2017 SuperCoach Average: 77.7 (15 games)
2016 SuperCoach Average: 86.1 (22 games)
Bye Round: 14
Dane Rampe hasn’t been one for huge SuperCoach seasons, with his highest year seeing him average 86 points throughout 2016.
However, after an eye-catching AFLX performance combined with his first JLT Series game – coaches are starting to pay more attention to the Swans defender ahead of the season proper beginning in just over two weeks.
Could this be the season where Rampe makes more of a name for himself and establishes himself as a premium defensive option? After his 148-point game on Saturday, it could be a showing of what’s to come this year. With Lance Franklin spear-heading the forward line, the defensive responsibilities fell to Rampe.
Despite his opponents being Brisbane and both sides not playing at full strength, it was his disposal efficiency that saw his SuperCoach score rise and finish where it did. He operated at 90.5% DE, and although it wasn’t a game-high, it was a clear standout given his 21 touches.
Adding to his output for the day was nine marks and four rebound-50s, six one-percenters and three inside-50s – all coming from only 66% TOG.
Already he is showing improvement, considering his 2017 year saw him averaging only 16.6 touches per game, six marks, and four rebound-50s. His 2017 also only saw two SuperCoach tones – with a further five games above 80.
His career-best year (to date) saw seven scores of 100+ (including finals) and a further eight scores above 80.
Against him though is his Round 14 bye. Ah, the dreaded bye – something all SuperCoaches love to hate. Alongside Sydney, Adelaide, Fremantle, Geelong, Richmond and St Kilda will all be taking the week off.
Teammate Aliir Aliir was injured early, while defensive duo Heath Grundy and to an extent Jarrad McVeigh both didn’t play – meaning that when competition for places heats up, Rampe’s SuperCoach contribution is likely to suffer.
Coming up against GWS this weekend in JLT2 will provide a more realistic outlook on what the season may possibly hold for Rampe. With a near full-strength side and a stronger opponent – a high score here could suggest coaches need to find room for the Swan.
Priced at $427,400, Rampe is only in 2% of teams to date so it would be well worth keeping an eye on him.