Player Radar 2018 – Marcus Bontempelli

One of the biggest superstars in our game, the ‘Bont’ has established himself as an elite of the competition. Averaging more than 103 over the last three seasons, Marcus Bontempelli is someone we must look at closely to select in our teams.

Player: Marcus Bontempelli
Team: Western Bulldogs
Age: 22
Price: $577.8
Position: Midfielder
Games played in 2017: 22
2017 average: 105.1
100+ scores: 11
90+ scores: 4

PROS

He doesn’t need the huge numbers of your standard midfielder to produce large scores. Bontempelli only achieved 30+ disposals on two occasions last season but still managed 9 scores above 120 for the season. This large scoring potential is a big reason to pick him.

On the most occasions less midfield minutes don’t help the SuperCoach output of players, but not Bontempelli. He can spend extended periods of time as a forward where he still gets the ball and hits the scoreboard.

In the 2017 season Bontempelli started the season off by continuing the elite standards he established during the season previous. 13 goals and an average of 123.5 points over the first 7 matches of the season gave his owners a huge boost in points. Currently, he’s only selected by 12% of players, and another quick start to the season from him could put you ahead of your mates and the rest of the competition.

It’s possible he hasn’t yet hit his peak. Due to such an impressive start to his career in particular the 2016 season, some may forget that he is still 22 years old and still has a huge room for improvement. Going into his fifth season as an AFL footballer, Bontempelli looks ready to take another step and establish himself as a 110 averaging midfielder.

CONS

The Bont was expected to be even better in 2017 but similar to many Bulldog teammates coming off the fairytale 2016 season, Bontempelli experienced a drop off in points output during the back half of the season, producing a number of scores under 90 points. He averaged two less points in the 2017 season than he did in the premiership year.

Some may ask the question has he already peaked and was 2016 the best him? Personally for me I think no, he will still get better, but you could argue that his drop off in average last season could be an indicator that the premiership year was the best of Bontempelli and that we may not see him reach those same heights.

Summary:
Bontempelli did experience a fall-off in average in 2017 but if you select him you can be confident that he can surpass his previous season performances and average close to 110 for the season.

Verdict:
Yes. Comes in at a good price and with the way he started last season plus his well known history as an elite scorer, we can lock in Bontempelli for some big scores and a consistent 2018.


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