The job of picking your premium players can sometimes be a tough one one for fantasy coaches. Ideally you want these players to be high scoring, durable, reliable and feature in the top dozen averaging players across their positional line - in other words, we want them to be our 'set and forget' players.
But what happens when you have two premiums on your mind, you can only afford one and it seems impossible to split them? The Tragic is here to help. In the lead up to round one, The Tragic will be pitting some of the best premium players against one another to help coaches make the tough decision.
Welcome to the Head 2 Head series... So, who will you choose?
Both Coniglio and Viney made the transition to premium midfield options for coaches in 2016 with 100+ averages. Surprisingly though, both players had limited up-take and could have been considered as a great point of difference. By the end of the 2016 fantasy season in round 23, Jack Viney had 5090 owners, while Coniglio just trumped him with 7051. To put that into perspective, Joel Selwood who had a similar average of 102 had just over 14,000 owners.
Both made sizeable leaps in their averages from 2015, Viney had an 18 point increase, while Coniglio jumped 13 points on his average. Obviously, it will be hard for both players to replicate this kind of increase in 2017 - I would estimate a 5 point increase on their averages is as high as they will go. I still think Viney has the greatest upside to him between the two, as 2016 was the first real year he has had a free run at it. In 2015 and 2014 he was used as a midfield tagger, while he was also injured for portions of the 2015 season. Coniglio on the other hand has had a more steady incline during his time at the Giants with season averages of 76, 86, 90 and 103 over the last four years. Coniglio has also had an excellent supporting cast around him during that time, while Viney has had to carry much of the load himself last season. Hopefully with the return of Jack Trengove and emerging players such as Brayshaw and Petracca, Viney will get the depth he needs in there to help out with the taggers.
The emergence of Melbourne as a genuine top eight contender should only help Viney in his ability to increase his average, while the Giants will again push for a top four spot so there is no reason why Coniglio can't replicate what he did last season. Coniglio was released from tagging duties and amassed a career high disposal average of 28 in 2016, while VIney wasn't far behind him to finish the year with 26 disposals per game. Both have less than impressive kick to handball ratios however, and if either can possibly squeeze a few more kicks in rather than handballs then you should see an increase in their averages. Both are predominantly inside midfielders, so their marking averages don't exactly jump off the page. The trade off for this however is their elite tackling averages, with Viney nudging out Coniglio in this category 7 to 5.6 over the 2016 season. So you know if they are having a stinker, they will at least still score you points on tackles.
It's like splitting hairs with these two, trying to project how they will go in 2017. Coniglio has a slightly greater durability factor about him with his history in terms of injuries, while Viney has the potential to develop into a genuine 110+ elite midfielder - not saying Coniglio can't do the same however. While the cookie cutter coaches are still trading in your Selwood's, Lewis' and Fyfe's - you could be cashing in on a couple of proven POD's that have the abilty to go huge on their day and youth on their side. I don't think you can go wrong with either of these two young guns, it's just a matter of whether or not you think they can finish the year in the top dozen midfielders in the competition.
Can either be a top dozen mid come season's end? Discuss in the comments below.