marc murphy supercoach 2017Past his best or is there something left in the tank?

by Liam Watson

Marc Murphy endured a frustrating year as the Carlton skipper failed to sustain continuity, only playing the first 10 games. He was always behind the eight ball with a limited pre-season following a shoulder injury he suffered late in 2015 that required surgery.

One of his better games this season came in the first round, even with a lack of match fitness. The interrupted pre-season might be the factor that caused his Supercoach & AFL Fantasy scoring output to decrease overall in 2016 compared to previous years, but he was still able to play a key role for his team as they exceeded expectations by taking some major scalps.

Just as he was starting to work his way into the season, an ankle injury ended his year. The frustration comes as he could’ve returned a lot earlier but the ankle didn’t recover in time. The Blues certainly missed his leadership out on the field.

He may have had an uncharacteristic season, but we all know he has been a fantasy beast in the past and you only have to look at what teammate Bryce Gibbs managed to do, rebounding from an underwhelming 2015 by his standards to average 106.1 in 2016. This gives me great optimism that Murphy should at least come out with a point to prove.

2017 Supercoach Price: $432,500
2017 Est. Position: MID
Games last season: 10
Average in 2016: 79.5
100+ games last season: 3
Sub 80 games last season: 3 (including injury affected 12)
Price range in 2016: $421K – $556K
Missed games last season: 12 with that troublesome ankle
Significant history:
  • All-Australian, AFLCA Player of the Year and Carlton’s best and fairest in 2011. His best Supercoach season to date, averaging 118.
  • The last time Murphy had an indifferent season, he responded. Averaged 106 in 2014 after 92.4 the year before.


After taking out that injury affected score of 12, his season average increases to a slightly more respectable 87 from 9 games. He also found the going tough with concussion in round 4, but was not really influencing that game anyway.

There is evidence to suggest that he can bounce back from a poor season based off a much better Supercoach average in 2014 compared to 2013. Whether or not that’s a sign of things to come is a major talking point and determines if he is selected or not.


Murphy’s injuries over recent seasons are a cause for concern, and it remains to be seen if he is over those niggles. A massive pre-season is required and needs to prove he is capable of running out a full season without any hiccups along the way.

There is also the threat of a potential tag from the opposition, where at times in his career he hasn’t coped well. Though with the emergence of Patrick Cripps, opposition teams might decide to put less time into Murphy and turn their attention to Cripps instead. Murphy can be a damaging player on his day when allowed to run free, so it will be interesting to see if teams want to put time into him.

Jock Reynolds Supercoach Magazine 2017


Murphy would be selected as a mid-priced option with the hope that he can return to at least a 105+ average. If he achieves that, then he is a risk worth taking. He will prove to be an excellent selection if he can replicate the impressive form shown in the second half of 2015. He scored a mammoth 151 and then after Carlton’s bye his scores read 103, 114, 97, 113, 104, 114, 117, 130, 93 and an injury affected 85.


  • For just 430k he will be extremely under-priced for a man who has performed to an elite standard in the past for fantasy coaches. He may not be this cheap again during 2017.
  • Cripps could get the first tag from the opposition as he looks to become the main man in the Blue’s midfield, allowing Murphy to feel like he has less pressure to perform.
  • Murphy kicked 7 goals in 10 games showing a clear impact on the scoreboard, particularly when he stepped up in that clutch moment against Fremantle.


  • He has shown he can’t perform at his peak if underdone. His Supercoach performances appeared limited by that shoulder injury, demonstrating he won’t want to be playing at less than 100 per cent again. He will need to prove he is over the shoulder and ankle injuries by playing some NAB Challenge matches at least.
  • As mentioned before with the injuries, he is less durable these days. Can you rely on him to play the full 22 games? He hasn’t played 22 games in a season since 2011. His durability is the real question mark heading into 2017.
  • In a rebuilding team, is there enough opportunity for him to score big points consistently? He is capable of a high ceiling, but can he still reach it?


2017 is a make or break year for Murphy, given he looks to regain some fantasy relevance. He hasn’t averaged 110+ since 2012, but it’s still possible he can return to that level of scoring. All he needs is a good run at it and he could very well return to his former self because time hasn’t run out for him to deliver.

If we do see the sort of scores he produced in the second half of 2015 or more, we could have one of the bargains of the year. He comes in with a very tempting price to ponder.

It’s hard to argue that he doesn’t represent great value. As one of the biggest fallen premiums of 2016 he should come out firing, perhaps to prove some doubters wrong. This is not a speculative pick as you are getting a proven premium at a real discounted price.


Liam Watson

Ripping contribution young Liam! Have a chat with him below, or over on twitter: @LiamWatson77

Jock Reynolds Coach KingsThis article has been penned as part of the Jock Reynolds Community Series, where anyone from within our proud community can have their say in front of their peers. These men and women have displayed the spirit of togetherness, positivity and community that we value significantly.

Marc Murphy Poll:


Where are you at with Marc Murphy in 2017?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...



I N Pieman · 05/11/2016 at 09:46

Fantastic acticle Liam. A very solid case you've put forward. But I think if I was going to role the dice on a injury effected midfielder of 2016 it would be Beams or Fyfe or maybe even Gary

    Watto · 05/11/2016 at 11:16

    Cheers Pieman! I reckon if he is $500K or more it would be a no, but the expected price of $430K makes him very appealing. I reckon I can fit in all of Fyfe, Beams and Murphy to start 2017, who should all offer good value for their price

      jockreynolds · 05/11/2016 at 11:25

      Liam – super impressive write up son!! Well done. Once again, here's another bloke I otherwise would not have had on the watchlist but some of your points make him pretty bloody interesting. Again – its all about his pre season. For mine, given he gets through a perfect preseason he's a 20% chance of hitting JR Brumby FC RD1

        Watto · 05/11/2016 at 11:32

        Thanks Jock! I have a feeling he'll be a POD to start given his injury history risk

      I N Pieman · 05/11/2016 at 12:45

      Fyfe beams & Murphy. My god that's a risk burger with the lot. Not sure I could stomach that

        Moustachio · 05/11/2016 at 17:25

        Don't forget Swallow, JOM and old Jobe. If you throw enough shit, surely some of its gotta stick!

        throttlefinger · 06/11/2016 at 10:36

        1 min. 2 max. Need to break glass a little too early to put the big plums to work for all three.

Nick Wealands · 05/11/2016 at 11:56

Great read this Liam, will be hard to fit in with the likes of Beams being cheap but will definitely be considered, moved up my watchlist after reading this

    Watto · 05/11/2016 at 12:12

    That's the problem Nick, there are only so many of these mids we can fit in

T-mitch · 05/11/2016 at 11:57

Gets through a full pre season and will strongly consider as will be well underpriced
Gut feel is he can return to avg 105+ before upgrading down the track at a profit

    Watto · 05/11/2016 at 12:14

    An average of 105+ is my gut feel as well

I N Pieman · 05/11/2016 at 12:54

Jock we've got to pay some credit. The great Steyn & his snip the old snake philosophy was bang on the money

P_J_Higgo · 05/11/2016 at 13:02

Thank you Liam. These are precisely the selection types I ponder and track closely for any preseaon indicators. An undervalued Mid could potentially make more money and at a faster rate than a rookie. A corrective trade risk, however, a definite POD play.
Kind regards,
Peter J Higginbotham

    Watto · 05/11/2016 at 15:12

    That will be the dilemma Higgo, whether to make the most of cash generation or keep, much like Wells this season

Kev · 05/11/2016 at 14:24

Great write up, Liam. I voted unlikely but mulling it over I'll consider him very strongly if he gets through the preseason. Will enter the season and 29 and I've learnt many times to never write off the guns in supercoach. Yes durability is a concern but I'd be happy to jump off at his bye

    Watto · 05/11/2016 at 15:06

    Thank you Kev, that's right not even that old yet and hopefully he can be a keeper rather than a stepping stone

Jack · 05/11/2016 at 14:36

Great write up Liam, don't think I can fit him though….id prefer a cheaper Swallow.
So far my mids looking like
2 safe blue chips: (Danger,Pendles)
2 sub600 young improving: (Bont,Cripps)
2 underpriced proven premiums: (Fyfe,Beams)
2 value picks: (Swallow,O'Meara)
I'm happy with a setup like this

    Watto · 05/11/2016 at 15:07

    Thanks Jack, I like that set up and yes swallow should be priced very cheaply

      I N Pieman · 05/11/2016 at 17:38

      That will be a big spend jack. The money making rookies will be coming from the midfield next season so you'll want to leave some room

        Kev · 05/11/2016 at 19:13

        Agree INP. O'Meara my likely M6

lostlarrikin · 06/11/2016 at 00:28

Great work Liam.
Yeah tough call here. If Gibbs was gone he might be more tempting.
Super awkward price will make him a massive POD.
My plums are too precious to risk on this brand of mid price mayhem.

    Watto · 06/11/2016 at 10:59

    Thank you and yes I think this is a real POD selection

Gaveday · 06/11/2016 at 08:25

Good choice for an article Liam. I think calling him a "yes" is a bit premature – has to perform first for me. Possible rd3 mid corrective trade.

    Watto · 06/11/2016 at 11:00

    Thanks Gaveday, I think a few might do the same as you

BarronVonCrow · 06/11/2016 at 09:32

Good stuff, Liam. He's one I'm definitely considering at this early stage, though my worry is he may become the sidekick to Cripps and Gibbs upon return, rather than being the potential leader out there. If he peaks at an average of 90 odd then that puts you in a very awkward position with him. I'm eager to see how he fits in during the pre-season games before I completely make a ruling either way on him.

    Watto · 06/11/2016 at 11:08

    Thanks Barron, as I mentioned hopefully with Cripps as well as Gibbs out there Murphy gets the midfield support he needs to perform consistently well. How the points are shared remains to be seen so I see the point you make

anthony · 06/11/2016 at 11:33

its a very hard choice fml the price is tempting

Keenbutclueless · 06/11/2016 at 12:23

Carlton have a soft early draw. I am considering starting with Murphy and switching to a Port or Gold Coast premium after their early bye. Really only Gray or Gablett which limits the appeal a little. But if Gray is a DPP forward, I might look to upgrade Murphy to Gray.

neil demonsdelight · 06/11/2016 at 12:34

Sorry Liam but the biggest of big no .. One of sc real duds .Wouldn't take him at 300.Better with a young cash cow . murphy and gibbs both irrelevant unlike Simmo/Doc Sorry Liam wrong selection wont EVER be in my team

    jockreynolds · 07/11/2016 at 19:37

    Thought the same as a first thought Neil – but you can't overlook what Murph is capable of. He's averaged over 110 four seasons running up till season. If the boy can get his crap together you never know. Not the craziest option out there.

wombatsfc · 07/11/2016 at 19:28

How Much? Geez Liam if he starts over 350k he'll be the least owned player in SC. Actually may not be such a bad buy at $350k he obviously has the skills and proven scoring ability. The big plus is that he doesn't face Dangerfield until round 19 and Danger is the one who continually breaks Murphy everytime that he plays with him

    Watto · 08/11/2016 at 00:56

    Hopefully he doesn't go near Hodgey as well!

Don't Blush Baby · 07/11/2016 at 20:21

Tim ( Quentin ) Taranto ,I know he's been mentioned a few times but all reports this kid is a jet , if he ands up at a lower club and priced at 180 – 200k ,I'll take a punt on him.

Meanie of Me · 15/12/2016 at 04:49

“He hasn’t averaged 110+ since 2012”

And he turns 30 this year, a dead set ‘No’ for mine.

brown sugar · 27/12/2016 at 13:22

Great article Liam. Well thought out. Clear presentation. Solid case.

Comments are closed.