Vanilla. Plain. Bland. Ordinary.
These are some of the words that can be used to describe a very uninspiring round of SuperCoach.While a few of our premos performed impressively, others were well below par. But on average most players were just that: average. There were plenty of 80s and 90s. A par score was around 1800 for the round.
The majestic Gary Ablett (146 SC) looks back to his best. His numbers were beautiful on Saturday night: 37 disposals. 10 tackles. 2 goals. 15 contested possessions. 8 clearances. The most encouraging of these stats is the tackle count, proving his troublesome shoulder issues may be a thing of the past.
The two Daynes – Beams (146 SC) and Zorko (129 SC) – formed a potent partnership as the Lions put Freo to the sword on Saturday afternoon. The pair had 66 touches, 11 marks, 13 tackles, 3 goals, 30 contested possessions and 19 clearances between them.
Sam Docherty (145 SC) is hands-down the best SuperCoach defender this season. Put it down in the book now, he will finish 2017 with the best defensive average for the second consecutive year. He was everywhere for Carlton in their shock victory over the Giants, racking up 35 disposals and 12 marks.
Isaac Heeney (131 SC) and Jack McRae (123 SC) were the standouts for their respective sides on Thursday night, with the former demonstrating that his Glandular Fever diagnosis earlier this season isn’t slowing him down just yet.
Yung guns Zach Merrett (135 SC) and Lachie Neale (125 SC) continued their prolific form and are shaping as must-have players for 2018. Towering Blue Matthew Kruezer (133 SC) has well and truly arrived as a genuine top-two ruck prospect. The big Kruz now has the best average (106) for any ruckman in the competition. He looks the real deal.
Other players to break the 120-mark this round were Cale Hooker (140 SC), Justin Westhoff (133 SC), Jeremy Howe (126 SC) and Tom Papley (121 SC).
One of the highlights, or should I say lowlights, of this week was the absolute train wreck performance of Jason Johannisen (21 SC). No, he didn’t get injured. He played a full game and gathered just nine disposals. He was targeted physically by the Swans and didn’t react well to it at all. The concerning thing for his owners is other teams will now use a similar ploy after seeing how effective it was on the damaging line-breaker.
While he still managed a plausible score, Marcus Bontempelli (91 SC) gave away five free kicks and went at just 38% efficiency on Thursday night. If anything, this highlights the outstanding SC scoring ability of the Bont, who still managed to trot out a reasonable tally despite his efficiency woes.
Adelaide’s Rory Sloane (62 SC) was tagged by Koby Stevens and was kept to just 14 disposals. As brilliant as Sloane is when the going is good, when things get tough and a tag is applied he hasn’t been able to deal with the extra attention. To be a consistent uber premium, he must find a way around this dilemma.
Many traded in St Kilda defensive options Dylan Roberton (82 SC) and Leigh Montagna (77 SC), but they failed to hit the heights that were expected of them. The same can be said for Melbourne’s Michael Hibberd (83 SC), Sydney’s Zak Jones (71 SC) and the Giants’ Zac Williams (64 SC), with the latter unable to back up a career-best performance last week. Collingwood’s Taylor Adams (73 SC) also had his first real blemish for the season.
Jack Steven (73 SC) has not yet found the level required to be a must-have SuperCoach midfielder. Just as it looked like Patrick Cripps (70 SC) was on the brink of something big this season, he took a step backwards against GWS.
Rory Laird (134 SC) bounced back from a horrific 59 last week to produce a majestic performance. The gun running defender accumulated 34 possessions at a precise 85% efficiency to help the Crows overcome St Kilda on Friday night.
Some thought Jack Gunston (121 SC) was a potential top 6 forward at the start of the season, but sadly this has not proved to be the case. Amid talk of him being potentially traded at the end of the season, Gunston turned out a sublime game for the Hawks with 19 touches, 12 marks and five goals.
Mr Potential Dylan Shiel (122 SC) again has not lived up to the hype so far in 2017, but with two tons in as many weeks, maybe he’s starting to turn things around. He’s now averaging 96 after 12 games this year.
Brodie Grundy (117 SC) is starting to hit his straps nicely now that Mason Cox is out of the side. He had a whopping 51 hit outs and completely dominated in the ruck for Collingwood.
Jake Barrett (97 SC) was the standout rookie and rewarded many coaches who have held him with 24 possessions and 2 goals in Brisbane’s shock upset over Freo. Defenders Nic Newman (91 SC), Caleb Marchbank (87 SC), Jarrod Berry (84 SC) and Matthew Scharenberg (68 SC) were all in fine touch for their respective sides, sending a message to their coaches that they are valid on-field options.
Freo’s Luke Ryan (87 SC) shone in second match for the Dockers with 13 disposals, four marks and six tackles. On the bubble after Freo’s bye next week, he looms as a must-have defensive rookie. Jono Beech (57 SC) impressed for the Crows on debut, kicking a goal, but job security remains an issue. Brennan Cox (30 SC) played his first game for the Dockers but didn’t have much impact, while Callum Brown (53 SC) looked at home at AFL for Collingwood in his first game.
Ben Ainsworth (73 SC), Lewis Melican (71 SC), Hugh Greenwood (68 SC), Hugh McLuggage (64 SC), Will Hoskin-Elliott (63 SC) and Andrew McGrath (61 SC) posted respectable outputs, while players in that mediocre 60-30 bracket were: Charlie Curnow (56 SC), Zac Fisher (55 SC), Will Hayward (53 SC), Mitch Hannan (51 SC), Harry Perryman (49 SC), Tim Taranto (45 SC), David Meyers (41 SC), James Cousins (40 SC), Tom Williamson (38 SC) and Tim English (31 SC).
The jungle drums are beating louder every week Nat Fyfe (81 SC) fails to produce a score of substance. He’s nowhere near the player he once was and he may be and option to trade out if you have trouble finding 18 starting players next week.
Andy Otten (62 SC) has served us well this season, posting some decent scores. But he has the bye this week and has an unachievable break even, so now is the perfect time to offload him.
One of the hype breakout players in the pre season, Jack Steele (53 SC) has been poor the past three weeks. After averaging a respectable 92 from his first eight matches, average has dropped down to a paltry 75 in the past month. He’s gone from being a potential keeper to someone that needs to be upgraded.