Well, week 1 of the Supercoach Finals are out of the way, and what a frustrating week it was for some of us.
We had plenty of usually reliable players such as Heath Shaw, Robbie Gray and Josh Gibson score well below par as well as others such as Dangerfield, Pendlebury, Selwood and Ward fail to hit a triple digit score.
All was not lost though, the magnificent Max Gawn put out a score that would have saved many a fantasy football side (especially if you made him captain), as well as popular players such as Rory Sloane, Dan Hannebery, Matt Priddis and Luke Parker all scoring well.
And since it’s finals time we’re going to change it up a bit here from this week and for the rest of the year as we’ll skip our weekly review of rookie priced players as their relevance for us is now at it’s lowest point and we’ll begin to focus all our efforts on scouting for 2017.
That means the Barron’s Bargain Bin, Around the Grounds and of course the qualification period for CoachKings Venue Finals will be our main points of interest for the next 3 weeks as we begin our quest for even greater fantasy football glory next year.
Barron’s Supercoach 2017 Bargain Bin
Last week in the bargain bin we looked at 2 previously established players in Curtly Hampton and Troy Menzel, this week we’re going to be looking at some diamonds in the rough, young draftees who are still developing, haven’t had a huge amount of games, or haven’t been able to play consistently this year and could find themselves playing plenty of AFL football next year.
We’re going to go even more specific and take a look at 3 young players from the GWS Giants.
If there is one thing the Giants are not short on, it’s young talent, so they have plenty of guys who have slipped through the cracks just because there’s just not enough room for them in the Giants 22. We saw last year how the Giants moved on a large number of talented, but fringe players, trading out Curtly Hampton, Jed Lamb, Andrew Phillips, Lachie Plowman, Liam Sumner, Jacob Townsend and Tomas Bugg to make room for all their academy recruits, with all but Hampton playing AFL football this year with their new clubs.
With the Giants again having a few academy players to bring in in this years draft, with youngsters such as Harry Perryman, Will Setterfield, Kobe Mutch, Zach Sproule, Connor Byrne and Harrison Macreadie all looking like they’ll be good players I think we could see these 3 players at new clubs next year where there will potentially be even more opportunities available to them.
Jake BarrettHeight: 184cm Weight: 80kg Age: 20 years, 9 months Position: MID AFL Games: 1
Jake Barrett was a NSW Zone Selection for the Giants in the 2013 draft, but has only managed to play 1 AFL game, which was in Round 23 in 2015 where he was wearing the green vest, so he only had about 30 minutes of actual time on the field. He’s been plugging away in the NEAFL for the past 3 years, where he has been fairly consistent as an inside midfielder, as his stats for this year in the NEAFL show.
We’ve seen this before with someone like Anthony Miles, who was dumped by GWS and picked up by Richmond and went on to average 99.9 SCPoints in his first year at the Tigers. We’ve also seen on the opposite end with someone like Jacob Townsend, who was also dumped by GWS and picked up by Richmond, but he’s only managed to play 4 games and average 58.8 SCPoints this year.
Another comparison we could make would also be Sydney’s Tom Mitchell, who spent a few years playing in the NEAFL like Barrett and then came in and averaged 86.2 SCPoints in his “rookie” year in 2013. I wouldn’t bank on him reaching the heights of Miles and Mitchell, but he could be a solid inside grunt for a side like Richmond, Carlton or Brisbane next season and put up some solid scores, which is all we’re really looking for from our rookie picks.
Adam TomlinsonHeight: 193cm Weight: 94kg Age: 23 years Position: DEF/FWD AFL Games: 62
There’s been plenty of rumours about this guy being headed to Carlton next year, SOS was big on him and tried to get him last year, but Tomlinson chose to stick it out with GWS, but many think he’s already got the navy blue guernsey sitting in his closet for next year. It’s difficult to peg where Tomlinson will be price wise after this year. He’s currently costing $274,400, but is only averaging 55 SCPoints, so there’s a good chance he’ll enter next year at around the same price, or slightly cheaper. His NEAFL stats are slightly misleading as he usually plays as a big bodied midfielder at that level, and he’s had some huge games, with a fortnight in the NEAFL where had racked up 96 disposals, 22 inside 50’s, 16 clearances and 21 marks.
He won’t likely play as a full time midfielder in the AFL though and is currently being used in defence for the Giants, but I’d actually see him being his best by using his tremendous running capacity and good marking skills as a link up man up forward ala Adelaide’s Tom Lynch (though I don’t think he’ll have the goal scoring ability of Lynch).
Lynch averaged 79 SCPoints in his first “full” year at the Crows (He played 6 games in 2012 for an average of 43 SCPoints), though the question will then become is a peak 75-80 average from Tomlinson enough to make us consider him at a top end rookie price?
James StewartHeight: 196cm Weight: 89kg Age: 22 years, 5 months Position: FWD AFL Games: 18
Stewart has only managed the 1 AFL game this year, in Round 1 where he scored just the 8 SCPoints. We saw this year with someone like Sam Kerridge who played just 1 game in 2015 and scored 22 SCPoints that this sort of thing demolishes value for the next year, so although Stewart is currently priced at $280,600 this year, I think he could fall to that rookie basement price next year. He’s a decent sized forward and can also push up onto the wing, but he’s just in a side where there is a lot of forward line talent, both big and small, and he’s having trouble breaking through, though he has been a solid goal scorer at NEAFL level.
He hasn’t been linked to sides as much as some of his teammates in Tomlinson and Jack Steele, but I’m sure there’s teams in Victoria such as Richmond (his Dad played 35 games for Richmond) and Carlton, or even interstate with sides like Port Adelaide and Fremantle, who could have serious interest in adding a forward of his size. Collingwood passed on Stewart as an F/S selection originally (James Dad Craig Stewart played 115 games for the Pies prior to moving to Richmond), though I imagine they could possibly have interest in bringing him in as a replacement for Jesse White.
Either way, he’ll likely be very cheap next year, so that will instantly put him on our radars next year, and if he moves to a side crying out for a big forward, then his appeal will be all the greater.
AROUND THE GROUNDS…
Darcy Lang – Led the Geelong VFL side in disposals with 32, along with 1 goal, 7 marks and 8 tackles with Geelong destroying the Frankstown Dolphins 146-45.
Wylie Buzza – Buzza had 20 disposals, 6 marks, 8 tackles, 10 hitouts and kicked a goal for Geelong. Has improved quite a bit as the year has gone on.
Paidraig Lucey – Lucey kicked 2 goals, along with 11 disposals and 24 hitouts.
Josh Saunders – Big game for Saunders with 35 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and 2 goals as Sandringham defeated North Ballarat 127-74
Jack Sinclair – Sinclair had 33 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for Sandringham.
Brodie Murdoch – Murdoch had 25 disposals, 7 marks and kicked 1.1
Nick O’Kearney – O’Kearney kicked 3 goals as well as having 24 disposals, 7 marks and 3 tackles.
Nathan Freeman – Played his 3rd game in a row, but is still struggling to get involved, he had just 6 disposals and 2 tackles. He’ll take some time to get back in the swing of things, he’ll be looking to have a huge pre-season next year.
Tom Phillips – Kicked 1.1, along with having a game high 31 disposals, 8 marks and 6 tackles as Collingwood defeated Coburg 132-64.
Matthew Goodyear – Kicked 2.1 with 24 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles for Collingwood.
Billy Gowers – Gowers had 14 disposals, 4 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for the Northern Blues as they lost to Richmond 81-125.
Connor Menadue – Had 23 disposals, 6 marks and kicked a goal for Richmond’s VFL side.
Jason Castagna – Castagna had 22 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 2 rebound 50’s.
Nathan Broad – Broad kicked a goal, as well as having 17 disposals and 7 marks.
Todd Elton – Inaccurate in front of goals, kicking 1.4, along with 15 disposals and 8 marks.
Liam McBean – Good game for him, McBean kicked 4.1, along with 13 disposals and 8 marks.
Jack Trengove – He had 32 disposals and 14 tackles as the Casey Scorpions enjoyed a good win against Essendon, winning 129-43.
Ben Kennedy – Kennedy had 27 disposals, along with 6 marks and 4 tackles.
Dallas Willsmore – Willsmore had 22 disposals, 8 marks and 4 inside 50’s in the Box Hill Hawks 98-61 win over the Werribee Tigers.
Jack Fitzpatrick – Fitzpatrick kicked 3.1, along with 19 disposals, 9 marks and 10 hitouts.
Ryan Burton – Had plenty of shots on goal, but had a return of 3.5, along with 16 disposals and 9 marks.
Will Fordham – Fordham had 25 disposals, 9 marks and kicked a goal for Werribee.
Ben McKay – Could only kick the 1 goal, as well as having 7 disposals and 5 marks.
Bailey Dale – Had just the 12 disposal, along with 1 mark and 1 tackle as Footscray defeated Williamstown 81-77.
Jesse Palmer – Palmer had 25 disposals, 7 marks and kicked 1.1 in Port Adelaide’s 107-50 win over North Adelaide.
Sam Colquhoun – Colquhoun had 23 disposals and 10 marks for the Magpies.
Will Snelling – Snelling had 21 disposals, 7 tackles and kicked a goal.
Riley Bonner – Bonner kicked a goal against the Roosters, just his 2nd this year, along with 16 disposals and 6 marks.
Luke Partington – Led East Perth in disposals with 25, along with 6 marks and 3 inside 50’s as East Perth lost to the Peel Thunder 53-89.
Brant Colledge – Colledge had 21 disposals, 7 marks and 5 tackles.
Thomas Cole – Cole had 20 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles for East Perth.
Tom Lamb – Lamb kicked 2.1, along with 16 disposals and 8 marks.
Anthony Morabito – Continues to improve a bit as the season winds down, he had 26 disposals, 5 marks and 5 rebound 50’s for the Peel Thunder.
Josh Deluca – Deluca had 18 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles for the Peel Thunder.
Nic Newman – Newman led the Swans reserves with 39 disposals, along with 12 marks, 2 tackles and 2 goals as the Swans smashed the Brisbane Lions 160-25.
Jordan Foote – Foote had 31 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 6 inside 50’s.
Colin O’Riordan – O’Riordan had 29 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 4 rebound 50’s for the Swans.
Jack Hiscox – Hiscox had 1.2, along with 22 disposals and 6 marks.
Sam Murray – Kicked 4.4, along with 14 disposals and 6 marks.
Josh Clayton – Clayton had 25 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles and a goal for the Brisbane Lions.
Jackson Paine – Paine had 22 disposals and 12 marks for the Lions.
Trent West – Led the Lions rucks with 28 hitouts, as well as 20 disposals.
Jarrad Jansen – Quietish game for him with just the 13 disposals and 4 tackles.
Jake Barrett – Kicked 3 goals, along with 30 disposals and 5 marks as the UWS Giants smashed the Gold Coast Suns 170-59.
Jacob Hopper – Kicked 4 goals, along with 26 disposals and 10 marks.
Darcy MacPherson – 2nd week back after a knee injury and led the Suns in disposals with 21, along with a game high 10 tackles.
Braydon Fiorini – Fiorini had 19 disposals, 3 marks and 2 hitouts for the Suns.
CoachKings Venue Finals Qualification
Another weekend of CoachKings is right there in front of us as well. We have 6 contests over the weekend kicking off with the Doggies and Pies on Friday night. I know quite a few of you have not notched up that one win that gets you into the finals series – so get down this weekend! Here’s our fixture;