TAG YOU’RE IT!
Sometimes it is the little things in life that matter most. And sometimes these little things can become big things. As we are all about supercoach on this great site let’s see if we can apply this to supercoach and season 2020.
BVC has done some stellar work on some of most popular selections and what is the best time to pick them up as a fallen premo using stats to back up his analysis. I guess the key question is what caused their “low” scores or stinker games? If they were not injured what caused them to fall in price?
One tagger last year caused no end of Angst and despair for Supercoaches especially if you had the C sitting on one of your premo mids. You would go cold if you saw this man walk over at the start of the game and shake hands with your player, alas that is where he would stay all game attached at the hip.
This man is Matt De Boer.
De Boer is just about the perfect description – to quote Blain off predator – “he is dug in deeper than an Alabama tick!”.
Ryan Crowley was the king but De Boer since being delisted from the dockers and picked up by GWS as a free agent no less has taken the title.
Last year his scalps read like a who’s who of AFL royalty.
In no particular order:
Note: Marcus Bontempelli had 7 tackles that helped increase his score to 84.
Have a look at that list!
De Boer on average impacted the big boys of supercoach by a whopping average of 47pts!
The most disposals that any of the premos above could manage against De Boer was 17 disposals with an average disposal count of just 14 for the match. WOW!
Remember these guys have proven to be elite players and the only reason this list is not longer is that he was injured for half the season with a shoulder injury.
Dutchy as he known is not one for fanfare, he just does his job week in week out in fact he has become so good at what he does that supercoaches really need to consider the De Boer factor and the impact he could have on your team each week. Doesn’t matter what team, if dutchy is playing on one of your big premos DO NOT I repeat DO NOT put the captain armband on that player that week.
The man has become an expert at shutting down the best player game after game after game no matter who they are. The Ferrari engine room must love having de Boer in the team and not have to worry about copping him as a tag each week.
So, what does 2020 look like under the De Boer factor:
GWS first 8 games:
- Geelong – Tag – Patrick Dangerfield
- Melbourne – Tag – Clayton Oliver
- Bulldogs – Tag – Marcus Bontempelli/Jack Macrae
- Essendon – Tag – Zac Merrett
- Sydney – Tag – Luke Parker/Jake Lloyd
- Gold Coast – Tag – David Swallow
- Richmond – Tag – Dustin Martin
- Collingwood – Tag – Adam Treloar
As you can see the De Boer victims above would in most cases form the nucleus of most supercoach teams for 2020.
Really the only way to remove Alabama Dutchy is to move forward and out of the middle as dutchy is less comfortable playing as a defender.
So now the key questions.
Do we start Danger, Clarry, Bont and Zerrett knowing that Dutchy is heading their way and given his track record?
Is it highly likely they will produce a low score which would lead to being able to pick these players up at a reduced price down the track?
Unfortunately for us supercoaches Dutchy isn’t the only tagger that we have to worry about in 2020. There is another guy who didn’t play in 2019 but will play a big part in 2020. That man is the north stopper Ben Jacobs.
Its almost a case of if one doesn’t get you the other one will or if you are unlucky you could get the double Whammy and cop both in consecutive weeks.
Don’t dismiss the De Boer factor the results speak for themselves. It is real and should form part of your thinking not only when forming your team but throughout the year.
So, TAG you’re it.
Your move. After reading this are you game to start Danger? – I think I am going to do the smart thing and consider the Alabama Dutchy factor.
Gone to my happy place be back in a few ….