Can the Coon Red Dog bark once more?
I have a few personal philosophies in life, one of them is to never trust a ranga to manage your investments, nor trust a blood nut in your Supercoach side.
Outside of Sauce Jacobs in 2014, I cannot recall another ginger to be an out and out gun in the fantasy football world – please insert abuse here. I know what you are thinking, “you are just jealous Chicko because you are a bald headed muppet”. That may be 100% accurate but I think the Red Dog has had his day in the sun and is no longer fantasy relevant….or is he?
Will the now Black and Red Dog have a new lease on life? Will the Bombers deploy him as an outside runner delivering into the forward 50 by foot? Will he be a FWD / MID DPP and actually kick goals? All this would be wonderful for supercoach scoring. Can he do it?? Could he once again howl from the highest mountain once? Can he froth at the mouth and go absolute stark raving rabid in our supercoach teams?
Let’s stick Cooney on a chain, take a walk around the park, toss the Frisbee around and ponder these questions.
|Games last season:||18|
|Average last season:||80.72|
|100+ games last season:||6|
|Sub 80 games last season:||9 (3 sub vest affected scores)|
|Price range last season:||$300K – $531k|
|Missed games last season:||4 (Rounds 14 to 17)|
|Significant history:||Ranked 16th for Total Scoring Assists in 2014
Debut in 2004
Brownlow medal in 2008 (averaging 105)
It’s easy to fall under the impression that Cooney is as fragile as an 80 year old bone; however in his first 7 years of football (2004-2010) he was the epitome of durability, averaging 22 games including finals. That is durability personified and it surprised the pants off me let me tell you. It was in 2011 and 2012 that the arse fell out of his durability pants when he played 13 and 14 games respectively and averaged 84 and 75 supercoach points per game. Despite those injury affected two years, he bounced back quite well in the last two years playing 19 games in 2013 with a decent average of 98 and playing 18 games in 2014. His 2014 was however his worst year for supercoach – averaging a poultry 80. Coon Dog seemingly had no floor in his scoring and when he was off, he stunk it up putrid style.
It really comes down to whether you think a change in club and a potential change in role can release his scoring shackles. He is still only 27 – again which surprised me, I thought he was 30!
Where do you stop? Durability, scoring, injuries and role – all of them highly uncertain heading into 2015. Cooney is definitely a risk. It comes down to whether his price tempts coaches who are looking for value and to free up some budget to go bigger in other areas.
I suspect Cooney may be used as a stepping stone, if he starts at a low enough price, and starts the season injury free then he may make you a quick fire $100k to upgrade to a premium. I don’t think he could be used in any other way.
- Consistency – a 9 year scoring average of 91 points
- New role – who knows what it might do for his scoring?
- Durability – can he actually play 20 games a season again? I think there is a large enough body of evidence that suggests everything would have to go right for the Black and Red Dog
- 2014 – it was horrible for his scoring predictability
- New role – who knows what it might do for his scoring!
At the risk of raising the ire of every ranga, orange, burger ringed, ginger, blood-nut that has ever participated in our great game….avoid red coon dog. There is no chance he will appear in Chicko’s Chumps in 2015, unless he is priced at less than $200k.
YOU MUST BE OUT OF YOUR MIND – NO WAY!
What’s your view on the Coon Dog for 2015?
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