Christmas Wishlist – Joel Selwood

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In Supercoach terms, some might deem Selwood’s 2017 season as “below-par” in relation to what fantasy players were expecting. Selwood started the season in unbelievable fashion, just like he did in 2016. He posted 5 consecutive tons in a row, with an average of 124, stamping himself as one of the best in the competition yet again. Selwood then had a run of games where he was unable to reach the 100 milestone between rounds 6-8 inclusive. He finally redeemed himself in the middle rounds of the year with impressive scores of 126,134 and 151. In round 14, chaos struck for fantasy goers when Selwood was knocked unconscious in the first minute of the game. He had collided heads with Fremantle player Hayden Ballantyne, knocking himself out and forcing him to leave the field, with a return out of the question. Selwood only ended up scoring a dismal and frustrating score of 3 SC points. He only managed to play a further five matches in the regular season, which was hampered by injury. He finished the season with a SuperCoach average of 102, his lowest output in eight years. In saying that, if you eliminate his score of 3 in round 14, his average would have jumped significantly to 108, a much more respectable and expected figure from Selwood.

There’s no question that Selwood is one of the hardest, most courageous and inspiring players the game has ever seen. He works extremely hard, puts his body on the line repeatedly, steps up in the game’s biggest moments and drags his team over the line time and time again. While some may think that Selwood is now past his best, I beg to differ. He still wins a lot of the ball (especially contested – the 9th best by average in 2017 with 13.7 per match), he’s still tackling hard and he’s also still receiving an excessive amount of free kicks, which boost his scores significantly.

There’s only one downfall with Selwood, and that’s his inability to break tags. Surprisingly, he isn’t tagged as often as some think he should be, especially with his poor record against players who have worn him like a glove in the past! Over the last 3 seasons, the ton has eluded Selwood when he has received close attention from the opposition, an extremely worrying statistic that affects not only his team but fantasy players also.

Nevertheless, Selwood seems to have flown under the radar, yet again. Supercoach players are now expressing their interest towards the up and coming young players of the competition; with breakout seasons from players such as Josh Kelly, Matt Crouch and Clayton Oliver. However, with the addition of Gary Ablett Jnr to the midfield, Selwood may not receive as much attention from the opposition as we expect, giving him the chance to bounce back to his best in season 2018. He’s still only 29 and will continue to lead the Geelong midfield with great intent. If he is able to have an uninterrupted preseason and with his history of huge scoring, Selwood must come into consideration at only $562,000. He has averaged over 110 in seven of the past nine seasons, clearly displaying his price tag as a bargain.

The number of games that Geelong win throughout 2018 will be an influential factor on how well Selwood can score. But, with the Cats still regarded as premiership contenders, there are no clear signs that Selwood will be slowing down anytime soon. The fearless player from Kardinia Park has delivered for all fantasy players on a regular basis for nearly a decade and clearly deserves to be deliberated throughout the pre-season. If he can finally find a way to break tight tags, jump on board Supercoach players as he may end up being one of the top scorers and a genuine must have in 2018.


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