The Lions captain provides an interesting conundrum: his ability to find the football vs his inability to break a tag. There is no doubt that Zorko can go big, but there are a few other things that means he doesn’t do it as consistently as we SuperCoaches would like.
He has no issue getting his hands on the ball and driving it forward. Zorko was in the top 5 at the Lions for average metres gained and averaged five Inside 50s per game – which is ranked elite. Champion Data released a stat late last season that showed he was the only midfielder to average 20+ disposals and a goal per game. That’s good, that’s really good.
He’s a tackling machine averaging 7.2 for the year, only dropping below five tackles four times in 2018. When he doesn’t have the ball, he’ll go and get it.
His disposal efficiency ain’t that great. His career average sits 68% which is what it was last season. We need our midfielders distributing the pill as cleanly as possible and he doesn’t always do that. Teams figured out last year that the key to shutting down Brisbane was shutting down Zorko. With less time to dispose of the pill, his already shaky disposal efficiency is taking a further hit.
He’s got a bit of white line fever does Dayne. He lets those taggers get under his skin. Showcased by a light post-match wrestling display with Touk Miller. The MRO will be watching closely here. I’d hate for you to pick him and he goes and punches somebody in the gob. If he doesn’t find a way to deal with opposition taggers then he will be a no go proposition. He doesn’t have the big bustling height like Fyfe or Cripps which makes it so easy to shut him down if the tagger is bigger than him. Standing at 175cm, there’s not many in the competition that are shorter than him.
With Dayne Beams buggering off back to the Pies, Brisbane don’t have many other midfielders that can be truly damaging yet. Only the arrival of Lachie Neale takes the heat off but sides may possibly stick to what has worked before and target Zorko.
We all know Dayne Zorko is better than what he produced last season, evidenced by his average of 110 (2017) and 109 (2016). To make a recommendation here, I’d say if you’re interested in him, put him on your watchlist and make him an upgrade target. Monitor how he goes with being tagged and then assess if he’s worth a place in your team. You’ll know pretty quickly because he faces arguably one of the competitions best taggers, Ben Jacobs, in round two at Marvel Stadium.