last year and far more predictable with the scores. 90/10.
If Lids is a mid only, he’s still worthwhile to consider. First 5 games are Blues, Doggies, Lions, Dees and Cats. Not exactly murderers row. Plus, if he’s in good health I’m sure he is very unlikely to do worse than last season, especially if the Tiges mids take it up a notch. 60/40 if mid only. And even with a no, definitely high on the Throtts watch list.
Think I’ve gone man-crush again or rocked it right for a change? Hit me community?
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