Like a jilted ex-lover, Tom Rockliff continues to seduce us as fantasy coaches.
He’s hurt us many times over the last two seasons, but we kept taking him back. Then he’d hurt us again. And again.
When it was good, boy was it good. He could produce monster ton after monster ton. It was pure bliss.
But the last time he hurt us, most of us said “never again”.
However, here he is, Community. Trying to lure us back in for another roll in the hay with a tantalising outing of 204 SC on Saturday! Bloody 204!
You have to admire the swagger of the bloke, who predicted during the week he would go 180+ in his first game back despite not playing since Round 7.
Now, here we are, being tempted again. Here is a short list of pros and cons when considering picking up Rocky:
- He’s bloody cheap (should be in the 500K range this week even after the double ton).
- A proven SuperCoach gun (leading overall average in 2014 with 132 SC).
- He has a massive ceiling (as evidence this week).
- Loves being a one-man band and plays well in losing sides.
- We are chasing points – he won’t crack the double ton every week.
- Durability – the bloke is bloody injury prone.
- Regularly misses games (has only played six matches this year, 16 in 2015 and 18 in 2014).
- Prior history – has burnt many coaches on multiple occasions. Will he do it again? Possibly.
@jock_reynolds Collins and Rocky in! I’m ready to risk the Rocky ride for a second time this year!!
— sarah james (@crowii6) June 5, 2016
@Supercoach awful.. i know its risky but I’m thinking zaka to rockliff
— Nate Zeeno (@zeendogg) June 5, 2016
The revelry of CoachKings continued to produce the goods on the weekend as punters in pubs across the nation battled it out in both AFL and NRL formats. In AFL, Jakey Welsh out at the Tonsley Hotel did enough to secure the weekly prize with his score of 1091.
Tom Rockliff (204 SC)
Had it a phenomenal 48 times. Nine tackles and a goal to cap it off. A goliath performance in a side that was beaten convincingly. Believe it or not, Rocky actually thrives on being the only decent mid in his side and battling against the odds. With Beams out for the rest of the season, will be an absolute steal at this price IF he can keep his body right. But, that is a big IF.
Josh Jenkins (172 SC)
There wouldn’t be many that have him. But a 170-odd is too hard to ignore. Helped by seven goals, big JJ made the most of the Crows’ dominance over an insipid Saints line up. His inconsistency and key position status mean he should almost certainly not be considered in the future in our teams, but an effort like this deserves to be recognised.
Joel Selwood (150 SC)
Produced one of the greatest last quarters in the history of SuperCoach. Selwood’s 74-point final term epic propelled him to an excellent score, as he went into beast mode for 12 touches, four tackles and a goal. Handsomely rewarded those who have stuck with him after a couple of sub-par performances.Honourable mentions: Marcus Bontempelli (147 SC), Rory Sloane (139 SC), Daniel Wells (138 SC), Tom Mitchell (131 SC), Lachie Neale (138 SC), Zach Merrett (128 SC), Matty Boyd (128 SC), Scott Pendlebury (125 SC), Lachie Hunter (124 SC), Gary Ablett (121 SC).
Toby Greene (57 SC)
Many picked him thinking he would fill the void in the midfield left by Adam Treloar at the Giants. But it is now abundantly clear he will continue to play as a half forward only. Kicked three goals and was sitting on nearly 50 at quarter-time. So what the bloody hell happened the next three quarters, Toby? Is looking increasingly likely he will not be a top six forward come season’s end.
Aaron Hall (50 SC)
Hall’s case is almost as curious as Green’s. Was in absolute white-hot form at the start of the season. But coinciding with his team’s decline since then, he has dropped off significantly. Now it doesn’t even look like Rocket wants to play him in the bloody midfield anymore. Didn’t start in a centre bounce for the whole match. A significant concern.
Leigh Montagna (43 SC)
Like many of his team-mates, Lethal Leigh was not so lethal on Sunday as his side got absolutely bulldozered by the Crows. Age counts against him when considering as to whether he is a top six forward or not and scores like this are deeply concerning. Has a big ceiling and can big on his day, but needs to gain consistency if he is to prove a worthwhile selection in our forward lines.
Honourable mentions: Nic Naitanui (71 SC), Luke Dahlhaus (69 SC), Elliott Yeo (56 SC), Josh J Kennedy (49 SC), Nick Riewoldt (45 SC).
Sam Jacobs (150 SC)
The likable big man was once the best ruckman in the game a couple of years ago and he wound back the clock with a vintage performance on Sunday. Gave the Crows midfielders first use of the ball allowing them to rack up some big numbers and pump the ball up forward, where Josh Jenkins benefited.
Heath Shaw (124 SC)
Stung a few who put the C on him last week in an attempt to chase points, but rebounded nicely with a solid outing. Excellent use of the ball again by foot. We must accept the fact that throughout his career, Heater has been prone to the odd stinker. But once you get past this fact, he still remains one of the most valuable defenders in SuperCoach.
Sam Kerridge (126 SC)
It was looking like Sam had nearly reached his expiry date and many traded him out this week. But for those who kept him, hasn’t he responded magnificently? Was prolific for Carlton and pumped out his fourth ton and highest score for the year.Honourable mentions: Matt Crouch (132 SC), Matthew Leuenberger (105 SC).
Sam Collins (100 SC)
Should be your number one rookie downgrade option for this week. Although it was only against Essendon, he looked bloody good. A mature-aged draft pick that has dominated the WAFL in the past couple of years, he looks set for an extended stint in the side. A key position defender, reminded me a bit of Marcus Adams the way he was able to take strong intercept pack marks and finish off with quality skills.
Ryan Davis (84 SC)
The laughing stock of the SuperCoach world in the early stages of the season, this bloke looked like an absolute spud. But hasn’t he turned things around in the past couple of weeks. Scored 90 and 84 in his last two matches and is benefiting from extended opportunities in a depleted Gold Coast side.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (80 SC)
The solid little nugget has been bloody serviceable to his owners in defence. Doesn’t mind throwing his frame around and cleaning up blokes and might be looking at a week for smashing into Chris Mayne’s jaw. Woosha talked about resting him in the coming weeks anyway, so he probably looks set to miss a game either way. Consider holding even if he misses, as he might be a bloke worth keeping as defence bench cover.Honourable mentions: Christian Petracca (89 SC), Darcy Byrne-Jones (73 SC), Mason Cox (64 SC).
George Hewett (10 SC)
Copped a knock to the head, so you can’t really hold it against the kid. Had been good in the past month up until now. But with that 10 in his system, his break even will sky rocket. Time to go, George.
David Zaharakis (21 SC)
Went head to head with Barlow and got absolutely slaughtered. Those of you that still have this man need to look at upgrading him ASAP. You can’t put up with a mid that is produces this sort of filth. Not the first time this season, either. Will leak some serious cash as well.
Stef Martin (69 SC)
Just hasn’t been the same since being cleaned up by that massive hit from Steve May a month ago. A miracle he came back so quickly, but has looked a different player since. Was the second best ruckman in the comp last season but now looks a shadow of his former self. Almost all his owners are jumping off.Honourable mentions: Jarrad Waite (74 SC), Matt Dea (42 SC), Tom Ruggles (24 SC), Mitch Brown (28 SC).
Over to you Community, who were your Heroes and Villains from this round?
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