HEROES, VILLAINS AND THE DAMNED Round 7
Forget Dusty, Danger and Titch, we have a new uber SuperCoach premium on the block.
Bulldogs midfielder Jackson McRae has been in white hot form so far in 2018 and his monster 189 SC against the Suns on Saturday confirmed his status in the upper echelon of SuperCoach premiums.
McRae is now a must-have in the midfield and his season average now sits at a mouth-watering 132 after seven matches.
Another indifferent round saw plenty of mixed scores with some coaches struggling to crack the 2000 barrier and other pushing up past 2300.
Jackson Macrae (189 SC) had arguably the best match of his AFL career for the Dogs on Saturday. 26 of his 40 possessions were contest, while he also had 12 clearances and eight tackles. He has now punched out scores of 120, 142, 131, 103, 98, 141 and now 189 so far in 2018. Teammate Toby McLean (149 SC) also had a day out, finishing with 32 touches, 13 tackles and seven clearances.
Nat Fyfe (142 SC) is well and truly back to the form he displayed during his Brownlow year. The bloke is simply a beast. 26 out his 33 possessions were contested and he had 12 clearances playing in the guts all match. A great captaincy option. Teammate Aaron Sandilands (144 SC) wound back the clock with 48 hit outs to smash out a monster score, while fellow Docker Lachie Neale (123 SC) also had a solid match.
With Paddy Dangerfield playing sore, Joel Selwood (135 SC) was enormous on Friday night for Geelong. He finished with 26 possessions, seven marks and nine tackles while teammate Mitch Duncan (134 SC) had 33 disposals, 16 contested possessions, eight marks and eight clearances.
Max Gawn (127 SC) continued his magnificent recent form and remains the second highest averaging player in the game behind McRae. He’s banged out scores of 151, 168 and 127 in the past three weeks and is monstering his opponents in the ruck. Tom Mitchell (127 SC) is back to his best after a couple of down weeks and should consistently keep smashing out 130s.
Clayton Oliver (124 SC) and Matt Crouch (122 SC) are both excellent young players who specialise in contested ball and are firmly in the mix to finish as top 10 midfielders by the end of the season. Crows half back Rory Laird (120 SC) has been the best defender this season by a country mile, while Jack Redden (134 SC) will continue to get plenty of midfield time in West Coast’s engine room following an injury to Luke Shuey.
Other significant scores: Ed Curnow (136 SC), Jack Darling (134 SC), Richard Douglas (132 SC), Jack Graham (131 SC), Tom Phillips (131 SC), Jesse Hogan (130 SC), Shaun Higgins (123 SC), Mason Wood (123 SC), Jordan De Goey (121 SC).
Giants midfielder Stephen Coniglio (64 SC) had his first down game for season 2018 but can be forgiven given his prolific start. Still got plenty of the pill but wasn’t very efficient.
Zach Merrett (72 SC) was marked by James Cousins and his ability to handle a tag is becoming a significant concern. He’s not worth trading yet but keep a close eye on his scores for the next couple of matches.
Freo pair Luke Ryan (61 SC) and David Mundy (51 SC) are PODs and looked to be solid options a few weeks ago. But they have showed their true colours recently. The same can be said for Saints defender Shane Savage (72 SC).
Christian Petracca (40 SC) looked severely underdone in his return from a finger injury and is struggling to develop the aerobic capacity to spend long stints in the midfield. Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams (45 SC) also looked out of sorts after returning from injury.
After some disgusting scores in the 30s earlier in the year, Dayne Zorko (164 SC) was back in a big way on Sunday. Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley isn’t a big fan of tagging (just ask Tom Mitchell) and he allowed Zorko to completely get off the leash at the Gabba. He finished with 34 touches, 10 tackles and four goals and in a complete display.
Speaking of being back, Josh P Kennedy (150 SC) has produced consecutive 120+ scores after a pair of returns under 60 the fortnight before. He looks to be back to his contested best.
James Sicily (145 SC) is a gun, no doubt about it. He had 14 marks on Saturday and 23 of his 29 disposals were by foot. He looms as a must-have in either the forward or defensive lines but there is always a concern about demeanour as he’s been suspended twice already this season and doesn’t look to have calmed his aggressive approach.
After slow starts to the season Kane Lambart (120 SC) and Michael Hibberd (99 SC) continue to try and redeem themselves, but the damage may have already been done.
There’s little doubt who this season’s Rookie of the Year is. Tim Kelly (114 SC) is averaging over 100 – a significant effort for a rookie – and had 30 possessions on the weekend to register yet another three-figure score. Some were lucky enough to loop hole the score of Cats defender Jack Henry (114 SC), who had 11 marks on Friday night and looks to have cemented his spot in the side.
West Coast defender Tom Cole (88 SC) is proving he’s a reliable on-field option in defence, while teammate Willie Rioli (109 SC) should continue to score well after being granted extra time in West Coast’s engine room.
Collingwood pair Jaidyn Stephenson (84 SC) and Sam Murray (76 SC) were solid, while Tiger cub Jack Higgins (78 SC) will make his owners plenty of coin.
Bubble boys: Charlie Spargo (78 SC), Ben Ronke (66 SC), Oscar McInerny (65 SC), Flynn Appleby (57 SC), Kobe Mutch (52 SC), James Worpel (33 SC), Jack Petruccelle (33 SC), Nic Shipley (7 SC).
First gamers: Brad Scheer (69 SC), Brayden Crossley (63 SC), Lachie Keefe (51 SC), Matt Eagles (48 SC), Charlie Ballard (33 SC).
Other scores: Aaron Naughton (77 SC), Billy Gowers (76 SC), Adam Cera (75 SC), Paddy Dow (74 SC), Cam Rayner (73 SC), Esava Ratugolea (73 SC), Nick Holman (70 SC), Tom Doedee (68 SC),Lachlan Fogarty (66 SC), Bayley Fritsch (65 SC), Harry McKay (63 SC), Jeremy Finalyson (62 SC), Andrew Brayshaw (62 SC), Jordan Cunico (62 SC), Cam O’Shea (62 SC), Nic Coffield (59 SC), Zac Bailey (55 SC), Tim English (53 SC), Darcy Fogarty (52 SC), Dom Barry (52 SC), Jordan Gulluci (51 SC), Bailey Banfield (50 SC), Jarrod Garlett (48 SC), Hunter Clark (48 SC), Mitch Crowden (41 SC), Taylin Duman (39 SC), Lochie O’Brien (37 SC), Ed Richards (35 SC).
If you’re still holding Riley Bonner (62 SC), it’s time to pull the trigger. He’s not going to generate any more cash with scores like this.
Ruck pair Todd Goldstein (77 SC) and Matt Kruezer (62 SC) are nowhere near their best and should be punted for Brodie Grundy.
Jack Billings (57 SC) appears to be scared of getting the pill at the moment for fear he might miss another goal, so woeful has his conversion rate been this year. He didn’t even have a shot on goal this week.
Allen Christiansen (61 SC) has made his owners some cash but appears to be stagnating now and should be upgraded to a premo.
Who are your heroes and villains from the round?