Despite playing 41 of a possible 44 games over the 2015/16 seasons (and averaging a handy 93.4), Anthony Miles just couldn’t break into a strong Richmond midfield over the past two years, only playing 6 games. In my research, I stumbled on this little factoid that sent blood rushing to the nether regions:
“According to Champion Data, of 508 players to play at least 10 games in the past two seasons in the VFL, Miles ranks inside the top-five for disposals, clearances, contested possessions and inside 50s per game.”
Priced at a juicy 342k, is he the mid price gamble that’s too good to be true?
Despite not being able to crack into the Tigers midfield for two years, it’s not as if Miles was sitting on his thumbs and having a sook about it. He was the joint winner with Michael Gibbons of the J.J Liston Trophy (VFL B&F) last year and is a consecutive winner of the Richmond reserves B&F. He’s a hard working, blue collar midfielder that will be a walk up starter at a Gold Coast side severely lacking on field leadership.
His breakeven for the first round of the year is a tick over 60 points that he should have no problem hitting against the Saints under the roof in round 1.
Gold. Coast. Suns. They are rubbish and in the midst of another rebuild. The Bald Headed One aside, you have to go all the way back to 2015 for a Gold Coast player to average over 100 in a season (Bennell – 101.6 / 15 games). So while Miles might be a ball magnet and more than willing to stick his snout over the footy, the Suns are going to get blown off the park most weeks. With the 3300 rule and the 4 billion factors that go into calculating a SuperCoach score, I can guarantee you’ll be tweeting out Miles’ stats and asking why he only got 70SC.
He’s also a bit of a one trick pony. At 5 foot nothing he can’t take his opponent to the goal square if he cops a bit of attention.
I’m on the fence here, community. If Miles stays injury free there’s little argument that his price will go anywhere but up. He’s priced to average around 62 and if previous seasons are any guide that’s way too low.
My problem is many teams on Twitter and in our Rate my Team thread, coaches are loading up sides to M5 with premiums like Dusty, Zerrett, or Matt Crouch. Miles doesn’t stack up against any of those guys and therefore becomes a negative POD.
If you can slide him to M6, he brings greater consistency and a safer floor compared to a rookie.