Batten's Best Buy

Batten’s Best Buy Round 16 – Patrick Cripps

As SuperCoaches, we are faced with many tough decisions on a week-to-week basis. Dan will aim to outline the ‘best buy’ of the Round in terms of price, overall output and/or cash generation for the rest of the season.

Previous BBB’s: Isaac Heeney (Round 8), Josh P. Kennedy (Round 9), Todd Goldstein (Round 10), Joel Selwood (Round 11), Tom J. Lynch (Round 12), Marcus Bontempelli, Jake Lloyd (Round 13), Matthew White (Round 14)

Two words – Tom Lynch. He finally came through! Only took three weeks, but we finally reached a high of the Lynch rollercoaster. Last week’s addition Matty White didn’t exactly dominate, but his score of 73 allowed him to accrue $52k in value.

Now it’s time to add a farm boy to the list.

PATRICK CRIPPS

Price: $553,300
Current Average: 102.9 (14 games)
2016 average: 107.6 (21 games)
Predicted average from here on: 110-115
Breakeven: 69

Last week I thought that Maximilian Gawn was a shoe-in for BBB Round 16 honours, but considering he is up against the premier SuperCoach ruckman in the competition in Matthew Kreuzer (never thought I’d say that), I want to see how he fares before making the call.

The fact that we already had an article about Max Gawn go out this week may have also contributed to that decision. Nonetheless…

It gives me great pleasure to write about one of my favourite players in the competition, Patrick Cripps.

I love contested animals in both SuperCoach and footy in general, and watching Cripps go about his business over the past three weeks has got me excited.

The man who spends his summers working the fields, ploughing to within an inch of his life is back in a big way.

The stats say the young inside midfielder is averaging just the 102.9 SuperCoach points, but his value for the rest of the season is much, much more than that.

We must remember, Cripps had a very interrupted start to his pre-season due to a back injury, which sidelined him for 12 weeks. This explains his fairly average beginning to the season, scoring a 50 in the season opener and failing to climb beyond an average of 100 until Round 8.

Despite this apparent poor start, he has only had the three scores below 90 (50, 77 and 70), and appears to have really hit his straps over the past three weeks.

Cripps has punched out three straight scores in excess of 110 points (114, 134, 126), thanks largely to his monumental work in the coalface. The 22-year-old has won 10 clearances and 17 contested possessions per game during this period, to go with 28 touches and seven tackles.

Against the Crows on the weekend, he was unstoppable in the middle of the ground.

This three round average of 124 and the prospect of trading him in this week reminds me of some of the statistics I have of the young man’s efforts, written out on my bedroom walls.

Cripps proved last year that he was capable of finishing a season eloquently. The contested beast piled on eight consecutive tons from (you guessed it) Round 16 onwards at a monster average of (you guessed it) 124. This included massive totals of 153 and 140 in the Round 22 (SuperCoach Preliminary Final week) and Round 23 (Grand Final).

You bloody Crippa.

I can also tell you off the top of my head that the young lad debuted at the MCG on April the 12th, 2014. He had ­­17 disposals, five tackles and the temperature outside was about 21 degrees…

Alright, enough about the Cripps shrine.

The Blues have some winnable games in their last eight games, coming up against an undermanned Dees this week, a shaky Bulldogs, Brisbane, Essendon and Hawthorn in their run home.

Five of their upcoming games are in Melbourne too, with their next two at the MCG.

Now appears to be the perfect time to jump on the Patrick Cripps bandwagon, especially considering his Demon opposition are without Nathan Jones, Jack Viney and Dom Tyson in the midfield.

Did I mention that he is owned by JUST 4.6% of the SuperCoach bloody populous and that he has a breakeven of 69?

Done deal. Get this big bodied bloke into your sides, because I reckon he is a massive chance to end this SuperCoach season with a bang. There is every chance we will see him go at 115 points per game from here onward.

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  1. Carleton

    July 11, 2017 at 9:27 am

    He injured…

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