The Fantasy Gods have a penchant for offering us preseason temptation.
New club – explosive pace – fantasy relevant position – point of difference – a tantalising Round 1 matchup. In a fantasy defensive line offering us plenty of headaches, Chris Yarran is a selection offering a degree of 2016 preseason temptation.
Richmond stood firm on the offer of pick 19 and secured Yarran’s services with less than half an hour to go before the trade deadline. Richmond football manager Dan Richardson was confident the Tigers could turn his form around and tipped Yarran to play across half-back;
“That’s obviously up to the coaching staff, but more than likely he will play as a rebounding defender, but we’re obviously well-aware he’s got some goalkicking ability as well. I think a fresh start is what he was after.”
It is interesting to note that David King referred to Yarran in today’s paper as the key to unlocking Richmond’s premiership hopes – can he serve this same role for you in your Fantasy squad this year?
Let’s start the analysis with some statistics;
|2016 Prices:||$400K SC, $374K AF, $6,200K CoachKings|
|Games last season:||14|
|Average last season:||74 SC, 68 AF, 77 CK|
|100+ SC Games last season:||3|
|Sub 80 SC games last season:||7 (50% OF 2015 GAMES)|
|SCPrice range last season:||$408K – $557K|
|Missed games last season:||8 – Three weeks for belting Paul Chapman|
The case for:
- Yarran has averaged more than 10 points higher than his current price point. In 2011 he averaged 87 and posted 8 scores of 100 or greater.
- Scoring Role and POD – It is very likely that Yarran will play as a running half-back along with Bachar Houli. He is also likely to push forward and become a goal scoring option for the Tigers. Richmond only averaged 89 points per game in their last 16 outings – a stat which definitely will be ringing in coach Hardwick’s ears. Was Yarran hand picked to be used in a running goal kicking role?
- New Team – The new lease on life factor very often results in an elevated scoring output.
The case against:
- The fact that Yarran has only averaged 17 games per season and 61.9 SC points in his 119 game career makes him difficult to select.
- There is still uncertainty about his role – Houli and Grigg and at times Deledio have all played the running half-back role in the past.
- A recent fitness queries may interrupt his preseason (calf soreness reported on Jan 20th)
- In CoachKings terms, I will be locking Yarran into my season opening game. At $6,200 he is priced below the average spend and will enable you to spend bugger elsewhere.
- A resounding NO in longford from me. While he may start you off to a flyer as a POD, the likelyhood of him holding form long enough to appreciate is extremely low. Too great a risk.