SuperCoach RD5: The Heroes, The Villains, The Damned.
What an enthralling round of footy, Community.
The Crows and Giants continue to firm as flag favourites, while Freo got up in a thriller and Hawthorn snapped its losing streak. Tigers fans are talking premierships – somewhat prematurely in my opinion – after going 5-0, and at the other end of the spectrum Sydney slumped to its fifth loss in a row. Essendon embarrassed Collingwood in the big Anzac Day clash and Nathan Buckley’s days are now surely numbered.
It was a higher scoring round of SuperCoach as many put last week’s shocker behind them to post some very respectable scores.
Dangerwood was in full flight for Geelong as they continued their unbeaten start to the season on Sunday. But this time it was Joel Selwood (150 SC) who stole the limelight from Patrick Dangerfield (120 SC). Selwood amassed 43 touches, including 22 contested possessions, and a goal in stunning display, while Dangerfield was sitting on only 60-odd SC points at 3QT before producing a massive final term including 2 goals.
Adelaide’s Rory Sloane (139 SC) cemented himself as the best SC midfielder of 2017 so far with another prolific outing. Racked up a monster 13 tackles to go with 30 touches and 9 clearances and is now averaging 130 per game. Port Adelaide rival Robbie Gray (139 SC) also enjoyed a splendid match. Splitting his time between forward and midfield, he snagged a lazy 5 majors to help boost his score.
Jeremy Cameron (139 SC) and Shane Mumford (126 SC) were the stars in GWS’ comfortable win over Sydney while Tiger duo Toby Nankervis (127 SC) and Jack Riewoldt (120 SC and 6 goals) were Richmond’s two best players as they overcame Melbourne with a late burst on Anzac Eve.
Finally the butcher brothers Adam Treloar (141 SC) and Tom Mitchell (127 SC) make this column and it’s about bloody time. Treloar was outstanding on Anzac Day despite his side’s disappointing performance. Amassed 39 possessions and 12 tackles at an improved 71% efficiency. Mitchell was one of Hawthorn’s best in their demolition of the spineless Eagles, racking at 37 touches at 81% efficiency.
Nat Fyfe (126 SC) is starting to look ominous. There were shades of 2015 in his performance on Saturday night. He looks ready to explode.
Melbourne’s Michael Hibberd (124 SC) didn’t miss a beat in his first game in more than 12 months, accumulating 27 possessions and goal across half back in an excellent display. Keep an eye on him and if he puts in another good performance next week he could be a bargain buy up back.
Bulldogs trio Jack McCrae (121 SC), Luke Dahlhaus (120 SC) and Marcus Adams (120 SC) were the stars in Bob Murphy’s 300 th match. Many coaches who were rolling with the Dahlhaus-McRae double were rewarded handsomely.
Ollie Wines (122 SC), Dayne Zorko (121 SC) and Rory Laird (121 SC) are all on track for career-best seasons and should be strongly considered. St Kilda’s Seb Ross (123 SC) and Port’s Brad Ebert (122 SC) have been in good form so far in 2017 but there better options in the midfield at this stage.
Marc Murphy (69 SC) crapped his pants for the first time this season. It was bound to happen sooner or later. He would have been a huge success if you started the year with him but those who traded him in the past few weeks were simply chasing points. Won’t be a top 10 midfielder and needs to out of our thinking. Those who started with him – now is the perfect time to swap him for a quality premo.
At this time last season, Luke Parker (83 SC) was one of the leading midfielders in the competition.
In 2017, he has been a shadow of his former self so far, averaging just 92 after 5 rounds. Parker had only 17 possessions on Saturday night. Team-mate and popular forward premo Lance Franklin (70 SC) slotted 3 goals but went at only 40% efficiency.
Every season Dylan Shiel (75 SC) threatens to break out and so far he continues to disappoint. Had a slow start and ended with 21 touches. After a promising first game, David Swallow (55 SC) has been highly disappointing in the following matches. Was poor last week and followed it up with just 11 possessions at 45% efficiency on Saturday.
Eagle Elliott Yeo (59 SC) and Sun Brendan Matera (46 SC) would have sucked a few naive coaches in with strong scores in the past couple of weeks. But at this stage they appear to be traps in the Shaun Higgins mould, who coincidently didn’t even bloody play on the weekend – a late withdrawal due to hamstring tightness.
The problem with Jack Steele (80 SC) is he is prone to long periods where he does absolutely stuff all in a match. Was sitting on 60-odd SC at half-time and barely touched the ball in the second half.
Does not rack up huge numbers in terms of possessions and relies heavily on tackling to boost his score.
Luke Hodge (66 SC) can’t be considered as a premium option in defence based on his output so far, while popular forward selections Nick Riewoldt (79 SC) and Josh J Kennedy (76 SC) didn’t have their best matches but should bounce back next week.
Brodie Grundy (71 SC) and Scott Pendlebury (67 SC) were uncharacteristically quiet for Collingwood, however the match was played in wet conditions so they should be back to their same old consistent selves soon.
Jock would have been most pleased with Matt Crouch (124 SC) this week. His kick to handball ratio was much better and he had it 35 times. Patrick Cripps (107 SC) racked up 37 possessions – 18 of them contested – but his disposal efficiency of 63% cost him an even higher score.
Chad Wingard (101 SC) appeared in the Damned category recently but those who held on to him can hold him for another few weeks. The Chad seems to play well when Port are up and about and the Power are in good form at the moment so he might be due for a purple patch.
Zak Jones (115 SC) continued his yo-yo scoring with a nice outing for the Swans, while team-mate Callum Mills (94 SC) had his best match for 2017. Zach Tuoey (116 SC) was enormous for Geelong down back and provided great rebound, while Kade Simpson (91 SC) and Callan Ward (100 SC) are starting to work into some nice form after slow starts to the season.
Adelaide pair Curtly Hampton (103 SC) and Andy Otten (101 SC) handsomely rewarded the coaches who chose to start them on field. Hampton enjoyed his best match for the season and elevated his score with 2 goals, while Otten – who also kicked 2 majors – has been a revelation in our backlines this season and is producing almost premium output so far.
Geelong’s Aaron Black (101 SC) enjoyed an excellent debut, snagging two goals to go with 21 possessions. Might not score this well every week, but looms as an excellent rookie downgrade up forward if he can keep his place in the side. Fellow Cat Tom Stewart (70 SC) enjoyed a solid match and might have some further cash generation in him yet, while Brandan Parfitt (51 SC) was quiet with 17 touches.
Dan Houston (73 SC) continued his consistent form for the Power and still has a few good weeks of cash generation in him, while debutant Aidyn Johnson (70 SC) was exciting in his first match and finished with 14 possessions and 2 goals. Carlton’s rookies produced mixed results. Tom Williamson (81 SC) rewarded the coaches who traded him in while Caleb Marchbank (76 SC) continues to be a viable option in the backline. The rest failed to impress with Zac Fisher (51 SC), Sam Petrevski-Seton (49 SC) and Cam Polson (34 SC) all producing sub par scores.
Lewis Melican (68 SC) and Ben McNiece (61 SC) looked promising on debut for Sydney and Essendon respectively and should get another chance next week.
Tiger Dan Butler (64 SC) was sitting on 48 at half-time and looked set for a decent score before going completely cold in the second half. Hawthorn’s Blake Hardwick (65 SC) had another admirable performance and could be a forward line option, as he is on the bubble this week.
Young Bomber Andrew McGrath (82 SC) was impressive in the wet, while Magpie Will Hoskin-Elliott (51 SC) again could not replicate the form he showed at the start of the season.
Jy Simpkin (73 SC) produced the best performance of short career, while fellow Roo Ed Vickers-Williss (51 SC) was promising on debut and looked better than his score suggests. Freo’s Griffin Logue (44 SC) kicked his first career goal but it wasn’t enough to help him produce a score of substance.
Commentators keep calling St Kilda’s Ben Long (22 SC) dangerous. Well he dangerously does not get near the ball very often. On the bubble this week. Will barely even rise in value. Swans pair Jordan Foote (33 SC) and Will Hayward (21 SC) are at risk of losing theirs spots after poor outings.
The time has come to start lopping some of our rookies who have reached the peak of their cash generation capacity. Sam Powell-Pepper (55 SC), Jack Bowes (49 SC), Jarrod Pickett (28 SC) and Harrison Macreadie (27 SC) all have break evens close to or exceeding their averages. A good score from these players this week might see them earn a little more coin, but if they keep following their current trend they will start to go backwards in price.
Melbourne pair Jake Spencer (41 SC) and Tim Smith (22 SC) both injured themselves and are out for a number of weeks. Time to trade. Kade Kolodjashnij (43 SC) simply needs to go. For the third season in a row he has promised the world and delivered very little.
Jarryd Roughead (67 SC) was lucky to score as high as he did and needed 3 goals to help boost his total . Actually lost money this week. Those still holding him should upgrade immediately.