2016 SuperCoach Average: 90.4 (21 games)
2015 SuperCoach Average: 82.8 (22 games)
Bye Round: 13
After a first All-Australian selection in 2016 things are now looking up for Toby Greene’s AFL career, with that 2016 momentum already carrying through to his 2017 campaign.
The 23-year-old played in two out of the three of the Giants’ JLT Community series games, showing his ability to continue to be dangerous down forward and win possessions on occasion throughout the midfield.
Greene’s first outing came against the Sydney Swans in what was a game that took him a while to get going. However, in saying this he still managed some time through the midfield to finish with 21 disposals – a number about par with what he averaged in 2016. Although, 47% efficiency, which came with five clangers meant Greene finished on 82 SuperCoach points, a score not all that bad given an inefficient and below par performance.
Game two of Greene’s JLT Community Series campaign was a completely different story. Arguably, best on ground in GWS’ 38-point win over North Melbourne, the youngster finished with a whopping 155 SuperCoach points, coming from a 26-disposal (18 contested possessions) and five goal display.
With 98 games under his belt, Greene is fast becoming one of the more dominant young stars in the game, however, the question remains – will an increased maturity and a big season in 2016 result in more midfield time for Greene?
While it’s hard to explicitly say yes or no given the amount of talent that sits on GWS’ list, it’s hard to see Greene playing much football outside the forward 50. While some believed the recent injury to Stephen Coniglio could open the door for Greene to play more midfield minutes, it seems more likely that a youngster such as Jacob Hopper, Matt Kennedy or Tim Taranto will benefit from Coniglio’s absence in the early part of the season.
Additionally, given Greene’s 2016 it is easy to see why the Giants would prefer to see him playing down forward – a 44-goal season partnered with a 90.4 SuperCoach average is evidence of how damaging of a player he can be to potentially help GWS to a maiden Grand Final berth.
Despite this, is he still worth a selection in SuperCoach though? My word he should be one to consider. At $492,000, Greene finds himself priced as the 10th best forward and screams out as a quality selection as a result of the short stack of quality forward options in SuperCoach this year. Yes, he may struggle for midfield minutes but that shouldn’t impact his disposal numbers – especially given how often the ball will be in GWS’ forward 50 all year. He’s a guy that will only improve and should increase his average again this year to around that 95-100 point mark.
On the downside, though, Greene certainly is a player known for his inconsistencies. While he can score some big numbers, evident in his 10 SuperCoach tons last year, he is also capable of scoring very low numbers, which included a few 50-65 point scores throughout the year as well.
Ultimately, Greene’s JLT Community Series campaign was marked by one okay performance and one absolutely insane one. Yes, his inconsistencies from week-to-week are going to be somewhat of a worry, it’s also hard to ignore the fact he is a player that could certainly find himself as a top six forward by year’s end. Greene’s potential scoring fluctuation means he isn’t a lock, however by all means he is definitely one for me to consider.