Can Patrick Cripps build on his freakish 2015 season?
Cripps was Carlton’s youngest John Nicholls Medallist since big Johnny Nicholls himself won it way back in 1959. This came as no surprise given that Cripps ranked No.1 at the club for contested possessions, clearances and handballs and No.2 in total disposals and tackles.
The boy stepped up and became a man in the Blues’ victory over the Saints in New Zealand on ANZAC Day. The 194cm midfielder had 33 disposals (23 contested), 11 tackles, eight clearances and kicked a goal. His impressive performance didn’t go unnoticed, with the AFL awarding him the Round 4 NAB Rising Star nomination.
His ability to win his own pill is unquestionable. Even with the big Carlton guns going down on numerous occasions across the 2015 season, Cripps still ranked 10th in the AFL last year for contested possessions – for one so young this is truly a remarkable feat.
Let’s assess some of young Patrick’s individual fantasy relevance for season 2016:
|2016 Prices:||$520K SC, $477K AF, $7.3K CoachKings|
|Games last season:||20|
|Average last season:||96 SC, 86 AF, 91 CK|
|100+ SC Games last season:||8 (including a 172 in his third game of AFL)|
|Sub 80 SC games last season:||5|
|SCPrice range last season:||$211K – $506K|
|Missed games last season:||2|
The case for:
- Proven ball winner with runs on the board already. Another preseason under the belt can only help his statistics in 2016.
- He has already experienced a tag and his output was not greatly effected scoring over 100 SC points in five of his last six games.
- Here is a quote from Johnny Barker after their Rd 21 game against Melbourne; “He was tagged today by one of the preeminent run-with players in the competition and put a nice gap on him. He’s very, very good. His dominance in the contest, and then today we started to see a little bit of burst into space, which we probably haven’t seen much of in his career yet, but it’s ominous. I don’t know if I can say much more about him. My wife might start getting concerned.”
The case against:
- We call him “The Corn Boy” for a reason – he is the one piece of golden shine in an otherwise turd of a team. Carlton are in for a difficult year. In a Fantasy sense this will have an impact on team and player scoring distributions.
- While he did play a few games in 2014, this year could be viewed as a potential second year Fantasy blues year. He will most surely factor into every opposition teams’ planning and receive even more attention than he has in the past.
- In Daily Fantasy just go BANG and lock him into your CoachKings team. Young Paddy will offer you a real thrill – he’s a great player to watch. In the season long forms it is hard to squeeze him in when there are so many other bargains like Rockliff and Libba looking tasty. Can he increase his output by 10 Fantasy points per-game? He’s a reasonable chance folks so this does make him worth a good hard head scratch.