Didn’t like the boy.
Didn’t think he was cut from the right cloth. Bit too interested in his own appearance. Too much time down Chapel Street. Not hard enough.
That was a few years after he came on the scene at Richmond. And I’m not afraid to admit to you here today that I was wrong about Brett Deledio. Very bloody wrong.
A lot of you don’t realise Brett rocked up to Caulfield Grammar School after he was drafted by Richmond but only lasted a few days. Instead he studied at the club alongside Richard Tambling. Whether it was drinking from the same cup of wisdom as Richard, or strength drawn from some other higher power we’ll never know – but Brett has certainly established himself as solid citizen in today’s game. And a solid citizen of our proud country.
Let’s assess his fantasy credentials as we move deeper into the 2016 preseason:
|2016 Prices:||609K SC, $530K AF, $9.6K CoachKings|
|Games last season:||17|
|Average last season:||112 SC, 95 AF, 120 CK|
|100+ SC Games last season:||13|
|Sub 80 SC games last season:||2|
|SCPrice range last season:||$408K – $557K|
|Missed games last season:||6 – Most early games with an achilles|
The case for:
- No doubt in my mind he’ll end up in the top 4 scoring forwards in 2016 in all forms. You’d be paying a premium, but you are absolutely locking in a set and forget proven point scoring monolith.
- His goal scoring ability will help his CoachKings scoring capacity. Based on the scoring algorithm Higgo is putting together he would have averaged 120 CoachKings points during 2015. That’s significant.
The case against:
- In CoachKings terms, $9.6K is a big spend. And in Richmond games you’d be weighing him up against the likes of Chopsticks Martin up forward ($8.8K with a 110 CoachKings average in 2015). Tough call.
- Are you paying overs? In Supercoach he’s only spent 8% of his career since 2010 at over the $600K mark. There is a solid argument here for looking at him as an upgrade target when his price drops.. which it will.
- Looking back over the last 10 years or so he’s been pretty durable. But the last couple of years injury has set in. He’s missed a handful of games in both 2014 and 2015. Tooth length starting to impede him?
- With Yarran adding to the Richmond mix around the guts and across half back you’d think Deledio will spend the vast majority of his time up forward again this year. That works for Richmond. He’s damaging there. Gets taken out of the game too often when he’s on the ball. While he has proven he can hit the fantasy scoreboard up there, there is some concern of any negative impact that might come from him becoming a more permanent forward.
- Difficult one. We have less DPP FWD/MIDS to play with this year so a solid premium like Deledio looks tempting.
- However – never a fan of paying overs. Unlikely to start in my long form team – and also might be looking for more value with Chopsticks or other FWDs with my 2 forward selections in CoachKings.