RD20: The Heroes, The Villains & The Damned
It was one of those rounds, Community.
For some coaches, including myself, everything seemed to fall into place and we managed to avoid most of the carnage.
I smashed out a 2500, roared into the top 800 overall and felt like Neville Bartos in his prime.
But as Neville soon found out, nothing good lasts forever, like the time Chopper proceeded to shoot him because he failed to produce cash.
There were plenty of bullets flying about this round and some of us were unable to dodge them.
Pendles got injured, Danger produced a sub par captain score, and the likes of Heath Shaw, Robbie Gray, Josh Gibson, Jimmy Bartel, Jack Steven and Chad Wingard had absolute stinkers.
Max Gawn (168 SC)
A new juggernaut has claimed the throne as the competition’s number one ruckman. Has significantly out-performed the former incumbent Todd Goldstein and is now in a league of his own, ruck wise. Boasts the second best average in the comp and is averaging a staggering 133.5 over his past five matches. Giving up the darts certainly has done Big Max some good.
Corey Enright (149 SC)
One of the most ridiculously consistent players this game has ever seen. Has played more games than any other Geelong player and just keeps getting it done, week after week. An excellent POD in defence as he is still owned by just five per cent of sides.
Rory Sloane (137 SC)
With a dream run home, Sloane should be the number one target for those who don’t have him and are looking to replace Pendles. Since the byes, has gone at a clip of just under 120 per match. Get on board.
Isaac Heeney (145 SC), Cyril Rioli (139 SC), Tom Lynch (138 SC), Daniel Tahlia (137 SC), Marcus Bontempelli (133 SC), Matt Priddis (132 SC), Jack Viney (132 SC), Mitch W Brown (130 SC).
Jack Steven (56 SC)
Received a heavy tag by Ed Curnow and could not shrug it off. Had just 19 touches at 68 per cent efficiency. He’s going 150 one week and 60 the next at the minute. Not ideal from a premo mid.
Robbie Gray (52 SC)
Had quite possibly the worse game in his entire career. Was lucky to scrape up to 52 in the end. Like his side on the day, was bloody deplorable and couldn’t get near it. It was a performance that would have left his owners fuming.
Heath Shaw (58 SC)
For all his brilliance this season, has still clocked up seven scores of 85 or lower throughout the course of 2016. This includes this stinker of a score and an abysmal 46 in Round 14. Still a gun, but has now slipped below Carlton pair Kade Simpson and Sam Docherty for overall average in defence.
Jimmy Bartel (60 SC), Josh Gibson (58 SC).
Adam Schneider – check out the prize for winning The Tower’s Venue Final
Brad Crouch (144 SC)
“Frothies” Crouch seems to be getting better by the week. Burnt many earlier this season with a combination of injury and poor form, but is beginning to redeem himself nicely. Averaging 109.4 over his past five games.
Josh J Kennedy (141 SC)
After registering ordinary scores of 39, 60, and 62 in his past three matches, redeemed himself in the best possible fashion by jagging seven majors on his way to a significant SuperCoach score.
Todd Goldstein (127 SC)
Is working back to peak form and looks better with every match he plays. Unlikely North will rest him now, which must be a relief to the 44 per cent of coaches that own him.
Bacher Houli (124 SC).
Sam Menegola (94 SC)
Looks to be a dead-set gun, this kid. Knows how to find the pill and fits into the Geelong structure magnificently. Currently averaging 87 with a breakeven of -101.
Archie Smith (90 SC)
Has been fantastic in his first two matches as Brisbane’s number one ruckman and looks a real player. But what happens when Stef Martin comes back? How will this impact his output? The fact he will probably be on the bench instead of the field for those who own him makes this dilemma less significant.
Rubert Wills (108 SC)
Where the bloody hell has this bloke come from? Looks like he can play the game and has a red hot crack, which Buckley likes. Although it is getting more and more insignificant as the season draws to a close, he is on the bubble this week. With scores of 85 and 108 in his first two, could still make some cash for a late upgrade.
Aaron Francis (52 SC).
Steven Motlop (63 SC)
Desperate times call for desperate measures. The potential of a straight swap from Libba to Motlop was discussed on Jock’s podcast last week and quite frankly all those that did so go what they deserved. This is about the sort of output that can be expected from Motlop. Steer clear.
Clay Smith (5 SC)
Copped an unfortunately concussion which ended his night prematurely. Touch and go to line up this week, given the new strict concussion regulations.
Scott Pendlebury (82 SC)
The million dollar question: Hold or Trade? The prognosis was not entirely clear at time of writing, but it looks a one to two-week injury. This makes it very tricky. If you have excess trades in hand, then a straight swap is the best option. However if you are down to just one or two, consider holding. Will Collingwood risk him with just three games to go and nothing to play for? Time will tell.
Sam Kerridge (41 SC), Andrew Gaff (44 SC), Christian Petracca (63 SC).