Any fellow Bombers supporters go to the game yesterday? That was so tragic. Lucky I was full to the brim with Carlton Draught, because otherwise I’m not sure how well I would have coped with it. And to think I was secretly hoping for a top 4 berth… But enough about the Bombers, let’s focus on Supercoach!
For me personally, there is a lot more success happening in Supercoach than there is being a Bombers supporter. Apart from Michael Hibberd confirming rumours that he is in fact 2018’s Heath Shaw, we have a lot of positives, especially if you started with Brodie Grundy, who is, to use Jock’s words, a monolithic beast.
Bailey Fritsch was a late out, which saw many coaches, myself included, cop a donut in their forward lines. Kreuzer didn’t play, and neither did Kelly, but the biggest worry for me (not really Supercoach relevant) was Josh Begley doing his knee. I love that kid, and I’ve sent him a box of cookies and racehorse-grade steroids with a note wishing him a quick recovery.
In leagues, Damo and I go head-to-head for the first time this week, and I’ve been waking up in feverish sweats just thinking about it. I’m hoping for a miracle, and if I get one, you can be sure Damo won’t ever hear the end of it, no matter how many thousand ranks he is ahead of me. At least I’ve got nothing to lose!
Top 10 Supercoach Scores
- Sebastian Ross – 160 (10 points)
- Brett Deledio – 153 (9 points)
- Nat Fyfe – 151 (8 points)
- Max Gawn – 151 (8 points)
- Patrick Cripps – 151 (8 points)
- Kade Simpson – 142 (5 points)
- Robbie Gray – 137 (4 points)
- Patrick Dangerfield – 135 (3 points)
- Ben Cunnington – 135 (3 points)
- Harris Andrews – 130 (1 point)
- Tom Mitchell – 20
- Nat Fyfe – 18
- Dustin Martin – 16
- Kade Simpson – 13
- Brodie Grundy – 12
- Robbie Gray – 11
- Max Gawn – 11
- Lance Franklin – 10
- Tom J Lynch – 10
- Jarrod Lyons – 10
- Sebastian Ross – 10
- Brandon Parfitt – 10
The immortal one, Patrick Dangerfield, has finally received ranking points! Not enough to get him even close to the leaderboard, but it’s a start. Nat Fyfe has become the first player to score in the top 3 in separate weeks, and Simpson and Gawn have both re-appeared on the leaderboard after strong round 1 performances. Buddy Franklin will most likely exit the leaderboard after this week, due to being injured and missing the clash against Geelong. All I can smell is a tasty upgrade in two weeks. Mmmm, fallen premos….
Western Bulldogs vs Carlton
Friday 27 April 7:50PM – Etihad Stadium
Last time they met: Western Bulldogs 12.10.82 def. Carlton 9.8.62
Top 5 Scores: J Macrae 124, M Kreuzer 120, M Bontempelli 120, T McLean 115, M Wallis 110
This is sort of a tricky one. Do you VC Bontempelli or Macrae because of how terrible Carlton is, or do you VC Cripps or Simpson because of how terrible the Bulldogs are? Which team is more terrible? I think if I had to choose, I would VC Cripps, due to his excellent start to the year, and he doesn’t seem to be effected too much whether or not Carlton win or lose. Then again, their recent win history isn’t a very large sample size to go by.
Geelong vs Sydney
Saturday 28 April 1:45PM – GMHBA
Last time they met: Sydney 16.11.107 def. Geelong 8.13.61
Top 5 Scores: L Parker 134, M Duncan 132, Z Smith 119, S Menegola 113, J McVeigh 113
Mitch Duncan has been seriously underwhelming this year, with only the one ton and scoring at less than 1 PPM. But cast your mind back to September last year. Geelong vs Sydney in the Semi Final. Mitch Duncan was unreal. 36 disposals, 14 marks, and 2 goals for 144 Supercoach points. I’m putting the VC on him, I have a feeling he’s going to bounch back in a big way. If you have him, I encourage you to follow suit, because at least then if he’s a flop, we all go down together.
Lance Franklin is out, so the Swans midfielders may struggle to have Effective Kicks Inside 50 due to the lack of forward options, so I wouldn’t put the VC on Kennedy or Parker. Patrick Dangerfield’s an option, but hey, Patrick Dangerfield’s always an option.
North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide
Saturday 28 April 2:10PM – Etihad Stadium
Last time they met: Port Adelaide 19.13.127 def. North Melbourne 8.9.57
Top 5 Scores: C Wingard 157, B Ebert 148, B Cunnington 137, S Gray 126, O Wines 118
North Melbourne? 3 wins? Surely I’m not reading the ladder correctly. It’s kind of embarrassing that they sit higher on the ladder than Essendon, especially considering how much I dish out about how terrible they are. If they can continue this form, possibly consider Ben Cunnington, who was heroic in North Melbourne’s 70-point loss to Port last time these two met. However, I still think Port Adelaide will be too good, so consider Robbie Gray for VC duties. This year he’s averaging 124, and coming off scores of 137 and 145. Despite the Ben Jacobs tag, Gray has the option many don’t, which includes isolating him one-on-one in the square and taking control. Port will get it in there enough that Robbie could end up with six.
Greater Western Sydney vs Brisbane
Saturday 28 April 4:35PM – Spotless Stadium
Last time they met: GWS 22.14.146 def. Brisbane 12.14.86
Top 5 Scores: J Patton 156, D Shiel 143, J Cameron 133, S Martin 128, T Greene 127
Stephen Coniglio is the real deal and by gosh I wish I picked him. Another stroke of genius from Damo. Coniglio is averaging 124 so far this year, and his last two scores against Brisbane have been 139 and 122. He tears them apart, and let’s be honest, Brisbane are hardly on the way up. Lock him in absolutely, he won’t disappoint.
Hawthorn vs St Kilda
Saturday 28 April 7:25PM – UTAS Stadium
Last time they met: St Kilda 19.16.130 def. Hawthorn 8.7.55
Top 5 Scores: D Roberton 149, B McEvoy 125, T Mitchell 117, J Steele 116, N Riewoldt 113
Last time these teams met, the Saints absolutely thumped the Hawks. I wouldn’t expect a repeat. What I would expect, however, is that Tom Mitchell single-handedly dismantles St Kilda with 40+ disposals and 130+ Supercoach points. He’s had two sub-par games in a row, but I think he will turn it around. If you don’t agree, possibly consider Ben McEvoy. Playing over in Tassie, he will dominate in the ruck, seeing as St Kilda are having to field twos players in the ruck based purely on height. I wouldn’t be surprised to see McEvoy with 50+ hitouts and 20+ HOA. Jump on him for VC.
Adelaide vs Gold Coast
Saturday 28 April 8:10PM – Adelaide Oval
Last time they met: Adelaide 23.15.153 def. Gold Coast 13.8.86
Top 5 Scores: R Sloane 139, M Crouch 124, R Laird 121, B Crouch 118, M Barlow 112
Matt Crouch is back this week, which is a huge relief for Crows fans. I wouldn’t be captaining him, though, give him a bit of time to work back into it. Michael Barlow is back as well, but unlike Crouch, I would consider giving him captaincy duties. He averages 118.9 against the Crows, who are his favourite team, and he’s been killing it in the NEAFL. Barlow may be rusty, but if he comes out in his usual fashion he’ll be a good Vice Captain, especially if he plays a bunch of midfield time.
Essendon vs Melbourne
Sunday 29 April 1:10PM – Etihad Stadium
Last time they met: Melbourne 17.10.112 def. Essendon 10.14.74
Top 5 Scores: B Goddard 116, C Pederson 114, M Hurley 109, C Oliver 108, J Watts 105
The battle of the extreme disappointments. Both teams have not come even close to what was expected of them in the preseason, with only 2 wins apiece thus far. One of these teams will be 2-4 this time next week, and it will be very hard to come back from that. But who to pick for captain? Clayton Oliver is averaging 115.2 this year, and has only dropped below 100 once, when he was tagged by Ben Jacobs, so should be a worthwhile captain pick.
I personally wouldn’t pick Max Gawn, because while I think he will easily beat Bellchambers in the ruck, he won’t dominate him like he has his other opponents. Bellchambers has been rested, with Matthew Luenberger taking his place. Gawn is now an excellent option. Zach Merrett is starting to get into some form, but he doesn’t historically score too well against the Dees, so I think Oliver is the best choice for this game.
Collingwood vs Richmond
Sunday 29 April 3:20PM – MCG
Last time they met: Richmond 14.15.99 def. Collingwood 11.14.80
Top 5 Scores: B Grundy 135, T Cotchin 135, T Nankervis 124, W Hoskin-Elliott 120, S Pendlebury 120
Brodie Grundy is a seriously hot pie right now. He’s the top scoring Supercoach player this year, with an average of 128.4 and a 3-round average against the Tigers of 112.7. Ivan Soldo has also been named this week, which could signify Toby Nankervis being rested or the two sharing ruck duties. Either way, lock him in as captain. He will crush it. If you don’t have him, perhaps consider Dustin Martin. Dusty has averaged 125 in his last 3 encounters with Collingwood, and loves the MCG. My head thinks he will kill it, but my heart hopes he won’t. I need to get that little edge over Damo, so feel free to rotate onto the bench from Full Back, Dusty!
Fremantle vs West Coast
Sunday 29 April 4:40PM – Optus Stadium
Last time they met: West Coast 11.8.74 def. Fremantle 5.14.44
Top 5 Scores: S Hurn 165, L Duggan 129, N Fyfe 126, C Blakely 121, J Redden 114
Nat Fyfe is just another level. What an absolute spectacle to behold he is, and everyone who traded him out after round 1 will be kicking themselves now. He’s a perma-captain week in, week out, and he may be even more dangerous against the Eagles considering the loss of Priddus and Mitchell. Otherwise, another good pick could be Nic Naitanui. He is significantly shorter than Aaron Sandilands, but one is incredibly athletic and the other is a lanky goofball. Need I tell you who is who? Naitanui should score 120+.
Post MaSloane’s Top 8 (Non-Dangerfield) Captain Picks
- Brodie Grundy
- Ben McEvoy
- Tom Mitchell
- Mitch Duncan
- Dustin Martin
- Robbie Gray
- Stephen Coniglio
- Michael Barlow