Year of the KPF – Do we even have a choice?
What a bloody year this has been. Terror attacks, Zika, Brexit, police shootings, Syria, Trump, record-hot temperatures, the losses of Alan Rickman, Prince and David Bowie, the boffins at Supercoach HQ absolutely DECIMATING our forward line for 2017.
There was already whisperings that the top 3 averaging forwards in 2016 – Zerrett, Zorko, Dusty – would be losing their DPP status. We’d get past that, Supercoach is always about strategy, but the reality of it really hit hard when the full list hit on a Friday afternoon. Barlow, Greene, Hall, Wells, Joey – all stripped off DPP status. Of the top 10 averaging forwards last year, only key forwards Saint Nick (4th), JJK (8th) still stand, along with Luke Dahlhaus (9th)
We’ve been thrown a ragtag bunch of new DPP’s and to be honest, none of them excite me in the slightest. It’s time to break the golden rule of Supercoach: Don’t pick key position forwards. Arise Sir Thomas J Lynch!
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||93.2|
|100+ games last season:||9|
|Sub 80 games last season:||7|
|Price range last season:||$376k – $529k|
|Missed games last season:||
There’s always an element of risk picking a KPF. Scroll back up and look at games the amount over 100, and again at games under 80. While you’re there check out his price range. It’s enough to to make you want to tear your bloody hair out.
Rather than stick to the rollercoaster scoring that KPF’s are known for, he just goes straight up missing (impressive for a bloke standing 199cm) He delivered us some absolute garbage in the middle of the year, dishing up a 37 and a 42 in a run of 4 games where he averaged just 55.8. Take those out and his average jumps to 98.6. His durability is a plus, only missing two games in 3 years.
— SuperFooty (AFL) (@superfooty) December 7, 2016
You won’t be making a lot of coin out of Tom, at 505k you’ll be putting your plums on the line picking him as a premium keeper. You’d also be hoping that he can get rid of those stain on the underpants scores and his bad games become 80’s.
Natural progression should see this happen. He took on greater responsibly in 2016, Becoming a co-captain alongside Steven May and the now-departed Dion Prestia. Alongside May and 2m
Peter Wright, the Suns forward line – on paper at least – looks threatening.
- Rarely leaves the field – 96.3% time on the ground in 2016
- Target for the Suns. Kicked at least a goal every match and 3 or more 12 times
- Finished the year strong. Averaged 99.6 with only 1 under 80 game post bye (10 games)
- Tackle adverse – needs to put on more forward pressure
- Can (and probably will) lead you to a rage trade on Monday morning
- High midfield turnover at the Suns in 2017. Will he get decent delivery?
- The Captaincy.. could be good, could be bad?
I changed my mind a few times doing this writeup. It was difficult to fault his numbers. When you consider a contested grab (6 points) + kick (4 points) + goal (8 points) is 18 points. Times that by 3 sausage rolls a game he’s hitting 54 points by doing what the stats says he’s done in 2016. He doesn’t have to do a whole lot more to get into the 80’s and a day out will push is score further north.
However, this game isn’t just about stats. Part of me refuses to let go of the “No KPF’s” unwritten rule that the Father of Fantasy has instilled in us. 2017 is the year to roll with the punches, Tom has a decent ceiling and with stuff all else you should…
He’s on bloody fire this preseason! Chat with the great man below.
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