Annus horribilis – Mark II.
Many of us experienced a severe case of déjà vu on the weekend as we were hit by the worse back-to-back weeks of SuperCoach in recent memory.
In what was a round of upsets in the AFL, there were plenty of coaches out there who would have been severely upset by their SC team’s poor score.
The majority of our premium selections just aren’t getting it done at the moment with the likes of Sloane, Grundy, Treloar, JPK, Sandilands, Parker, Higgins, Gray and Wines all failing miserably.
Of popular top end players many coaches have, only Franklin, Rockliff and Bontempelli delivered any real scores of substance.
Again it appears as though 2000 was par, with many, including myself, failing to even reach that mark this week.
Jarrad Waite (190 SC) is an enigma in every sense of the word. However, for all his injury, form and suspension issues, I’ll give him this: when he’s on, boy is he on. Absolutely slaughtered Adelaide and was kicking snags from all parts of the field. Waite was sitting on a staggering 86 SC at quarter time and finished with 23 possessions, 8 marks, 6 tackles and 6.2.
— Carl Pfeiffer (@CarlPfeiffer9) May 6, 2017
You have got to love the stats of Lance Franklin (160 SC) on Sunday. He single-handedly demolished Brisbane with 16 kicks, 9 marks and no handballs to finish with 8.4. It was the sort of performance his owners had been waiting for. Team-mate Zak Jones (143 SC) entered the conversation as a possible top 8 defender, finishing with 27 touches and a goal. He is now averaging 96 SC after starting off the year at around 300K.
Tom Rockliff (148 SC) and Marcus Bontempelli (128 SC) were the only 2 popular premo midfielders to fire on the weekend. It was the old Rocky special (32 touches, 11 tackles and 2.1) as he dominated in a losing team and without Dayne Beams by his side, while the Bont (27 possessions, 9 tackles and 1.1) was instrumental in helping get the Dogs over the line.
It was thought the return of Nat Fyfe would have a negative impact on the output of Lachie Neale (147 SC), but in actual fact, the opposite has happened. Neale actually looks like he is stealing some of the Teen Wolf’s points! The same goes with Zach Merrett (133 SC) – the return of the banned Bombers doesn’t appear to be hurting his scoring capacity at all. These two young guns with low % ownerships are currently outperforming most of their more popular midfield counterparts.
Elliott Yeo (125 SC) is shaping up as the real deal this season without another excellent performance. I can legit see him being a top 6 forward if he keeps this momentum up. Big men Patrick Ryder (139 SC) and Matt Kruezer (128 SC) are staking their claims to be the answers to many coaches’ current ruck issues.
By jeez, have Carlton found one in Sam Petrevski-Seton (131 SC). The kid can seriously play. Was touted as a potential number 1 selection and is showing why. Had 21 touches, kicked 2.1 and was one of the main reasons Carlton were able to upset Collingwood.
Big men Charlie Dixon (135 SC), Ben Reid (130 SC) and Scott Thompson (123 SC) enjoyed sound matches for their respective sides, while other midfielders to crack the magical 120-mark this week were Ben Cunnington (129 SC), Jack Viney (127 SC), Lachie Hunter (126 SC), Jack Steven (120 SC) and Aaron Hall (120 SC).
All good things must come to an end. The likes of Rory Sloane (80 SC), Shane Mumford (67 SC) and Robbie Gray (30 SC) were all in blistering form coming into this round but that was abruptly halted. Grey was killed by Brad Shepherd, Sloane was one of many Crows down on form in their shock loss, while the big Mummy couldn’t capitalise on his match up with Billy Longer.
Shaun Higgins (72 SC) could not fire despite his side’s massive win and neither could St Kilda trio Jack Steele (79 SC), Leigh Montagna (74 SC) and Nick Riewoldt (65 SC).
Adam Treloar (73 SC) is firming as one of the worst premo picks of the year if he keeps this sort of form up. The patience of many coaches, including myself, is running incredibly thin. The inclusion of Mason Cox is absolutely killing the output of Brodie Grundy (58 SC), while Jeremy Howe (60 SC) was another Pie to disappoint.
After a strong start to the season, Ollie Wines (70 SC) has come back to earth in recent weeks, while there is clearly something wrong with Swans pair Josh Kennedy (77 SC) and Luke Parker (83 SC). They both looked a shadow of their former selves and could not fire despite Sydney’s break through victory.
Melbourne’s Michael Hibberd (56 SC) looks to have run out of steam already. He looked the goods at quarter time, but faded as the game went on to finish with a disappointing score. Aaron Sandilands (77 SC) had a down match but his form has been solid so far this season and he should bounce back next week.
North haven’t won many games this season, coinciding with the drop in form of Todd Goldstein (111 SC). But the statistics tell us that when they win, Goldy fires. Their huge upset victory over the Crows was no exception. Could this be a turning point for the Kangas’ season and in turn their star ruckman’s SC year?
Speaking of ruckman, Adelaide’s Sam Jacobs (118 SC) has certainly flown under the radar this season. He’s registered 4 tons in 7 games and is averaging 96. With Gawn going down and Grundy turning rubbish in the past few weeks, has the big Sauce suddenly emerged as a ruck saviour?
Patrick Dangerfield (110 SC) hasn’t been himself since he copped a Jarryd Roughead knee to the ribs in Round 4. Rumour has it he’s been playing with a protective guard over the area ever since. Geelong lost its second game in a row on Saturday night and it wasn’t quite the Danger of old yet, but the signs were good. Expect a massive game from him in the coming weeks.
Kudos to those who held Hawks captain Jarryd Roughead (115 SC). Four goals helped boost his total as he assisted his side to their second victory of the season. The same goes for Gold Coast’s David Swallow (96 SC), who was impressive in his side’s upset win over Geelong.
Caleb Marchbank (108 SC) enjoyed an excellent match for Carlton and demonstrated we can hold him for a few more weeks yet, while fellow Blues defender Tom Williamson (48 SC) was a little quieter after a strong start in his first 3 games.
Ever since Josh Jenkins has come back into the side the output of Adelaide’s Andy Otten (69 SC) has dwindled. Still produced a respectable score, though, unlike many of his team-mates. Expensive options Tim Taranto (66 SC) and Will Hoskin-Elliott (65 SC) were so-so.
Kurt Mutimer (58 SC) looked an improved player for the Eagles in his second match and should hold his spot in the side next week, where he will be on the bubble. Keep an eye on Gold Coast’s Brad Scheer (45 SC) in his second match next week, as he didn’t look out of place and could be a nice midfield downgrade at 117K.
Richmond’s Ivan Soldo (62 SC) was solid on debut for the Tigers, but doubt remains as to whether he can hold his position in the side when Toby Nankervis returns. Team-mate Todd Elton (62 SC) produced the best game of his short career but it wasn’t enough to get Richmond over the line.
Ironically, two of the most popular rookie trade-ins this week – Ed Vickers-Williss (35 SC) and James Parsons (19 SC) – were horrible. Due to the selection carnage earlier in the week, most coaches would have them on their fields as well. The other common bubble boy traded in, Aaron Black (69 SC), fared much better.
Along with Black, Swans youngster Lewis Melican (67 SC) was the best-performed rookie on the bubble this week, while team-mates Will Hayward (55 SC) and Oliver Florent (33 SC) did not overly excite.
Lion Jake Barrett (60 SC) helped many coaches out with a solid performance as a replacement for Dayne Beams, while fellow Lions Huge McCluggage (65 SC) and Jarrod Berry (60 SC) are improving with every match.
Hawk Blake Hardwick (74 SC) has been a sound buy for his owners so far, but the same can’t be said for Demon Mitch Hannan (31 SC), who probably won’t keep his place in the side for much longer.
The likes of Curtly Hampton (47 SC), Dan Butler (58 SC), Dan Houston (58 SC) and Sam Powell-Pepper (60 SC) have been good servants to our teams, but look to have almost reached their cash growth potential. It may well be a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t when it comes to offloading these players. Murphy’s Law suggests the minute we trade them out they will pump out an 80 to ensure they have a little more money-making generation in them yet. But hold them and they could keep producing the same mediocre scores and go backwards.
How did you go this week, Community?