It seems a common recurring theme in football regarding sacked coaches has once again struck at the Melbourne Football Club.
A team underperforms for a long period, as a result the coach gets sacked, a new caretaker coach is appointed and the team improves accordingly.
In two weeks under the control of stand in coach Neil Craig, the Demons have certainly lived up to this traditional reversal of form.
Why does it happen? Is it because certain players relish the change in coach because of their new game plan, a different technique in man-management skills, or is it just self-preservation for players wanting to keep their place on the list when the new full-time coach is appointed?
Whatever the reason, it seems that the departure of Mark Neeld from the Demons has done wonders for the form of Jack Watts.
Jack Watts (Forward/Defender)
Fantasy/SuperCoach price: $327,400/$389,900
Fantasy/SuperCoach average: 63.3/74.6
Fantasy/SuperCoach break even: 27/13
In his first seven games this year in an injury plagued season for the Demons, Watts had averaged a mediocre 55.1 in Fantasy and 63.9 in SuperCoach.
Enter Neil Craig and Watts has improved his fantasy scores substantially, scoring 79 and 105 in Fantasy and 85 and 139 in SuperCoach.
The rebound in Watts’ numbers shouldn’t really come as a surprise, as he is indeed a confidence player that often performs at his best when the side is performing well.
In 2011, the Demons were victorious nine times and Watts was able to average handy numbers for a young forward in both Fantasy and SuperCoach of 72.8 and 75 respectively. Even in 2012, when the Demons were a basket case at times, Watts still managed to average a creditable 70 in Fantasy and 86 in SuperCoach.
The advantage of Watts improvement in form for fantasy players is that his breakeven numbers of 27 in Fantasy and 13 in SuperCoach are so low, that if he is to continue his better run of scores, his price will continue to rise for some time.
It must also be remembered that the 22-year-old Watts has played just 64 games, and that his best footy is still very much in front of him. As such now is the time to jump on board, and if he does replicate his efforts of the last two weeks for the remainder of the season, the savvy fantasy coach will reap the rewards.
It does seem that Watts is happy and content playing under Neil Craig and if his confidence level remains high, there is no reason as to why he cannot average 85 plus in both forms of the game for the remainder of the season.
Another advantage in selecting Watts now is his dual position flexibility. He is available as a forward or back, making him a perfect foil to another popular selection in fantasy footy in Brent Staker.
At this stage of year having players that are able to cover holes that may appear in your sides due to injury, or otherwise is vital and Watts’ DPP flexibility makes him even more attractive now to the fantasy selector.
Basically, taking a gamble on an obviously talented player such as Watts that is in form isn’t all that much of a risk, especially given that he is playing well, has confidence in his coach and his associated game plan.
Jack Watts fills all those requirements, with excellent value and is also capable of producing century plus scores.
He has a spot now in my fantasy team, will he be in yours?