The cows were ready to be slaughtered. They were in the process of being rounded up and trucked off to the meatworks.
But then something wonderful happened, Community. The cows stumbled upon some greener pastures. They started to feed again. And now, all of a sudden, they have a little more fattening up to do.
Byrne-Jones, Papley, Ben Kennedy, Mitch Brown, Tippa, Dea, Adams, Oliver and Ruggles all went over 70. New kids Petracca, Wagner, MacPherson, Hunt and Keays were all very impressive.
Of course, there were still some poor scores. Think Cox, McCarthy, Mills, Josh Smith, Menadue and Hewett. But, inconsistent performances are to be expected from our rookies.
In the scheme of things, however, this was a very good round from the young bucks.
The exciting new format of fantasy that is CoachKings keeps going from strength to strength, with more and more punters getting in on the action at venues across the country. South Australia’s Morphett Arms produced yet another national winner as the prolific Gordo produced a mammoth score of 1140 in the Friday night fixture.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) May 8, 2016
The win has led to Jock to speculate that the fine patrons of this venue may indeed be on some sort of Essendon-like regime, as they keep producing the business.
Max Gawn (174 SC)
Is there a new number one ruckman on the block? Channelling the power of the beard, big Maxy’s performances this season have been simply monstrous. A legit captaincy option every week if he can keep this sort of form up.
Scott Pendlebury (144 SC)
He’s back! But, really, he never left. Such are our high expectations of Pendles, his early season form was considered poor, even though he only failed to ton up (89) once. A bad game from Pendles will still get you a 90, while a good match will net 150! So dependable. He just never lets you down.
Leigh Montagna (130 SC)
Wouldn’t be in too many sides due to his age and inflated price at the start of the season. But his forward status and high ceiling make him very, very tempting, especially after what he did this week. Has pumped out massive scores of 150 and 130 now. Forget about last week (70), that was just an anomaly. Get him in.
Nick Riewoldt (142 SC), Marcus Bontempelli (140 SC), Joel Selwood (132 SC), Patrick Dangerfield (129 SC), Kade Simpson (122 SC), Matty Boyd (121 SC).
Luke Parker (89 SC)
You can’t really be too dirty at the bloke given his previous form and the fact 90-odd is not a bad score. But many, myself included, were depending on him as their captain and he let us down. Against Essendon we were all hoping for another mammoth score. Sadly, it wasn’t to be.
Gary Ablett (82 SC)
What’s the deal, Rocket? You play your best player up forward and you get embarrassed at home by a run-of-the-mill (yet up and coming) Melbourne side? Hmm, now I don’t know a lot about coaching, but I would say maybe play your best midfielder in the guts in the future if you are planning on winning any more games for the season. Just a tip.
Full cred to Gaz for the way he handled that dickhead supporter after the match, though.
— Crouching Tiger (@TheCrouchingOne) May 7, 2016
Bacher Houli (57 SC) Oh, Bacher. Did brilliantly to lure many people in with a good start to the season. But followed this up by scoring under 60 in three of his past four matches. Not ideal for a premo defender. Seems to be following a pattern of either scoring a ton or performing very poorly. No consistency what so ever. Ramadan is coming up soon as well, and Bacher traditionally does not score well during this period. Very concerning.
Honourable mentions: Sam Mitchell (late withdrawal), Matt Priddis (74 SC), Michael Barlow (65 SC), Toby Greene (60 SC), Brett Deledio (61 SC), Eddie Betts (57 SC), Jarrad Waite (49 SC).
Stef Martin (119 SC) Clearly benefited from Port’s unusual tactic of not playing a ruckman. Looks to have recovered from being steamrolled by Steven May a couple of weeks back. Dominated in the ruck and around the ground. Under-priced (470K) if you need to upgrade, but I still have Gawn, Nic Nat and Goldy well ahead of him.
Dayne Zorko (111 SC) Bit harsh to put him in this segment because he has hardly put a foot wrong this year. Is currently the highest scoring forward in the comp and has been pretty consistent the past couple of years. But there are those, myself included, who were severely burnt by Dayne several years ago. So much so that I put him on my never again list. But his blistering form is making me re-think this theory. Especially with the schizophrenic form of other forward premo options like Barlow and Greene.
Mitch Brown (93 SC) What a turnaround in the past two weeks. Back-to-back 90s and has looked so much better roaming around and picking off intercept marks and being a link man in defence. May be worth playing on the field next week if the current trend continues.
Honourable mentions: Dustin Martin (115 SC), Todd Goldstein (103 SC), Tom Liberatore (97 SC), Ben Kennedy (89 SC).
Darcy Byrne-Jones (100 SC) With every week that passes my love grows more and more for the hyphen man. Should be your number one rookie defence option to play on the field. With Port being a tad underwhelming so far this season, they are continuing to give this young man opportunities. And boy, is he thriving.
Christian Petracca (83 SC) Should be your number one downgrade target this week. Kid is an absolute bull. Strong, hard at the contest and doesn’t shirk the issue. Melbourne have a ripper here. Dual position eligibility makes him even more tantalising.
Darcy MacPherson (76 SC) The wunderkid of the pre season, as Patch labelled him, was very impressive on debut. With Gold Coast performing deplorably in the past two weeks, more opportunities should come his way. Certainly a downgrade target when he is on the bubble next week.
Honourable mentions: Jayden Hunt (98 SC), Josh Wagner (91 SC), Tippa (82 SC), Matt Dea (78 SC), Kaiden Brand (62 SC).
Tommy “False Hope” Sheridan (50 SC) Not sure if anyone still has him, but this is a text book lesson on why you should almost never pick mid-pricers who look the goods in pre season. It will almost always come back to bite you. Started off well in round one with 97 and has posted just one score over 65 since. Yuck.
Jordan “Burn Man” DeGoey (74 SC) Very similar case to Sheridan. Hell, we may as well throw in Lonergan and the Crouch brothers into the same category. We can’t be too hard on the young man, as it is only his second year. But forward line break out contender he is not. Been very underwhelming so far this season.
Tom “Durability” Rockliff (29 SC) Is almost as good at attracting injuries as he is at finding the footy. Don’t get me wrong, I love Rocky when he is in full flight. But his body is severely letting him down. Another, you guessed it, hamstring injury. I recommend staying well clear of him until he can string four to five games together and trust his body again.
For those 1.6% of coaches who traded in Rocky .. there’s plenty of piss in the esky here for you, help yourself. She’s a cruel old game. — Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) May 8, 2016
Matt Crouch (63 SC), Brad Crouch (50 SC), Elliott Yeo (39 SC), Mason Cox (25 SC), Lincoln McCarthy (19 SC).
Over to you Community, who were your Heroes and Villains from this round?
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