Andrew Gaff – Deck of DT 2017

Image result for andrew gaff s.afl.com.auName: Andrew Gaff
Team: West Coast Eagles
Position: MID
AFL Fantasy: $564,000
Bye Round: 12
2016 Average: 93.5 (Including Finals)
2016 Games Played: 22 (Including Finals) 21 (H&A)
Predicted Average: 106

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Why should I pick him?

A week or two back I profiled Sam Mitchell in the deck of DT, and touched on the impact his arrival at West Coast would have on the current group of midfielders under Adam Simpson. Firstly, I can almost guarantee that one of the current Eagles mids (Gaff, Priddis, Shuey) will have a career best year in terms of Fantasy output. Whether it’s the inevitable opposition attention Mitchell will attract or just his presence and leadership around the ground, the effects of such will propel at least one of the other three main men into career best territory. Personally, I think it will be Gaff.

Mr Gaff is the ultimate outside midfielder. The way he roams around the ground and accumulates uncontested possessions is remarkable. In 2016 he was ranked second in the entire competition for doing just so. If you choose to start with Gaff you can be relatively sure he will deliver solid returns from the word go. In 2016 Gaff went under 85 on just 7 occasions, however this was (in my opinion) as a result of the ugly collision with Port Adelaide’s Tom Jonas whilst he was heroically going back with the flight of the ball. Due to this nasty hit, Gaff posted an injury affected 44 points and missed his first game in years due to the ongoing concussion effects. When he returned in round 11 he did not look himself at all and understandably it took him a few games (round 15) to register a score over a ton. Admittedly 2016 was not his career best year, dropping by roughly 10 points from 2015, however as I said above, this can be explained by watching this……

Jesus McChrist!! Anyone that can cop a hit that hard and come out firing after a week off is kidding themselves.

I digress…

Another sweet reason to pick Gaff up round one is his price in comparison to the other West Coast mids. Shuey is over 30k more and I’d pick Gaff over him anyway. Sam Mitchell is a touch over 600k and although a proven gun, he will receive far more attention from opposition teams than Gaff will, and finally Mr Reliable Matt Priddis sits at a lofty 623k (which for him is about right because he’s as solid as they come). The only reason Gaff is as low as he is right now, is because of the aforementioned trip into outer space he went on courtesy of Tommy Jonas. He’ll score tons early and can quite easily make you 25 – 30k which you can then use to offload him to another ‘fallen’ premium if you so choose, however keeping him for most or all of the season (if I’m right about the “Mitchell Effect”) might just be the way to go.

This is the best part……

In a recent interview Gaff has publicly stated it is his goal this year to spend more time in the guts helping out the three bulls in Priddis, Mitchell and Shuey. Truthfully his inside game isn’t his strongest point and dear lord his tackling numbers are frustratingly low but this news is the cherry on top of an already exciting and underpriced fantasy prospect. So how will he achieve this you ask? Well, over the summer Gaff has increased his gym work with the intention of adding a few kilos and therefore potentially increasing his inside game. Moreover, he stated his second “goal” for 2017 was to do just that, kick more goals….

“Goal kicking midfielders are hard to come by and its part of my game that I want to keep developing” – Straight from the horse’s mouth.

Image result for andrew gaff s.afl.com.au

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Gaff is unquestionably a superb AFL player, however, in my view the reason he is yet to fully cement himself as an uber premium Fantasy player is due to one area of his game. Tackling.

I touched on the fact he wants to bulk up a bit more this year and I’m hoping like hell this sees him tackling more but the answer is so much simpler. Forget the gym mate, here’s what you do. Walk over to the ridiculously well tanned man with curly blonde hair and ask “Hey Pridda, teach how to tackle, teach me, teach me how to tackle”.

I’m clearly exaggerating the point here but I think it’s that simple. You’ve got the best in the business sharing the same locker room as you, just ask him for a quick “how to” and you’re as good as Blue and Gold. Simples.

Critics will argue that an outside midfielder’s job isn’t too tackle. Pish posh I say, an AFL player’s job is to become a jack of all trades. Essentially that’s what separates the good from the great.

If I’m wrong and his gym work doesn’t increase his tackling count, and also that somehow Sam Mitchell’s arrival decreases his Fantasy output (really…), then I’ll graciously eat my words. Until then, get him in.

Deck of DT Rating.

VERY STRONG KING – The main reason Gaff is locked in my side is the overwhelming faith I have in the “Mitchell Effect”. Gaff has always had superb players feeding him the outside ball but this year he has not one, but two Brownlow Medalists and the always underrated Luke Shuey who is a gun in his own right, doing so. Would you pick a bigger, stronger, well supported and more determined Gaff than ever after last year’s early exit from the finals?

Answer. Niceee Garry!!

Will this be a career best year for Gaff?

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39 Comments

    • Agree. Two shockers in a row

      • Geez – a bloke who has missed one game in five years and priced more than 10 points below his previous output. Probably benefits from Mitchell’s arrival. Tough audience.

        In the mix, but the biggest one for me is that if he’s available around other 100pt scorers, I’ll be drafting him.

        • Agreed Warnie. Nice article leighroy, wasnt on my radar but certainly is now. I’m a Freo fan but love watching Gaff go about his business racking up the pill. Just needs to add a few tackles & few more marks & he’ll be an Ace!

          Any idea when Fantasy opens guys?

  • Eat a dick.. Best card so far. Would be a good POD

  • Nice arcticle Leeroy I can see Gaff & Shuey killing it on the field this year. If they can push their averages towards 110 then they will be great year long POD to whoever has the cojones to start with one of them.

  • Can’t see Gaff going over 99.9 av. He’s a better Issac Smith? Very High King. Justifiable if your sold he’s going above 100. Always have a little laugh when i see a King rated player. Because i think Brayden Fiorini was rated a king also everytime 😂
    Plz more Ace articles and putting it all on the line

    • Well he averaged 104.64 in 2015, if he adds some inside to his game and a few more tackles then he will definitely be worth it. So you want more vanilla arcticles about why you should pick tom rockliff or other aces like dangerfield, pendlebury etc? Because I perfer reading arcticles on players you dont see in every team on the “my team” page.

      • No i wanna see some big balls calls! I wanna see some1 call Bob Murphy an Ace! I wanna see someone call Mason Wood an Ace. (You heard it here first) 4 north melbourne starters forced too retire. Who’s gonna take there spots? I wanna see more for what there priced at… predicted improvement, back/fwd statuses factors. Big Balls Calls Aces.
        So PK you couldn’t be more wrong mate!

        • Ahh sorry mate i misinterpreted! Yeah im with ya now i wanna see some big ball calls too haha 👌🏻. Preseason games will tell us that story, I reckon we all will have an underpriced north player by round 1. Big ball calls on whose gunna dominate adelaides midfield, matt crouch is my ace, but theres a few others on my radar.. B.Crouch, Knight, Hampton..

          Been some good arcticles on coachespanel too, few names that dont get thrown around too often

        • David Astbury – ACE happy now

  • Good card, hadn’t really thought about him after I was one of the guys who grabbed him for like 420k last year and had a pretty meh reaction to him, as you say, those tackle counts are nauseating. Hard to squeeze him in with Heppell and Beams cheaper and if anything more likely to go bigger, and his ceiling is undeniably worse, but if I’m feeling a need for a POD he’s right in the equation now.

    • Beams is to risky imo he’s needs a good 5 good games before consideration. Hepp is a beast tho

    • Yep I have Heppell just ahead of Gaff, but it’s a close call, unless you can fit them both in somehow!

  • Maybe i went alil over the top with mason wood being an ace lol. Very high king?
    Another example what about a Jarryd Roughead. Forward line. 30% discount. Everybody knows he’s gonna come back just fine and average over 80. What if he does something magical and averages 88 plus?
    Ace any1?

  • Should do one on Dane Swan, Just doesn’t feel like a preseason without him being mentioned!

    Good Luck

  • This article is just what I needed to confidently back myself in wanting start with my man Gaff

  • Good write up, I read an article saying he is bulking up for some more inside work to. Adding more grunt to his game. Could be a good season for the Gaffster

  • Taking out those 4 games as you mentioned Leighroy his 2016 average becomes 101.2 but his 57 in the round 20 win from 90% of game time worries me.
    Another thought provoking article though.

    • Even the best have an occasional stinker. I actually remember that game well, all I needed for the win was Gaff to score 60 or more. Needless to say a fair few profanities were slung Gaffs way haha

    • Didn’t have his lucky undies on that day 😔

  • He was locked from day dot for me. Will 100% average 100+ this year providing he stays fit.

  • Great article Leighroy.

    I rate a card that makes me consider a new player.

    • That’s it Steve, that’s the goal. Now you’ve got another headache to try and squeeze him in.

  • for a standard deck of 52 cards, there seems to be an awful amount of “Kings” in it

    #OhWe’reNotSureAboutHimJustMakeItAKingAndBeDoneWithIt