Community, we now have an undisputed midfield king of SuperCoach.
Nat Fyfe’s hamstring injury has not only elevated Tom Mitchell to Brownlow Medal favourite, but also the number one midfielder in the SuperCoach landscape.
Ruck giants Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy aside, Mitchell now ranks a permanent weekly captaincy option after his brilliant 50-possession effort against GWS on the weekend.
Those who had the C on Titch pushed their scores north of 2350, while for others, scores of 2250 were around par for the round.
Tom Mitchell (189 SC) is quickly evolving into one of the greatest ball magnets the AFL has ever seen. His ability to find the pill is almost unrivalled. He had 50 possessions and 13 tackles in a losing side on the weekend. Add to this 18 contested possessions and nine clearances. With Fyfe injured, give him the Brownlow now.
Although Demons behemoth Max Gawn (145 SC) might have something to say about that. The bearded one may well loom as Mitchell’s biggest rival come Brownlow night. Gawn was huge in a losing side on the weekend, racking up 25 disposals, 11 marks and 39 hit outs. Fellow ruck gun Brodie Grundy (136 SC) also had a day out. The Collingwood giant finished with 28 possessions, eight tackles and 49 hit outs.
Kade Simpson (139 SC) deserved a win in his 300th match, but his teammates let him down. The man himself didn’t disappoint with 37 touches off half back. Eagles midfielder Andrew Gaff (136 SC) was West Coast’s best player with 37 disposals, while Giants captain Callen Ward (131 SC) and Brisbane’s Dayne Beams (129 SC) were all instrumental for their respective sides.
We need to talk about Justin Westhoff (120 SC). Averaging 105, the Port Adelaide utility is one of SuperCoach’s highest scoring forwards. He has hit triple figures the past three weeks in a row and is enjoying his best individual season to date.
Swans trio Josh Kennedy (140 SC), Jake Lloyd (136 SC) and Luke Parker (123 SC) were all significant on Thursday night. Lloyd had 34 possessions and eight marks at 85% disposal efficiency, while Kennedy finished with 36 touches and 22 contested possessions.
Other significant scores: Sam Jacobs (145 SC), Jack Riewoldt (135 SC), Nick Vlastuin (125 SC), David Armitage (124 SC), Joel Selwood (122 SC), Chad Wingard (122 SC), David Meyers (122 SC), Orazio Fantasia (120 SC).
What the bloody hell is wrong with Dustin Martin (62 SC)? He went at 52% DE for the Tigers on the weekend and just doesn’t seem himself.
Swans forward Lance Franklin (73 SC) was held to just nine possessions while teammate Isaac Heeney (18 SC) was concussed early and didn’t return.
Melbourne pair Clayton Oliver (59 SC) and Tom McDonald (39 SC) were both ordinary in their side’s loss to St Kilda, while new Bomber Devon Smith (54 SC) also had a match to forget.
Tigers duo Kane Lambert (126 SC) and Toby Nankervis (122 SC) were in fine form on Thursday night. Lambert nailed three goals to go with 27 disposals while the Nank finished with 10 tackles and 41 hit outs.
Emerging Blues forward Charlie Curnow (108 SC) is starting to hit some nice form, as is Crows midfielder Matt Crouch (122 SC). Ruck duo Stefan Martin (144 SC) and Todd Goldstein (111 SC) have both had up and down seasons but showed what they are capable of on the weekend.
Jack Higgins (109 SC) was the only rookie to hit three figures on the weekend. There were, however, plenty of first-gamers.
On the bubble: Brayden Ainsworth (45 SC).
First game: Brayden Sier (81 SC), Quinten Narkle (72 SC), Brad Lynch (63 SC), Will Powell (39 SC), Harrison Petty (37 SC), Darragn Joyce (33 SC).
Nat Fyfe (43 SC) has done a hamstring and appears set for a three to four week stint on the sidelines, minimum. It’s a tough one, but if the diagnosis is correct he probably needs to be traded.