The Jaeger Bomb – will it be a party all year or are we in for an early hangover?
by Alexie “Lekdog” Beovich
One of the most intriguing trades of the offseason saw Jaeger O’Meara finally find his way to the Hawks.
To summarise how jaeger got to the Hawks I’ll be as concise as possible *clears throat
The trade was always going to happen, and then almost didn’t, and then finally did, and was then investigated by the AFL before being cleared by the AFL despite the AFL ruling against their own rules…still following me?
Its official. pic.twitter.com/z8pKsIBDdt
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) October 20, 2016
Look let’s just forget about how Jaeger got to the Hawks and focus on what he’s going to do when he gets there. SPOILER ALERT I think it could be something special depending on his body.
|2017 Est. Price:|
|2017 Est. Position:||MID|
|Games last season:||0 (44 Career)|
|Average in 2016:||0 (93.9 Career)|
|100+ games last season:||0 (17 Career)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||0 (12 Career)|
|Price range in 2016:||$316K – $316K|
|Missed games last season:||Every bloody one|
The move to Hawthorn will hopefully be a blessing for the struggling side, as a club who hasn’t played in a Grand Final for over one year, Hawks fans everywhere will be looking to Jaeger as the great white hope to take them back to the premiership promised land.
Let’s be clear, I’m only interested in Jaeger as a fantasy prospect because he’s really young (only 22), really cheap (only
$200K now confirmed $318,900) and because if anyone can get this kid on the park it’s the Hawthorn medical staff.
The risk factor with Jaeger is pretty obvious…homesickness. Now if the pull of the Gold Coast becomes too much and he starts to miss the schoolies birds, the perfect weather and a kebab on the beach then his form might just be negatively impacted.
Now whilst this is a risk I’m also a little concerned about this guys legs, he hasn’t played a game of AFL football in two years. TWO YEARS. 2014 was the last time this kid played; Tony Abbott was running the joint two years ago, people were tipping ice water over themselves for ALS, hell I’m pretty sure I didn’t even have a beer gut all the way back then. The point is it has been a bloody long time between drinks for the kid and the odds of his knees staying healthy through 2017 are about the same as Higgo finally getting a root!
If Jaeger makes it through the preseason with two legs then I think you’ll be selecting him as a high scoring rookie with a (very) slim chance of staying on your bench for most of the year. I think this is a similar pick to Tom Liberatore in 2016, Libba was more expensive but he’d at least shown us he can string a game or two together.
Jaeger averaged 90.1 in 2013 and 97.7 in 2914 playing all 22 games in both seasons. If he can get within a bulls roar of repeating those efforts he will be a massive win for fantasy coaches everywhere. If he can get anywhere close to his scoring capacity of 2014, a year in which he tonned up 9 times including a score of 143) we’ll be laughing.
At worst Jaeger will cost you a trade to downgrade/upgrade coming out of the Round 9 Gold Coast bye (maybe we can turn him into a Gablett?), at best he could be pumping out consistent scores of 80+ in your midfield.
Very cheap(* note from Jock, not as cheap as we thought he’d be! $318,900)
- Averaged 90+ in his first two seasons
- Should slot into Hawthorn’s midfield nicely with departures of Lewis and Mitchell
- Hasn’t played in two years
- Injuries are a part of this guys life
- Unlikely to be a point of difference selection
At the starting price of
$200K (as predicted by the Herald Sun) ($318,900) I think the risk of picking Jaeger in your starting side is minimal. He’s had a high scoring past and sure he hasn’t played at the AFL level in two years but neither have any of the other rookies you’ll be picking.
I’ll be selecting him as long as I see him play during the preseason. If he has any issues or doesn’t play in two of the three preseason games then I’m not interested.
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