For ruck’s sake. Get rucked. You’ve got to be rucking
In this very round last season, the Community sat back and marvelled as two of the game’s most powerful juggernauts, Max Gawn and Todd Goldstein, went head-to- head in an epic duel which saw both men pump out 170+ scores.
Fast forward a year and the two most prolific big men of SuperCoach 2016 returned horror totals to leave their coaches tearing their hair out.
Gawn (28 SC) did his hamstring early in the match against Geelong, while Goldstein (52 SC) didn’t even have an excuse for his deplorable performance, failing to fire a shot despite playing a full game.
Owners of Brodie Grundy (104 SC) and the Nank (107 SC) – Sandi (103 SC) – Witts (114 SC) combination would have sat back with wry smiles as they watched all of this unfolding.
The downing of Gawn ensured yours truly had another average round, returning a total of 2171 and placing me further away from the top 1000.
It’s been a case of no pre season, no worries for Rory Sloane (168 SC), who was been simply enormous for the Crows to start 2017, averaging 130 from his first three outings including huge tonsin the past two matches. Had a massive 24 contested touches against Port and 9 tackles.
St Kilda veterans Leigh Montagna (164 SC) and Nick Riewoldt (161 SC) both enjoyed monster performances in their win over Brissie. Leeroy is looking like a must-have premo defender while those who held onto Rooey will be giving themselves a massive pat on the back after he produced one of the great comebacks following what initially looked like a career-ending knee injury in Round 1.
Marc Murphy (158 SC) is proving to be one of the value buys of the season following a clinical exhibition in the wet during Carlton’s upset victory over Essendon, while Dustin Martin (155 SC) had 40 touches, 21 of them contested, to go with 2 goals and 15 clearances in another enormous display, which helped his side to a strong victory over West Coast. The same can be said for David Mundy (143 SC) who inspired Freo to an upset win over the reigning premiers.
Patrick Dangerfield (138 SC) and his running mate Joel Selwood (121 SC) chopped up the Demons with 73 possessions and four goals between them. Shane Mumford (137 SC) was colossal in the ruck for GWS and gathered 19 touches at 100% efficiency to go with his 33 hit outs, while Geelong big man Zac Smith (127 SC) enjoyed a sound match himself.
Marcus Bontempelli (133 SC), Brendon Goddard (131 SC), Jack Ziebell (124 SC), Andrew Gaff (123SC), Nathan Jones (123 SC) and Ollie Wines (122 SC) were arguably their side’s best players in losing teams.
Collingwood pair Scott Pendlebury (125 SC) and Taylor Adams (122 SC) continued their strong starts to 2017, as did Bulldog duo Tom Liberatore (131 SC) and Luke Dahlhaus (124 SC). If Melbourne’s Alex Neale-Bullen (127 SC) keeps displaying this sort of form we will need to sit up and take notice.
The FWD/MID, who is priced at around 317K, is currently averaging 90 SC, up from around 50 last season.
Todd Goldstein (52 SC) owners must be getting seriously concerned after what the saw on Saturday afternoon. With Pruess in the side he split his time between ruck and forward and returned a pitiful score despite spending 88% time on ground. With Goldy’s average in losing sides unflattering and North not expected to win too many this season, there is now a realistic chance Grundy or Martin overtake him as the second best ruckman in the competition.
For about the millionth time in his career, plenty got seduced by Shaun Higgins (58 SC) only for him to turn around burn those who traded him in. At least he didn’t get injured, though. Josh J Kennedy (66 SC) and Sam Mitchell (65 SC) were both victims of a clever Richmond game plan to limit their influence and it worked to perfection.
After tonning up in the opening round, Zach Tuohy (66 SC) has been underwhelming in the two matches since and looks unlikely to finish the season as a top 8 defender. Could well be a Daniel Rich-like selection in 2017. Christian Salem (76 SC) could not back up last week’s heroics while Bernie Vince (53 SC) also had a very quiet game for the Dees.
After a horror run last season, Brisbane ruckman Stefan Martin (125 SC) is reminding us all of his quality. Big Stef has enjoyed a prolific start to 2017, currently averaging 116 SC after three rounds.
Those who traded out Dan Hannebery (112 SC) might be regretting their decision after he had 31 touches and nine tackles on Friday night. He was on track for an even bigger score before a quiet last quarter.
Sydney team-mates Josh P Kennedy (107 SC) and Zak Jones (103 SC) bounced back from disappointing performances in Round 2 but it wasn’t enough to get the winless Swans over the line.
After an underwhelming outing in Round 1, Alex Rance (121 SC) has rewarded his coaches with two quality performances since to reaffirm his status as a top 8 defender candidate. Aaron Sandilands (103 SC) was instrumental in Freo’s win after a quiet outing last week, while Gary Ablett (112 SC) played a starring role in Gold Coast’s shock thrashing of Hawthorn.
Jarryd Roughead (99 SC) booted three goals for the Hawks in his best game of the season while David Swallow has atoned for missing the first round, rewarding his owners with a fine 117 SC.
We are being flooded with rookies into the SuperCoach market and while many are performing like you would expect – inexperienced first-year players – there have also been some excellent little gems capable of holding down positions in our starting line ups.
Nic Newman (105 SC) tops this list and is on the bubble this week, making him an almost must-have. Newman has been compared to Heath Shaw which certainly bodes well for SC scoring and his spot in the Swans looks relatively secure after two promising performances.
After a quiet start to their AFL careers, both Sam Petrevski-Seton (114 SC) and Brandon Parfitt (99 SC) put in surprise performances, with the pair now set to make their owners some decent coin.
Adelaide’s Andy Otten (98 SC) continues to stake his claim as one of the defence rookies of the year, while Curtly Hampton (82 SC) produced his best game for the season.
Braydon Pruess (87 SC), Jake Barrett (74 SC) and Dan Houston (68 SC) are continuing to flourish, while Will Hoskin-Elliott (71 SC) was lucky he kicked the winning goal on Friday night or else he was headed for a sub-60 score, which would have been a disappointment to the thousands of coaches that traded him in.
Daniel Butler (79 SC) is providing Richmond with a real spark up forward and his owners should feel comfortable starting him on their grounds, while Sydney’s Robbie Fox (78 SC) looked a lot better in his second match and is on the bubble this week.
After excellent starts to their careers Andy McGrath (63 SC), Caleb Marchbank (56 SC), Sam Powell-Pepper (52 SC) and Will Hayward (52 SC) were quieter this week while Mitch Hannan (32 SC) has looked out of his depth after bursting on the scene with an impressive 96 in Round 1.
Debutants James Parsons (60 SC), Griffin Logue (52 SC), Todd Elton (45 SC), Sam Durdin (44 SC), Hugh McCluggage (43 SC), Harley Balic (38 SC), Jordan Dawson (32 SC), Jarrod Berry (32 SC) and Tim Smith (29 SC) will all take time to adjust to the rigors of playing at the highest level.
Kayne Turner (52 SC) and Brett Eddy (42 SC) are far too reliant on kicking goals to boost their scores, while Jack Bowles (43 SC) and Teia Miles (21 SC) continue to be underwhelming.
Max Gawn (27 SC) is expected to out for a month minimum with a hamstring injury and needs to be traded, unless you want to be brave and play Pruess on field or swing Nankervis into the ruck.
Grundy and Stef Martin are looming as the best replacement options at this stage.
Tim Taranto (49 SC) just isn’t getting the same opportunities in a talent-stacked GWS line up that he did in the pre season and at over 200K, his owners might need to look to move him on, especially as you can be getting the same sort of output from a 123K rookie.
Josh Caddy (35 SC) either looks underdone or overweight. Whatever his issue is, you can’t be happy fleshing out 480K for a premo forward option that’s only going to gather 15 possessions from a full match. Looks the classic pre season trap at this stage.
Patience must be fast running out for Jaeger O’Meara (44 SC) owners. It was always going to take him a while to get up to speed with the modern game after two years out and he looked very ordinary against his old side.