I’m going to pick a player here that is a hidden gem. Some people might not even know the name; others may remember him as the guy that dropped the mark against the Hawks in the preliminary final. But when drafting next year I’ll remember him as the guy who cemented a spot in the Fremantle half back line in the latter half of the 2015 season.
Taken at pick 15 in the 2011 draft, Tom Sheridan was one of those unfashionable types that broke out in his 4th season. But this is usually the way for Ross Lyon teams where you get younger players are made to earn their opportunity.
In the end, it was the spot of defender Paul Duffield that Sheridan took in the Fremantle side. Mainly because of his versatility, Sheridan can play half back but is also able to run through the midfield. Ross Lyon is very loyal to players once they make his first team, which is good news for Sheridan who will be aiming to play all 22 games in 2016 to follow on from his 19 in 2015.
Over his last nine games of the 2015 season, including finals, Sheridan averaged 82 fantasy points, which is great for a defensive player. One would hope with another pre-season under his belt, and his role in the team further cemented, he can maintain or improve upon that average. For me nine games is enough of a sample size to draft him with confidence in 2016.
He is going to be one of those guys who may slip under the radar in drafts. Definitely worth keeping in mind until then. Something tells me that this article might be the catalyst for Sheridan becoming a very popular pick in 2016 drafts. I’d certainly be very happy if Santa delivered me Tommy Sheridan as my 4th or 5th defender in my draft league team in 2016.