Heroes, Villains and the Damned: Round 11
The Kangaroos upset the applecart on Friday night, and knocked the Tigers off for the first win for new coach Rhys Shaw. Jack Ziebell (110) led from the front with 26 touches and 7 tackles, while Ben Cunnington (133) continued his great form with 31 touches at 87%. Shaun Higgins (127) was good as well, but he hasn’t been hugely consistent this season.
Bachar Houli (139) performed valiantly in the loss, with 38 touches off halfback. He’s been a great pick this season, especially since Short went down. Dustin Martin (113) was serviceable with 21 touches, but his three goals really helped him, while Sydney Stack (107) had a great game with 24 touches and will continue to make us money.
Scott Pendlebury (135) has featured here more times than he hasn’t, which is saying something about his season. 29 disposals, and he also led the side in tackles with 8. Two goals also boosted his score. Brodie Grundy (124) continues to play great games. He had 21 touches and 47 hit outs against Lobb, who’s a great opponent.
Nat Fyfe (145) put his club on his shoulders in the last quarter, finishing the game with 32 touches, while Michael Walters (127) also came up clutch, with 24 touches and two goals. Connor Blakely (105) is yo-yoing a bit at the moment, but two good games and one bad game since returning from a year out is encouraging, he could be a good pick up and a seriously smoky one at that.
My oh my Stephen Coniglio (207) was good. He had 36 disposals (29 kicks), 13 marks, 8 tackles, three goals, 10 contested possessions, going at 83% efficiency. We all knew the Suns would give a huge score up to a Giants midfielder, but we all thought it’d be Josh Kelly (138). He was fantastic as well, also gathering 36 touches and a goal. You’d be rapt to have either, or dare I say, both in your midfield.
If you throw in Jacob Hopper (125) as well, you’re tracking towards a mammoth score. Hopper grabbed 31 touches and a goal for his day out, but went at 67% efficiency which hurt his score a little. Jeremy Finlayson (131) had 23 touches and 12 marks to go along with 2 goals, and provided a great one-two punch with Jeremy Cameron (109), who had 20 touches to go with his five goals. The only saving grace for the Suns was Jarrod Witts (127) having a great game with 15 touches and 49 hit outs.
Pat Dangerfield (130) was once again very influential in the Cats win. He gathered 29 touches, but also kicked two goals which helped him out. Esava Ratugolea (114) may keep Darcy Fort out of the side for a while longer, with two goals and a couple of goal assists from his 16 touches.
Luke Parker (135) is in some great midseason form at the moment, with 28 touches against the Cats. Dane Rampe (135) discovered it was easier to score SuperCoach points by staying on the field, and not climbing goal posts. He had 25 touches and 8 marks, mostly intercepts. Jake Lloyd (123) is a regular here, and with good reason. 34 touches and 13 marks, going at 88% efficiency. He’s Sydney’s best player, no question.
Harris Andrews (131) was superb in the back half for the Lions, grabbing 9 marks off opponents kicks. He also had 20 touches at a good clip. Lachie Neale (114) was great with 30 touches and 8 marks, but gave away a couple of free kicks, whilst James Sicily (108) was good for the Hawks, but may come under scrutiny for a crude gut punch early in the first quarter.
Every week we wonder if Max Gawn (158) can keep his ridiculously high standards up, and every week he does. Only 30 hit outs this week, but 25 touches around the ground. He had a chance to win the Dees the game but missed the goal. Clayton Oliver (122) is finding great form at the moment, with 34 touches. He snagged a goal, but gave away two free kicks as well.
Brad Crouch (127) had 29 touches and three goals in a best on ground performance in the win. His efficiency wasn’t great, but seven clearances also helped. Rory Laird (111) had 31 touches off halfback, which helped him to another ton.
Rowan Marshall (139) is fast becoming a must have forward. He plays in the ruck (24 hit outs), gathers the ball around the ground (24 touches), clunks them in the air (7 marks), applies defensive pressure (4 tackles), and goes forward and kicks goals (1 goal). Dare I say, next Brodie Grundy???
Travis Boak (131) was back to his best in China, with 33 touches and two goals. He’s been great this season. Robbie Gray (122) also had a fantastic game, with 28 touches and 3 goals. He’s very cheap at the moment, and could be a dynamic F7. If you still have Zac Butters (112), you’ll be happy with his game, and the fact he’ll make money through the byes. As will Xavier Duursma (92), who had 23 touches and a goal off half back.
Dyson Heppell (153) was great in Shiel’s absence, with 36 touches and a goal. His kicking was a bit wayward, but he won the hardball when it was there. Darcy Parish (129) is having a great season for someone who has been dropped a couple of times. He had 31 touches and kicked two goals, while Michael Hurley (132) had his first great game for the year. He was in my side the last couple of seasons, but I completely forgot he existed this year. Matt Kreuzer (121) was the only noteworthy Blue in a day Carlton fans will want to forget.
Jack Darling (135) kept his owners happy with a six goal haul, while Andrew Gaff (121) had 36 touches and used it well. Caleb Daniel (124) continued his great form this season with 34 touches at 94% efficiency, while Josh Dunkley (119) was again in the midfield rotation, with 33 touches and a goal.
Some weeks I love him like a son, some weeks I wish he were never born. Noah Balta (47) had little influence on the game. 11 touches and 7 hit outs, but he went at a putrid 36% efficiency.
David Mundy (40) copped a head knock but he still played out the game. 19 touches for him, but at 36% meant he was never scoring big. Adam Treloar (68) had a quiet game by his standards, with only 23 touches. Since he is very handball happy, he really needs 30+ to score well. If you have Dayne Beams (34) you would’ve cried yourself to sleep, only to wake up with nightmares on Saturday night.
Despite the huge win, Lachie Whitfield (65) was tagged pretty successfully, then copped a heavy knock to his shoulder relatively late. Hopefully he’s fine, but the docs were checking his collarbone, so stay tuned. Tim Taranto (71) was active, but his 24 touches went at 54%, which hurt his score.
After 6 goals last week, Jack Gunston (61) went goalless in a quiet game. He had 16 touches and was pushed further up the ground this week, while Daniel Rich (78) let down Lek this week with only 20 touches. Promisingly enough, 17 were kicks.
Reilly O’Brien (52) was beaten by Gawn this week, but his only two bad games were against the two best ruckman in the game. He holds his own each week, but will he hold his spot next week?
Jack Billings (56) had a tummy bug, and it showed. He only managed 14 touches for the game, whilst back in Melbourne Zac Merrett (85) was quiet very early, but plenty of junk time touches got his score somewhat respectable. Pat Cripps (89) copped a hard tag and finished with only 11 touches, but went at 90% and laid 8 tackles, which helped.
Jack Macrae (84) had a quiet game SuperCoach wise, but still managed 26 touches for the day, while Marcus Bontempelli (73) had 27 touches and a goal. He missed three shots at goal as well. Ouch.
Buddy is back, and we all thought (more hoped) that his return would result in Isaac Heeney (75) boosting his score. Unfortunately, he’s continued scoring poorly with Buddy on the field, and it’s clear Sydney are nursing his ankle through to the bye. Joel Selwood (69) has been stuck out on the wing while Tim Kelly and Mitch Duncan have been dominating in the square with Dangerfield. If you have him, look to cut him, but if his centre square minutes start increasing, he could be a very cheap POD.
I love him, and I really wanted him in when he was cheaper, but it looks like Rory Sloane (35) may miss some games over the bye period with a hamstring injury. If he’s missing every bye game, look to replace him with another playing premium.
Liam Baker (85) continues to be serviceable for our teams, but his 17-disposal game would’ve cracked the ton if he converted on his two shots at goal. Shai Bolton (34) was very quiet with only 10 touches, but Luke Davies-Uniacke (86) had a great 21-disposal game. Nick Larkey (58) kicked a goal but did little else; he only had 6 touches.
Brett Bewley (47) had his second game for the year, and whilst he hasn’t scored great in his first two games, he will be a popular target after his bye.
Isaac Cumming (90) was very good in the win with 15 touches, 5 marks and 5 tackles. He went at a pretty good clip as well. The same can’t be said for a smattering of Suns rookies. Jack Lukosius (32), Chris Burgess (33), Josh Corbett (38) and Ben King (40) would’ve disappointed plenty of owners.
Nick Blakely (51) kicked a goal, but did little else in the loss. He hasn’t been a good rookie pick this year, unlike Gryan Miers (50). He wasn’t great against the Swans, with only 11 touches and a goal, but at least Jordan Clark (73) had a decent game. He also managed a goal off his 20 touches, while Tom Atkins (67) was serviceable.
Marc Pittonet (70) played his second game for the season and performed well against Stef Martin and Archie Smith. On the bubble this week, he should hold his spot until McEvoy returns, and looks to be running out games well. A huge fan of this segment as well, we love you Pits!
Noah Answerth (71) had a good game, with 14 touches, but he used the ball really well that helped his score. Archie Smith (66) played his first game this season, and was decent with 23 hit outs to go with 9 touches. Only 5 of his touches were effective, which was annoying.
Oskar Baker (69) had his best game yet, and with his third game comes a price jump. He should hold his spot for now, there were definitely worse players for Melbourne on the weekend.
Matt Parker (45) had the potential to score well with 14 touches and three shots at goal. Unfortunately, he went at 50% and kicked 1.2, whilst also giving away 2 free kicks. Robbie Young (33) was worse off, unfortunately, with only 7 touches. Ouch. Darragh Joyce (38) was a late in, and it would’ve almost been better if he didn’t show in Shanghai, as he made little impact on the game.
Sam Walsh (67) had 21 touches, but did little else in a runaway game for the Bombers. Will Setterfield (64) is running out of money to make, but managed 18 touches on the day. Liam Stocker (61) and Michael Gibbons (60) both were pretty quiet on the day as well.
Midseason Draftee Ryan Gardner (41) kicked a goal on debut, but only had 9 touches in a quiet first game. He’s a DEF/FWD eligible player, so keep an eye on him. Bailey Smith (56) was also quiet with 16 touches but not much else, and Jack Petruccelle (48) wasn’t lighting it up either, with only 10 touches.
Who were your heroes, villains and damned this week folks?