He’s not the Tom Lynch I have a soft spot for, but he still lives up to the name by being a heck of a player. 2018 shapes up to be a big year for this Lynch, coming into free agency, he’ll have plenty of high dollar offers on the table from Victoria, but he’ll still need to show the world he deserves a big million dollar + year a deal.

This, is a potential win for us, with the fortunes of the Suns in 2018 depending highly on the play of TJL. The forward line is a giant toss-up this year, there’s value all over the place, the trick will be finding just where the heck it is.

Tom J. Lynch : THE FACTS


2018 Facts $467,600 FWD
2017 Games 19
2017 Average 85.1
2017 100+ Scores 7
2017 Sub-80 scores 7
2017 Highs & Lows High of 161, low of 29


Lynch started last year in a similar position, costing $507,200 to start 2017, but he wasn’t able to replicate the form he showed in 2016, his average falling from 93.2 down to 85.1, while also seeing a downtick in important Supercoach areas for key forwards, goals (down from 66 to 44, or 0.7 less a game) and in contested marking, his average halving from 2.8 (1st in the league in 2016) to 1.4, with his marks inside 50 also going down from 3.5 to 2.2. All in all, he still had a good year for a key forward, but it wasn’t the greatest year from Tom Lynch, knowing what he is capable of delivering. The Suns were a mess across a range of areas last year, so it’s hard to completely blame him though.


Tom Lynch is a damn good player, we cannot forget that no matter how much he disappointed us last year. His best season in 2016 saw him average 93.2 SCPoints, which based on last years results puts him as a top 10 FWD for Supercoach. In a year where there’s a lot of speculation, that is going to be a good result.

The Suns also have a new coach on board, and while they have lost the Little Master in Gary Ablett, their midfield was a complete mess last year in terms of consistency. The hope will be this year they can get a stable core of midfielders delivering the ball inside 50.

We also cannot discount his 2016 season which saw him rank 4th in goals, 3rd in marks inside 50, 1st in contested marks, 5th in goal assists and 5th in ToG% (1st in 2017). If he can reach those heights, or better, then he’ll be a quality pick. Even with his down year in 2017, he was still ranked as an elite key forward by Champion Data.

Lynch also has the advantage of the Round 10 bye, which means he will be available for every round during the standard bye rounds, which will mean you will have one less headache to worry about trying to field a full side during this time.


The Suns will open up 2018 playing away from Metricon until Round 11 VS Geelong. Last year Lynch averaged 78.6 SCPoints away from home (92.2 at Metricon in 2017), which is not going to cut it for us if he replicates that sort of form to open 2018.

Thankfully the Suns haven’t been given the hardest schedule in the world during this period, only playing 3 top 8 teams from 2017 (Eagles, Crows and Port Power) in theri first 9 games. Against these sides he averaged 88 SCPoints, though he did have his utterly horrific game against Port Adelaide in China in there, which if you remove puts the average up to 94.9. That’s all mental gymnastics to justify picking him though, the point is, playing so much footy away from the Gold Coast is going to be difficult for any side to deal with.


There’s also the issue with the midfield, which has been ranked as the 17th best by Champion Data. They ranked 15th for Inside 50’s last year, 17th for inside 50 differentials at -7.7, as well as averaging the 17th worse Time in Forward Half differential, averaging 8:08 minutes less than their opponent. They were also 16th for marks inside 50, averaging 10.3 a game (of which Lynch averaged 2.16). The point is, they had a lot of trouble getting and keeping the ball inside their half of the ground, which is going to continue to limit what Lynch can score if it continues.


The price is right, but there’s just too many potential question marks being thrown up to me that make me doubt if he’s capable of putting up a quality average. Those doubts aren’t on Lynch himself, because his talent level is sky high, but the Suns have been a mess and it’s now Year 1 in their newest rebuild, there will be potential bumps in the road which will hurt his potential scoring. At the moment he’s only in 2.2% of teams, which will put him on your radar if you’re looking for a POD pick, but he won’t likely be one i’ll go for.

What about you Community, will you be looking at Tom J. Lynch for your Supercoach side in 2018?

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Kyle · 16/02/2018 at 15:33

Love the write up. I started lynch last year and he definately burned me. At this stage its a no from me. Just too many question marks over him like you said. Will his mind be on playing out the year or more on the million dollar deals he will be getting. Hmmm

leedy · 16/02/2018 at 15:53

Had him all last year and he bled me like a leech. So talented but jeez he turned in some pitiful scores. A big no for mine. Far too inconsistent. Would rather Jeremy Cameron. PS Happy to do a whip around so we can get you guys some eyes and eyebrows or is this your salute to Mr Potato Head?

    Lekdog · 16/02/2018 at 16:17

    Budget for design ran out at the eye, we rolled with it

      TRIGGA_HAPPY · 16/02/2018 at 16:39

      See no evil.

      Russty_ · 16/02/2018 at 21:57

      Why not just post your own faces then?…rather than cartoon half faces with no features. You had that last year 🙂

The Flying Dutchman · 16/02/2018 at 16:30

A big no from me too, risk factor too high and not convinced the GC midfield will provide enough quality supply.

Ps if he scored 22 goals less last year and played 19 games that equates to more than a goal a game less (not 0.7)

Smithy · 16/02/2018 at 16:30

Wait till after his bye to see how hes going is the best option imo, hes a little risky

Tyruddanaut · 16/02/2018 at 16:56

NO key forwards for me!

    dontblushbaby · 16/02/2018 at 17:00

    Buddy probably later on, I'm not starting with him,

SC_Kev7 · 16/02/2018 at 19:56

That away from home average sent my arousal levels into the negatives and it didn’t improve from there. If he picks up his game on the run home the SHARK MOVE calls will be deafening. No to start, but a possible cheap F7

    Lekdog · 16/02/2018 at 22:53

    Agree, away from home scares me

INPieman · 16/02/2018 at 20:11

After my gym session today I noticed too much tanning between my ass cheeks. Probably not Sun related. Stains of the past. Tom Lynch represents ALOT OF of the mess. Could be amazing, but won't happen in QLD. MASSIVE PASS

    Lekdog · 16/02/2018 at 22:53

    Willlook good in Navy Blue next year

      @wheels_1987 · 23/02/2018 at 11:50


    @wheels_1987 · 23/02/2018 at 11:50

    love the inventive use of the English language


Chooka · 16/02/2018 at 20:44

Burnt me last year as well, would rather pick Charlie Dixon .

Russty_ · 16/02/2018 at 21:44

Nah…maybe if he proves this whole year that he doesn't suck, as opposed to sucking big-time last season.

TommyC99 · 17/02/2018 at 11:30

Thought on going in with 6 rolled gold premos in the guts? Should get me nice scores early but i don't wanna miss out when you can grab them at a bargain later on. Bite the bullet and start with 6 or go for 5 premos and a mid pricer?

    Lekdog · 21/02/2018 at 18:37

    Limits cash generation a lot I feel though I'll probably go 6 deep in the mids too

      @wheels_1987 · 23/02/2018 at 11:50


      ive gone 5 Ultras and JOM @ M6

The Ranger · 17/02/2018 at 13:12

Thanks for the write up Barron.
In a good team he'd easily be a top six forward but playing for the Suns….can't see him getting enough supply so it's a no for me.

Mike · 22/02/2018 at 19:41

Burnt me last year computer says no

@wheels_1987 · 23/02/2018 at 11:47

burnt me last year

however post bye round could be an amazing F6 , especially if he drops below 400k

will be on the watchlist

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