We are back for 2016. I am excited. I am so very excited. After a turd of a 2015 for many of us, now is our chance to rip fantasy footy a new one – and this year we have the Jock Reynolds Communities own CoachKings to try our hands at too!
2016 also looks the most interesting year in Fantasy Footy since the induction of Gold Coast and the bye in 2011. 2016 sees the induction of a new expansion team called Other Clubs’ Offcuts FC joining the AFL in a strangely familiar, lovely, beautiful… red… sash…
I’m not crying. No. I’m not. It’s… uh… sweat. From the humidity here in Jakarta. Yes. That’s it. No, I’m… I’m not crying about the WADA thing. No, I’m fine… I’m not crying… DON’T LOOK AT ME
Okay, the therapist I’m seeing in order to cope with the whole Essendon thing has said I need to move on, to channel my energy positively. So, I’m going to try doing that. I’m going to look at the positives. And one of the biggest positives for the Bombers this year and last is Zach Merrett.
I’ve had my eye on this kid for a while, and this kid can play. He was single-handedly responsible for irreparable stretching to the crotch region of at least two pairs of trousers last year, such was my arousal curve watching him last year. He only had two tons, but at 130 and 140 they are nothing to be sniffed at.
Let’s have a gander at him.
|2016 Prices:||$477K SC, $501K AF, $6.8K CoachKings|
|Games last season:||17|
|Average last season:||89 SC, 90 AF, 86 CK|
|100+ SC Games last season:||2|
|Sub 80 SC games last season:||6|
|SCPrice range last season:||$342K – $471K|
|Missed games last season:||5|
The case for:
- I reckon there’s a huge case for Zac Merrett’s selection in our 2015 fantasy teams. In his last 10 games of 2015 before going down with a stress fracture, he averaged 95.6, with only one score below 80 in that time.
- He collects his own pill, doesn’t butcher it too often and tackles like a man possessed. He averaged 22 disposals, went at 71% DE and, while he doesn’t kick many goals, he averaged just under 6 tackles a game – machine territory.
- He’s also coming into his third year and, with that, prime breakout territory. With a DPP and a free reign in Essendon’s hideously depleted midfield in 2015. Oh, and he hasn’t been banned. That’s sort of important.
The case against:
- The whole Essendon thing is the main problem with selecting Zach Merrett. We will get hammered this year, and badly. It is promising that Merrett had his run of form while Essendon were playing about as well as my 2015 Supercoach team (i.e. really, really badly), but it will be too large a barrier for many.
- At 470K, Merrett also has a price tag that could spell Chad Wingard levels of problems should he stink it up. And Chad Wingard levels of problems are awful. Very, very awful.
- Injury shouldn’t be a problem, but with a light frame and a lack of bigger bodies around him, Merrett might struggle. And on top of that, if he picks up form, he may attract the tag. While I expect Goddard, Bird and even Zaharakis to get the attention early in the year, it is a thought that lingers like a bad dream.
- Right, enough of this fluffing. Should you lock Merrett away? Absolutely not. He’s a fickle choice in a fickle team with very little history behind him with which to make a calculated decision. He might get injured, tagged, smashed – he’s not what we call a safe selection.
- Will I select him? Yes. Yes I think I will.
- I am young and foolish and possibly smitten, but I really think the upside is there. I’ve had my eye on him for this long, and barring a rubbish NAB or injury, he will line up in my side. My therapist would be proud, finding the red sash in the darkness like this.