Steele Sidebottom: the ‘Forgotten’ Pie
There has been plenty of chat this pre-season about various SuperCoach significant Collingwood players.
As always there is Scott Pendlebury (do you start him or bring him in – either way he’ll probably end up in your team). There is also Treloar, Taylor Adams with DPP, Scharenberg, the return of Keeffe and Josh Thomas, will Grundy do a ‘Gawn’ etc, etc.
However, one of the most consistent and valued Pie SuperCoach studs has largely flown under the radar this preseason, his name (voted the best name in the world in 2010) is: Steele Sidebottom.
I say consistent because since 2012, he’s averaged at least 103 per year. 2017 will be Steele’s ninth season and has only just turned 26 on January.
Furthermore in the same time period (since 2012), he’s had season high scores of 156, 155, 178, 148 and 166. In other words, he can go large.
He’s also has a relatively injury free career. The only blemish being a broken thumb that cost him six games early in 2015. It was a shame too as he’d come off a blistering 2014 where he came off 14 100+ games and averaged 113.2 for the year.
|Games last season:||20|
|Average last season:||106.2|
|100+ games last season:||11 (including 4 games of 120+)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1 (78 in round 6)|
|Price range last season:||$487,500 – $587,900|
|Missed games last season:||
Since arriving at Pie Land, Treloar has stolen the spotlight somewhat from Sidebottom.
However, the arrival of Treloar hasn’t decreased Sidebottom’s impact as they play different roles. Steele is primarily an outside runner. The risk is that we can only have some many starting Premos and Treloar might push ahead of the likes of Sidebottom in terms of preference.
The true risk to Sidebottom comes from fact that he is priced similarly to many quality premium contested ball-winners who are a bit younger and potentially have the ability to go to that next level. The Bont, Cripps and Coniglio come to mind. You might pick Sidey over one of these players only to see them go on to average 110+.
At $577,800 Sidebottom is similarly priced to Fyfe, Bryce Gibbs and Coniglio. He’s cheaper than The Bont and Cripps by approximately $10k, and is slightly more expensive than both Sam and Tom Mitchell. Therefore, Sidebum is a looking to be a significant POD this year. And, if all indications are accurate, there is no reason why he can’t be pushing the 105 season average in 2017.
- Can go big; his career is littered with many 120+ scores, 31 times since 2010.
- Has consistently preferred to use his boots rather than handball
- Tends to rest forward and kicks goals (17 in 2016)
- Averaged 4.5 tackles in 2016
- Largely injury free career
- He has a relatively poor tribunal record. In 2014 he missed 3 games after ironing out Mav Weller and last year 2 weeks were lost for rough conduct against Dan Hannebery
- Last year he was super consistent with a low of just 78, however in other years he has thrown up the odd dud score.
- He’s in a price bracket as an outside-Mid, where he is competing for your starting selection with well-priced inside-Mid players
Tom Phillips has edged Steele Sidebottom in Collingwood’s pre-season time trial… https://t.co/LuX1RVhooV
— CJ Henderson (@SportsHubOz) November 30, 2016
You could do worse than pick the Steele Sidebottom. He should be an ultra-consistent POD. As of writing this, Sidebum is owned by only 1% of SuperCoaches…1%! If Taylor Adams or Dane Beams, who are both currently owned by over 30% of Coaches, go belly-up (figuratively, of course) and are out for extended periods, which could very likely happen, then Sidebottom’s selection could have you well ahead or the pack.
For me in 2017…
HE’S A: HIGHLY CONSIDER
Get around him on twitter! @seekersupacoach
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