New team – but can he deliver?
By Ben Madden
Having lost two champions of the game this off-season, Jimmy Bartel and Corey Enright, Geelong went hard for former Carlton backman Zach Tuohy in the trade period.
They landed Tuohy and Carlton’s future second round pick in exchange for Billie Smedts, pick 63 and the Cats’ future first round pick.
There’s clearly a role there for him, with Enright and Bartel being fantasy stalwarts for as long as some Supercoach nuts can remember. However, whether Tuohy has the scoring potential is another matter.
Many Supercoachers were burnt by mid-priced defenders this year, but hey, 2017 is a new year right?
— Footy live (@AFLivebroadcast) November 10, 2016
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$443,200|
|Games last season:||22|
|Average in 2016:||81.5|
|100+ games last season:||6 (with 12 over 80)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||10|
|Price range in 2016:||$359K – $463K|
|Missed games last season:||None|
Whilst Zach only averaged 81.5 for the season, his last 5 games are very interesting. He scored 108, 121, 112, 67, 112 for a 5 round average of 104. If he can replicate this form next year, he’ll be extreme value for money, and will provide you with a much needed boost over your league opponents.
The half-back role is one of the most lucrative Supercoach roles, with rebounding defenders racking it up week after week (Heath Shaw and Sam Docherty anyone)? If Tuohy can get himself a prime position on the defensive 50 for the Cats, he will score big week after week.
The problem is, going to a new team is always an unknown. Will Tuohy fill the Bartel and Enright shaped hole? Thurlow is set to fill one of the spots left, and whilst one can assume they targeted Tuohy to provide run off half-back, assuming makes an ass out of you, me and the Supercoach gods, and we all know what they do when humiliated.
Tuohy is a season long prospect, and someone you pick in order to save a bit of cash. Top teams in the past have shown that if you can nail a breakout defender or 2, then the cash saved can go a long way to winning Supercoach 2017.
- New team, and hopefully a supercoach-friendly role
- With Geelong winning more games, he’ll get more of the points pie
- Could be a great cheaper defensive option
- Out of the shadow of Simpson and Docherty, this pale Irishman could shine
- A new team always brings risk
- Could get stuck in a key defensive post
May stagnate at 80ppg
It is very, very hard for me to say no to Tuohy in 2017. I can definitely see him scoring 95ppg in a good Geelong team, who will be hungry for blood after their embarrassing loss to Sydney in the preliminary final. Will Tuohy be the number 1 defender next year? Probably not. But he may just be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (sorry, I had to), that goes toe-to-toe with the Dochertys of the world. It’s a tentative yes from me.
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