One down, two to go.
The first of the proper bye rounds has come and gone. Most of us survived, but only just.
Poor returns from the majority of our on-field rookies impacted scoring heavily, as did the late withdrawal of Aaron Sandilands, but this was offset by some terrific outings by the likes of Kelly, Martin, Dangerfield and Selwood.
About 1700 was a par score, with those scoring north of this enjoying an increase in overall rank.
The numbers Josh Kelly (176 SC) produced in his demolition job of Essendon were outstanding. Very few players have the tank to go with this bloke – his gut running is phenomenal. Kelly racked up 38 disposals, 10 tackles, 14 contested possessions, 1 goal and seven clearances, all at 86% efficiency. After 11 rounds he’s averaging 114.1 and hasn’t dropped below 90 once. His consistency is exceptional.
Charlie Dixon (167 SC) is an enigma, but maybe Port have finally cracked the code on how to unleash his full potential. Dixon played a blinder on Thursday night, with 14 of his 20 disposals contested to go along with four goals, six tackles and eight marks. But keep in mind, if you opt to take the plunge and trade the spearhead into your side, get set for a rollarcoaster. Like most key forwards, Charlie has enjoyed some stunning highs and agonising lows in 2017. Three scores over 130 have been offset somewhat by four scores under 80.
The legend of Dustin Martin (165 SC) continues to grow. Dusty was unbelievably good on Saturday night, amassing 38 disposals (15 contested), 8 marks, 6 tackles, 9 clearances and 2.1. The quality outing pushed his average up to 117.9 and he looks set to challenge for the mantle as the game’s number one midfielder.
Once again, the Joel Selwood (151 SC) and Patrick Dangerfield (149 SC) combination united to almost singlehandedly drag Geelong over the line. The pair had 66 disposals, 40 contested possessions, 4 goals, 16 clearances and 11 tackles between them. Sidekick Scott Selwood (101 SC) registered his third ton in a row, complete with another decent haul of 10 tackles, and rewarding those who traded him in.
Zac Williams (146 SC) has now officially taken over from Heath Shaw as the Giants’ number 1 attacking defender. Running off half back, he booted 3.1 and had 12 contested possessions, 7 tackles and 4 clearances. The score pushed his average up to 100 and he must now be considered a genuine top 6 defensive candidate.
Brad Ebert (141 SC) has flown under the radar in 2017. He loves the hard stuff and his fine inside work has seen him averaging 111.7 in a career-best season. While he’s never been known for high efficiency, he currently sits third in the competition for tackles, which helps boost his totals. With a lowest score of 89 and 7 tons in 10 games, he shapes as an excellent POD.
Tigers pair Bacher Houli (137 SC) and Trent Cotchin (129 SC) continued their exceptional form, while it’s been a remarkable resurgence from Adam Treloar (128 SC), who is averaging 131 since returning from an ankle injury three rounds ago.
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Rory Laird (59 SC) copped a head knock early in the match against Geelong and didn’t seem himself for the rest of the game, while Matt Priddis (81 SC) has been mediocre the past 3 weeks, contributing returns of 73, 81 and 82.
Fantasy-relevant RUC/FWD pick Toby Nankervis (82 SC) is enduring a rough patch after a bright start to the season, averaging just 83.6 in his past five matches, while fellow ruck beast Shane Mumford (78 SC), has been a little better despite his poor return on the weekend, averaging 96 during the same period. Popular defensive options Zach Touhy (76 SC) and Alex Rance (62 SC) were not able to capitalise on Geelong and Richmond’s convincing wins.
Welcome back, Shaun Higgins (64 SC), we’ve missed you. It was always going to be a matter of time before you returned. Higgo enjoys spending his time swapping in between the sections of this article, knocking up three nice scores of 120+ so far in 2017, but also four scores below 80.
Since his double ton four weeks ago, Gary Ablett (139 SC) had endured a lean run which included a pair of 80s as well as missing a match with that bung shoulder of his. But he was back in a big way against the Eagles, compiling a precise 36 touches, 16 of them contested, to go with 6 clearances, all at 83% efficiency.
Heath Shaw (99 SC) finally found a bit of form and his owners will be hoping he is bale to maintain this level for the rest of the season.
In a week where we were forced to play every rookie on our field, the young guns unfortunately produced an absolute crap-fest. Only Will Hoskin-Elliott (91 SC), Tim Taranto (82 SC), Tom Stewart (73 SC) and Huge Greenwood (72 SC) cracked over 60.
James Parsons (56 SC), Andrew McGrath (55 SC), Dan Butler (54 SC), Ed Vickers-Willis (50 SC), David Meyers (46 SC), Shai Bolton (45 SC), Harry Perryman (42 SC), Andy Otten (36 SC), James Stewart (35 SC) and Daniel Lloyd (31 SC) were all pretty ordinary.
James Cousins (56 SC) looks one of the best options on the bubble if you don’t already have him, while team-mate Dallas Willsmore (46 SC) and Gold Coast’s Will Brodie (32 SC) also played their second games. Defensive bubble boy Matt Scharenberg (46 SC) will only get better with each match, while Freo first-gamer Luke Ryan (37 SC) didn’t get a huge amount of the ball on debut.
If ever there was a genius master of hindsight coach, it was the one who did not start with Nat Fyfe (104 SC). He’s dropped nearly 100K from his starting price and his score on the weekend was his first ton in the past six matches. The rule of thumb is never sideways a premo, but it’s starting to get to the point where those with trades up their sleeve could be considering a luxury sideways swap if Nathanial doesn’t start to pull his finger out.
Touk Miller (67 SC) has proved to be your classic trap in 2017. The dreaded “more midfield time” slogan was bandied about in the pre season, but unfortunately for his owners it just hasn’t come to fruition. He’s averaging a paltry 78 so far this season, reaching triple figures just twice.