This week, Judge Jesse brings you a comparison between two defenders chosen by our community! They are the Jake Lloyd and the returned premium Zac Williams!
2016 Average: 84.6
The former AFL rising star nominee was picked up by the Swans at number 16 in the 2013 rookie draft. Lloyd has been a fairly consistent performer since his debut in 2014. During his first season, he averaged 58.4 Supercoach points; however, several of these scores were sub affected – remember the sub rule? It was the bane of our lives for a few years. Jump forward to 2016, and Lloyd had continued to build that average to the 84.6, as mentioned above. This average included five games over 100 points, including the Grand Final loss to the Dogs. Regular readers will know I love a defender who can bob up and kick a goal or two, and Lloyd is one of them, getting involved on the scoreboard in 7 games last year. Lloyd averages just over 24 disposals per game and prefers to kick the ball over handballing it, which is exactly what we want from our players! This season, Lloyd has pushed his average to 98.6 – that’s an improvement of 14 points per game! Those coaches who started with him would have to be feeling pretty happy with themselves right now.
2016 Average: 88.2
The GWS Giants’ defender has often been overlooked as he has been playing in the shadow of fellow defender Heath Shaw. Williams’ 2016 campaign saw him suddenly burst into Supercoach relevance, averaging nearly 21 disposals, four marks and three tackles per match. It looks as though Williams has been taking a leaf out of his defensive mentor Heath Shaw’s book, giving away 14 free kicks from 22 games last season. Jumping forward to this year, Williams has upped the ante in terms of his Supercoach game – bringing his average to 97 Supercoach points. To go with those points, Williams is averaging 24 disposals, four marks and four tackles each game. Williams has kept a cool head for the most part of this season, only giving away one free kick up until last round…where he lost the plot and gave away four! He still managed to score a 90, though, so without those lapses in concentration he would have well and truly cleared the ton.
Well, this is a tough one. Both of these guys are still relatively unproven in the grand scheme of Supercoach, but with a lack of ultra-premium defenders this year there’s every chance one of these two could become a top 10 defender by the end of the year. It looks as though Sydney might be on the up after demolishing the Lions on the weekend, which will likely mean more points for Lloyd given his ability to play through the middle. Similarly, the Giants still remain one of the premiership favorites, even after being beaten by St Kilda on the weekend. Lloyd has a slightly higher average than Williams, is cheaper and has DPP status. These factors are too good to overlook. Lloyd takes the chocolates here.