TRUCKLOADS of relevance in tonight’s game between the Crows and the Tigers. Truckloads of general footy relevance, and a few haircuts of note as well – Cam Ellis-Yolman the most outrageous of those.
But there’s no time for tomfoolery – there’s more Supercoach news than you can poke a stick at and I’m pretty bloody good at poking things with sticks, so let’s get stuck straight into it.
Notable absentees: Rory Sloane, Brad Crouch, Scott Thompson, Jake Lever, Paul Seedsman
HARRISON WIGG | $123,900 | MID
We may have found the answer to our midfield rookie problem tonight, and its name is Harrison Wigg. Had 16 touches to half time, and along with Matt Crouch led the Crow’s midfield.
— Jesse Caldera (@JesseDCaldera) February 24, 2017
While Rory Sloane, Brad Crouch and Scotty Thompson still need to come back into the midfield, Wigg did more than enough for us to lock him away and throw the key where the sun don’t shine. 23 touches from 66% game time. Niiiiiiiice Gary.
RORY LAIRD | $526,800 | DEF
Rory Laird was one of the first players I locked into my side when the Higginator was released and he more than repayed that faith tonight. Unfathomable only 18.7% of coaches have him. He ran through the middle, and while he may not do that with the midfield brigade back, he provided run, carry, long kicking, tackles, intercept marks, pressure. 33 disposals. Just lock him in… 141 SuperCoach points tonight!
CURLY HAMPTON | $160,000 | DEF
A lot of us are counting on Hampton to hold down a D4 position, and we may have to look into contingency plans. While he isn’t by any means scratched off the list yet, despite serious midfield minutes and some silky-smooth skills, he only had 5 possessions by halftime. Picked up to finish with 16 touches and an impressive six tackles
but has slid down the list. We need to see improvement from him to justify a 160k price tag. Also had candy sold to him by Ivan bloody Maric. Embarrassing.
Obligatory edit: Hampton scored a bloody massive 108 SC points from that game. Holy toledo Batman. If he get close to that again, lock him in folks. I was FAR too harsh on the bloke.
ANDY OTTEN | 123,900 | DEF
Looked very good in the first quarter, rebounding, running off his man and taking contested marks. Was quieter as the game wore on, but was far more nimble and provided more run that you’d expect from a key defender. Hasn’t played since 2014 though, so may also have been blowing out cobwebs. Seemed to push up the ground at times.
Would be interested to see his role with Jake Lever back, but keep an eye on him in JLT 2 and 3. If he’s a chance of playing anything like he did tonight in the real deal, lock him in.
SAUCE JACOBS | 472,000 | RUC
Middled his way through the game. Somehow had 10 possessions to halftime but half of them were useless, and the blokes kicks like a ruckman with a prosthetic foot. Refuse to believe he can actually point his toe. Reilly O’Brien had a run in the second half. Not for mine. Injured his back by the end of the game and was put on ice.
MATT CROUCH | $504,600 | MID
Identified as the next supercoach beast in the Jock Reynolds magazine and showed why. Has shed the handball-heavy tag to even his kick/handball ratio, his disposal efficiency was more than acceptable. Won’t be impacted by returning guns. 26 touches, 5 tackles. Worth a look.
JAKE KELLY | $197,400 | DEF
Looked pretty good. Had 16 touches in the backline, ran forward and kicked a goal, and importantly had seven tackles. Played 10 games in 2015 and averaged 52, which is why he’s priced so highly. Consider, but at the elevated price we probably won’t end up with him in our sides.
HARRY DEAR | $123,900 | FWD
Had his name mentioned a lot for a bloke who only finished with ten touches. Looked okay, but is unlikely to get a look in when the real deal starts.
BRODIE SMITH | $410,400 | DEF
Hahahahahahaha no. Got a lot of the ball, but does this every year in the preseason and then scores 30 in round one. I mean you could make the argument but do yourself a favour and pick someone else.
No-one else really stood out for the Crows – Richard Douglas and Tom Lynch won’t change course from their past few years, and Wayne Milera, Charlie Cameron and Cam Ellis-Yolman won’t get the midfield minutes required to get scores we’re after. Jono Beech was nearly unsighted and Dean Gore didn’t get a run. If you’re feeling dicey, have a gander at Josh ‘Leroy’ Jenkins. Him and JJK for the Coleman this year. I won’t touch him but he will kick goals.
Notable absentees: Alex Rance, Shaun Hampson, Shai Bolton, Kane Lambert, Nick Graham, Connor Menadue
TOBY NANKERVIS | 366,400 | RUC/FWD
Ooooh boy am I interested. OOOOH BOY, Moe. Ruckwork was good, stuff at ground level was good, contested marking was GOOD. Knocked out 88 SC. Actually caused me to get a highlighter out in the second quarter. Interesting comments from Alex Rance saying this week was to see who the #1 ruckman was – however, Shaun Hampson is still to come in.
Was the number one ruckman in the first half before switching with Maric up forward. Marked well, kicked poorly – Rance said The Nank was a big chance to spend minutes forward this year which is a concern; especially as Hampson and Maric aren’t much chop inside 50. Looked good forward too.
But Moe, The Nank, THE NANK!
JOSH CADDY | 488,600 | FWD/MID
Started in the middle, continued in the middle ended in the middle. Didn’t set the world on fire. In fact his first half was slightly damp. I haven’t been interested all year and while he’s risen slightly in stock, I continue to be disinterested at this stage of the season. Had 15 handballs and six kicks. No thank you.
Caddy turning me off but Crouch looking like a breakout beast #SuperCoach
— AlexieLekdogBeovich (@LekBlog) February 24, 2017
DAN BUTLER | 123,900 | FWD
Hadn’t heard of this kid before he started streaming through the middle of the ground with the pill. Has been on the list for three years without playing a senior game. Main knock on him was apparently a lack of ball finding ability. Saw no such lack here tonight. Got the ball, tackled, snuck forward for a sausage roll.
@PatchToTheMax Bugger, Dan Butler was not supposed to go that well in his first JLT game. Locked and Loaded in FWD line. Wigg looking okay.
— Old Ocker (@OldOckerOO) February 24, 2017
Looked very nice for the most part and made a few simple errors that are concerning, but made Richmond so much more exciting. Had a few blistering runs through the middle and collected the pill. Continue to monitor, but he’s tentatively wormed his way into my side on the back of that.
DION PRESTIA | 508,700 | MID
The Human Meatball made his debut in yellow and black this evening and had a big impact. I’m a no for Supercoach selection at this stage; he only had 21 touches – looks to be between the top 25 and 15 midfielders. Is absolutely value but I can’t see him being top 10 off what we saw tonight. Quality CoachKings selection though. Captain Trent Cotchin ($546,800) who had 22 touches is in the same boat – accumulated, but wasn’t damaging. Pass.
DUSTIN MARTIN | 588,300 | MID
Started deep at full forward and spent a lot of time down there this year. Still has spurts through the middle and finished with 21 disposals, but at that price tag you’d want a pure midfielder capable of average 115+. That won’t be Dusty off the back of tonight’s performance.
NICK VLASTUIN | $407,800 | DEF
Yeah nah. 15 disposals, 4 tackles, played every position under the sun tonight but saw nothing that interested me in the slightest. Isn’t a great kick. Plays for Richmond. Has red hair. I mean do I need to say anything else? Better value options.
I mean Richmond didn’t look terrible. Adelaide didn’t really have the foot down but they looked decidedly less terrible than I remember them being. Daniel Rioli will be a player, but not in Supercoach. Shaun Grigg again topped the disposal list with 24 but he does that regularly and still doesn’t score points. As a $504k midfielder, nah.
Jack Riewoldt won’t score much, Kamdyn McIntosh lost all his hair and still is terrible at football while Sam Lloyd, Ben Lennon and Reece Conca were hardly sighted. Jason Castagna kicked a few but at a $270k price tag, he can NOPE right off. Big Ivan Maric didn’t look out of place, either, which is concerning for those looking at The Nank.
That’s how I saw it – what did you take out of it, community? Do you like THE NANK? Anyone buying a piece of Richmond’s midfield? Anyone not picking Laird? Hit me up in the comments and let’s have a yarn!