Ladies and gentleman, Jack Darling has arrived as a legitimate SuperCoach forward premium option.
Who would of thought we would ever make that statement?
Darling’s emergence in 2018 has been stunning, with some experts even likening his performances to those of the great Wayne Carey.
The West Coast spearhead’s last month has been irresistible, slamming home scores of 112, 132, 125 and finally a monster 181 on Saturday.
His current price of $561K is expensive, but if he continues to cement his status as a top six forward he will prove too difficult to ignore.
Jack Darling (181 SC) was in supreme form in West Coast’s demolition of Richmond on Sunday finishing with 20 kicks, 15 marks and six goals in a herculean effort. There’s a real presence and aura about the man at the moment. Apart from an ordinary 42 against Carlton in Round 5, Darling’s two other lowest scores have been 89 and 90 this season and he has hit three figures in his other six matches. He’s currently the highest averaging forward with 111 points per match.
The stunning numbers of Bulldogs revelation Jack McRae (177 SC) have been an absolute blessing for his owners. In the wet in Adelaide he produced another midfield masterclass racking up 36 possessions, 25 of them contested, 13 tackles and 10 clearances.
The knock on Swans defender Jake Lloyd (173 SC) has always been his ceiling but he completely dispelled that myth with one of the best matches of his AFL career to date. He finished with 41 possessions, 15 marks and one goal at 85% disposal efficiency.
Tom Mitchell (155 SC) did Tom Mitchell things for the Hawks on Sunday, despite their shock loss. He had it 46 times, along with 26 contested possessions and 10 clearances. Fellow inside king Patrick Cripps (152 SC) has been sensational this season after his 2017 campaign was cruelled by injury. He finished with 31 touches, 23 contested possessions, eight marks, nine tackles and 10 clearances.
Max Gawn (121 SC) continues to be the standout option in the ruck, while resurgent Lion Dayne Zorko (121 SC) is still only $515K and is coming off 164, 121 and 121 in his last three.
Other significant scores: Jake Melksham (160 SC), Aaron Hall (137 SC), Jarrod Witts (129 SC), Jarrad Waite (129 SC), Sam Powell-Pepper (128 SC), Ben Brown (128 SC), Jarrod Harbrow (127 SC),Touk Miller (127 SC), Travis Boak (125 SC),Jeremy McGovern (123 SC), Zach Tuohy (122 SC), Luke Ryan (121 SC), Jeremy Howe (121 SC), Tom Phillips (121 SC).
The role Robbie Gray (67 SC) played on the weekend should have his owners a little concerned. With the likes of Tom Rockliff finding form and Sam Powell-Pepper back in the Power’s midfield, Gray spent more time up forward, resulting in a poor score.
In-form Hawks firebrand James Sicily (77 SC) couldn’t live up to the hype on the weekend, while Geelong guns Gary Ablett (55 SC) and Sam Menegola (57 SC) were both ordinary in Geelong’s surprise loss to Essendon.
Adam Treloar (73 SC) butchered the pill yet again with five clangers hurting his score while the old man Kade Simpson (72 SC) endured probably his worst game so far in 2018. Blues teammate Matthew Kreuzer (60 SC) remains a little underdone after coming back from injury.
A recent run of good form from Tiger Kane Lambert (64 SC) came crashing to a halt on Sunday, while Brisbane ruckman Stef Martin (79 SC) couldn’t quite get the job done for his owners.
Marcus Bontempelli (120 SC) has come good for the Dogs after an indifferent start to the season. An impressive 18 of his 28 possessions were contested, and he also had nine clearances to be his side’s best midfielder along with McRae. Lance Franklin (114 SC) is slowly working back to his best form after missing four matches due to heel soreness. He finished with three snags and should further improve next week.
After missing the first five matches of the season due to injury, the form of Melbourne bookend Tom McDonald (118 SC) has been exciting to watch. Playing a forward role he finished with four goals and is averaging 106 so far in 2018. Teammate Angus Brayshaw (105 SC) also enjoyed a better week after a slow start to the season and looks to building his confidence with his second ton in three weeks.
To those who held Nick Holman (122 SC), bravo. The young Sun ensured he still has some cash growth left in him with a big score over in China. Unfortunately many of his owners have jumped off after a string of mediocre scores.
Tom Doedee (91 SC) was solid as a rock for Adelaide on Friday night in the wet and should remain your last defensive rookie to be upgraded. Hawks defender David Mirra (89 SC) was excellent for his side on Sunday, while Bayley Fritsch (87 SC) has been equally as impressive since breaking back into Melbourne’s side.
Melbourne big man Tim Smith (91 SC) emerged for his first match of 2018 with a decent outing. He played a forward role and also provided a chop out for big Maxy in the ruck. He’s a 123K forward, so it might be worth jumping on next week if he produces another good score.
Collingwood forward Jaidyn Stephenson (81 SC) continues to provide his owners with decent output while Swan Ben Ronke (71 SC) produced a solid score to back up his 122 the previous week.
On the bubble: Ed Phillips (49 SC), Tom McCartin (41 SC), Isaac Cumming (19 SC).
First game for 2018: Tim Smith (91 SC), Jordan Ridley (76 SC), Bailey Rice (55 SC), Jacob Heron (54 SC), Mitch Lewis (39 SC), Dylan Clarke (34 SC), Patrick Kerr (23 SC).
Other rookie scores: Hunter Clarke (82 SC),Oscar McInerny (65 SC),Willie Rioli (64 SC), Tom Cole (62 SC), Jeremy Finlayson (62 SC), Matt Guelfi (61 SC), Myles Polholke (61 SC),Charlie Spargo (60 SC), Zac Giles-Langdon (59 SC), Jordan Gallucci (57 SC), Ed Richards (57 SC), Bailey Banfield (56 SC), Sam Murray (56 SC), Jack Henry (56 SC), Cam Rayner (55 SC), Harry McKay (54 SC), Jake Waterman (52 SC), Paddy Dowe (51 SC), Lachlan Murphy (51 SC),Flynn Appleby (51 SC), Adam Cerra (49 SC), Andrew Brayshaw (49 SC), Tim Kelly (48 SC), Zac Bailey (47 SC), Nic Coffield (47 SC),Matt Eagles (46 SC), Billy Gowers (45 SC), Darcy Fogarty (45 SC), Lachie Keefe (42 SC), Brad Scheer (39 SC), James Worpel (32 SC), Brayden Crossley (30 SC), Lochie O’Brien (30 SC), Jarrod Garlett (27 SC), Mitch Crowden (21 SC), Cam O’Shea (18 SC), Charlie Ballard (12 SC).
Owners of Sam Jacobs (47 SC) need to jump off now. It’s been a struggle for poor old Sauce, ever since the SuperCoach ruck rules changed to favour hit outs to advantage.
It’s almost a dead heat between Michael Hibberd (48 SC) and Jack Billings (57 SC) for the worst premium recruit of the season. The pair have both been nothing short of horrific. Billings just isn’t finding enough of the footy and is clearly down on confidence, while Hibberd’s role appears to have been hi-jacked by the likes of Lewis, Vince and co meaning he is getting much less of the pill.