In his first year as the skipper of the Western Bulldogs, Matthew Boyd took his contested-footy style of play to a new level in 2011. Boyd averaged
Ablett, Pendlebury, Swan, Judd - not even these guns could compete with the sensational Boyd. Adding to that, he lead the AFL in contested possessions and clearances as well, both of which score good points in SC.
His year of domination was capped off with his second B&F at the club, but more importantly a career high average of 116 SuperCoach points per game.
He registered 10 scores over 120 points during 2011, with his four highest being 164, 162, 161 and 160.
This season Matthew Boyd will turn 30 and SuperCoaches are more often leaning towards younger midfielders, like Pendlebury, Rockliff and Murphy, for example. His kicking efficiency was woeful, hitting at just 51% accuracy.
Of the top 10 midfielders from last year, he scored under 80 more often than any of them, meaning that if he's having a bad day its worse than his competitors'. In saying this, he scored over 80 points still 86% of the time, so he was hardly bad. Obviously price is a worry too (at $626,100), but all of the best midfielders cost somewhere around that category.
As you can see, as with most premium midfielders, the pros far out-weight the cons.
Schon's Good Buy Rating: As the Bulldogs continue to slide (only in my opinion), Boyd's stature will grow - he mightn't improve on an average of 32 touches but don't be surprised if his SC average is even higher this year! If you can fit him in, don't be afraid to make him captain!