Anyone ever wondered how Elliot Yeo got his nickname ‘The Yeo-Yeo’? The last two weeks should give you a pretty good idea. After scoring dreadfully last round, he came out this week and belted out 150 points, punishing the few thousand players that traded him out prematurely. Brodie Grundy is handsomely rewarding everyone who took the punt on him at R1, and unlike the majority of ruckman *cough* Bellchambers *cough*, Grundy actually looks pretty mobile and is playing as Collingwood’s fourth mid.
Speaking of Collingwood’s mids, Steele Sidebottom is absolutely killing it so far, which is obviously due to the aerodynamics of his new haircut. Maybe Jack Billings should follow suit, a new haircut may be just what he needs to turn his form around. (And maybe the Saints, but that might be a bit of a stretch).
Josh Kelly was out with an injury, which was made even more annoying with GWS being so tight-lipped on everything that goes on within their club. Personally, I traded him to Tom Mitchell, but it still didn’t save me as I went down by 2 points in our cash league, reducing me to uncontrollable sobs on the floor of my living room. Poor Damo was made to put his arm around me and reassure me, telling me that ‘Armitage was a good pick’. That’s very comforting and all, but Damo is now ranked 689. And he does not have Armitage in his team.
Top 10 Supercoach Scores:
- Brandon Parfitt – 168 (10 points)
- Ben Brown – 167 (9 points)
- Elliot Yeo – 150 (8 points)
- Robbie Gray – 145 (7 points)
- Jaeger O’Meara – 145 (7 points)
- Luke Breust – 142 (5 points)
- Brodie Grundy – 141 (4 points)
- Dustin Martin – 141 (4 points)
- Aaron Sandilands – 139 (2 points)
- Steele Sidebottom – 138 (1 point)
- Tom Mitchell – 20
- Dustin Martin – 16
- Brodie Grundy – 12
- Lance Franklin – 10
- Tom J Lynch – 10
- Jarrod Lyons – 10
- Nat Fyfe – 10
- Brandon Parfitt – 10
- Jonathon Patton – 9
- Ben Brown – 9
Of course, the first time Tom Mitchell doesn’t crack the leaderboard is the week I bring him in. Sorry to all the coaches that already had him, I’ll take the blame for that. Brodie Grundy has shot to third place, with him and Dusty both receiving 4 points. Parfitt and Brown have both debuted this week, but don’t expect Parfitt to stay on the leaderboard for long. If Parfitt scores more than 20 points this season, I will personally run out for a game in the twos with nothing more than a sock on. You heard it here first.
Sydney vs Adelaide
Friday 20 April 7:50PM – SCG
Last time they met: Sydney 13.5.83 def. Adelaide 11.14.80
Top 5 Scores: R Sloane 140, R Laird 124, J Kennedy 110, T Lynch 104, S Jacobs 102
Two weeks ago I would have told you to put the VC on Sam Jacobs. He’s one of the best ruckman in the league, and he’s coming up against Cam Sinclair. Easy pick, right? But Sauce has only cracked the ton once so far this year, and Sinclair is proving to be no pushover either, averaging 110.5. Wait, did I read that right? Maybe chuck the VC on Cam Sinclair instead. Just kidding, don’t do that. Bryce Gibbs doesn’t historically score too well against Sydney, so avoid him, but Rory Sloane does. Over his last two games against Sydney, he has averaged 138.5 due to not being tagged. Sloanedog’s due for a big one, lock him in as VC.
St Kilda vs Greater Western Sydney
Saturday 21 April 1:45PM – Etihad Stadium
Last time they met: St Kilda 16.12.108 def. GWS 12.13.85
Top 5 Scores: J Steven 120, J Billings 114, S Ross 111, J Kelly 108, B Acres 106
At first glance you would think to put the VC on Jonathon Patton. The Saints are woeful, Patton’s in form, and he could kick a bag. That’s true, he might. But it’s interesting to note that Patton has played the Saints four times and his highest score against them is 49. That doesn’t fill me with too much hope. Stephen Coniglio is in ripping form, and is the number one man in GWS’s midfield even when Kelly is in the team. I’d be more confident in him, considering he is not coming up against a very strong midfield. I could be wrong though, apparently Armitage played a ripper for the Sandringham Zebras on the weekend! *Sigh…*
Carlton vs West Coast
Saturday 21 April 4:35PM – MCG
Last time they met: West Coast 15.10.100 def. Carlton 12.11.83
Top 5 Scores: M Kreuzer 133, M Murphy 128, C Curnow 122, J Kennedy 120, N Vardy 105
Josh J Kennedy is back, baby! Kennedy’s return to West Coast on the weekend was a success, booting 5 goals against the Suns in an easy win. Carlton are even worse than Gold Coast. Could Kennedy kick 10? If he does, make sure you have the VC on him. Patty Cripps is the only other one I’d consider for this game, and it would depend very much on Mark Hutchings being named. Hutchings is a good tagger, and if he lines up on Cripps, please don’t VC him. You’re only hurting yourself.
Port Adelaide vs Geelong
Saturday 21 April 7:10PM – Adelaide Oval
Last time they met: Geelong 11.15.81 def. Port Adelaide 11.13.79
Top 5 Scores: P Dangerfield 163, J Selwood 134, J Polec 128, S Selwood 112, O Wines 110
Can we agree that Patrick Dangerfield is due for a big one? We paid $749k for you, and you’re letting us down, Patrick! Lift! Brad Ebert may go to him, but how much is he going to do, really? Dangerfield’s pretty untaggable, so the tag may go to Selwood instead. Dangerfield’s breakeven is up over 200, but we all know he’s capable of achieving those lofty heights. Unlikely? Probably. But if we don’t have hope, what do we have?
Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs
Saturday 21 April 8:10PM – Optus Stadium
Last time they met: Fremantle 13.11.89 def. Western Bulldogs 10.13.73
Top 5 Scores: D Mundy 143, M Bontempelli 133, T Liberatore 131, L Dahlhaus 124, N Fyfe 113
I like the look of David Mundy top scoring last time these two teams met. I also like the look of David Mundy’s form so far this year. I probably won’t have the guts to pick him, but I’m hoping he goes big. If I was to pick a VC from this game, it would be between Nat Fyfe and Marcus Bontempelli. The Bont has a 3-round average against the Dockers of 112.7, compared to Fyfe’s 106.7. Not much splitting them. I would probably be leaning slightly towards Fyfe, just because I think the Dogs are struggling and Fremantle are looking good this year, much to the delight of Damo.
North Melbourne vs Hawthorn
Sunday 22 April 3:20PM – Etihad Stadium
Last time they met: Hawthorn 18.8.116 def. North Melbourne 14.5.89
Top 5 Scores: J Gunston 124, I Smith 118, L Breust 115, L Hodge 109, J Sicily 107
Tom Mitchell is going to get tagged by Ben Jacobs this week, so he’s not your set and forget Perma-Captain he has been every other week. Jacobs is the only reason North Melbourne don’t have an average losing margin of 100+ points, so stay away from captaining Titch this week. Okay, that might be harsh, but you get the jist. Jarryd Roughead is my smoky for this game, as he could be the beneficiary of Hawthorn belting North Melbourne, and could take a few big clunks over the developing Vickers-Willis and kick a few goals. He hasn’t cracked the ton so far this year, but he also hasn’t played North Melbourne. Lock him in.
Brisbane vs Gold Coast
Sunday 22 April 4:40PM – Gabba
Last time they met: Brisbane 22.10.142 def. Gold Coast 12.12.84
Top 5 Scores: D Beams 138, S Martin 129, L Taylor 129, J Martin 127, T Rockliff 125
The big game. The Queensland Derby between two of the worst teams in the AFL always manages to pull a massive crowd of 15,000+, full of angry rugby fans who only know the Brisbane Lions because they wear maroon on their guernsey. Dayne Zorko is in seriously bad form, and doesn’t historically score great against Gold Coast anyway, and Dayne Beams is also in bad form this year, so I wouldn’t pick either of them. Stef Martin could be an option, as his only sub-par score this year came against big Maxy Gawn, and apart from that game is averaging 119.7, so he’s my pick for this round. Jarrod Witts is going nicely, but I think Martin’s still the better player for now, so lock him in if you want a captain from this game.
Melbourne vs Richmond
Tuesday 24 April 7:25PM – MCG
Last time they met: Richmond 12.16.88 def. Melbourne 11.9.75
Top 5 Scores: T Nankervis 127, M Hibberd 124, J Riewoldt 120, C Oliver 115, T McDonald 109
There’s a lot of potential captaincy options this game, but you can’t choose them all. Clayton Oliver, Dustin Martin, Max Gawn and even Jesse Hogan can all be considered for captain, with Hogan playing a midfield role which is very Supercoach friendly. Which is really nice to see for his sake, considering what that young man’s been through recently. Dusty hasn’t cracked the ton against Melbourne for a number of years now, so I wouldn’t be picking him for this week. Gawn has only played Richmond once in the past 3 years, but he scored 160, so that’s a good sign and I’d back him to dominate Nank in the ruck. Clayton Oliver has only played Richmond once in his life, and scored 115. I think he’ll score well this week, but that’s a really small sample size to go by. You won’t go wrong with picking him though, in my opinion. Jesse Hogan is more of a ‘Hey, what the heck?’ pick, and if you select him as captain and it turns out for you, please hit me up on Twitter, I’d love to hear!
Collingwood vs Essendon
Wednesday 25 April 3:20PM – MCG
Last time they met: Essendon 18.9.117 def. Collingwood 12.8.80
Top 5 Scores: D Zaharakis 120, M Hurley 117, Z Merrett 109, J Kelly 107, S Sidebottom 106
Brodie Grundy. What an absolute beast. Had 30+ hitouts and 30+ disposals in the same game last week, and is the top ranking ruckman so far this year. 3 of his opponents so far have been McEvoy, Kreuzer and Jacobs, who are all elite ruckman in their own right. And have a look who Grundy’s playing this week – Bellchambers. Steele Sidebottom’s in terrific form as well, but how can you pass up captaining Grundy? He won’t let you down, and that’s the Sloanian guarantee.
Post MaSloane’s Top 8 (Non-Dangerfield) Captain Picks
- Brodie Grundy
- Stef Martin
- Jarryd Roughead
- Jesse Hogan
- Max Gawn
- Josh J Kennedy
- Clayton Oliver
- Rory Sloane
The Cheat Sheet
Damo is a man of few words, so we’ll let his cheat sheet do the talking!