Leigh Montagna Supercoach 2017
Will Joey bounce into your backline?
26.7 touches and 6.1 marks a game. DE% a shade under 80. Not too bad for a bloke of 32. Yet Joey’s SuperCoach average dropped 12 points from the previous year.
He was moved from his natural habitat
in the Australia outback on a wing to a spot at half-back, where his footy smarts not only helped the development of a young St Kilda back 6, he gave them plenty of drive going forward. His rebound 50 numbers where the 4th best in the competition.
Therein lies the rub. What was good for the team wasn’t good from a fantasy perspective. His uncontested vs contested numbers shifted dramatically, coming in at 3.4:1. Uncontested touches and SuperCoach scoring go as well together as chocolate syrup and pickles, or fruit mince pies and literally anything (seriously, is there are way to make those things palatable?!)
Joey was part of The Great DPP Cull™ of 2016 and as such, we can only pick him in defence for 2017. He has barely missed a game over the past decade(!). Other than 2015 (17 games) he has managed at least 20 games a season since 2006. A reliable scorer with a decent ceiling, has Father Time caught up with him or is he a solid option for our defence in 2017?
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) January 12, 2017
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||98.7|
|100+ games last season:||11 (with a season high of 150 SC)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4 (season low 45)|
|Price range last season:||$456K (RD20) – $599K (RD1)|
|Missed games last season:||
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When the veteran midfielder gets shipped off the half back or up forward their relevancy from a fantasy viewpoint starts to dwindle. However, Joey adjusted superbly. Finding his niche in the quarterback +1 role and I’m racking my brain here; is there any one else that can play this role at the Saints? He played his last month of footy in this role, averaging 28.5 touches, 6.5 marks and 107 SC points. His metres gained average for the year was only 80m less than Heath Shaw.
I believe Joey the midfielder is dead. The risk factor lies in the Saints using him in this fantasy friendly role (think Luke Hodge) rather than a Mr Fixit.
I’m around the comments section a lot and I don’t think I’ve seen Joey’s name mentioned since he was stripped of DPP. As was the case with Lek’s write up on Mother Hibberd, the stats can sometimes surprise you. Montagna is shaping up as a very nice POD.
I don’t see Montagna bottoming out. If he’s underwhelming until his bye you can always side trade to whatever new rebound 50 specialist emerges.
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- Very, very, VERY durable
- Rebounding type without much responsibility for an opponent.
- Bit of motivation with the Saints knocking on the door of the top 8 in 2017
- Uncontested game style. High possessions don’t always translate to high fantasy scores
- Exciting young Saints taking the points
- Opposition teams may look at stopping his influence
For the first time in many years our backline isn’t a total dogs breakfast, but don’t think this means you can avoid putting in the hard yards of research.
Taking Joey into 2017 isn’t the worst move in my book. Pairing a Mr Reliable alongside a Docherty or Shaw may have merit. Assuming there isn’t a backline injury crisis I won’t be taking Joey in 2017, but if a some of the big gins start to fall over I will…
Community Series BOG – KEV. A brilliant, insightful article mate. Jock
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