HEROES, VILLAINS AND THE DAMNED
It was that type of round for SuperCoaches, with a smattering of prolific scores mixed with plenty of poor ones.
The likes of Cripps, Gawn, Fyfe and Gray cemented their statuses as must-haves, while poor scores from Goldstein, Hibberd and co are creating headaches for their owners.
Par for the round was around the 2200 mark, with some scoring better depending on their captaincy choice.
Saints midfield bull Seb Ross (160 SC) was the highest scorer of the round, gathering 31 possessions at 81 per cent disposal efficiency. Future Carlton captain Patrick Cripps (153 SC) played one of the best matches of his blossoming career with 34 disposals, 11 tackles, 19 contested possessions and eight clearances.
Ruck behemoth Max Gawn (151 SC) monstered Toby Nankervis with 56 hit outs, while the AFL’s version of Benjamin Button, Kade Simpson (142 SC), continues to defy Father Time with a 31-possession outing which included a staggering 30 kicks and 10 marks.
Robbie Gray (137 SC) is the top ranked forward this year for a reason. Forget his bye, do yourself a favour and get this bloke in your side now. He’s back to playing predominantly as a mid and had 32 touches, seven tackles , 16 contested possessions, 10 clearances and a goal despite his side coming undone to Geelong at home.
West Coast endurance machine Andrew Gaff (128 SC) was best afield in the Eagles’ win over Carlton, while Isaac Heeney (123 SC) was sensational for the Swans despite their poor performance on Friday night. Cale Hooker’s move back to defence has done wonders for Michael Hurley (123 SC). He had 29 disposals and 10 marks at a stunning 96% DE on Anzac Day.
What to do with bloody James Sicily (122 SC)? He’s shown he can be an elite scorer but has been suspended twice in the opening five rounds and clearly has a short fuse. Despite that, his scoring capacity dictates he needs to be held.
Other significant scores: Ben Cunnington (135 SC), Ed Curnow (126 SC), Brendon Goddard (126 SC), Scott Thompson (125 SC), Chris Masten (124 SC), Brad Ebert (124 SC), Luke Breust (122 SC), Tom Cutler (122 SC), Jack Steven (121 SC), George Horlin-Smith (120 SC).
Where do we start?
The Sydney quartet of Lance Franklin (48 SC), Dan Hannebery (55 SC), Josh P Kennedy (59 SC) and Luke Parker (75 SC) were all deplorable on Friday night, as were Crows pair Sam Jacobs (74 SC) and Bryce Gibbs (59 SC).
POD defenders Shane Savage (58 SC) and Zach Tuohy (53 SC) were both down on their usual output as were popular forwards Toby Greene (55 SC) and Christian Petracca (74 SC).
The inability of Tom Mitchell (75 SC) to handle a tag was again on display as Ben Jacobs did an absolute number on him on Sunday. The Hawthorn gun only had 19 touches, the first time he has gone under 20 in recent memory.
Jaeger O’Meara (56 SC) has done it to his owners again, but still has some potential to bounce back, while Gold Coast onballer Jarryd Lyons (76 SC) has struggled to sustain his red hot start to season 2018.
Ladies and Gentleman, Brett Deledio (153 SC) is back. After a quiet start to the season, he’s now smashed out two tons in a row and went up around $60K this week. He finished with 29 disposals, two goals, eight marks and six tackles. At around $400K, he’s sure to tempt plenty.
Patrick Dangerfield (135 SC) looks to be getting back to his best after an injury-interrupted preseason while teammate Sam Menegola (121 SC) has been on fire in recent weeks, finishing with 27 touches, a goal and 18 contested possessions.
Carlton young gun Zac Fisher (117 SC, 27 touches) continues to prove a value-for-money selection up forward, while fellow young gun Alex Witherden (125 SC) is starting to hit his straps nicely in defence after a quiet start to the season. Speaking of quiet starts, Kane Lambert (119 SC) has bounced back nicely after a horror opening round.
West Coast utility Elliott Yeo (114 SC) continues to redeem himself after scoring just 34 three weeks ago, while Collingwood Adam Treloar (127 SC) looks to be cleaning up his disposal efficiency after having 34 touches at 81% on Anzac Day to finish best on ground.
Scott Pendlebury (123 SC) continues to fly under the radar somewhat. His scores of 2018 so far indicate he might be back to his best – 99, 109, 113, 106 and now 123. He’s averaging 110 so far this season and looks to be in the top 8 midfield mix once again after a down 2017 by his lofty standards.
Forwards Jack Higgins (91 SC) and Matt Guelfi (69 SC) look to be the two stand out rookie options on the bubble this week.
Other rookies due to play their third games this round if selected are Lochie O’Brien (61 SC), Zac Bailey (41 SC), David Mirra (54 SC) and Jordan Gallucci (54 SC).
Crows defender Tom Doedee (100 SC) rebounded nicely on Friday night to finish with 25 possessions and 11 marks while fellow popular defenders Jeremy Finlayson (89 SC) and Sam Murray (78 SC) continue to provide their owners with reliable on-field scoring.
Midfielders Lachlan Fogarty (89 SC), Nick Holman (88 SC) and Tim Kelly (73 SC) have all been in good form, as has emerging Collingwood forward Jaidyn Stephenson (91 SC).
If West Coast’s Tom Cole (98 SC) continues to get games, he could well prove to be a good on-field option in defence. Priced at $170,000, he had 19 possessions at an elite 94 per cent DE for the Eagles on the weekend.
Willie Rioli (78 SC), Paddy Dow (70 SC) and Esava Ratulglea (70 SC) were others to post solid scores.
Other rookie scores: Nick Coffield (61 SC), Myles Poholke (53 SC), Camron Rayner (60 SC), Jack Henry (48 SC), Hunter Clark (47 SC), Jake Waterman (44 SC), Jarrod Garlett (21 SC).
It’s time to go, Riley Boner (64 SC). The Port defender has failed to reach the same heights of a stellar Round 1 performance and is in danger of losing his owners money this week.
Popular premium options Todd Goldstein (77 SC) and Michael Hibberd (63 SC) continue to prove they can’t be trusted and need to be moved on. Both are struggling to recapture the form of their glory days and look past their best.
The non-selection of Bailey Fritsch hurt a lot of SuperCoaches on Tuesday. If he doesn’t get picked again this week he needs to be moved on for either Jack Higgins or Matt Guelfi.