The man. The myth. The shoulder.
by BBQ’s Treloar
“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person” – Albert Einstein
We need to think long and hard when considering who we know as ‘The Little Master’ this year. GAJ has undoubtedly been the greatest fantasy footballer ever to have graced this wonderful game of ours. It feels unnatural and almost disrespectful to speak ill of this great man.
But, our community deserves a balanced view. We cannot let our love for this great cloud our Supercoach judgement.
GAJ has only managed a total of 20 games in the last two seasons. To put that into a bit of perspective, the man we all consider injury ridden, Daniel Wells, has played the same amount of games as GAJ over that period.
News from a close source at Gold Coast is that GAJ is close to a full recovery and should resume training early in the pre-season. Also strong word that GAJ passes on the captaincy.
|Games in 2016:||14|
|Average in 2016:||114.1|
|100+ games in 2016:||10|
|Sub 80 games in 2016:||1|
|Price range in 2016:||$541K – $636K|
|Missed games last season:||
Obviously, the shoulder. GAJ has had a different surgery to the last time he stuffed it. The doc’s will make sure he takes all the time he needs to get better for early in pre-season, but he will have to take the meds this time around.
Is he still motivated to reach the top again? He delayed his start to the preseason with an ‘extended honeymoon’ on the back of requesting a trade to Geelong before the trade period. Is he still fair dinkum?
Another risk is that we see GAJ have more forward time next year.
May not get his full price discount. Has happened before.
Gold Coast senior players return to the training track, minus Gary Ablett, who is on his honeymoon https://t.co/HWo8goWwP1
— AFL on 7 (@7AFL) November 21, 2016
Keeper. Elite player at a huge discount.
- It’s GAJ
- Should be back early in pre-season. This means we will see him in the pre-season games.
- Average in first 5 rounds is ridiculous.
- Free role, no captaincy.
- The shoulder.
- Will be tagged.
- Has been provided no injury discount as was expected.
YES – must take him at any price point. That’s right, I’m going with GAJ at any price. We are talking about the greatest ever fantasy footballer to have lived. I don’t give a stuff about his shoulder. Worst case, I’m banking on his first 5 rounds giving him a nice price rise, anything after that is a bonus. GAJ himself is worth the risk for 1 trade.
YES – predicted 2017 average first 5 rounds (124.7 – 135.4)
YES – predicted 2017 average (124.2 – 132.3)
YES – predicted 2017 games (17-20)
Nick “BBQ’s Treloar” Z
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