One down, two to go.
The first of the dreaded bye rounds has come and gone and those who prepared well managed to negotiate it successfully.
This is the make or break period of the SuperCoach season, the chance to either shoot up the ranks or fall on your sword.
Colossal scores from the likes of Patrick Dangerfield, Michael Barlow, Tom Rockliff and Joel Selwood helped propel many coaches to respectable scores, with some even passing the 2000 mark.
Those who were smart enough to field 20 or more players benefited significantly, as this allowed sub par totals from many of our rookies to be discarded.
A special week is here community.
Sit down and brace yourself. We ALL get to play CoachKings free as a bird from the comfort of our homes this Thursday night, and for the following 3 Thursday night games. The lads will be announcing prizemoney and more details of their online call of the game on the podcast tomorrow. Wear a pair of your older underpants just in case. Trust you’re as aroused as I am.
It’s been a big weekend for The Warradale Hotel and for Nicky Rawson. Nick not only qualified for The Warradale Venue Final, but takes home $1000 for the best CoachKings score for Round 13.
Patrick Dangerfield (173 SC)
Fast running out of superlatives to describe the efforts of this superhuman. Looks an absolute shoe-in for the Brownlow and has scored a staggering 402 SuperCoach points in the past two weeks. Is reaching god-like Gary Ablett Junior heights when the little master was in his prime. It is refreshing to have a dependable go-to captain option to turn to each week.
Michael Barlow (168 SC)
Has been reinvigorated in the new run-with role bestowed upon him in the past three weeks. Never thought I would say this, but thank you, Ross Lyon. Not only is he absolutely shredding his opponents, but is racking up plenty of the pill himself. Kept Robbie Gray to just 18 touches while amassing 43 of his own. Will he go to Pendles, Sidebottom or Treloar this week?
Tom Rockliff (130 SC)
Provided he can stay fit, he looms as an almighty POD for his owners for the rest of the season. Just racks them up and thrives in a losing environment. Plays a very fantasy-friendly game and racks up the tackles as well as possessions. Almost a must-have in the midfield if he can keep his body right.Honourable mentions: Lachie Neale (149 SC), Joel Selwood (130 SC), Jordan Lewis (129 SC), Daniel Wells (123 SC), Corey Enright (129).
Robbie Gray (78 SC)
Got an absolute touch up by Barlow which is rare for a player of his calibre. Undeniable talent-wise, but has been hot and cold this season. Needs to put together a few games of substance to become relevant again.
Tom Liberatore (74 SC)
The majority have kept him, and will continue to do so. There is no doubt his previous knee injury is restricting him from reaching the heights he did so a couple of seasons ago, when he was the AFL’s number one contested player. But still worth holding on to, in my opinion.
Tom Mitchell (79 SC)
The darling of the AFL a couple weeks back, it was expected that Tom would dominate against an undermanned Essendon side. Still got plenty of the ball, but his disposal efficiency was a horrific 40 per cent. I love his ability to be able to find the pill, but needs to clean up his efficiency if he is to become a truly elite AFL mid.Honourable mentions: Josh Gibson (49 SC), Chad Wingard (78 SC), Dan Hannebery (85 SC).
Jimmy Bartel (130 SC)
Has flown under the radar, this bloke. For years an elite fantasy player, many old school coaches would have locked him in when they discovered he was eligible as a defender. Always a question over tooth length and if he will be rested. But having said that, he is a legitimate option as a top six defender this season. Uses the ball as well as anyone in the competition.
Jarrad McVeigh (130 SC)
Another defender to emerge as a genuine top six prospect. Has taken a little time to get going this season but looks to be finding form. Has the bye this week and probably worth looking at for another week or two before bringing him in. But at just $440K with a break even of just 76, is very tempting.
Luke Parker (102 SC)
Such has been his drop in form, it is getting to the point where Parker owners celebrate a ton like a great achievement. In reality, he is still well off the pace, despite a solid match where he racked up a truckload of tackles. Efficiency hurting his scoring significantly.Honourable mentions: Stef Martin (140 SC).
Jack Trengove (67 SC)
Job security is excellent, has a good pedigree and should be able to produce reliable scores. Has had a wretched run with injuries, but, touch wood, finally looks to have got his body right. Excellent bench cover for the remainder of the season.
Jarrad Jansen (60 SC)
Looks likely to get an extended run at an inside role in the Lions’ midfield. If he can keep pumping out some half decent scores, should be a nice little cash cow.
James Rose (77 SC)
Like Trengove, costed owners a little extra, but appears to be worth the spend provided he can keep his spot in the Swans team. Was pretty good for Sydney in a rain-soaked match.Honourable mentions: Kade Stewart (56 SC), Sam Collins (59 SC), Logan Austin (41 SC), Darcy Tucker (46 SC), Josh Dunkley (35 SC).
Matt Priddis (76 SC)
If I was a Priddis owner, I would be growing mighty impatient. Seems to have lost his mojo this season. Rockliff at the same money a few weeks ago is appearing a much better option. I’m sure the golliwog Pridda will prove use wrong at some point, though.
Darcy Byrne-Jones (49 SC)
Has been very serviceable to his owners and made a respectable amount of cash. But with the bye this week, it’s time to go for the hyphen man. Thank you for serving us well, Darcy.
Daniel Rich (72 SC)
Probably not worth trading, but has been a constant disappointment to his owners this season. Many have stuck by him loyally, but he just can’t produce then numbers we need. Well off the pace for a top six spot in defence.
Honourable mentions: Marcus Adams (62 SC), Ben Kennedy (40 SC).
Over to you Community, who were your Heroes and Villains from this round?
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