Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Not so long ago, players like Heath Shaw, Nathanial Fyfe and Luke Parker were hot property in SuperCoach. Their scoring was prolific. They were must-haves.
Fast forward to the present and we have seen a colossal fall from grace. What has happened to these former monoliths?
The par score for this week was around 2200, with many who surpassed this mark taking the opportunity to climb up the overall rankings.
After a few weeks of getting tagged, Rory Sloane (177 SC) was back in a big way on the weekend. Had 30 disposals – 17 of them contested – as well as 13 tackles, 8 clearances and two goals in his side’s demolishment of Freo. The performance saw him regain his mantle as the top-scoring player in SuperCoach so far in 2017.
Dynamic Cats duo Patrick Dangerfield (163 SC) and Joel Selwood (134 SC) were at it again against Port on Thursday night. Danger bludgeoned his second consecutive 150+ score with 24 touches, 8 tackles and 3 goals, including the match-winner. Partner in crime Selwood had it 33 times – including 19 contested possessions – but 7 clangers cost him a score in the same realm as Danger’s.
Rolls Royces Scott Pendlebury (130 SC), Dustin Martin (125 SC) and Sam Docherty (124 SC) continued their outstanding form this season, cementing their statuses as must-haves. The two Daynes – Zorko (130 SC) and Beams (127 SC) – were prolific for Brissie, amassing 56 disposals, 16 clearances, 12 tackles, 29 contested possessions and 5 goals between them.
Tiger Brandon Ellis (147 SC) went at an impressive 90% efficiency from his 30 disposals, while teammate Bacher Houli (127 SC) had 27 touches at 92%. Blues duo Matthew Kruezer (146 SC) and Bryce Gibbs (140 SC) were enormous for Carlton, with Kruz having 9 tackles to go with 46 hitouts and Gibbs racking up 38 possessions at 86%.
Shaun Burgoyne (144 SC) was the star for Hawthorn in their nail-biting win over Sydney, while Saint Jack Newnes (138 SC), Demon Nathan Jones (130 SC) and Port’s Jared Polec (128 SC) were the best players for their respective sides. Crows key position pair Josh Jenkins (122 SC) and Jake Lever (121 SC) were two of Adelaide’s many good players against Freo.
Nat Fyfe (78 SC) and Heath Shaw (76 SC) have experienced severe drop offs in form this season. Fyfe was one of many Dockers to perform poorly in Freo’s embarrassing performance and speculation on his future may be weighing him down. He had 25 possessions but only went at 52% efficiency. Heater gathered only 3 contested possessions and the emergence of Zac Williams and Nathan Wilson is hindering his scoring capacity.
Jake Lloyd (4 SC) suffered concussion early in Sydney’s match in a major blow to his owners, but he should return next week after his bye. Swans teammate Luke Parker (72 SC) endured another quiet match, a trend which is becoming the theme of his season. He’s averaging 90 so far and has only hit triple figures twice. Popular ruck options Toby Nankervis (75 SC), Paddy Ryder (69 SC) and Stef Martin (62 SC) were down on their usual outputs, as was Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus (78 SC).
Demons pair Tom McDonald (44 SC) and Christian Petracca (66 SC) both struggled to work their way into the match during their team’s win in Alice Springs and opponent Jarrod Harbrow (77 SC) was a little quieter after a strong start to the season.
Docker Lachie Neale (55 SC) had his first major underpant staining for 2017, while usually-reliable teammate David Mundy (38 SC) was barely sighted.
Adam Treloar (141 SC) has smashed out two convincing tons since his return from an ankle injury and he looks to have turned the corner. He has cleaned up his disposal efficiency, which has been north of 70% in the past two matches. Teammate Brodie Grundy (120 SC) finally had the sort of match his owners were expecting, dominating Stef Martin on his way to 38 hit outs, 19 disposals and 6 tackles.
The form of Scott Selwood (112 SC) has provided us with an interesting conundrum this week. He has been highly impressive in his first two matches since returning from injury. At $280K, could be a nice stepping stone if he can maintain this sort of output. Only had 15 possessions but a staggering 17 tackles and a goal helped to boost his score.
Shaun Higgins (120 SC) enjoys splitting his time in between the Villains and Redeemers sections, as does Adelaide’s Matt Crouch (123 SC). Kudos to those who held Callan Ward (107 SC), who helped inspire his side to a break through victory over the Eagles.
With the byes hitting us from this week onwards, trading in rookies will be crucial as we look to make the final upgrades to complete our teams to full premium.
Of the players on the bubble this week, Crows hard nut Hugh Greenwood (72 SC) looks the standout. Averaging 88 after two matches, he’s almost a must-have. Shai Bolton (43 SC) and Harry Perryman (32 SC) are the other two candidates, but their job security could be an issue.
James Cousins (67 SC), Jordan Cunico (41 SC), Tim English (37 SC), Will Brodie (31 SC) and Dallas Willsmore (26 SC) all made their debuts on the weekend and had varying impacts, with the Cousins looking the pick of the bunch. It’s also worth keeping an eye on Collingwood’s Matt Scharenberg (65 SC) as a defence rookie option, as he played his first match in several years.
Defenders Andy Otten (121 SC), Andrew McGrath (101 SC), Tom Stewart (91 SC), Nic Newman (71 SC) and Caleb Marchbank (70 SC) rewarded those who started them on field with handsome scores, while forward Mitch Hannan (88 SC) made it two excellent games in a row after a run of sub par outings. Jake Barrett (77 SC) continues to be a reliable on field option in the midfield.
Tim Taranto (72 SC), Blake Hardwick (65 SC) and Will Hoskin-Elliott (64 SC) produced acceptable returns, while Harrison MacCredie (38 SC), Zac Fisher (35 SC), Todd Elton (31 SC), Will Hayward (28 SC) and Sam Petrevski-Seton (26 SC) were well below par.
Hugh McLuggage (56 SC), Sam Powell-Pepper (55 SC), Lewis Melican (55 SC), Daniel Lloyd (53 SC), James Stewart (50 SC), Ed Vickers-Williss (50 SC), Jarrod Berry (48 SC), Oliver Florent (47 SC), David Meyers (45 SC), Brad Scheer (44 SC), James Parsons (42 SC) and Tom Williamson (40 SC) were all in that classic rookie 40-60 scoring range.
A leg injury, believed to be a calf, spells bad news for Josh Kennedy (56 SC) owners. The gun West Coast forward faces a decent spell on the sidelines and may need to be traded out depending on how long he is out for.
Touk Miller (58 SC) is turning out to be one of the biggest let downs of the season. His owners picked him hoping he could elevate his game to top 6 forward status, but sadly he hasn’t got anywhere near reaching those heights. He’s averaging a mediocre 79 and has only hit triple figures twice so far this season. Speaking of let downs, Josh Caddy (55 SC) continues to thoroughly disappoint those loyal owners who still have him. If you are one of those unfortunate people, you need to offload him now.
Jobe Watson (78 SC) looked to be a bargain buy at the start of the season, but you could almost argue it would have been the right call for him to hang up the boots instead of playing on in 2017. Hasn’t looked the Jobe of old and it’s possible the game may have passed him by.
Some unlucky coaches have Taylor Walker (26 SC) sitting in their sides. He played a full game on Saturday night and you would have thought in a 100-point mauling he would have had a field day. Nope. No chance of being a top 6 forward and needs to be moved .