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Jordan Clark – Deck of DT 2022

As a MID-only, can we still consider Jordan Clark?

Name: Jordan Clark
Team: Fremantle
Position: MID
Price: $552,000
Bye round: 14
2021 average: 56.4
2021 games played: 8
Predicted average: 80
Draft range: Late bench coverage

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Why should I pick him?

Clark has been teasing us with Fantasy potential since his debut season.

Last year he made a late charge into our round 1 teams by posting a 135 from 3 quarters in the last game of the preseason. In that game Clark showed us what he can do when the stars align with his role, he was taking kick ins (leaving the square every time) and pushing forward to hit the scoreboard.

Unfortunately Clark’s ‘run and gun’ style wasn’t conducive to Scott’s nursing home gameplan, with Smith and Higgins ahead in the pecking order and Geelong deciding Clark was better suited to playing dodgeball on the defensive wing, resulting in another season of undelivered potential.

Fast forward to now, Clark will be lining up for the Fremantle Dockers with another chance of fulfilling his potential.
He has already impressed on the training track, finishing top 3 in all preseason time trials and showing off his elite disposal efficiency during match simulations.
Justin Longmuir has flagged an initial position as a half back flanker and this is where Clark is best suited from a Fantasy perspective. He is at his best when getting into space for handball receives to be able to use his speed and kick to full effect.
Fremantle are desperate for outside run and Clark fills that role nicely.
While Fremantle have amassed a wealth of half back flankers, Clark’s unique attributes set him apart from the others which could see him become a dangerous 1-2 punch out of defence when partnered with Young.

Currently only in 1% of teams, Clark presents as a unique midpricer who could conservitavely average 80 points in that role meaning, if you have faith in him, he’s currently sitting at 24 points underpriced.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

This depends on how highly you value the opinion of Matthew Scarlett. For whatever reason, Scarlett didn’t want Clark anywhere near his backline. Is there a chance that Clark gets 3-6 games under his belt in Fremantle’s system and they see the same problems?
If this happens, there’s no shortage of options with Wilson, Young, Chapman, Aish and Walker all looking to take that role if needed.

Durability is also a concern. In his short, 3 year career, Clark has been plagued with shoulder/AC style injuries, missing a significant amount of footy along the way.
While we can hope he gets a clean run, the history doesn’t look good and as of typing this, Clark sat out today’s match simulation at training.

Deck of DT Rating.

JACK

Yet to prove himself but the potential is there. This may be one where the risk outweighs the reward too much.
MID only at that price makes it difficult but if Clark can add 30 points to his average there’s no denying he’s a bargain.

 

 

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Joining the DT Talk writing team in 2013, Anthony is a West Coast boy (man, we have a lot of Eagles lovers here) and he will bring us plenty of great content again this year. @anthonydsmith86.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Euman

    January 25, 2022 at 10:28 am

    If was available as def then I would begin to consider otherwise no from me

  2. Tobe_advised

    January 25, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Freo have a glut of players all vying for the same positions. Peel Thunder should go very well this year.

  3. Harrison Buttkiss

    January 25, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    I always start with Clark. Might see if he can stay in my team a little longer this season

  4. Henry

    January 25, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Don’t base your opinions on what Matthew Scarlett says. The man was a great footballer but as an analyst is to prone to favouring prejudice over analysis.

  5. Squid

    January 25, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    With the likes of Caldwell and Rowell a fair bit cheaper and way better options based on JS and scoring potential I don’t see how anyone could pick him and if you did and it payed off that would be nothing but plain old dumb luck. Would have to be $400k or less for me to consider.

  6. Jarrad

    January 25, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Terrible option. Waste of a precious MID spot.

  7. Anthony Smith

    January 25, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Could be a DPP defender by round 6.
    Still super risky but best case scenario is you get him cheap, he averages well, earns cash and you can switch him into defense in round 6.

    Unfortunately the worst case scenarios are suuuuper depressing

  8. Steve

    January 25, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Clark did play in match simulation yesterday and there are multiple photos on the Freo club website of this. I will go easy however as Anthony is a west coast fan and therefore knows nothing about Freo!

    • Anthony Smith

      January 25, 2022 at 11:02 pm

      Haha! I was meant to take that out.
      He missed the first half hour of training when the journos were allowed access. Must have joined after, I saw the photos too 😂

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