Tom J. Lynch
Round 1 Score: 77
Round 2 Score: 180
It was a pretty good week for key forwards over a particularly long weekend of football. Way back on Thursday night, Josh Jenkins managed a bag of five in the Grand Final rematch, while Ben Brown had a Great Friday with a haul of six as the Roos overpowered the Saints in the second half. Meanwhile, up at the Gabba, Jesse Hogan was putting on a clinic of his own, as he also bagged a five-goal return in a victory for Melbourne
But the real headline act for the weekend took place on Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium, where Gold Coast Sun star Tom Lynch booted an astonishing eight goals – six of which came in a first-half masterclass from the Sun’s skipper. All in all, the devastating performance resulted in a score of 180 SuperCoach points; a handy return for the mere 2% of the SuperCoach population that had him sitting in the forward line.
The score inflated his season average to 128.5, and whilst it’s perhaps unreasonable to expect Lynch to maintain such a prolific average across the next 20 matches, he is no stranger to being a productive SuperCoach scorer. For the past four seasons, Lynch has had a season average of at least 80 points, with a career-best season average of 93.2 points in 2016. Such scoring over a prolonged period of time suggests that Lynch is a player that is more than capable of being a strong SuperCoach scorer, especially given that he has been a relatively young key forward. But now is the time where he can make the jump from talented youngster to elite superstar, and this performance on the weekend could be the catalyst for his best season yet.
One negative about the current situation of Lynch is that he is out of contract, and will continue to be viewed very much as hot property for as long as the uncertainty regarding his future will endure. Whilst such speculation has the capacity to weigh heavily on a player, it could also have the opposite effect, and spur him on to greater heights as he markets himself in the best possible fashion for prospective buyers during the season.
Another downside to selecting Lynch is his position. Traditionally, key position players are ones to avoid in SuperCoach. Despite their ability to be able to dominate games of football, even the very best can have off days, and when they do, it often results in extremely mediocre scoring. Lance Franklin is a prime example of this theory. Regarded as arguably the best key forward in the game, Franklin scored 160+ on three separate occasions during the 2016 season but also handed in three scores below 50. They can win and lose you games during a season, which is something to bear in mind.
Either way, it’s been a terrific start to the season for him and for the Suns. New coach Stuart Dew seems to have had an immediate impact on the playing group, with the Suns sitting pretty and undefeated inside the top four, albeit with just two rounds gone. However a much improved Gold Coast outfit could see Lynch presented with ever more opportunities up forward, which in turn will lead to greater scores. His price tag of $467,600 is perhaps slightly awkward, but with a breakeven of just 18, it’s unlikely he’ll be staying this cheap for a while, especially if he and the Suns continue to build on this impressive start to the season.
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