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Matthew Wright – Deck of Dream Team 2013

After going into 2012 under the radar, Matthew Wright now has the attention of the DT world. If you haven’t considered him to date, you really should. Jeppa takes a look at how good Wright can be in 2013.

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jan18_wrightName: Matthew Wright
Club: Adelaide
Position: Fwd/Mid
Assistant Coach 2013 Price: $438,700
Bye Round: 13
2012 Average: 85.2
2012 Games Played: 19
Predicted Average: 97

Why should I pick him?

Very few of us would have considered Matthew Wright at the start of 2012. What a difference a year makes. He is a player who leaves it all out on the field. A hard nut that isn’t shy to put his head over the ball. Wright took a little while to get going last season but once he got his opportunity in Round 4, he never looked back. During the season he proved his worth and established himself in the Crow’s best 22. At season’s end, Wright was named 9th in Adelaide’s B&F.

Tackle, tackle, tackle. That’s the theme at Adelaide (source) and that’s one of Wright’s greatest assets. When Wright lays a tackle, it sticks, and if I’m on the money about him playing more in the guts this year, he’ll get more tackles and more touches. Wright belongs in the midfield. He has a high work rate, he rarely fumbles, he is a good decision maker and he loves the contested ball. Additionally, I think he can be a really good run with player when required and stop the likes of Gablett, Cotchin etc. Here’s hoping Brenton Sanderson and I are on the same page.

In 2012, Wright averaged 20.2 possessions playing across the half forward line. This is more than last years savior, Dayne Zorko who averaged 19.6 possessions a game. Wright’s DPP eligibility adds to his appeal. At $438,700 I feel Wright is reasonably priced for the potential that he possesses. With the new trade rules in place, Wright is exactly the type of player worth taking a punt on. I don’t want to make a habit of saying this but if he doesn’t receive more midfield time and you’re not entirely happy with him then you can always off load him for someone in form.

So far this preseason, there has been no word on injuries regarding Wright. No news is good news, so you can assume he is fit and firing. Here are my predictions for Wright in 2013:

Wright Stats

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Wright is very consistent with his efforts on the footy field however, his DT scoring consistency isn’t that appealing. From 19 games last season, he scored below 70 six times and only on five occasions did he manage 100+. Yes, this isn’t the best strike rate but when you consider that Wright is coming into only his third AFL season and the improvement that will come, it is not a train smash.

Wright is the type of player who will sacrifice his game for the benefit of the team. So if his primary job is to stop an opposition player and not win the footy, his scoring ability will be affected.

Deck of DT Rating.

KING — I expect Wright to significantly improve from his scoring output in 2012 and really push the Premo barrier. The foundation is there and Wright has all the right attributes to become a gun. To be honest, I can’t think of a major reason not to take a punt on him. Even before the new trading rules were announced, Wright has pretty much been in my team from day one of planning and pending no major disasters, he’ll still be there come Round 1. Keep your eye on Wright in the No. 11 jumper this season!

Matthew Wright’s 2012 Highlights

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    January 18, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Good write up Jeppa. Certainly one to watch and could be a good M9/F7 with his DPP status.

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      March 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      What are you on about?

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    January 18, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Many thanks Jeppa, agree entirely with your analysis. Fingers crossed for a mid role and an injury free year for him.

    Do you have some salary cap issues Pettiger? $438,700 for your M9 / F7? Just asking as he fits at M6 / F3 in my barely within budget team?.

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      January 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

      He means come finals time, he will be M9/F7

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        January 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

        Thanks Aidan.

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          January 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

          no worries

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      January 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Chels, my final eight will look like this – Swan, Gazza, Beams, Boyd, Watson, Cotchin, Deledio, Kennedy, with Zorko and maybe Wright on the bench. I let you have a ride in the FJ if you want.

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    January 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

    One I hadn’t considered until recently. Definitely interested now :)

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    January 18, 2013 at 9:56 am

    If he does well in nab cup, locked and loaded. Also why not take a risk with the 44 trades?

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    January 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Wright is currently in my side. Origanlly I had Tex but recently swapped him to Matty as his DPP won me.
    Your great write-up Jeppa has convinced me. No Pressure!

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    January 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

    thanks for the clarification guys. BTW, your ride in the FJ will be while delivering it to me! Best of luck.

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    January 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Yah, had this guy pencilled in ages ago. Dunno if he’ll really break out but he could, and if he doesn’t, it’s not like i have to feel like i wasted a trade getting rid of him.

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    January 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Great write up Jeppa!

    I’m not sure why, but I’m not really a fan of Matty Wright and have never had him in any of my pre-season teams. This article has definitely put him in contention, but I still don’t think I’ll have room. NAB watchlist for sure.

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    January 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Good stuff. Won’t give as much grief as Martin. Like him and Walker, got ’em both at the moment.

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    January 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Good writeup, Wright could be a good POD in the FWD line as Martin will probably attract a higher % of owners.

    Haven’t seen him mentioned at all this year, but Arryn Siposs is my potential smokey/break-out in the FWD line this year. He will be unique because he is at a very awkward price…

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      January 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      I think he’s awkward for a reason mate. Take out his 100s against GC and GWS and he was a very ordinary scorer last year. It’s your call I guess, but I’d prefer a random rookie.

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        January 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        Arryn Siposs…

        Round Score Player Result TOG % Score if TOG 84%
        R6 55 Full Game L 81.00% 57.04
        R7 20 Subbed Q4 W 13.00% 129.23
        R9 34 Subbed Q3 W 41.00% 69.66
        R10 52 Subbed Q3 L 28.00% 156.00
        R11 108 Full Game W 92.00% 98.61
        R12 76 Full Game L 83.00% 76.92
        R15 81 Full Game W 82.00% 82.98
        R16 83 Full Game W 82.00% 85.02
        R17 25 Subbed Q3 L 44.00% 47.73
        R22 100 Full Game W 88.00% 95.45
        R23 58 Full Game W 80.00% 60.90
        Average 87.23

        Played 11 games, 3 green vests, 1 red vest
        Average when playing a full game: 80.14
        TOG% when playing a full game is 84%
        Average if TOG was 84% in all games: 87.23

        Has a high kick to handball ratio. Siposs is 2.15:1. Average is 1.36:1
        Has a high Mark to disposal ratio. Siposs has 1 Mark every 2.5 disposals. Average is 1 in every 4 disposals.
        Kicks just over a goal a game (in his full games)
        Unlikely to attract an opposition tag
        Will be as unique as a well educated Collingwood supporter
        3rd year player, great timing for a breakout.
        2nd year was a vast improvement on his 35 average (in 5 games) in 2011
        Read that they are trying to improve his tank this pre-season which hasn’t been a strength
        Played mainly on the FWD flank, but also a few stints on the wing and in defence in 2012
        Regarded as a pretty decent kick of the ball so hopefully can take a nice loose man in defence roll
        Should improve his average with natural development, especially if he can consistently be in the Saints best 22 this year
        Unlikely to push into the top 6 FWD’s for the year, but could potentially push into the top 10-15 and be a handy sideways trade for an underperforming Premo.
        Saints play Suns in Rd 1 (108 in 2012) and GWS in rd 3 (100 in 2012), so could make some cash early.

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    PurpleArmy (aka Space Goats)

    January 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Had him in my side the moment i first put my team together, hopefully he stays there. Nice one Jeppa :)

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    January 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    IF Jeppa’s predictions come to fruition, I will be a happy man, but those tagging roles may have staved me a little off Wright. Still in considerations but Martin or Zorko are more likely candidates for me.

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