Come on down… the Bryce is right.
The Carlton midfielder with the majestic man bun was everywhere for the Blues on Saturday night, churning out a performance for the ages.
Gibbs amassed a stunning 208 SuperCoach points, the second man to do so this season after the great Gary Ablett.
The massive haul propelled his average up to 111 so far this season and well-and-truly into SuperCoach relevance.
In addition to Bryce’s splendid doubt ton, coaches had another reason to celebrate this week…the bloody byes are over!
In what has been somewhat of a horror period for some, it will be a feeling of pure relief that we are able to slot our best 22 back on the field and not bank mediocre rookie scores.
Thousands will be entertaining the thought of trading Gibbs (208 SC) in this week after his colossal game. He collected 43 disposals, 8 marks, 10 tackles, 7 clearances, 2 goals and 4 free kicks in a magnificent display. He was everywhere for the Blues, helping them get over the line against Gold Coast. Looking at his numbers this year, he has been particularly consistent, producing 90 or higher in 11 of his 12 games in 2017 with only the one underpant stain (a 58 in round 2). Well worth a look.
Carlton team-mates Sam Docherty (153 SC), Matt Kruezer (144 SC) and Kade Simpson (142 SC) were almost as imperious. Docherty (who had 30 touches at an elite 96% efficiency) and Kruezer have taken their games to another level this season, while those old bones of Simmo are just starting to warm up nicely and he looks primed for a big second half of the season.
Patrick Dangerfield (141 SC) was the one shining light in a horror outing for the Cats on Thursday night. He compiled 34 disposals, including a mammoth 22 contested possessions, 8 clearances and a goal. Shadowed by Elliott Yeo (117 SC), Danger probably had the better of the battle.
Brisbane’s Dayne Zorko (143 SC) continued his fine recent form during the Lions’ loss the Power. Zorko’s past five games have been phenomenal, posting 119, 123, 130, 129 and 143 to boost his overall average up to 114. The two Ryans – Lester (127 SC) and Bastinac (122 SC) also performed well for Brisbane.
West Coast enjoyed some good numbers in the round opener, with Dom Sheed (127 SC) lively up forward, Nathan Vardy (125 SC) enjoying a good match against his former side and midfield pair Sam Mitchell (122 SC) and Andrew Gaff (120 SC) finding plenty of the pill.
Thousands of coaches have traded in Tom Lynch (37 SC) at bargain basement price in the past few weeks, but reborn again defender Liam Jones took him to the cleaners on Saturday night. Lynch was kept to just 1 mark and 0.1 as he battled to combat the unconventional defensive style of Jones.
The Selwood brothers both had games they would rather forget on Thursday night. Scott (44 SC) was tagging Luke Shuey before experiencing hamstring soreness in the third quarter, meaning he took no further part in the game. It was a huge blow to those who traded him in. Joel (73 SC) was tagged by Mark Hutchins and not only was he down on his usual output but he was also reported. Joel’s elbow happened to come into contact with Sam Mitchell’s neck, but it remains to be seen if he misses games for the incident.
The usually prolific Brisbane trio of Stef Martin (72 SC), Dayne Beams (66 SC) and Tom Rockliff (59 SC) were all very ordinary in their side’s loss to Port Adelaide. Martin copped a knock early which impacted his output while Rocky was sketchy after coming off an injury break and Beams just couldn’t work his way into the match.
Just when we thought Dan Hannebery (66 SC) was fully resurrected, he goes and pulls out a performance like this. He had 25 possessions, but 5 clangers meant he went at only 48% efficiency. Team-mate Lance Franklin (48 SC) also had a poor game, only kicking one goal and racking up a monster 8 clangers.
Jason Johannisen (58 SC) has really struggled to handle the extra attention he has received in the past two weeks, with his form slump coinciding with the rut the Dogs find themselves in. Fellow defenders Zach Tuohy (78 SC) and Michael Hibberd (82 SC) did not hit their averages, with a whopping 8 clangers severely hindering Hibbo’s output.
Popular Dogs forward pair Luke Dahlhaus (82 CC) and Jack McRae (74 SC) were also below their best.
Bacher Houli (129 SC) is doing what he has done for many years now and tempting us to pick him as defensive premo. He’s on many coaches never-again lists, but could he be the real deal this time? His last three games have been highly impressive, belting out returns of 127, 139 and 129. These scores have come during the holy month of Ramadan, where Houli has to fast during the day. However Ramadan finishes up next Saturday, so it will be worth monitoring to see if this affects his output in the future.
Owners of Port’s Robbie Grey (129 SC) certainly have endured a roller-coaster ride so far this season. He’s had three 125+ scores and also three returns under 50. He bounced back from tallies of 44 and 85 in his past two games with a fine outing against the Lions. Grey had 21 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles and 2.4 on the scoreboard.
Nic Newman (104 SC) continues to stake his claim as a defensive keeper, collecting 26 disposals and 8 tackles. Those who are still holding Sam Powell-Pepper (85 SC) would not have been disappointed, while Mitch Hannan (90 SC) has proved to his owners he could be a valuable asset on the bench.
Other rookies who were so-so included Sam Petrevski-Seton (64 SC), Shai Bolton (63 SC), Jake Barrett (54 SC), James Parsons (51 SC), Zac Fisher (47 SC), Jarrod Berry (44 SC), Ben Ainsworth (39 SC), Hugh McCluggage (33 SC) and Tom Williamson (29 SC).
Could it be time to trade out Richmond’s Toby Nankervis (72 SC)? Nank the Tank has been on a downward trajectory in his past 6 games, posting on one ton in that time and averaging just 81.6. He had only 9 possessions on Saturday against his old side at a concerning 33% efficiency. After a stunning start to the season, his overall average in 2017 has now dropped to 95.7.
Caleb Marchbank (55 SC) has been a tremendous servant to our backlines, but the time has come to trade the young gun out if you have still held him. With the likes of Jake Lloyd ripe for the picking and Taylor Adams due to drop in coin in the coming weeks, now is the ideal time to upgrade Marchbank.