Player Radar – Max Gawn

G’day folks! Josh again back for another SuperCoach Player Radar article. With Todd Goldstein being $695k, many cannot afford to have him in their team. Here is an alternative option that I think can take Goldstein’s place in your SuperCoach team quite comfortably in 2016

Player: Max Gawn
Team: Melbourne FC
Age: 24 years old
Price: $550,800
Position: Ruck
2015 Avg: 102.1
2015 Games: 13
100+ Scores: 8

With hit outs to advantage being a big factor in SuperCoach scoring for the ruckman in 2016, Max Gawn at 208 cm tall will have a big advantage. With the likes of Trengrove and Petracca back from injury along with an already strong midfield group featuring Jones, Vince, Brayshaw and Tyson, Gawn will have lots of options to palm the ball down to.

PROS
After finally breaking his way into the Dees’ line up in round 10, Gawn didn’t miss a beat. Scoring 8 tons in just 13 games including scores of 146 and 150, two scores above 80 and only the three under 80 Gawn has proven his capability of scoring and could be scary if he continues his form into the 2016 home and away season. With the retirement of Mark Jamar, Gawn is the outright number one ruckman at the Dees meaning lots of game time and game security.

Gawn was superb in the ruck last year amassing 485 hit outs and making the top 10 after only playing the 13 games. Gawn averaged an impressive 37.3 hit outs a game (equal third in the league). In the modern day game teams look to have ruckman that can mark the ball around the ground and get lots of tackles. Gawn is pretty strong in both areas averaging 14 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles.

CONS
Gawn has only played the one SuperCoach relevant season. Before averaging 102.1 last season, Gawn had averages of 54 in 2012, 67 in 2013 and 63 in 2014. We haven’t seen enough of Gawn to know if he is consistent enough to be a top ruck prospect. Consistently pumping out good averages in consecutive seasons is something that many look for when planning and building their 2016 SuperCoach teams. It’s a crucial part of your team planning that the players your selecting have good history in more than one season.

Last season I think of a player that was in many coaches teams in round 1 last year. Nick Malceski was coming off an amazing 2014 season where he finished as a top five defender for the year averaging 105.1 for the season. The next year he went on to average a shocking 71.1. Malceski didn’t just disappoint with his scoring, he dropped to $357,600 by the end of the year from his starting price of $566,600. Malceski is just one of the players that only had one good year and let SuperCoaches down. This can worry many SuperCoaches as this could happen to Gawn.

SUMMARY
With a good midfield group around him, a good height and being the number one ruckman at Melbourne, there is no doubt the big man is going to rack up some points. It’s just Gawny’s consistency can be a bit of an issue, let’s wait and see how this all pans out. If you were to pick him it would be as your number 1 ruck, or number 2 if you’re going expensive in the ruck this year.

Verdict: Our best indication to know if we should pick Gawn or not is the NAB Cup If he has a good one lock him in.


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