“I said, Yolmen” – The Village People
by Barron Von Crow
You all know the song YMCA was about Cam Ellis-Yolmen, right? Just go back and look at the some of the lyrics and it will all make sense.“I said, Yoleman, pick yourself off the ground. I said, Yoleman, ’cause Jarryd Lyons is gone so there’s no need. to. be. unhappy.”
We’re entering a new season, CEY’s 6th with the Adelaide Crows, in which time he has played a grand total of 14 games. He has become a player who is well and truly sitting at the bar in the last chance saloon while the bartender is about ready to ring the bell for last call.
So what has changed in Adelaide that’d make us consider him?
Well, first up it’s the apparent “demotion” of one Scott Thompson, who has been given a contract for 2017, but one that was supposedly given with the understanding that Thompson would no longer be an automatic best 22 selection and would only be used as an injury backup, as well as Jarryd Lyons being moved to the Gold Coast for a packet of skittles. The midfield is Adelaide’s weakest area of the ground, one they failed to improve through the trade period and we’ve seen over the last two years, when Scott Thompson is out, Cam Ellis-Yolmen is usually the man who gets to step into that role in the middle.
|2017 Supercoach Price||$304,700|
|Games last season:||2|
|Average in 2016:||80|
|100+ games last season:||0|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1|
|Price range in 2016:||Never deviated from his starting price of $401,300|
|Missed games last season:||1 (SANFL Preliminary Final)|
We know 100% that CEY has what it takes at the state league level, he was one of the top players at that level in 2016 and has had a huge amount of success in Supercoach at that level.
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) September 29, 2016
The big question will be does he have what it takes to make the leap to AFL? Phil Walsh backed in CEY during his brief time as the Crows head coach, playing CEY for every game he was available while Walsh was coaching (He missed round 6 and 7 with a hamstring injury). Walsh backed in Cam and in that time we saw him have a non-sub affected average of 87 SC Points, so it does appear, albeit on a limit sample size, that CEY can have an impact. CEY will add a missing dimension from the Crows midfield however, that of a big bodied midfielder, who isn’t slow as an iceberg and one who can also move forward when needed and kick a goal.
Well, it should be obvious. Risk 1 is the Crows continue to play Scott Thompson ahead of CEY while CEY continues to play well in the SANFL, risk 2 is CEY plays good, but not great football and doesn’t score high enough to justify his pricetag.
He is one that will definitely need to be watched during the pre-season and a keen eye placed on how the Crows structure up their midfield. Plenty of names have been thrown around on who will be added, Harrison Wigg, Charlie Cameron, Wayne Milera, so CEY will have some competition for his spot in the 22 next year.
Depending on his price next year, he’d be likely be used as both a mid-price selection in the midfield as well as a POD selection too (note from Jock: confirmed a very cheap $304,700). From his heatmaps for his 2 AFL games this year, he played 66% of his time in the forward half of the ground, so there is a good chance he’ll be given MID/FWD eligibility, being selected as a forward would likely make him a bit more appealing than if he was just a midfield only option.
- Big on the contested possessions, which is a thumbs up for Supercoach.
- Opportunity is there for CEY to play a big role in the Crows midfield next year. He just needs to take it.
- Potential dual eligibility
- Projected pricetag isn’t super appealing
- Potential for him to stay in that 80’s range, which is neither good enough to help us post big scores or for CEY to generate any decent amount of cash.
- It’s also possible that even if he is picked early that he gets dropped the moment he has a bad game or two.
I love Cam Ellis-Yolmen, I think he has massive amounts of potential that the Crows have failed to capitalize on. I’m also well aware that my bias towards him can cloud my judgement on him for fantasy football purposes. So while I think and hope CEY could have a big year in Supercoach I’m also realistic enough to say that his most likely potential is for him to play 12-16 games this year with an average in the 80’s. For that reason, my verdict on Cameron Ellis-Yolmen for 2017 is
Community, what’s your call on Cam Ellis-Yolmen for 2017?
Barron Von Crow
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