Sunday March 31 will not be remembered fondly by fans of the Melbourne Football Club in any way, shape or form. The 79-point defeat at the hands of Port Adelaide could only be described as a horrendous performance. For fans who are playing fantasy footy and have Jack Watts in their team, the pain is two-fold.
After a promising 2012 in which he averaged 86 in SuperCoach and 70 in AFL Fantasy, the man in the number four guernsey, sporting a highly questionable beard, turned in an absolute shocker against the Power. With only two kicks in a grand total of seven disposals for the match, Watts was only able to score a measly 48 SuperCoach points and an abysmal 20 points in Fantasy.
Barring injury or falling victim to the dreaded green vest, it could not have been much worse for those with Watts in their teams.
The good news, however, from a long-term SuperCoach perspective, is that Watts only scored below 50 once last year; with his lowest score of 49 coming late in the year against the GWS Giants.
As a Fantasy prospect, however, his numbers are not very appealing. With his 20-point performance on the weekend, Watts has now scored less than 64 points in eight of his last 15 matches with the Demons. In his five most recent games, his average is a horribly low 45.8.
The concern is that, while he did average promising SuperCoach numbers last year, Watts doesn’t attract enough of the ball to warrant being a keeper as a Fantasy selection. He only accumulated more than 20 disposals in a game four times in his 15 appearances last year and, with a disposal efficiency of just 73.2 % by foot, it can be safely be said that those who don’t have him in their Fantasy teams won’t be losing any sleep at this stage.
For coaches who currently have Watts in their team, burning a trade at this time of year for a non-upgrade or short-term injury reason is always risky. With the new two trades per week rule in Fantasy, however, giving Watts the flick becomes a relatively safe option. In SuperCoach, the best advice would be to stick with him; at least until next week.
On the bright side, Watts appears to be much more suited to playing against Essendon, Melbourne’s opponent in Round 2. Given that he scored 98 Fantasy points and 111 SuperCoach points in the Demons shock 6-point victory over the Bombers in Round 10 last year, it might be a little premature to dump Watts just yet.
Simply put, if you don’t currently have Watts in your team, there is really no benefit to getting him in now, especially in Fantasy. Coaches should at least wait until after the price changes after Round 3, where he should drop in value. If you do have him, the wise call would be to keep him until at least after this upcoming match against Essendon.
Surely Jack Watts and the Demons cannot possibly be as bad as their Round 1 showing. If they are, then they will have more to worry about than just their fantasy football scores.