RD8: The Heroes. The Villains. The Damned.
Despair. Heartbreak. Anguish. Torment.
These are just some of the emotions many Fantasy footballers would have been feeling on the weekend. It may well have been one of the worst rounds in recent SuperCoach history.
First the plethora of key outs on selection night, forcing us to go in with skeleton sides. Then, the poor scoring. Indeed, there were more spuds than a potato factory.
There was mediocrity everywhere you looked. It oozed out of every match. Things became so bad the Community’s very own Peter J Higginbottom was on the brink of swearing.
Mother heating another bottle of milk for me. Tom Mitchell -1 .. will sit well with Brodie Smith’s 22. I may swear when mother goes to bed.
— Peter Higginbotham (@PeterHiggo) May 14, 2016
Those who passed 2000 this week were doing very well. Many, myself included, did not. One of the few positives was the fact the Community bandied together and enjoyed some rare revelry via the CoachKings format. The camaraderie shared by many punters via this platform helped ease the pain on an otherwise torrid round. We saw The Shadow Cat emerge from the Dandenong Club to take his place alongside the greats. His score of 1056 netted him glory, adoration of the fantasy community, and $1000 in the sky rocket
Scott Pendlebury (157 SC)
The highest score from a SuperCoach-relevant player this round. Although, Treloar and Gibbs will quickly fall into this category if they keep going the way they are. Vintage Pendles is win/win for all involved – rewarding those who started with him and pleasing those who traded him in at a cheaper price a few weeks ago.
Sam Docherty (147 SC)
Has confirmed his status as a premium top-six defender this season. Like his side, is in blistering form at the minute. Just keeps racking them up. 33 touches, including 22 kicks, in another dominant display. At just over 500K, it’s not too late to get him in.
Patrick Dangerfield (132 SC)
Really admire the way he carried himself in the first match against his former side. Did media all week in the lead up. Embraced the hype. Said he didn’t mind being booed. This bloke is an absolute competitor. Rewarded many who put the VC on him. Was great watching him and Sloane go head-to-head.
Honourable mentions:Adam Treloar (169 SC), Bryce Gibbs (147 SC), Heath Shaw (143 SC), Rory Sloane (142SC), Dan Hannebery (138 SC), Zach Merrett (130 SC), Dayne Zorko (130 SC), Steel Sidebottom (126 SC), Kade Simpson (125 SC).
Brodie Smith (22 SC)
Very close to featuring in The Damned category. It is all very well for rookies to play a full game and only score 30-odd, but Smith? Isn’t he supposed to be a premo defender? Had actually pretty consistent before this match, which made his score all the more insulting. Just couldn’t get near it. Only six touches. What an abomination.
Max Gawn (47 SC)
There is something about playing the Western Bulldogs that seems to frighten ruckmen. First Goldy and Jacobs, now Gawn. Perhaps it is the imposing presence of Tom Campbell…but I doubt it. It is hard to put your finger on it. But those with Nic Nat, take note. He will be up against the Dogs in a couple of weeks.
Bench your ruckmen when they play Western Bulldogs #supercoach
— AlexieLekdogBeovich (@LekBlog) May 15, 2016
David Zaharakis (46 SC)
Copped the Jacobs tag and felt the wrath of many angry owners. But if he is in your side, ask yourself this…did you really pick him thinking he was going to finish the season as a top 10 midfielder? If the answer is no, you should have never selected him in the first place. Was the first time he had been tagged, so expect other teams to deploy similar tactics against him in the future.
Honourable mentions:Luke Parker (75 SC), Tom Mitchell (70 SC), Joel Selwood (69 SC), Dayne Beams (66 SC), Jasper Pittard (64 SC), Chad Wingard (63 SC), Dale Thomas (54 SC).
Matt Priddis (123 SC)
Finally bounced back to form, which will please his owners. Those who don’t have him will be frothing to pick him up at under 500K. A break even of 95 means you might be able to wait another week as well. But if he can return to his best, there is plenty of value there.
Tom Scully (121 SC)
For years the whipping boy of many supporters due to his big pay packet and his inconsistent form in the first few years after he landed at GWS. But this season is showing everyone why he went number one and what a player he can be. An elite endurance runner, he clearly is one of the main beneficiaries of the interchange cap. At 525K, is well worth a look.
Tom Liberatore (128 SC)
Many a coach, including a couple of my mates, were off Libba a couple of weeks back. Not playing in the midfield, they said. “Hold”, I countered. “He will be bounce back”, I protested. I was right. It was the Libba of old. A record-equally 19 tackles helped boost his score, but he has showed Bevo he is at his best playing on the inside.
Jordan DeGoey (107 SC), Jesse Lonergan (97 SC), Matt Dea (88 SC).
Jacob Hopper (107 SC)
Boy, wasn’t this young man impressive on debut. Had 33 touches and looked right at home playing in the middle. Has a strong AFL-ready body and just hunts the footy. Inflated price of 193K, but will be strongly considered by many if he produces another quality performance next week.
Mason Cox (102 SC)
The American beanpole proved too tall for Brisbane’s shoe-string defence. Kicked four goals while providing arguably a better vocal point than Travis Cloke. His ability to quickly adapt to a game he had never even heard of two years ago has impressed many.
Darcy Parish (79 SC)
Callum Mills was all the rage in the pre season, when the more astute pick at the same money would have been Parish. Has clearly out performed counterparts Mills and Oliver and has been reasonably consistent. Unfortunately it is too late to jump on for those that don’t have him.
Josh Smith (82SC), Ben Kennedy (77 SC) Ben Keays (76 SC), Michael Hartley (72 SC), Tippa (70 SC), Darcy MacPherson (59 SC).
Mitch Brown (29 SC)
Returned to his old ways in a clear sign it is time for him to be culled. Ordinary just doesn’t even cut it. Coming off scores of 88 and 96 in his past two, many had the faith to play him on field. They were bitterly disappointed.
Connor Menadue (33 SC)
How does he keep getting a game for Richmond? Like Brown and Papley, how the hell can you play a full game of footy and only score 30-odd? Many played these blokes on field this week because of the high number of outs and they severely let us down. Cue the rage trading.
Tom Papley (29 SC)
This is yo-yo scoring to the extreme. High scores of 109, 104 and 85 combined with lows of 24, 29 and 46. Every time he goes big, he seems to be on the bench. Every time you are forced to play him on the field in your hour of need, he produces absolute filth. Bloody frustrating, Community.
Tommy Sheridan (late withdrawal), Callum Mills (59 SC), Kade Kolodjashnij (55 SC), Matt Crouch (53 SC), Brad Crouch (46 SC).
Over to you Community, who were your Heroes and Villains from this round?
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