J.P.K – as reliable as they come.
by The Stiv
A majestic beast boasting unparalleled shoulder girth – Josh P. Kennedy is Supercoach Royalty. Regarded amongst his peers as the most powerful inside midfielder currently gracing our competition, J.P.K can often be forgotten amongst the machine that is the Sydney Swans midfield.
Kennedy may not have the outside panache of Hannebery, the youthful fervour of Mitchell, or the high flying prowess of Parker but what he does have is simple: the ability to win the ball, and he does this better than anyone else in the competition. Let’s take a closer look at his statistics.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$617,100|
|2017 Est. Position:||MID|
|Games last season:||21|
|Average in 2016:||113.4|
|100+ games last season:||14|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1|
|Price range in 2016:||$545K – $599K|
|Missed games last season:||1 game with a hammy|
Kennedy’s past averages and durability are approaching Legendary status and he has continued to rank amongst the best players in key areas. In 2016 he was ranked #3 in the comp for disposals, #2 for handballs, and #1 for contested possessions with a whopping 17 per game. He was also ranked #10 for inside 50’s and #6 for average Supercoach points. They are some serious numbers.
With credentials like his you’d expect J.P.K to be selected in a high number of teams. It might surprise you to learn that Josh was selected in only 4.2% of starting teams and despite uber-premium output he only finished in 8.2% of teams. Is this how you show respect to royalty? Answer me dammit! It’s a slap in the face at best and damn right ungrateful.
With the departure of Mitchell there will be more points up for grabs, particularly for inside mids. It’s speculated that Heeney will be taking that role but he is much too valuable as a marking forward to be utilised as a permanent mid. Mills will get some midfield time too but expect Kennedy to do the brunt of the heavy lifting.
Kennedy is unlikely to receive more attention because his brute strength makes him untaggable. Opposition teams generally look to curb Hannebery’s outside run and carry.
— FBDonkey (@FBDonkey) August 23, 2016
J.P.K will be turning 29 in 2017 and he plays a tough and taxing style of game. There is always the risk that this will catch up with his body.
Kennedy’s consistency means his price does not fluctuate to a great degree compared to someone like Luke Parker. This makes him a safe bet to select in your initial squad.
Any coach selecting J.P.K would be doing so as a “set and forget” option that will pump out consistent scores through to the completion of the Supercoach season.
- No Tom Mitchell racking up inside ball.
- Durable, high scoring, and consistent (scored below 90 only once in 2016).
- A tasty POD.
- Can take a mark and knows where the goals are.
- He’s no spring chicken.
- J.P.K comes with a hefty price tag.
- Is he of the calibre of Dangerfield, Pendlebury, and Fyfe?
In Supercoach we need a combination of stability and calculated risks. If you’re going in with a team full of “potential” guns don’t be surprised if more than a few turn out to be turds. You need a few spare pairs of undies. You need J.P.K.
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