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Player Spotlight: Tom McDonald

Published by Damo on

By Clarky

Tom McDonald

Games in 2019: 15

Average in 2019: 71.3

Goals in 2019: 18

Looking for something with a high risk/reward factor? Let’s take a look at struggling Melbourne forward Tom McDonald to see if he’s worth being in the conversation..

The Stats

TMac is priced at $387,000 which sets him at a reasonable bracket for mid-priced madness. In 2019 McDonald struggled with form, kicking a meager 18 goals in 15 games; averaging 13 disposals a game with a SuperCoach average of 71.3.

This is down from his output in 2018 of 53 goals, 15 disposals per game and 97.6 SuperCoach average.

It is worth noting that his 2019 season finished in round 15 after kicking 6 goals and tearing his meniscus.

Failure to Launch

It hurts me to bring this up but 2019 was without a doubt a pitiful season for the Dees. This was due to a multitude of factors but it certainly doesn’t help when your key forward is struggling in his role.

McDonald suffered a difficult pre-season with double ankle surgery affecting his ability to train, leaving him at a disadvantage from day one. From a SuperCoach perspective, this saw TMac bottom out with scores as low as 26 in round 3 of 2019.

In his first 12 rounds, McDonald averaged just 61 SuperCoach Points. Inconsistency and the inability to convert in front of goal showed its toll on both the dees and McDonald as his numbers dwindled.

So Why Is He Relevant?

McDonald has shown that he is capable of averaging between 80-90 in a season with a surprising ceiling in the tonnes. His highest score coming in round 11 2018 with a whopping 164. 

In his last three games of 2019 he showed an average of 112 SuperCoach points consisting of a 135, 62 and a 139. These games saw him with a lot more of the ball and managing to put goals on the board for the Dee’s.

By all accounts his 2020 pre-season has started strongly and with no issues as he and the Dee’s look to regain a top 8 position.

So, Should I Pick Him?

My heart wants to say yes TMac is back! However, as with all mid-pricers, the selection relies on strategy. Does he fit your team? What other options are available at this price bracket?

Around McDonald’s price Richmond forward Tom J. Lynch is priced just $1.8k more and Buddy sits just $7.2k higher. Below him sits names like young Andrew Brayshaw just $4.2k less.

From all accounts McDonald shows promise as a mid-price performer. With his training on track and a healthy start to 2020 there is no doubt he is capable of bringing in big numbers. However, as with most key position players his floor to ceiling is larger than a vacant Toorak mansion.

If you are feeling brave and McDonald shakes the 2019 hoodoo and injury, at his price, he presents a great option.

Watch him closely through the Marsh Community Series, if there is any hint that he returns to form then he is well worth the consideration for our sides.

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A pass for me Damo, I'd rather go T.J Lynch for a similar price


T Lynch is intriguing. Was a viable pick when at Suns (and healthy – huge ceiling but low lows. If he's fully fit and firing at Tiges, should lift those inconsistent scores and will bang out some big numbers. I'm weighing up him over Dusty.


Nice write up Clarky.

But as we are spoilt for choice with mid priced forwards its a big PASS from me on TMAC


I'm enjoying your player summaries. Entertaining and factual.


this is the most retarded bogan nuff take I have ever seen delete your keyboard bruh


Now that is a bit more sensible and reasonable. TMac is really difficult to predict , what is his role? Worth noting that last year when he stunk he copped better defenders who previously covered Hogan. So Tmac didn’t have much in his favour given injury poor fwd entry and lack of a support cast. An absolute mystery and better options…….probably….