Mitch Grigg – Deck of DT 2015

Name: Mitch Grigg
Club: Adelaide Crows
Position: Midfield / Forward
AFL Fantasy: $273,000
AFL Dream Team: $281,000
Bye Round: Round 11
2014 Average: 49.78
2014 Games Played: 9
Predicted Average: 74

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Why should I pick him?

Last year Mitch managed 9 games of AFL football but has really developed nicely in the SANFL. Mitch Grigg earned fourth place overall, polling 14 votes from eight matches including four best-on-grounds. These are just some of his numbers from 2014: In Round 13 he scored 164 fantasy points including 2 goals and 34 touches. The round prior he scored a 103 and a 116 in round 9. While granted these are SANFL numbers his fantasy friendly game style is very evident. Across all his SANFL games he averaged 24 disposals and a goal a game.

Mitch has had several games (like many new kids) starting off his career in the green vest. However, in round one against the cats last year he punched out an equal-career high 21 possessions at 82 fantasy points. Paying for a bloke below 50 whose shown he can get mid 80’s as your last forward option is pretty handy, especially considering he’s about $25,000 cheaper than last years #2 pick Christian Petracca.

Phil Walsh has spoken about his desire to bring more skillful kickers and especially left footers into the crows line up, they have one who can be both in Mitch Grigg. He has a  booming and accurate left-foot kick and to go with it he’s a strong endurance runner.

In this year’s AFL Prospectus it says about Grigg “Across his 89 matches outside the AFL covered by Champion Data he has averaged an impressive 21 disposals, four clerances and a goal per game.” 

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Because he’s not Best 22, and not by a long way. The Crows midfield depth is actually quite strong and no that’s not just the biased Crows fan, that’s for real. Dangerfield, Sloane, Crouch, Thompson, Smith, Douglas, Van Berlo, Kerridge and even young Matt Crouch will be in front of him let alone MacKay, Wright and Laird who also spend time through the Crows Midfield.

Even if he does play he’s a massive vest candidate, last year from his 9 AFL games he spent 6 of them starting the game in the Green Vest, and while a different coach may look to use the green differently it’s a factor that serious coaches need to be aware of.

His average of 68 when unvested is still not enough to seriously consider, while it is still 20 points per game increase on average it’s still not high enough to seriously consider. He’d need to have pushed that average up towards 80 + have greater job security for him to be an option.

Deck of DT Rating.

Jack – I’ll be clear from the get go, Grigg is purely a AFLFantasy Classic option, the speculative nature of him being in the Crows best 22 matched with plenty of unknowns about how Phil Walsh will play his Crows means in limited trade formats he can’t be really on your radar. At the SANFL level he’s a massive ball winner and throughout the NAB Challenge we’ll get a good look at Grigg and also some of the game style of the Crows. It’s still over 2 months til round 1 so it’s important to still keep an open mind on players and structure across the different game formats. He’s a watch-list for me.

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  • Great article MJ like always.
    Grigg appears to have plenty of potential, especially for draft leagues as we fill the lower forward positions however I think I’ll pass on him this year

    • Grigg is the kind of player that (depending on the knowledge of coaches/depth of your draft) could really see Grigg be one of your last picked. Perfect bench cover with his DPP too.

      If I’m in a draft league with anyone you didn’t read this article *clicks Fingers*

  • Nice work MJ. I actually think Grigg is a perfect DoDT candidate and is worthy of some consideration. His finish to 2013 was outstanding and I had big hopes for him for last year but that never came through. Absolute potential, but need to see the pre-season and if he is a possible starter. If he looks like he’ll get selected for round 1, then he’ll be in my team as a POD.

    • What can easily happen in our preseason research is that we don’t dig deep or wide enough and consider players. We can just default to a certain fewplayers or teams. Player profiles like DODT should help educate as well as inform us on a wide range of players.

      Big fan of Grigg, if he can play well in the NAB Challenge he’s a real chance of early games.

  • Great article if there are injuries he could ponce

    Also how do you have your prospective? I haven’t got it yet?

    • Did you order it online? If so I’d be getting in touch with Champion Data.
      If not you can get them at most newsagents, i believe an ipad version will be out in the next few weeks too.

  • Great Article Mate. Mitch Grigg is an absolute gun and at the moment, I have him in my best 22. Being a Crows fan it was so frustrating watching Grigg wearing the green vest every game and coming in with half a quarter to go.

    The fact this bloke didn’t get more game time over the likes of Mackay, Martin and Henderson towards the end of the year proved Sando had to go.

    Phil Walsh loves his left footers and Grigg is one with great skill. Expect Grigg to play most games for us this season.

    • I’d love to see Grigg get a full run at it. He along with Crouch, Smith, Sloane & Dangerfield is a very nice midfield moving forward for the Crows.

      Yep Walsh loves his clean and efficient left footers, Grigg’s every chance to crack the 22.

  • Great article MJ. Very much appreciate and enjoy the effort you guys place into the website and all the articles, especially Deck of DT!

    Just curious as to how you select the players to feature in articles? i feel a couple of players selected may not be fantasy relevant, and have been looking looking forward to seeing specific players. just curious?

    Keep up the good Work

    • Each writer can choose the players they want, who have you seen that you don’t believe is fantasy relevant?

      • Fantasy Relevant was the wrong term to use… more so players that are the top of their game (Sandilands/Goddard/Ablett) that Coaches already know their potential and ability.

        Don’t get me wrong, big fan of the articles and information on each player as it is all a big help….was just curious how the selection for Deck of DT was done.

        Do you know if either Smith or Henderson form the Crows is in the pipeline?

        • I’ll just add to MJ’s comment that writers choose who goes up with that the beauty of the Deck is that it can be whoever! There’s a place for almost anyone and everyone in the series. Not only for the salary cap games they mostly focus on, but for draft games as well. Of those players mentioned, I would say that Sandilands, Goddard and Ablett were all interesting reads. While the two latter players will be very popular, they aren’t 100% locks. Plenty of questions marks over all three that made for plenty of content in “why should I pick him” and “why shouldn’t I pick him”.

          Thanks for the feedback though! Not everyone’s thoughts and watchlist is the same. That’s the beauty of fantasy footy!

          • Great comments! Absolutely love the reading material….should be a great year with a fair bit of variation.

            Keep up the good work all!

  • Really like how M.Grigg takes on the game when he’s given the chance to play.

  • Good article – thanks. Even with a stacked crows midfield, Walsh has to give him a go (given his SANFL performances), otherwise he’ll seek a trade elsewhere. His NAB cup showing will prob determine if that’s early or later in the season.
    [Anyone looking for a fantasy league: LY3Z3N67, “If wishes were horses…!”]

  • While Grigg provides value I’ve spent the extra money and opted for his teammate Jarryd Lyons who will get more game time and can produce fantasy friendly scores without worry of a vest

  • MJ, hi
    Want to know who to choose from and whether they will get constant game time – Mitch Grigg or Jarryd Lyons. I rate both of them @ Adelaide, but both appear way down on the list to be selected.