The impending return of the most controversial player of the off-season, former Adelaide Crow Kurt Tippett, creates an interesting dilemma for fantasy football coaches.

Will he be worth the punt as a key position forward late in the season, or will his lack of match practice affect his scores, causing him to clog up your forward line at a crucial time in the season.

Kurt Tippett (Forward)

Fantasy/SuperCoach price: $373,200/$462,800
2012 Fantasy/SuperCoach average: 72.3/86.5

Tippett was the dominant forward with four goals (105 Fantasy/118 Supercoach) in the Crows narrow Preliminary Final defeat to Hawthorn, in what turned out to be his last appearance in Crows colours.

In 2012, Tippett managed to score over 100 points just four times in Fantasy, with a high score of 118 in Round 22 against the Demons.  In contrast, however, he managed to crack the ton ten times in SuperCoach, with a personal best score of 150 coming in the opening round against the Suns.

In his three most recent years at the Crows, if Fantasy, Tippett averaged 62.7 in 2010, 70.8 in 2011 and 72.3 in 2012.  His play-style is much more suited to SuperCoach, given his strengths in contested marking. This is evidenced by his 2010-12 SuperCoach averages of 67.7, 72.4 and 86.5 respectively.

With the recent injury to Shane Mumford, Tippett can be expected to play a role both the ruck and up forward for the Swans.  While he will not have a substantial amount of game-time in his first few games of the season, he may prove to be a valuable acquisition in the lead-up to the finals.

The problem for fantasy football coaches is that his price is likely to drop after his first few games.  By the time he has reached his best form, the trades needed to acquire him may not be available for most players.  Although the two trades per week in Fantasy do make him a more viable option, the fact that his numbers are traditionally soft to low in this form of the game mean he isn’t a likely prospect for the serious Fantasy player.

However, should Tippett show signs of reaching his best form, perhaps he maybe the unique player for your SuperCoach side that could secure a league win.

There are other safer options to choose from in the forward0line.  Tippett is really not worth the risk at this stage of the season to bring into your side, given that he will likely struggle to score in the 90s in the first few rounds of his return to AFL football.

SuperCoach coaches may find that they can bring him in towards the end of the season, especially if one of their premium forwards suffers a long-term injury.