Chopsticks, or knives and forks?
It takes a brave man to take on Chopsticks.
Whenever the waitress strolls around to your table at your local Chinese joint, there’s always one character who takes on the responsibility of the Oriental utensil.
More often than not, he’ll make a dick of himself, fumbling his sweet and sour pork around and staining his finest Bintang singlet.
But when he succeeds, he rises above the pack and draws envious glances from all around the eatery.
In 2017, SuperCoaches face a similar, critical Chopstick decision.
Some timeless wisdom from The Crouching One:
For several years Dustin Martin has been available as a FWD and proven to be one of the best scorers in the position. The only discussion regarding Dusty within the community has been whether to start him straight off the bat or bring him in as an early upgrade target.
This year though we could see that all change, as he’s likely to lose his DPP eligibility after a sensational year as a permanent midfielder. (* note from Jock, confirmed now as MID only). On the flip side, it means his ownership will be down for the first time in a long time.
In 2016, Martin started in 38.5% of sides and finished in 55.7%. His ownership should start at less than half of last year, which means for the first time in his career, Marin could be a POD.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$588,300|
|Games last season:||22|
|Average in 2016:||108|
|100+ games last season:||12|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2|
|Price range in 2016:||$504K (rd6) – $585K (rd18)|
|Missed games last season:||1|
Martin’s ownership was lower than usual at the start of 2016 as SuperCoaches were concerned that ‘Chopstick-gate’ and his old man being deported may affect his early season form. They were proven right to an extent, as he only surpassed 100 once in his first 5 matches. Many coaches, myself included, jumped on at Rounds 6 and 7 when Martin was available for less than $510k.
The rest of his season was sensational. He dropped below 100 just three time from Rounds 6 – 20, including mammoth scores of 167 & 152. His form dipped again in the last few rounds as the season slipped away from a putrid Richmond outfit. He finished 10th overall of all mids in 2016 and 12th of all players.
Martin’s durability and consistency mean he is a safe option. It’s hard to see his form dropping in 2016.
The issue with his selection is that now as a midfielder it becomes much harder to squeeze him into our sides. He’ll be in a similar price bracket to the likes of The Bont, Cripps, Treloar, Sloane, a discounted Fyfe, the list goes on. We can only fit a handful of these guns into our starting side and Dusty could be the odd man out.
Consider these other blokes as the safe, popular options. Conservative men who prefer the tried and tested knife and fork with their peking duck will select these guys. But they won’t stand out from the crowd.
As a premo mid, you’d only pick this bloke if you planned on having him in until Round 23. There’s no injury risk to speak of, the only question is whether his scores get him into the top 10 mids come season’s end.
- Extremely durable
- Ownership will be down for first time in several years
- Prestia and Caddy giving him a hand should only improve his SuperCoach output – Tiges should be more competitive and Dusty won’t have to do it all on his own
- Has threatened to explode for a 120+ season plenty of times but it hasn’t happened
- So many attractive premo mid options and we can’t just stuff him into F1.
- Damien Hardwick is on a scalding hot seat at Tigerland. A bad start could result in him getting the arse and another lost season.
Will cause plenty of headaches prior to the 2017 season. Will take some serious testicular fortitude to overlook other players in the price bracket, but it could be the shark move which sets your side apart.
So community, will you take on chopsticks, or play it safe with the steak knives?
Chew the fat with Bill below or over on twitter community @Billy_Higgins7
|This 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.|
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