IS this kid the next Greg “Diesel” Williams?
by Bolton’s Blues
EDIT: This article was written before Patrick Cripps injured his back in November. Reportedly he will miss 12 weeks of the preseason. Jock.
When you are talking footballing greats, “Diesel” was a household name during his career and the stats speak for themselves.
This is who Patrick Cripps has drawn comparisons to by another superstar and former team mate in Chris Judd. All you have to do is read the facts.
This kid here is just shy of his 22nd birthday, 193cm tall – that is key position forward/backman height.
Cripps has gone from strength to strength in the space of 12 months.. is he ready for a big 2017? With Carlton only projected to get better from here on out, this kid has to be the centre of attention for opposition coaches and more importantly, the Supercoach community.
— DANIΞLS (@sjdaniel) October 26, 2016
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$585,500|
|Games last season:||21|
|Average in 2016:||107.6|
|100+ games last season:||13|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1|
|Price range in 2016:||$448K (rd17) – $572K (rd23)|
|Missed games last season:||1|
Imagine being just under 22 years old and spending 2 years in the same team as a player who will go down as one of the greats of the game – Chris Judd. After breaking into the Carlton team, Cripps has missed only 2 games. With his massive frame he can become (or is becoming) one of the elite midfield bulls of the AFL.
He had just the 8 games where he went below 100 points, and 4 of those were in the 90s, with 1 poor score of 69.
Marc Murphy went down with a season ending injury and Cripps stepped up to the plate and took control of the midfield. Bryce Gibbs in the offseason wanted out, so is his head and heart all there for Carlton in 2017? How will all this impact on Patrick’s stats for 2017?
Half way during the season Cripps was carrying an injury, how bad it was hampering him we will never know, but it did affect his scoring output. He had four scores of 90 before the bye, then he came back and had a 69 and 84, he played at least 6 rounds injury affected but after that he picked up momentum in a team that won 1 game in its last 11.
His body is still young in comparison to other “premium” midfielders, but he has shown that these little niggles won’t stop him from playing games.
You are paying around 580k for a 22 year old kid who is still a couple years away from his prime age – but he is playing like a 10 year veteran. Can you afford a 580k potential flop?
Set forget and don’t trade – simple, you select him, and you ride the potential rollercoaster.
He will get a full preseason again over the summer, adding size to his already big frame – he will become the general for Carlton this year – if he wasn’t already.
- If he begins 2017 like he ended 2016, his ceiling is as high as any
- Murphy being back should take some attention away from him, but not much.
- Loves a contested ball along with his elite skill getting a clearance – A SuperCoachers dream combination
- Only finished 2016 with 11% ownership – pretty low for a player with his numbers.
- Because he has had such a good 2016 – will teams target him a lot more?
- Will Murphy coming back impact his scoring output?
- Handballs a lot more then he kicks – not ideal for Coaches wanting to select him at 600k+
- When you see what you can buy in his price range, will he out preform the likes of DePendlebury, Fyfe, Neale, Parker and Sloane?
EDIT: This article was written before Patrick Cripps injured his back in November. Reportedly he will miss 12 weeks of the preseason and must now be considered a highly risky selection. Jock.
YES *see note above
Lock him in Eddie – 2nd picked for me this year, only behind his Carlton team mate Sam Docherty.
I personally started him last year as a POD and finishing with only 11% ownership last year, makes me want to select him first. He can only get better for mine. He was targeted by the other teams even prior to Marc Murphy going down, from rounds 16-23, his numbers were out of this world and I expect that across the season.
Scroll the old page down a touch & chew the fat with Bolto about Crippsy in the comments below.
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