This week, Judge Jesse brings you a comparison between two premium midfielders chosen by our community! They are Adelaide Crow, Rory Sloane and the returned premium Marc Murphy!
2016 Average: 78
The Carlton skipper is an interesting prospect this year. His 2016 campaign was derailed by a nasty injury which he sustained in round 10. Prior to that, Murphy was enjoying one of his best seasons to date under the world’s happiest coach Brendan Bolton. Although he only averaged 78 until he was injured, Murphy was tagged out of a few games where he scored poorly. Take those tag affected games out and his average jumps to just over 97. Marc is also a fairly durable player, averaging 20 games per season since 2013 (not including his 2016 campaign). Murphy is ferocious on the man, registering tackles in 90% of his games in the 2016 season, and had he not been injured in round 10, I have no doubt he’d have laid a few tackles that day, too. One of Murphy’s best assets are his hands, taking 7 marks or more on three separate occasions in only 10 games in 2016. That’s a lot of points just from marking, not to mention the disposal which inevitably follows. Murphy has absolutely exploded into season 2017, averaging 137.3 SuperCoach points and enjoying a price rise of $123,000. This year, he is averaging 34 disposals and 5.5 tackles per game. Murph seems to be taking his game to a whole new level this year, and is currently the number one ranked player in SuperCoach.
Price: $647, 400
2016 Average: 108.6
Rory Sloane is another one who has enjoyed a great start to the season, taking his game to another level and experiencing success with the rest of the Adelaide unit. Sloane gets a lot of the ball, averaging 28.5 disposals per game. He also tackles like a man possessed! In round 2, he recorded an incredible 15 tackles against the Hawks, and really dragged the Crows over the line when it counted late in the match. Champion Data rewards that sort of effort and those extra points could be what helps you notch up a victory in those tight games. Sloane also gets a pretty good run from the umpires – having been given 7 free kicks this year already. Rory absolutely monstered the Power in the round three Showdown, recording a round high 168 SuperCoach points to go with his 31 disposals, five marks, nine tackles and four free kicks for. This is not a once off effort, however – in round two, he posted 146 SuperCoach points and kicked a 1.1. The Crows are flying high at the moment, with many experts tipping them to take the flag this year. Sloane is a big part of that. Look out for him to have a huge year.
Well, you couldn’t find two players from such different teams as these guys. On the one hand, Murphy’s Blues are sitting 14th, with their only win coming against the struggling Bombers, in the pouring rain. On the other hand, Sloane’s Crows are flying high on the ladder, sitting comfortably in 2nd. Both players have enormous upside and potential this year; however, it’s simply a no brainer to pick Sloane out of these two. Here’s why: Sloane gets going when it counts, is not afraid to put his body on the line, and more importantly has not averaged below 100 since 2011. That’s not to say Murphy is a bad choice, but a few factors are going against him. He is older than Sloane and is playing in a team that will not win many games this year. Also going against him is the fact his body has broken down in the past. Bolton may be forced to manage him at times through the season.