50 Most Relevant, Preseason 2021

#41 Most Relevant | Jack Crisp

Since arriving at Collingwood via Brisbane, Jack Crisp has been a picture of durability and consistency. In 2021 can he go up yet another scoring gear?

PLAYER PROFILE

Name: Jack Crisp
Age: 27
Club: Collingwood Magpies
Position: Defender

2020 Highest Score: 
121 Vs Brisbane (AFLFantasy)
138 Vs Gold Coast (SuperCoach)

Career Highest Score: 
147 Vs Geelong | AFLFantasy (2018)
153 Vs Richmond | SuperCoach (2018)

2020 Average: 
76.1 (AFLFantasy) | 95.1 (Adjusted Average)
99.2 (SuperCoach)

SuperCoach Price: $533,200
AFLFantasy Price: 
$726,000
AFLDreamTeam Price: 
$702,800

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WHY IS HE RELEVANT?

Jack Crisp has become a crucial member of the Pies backline. His ability to apply defensive pressure on the ground and beat his man one-on-one has made him the underrated cog of the Pies backline. Standing at 190cm, he can easily intercept in the air and then distribute the ball with his booming left foot

At times during the season, owners were both in love and loathing his performances. Yet, as he has for many seasons prior he found a way to deliver another top tier scoring season.

In AFLFantasy/DreamTeam he posted two tons, plus had four additional scores over 80. Remember that in shortened quarters last season that 80 was the new 100. By the end of the year, he ranked third among defenders for total points and sixth for averages.

It was a career high season from Crisp in SuperCoach. He posted 8 tons, 3 of them were above 120 and had an additional 4 scores over 90. On top of his scoring heights, he barely burnt coaches with a poor score. Just one all season did his scoring drop under 60. By the end of the year in that format, he ranked 7th among all defenders for total points and 11th for averages.

2020 isn’t an outlier he’s been scoring for years! Back in 2019 for AFLFantasy, he had a career-best season averaging 97.7. From round 5-20 he had only one score below 84. Across the year Jack posted twelve scores over 100, four of these were 120+ including a seasonal best 142 against eventual premiers Richmond. It’s an impressive scoring ceiling, but having just three scores below 75 reveals his scoring consistency.

2019 was a down scoring season for Crisp in SuperCoach, but he still managed to average 88.9 and be ranked 10th for defenders for total points scored. Four times he reached triple digits, all of which were 109 or above. His 2018 numbers for SuperCoach are much stronger averaging just shy of 96 for the year. Ten times he scored 100 or more, with seven of these being above 110.

Since being a magpie his seasonal averages have been fantastic. In SuperCoach he’s delivered 89, 85, 82, 95, 88 & 99. While in AFLFantasy/DreamTeam it’s 91, 84, 88 87, 97 & 76 (95 adjusted average.)

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MY TAKE

Jack Crisp has the scoring to match it with the best, but what sets him apart is his durability. Since moving to Collingwood, he’s played every game of the past six years. It’s incredibly rare to have this level of availability.

Go back and look at those averages, he’s played every game and has the clear top availability of any premium defender. While this could change entering this year, it should give potential owners high confidence that when you pick him as a premium, you’re getting 22 games from him.

What ultimately sets him apart from other premiums is that he has zero durability concern in his history. Should you find yourself needing to find a further $40,000 in your salary cap then skimming back to him via a Rory Laird or even a Lachie Whitfield isn’t the worse idea.

SuperCoach players, if you are picking him in your starting squad, then you’re doing at his peak career price after delivering a career high average in 2020. That said if you believe he’s likely to start the year the way he finished last year (averaging 117 in the final five) then you can argue he’s underpriced.

If you’re picking him as a starter in any format, then you need to believe he’s more closely going to deliver the scoring of his final month. And not so much that of the majority of the season. Which isn’t bad at all, but it’s quite a distance from the rest of his year.

In AFLFantasy/DreamTeam there’s a scoring differential of 18.1 (22.6 adjusted) between what he did over the final five rounds in contrast to his total season average. While for SuperCoach, it’s also 18 points per game gap.

His bye round could make it challenging for you (round 14) if you don’t structure your squad right. The other premium defenders from that bunch of squads include Jake Lloyd, Rory Laird and Luke Ryan. The absolute most you could carry into this MBR of premiums would be three.

As good as a player as he is, I can’t see myself starting with him. But I do think he’ll be a top 10 defender by seasons end across all formats. Therefore, he’s an upgrade target for me.

DRAFT DECISION

Crispy will be among the first defenders off the board once Jake Lloyd, Rory Laird and Lachie Whitfield are taken. These three players I have ranked ahead of him. Jack Crisp is a D1 and will likely be considered for selection alongside Tom Stewart, Caleb Daniel and Luke Ryan’s. The earliest I’d be happy to select him is ‘on the turn’ early in the third round.

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