50 Shades of Gray.
by Trigger Happy
Exciting, looking forward to the next chapter, can’t wait to see what happens next, couldn’t put it down, riveted till the last page, shame it finished. Best seller. Well that’s what the missus tells me. Being a bloke not much of a reader unless it is the sport pages of the herald sun.
This was the Port Adelaide of 2014.
Hyped up, looking forward to see the improvements and how this translated to the big picture but early on clear it didn’t live up to the hype, was over rated and most walked out on it before it finished. A lot of fizz but no substance. Port Adelaide 2016.
The Star – Robbie Gray.
Once he got his body right in 2014 Gray announced himself as one of the premium players in the competition in a big way. Playing almost every game in 2014 and 2015 only missing when Bryce Gibbs laid a “crunching tackle” Daryl Eastlake would have been happy with! He continually punched out some monster scores at an average over 110. Robbie “50 Shades” Gray had finally arrived.
— Dennis Cometti…ish (@DennisntCometti) July 5, 2012
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$588,200|
|2017 Est. Position:||MID ONLY (confirmed)|
|Games last season:||19|
|Average in 2016:||108|
|100+ games last season:||14|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4|
|Price range in 2016:||$608K (rd4) – $503K (rd11)|
|Missed games last season:||3 (hamstring)|
Cast your mind back to 2015 when he had the magical DPP status and was the number one selected forward in the comp. You have a midfielder who racks up possessions at will, who likes to push forward and kick a goal. A Supercoach dream.
It was like Christmas had come early. What does Santa have in store for us in 2017? Supercoaches would rejoice in the streets if Santa reaches into his big red sack and gives back his DPP status. *note from Jock, Santa was a miserable bastard and he has now been confirmed MID only.
A look at the heat map above should have us all salivating. Looks promising but just be aware that the heat maps are only one component in a player gaining Dual Position status. However, AFL Fantasy added FWD eligibility to Robbie Gray during the season in 2016. That’s a good sign.
Unfortunately Robbie lost his DPP status in 2016 becoming a MID only. People jumped off him in droves but I figured class is class and he was as good a MID as anyone else around at his starting price and a nice pod. Robbie richly rewarded those who started him and burst out of the blocks with 3 scores above 120 in the first 3 weeks. Bear in mind this was with Lobbe tapping the ball down to him who (let’s face it) may struggle to get a game in the Quambatook twos.
With Ryder back in 2017 could 50 shades push himself into Super premo territory?
Still not convinced?
After his bye in 2016 50 shades scored over 1,000 points in 9 games at an average over 116, only once dipping under the ton and finished the season with a huge 137 and 147 in his final two games.
How’s that for finishing on a high!
In 2016 he succumbed to the modern day midfielders curse and twanged a hammy. He spent a couple of weeks on the sidelines. But other than that and the bone cruncher from Gibbs he’s been very reliable and durable over the last 3 years.
Prior to 2014 he suffered a number of injuries that prevented him from getting on the park and showing his true potential. These days seem to be well behind him as he has played 21, 22, 19 games respectively from 2014.
There is always some inherent risk but I can’t see any apparent risk. The only other foreseeable risk is at, times last year, 50 shades got frustrated with how Port were performing (who didn’t right?) and walked the Tribunal tightrope.
So there is always the risk he could miss a couple for an indiscretion.
You get what you pay for. He’s not cheap but ultra-consistent and can go huge.
Rolled gold especially if DPP (now confirmed MID only). Set and forget a keeper all season.
- Despite missing with a hammy in 2016 and the Lobbe factor still managed to average 108 in 2016.
- Averaged 110 over the last 3 years. Consistent.
- A goal kicking mid
- DPP? If not POD as a mid only
- With Ryder back odds on to improve even further
- Body let him down early in his career suffering a number of injuries.
- Does do a few clangers
- Tribunal? Seriously reaching here. It’s all good.
With the forward cupboard looking like being raided with the possibility of the stalwarts in Dusty and Dahlhaus and new kid on the block Zerrett losing their DPP – it would be nice to restock the shelves. Let’s hope Mr 50 Shades – Robbie Gray slots in.
If DPP its a no brainer and a resounding yes from me. Even without DPP he’s a big chance to line up in my team in the centre square come round 1. Love that POD action.
Some players are just great to watch. Having them in your team is just the icing on the cake.
What’s your call on Robbie Gray in 2017?
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