Everyone loves an underdog. Rising from the slums of Melbourne, Sloanedog Millionaire was taken at pick 44 in his second draft, in 2008. Hardly promising prospects for an aspiring midfielder. However, the crow with the lion heart quickly developed a cult following in the south, and it’s easy to see why. He’s got the lustrous locks. He’s got a trouser-stimulating type of gameplay. And to satisfy Lek’s requirements – he’s quite good at football.
So why is the Sloanedog Millionaire being shown no love this year?
RORY SLOANE: THE FACTS
|2017 Games||22 (24 including finals)|
|2017 100+ Scores||11|
|2017 Sub-80 scores||5|
|2017 Highs & Lows||High of 177, low of 36|
Sloane is clearly a top tier footballer, and prolific Supercoach scorer, when on form. A ball magnet, Sloane averaged 24.5 disposals, 6.3 clearances, 4.5 inside 50s, 8 tackles and almost a goal a game for the 2017 home and away season. He’s very durable, having missed 9 games since 2011, and when he goes big, he goes HUGE. 9 of his 11 100+ scores for 2017 were 130+, including scores of 168, 169 and 177.
Rory also has 6 of his first 9 games at home, where he averaged 121.1 Supercoach points in 2017. Tantalising stats, and I’ll be honest, if my beloved bombers ever get banned from the AFL for (questionable?) drug use, I’ll be straight on board the Sloane bandwagon.
Consistency can be an issue for Sloane. 11 scores above 100 for the season means one thing. 11 of his scores weren’t above 100. Seems pretty easy to comprehend, right?
This stems from one main problem facing the Sloanedog. The fatal tag.
Rory’s stellar form in the beginning of the season prompted opposition coaches to heavily tag him, and unlike his unstoppable ex-partner-in-crime Dangerfield, Sloane is, well, stoppable. When the tagging began, Sloane didn’t crack the ton again for the next seven rounds (including the bye). Problems.
But What About Crouch?
Ahh yes, the other formidable, and much more popular Adelaide midfielder, Matt Crouch. Anyone know if he’s related to our beloved friend from Pyanmar?
Crouch picked his game up another level in 2017, just as our father above, Jock himself, foretold. With an average and 2018 starting price almost identical to Sloane’s, it seems logical to pick the young man with the impeccable end of year form, coming off an average of 125.2 after his bye.
That run home is delicious if you’re going for league glory against all of your mates, but if you are after overall rank, what you want is a fast start. After all, it’s a lot easier to see the finish line when you’re out in front of the pack, and Sloane’s average after 10 rounds was 124, compared to Crouch’s 98, accumulating 263 more points in the process.
I may be a little biased, as I had Sloane for the entirety of last year so picked up his early bolt, and he’s also one of my favourite non-Essendon players. But I think he is worth considering, as his ceiling is massive and scores of 151, 92, 140 and 130 to end the season may signify he is learning to shake the tag. Plus he’s a nice POD, with only 5% ownership. Please Supercoach gods, do the right thing.
YES – and Crouch as an upgrade target