G’day community, JB here with my first Jock Reynolds article, so please be kind. I’m going to kick things off by exploring the tantalising Supercoach option that is Matt Crouch.
At $551,300 Crouch has Supercoach pig written all over him. 2018 was a year to forget for the Adelaide Crows and a large slide down the ladder ensued amidst the chaos of the infamous preseason camp, soft tissue injuries and form slumps.
Crouch was not immune to these factors as the gun Adelaide midfielder pulled his hamstring early in their round two clash against Richmond (after scoring 51 supercoach points in the first quarter).
However, Crouch still managed to average 32 disposals and 102 points across eighteen games (105 true average after removing his injury affected 51) throughout 2018 and I’m confident with a full preseason he will average 110+ in 2019 and here is why.
Adelaide will perform significantly better than last season and subsequently Crouch will also improve his supercoach performance. In 2017 when Adelaide were red hot, Crouch had a breakout year averaging 111 scoring fifteen tons which included a purple patch where Crouch scored twelve 100+ scores during a thirteen-game streak.
Crouch is a consistent performer and a closer look at his numbers show that during the last 50 games of his career (Since round 15 2016) the midfielder has averaged 106. The perennial ball winner has a history of scoring large too, during this fifty-game period (post 21st birthday) Crouch has racked up 32 scores of 100+ including sixteen scores of 120+.
|2016 (Post Bye)||101||1||5||3||10|
Delving deeper into Crouch’s numbers raises an interesting point for consideration. Crouch’s post bye scores are phenomenal, consistently producing a high output post bye.
His post bye average over the last three years is 112 which includes a remarkable twenty-one tons from 29 games and thirteen 120+ scores. This is a consideration for both overall scoring and bragging rights in your league as you know Crouch will deliver during your finals campaign.
|Post bye Year||Average||sub-80||100+||120+||Games|
Crouch is a high possession player who plays a largely outside role for his team which is not necessarily a bad thing, but when you combine this with a disposal efficiency of just 69.7 per cent last season, it means that Crouch needs to have a high volume of possessions to score well.
This is highlighted by the fact that in 2018 when Crouch had below 33 disposals his average was 95 compared to games where Crouch won 33 or more and his average increased to 112. Crouch’s contested possession percentage and tackle numbers are lower than the AFL averages for midfielders as a result of this role.
Crouch has a history of limited offensive impact. Crouch has only 19 goals and 34 goal assists during his 90-game career. The other factor to consider is that Crouch only averages around 76 per cent time on ground – although he does average 32.5 disposals a game over the last two seasons.
Taking all of this into consideration I believe Matt Crouch is set for a big 2019. As I mentioned earlier, I am bullish about Adelaide rediscovering their form this season.
I think subsequently Crouch will replicate his 2017 form and if he can increase his disposal efficiency potentially exceed it. A set and forget premium option that will not let you down.
What do you think, community?