HEROES, VILLAINS AND THE DAMNED Round 10
Nat Fyfe produced a mammoth performance at Optus Stadium on Sunday while Brodie Grundy is doing his best to challenge Max Gawn for the number one ruck position with a dominant display on Friday night.
Coaches enjoyed a higher scoring round on the weekend, with par being around the 2350-2400 mark.
Brisbane bull Mitch Robinson (171 SC) was at his combative best on Saturday afternoon against the Swannies. 26 of his 35 disposals were contested and he also had a massive 13 clearances and seven tackles.
Those lucky enough to have the C on Nat Fyfe (163 SC) on Sunday reaped the rewards. A staggering 26 of his 31 possessions were contested. Teammate Michael Walters (146 SC) also had a day out with 27 touches, two goals and eight marks while fellow Docker Luke Ryan (136 SC) finished with 28 possessions and 10 marks.
Brodie Grundy (152 SC) is taking it right up to big Maxwell in his quest to become the game’s number one SC ruckman. He was instrumental for the Pies on Friday night finishing with 26 disposals – 21 of them contested – seven marks, 38 hit outs and seven clearances.
Patrick Dangerfield (133 SC) continues to show signs he is returning to his best. A definite captaincy option in the coming weeks. He had 29 disposals, 17 contested possessions, eight clearances and a goal against the Blues.
We need to talk about Adam Treloar (133 SC). There’s no doubt he can find the pill, but as many coaches found out last season, he has a tendency to butcher the pill. But he’s averaging 111 after 10 rounds to be in the top 10 midfielder conversation. He’s only gone two scores under 100 in that time. Sore groins are a worry though. Anyone see that footage of him walking to training the other day?
Jimmy Webster (128 SC) has emerged a legitimate top six defender this season. Had 36 possessions on Saturday and has turned into St Kilda’s playmaker off half back. He’s now averaging 108 so far in 2018 and has tonned up in every game bar two, where he scored 81 and 95. He looks the real deal. Get him in.
Forward premo options Isaac Heeney (128 SC) and Toby McLean (122 SC) both enjoyed excellent matches. Heeney had 20 possessions and two goals while McLean finished with 33 disposals, nine marks, 10 tackles and seven clearances.
Eagle midfielder Andrew Gaff (133 SC) is currently enjoying a purple patch. He had another brilliant game on Sunday for the Eagles, tallying 35 disposals, 12 marks at 80 per cent disposal efficiency. Richmond captain Trent Cotchin (125 SC) is in close to career-best form this season. He had 32 possessions – 17 contested –and nine clearances.
Josh Caddy (146 SC) and Jade Gresham (121 SC) kicked six goals each for their respective sides on Saturday, as the Tigers got the job done against the Saints.
Other scores: Tom Stewart (135 SC), Angus Brayshaw (130 SC), David Zaharakis (126 SC), Mitch Duncan (123 SC), Jesse Hogan (123 SC), Tom Phillips (122 SC), Jarryn Geary (121 SC).
Marcus Bontempelli (47 SC) had just 17 disposals playing as a pure mid on Friday night, while Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe (59 SC) was kept quiet and had only 14 touches.
It’s been an up and down season for Tiger forward option Kane Lambert (72 SC) who produced another inconsistent performance on Saturday.
Young Lions defender Darcy Gardiner did a number on Lance Franklin (60 SC), while Charlie Curnow (59 SC) suffered from lack of opportunities for Carlton on Saturday night.
Midfielders Dylan Shiel (47 SC) and Lachie Neale (74 SC) were both well below their best for the Giants and Dockers on the weekend.
Carlton defender Kade Simpson (140 SC) bounced back in brilliant style after 72 the previous week. He’s now almost certain to finish as a top six defender. Bomber Devon Smith (120 SC) rewarded his owners with a nice outing in his side’s win over GWS.
Ruck duo Stef Martin (134 SC) and Matt Kreuzer (139 SC) enjoyed standout games on the weekend with 58 and 39 hit outs respectively, while Geelong’s Sam Menegola (125 SC) was in fine touch after scoring 59 the previous week.
Defender Shane Savage (104 SC) and forward Allen Christiansen (100 SC) hit three figures after quiet periods while you have to admire the class and poise of Dayne Beams (141 SC). He bravely gave up the Brisbane captaincy during the week due to cope with the death of his father and had 38 disposals for the Lions on Saturday.
After a down month which included scores of 93, 64, 100 and 89, Stephen Coniglio (138 SC) was back in a big way for the Giants on Saturday. He had 32 touches, 18 contested possessions, seven tackles and 12 clearances. Teammate Heath Shaw (149 SC) was an absolute lynchpin in defence and enjoyed plenty of intercept possessions.
With Finlayson and Murray dropped, the likes of Tom Doedee (104 SC), Ed Richards (102 SC) and David Mirra (81 SC) stepped up when they owners needed them to in defence. Forward options Jack Henry (99 SC), Bayley Fristch (87 SC), Ben Ronke (74 SC) and Matt Guelfi (68 SC) were also very serviceable.
Demons forward Tim Smith (102 SC) is the stand out bubble boy for this week, while Saint Logan Austin (106 SC) is a $155K defender worth considering if he can back up his ton on the weekend.
Bubble boys: Tim Smith (102 SC), Bailey Rice (68 SC), Patrick Kerr (56 SC), Jordan Ridley (49 SC), Tom McCartin (23 SC), Mitch Lewis (22 SC).
2018 first gamers: Logan Austin (106 SC), Jamaine Jones (40 SC), Ryley Stoddart (35 SC).
Other scores: Adam Cerra (75 SC), Willie Rioli (72 SC), Paddy Dowe (72 SC), Andrew Brayshaw (72 SC), Bailey Banfield (64 SC), Flynn Appleby (63 SC), Charlie Spargo (60 SC), Jaidyn Stephenson (59 SC), Cam O’Shea (59 SC), Ed Phillips (57 SC), Tim Kelly (57 SC), Tom Cole (54 SC), Hunter Clark (53 SC), Darcy Fogarty (52 SC), Jack Higgins (51 SC), Jake Waterman (49 SC), Billy Gowers (49 SC), Jordan Gallucci (48 SC), Zac Giles-Langdon (45 SC), Oscar McInerney (41 SC),Lochie O’Brien (36 SC), Cam Rayner (35 SC), Zac Bailey (30 SC), Myles Poholke (28 SC), Matt Eagles (28 SC), Esava Ratugolea (-2)
Tim Kelly (57 SC) dropped almost 30K on the weekend and has a breakeven of 136 this week. Depending on your structures heading into the byes, he should be a priority to upgrade this week if possible.
Those who have defenders Jason Johannisen (42 SC) and Bacher Houli (15 SC) should look to move them on. Top Deck only had 14 touches on the weekend, while Houli failed to play out the game due to groin problems.
Isn’t it concerning this score from Jack Billings (70 SC) is considered an improvement on previous form? Some coaches have even reverted to playing Billings on the bench and playing a rookie on the field, such has been his fall from grace.
Exciting Cat Esava Ratugolea (-2) suffered a shocking leg injury and looks set for an extended period on the sidelines.