If you are an Elliot Yeo owner you would have been kicking yourself on Sunday as he trudged off shaking his head and headed down the race for some attention on what looked to be a knee injury which could derail his season. Several minutes later, the utility re-emerged heavily bandaged and managed to be the catalyst through the midfield for a second-half West Coast onslaught.
The Brisbane Lions Football Club would certainly be kicking themselves after they reportedly refused to offer Yeo an extra $25,000 in order to keep him at the club at the end of 2013, and have since watched him flourish into a superstar.
Yeo announced himself as a quality player in 2017, receiving the accolade of being named of the interchange bench of the All-Australian team. Despite this, he was criticised for his inconsistency which could be attributed to his lack of continuity in playing position. The former Lion was heralded early last season for his role across half-back, but his athleticism meant he also spent time in the forward half and through the midfield.
The 24-year-old has continued his upward trend in 2018, and his performance in Round 9 against Richmond may have sparked a public recognition of him being one the league’s very best. In particular, his tackling of wrecking-ball Dustin Martin has been lauded and showcases his defensive hunger to compliment his attacking flare.
So far in 2018, Yeo has averaged 104 SuperCoach points, with a shocking 27 point effort against Geelong the soul blemish on his record for the season. If we remove this outlier from the sample, his average soars to an impressive 113.6. Yeo’s fantasy classification as a defender means that he is particular valuable in our SuperCoach teams, and should easily figure as one of the highest averaging ‘backmen’ in the game.
With athletic attributes which has had people liken him to Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe, Yeo’s scoring capabilities are aided by his strength around the contest, his uncanny aerial ability and his sublime ball use.
Although there are fears the Eagle may miss this week, Yeo’s ascension to one of football’s elite should see him retain his place in your SuperCoach side or at least make you consider reserving a place for him once he returns.