HEROES, VILLAINS AND THE DAMNED
The full moon is upon us and the Teen Wolf has well and truly arisen.
Nathaniel Fyfe was simply irresistible for Fremantle on Saturday and must be strongly considered as a captaincy option every time the Dockers play in Perth.
The SuperCoach beast looked like the Fyfe of old yesterday, you know, the one who averaged 120+ in consecutive seasons.
If he keeps his current form going, he will challenge Danger, Dusty and TMitch for the number one SC scorer of 2018.
The perfect physical specimen that is Nat Fyfe (160 SC) finished with elite stats of 38 possessions, eight tackles, 24 contested possessions and 14 clearances in Freo’s convincing win over the Suns. He looked ominous last week and the scary thing is he’s only just starting to hit his straps. Get on board now. Tom Mitchell (149 SC) continued his exceptional 2018 form with another 40+ touch match. He finished with 42 disposals, eight tackles and 12 clearances and remains by far the game’s best ball magnet.
Brodie Grundy (154 SC) proved he can go big even with Mason Cox in the Magpies’ side. He finished with 25 possessions, 32 hit outs and eight tackles in a standout ruck performance. Teammate Steele Sidebottom (134 SC) and opponent Marc Murphy (127 SC) also found plenty of pill in the middle.
If you’re after a good point of difference, then consider Jarryd Lyons (138 SC) and Jack McRae (131 SC) in the midfield. The pair are leading the Suns and Dogs’ onball brigades at the minute and look set to continue their high output.
Other significant scores: Jon Patton (159 SC), Callum Sinclair (152 SC), Lachie Hunter (142 SC), Bailey Williams (139 SC), Sam Gray (132 SC), Jared Polec (130 SC), Jesse Hogan (125 SC).
Bloody hell, what in earth happened to Elliott Yeo (27 SC)? In a bizarre game, he barely touched the ball in the first three quarters, before having an impact for the Eagles late when the match was on the line and earning almost all of his 27 points in the final term.
Contested bulls Clayton Oliver (75 SC), Rory Sloane (78 SC), Joel Selwood (78 SC) and Lachie Neale (77 SC) were all quiet after receiving some extra attention in the midfield, while Max Gawn got the better of big man Todd Goldstein (57 SC).
Tom Lynch (67 SC) failed to replicate last week’s heroics, while Jack Billings (54 SC) reflected his side’s poor performance. Heath Shaw (69 SC) was always going to taper off at some point while teammate Tim Taranto (49 SC) could be a classic mid-price trap.
Lachie Whitfield (64 SC) was also touched up by Sydney which hurt those that started him as a point of difference.
Brisbane tall Stefan Martin (154 SC) produced a herculean effort against a Port Adelaide side lacking a genuine ruckman. He finished with 30 disposals, 14 of them contested, seven marks, seven tackles and a massive 49 hit outs.
Forward pair Luke Dahlhaus (113 SC) and Sam Menegola (128 SC) both were exceptional after lacklustre starts to the season.
Collingwood half back Sam Murray (95 SC) was the pick of the rookies as he cemented his long-term job security with a brilliant performance for the Pies, with his speed and run-and-carry a standout. Geelong defender Jack Henry (93 SC) proved to be the surprise packet, while teammate Tim Kelly (90 SC) didn’t disappointed yet again.
West Coast excitement machine Liam Ryan (88 SC) dazzled again but come off late with an ankle injury. Adelaide’s Tom Doedee (85 SC) looked at home in defence again, as did Gold Coast hardnut Nick Holman (82 SC) in the midfield.
Bulldog Ed Richards (81 SC) looks to have a bright future in defence and is on the bubble this week, while Giant Jeremy Finlayson (77 SC) got the job done again. Tim English (76 SC) was better after having a down match last week, while aggressive Geelong forward Esava Ratogalea (74 SC) looked really good for the Cats in their loss to the Eagles.
There were a host of other rookies that perform well including Jack Waterman (72 SC), Mitch Crowden (72 SC), Lachlan Fogarty(70 SC), Jarrod Garlett (69 SC), Bailey Banfield (69 SC), Nick Coffield (66 SC), Lachlan Murphy (63 SC), Cameron Rayner (63 SC) and Jack Higgins (63 SC).
Other rookie scores: Bayley Fritsch (59 SC), Harry Morrison (54 SC), Adam Cera (53 SC), Paddy Dowe (49 SC), Will Rioli (40 Sc), Dom Barry (39 SC), Jaidyn Stephenson (33 SC), Andrew Brayshaw (32 SC), Daniel Venables (23 SC), Cameron Polson (16 SC).
Gary Ablett (92 SC) was flying before he pinged a hamstring early in the last term against West Coast. Will provide the ideal launching pad for his owners to upgrade to Patrick Dangerfield (100 SC), who was quiet by his standards.
Patch’s homeboy Zach Merrett dropped a few turds in our sides – round one with the concussion, and now round three with an insipid performance. Do we trade him? Probably not but boy will there be people wanting to.
How did you go this round, community?