If there’s one thing we learnt from Round 2 of the AFL season, it’s that the big 3 at Geelong are going to be a serious force to reckon with. Dangerfield, Ablett and Selwood combined for 95 disposals, 47 contested possessions, 21 clearances and 4 goals.
In the words of the great Brian Taylor – wowee! Hawthorn just got over the line, but Geelong fans will be salivating as they cheer on their cats in September. The 4th member of the dangerous Geelong midfield, Mitch Duncan, was a late out, which was pretty disappointing for the 1.8% of us that have him.
Tom Lynch decided he could do whatever Buddy could do, and booted 8 goals to destroy Carlton in a very one-sided affair. Clayton Oliver is only in 6% of teams and is an absolute jet, I will be watching him closely as an upgrade target, and Rocky decided he would take a nap on the bench, and has fallen so far from grace it’s almost hard to remember what it was like when he was averaging 110+. This week coming is the first round of league games, which signifies the start of the Supercoach season for those of you who don’t really care about rank, and just want to get one up on your annoying co-worker Robbo who swears that ‘Jack Redden is going to be the next big thing.’
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) April 2, 2018
Apart from having a Mitch Duncan shaped doughnut in my midfield, the rest of the round was a successful one for me. I turned things around from last week – last week I was the lowest scoring player in our cash league, this week I improved by 400 points and was the highest scoring player. Is that a good thing? All I’m feeling is that this season is going to be an absolute rollercoaster ride, which is concerning considering I’m already going grey!
Top 10 Supercoach Scores:
- Tom J Lynch – 180 (10 points)
- Dustin Martin – 160 (9 points)
- Jarrod Lyons – 152 (8 points)
- Jeff Garlett – 152 (8 points)
- Tom Mitchell – 148 (6 points)
- Ed Curnow – 148 (6 points)
- Ollie Wines – 147 (4 points)
- Clayton Oliver – 146 (3 points)
- Jesse Hogan – 145 (2 points)
- Gary Ablett – 144 (1 point)
- Tom Mitchell – 15
- Dustin Martin – 12
- Lance Franklin – 10
- Tom J Lynch – 10
- Kade Simpson – 8
- Jarrod Lyons – 8
- Jeff Garlett – 8
- Luke Parker – 7
- Blake Acres – 6
- Ed Curnow – 6
Tom Mitchell and Dustin Martin have stormed ahead on the leaderboard and have proven that they should be in 100% of sides come round 23. They are the only 2 players appearing on this list in both rounds, so the rest of the leaderboard is filled with players who scored big one week and didn’t replicate. Those of us who didn’t start with either Dusty or Titch will be seriously kicking ourselves and those who started with both will be kicking back with an icy cold beer and laughing in our faces. Screw you, Damo!
Cheat Sheet! (Damo doing god’s work)
Captain Choices with Post MaSloane
Carlton vs Collingwood
Friday 6 April 7:50PM – MCG
Last time they met: Carlton 12.7.79 def. Collingwood 8.8.56
Top 5 Scores: S Petrevski-Seton 134, B Reid 130, M Kreuzer 127, M Murphy 118, T Adams 114
Matthew Kreuzer was a late out on the weekend, so obviously he’s not 100% fit. Even if he gets up for this Friday, I think you’d best avoid VC’ing him. Patty Cripps has never dropped below 84 against the pies, and seems to have taken the next step in 2018, but the main man I’d be considering for this game is Scott Pendlebury. Scored 109 on the weekend, has a 3 round average against the blues of 131.7 and a career average against them of 123.5. Carlton got done by Gold Coast on the weekend, and aren’t looking very good, so Collingwood would be hoping to steamroll them this week. Back in Pendlebury if you have him.
Port Adelaide vs Brisbane
Saturday 7 April 1:15PM – Adelaide Oval
Last time they met: St Kilda 18.13.121 def. Brisbane 12.9.81
Top 5 Scores: D Zorko 143, R Gray 129, R Lester 127, R Bastinac 122, P Ryder 119
Robbie Gray scored 111 and 129 in his two matches against Port Adelaide last year, and scored 111 on the weekend, after a week off enjoying the last of the Adelaide sun for the year. He could be a VC option. I wouldn’t pick Dayne Zorko, I’d wait to see a few more weeks to see how the tag is really going to affect him, but someone I would consider is Stefan Martin. Charlie Dixon got beaten by Callum Sinclair in the ruck last week, and anyone who thinks Sinclair is as good as Martin needs to get a reality check. Martin will jump all over Dixon this week, and while he only averages 80.3 against Port Adelaide, the absence of Ryder could be Martin’s opportunity to score 130+.
Melbourne vs North Melbourne
Saturday 7 April 2:10PM – MCG
Last time they met: North Melbourne 11.10.76 def. Melbourne 10.12.72
Top 5 Scores: C Oliver 170, A Swallow 131, J Lewis 119, J Ziebell 116, M Gawn 111
Remember that game where Max Gawn and Todd Goldstein scored 172 apiece? That was so god-damn titillating. If either can replicate that, that’s a really solid captain’s score. Chances are that won’t happen, but if you were going to choose one of them for captain, I’d go Gawn, as he racked up 39 hitouts, versus Goldstein’s 26, in their last encounter in the JLT. Melbourne also have a much stronger midfield to tap it to than North Melbourne – and on that note, young gun Clayton Oliver shows no sign of slowing down and should also be considered as a VC option.
Gold Coast vs Fremantle
Saturday 7 April 2:35PM – Optus Stadium
Last time they met: Fremantle 12.18.90 def. Gold Coast 10.7.67
Top 5 Scores: L Neale 156, N Fyfe 140, L Ryan 116, C McCarthy 109, S Hill 104
Nat Fyfe averages 136.4 against the suns. They literally can’t stop him. Who do you get to tag Fyfe? Bowes? Possibly May if he goes forward? It’s impossible. Don’t over think it, just give Fyfe captaincy duties and watch him gallivant around and do whatever the bloody hell he wants.
Sydney vs Greater Western Sydney
Saturday 7 April 7:25PM – SCG
Last time they met: Sydney 14.12.96 def. GWS 12.11.83
Top 5 Scores: S Mumford 120, L Franklin 118, J Patton 109, D Hannebery 105, K Jack 104
Lance Franklin averages 103.2 at the SCG, and last week continued his incredible stat of kicking at least 4 goals in every opening match at the SCG since 2014. He is every chance to kick a bag and go big in typical Buddy fashion. Luke Parker, Josh Kelly and Josh Kennedy all don’t have exceptional records against each other, so I’d probably give this game a miss for captaincy picks if you’re not brave enough to pick Buddy.
St Kilda vs Adelaide
Saturday 7 April 7:25PM – Etihad Stadium
Last time they met: Adelaide 16.15.111 def. St Kilda 7.12.54
Top 5 Scores: R Laird 134, T Lynch 116, B Smith 114, J Billings 106, J Newnes 105
In round 12 last year, Koby Stevens made Rory Sloane look silly, keeping him to only 14 possessions and 66 Supercoach points, despite Sloane racking up 5 Frees for. If Sloane gets tagged again this week, there’s no way you would put the C on him. Rory Laird has had an impressive start to the season, but I wouldn’t trust him to go 130+ because let’s be honest, the ball probably won’t be in Adelaide’s defensive half all that much.
Richmond vs Hawthorn
Sunday 8 April 1:10PM – MCG
Last time they met: Richmond 13.15.93 def. Hawthorn 9.10.64
Top 5 Scores: J Caddy 137, J Sicily 130, T Mitchell 128, D Prestia 124, D Martin 119
Points pig vs points pig. Untaggable vs untouchable. Tom Mitchell vs Dustin Martin. Who do you pick? Obviously if you pick a captaincy option from this round, it’s going to be one of these two. But which one? Martin has consistently scored in the 110’s against Hawthorn, but Mitchell has scored 126 and 128 in his last two outings against Richmond. I don’t have either (please don’t ask why) but if I did I think I’d choose Martin. Actually no, Mitchell. Wait no, Martin. Oh for god’s sake, just flip a coin, this is too hard to pick.
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon
Sunday 8 April 3:20PM – Etihad Stadium
Last time they met: Western Bulldogs 19.13.127 def. Essendon 13.19.97
Top 5 Scores: J Roughead 127, M Bontempelli 123, M Hurley 118, S Biggs 115, J Daniher 113
You have to go back to his rookie year to find the last time Marcus Bontempelli didn’t ton up against the dons. He loves Etihad, and Woosha refuses to tag. The Bont could be a good pick for Captain, however his extended stints up forward is a little bit worrying. A high risk/high reward POD pick could be to whack the C on Tom Bellchambers if you have him. Against the Eagles on Sunday arvo, the entire Bulldogs team combined for 13 hitouts. Yep, you read that right, 13. Trengove got 4, English 6 and Roughead 3. That really is second class. Bellchambers is looking really fit this season, the best I’ve ever seen him. He hasn’t had a good record historically against the Bulldogs (like I said, high risk) but I’d almost be banking on a massive score from the big fella. Lock him in and don’t check the scores until Monday morning.
West Coast vs Geelong
Sunday 8 April 4:40PM – Optus Stadium
Last time they met: West Coast 11.17.83 def. Geelong 10.10.70
Top 5 Scores: P Dangerfield 141, D Sheed 127, N Vardy 125, S Mitchell 122, A Gaff 120
Patrick Dangerfield proved that not even coming off an injury could stop him tonning up. He’s just a deadset superstar. He’s only in 17% of teams, but if you have him, you seriously can’t go wrong. Gary Ablett is the other one I’d consider for this game. He averages 129.1 against the Eagles, and played 91% game time in the midfield last week, squashing all rumours about him playing as a mid-forward, so he’s one to captain as well if you don’t have Danger. (Though I wish he would play forward so that Duncan could play purely mid!)
Post MaSloane’s Top 8 (Non-Dangerfield) Captain Picks
- Marcus Bontempelli
- Clayton Oliver
- Max Gawn
- Stefan Martin
- Tom Bellchambers
- Scott Pendlebury
- Gary Ablett
- Nat Fyfe