The heroics of Parker. The redemption of Barlow. The fall from grace of Goldstein.
This round was all about the risen and the fallen, Community. The peaks and valleys. The triumphs and mistakes that make this game of fantasy football so damn frustrating and exhilarating at the same time.
There were plenty of examples that fit the bill this weekend.
In CoachKings on Friday night, those who opted to go Tom Cambell over Goldy were branded instant geniuses after the North big man produced a rare stinker.
And David Lowe out at the Maroondah Club has stamped his authority on the pub fantasy footy scene, winning the CoachKings $1000 with his round high 1023 in the GWS v Hawthorn contest on Saturday.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) May 1, 2016
But before we get into it, I’ll leave you with an amusing anecdote. “What do you think about trading Nic Naitanui for Todd Goldstein,” I said to my missus on the eve of Round 6. “Why?” she asked. “Because it suits my bye structure better and I think he will outscore Nic Nat for the remainder of the season,” I replied. “Don’t do it. You always use too many trades early in the season,” she countered. This was coming from a woman who has little insight into SuperCoach. And yet she somehow knew. She sensed it. But what did I do? I rebelled. I went against what she advised. I traded Goldy in. And in the blink of an eye I cost myself nearly 100 SC points.
Luke Parker (151 SC) Is herculean. Just an absolute warrior. Stepped up to kick the match-winning goal for his side which inflated his score somewhat, but still a pristine effort. Was quiet early and then worked his way into the game nicely. An absolute star.
Heath Shaw (143 SC)
You have got to love this man’s kick to handball ratio. Of his 32 touches, 29 were kicks. Needless to say he again scored well. Like his team, is working into the season nicely.
Joel Selwood (138 SC)
I probably should put Nic Nat in this slot, but I’m still hurting too much. After an injury-interrupted pre season, Selwood is building his fitness base up and now looks back to his damaging best. Is clearly benefiting from the addition of Dangerfield, giving him more space and freedom to roam around in the middle.
Nic Nat (140 SC), Dan Hannebery (136 SC), Michael Barlow (134 SC), Callan Ward (132 SC), Patrick Dangerfield (132 SC), Matty Boyd (125 SC), Daniel Wells (122 SC).
65SC at half time. He has risen pic.twitter.com/idWdRy6123
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) April 30, 2016
Todd Goldstein (49 SC)
Every now and then even a champion has an absolute stinker. Goldy did it once to us last year with a 44 against Freo in Round 8. He only went under 100 once more for the season. So let’s hope this is an anomaly. That the real Goldy will return next week. I traded him in this week, too. FMSC.
Tom Liberatore (70 SC)
The bloke was the number one clearance player in the comp a couple of years ago. I don’t care if the Dogs have more midfield depth nowadays, like Pendles, you have got to play a footballer to his strengths. Carn, Bevo. Do us all a favour and stick him in the midfield where he belongs.
Steele Sidebottom (72 SC)
Many got excited by his enormous ANZAC Day performance. But let’s not forget he was only playing Essendon. Was underwhelming against the Eagles.
Honourable mentions: Aaron Hall (76 SC), Matt Priddis (70 SC), Marcus Adams (63 SC), Jacob Wietering (23 SC).
Daisy Thomas (135 SC)
Against a formidable Essendon side, the fleet-footed Thomas wound back the clock to produce a fairy tale performance. Just watch all the lemmings line up to trade him in this week…
Dustin Martin (124 SC)
Hasn’t quiet been himself this season. But he did look better on the weekend. Priced at around 500K with a break even of 91, now is the time to get him in your sides. Will still be a top 6 forward this season.
Tom Rockliff (117 SC)
What a dilemma we have on our hands here, Community. Is dirt cheap. Looks to be getting back to his best. Can pump out massive scores when in form. I’m going to wait another week or two, though. He needs to prove his durability.
Honourable mentions: Sauce Jacobs (120 SC), Toby Green (114 SC), Mitch Brown (88 SC).
Darcy Byrne-Jones (70 SC)
The kid just keeps getting it done. I’ll take a 70 from a rookie I’m playing on the field any day of the week. I like this guy, and fortunately it appears Kenneth likes him too.
Christian Petracca (63 SC)
Solid debut from the highly-touted prospect. Despite Melbourne’s disappointing performance, he must be persisted with and given more opportunities. I’ll have a look at him for another week and then trade him in when he’s on the bubble if I like what I see.
Josh Smith (96 SC)
Don’t know much about this young man. Has flown under the radar and is on the bubble this week. Scored 72 in his first match followed by an impressive outing against West Coast. At just $102,400 in SuperCoach, he is a tantalising prospect.
Honourable mentions: Mason Cox (67 SC), Ben Keays (59 SC), Kieran Lovell (44 SC).
Lincoln “Head shot” McCarthy (44 SC)
Was about the only bloke who didn’t cash in on the Cats blitz over the Suns. Suffered a head injury which limited his output. His owners will be hoping he bounces back.
Ryan “Nothing” Davis (33 SC)
Has giving us nothing all season, really. Just a pulse on your bench at best. But there is barely even a heartbeat at the moment. More like a corpse at best. Was ‘rested’ last week and came in this week with an exhilarating 33. Only just made his break even so probably won’t make much more money. Look to trade.
Jesse “Mirage” Lonergan (53 SC)
Was one of the IT players of the pre season. More midfield time, they said. O’Meara and Swallow out, Lonergan into the guts, they said. Well, they were wrong. After a decent 96 in the first round, has gone 67, 75, 60, 64 and 53 in the next five. Deplorable stuff.
Honourable mentions: Jordan DeGoey (64 SC), Shannon Hurn (56 SC), Connor Menadue (52 SC), Matt Dea (38 SC), Ivan Maric (25 SC).
Over to you Community, who were your Heroes and Villains from this round?
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— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) May 1, 2016