Just a few weeks ago Champion Data rated the Collingwood midfield unit as the number one in the competition. If Adam Treloar can take the next step in 2017 he will be the #1 midfielder in the #1 midfield group.
Name: Adam Treloar
Club: Collingwood Magpies
2016 Highest Scores
169 Vs Brisbane, Round 8 (SuperCoach)
134 Vs Gold Coast, Round 22 (AFLDreamTeam/AFLFantasy)
Personal Best Scores
176 Vs Melbourne, Round 3, 2015 (SuperCoach)
159 Vs Melbourne, Round 3, 2015 (DreamTeam/AFLFantasy)
Why Is He Relevant?
For years Adam Treloar had teased fantasy coaches. Despite averaging in the mid hundreds in his final 2 seasons at GWS, one was always given the sense that he had the potential to average 110+ in a season and be a genuine fantasy footy premium. Last year he delivered and if you were on for the ride it was certainly enjoyable!
Across all scoring formats he averaged 111, in DreamTeam/AFLFantasy he had 15 scores over 100, 8 over 120 and just the 2 scores under 90 all year. While in SuperCoach he posted 16 scores over 100, 7 over 120, only 1 score under 80. As the year went on he also started to get even better. 6 of his final 7 games he scored 100 or more and come time of the fantasy footy finals. During the last 4 games of the year he averaged 125 in DreamTeam/AFLFantasy with a lowest score of 115 while in SuperCoach he averaged 130 and that included a 98.
Adam’s not a one dimensional fantasy scorer who requires cheap junk ball or 2 goals a game to score as he Is involved in all facets of the game.He averaged a career best 30 disposals a game, 3 marks and 6 tackles. Because of this he just never seems to have a bad game. In his past 50 games he’s got just 2 scores below 80 in DreamTeam/AFLFantasy and only 4 in SuperCoach. Out of 50 games, that’s some impressive consistency at a minimal basement.
Added to his increasing scoring ceiling and reliable consistency is his unspoken durability. Since 2013 he’s missed only missed 5 games in the past 4 years, and 9 possible games in his entire career.
He did all of that last year of basically no preseason,and given one of his strengths is his ability to break away from the stoppages with elite speed is seriously impressive. Maybe even more impressive is that he outperformed teammate Scott Pendlebury in disposals, clearances, loose ball gets, uncontested possessions and inside 50’s.
Given the fact he’s 23 and that he’s had his first full preseason at Collingwood one could be even tempted to hope he has another scoring gear to go up. While it’s certainly possible, I’d suggest that him being able to match his scoring of 110+ average should be the more realistic hope. For me, I have Adam Treloar in my starting squad in every single format. He’s an elite runner, ball winner and is one of the most elite midfielders in the competition right now. If you’re not starting him he needs to be an upgrade target!
The only reasons to not get on him in your starting squad is really only because of your current starting squad structure would place you with too many midfielders who share the same bye (Pendlebury, Sloane, Ward, Coniglio, Crouch, Sidebottom, Merrett, Neale, Heppell, T. Mitchell etc). The other is that you believe you could get an equal output from someone cheaper. Players like Dayne Beams and Nat Fyfe have been to the high scoring mountain before but have had injury to overcome while Marcus Bontempelli and Matt Crouch are two players with a lot of hype who have the scoring potential to go 110.
In a seasonal draft Adam Treloar will be a hot commodity. Regardless of the scoring format you play, he’s a deserving first round pick and unless there is a serious ruck run early I can’t see him lasting beyond the first 10 selections. In a Keeper league I believe he’s the #1 commodity and if you’re starting a new keeper league this year lock this guy in with your earliest possible selection.
Who’s Next – #4?
2 Days to go, 4 spots left to be filled. While you may not be surprised by the players, the order may. Tomorrow I look at a player who’s not a midfielder, but who is he?