Is this the end, Community?
Are we saying goodbye to one of the most magnificent specimens ever to play this game?
Gary Ablett looks gone. Yes, his latest shoulder injury might only be short-term, but it’s time to face the facts. As hard as it is to admit, his best is past him.
He can no longer rely on his body and there is a very real prospect when he does return he will be playing forward in a bid to prolong his career.
It is a very sad time.
But others are starting to emerge from the stratosphere in a bid to take the great man’s place. We have seen the emergence of Lachie Neale, now comes the likes of young bucks Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Steven.
For those who still have trades remaining, these young man are the perfect candidates to take the place of the fallen son of God.
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Jack Steven (170 SC)
We have an absolute star in the making here, Community. Now he just needs to find some consistency. Has a massive ceiling, posting scores of 170, 164, 148 and 138 this season. But add in stinkers of 52, 60, 79 and 81 and there lies the problem. Still, at just $544,000, is well worth a look.
Max Gawn (141 SC)
Could we have a new number one ruckman this season? It certainly looks like it. Big Max has been everything we hoped for and more in 2016. He’s been an absolute colossus. Currently has the third best average in the comp.
Marcus Bontempelli (140 SC)
Hasn’t this boy emerged as an uber premo candidate in the past two months. Has posted scores of 149, 112, 112, 78, 147, 127, 86, 128 and 140 since Round 7. As Higgo would say, significant.Honourable mentions: Tom McDonald (144 SC), Touk Miller (139 SC), Dane Rampe (138 SC) Peter Wright (136 SC), Patrick Dangerfield (135 SC), Robbie Gray (132 SC), Luke Shuey (131 SC), Rory Laird (130 SC), Zach Merrett (129 SC), Steel Sidebottom (127 SC), Matt Priddis (126 SC), Dion Prestia (126 SC) Jack Macrae (126 SC), Jesse Hogan (126 SC), Lachie Neale (123 SC).
Gary Ablett (74 SC)
Could well be in the damned column following his latest injury. I have been as bigger advocate for Gaz as anyone this season, but even I’m starting to question if his best days are behind him. Just can’t seem to rely on his bloody body anymore. Wait to see the prognosis of his latest injury before making the decision to hold or trade.
James Bartel (65 SC)
Another gun player whose best days look to be behind him. Jimmy has been a great servant for many years in SuperCoach and still perhaps has some value as a defender this season. But he has been well down on his usual output in 2016.
Jason Johannisen (66 SC)
Many traded him in based on his stellar form before he was injured earlier this season. Looks to have rediscovered his trademark dash, but has yet to convert this into substantial SuperCoach numbers. Should come good in the coming weeks, however.Honourable mentions: Callan Ward (78 SC), Steve Coniglio (75 SC), Alex Rance (73 SC), Sam Collins (59 SC).
Jack Grimes (121 SC)
The ultimate redeemer. Has emerged from the wilderness to smash out a lazy 121 in his first match of the season. Well and truly on the outer in 2016, can he back this excellent first effort up? Still way too expensive to be considered as a defender at this stage.
Jeremy Howe (120 SC)
Is in career best form, posting five tons in a row between rounds 7 and 11. Since then he has dropped off slightly, with scores of 71, 85 and 92. Returned to his best with a fabulous 120 this week. Is currently playing that rebounding role off half back magnificently.
Brad Crouch (109 SC)
Arguably one of the biggest let downs of the season. But could he be starting to turn the corner? Word is he was hitting the frothies hard around Adelaide earlier this season, but maybe he is starting to mature. Looks to be knuckling down and producing the footy we know he is capable of.Honourable mentions: Shannon Hurn (119 SC), Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (100 SC).
Oleg Markov (75 SC)
The son of a pole vaulting world champion looked the goods in his first match. One might even say he “leapt” over the competition. Bad puns aside, will be well worth a look if he can produce another good game this week.
Ryan Clarke (60 SC)
Finally rewarded for some brilliant VFL form with a surprise debut via a late withdrawal. His side was ordinary, but the young midfielder showed enough to hopefully hold his spot. A lot will depend on whether the likes of Wells return this week, though.
Jack Silvagni (49 SC)
Kicked his first goal in the AFL, but that was about all he did. Seemed to be overwhelmed by a silky Adelaide unit. Just didn’t get near it enough.Honourable mentions: Alir Alir (69 SC), Reuben William (59 SC).
Tom Liberatore (47 SC)
Has been cleared of internal injuries, making him a wait and see proposition. If you have trades to spare, don’t hesitate to move him on.
Toby Greene (60 SC)
Oh, Toby. Without a doubt one of the most frustrating players in SuperCoach this season. Is a pure midfielder made to play forward and if he isn’t getting time in the middle, we can continue to expect this sort of mediocre scoring. Very ordinary, Community.
Sam Kerridge (61 SC)
If you haven’t moved him on yet, you have probably missed the boat. But I would still be doing it anyway. Has been well down on his output the past three weeks.Honourable mentions: Christian Petracca (52 SC)