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Mark LeCras – Deck of Dream Team 2013

Well that’s a bit annoying. Many of us were licking our chops at the thought of snapping up Lecca with a 50% discount on his 2011 output – a discount we expected given his devastating ACL rupture held him to fewer games than Jack Anthony in 2012.

Name: Mark LeCrasdec19_lecras
Club: West Coast
Position: Forward
Assistant Coach 2013 Price: $355,400
Bye Round: 12
2012 Average: N/A
2012 Games Played: 0
Predicted Average: 80

Why should I pick him?

Many of us were licking our chops at the thought of snapping up Lecca with a 50% discount on his 2011 output – a discount we expected given his devastating ACL rupture held him to fewer games than Jack Anthony in 2012. However, we today learned from the Assistant Coach Team Picker that he would only receive a 20% discount for 2013, pricing him at $355,400 and at an average of 69 points per game. Though many coaches, myself included, have already spat the dummy and decided that a 20% discount just isn’t good enough, there is still merit in keeping an eye on Mark in the coming months.

After kicking 58 goals and averaging 75 DT points in 2009, LeCras earned All-Australian honours for a brilliant 2010 season which saw him kick 63 goals to go with an average of 76 DT points. The talented small forward spent more time up the ground in 2011 which saw his goal tally slide to 47, however increases in his disposal and tackle numbers saw his DT average rise to a career-best 86. LeCras spent portions of the 2012 preseason training with the midfield group and was athletically primed to inject the West Coast midfield with his classy disposal and sound footy brain, before he was struck down with an ACL injury two days before the Eagles’ NAB Cup opener.

Now I know it would be an anomaly for a player to come back from an ACL and step into an increased midfield role, but keep in mind LeCras is still only 26 and is reportedly progressing very well in his recovery. The emergence of Josh Hill and Jack Darling as West Coast’s enigmatic forward targets could allow Worsfold the freedom to play LeCras through the middle if his knee permits it.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

LeCras’ price tag puts him in an awkward spot in terms of DT classification. As coaches, we often like to categorise players into Guns, Rookies and Midpricers, which are usually determined by price tags and our expectations of their scoring. While ‘Guns’ and ‘Rookies’ are pretty straightforward, the ‘Midprice’ category can be quite ambiguous as the range of players seems to be far larger than that of the other categories. Though ideally we’d like all of our midpriced selections to reach ‘Keeper’ status, it just doesn’t hurt as much trading out a player you spent $250k rather than $350k on, should the player fail to reach a standard of scoring you’re happy to carry with you for the remainder of the year.

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JACK – With the Eagles now boasting such a potent forward line, I’m not sure if there’s enough ball to go around for LeCras to reach ‘Keeper’ status unless he ventures into the middle. However, if he continues to impress in his recovery to the extent where he’s flagged to spend time through the midfield, he’ll certainly be one to consider.

The following photos are taken from the Eagles’ training session held on December 7, 2012.

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  1. Perrin

    December 19, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I just wish he was a little cheaper. Would make picking him so much easier.

  2. JimmyBob

    December 19, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Yep pretty annoying with the discount.

    With limited spots available in the eagles 21 i think The Frenchman will slot back in the fwd line and push Hill out of the team. would love to see him run through the middle as he has a superb kick on him but unsure it will happen on a regular basis.

    Still love him though <3

  3. Calvin


    December 19, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Great write up and certainly a guy to monitor over the NAB etc… yeah he didn’t get the 50% but to be priced at 69 is still quite juicy. Watch list – but not holding my breath

  4. Pettiger

    December 19, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Nice article Tom. Too risky for me and not at that price.

  5. joseph

    December 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Nice work mate, just like everyone else not for me, BUT saying that priced at 70 still looks good to me…

  6. Genghis Khan

    December 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

    At 355k no chance at all. Far better options for similar prices…

  7. Kirk Mackintosh

    December 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Thinking Nicoski or Staker

    • Sambones

      December 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Go Staker

  8. Antipasto

    December 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Shame about the small discount. He’d have to be the skipper of the ‘Dream Team Studs’ though. He’s so dreamy.

  9. GrandOldFlag

    December 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Not enough discount for missing a whole year. Shame as he was definitely on the radar but there are too many good options elsewhere

  10. Justin

    December 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Would have to average high 80’s to be worth it now. Coming off a knee reco and with limited midfield time I don’t think it’s realistic.

  11. Jackadaktal

    December 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    with the depth of west coasts midfield, added to during the trade period, i doubt he will get more mid time
    last year we had mids starting on the half forward flanks pretty much every game!

  12. Nathan

    December 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I started to cry silent tears as soon as I saw Lecras not get that discount. So dissapointing. Don’t think I can touch him at his current price as there are better options

  13. Armagizmo

    December 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

    One to watch in nab cup for sure. If he does get some midfield time he could find up being well worth the price tag.

    • Armagizmo

      December 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

      *end up*

  14. Warren

    December 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Does anyone know why he didn’t get a higher discount? Is it that the prices have just gone up due to more trades this year? 350k starting price in last years terms is a Steele Frontbottom or a Robinson if memory serves. Great player no doubt, but not sure Lecca’s is worth it!

    • Dream on!

      December 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

      In the past guys who have missed a season (such as Morabito) have received 40% discounts. Even Staker this time around got more than 20%.

    • DoubleA

      December 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      I agree. 350k is about what you’d being willing to put down on an ‘on the verge’ player that might wind up punching out a low to mid 90s average. Not likely with Lecras. Was keen on him, but he’s at least 50 to 100k over for me. I think Porplyzia knocked out about 80 for the season last year and if I’m not mistaken, he started the year around the 250k mark. I’d could only see going with it, if I strapped for options filling that last regular forward spot and have around three fitty left to spend.

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