We’re nearly there community!
Twelve more sleeps until the real stuff begins. The Tigers are $1.42 favourites to knock off the Blues so we’ll get to see our first Richmond choke of 2017!
I’m going to change direction a bit with this writeup and get rid of some of the midprice fluff. We’ve all, more or less, got our teams fairly locked away so I’ve decided to concentrate on the blokes with the highest ownership percentages. If a fringe premium/potential round 1 bolter smashes it I’ll give it a mention, but in season proper there’s always a dicey midpricer who has a once in a blue moon score.
Just a quick shout out to Jock, other writers, and the community for all the encouragement and feedback over the preseason in the comments and on Twitter. The collective knowledge on this site constantly blows me away and I’ve loved every minute.
Right, with that out of the way let’s get to what we’ve all come here to see.
Hardcore nudity! SuperCoach relevancy!
Missing from likely round 1 team – Collingwood: De Goey, Greenwood, Wells, Elliot all under injury clouds. Pendles late out
Missing from likely round 1 team – Richmond: Griffiths. Maybe Corey Ellis and Batchelor. Lennon is knocking on the door after he kicked 7 in the VFL the other day
TAYLOR ADAMS | DEF/MID | 527,800 | 99SC
Story of the day. Adams seen heading down to the rooms in the second quarter. David King reports hamstring tightness. Twitter erupts. Adams emerges in 3rd quarter with stitches in his chin and proceeds to rip the game right open with a 10 touch quarter.
Similar to the Press Red for Ed initiative, can we get a Sing to Mute King button? I would gladly belt out some Jimmy Barnes Workin’ Class Man if it meant shutting that prick up.
Sorry. Back to Adams. 29 touches, 16 contested, a handful of clearances from 80% game time. Tempted
SCOTT PENDLEBURY | MID | 645,700
Was a late out with achilles soreness.
I’ll let you in on something, community. I made the call not to start Pendles last year and oh boy was I smug about it early. However, karma was swift, didn’t use lube and didn’t even buy me dinner beforehand. Please take a long, hard think before you leave him out.
MATT SCHARENBERG | DEF | 164,000
Cut from the extended squad, not a good sign. In 13% of teams. Get him out of your backline
JACKSON RAMSAY | DEF | 287,500
I’ll give him a mention because he had 28 touches at 82%. Elite. Not at that price though
ADAM TRELOAR | MID | 605,400 | 126 SC
BOG for mine. Absolute pure mid. Kicked a 65m supergoal and generally just did whatever he wanted. 12 contested among 29 touches.
In that traffic jam of low-600k midfielders and you can’t take them all. If you don’t start him you’ll be looking at him when it’s upgrade time. Averaged 114.2 post bye in 2016.
WILL HOSKIN-ELLIOT | FWD | 213,300 | 80SC
19 touches at perfect efficiency, 6 marks. But not much else. Would like to see some tackles or I50/R50 out of him.
Will be a nice fit for teams that have a certain kind of structure, not for me though. Prefer McCarthy for a similar price. Did some nice work on the wing
BRODIE GRUNDY | RUC | 520,500 | 63SC
17 possessions, 14 hitouts, 3 clearances, 1 tackle, 77% TOG
TOBY NANKERVIS | RUC/FWD | 366,400 | 89SC
16 possessions, 18 hitouts, 3 clearances, 3 tackles, 82% TOG
Nank finally got some competition in the form of Grundy. They were pretty evenly matched in the first half I thought. Though Nank definitely didn’t have the same impact around the ground as he has had in the first two JLT games. He’s still in my team.
For those not starting Grundy, he will be the guy many coaches jump on when Sandiballs maxes out in price/gets injured. Surprisingly, he’s only in 9% of teams. He’s a handful around the ground and tallied 7 contested possessions this afternoon.
SIDEBUM | MID | 577,800
Thrived in a Pendles-less midfield. 13 possessions at 1/2 time and finished with 25. 7 inside 50’s.
Whispers of him being a POD in some dark corners of the internet, just can’t see him being a top 8 mid though. If you’re after a Pie in the middle go with Pendles or Treloar. Sorry Steele
JEREMY HOWE | DEF | 500,500 | 87SC
Started slow but got into it playing the +1 role at the back. 16 kicks among 19 possessions at 84%. 11 marks.
Shaping up as a deadset huge POD while Vince is the flavour of the month. Currently in 1% of teams.
MASON COX | FWD | 322,000
Long and thin, Cox went way too hard too soon and was flaccid after that. I believe there are nasal sprays for this kind of thing.
BEN REID | DEF | 432,400 | 103SC
Absolute bloody wall at that back. Gave Riewoldt a absolute bath early until the mercy rule was called for. Clunked it 18 times but I don’t like that price.
CADDYSHACK | MID/FWD | 488,600 | 52SC
Caddy just couldn’t get himself into the game today. After Greene put on an absolute clinic against North a few just may jump ship. 13 touches at 76%.
He’s a good get for the Tigers and I wouldn’t put a line through him yet, just adjust your expectations.
ALEX RANCE | DEF | 535,600
Did a few un-Rance things. Eleven 1% will be gold for CoachKings.
We know he had an interrupted preseason with hamstring tightness, maybe give him a miss for now and see how he goes for a bit. Wasn’t at his intercepting best today
DAN BUTLER | FWD | 123,900 | 45SC
Richmond have been giving us bugger all on the rookie front. Watch them release a bunch when it’s round 14 and their season is over.
Finished with 10 touches and a goal but I didn’t think he was all that threatening in the forward 50
CHOPSTICKS | MID | 588,300 | 79SC
Stormed off the ground after someone from the crowd asked him if he thought the price for half strength beer at the ‘G was ridiculous. Dusty only talks about the SHERRIN community.
Leading possession winner for the Tiges with 26. Looked disinterested at times though. Almost as if something is on his mind. If he wants a premiership we’ll take Patton if GWS wants him.
Will have his big games but his basement is too low and too frequent for that price as a mid-only.
BACHIE HOULI | DEF | 486,000 | 87SC
A little bit about the writer, community. I love the trashy train wreck that is the The Bachelor. Houli reminds me of that prick Blake Garvey from season 2. Looks good, will promise you the world, but will dump a steaming pile of excrement on your heart when you need him most.
Was on kick out duties and had 25 touches floating between midfield and half back. Moved well, showed no signs of his injury troubles.
His beard looks luscious though.
TRENT COTCHIN | MID | 546,800
Like Dusty he will produce some big scores but his tendency to be a cheap bastard puts me off
IKEA SWEDISH MEATBALL PRESTIA | MID | 508,700
You could do worse, community. If he had a full preseason he could have been a sneaky POD. Might take a bit of time to well and truly hit his straps so have a look at him around the byes.
19 possessions, 7 marks, 4 R/50, 5 I/50. Hit the scoreboard for two goals
MABIOR CHOL | DEF/FWD | 123,900
Presented well. Did some ruck work and was a target up forward. Project player at Tigerland. Might get a shot if his VFL form is strong.
REECE CONCA | MID | 314,600
As a Tiger supporter, fingers are crossed for this bloke. Finished with 24 at 83%. Wouldn’t consider him for SuperCoach though.
How did you see things, community? Any bolters that are forcing their way into your side?