Has Yaz done his final dash?
EDIT: Sadly, it appears as if Chris has played his final game. He has been released from his contract at Richmond to deal with personal issues. We wish him all the very best. Jock.
by The Stiv
Many players reach a crossroads in their career where they either elevate themselves to greatness or slip into a bottomless chasm of unfulfilled potential and regret.
Chris Yarran is staring into the abyss, his career wavering in the balance. Tall poppy syndrome is alive and well in this otherwise beautiful country of ours and we’ve witnessed a once bright spark become dimmed by the scrutiny pervading from all angles.
Mentally weak, injury prone, lacking in discipline, overweight, no heart, no courage – Yarran has copped it all, often justifiably so.
As a player, Chris Yarran can be brilliant to watch. His foot skills, elusiveness and speed allow him to cut through opposition lines yet his lack of tackling, contested ability, and overall defensive skills can render him a liability in defence. This looms as a make or break season for Christopher.
Yarran missed the entire 2016 season so we will focus on his 2015 stats.
|2017 Est. Supercoach Price:||SCRATCHED – has left the game.|
|2017 Est. Position:||DEF|
|Games in 2015:||14|
|Average in 2015:||74.1|
|100+ games in 2015:||3|
|Sub 80 games in 2015:||6|
|Price range in 2015:||$364,800 – $444,600|
|Missed games last season:||
Yarran started his career as a small forward but his natural attributes have turned him into quite the weapon when deployed across half back. This move did wonders for his Supercoach scoring as shown in 2011 when his average rose 25.5 points to 87.3 SC points per game. Since then Yarran has shown the capability to reach “Premo” defender status but he’s never really come close. It is not ability that Yarran seems to lack, rather, the discipline and durability to succeed at the highest level. He has been lost in SC no man’s land for some time but this upcoming season could change that.
The mental and physical setbacks that have plagued Yarran’s AFL career could actually be the saviour of his Supercoach career. Missing the entirety of the 2016 season will see Yarran’s value drop significantly. This is the only thing keeping him within fantasy football conversations.
— Richmond FC (@Richmond_FC) November 7, 2016
Selecting Yarran carries significant risk, the least of which is his durability. His explosive nature can cause his body to break down especially his hamstrings.
He is also prone to spewing up some absolutely shithouse scores. Yarran scored 4 scores below 43 in 2015. There’s nothing quite like a score of 34 to ruin cash generation and your weekend.
We don’t even know if this guy will make it through the pre-season. Yet again he has turned up to Punt Road overweight and in need of physical conditioning. There are talks that Richmond could cut him loose and terminate his contract early. Even if he somehow makes it to round 1, how much footy will he realistically play?
Expel from your mind any delusions of Chris Yarran becoming a premium defender. His selection would depend on a heavily discounted starting price as well as a solid preseason. His price will likely see him utilised as an expensive cash cow or cheap mid pricer with the aim of upgrading him to a premo come bye rounds. In his best year Yarran averaged 87.3 SC points per game and played 21 games. If he could reach this again he could be a valuable player.
With a projected price of $240K he’s comparable to Daniel Wells of 2016. It would be folly to expect the same output as Wells but we are talking backline here folks and this is an entirely different beast. Rookie defenders are risky and reliable premo’s are scarce. Consider how many teams in 2016 started with Jacob Weitering, an 18 yr old key position defender with zero games experience and a price tag of 221K? This shows there are situations where desperation calls for any warm body guaranteed a game to plug a hole in a starting line. If Yarran is fit and healthy, he will play.
- Discounted starting price
- Possesses rare talent
- Would be used heavily in a team craving run from the back half
- A year off and a new club could reinvigorate his career
- Has averaged 87.3 (2011) and 82.7 (2014) which are solid for cash cows
- Injury prone
- Inconsistent SC scorer
- Is currently in poor physical shape
- Has disciplinary and mental health issues
- Question marks as to if he’ll ever play again
To even consider starting Chris Yarran in 2017 he must have completed a strong preseason, be healthy in mind and body, and be selected for round 1. These are non-negotiable. Due to his starting price and propensity to dish out woeful scores, he’s unlikely to significantly appreciate in value quickly enough to be a worthwhile cash cow. The main question you will need to ask yourself is: how weak is your defence? A shortage of capable rookies could see Yarran’s stock rise. For me, the risk is just too great for the reward and only sheer desperation will see Yarran in my starting squad.
NO – but monitor throughout the preseason. Edit – do not select. He has been released from his contract at Richmond.
Will you be selecting Yarran in 2017?
|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.|
Chris Yarran Poll: