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Dream Team builder: Josh Caddy

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 - 11:00 AM
Source: SportsFan
Author: Michael Rogers

2013 position: Midfielder 
2013 price: $328,600
Bye: Round 12

Last year's average: 63.5
Last year's high score: 88


Four reasons to have him in your team

1) After two years building his body and learning from one of the best in Gary Ablett, Caddy is a plug-and-play addition to the powerful Geelong midfield. His only concern will be finding his niche in the Cats' star-studded engine room but that shouldn't take long. 

2) Caddy should find it a bit easier with the Cats than he did at Gold Coast. At the Suns, he was one of several promising young mids behind Gary Ablett, who would get some attention the moment he started to have an impact. Opposition teams won't have that luxury against Geelong, with Jimmy Bartel, Joel Selwood, Paul Chapman and James Kelly all higher priorities for taggers. 

3) His 2012 season was a study in Dream Team consistency. Putting aside his paltry 14 in round 23, Caddy's first 21 games reaped an average of 65 points, with a lowest score of 43 (against West Coast in round 14) and a peak of 88 (against Sydney in round two). He didn't earn his coaches big dollars, but he delivered the goods almost every time he took the field. 

4) Caddy looks to be settling in well at the Cats, with an upward trend in his DT performances in the NAB Cup. He scored just nine and 19 in shortened games against West Coast and Fremantle but his 57 against the Crows in round two was more an indication of his ability.

The downside? 

Geelong's midfield guns are a double-edged sword when it comes to Caddy's potential Dream Team output. They will take attention away from him but there might not be much ball left after Bartel, Kelly, Chapman, Selwood and Varcoe have had their fill. 

While he is a promising player, Caddy is a long way from being a star and his price - nudging $330,000 - is a considerable outlay for a player who might not appreciate all that much in value. There are plenty of first-year players who could match his output while easily doubling or tripling your profits. 

Risk rating: Caddy looks well placed for a breakout season in 2013 but his modest prior form and his reasonably hefty price tag should make you think twice about adding him to your squad. Three Alan Didaks. 

3 Alan Didaks

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