No, not good. Not good at all. Could our immortal hero be a doubt for round 1? Dangerfield came straight off late in the first term and down the race, and didn’t play any part of the remainder of the match. Cue mass hysteria and ungodly screaming. If Paddy can’t get up for round 1, we may have to go back to the dark ages, when we actually had to think about our captain choice every week. The thought of that sends shivers down my spine.
Notable Absentees – GEELONG: Gary Ablett, Scott Selwood, Lachie Henderson, Nakia Cockatoo, Corey Gregson
Notable Absentees – ESSENDON: Orazio Fantasia, Matt Leuenberger, Travis Colyer, Aaron Francis
Injuries: Rhys Stanley (calf), Patrick Dangerfield (hamstring?), Patrick Gleeson (ankle)
Essendon 15.11.101 def Geelong 15.7.97
A lot of Supercoachers were hoping to get a look in at Ablett, Selwood, Dangerfield, Duncan and Menegola in the same midfield today, but instead we got to look at Duncan, Selwood and Horlin-Smith. Yay. Today there were more questions asked than answered, and my team is a mess that I’m not enjoying looking at. With two weeks left before the AFL season, we as Supercoachers must answer the question that plays with our mind this time every year – do we actually enjoy this game?
It was a fast paced game with both teams looking really good for most of the match. The cats kicked away mid way through the game, but the strong wind helped the bombers claw back the margin in the last quarter and win by 4 points. Duncan and Merrett led the way for their respective teams, and Hawkins and Menzel were busy up forward, kicking 9 goals between them. With both teams sporting some big fantasy-relevant names in 2018, let’s crack in and see who is deserving of a spot in your team to take you to $50,000 big dollarydoos!
Patrick Dangerfield – $749,800 – 44 SC
The big news of the game, Dangerfield only played one quarter. Prior to his injury though, he scored 44 Supercoach points, and if he is fit for round 1 he is obviously a lock at M1. If he’s not, we panic. But let’s not think about that.
Joel Selwood – $562,000 – 107 SC
Captain courageous stood up and took charge in the absence of Dangerfield and Ablett today, with 35 disposals and 4 marks (and 8 free kicks, big surprise!). Selwood cops a lot of criticism for flog-like tendencies, but I personally believe Selwood is the hardest player in the competition and if he can get back to his best is at a bargain price.
Zach Tuohy – $484,600 – 73 SC
Looked good. Had 28 disposals, and 21 of them were kicks. Not in my team but he could definitely sneak into the top 10 defenders for the year. What deters me from him is that he doesn’t take enough marks for a rebounding defender, and his disposal efficiency was down today but I wouldn’t be too worried about that, there was a strong wind at Colac.
Tom Hawkins – $473,700 – 92 SC
Kicked a bag, but I wouldn’t be touching him with a barge pole. Too inconsistent and if you really wanted him, you could pick him up later for $400k. Not that you would though.
Jake Kolodjashnji – $311,500 – 87 SC
Wasn’t interested in this player but I thought he was a lot more expensive. Now I’m slightly more interested. Had 6 tackles, went at 93% efficiency and looked the goods in Geelong’s defence. If he can keep up this output for the season he’s a good pick, but his highest average was 67.2, so we probably can’t trust him.
Zac Smith – $501,800 – 98 SC
I’ve seen this guy in a few teams, and could never really understand the attraction. Now that Stanley’s down, however, he really could be a decent pick in a year where the ruck line is so damn hard. What turns me off though is his lack of presence around the ground, with only 8 disposals. Pass for mine, but good luck to you if you start him with the Bearded One.
Mitch Duncan – $603,700 – 145 SC
Was everywhere. There was no Dangerfield, Ablett or Menegola today so we have yet to see how much midfield time he will actually receive once the season rolls around. There’s no denying though that this kid is a jet, with 38 disposals, 13 of them contested. Contrary to popular belief, I reckon he will be a staple in the midfield, with Ablett and Dangerfield rotating into the forward line and Menegola playing on a flank. Is currently my M3. (What am I thinking?!)
Tim Kelly – $117,300 – 68 SC
The mature age rookie should be in 100% of teams if he is named round 1, and all reports indicate he should be. Looks very promising, kicked a nice goal from the 50 arc in the second term and should be a serviceable on field M8 option.
Mark O’Connor – $123,900 – 69 SC
Had a terrific second term, and loves to kick the footy. Not sure if he will feature in round 1, but this game certainly didn’t do his chances any harm. If he is named could be an option for our defensive bench.
Mark Blicavs – $448,600 – 98 SC
With Rhys Stanley going down with a calf injury, it could be just the opportunity Blicavs has been waiting for. Averaged 104.3 in 2015 when he shouldered a lot of the ruck duties, and if he is given the opportunity to ruck alongside Smith this year we could see his average rise back over 100. However, his ruck DPP was removed last year, and at his price point, I can’t see him averaging what we would need to lock him into our midfield.
Charlie Constable – $117,300 – 67 SC
Charlie ‘Chaplin the Constable’ showed signs of life at times but probably didn’t do enough to earn him a round 1 berth. Is MID-only, so there will likely be better options to generate us cash.
Esava Ratugolea – $123,900 – 5 SC
Zach Merrett – $600,600 – 140 SC
Did Zach Merrett things and did them well. You get what you pay for with these uber premos, and you won’t be disappointed if you back this man for the long run. Looks a class above in the bombers engine room, and should be top 10 midfielders again this year. 30 disposals, 16 contested and 9 tackles.
Michael Hurley – $563,500 – 71 SC
Had a sub-par first half, with a couple of dropped marks and only 7 disposals. Brought it back later in the game, and he will definitely be top 8 defenders, possibly top 2. Is very expensive though, so the question you need to ask yourself is whether you are willing to set and forget or pick him up at better value later in the season.
Dyson Heppell – $547,300 – 68 SC
Too expensive. Won’t be top 10 midfielders. Boy he’s nice to look at though. (Note from Patch: THAT BEARD <3 )
Devon Smith – $439,100 – 83 SC
Was no where near the level he was on against the tigers. He’s never had a history of consistent scoring, so if you pick him you’ll have to take the good with the bad. Will be a decent scorer in your forward line, but you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting an 100 average in new colours. 22 disposals, 5 tackles and 2 goals is a nice game. In my team at F4.
Joe Daniher – $472,800 – 39 SC
Daniher was mentioned on the podcast as a potential POD this week, and you can see why. He looks so fit and agile in the forward line, and will kick bags regularly throughout the season. But we all know the #1 rule of Supercoach – don’t pick a key position player. You’d be brave to take him.
Jake Stringer – $356,000 – 43 SC
Only scored 43 points despite kicking 2 goals. Hopefully he can turn his career around at the bombers, but won’t be Supercoach relevant at this price. Scratch him off your watchlist.
Tom Bellchambers – $504,500 – 74 SC
I’m actually not convinced that this superb performance was just a flash in the pan. Admittedly, he wasn’t up against any super high quality ruckman, but the big man was on fire today. Crashing packs, racking up contested possessions and getting 39 hitouts in the ruck, Bellchambers looked, and I can’t believe I’m about to say this… Fantasy relevant. *Mic Drop* Could be an interesting POD in an improving bombers outfit.
Andrew McGrath – $388,400 – 79 SC
Could be an interesting pick. McGrath is such a silky player and uses it well, and at under $400k, could be a nice D4 if he can maintain a 85-95 average. His kick-to-handball ratio is a bit of a worry though, with 7 kicks and 17 handballs.
Josh Begley – $209,700 – 25 SC
I was really bullish on this kid when he first stepped on the scene last year. Strong bodied and a talented goalkicker, this kid’s going to be a great player in the coming years, and I can’t wait. Won’t justify his elevated price tag this year though. Pass.
Ben McNiece – $209,700 – 26 SC
Too expensive for a rookie and will score like this regularly. Pass.
That wraps up the first game of the last day of the JLT, folks! What stood out to you in this game? Is Devon Smith a lock in your team? Is Zach Merrett a good pick over Crouch, Oliver or Zorko? And what’s going to happen to Danger? So many questions to answer, and only 2 weeks before the start of the season. Perhaps it’s time to finally tell the boss to stuff himself, and sit at home and crack into intensive research with a few cans of rum. Revel in the last of the sunlight, Supercoachers, before the storm that is the home and away season arrives, and leaves us broken on the floor waiting for 2019. So on that note, good luck!