Saint Nick – What defines a captain?
That Is the question I so often think about when I see Nick Riewoldt running around the park in Saints colours.
He is of rare breed, like that old bottle of Johnny Walker Blue label that has been up on the top shelf of your bar gathering dust, waiting for the right time to be opened and call it a day. Year after year you look up there thinking to yourself just how delightful a drop it’s going to be but every time you reach for it, you pull your hand away and say “Just one more year”.
Well Saints fans would be absolutely delighted to know that the big blonde warrior they call their captain has signed on for two more years at the helm. He gives everything this bloke, he loves the game, he loves his team mates and he leaves that field every single weekend knowing he couldn’t give anything else for the team that he loves.
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||93|
|100+ games last season:||7|
|Sub 80 games last season:||9|
|Price range last season:||$567K – $510k|
|Missed games last season:||Didn’t miss a game|
|Significant history:||Averaged 110 first six games of 2014
Ranked 1st in total marks
Ranked 14th in contested marksDrafted at pick 1, 2000 draft
Nick Riewoldt had a solid start to season 2014 averaging 110 points over the first six games and punching out a 152 against GWS in round two. But it wasn’t long until the big rig was in steady decline and went missing in the fantasy realms for a good part of the middle of the season, the lowlight being a 31 against hawthorn. Going large again against Fremantle in round 18, Saint Nick did find some rhythm and manage to keep his average in the low nineties.
The contract extension he signed is likely to be his last, he is getting on in age and the Saints are nowhere near another premiership tilt. One does wonder if the next step in his career is to guide and train the new breed of StKilda forwards into the future rather than punch out game winning performances.
If you were considering bringing Saint Nick into your team it would be with the thought process that whilst he isn’t a strapping young lad anymore, he can still punch out some big numbers. Ask yourself the question, can you see him averaging at least 90?
- Has proven in the past he is a top fantasy football scorer
- Loves to kick a bag of goals
- Is the heart and soul of that footy club and will give it everything he has got
- Getting on in the years
- Can the Sainters get the ball into the forward line enough for him to punch out a decent average
- Does not have DPP, its always tough locking away a forward like that
There is no doubting what Nick Riewoldt has given to his football club. I genuinely feel sorry for the fact that he and the Saints came so close to premiership glory, only to let it slip away. But if I am going to be honest here, I can’t put my hand on my heart and tell you to lock him away in the forward line. I can’t see him improving on his 90 point average and I actually think he will slip down next season.
Love the bloke, but it’s a NO from me
What are your thoughts on Saint Nick?
|This article has been penned by an elite Supercoach analyst hand picked from the talent pool of the Jock Reynolds Fantasy Footy Community. He has stood up within our community as a man of fantasy substance, and has displayed the spirit of togetherness, positivity and community that we value significantly.|