I’ll keep this short and sweet as I’ve got to cover the Port v Adelaide game as well, but WE HAVE A DEFENSIVE ROOKIE. Lock Sam Murray into your sides as soon as possible.
The Pies looked awful for a quarter and a half before the Dogs sort of fell asleep and let Collingwood run over the top of them in the second half.
Mason Cox also announced he could be not terrible at footy? Maybe? I dunno, he was on a second-gamer who also wasn’t a key position defender.
I dunno. This game provided more questions than answers for me, and I really don’t like that.
Collingwood 16.17.113 def Western Bulldogs 12.8.80
Notable absentees – Pies: T.Broomhead, C.Mayne, A.Oxley, F.Appleby, J.Daicos, J. Elliot, D. Wells
Notable absentees – Doggies: S.Biggs, C.Daniel, L.Picken, T. Boyd, T. English
Injuries: Jordan Roughead (groin), Scott Pendlebury (ankle)
Steele Sidebottom ($527,500 MID) – 124SC
Showed why he’s the reigning best and fairest winner down at Magpie land. Was the only Collingwood player who looked any good in the first quarter, and looked like he was a firsts player having a run around in the threes. Absolute class above the rest in terms of ball use. Snapped a very good goal late in the last.
Had a very good JLT1 as well… anyone braver than me willing to jump on?
Adam Treloar ($557,600 MID) – 110SC
Was incredibly busy early – not with possessions but with tackles. Had SIX in the first ten minutes and 10 at half time. Didn’t use the ball overly well but he got a lot of it. Was at the bottom of the pack and picked up a lot of contested possessions.
I said Treloar would need to have a huge game for me to even get him on the watchlist. 70SC at half time in Moe but with 10 tackles and seven contested possessions. Had six tackles in 10 minutes in the first.
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) March 10, 2018
Will be a hell of a lot better than he was last year. Will that be good enough to start him in our sides? Not for me.
Scott Pendlebury ($586,500 MID) – 61SC.
Legend of the Supercoach Hall of Fame. Flew under the radar for much of today as he spent much of the game on the bench with only 50 per cent time on ground and was havinig a shower at the start of the fourth quarter. Look to just be going through the motions in today’s game. Had ice on his ankle but who doesn’t these days? You could do far worse than picking him.
Taylor Adams ($591,000 MID) – 71SC
He’s the most expensive player on Collingwood’s list from a Supercoach perspecticve. Didn’t do much to justify his starting price in a year when he’s in the same price bracket as Crouch, Merrett, Sloane and FYFE. Call me when you’re a DPP again, champ.
Sam Murray ($123,900 DEF) – 103SC
Looks to be locked into the Pies defence. Fox commentators were raving about how effective his disposal was – we didn’t see a huge amount of that today as he’s still workinig his way into the top level. However, what we did see was him getting into good areas, his hands on the ball and some of the accurate possessions he did have were very, very nice.
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) March 10, 2018
Looks to be a crucial part of the new Pies defence, and he’s going to be a crucial part of ours as well. Had 24 touches with 18 kicks and nine marks. Lock him into your backline.
Jeremy Howe ($517,600 DEF) – 88SC
Took two absolute hangers and several other impressive grabs in a normal day of the office for the man who was hilariously robbed of Mark of the Year in 2017 (#DANIHERRRRR). Carried on from exactly where he left off last year and I’d wager he’ll have a very similar season to the one he did last year as well.
I’ll be picking him up cheaper during the season but I can’t see why he wouldn’t be a top ten defender.
Jaidyn Stephenson ($180,300 FWD) – 52SC
Kicked a miracle bouncing tumbling goal from outside 50 after a Warne-esque leg break in the fourth. Looks like he’ll play, but as a forward rookie in a Collingwood team that will struggle at times he won’t make a huge amount of cash at his elevated price. We’ll likely have to start him anyway.
Brodie Grundy ($527,500 RUC) – 66SC
Played reasonably well but was overshadowed in both a literal and metaphorical sense by Mason Cox. Was sharing the ruck load with the big Texan taking ruck contests forward of centre and that’s just one of the biggest no-nos when I’m hunting for a ruckman. If he’s not solo rucking – and based on today he won’t be – I’m not interested.
Also cleaned up Tory Dickson going for the ball. Not sure he gets suspended.
Mason Cox ($304,800 FWD/RUC) – 146SC
What? Had horrendous delivery early and ended up with four snags and a bunch of hitouts and contested marks. I love the guy’s attitude and enthusiasm but absolutely not in Supercoach. No.
Darcy Moore (338,000 FWD) – 50SC
Played as the loose man back today and looked a splitting image of his father, according to everyone who is old. As someone who isn’t old, I googled Peter Moore and yeah, I can see that. Will be a really important part of Collingwood’s backline this year. Will have big games but not enough to justify picking him.
Tom Langdon ($451,300 DEF) – 83SC
Heard his name mentioned quite a few times and had quite a decent game. Will have a solid year but don’t think he’ll breakout based on today’s performance. Will average about 85 for mine.
Callum Brown ($224,300 FWD) – 75SC
Looked good. Won’t look this good normally. No.
Brody Mihocek ($102,400 DEF) – 35SC
Is extremely cheap. Can’t imagine he’ll play round one, and if he does I wouldn’t expect him to rack up big numbers. Only seven touches in Moe.
A few other blokes on the fringe of watchlists scratched themselves off including Jack Crisp, Josh Thomas and Brayden Maynard, who did some nice things but not enough of them to grab my attention. Travis Varcoe looked good for 76SC but will be injured by the time this is posted.
Dominated the first quarter and then dropped off the face of the earth as the Pies ran over the top of them.
Jack Macrae ($587,800 MID) – 83SC
At the top of my watchlist after I did a preseason article on him as a sneaky point of difference. Had 113 in JLT1 but didn’t replicate it this week. Started in the middle, played through the middle but didn’t get a whole lot of points from his 27 touches. Only the one tackle is a worry. I’ll need to sleep on it, but I’m not liking the way he’s making me reconsider his selection.
Toby McLean ($470,200 FWD/MID) – 91SC
Hello there, my F2. Surprised he only finished with the 91. Had 26 touches at 84 per cent disposal efficiency. Reckon that score goes up during the season.
Tom Liberatore ($434,600 MID) – 125SC
Sandy Roberts said he looked ready to “eat a footy” early on in the piece and I’m not quite sure what he meant. I can’t imagine a man with Libba’s haircut using a knife and fork. Can you rip into a footy with your teeth? Do you pop it first? Do you cook it? Footy stew? The possibilities are endless.
What’s also endless are the questions around Libba in Supercoach. He looked goooooooooood. Like 2014 good. Like Vietnam good. In and under with a huge 16 contested possessions. If you’re considering Redden, consider this bloke instead.
The Bont ($577,800 MID) – 105SC
Gosh he’s good. Looks very good, especially when the Dogs are on song. I don’t know if he stays good all season or if he pushes forward (which he did at times today). Only the 20 touches to go with his three goals. Based on that I’d probably give him a miss – the 20 disposal games without goals will be a problem.
Luke Dahlhaus ($498,500 FWD/MID) – 90SC
Started forward and pushed up the ground as a higher forward flanker/winger. I’d scratched him off my list but he’s back on now. Had 20 possessions and seven of them were contested.
Aaron Naughton ($166,800 DEF) – 75SC
Played on Mason Cox and was given a bit of a towelling. However, when he was able to break free of the lumbering Texan he did some very nice things. Had 13 touches. I’d take him over Nick Coffield at basically the same price. Will make us some cash.
Billy Gowers ($117,300 FWD) – 29SC
Doesn’t get a game round one.
Jason Johanissen ($450,800 DEF) – 105SC
The 2016 Norm Smith medallist seemed to have the ball more often than his 21 possessions suggest, although that could just be his hair. Looked really, really nice early running off the half-forward line proving Lek and my assertion that every Dogs player is exactly the same. Still reckon he gets tagged.
Hayden Crozier ($341,400 FWD0 – 75SC
After Damo’s brilliant write-up I kept an eye on him. Was across the half back line and looked good at time. Had 21 touches with 10 of them contested. Currently in my side, but doubt his place to stay there. Wouldn’t expect huge numbers from him and probably prefer a rookie.
The Dogs have a whole bunch of players who are in a middling price range who put up middling scores. Lachie Hunter (59) Lin Jong (86) and Josh Dunkley (73 aren’t really worth looking at too closely. Hunter played on the wing but just didn’t have enough impact for mine. Jackson Trengove also looked very good for 103 points, but also had the whole game to ruck in place of Jordan Roughead who went off early. The Dogs won’t go with him solo so we shouldn’t touch him.