As I was finishing my write up last game, I had the first bit of Collingwood against North Melbourne in the background.
And haunting me like a bloody ghost was one name. Snippets of play would include the big bastard getting his massive mitts on leather. “Goldstein passes to Swallow…”, …who hits up Goldstein in the centre square…”, “…Goldstein snaps his first…”
Todd. Bloody. Goldstein. To start him or not to start him, that is the $50,000 question. As I said during my team reveal, I wasn’t planning on starting him. Yet, those nightmares where he scores 200 points materialised before me watching the game unfold at Wagga Wagga.
There was a ton more fantasy relevance stuffed into this one, so let’s dig in.
Absent Best 22:
Collingwood – Adam Treloar, Steele Sidebottom, Dane Swan, Jamie Elliot, Jordan De Goey, Ben Reid, Tyson Goldsack, Brent Macaffer
North – Ben Cunnington, Brent Harvey, Jamie MacMillan.
In a nice contrast to the previous game, no-one got injured which let us revel in some really nice football at times. So let’s get into it.
Geez the Pies look good this year, don’t they? We haven’t even seen them play with Treloar yet, but they’re putting together a very good side full of very good footballers. A lot of these blokes will be fantasy relevant this year.
Scott Pendlebury is always relevant, and never more so than today. He just oozes class and is a step above the rest. In his first hitout he wasn’t prolific, and spent a fair bit of time both forward and back, but still got 112 points from 18 quality touches and showed he won’t miss a beat when the real deal starts.
Young gun Taylor Adams was prolific all day, putting aside his miserable last week to rack up 26 disposals, including 10 in the first. The Bull spent a lot of time in the centre, and has tidied his DE to a respectable 70%. One particular pass hitting his captain on the tit made me sit up, as did his 126 final total. 525K. Am considering.
Levi Greenwood had a day out against his old side, with over half of his 25 disposals contested. He won’t keep it up in the real deal with Sidebum, Swan and De Goey back in the side but notable performance and had to be mentioned. Watch for CoachKings.
To be honest with you, I tried keeping an eye out for James Aish and just couldn’t find him. He kept slipping under the radar, and it was only midway through the third that I realised he’d somehow racked up a dozen touches. I slowly started to pick him out after that, but he goes about his work vey unobtrusively. 19 disposals, 12 of them kicks, 3 clearances, but only 69 points. He’s feeling pretty nope-ish at this stage.
Brayden Maynard, Jackson Ramsey, Adam Oxley and Tom Langdon all looked good in parts today, but all played essentially the same role of halfback. Maynard and Oxley the most impressive of the two, with 18 and 17 disposals each, most kicks, but I feel they may share points too much back there. The four of them ended with 78, 35, 66 and 64 points respectively.
Of the rookies, mystery draft pick Brandon Sier didn’t come on until the second half, and was then unsighted. The stats column says he had 2 handballs, but I’m not convinced he was out there at all. Mason Cox was brought back to earth, and paled in the light of Corey Gault (who I will look at in CoachKings, was very impressive), Darcy Moore and Travis Cloke. Doubt he’ll play unless injury strikes two or more.
Matthew Goodyear is a 123k midfield rookie who showed good signs today. He had it 13 times and kicked a good goal to get his way to 69 points, but I’m not sure how much we’ll see from him this year. If he holds his spot, consider him. Tom Phillips ran through the middle and used the ball pretty well despite only 44 points. Only the 11 touches though. Look forward to seeing if he gets games.
Lock Alex Fasolo in for any Pies CoachKings games. The kid will go large often this year, but pay you back with 30s in the long form of the game. 96 points today.
With only a few players missing, today gave us a good overview of what North will look like in the season proper. Jamie MacMillan’s absence will annoy many of those looking to pick him, but beyond the few people who want to sneak Boomer Harvey into their side, if you wanted to see it from North today you saw it.
The biggest supercoach prize from this game was Daniel Wells. He looked really, really good, community. 17 touches, 13 kicks, 3 tackles, he attended a lot of centre bounces and rotated forward. Approaching lock territory with his 98 points.
Todd Goldstein continued his Todd Goldstein-ey ways and re-asserted that this man is indeed good at football. He had a prolific first term and cooled thereafter when Majak Daw had stints in the ruck. Hard to take too much from the heat, but he looked annoyingly good early. 84 points but that will skyrocket soon.
Sam Gibson from North continued his impressive back end to 2015 by collecting 19 possessions and enough other stats to buoy his 98 points. At 390k in the midfield you’re unlikely to pick him, but if you’ve got a draft coming up have a closer look.
Old campaigner Nick Dal Santo lead the possession count for the Roos with 20, looked good but is too old to touch in Supercoach for me – although don’t tell Lek I said that. Dropped in and out of the game and was generally useful, but not much more than that.
Luke McDonald, a smokie of mine down back, picked up 79 points and 12 touches. Need a bit more for him to select him, but is in front of Aish for me.
Ryan Clarke at 123k in the middle looked silky smooth. His ownership should rightly shoot up after this match. Won’t set the world on fire, and only had the four handballs after coming on late, but I’ll be watching eagerly next week. Only 30 points.
Rookies Mitchell Hibberd and Declan Mountford had 9 possessions each, and didn’t play their way into my side. I don’t see many rookies being blooded this year at North, and they didn’t play their way into the side. Pass.
Beyond this lot, I don’t see a lot of fantasy relevance from North. A lot of good players like Ben Brown and Andrew Swallow who are good at the whole football thing, but don’t score many points for us. I’d look at the two I mentioned, plus Lindsay Thomas and Jack Zeibell for CoachKings, but I didn’t see anyone I want to select.
What do you reckon, community? Is Wells a lock? What do you think of Adams?