Carlton’s version of Dependlebury
I know what you’re all thinking, Maso’s on the Wacky Tobaccey!!
And you could be right.
However when I looked into Murphy’s record and seen he has played 144 of the last 155 H&A with an average of 20.5 games a season, and SC career average of 107.6 I had some movement in the trousers.
*table and stats thanks to Footywire.com
Both were drafted the same year and not a lot separates the pair in the career stats. Pendlebury finds a bit more of the ball and has a slightly better inside game, with better contested numbers, tackles and clearances. This has seen Pendles dominate Murphy in Supercoach scoring, especially over the last 4 years.
|Games last season:||20|
|Average last season:||106|
|100+ Games last season:||13|
|Sub 80 games last season:||7|
|Price range last season:||$498K-$571K|
|Missed games last season:||2 (Hammy tightness r14 and concussion r23)|
|Significant history:||Since 2008 Murphy has shown he can consistently score over the 100pts. (69% of his games +100pts)|
Murphy only managed 16 games in the 2012 season due to injury. He collided with Patrick Dangerfield in round 8 resulting in a sprained and fractured shoulder. This saw him miss a large spell only returning in round 16. His scores remained high and taking his injury effected score from round 8 out, he would have averaged 117 SC points that year.
2013 was an absolute mess of a year for Murphy. It’s hard to give a definitive answer for why Murphy slumped to such lows that year, producing his worst SC average since his second season with the Blues all the way back in 2007. Some blokes don’t take to the Captaincy all too well and Murphy would appear to be one of those. He may have focused too much on the leading aspect of his game and not enough on the bread and butter of actually getting the ball. A collision with Hodge and a broken jaw in round 12 may have resulted in a lack of confidence in putting his head over the ball, in turn reducing his contested numbers and SC scores.
Murphy bounced back last year to finish the season with an average of 106. This would have been even better (110) if you take his concussion affected score from round 22 out of his average.
Biggest risk with Murphy is injury, but he doesn’t have a huge history of injuries with the main one being the shoulder. Might worry that another concussion suffered in round 22 last year will see the confidence in putting the head over the ball suffer again in 2015?
At $570k I would be selecting him as a M5-M8 keeper. He won’t make you much coin but it’s not always about the coin sometimes we just need guys that will play and score week in week out.
- Clearance player
- Is fit and doing full pre-season (1st time for couple of seasons)
- Has a high ceiling
- Has genuine midfield support in Gibbs and Judd
- Can go missing with hard tag.
- Needs to kick more goals
- Has never been a game winner (unlike Pendlebury)
- Priced in the same bracket ($520-$590) as Watson, Danger, Cotchin, Gibbs, Wines and co.
With so many other Gun mids having their bye in round 12 Murphy’s round 11 bye is very appealing to the selectors at Muppet FC.
I won’t be selecting Murphy over Pendles but if he stays fit during the pre-season I can see him slotting into my midfield as a starter alongside Pendles. Potentially undervalued and not outrageous to suggest he is a 110+ player. Even better is he is a real POD with little to no coaches out there giving him any consideration. The emergence of Gibbs as a genuine elite midfield player and the return of Judd to fitness should help free Murphy up at different stages of the year With a good record against Richmond (121), West Coast (148) and Brisbane (156) who he plays over his first 6 games, a fast start is not out of the question.
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