He’s arguably the most consistent and reliable performer in the history of SuperCoach.
So the question is: how can you not pick Scott Pendlebury in 2017?
Every season the doomsayers make the same hollow prediction: “Pendles will drop off this season, his best days are behind him”. But year after year the great Collingwood midfielder goes out and proves them wrong. He plays every match, hitting tons with minimum fuss while rarely putting in a bad display.
The nickname “Dependlebury” suits him to a tee. From the time Scott became a bona fide superstar in 2010 his numbers have been unrivalled. Over the past seven seasons he has averaged 121.4, a figure only bettered by the great Gary Ablett junior. But unlike Gaz, Pendles has only missed five games during this period. To make things even more impressive four of these five matches were the result of a knee injury in 2012, meaning he has missed just one game in the other six seasons.
To match his elite durability, Pendlebury is remarkably consistent. During the seven-season period, only five times has he returned a score under 80. Of those occasions, at least two were a result of an injury sustained during the game.
Here are his numbers from last season:
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||118.7|
|100+ games last season:||18|
|Sub 80 games last season:||0|
|Price range last season:||$554K – $657K|
|Missed games last season:||
After averaging 129.2, 124.7, 126.6 and 124.4 during a prolific period between 2011 to 2014, Pendlebury’s scoring has dipped slightly in the past two seasons by his lofty standards. He averaged 116.2 in 2015 and 118.7 last season. Are his best days behind him? To put things in perspective, his average in 2016 was still the second best in the competition. Even if he is again unable to get back to that magical 120-mark in 2017, he is still guaranteed to be one of the highest scoring midfielders in SuperCoach.
There aren’t many risks at all when it comes to selecting Pendles. Perhaps the only one is the naivety of Collingwood’s clueless coach Nathan Buckley. Now Leppa has gone, Buckley makes a strong claim for the title of worst mentor in the competition.
There has been talk of Nathan playing Pendlebury up forward more in 2017. Bucks’s shithouse ploy of playing his best onballer off of half back at the beginning of last season back-fired spectacularly. Pendles registered scores of 89, 110, 102 and 104 in the first four rounds before sanity prevailed and he was moved back into the midfield, resulting in improved performance from both him and Collingwood. Let’s hope Nathan doesn’t get any similar brainwaves of genius in 2017.
Pendles will end up in everyone’s teams at some point during 2017. The question is whether to start with him or pick him up during the season at a lower price. For me, it’s an easy decision. Like Danger, I’d rather lock him in from day dot and sit back and enjoy consistent scoring and a reliable VC option every week. There are only 4-5 blokes we can say for sure will be top 8 mids at the end of the season and Pendlebury is one of them. So why not lock him in from the start?
Scott rarely gets injured, and when he does, he has an almost machine-like ability to get himself up for the next game. In round 20 last season he appeared to badly hurt his ankle, resulting in a low score of 82. With Collingwood out of finals contention he was considered a near-certainty to miss the next week. But in true Pendles style, he got himself up for the next match. Although he only returned a 94, he pumped out a mammoth 164 the game after.
Durability is a big factor in this game and knowing you have a keeper that can virtually be locked in to play all 22 games for the season is extremely valuable.
- Excellent durability – has only missed five games in past seven seasons
- Consistent and reliable – rarely plays a bad game. Three scores under 80 in past six years
- Guaranteed keeper and top five midfielder
- Huge ceiling – high scores of 165, 161, 157, 143, 140 and 140 in 2016
- Still only 28. Should have plenty of good footy left in him
- Had a “quiet” season in 2016 by his high standards. Was still second best scorer in comp
- Buckley has been talking about playing him forward in 2017
- Are his best days behind him?
- Deep Collingwood midfield could take away time in the middle
Throw away the key. Do yourselves a favour Community and just pick this man. You will be rewarded with consistency and durability unparalleled by any other player in the history of SuperCoach. The ultimate set-and-forget player.
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Carlos finished 410th overall in SuperCoach last season and took out the Jock Reynolds Inner Sanctum league.
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