2020 Hindsight: Round 4
G’Day Community! It’s great to have 9 games of footy this round! Plenty of injuries to trade, plenty of big scores, so let’s get into it.
Marcus Bontempelli (166) had his first massive game of the season with 19 touches and two goals. He had seven tackles and seven clearances. Tim English (145) has gotten away in his last two games after a slow start as well, winning 17 hit outs to go with his 22 touches and a goal. Caleb Daniel (114) was as reliable as ever, with 17 off the half back line. Luke Parker (120) and Callum Mills (112) were the two bright spots for the Swans in a disappointing loss. Mills tagged Macrae and Bont for respective halves of footy and did a good job on both.
Scott Pendlebury (150) has been a superstar for so long, yet is so underappreciated in the SuperCoach format. He had 26 touches and seven clearances, partly thanks to Brodie Grundy (135) and his 47 hit out effort. Taylor Adams (122) also benefitted with 17 disposals and 10 tackles. Jeremy Howe (112) went down with a ruptured PCL injury and will miss the rest of the season. Josh Kelly (120) had a good game after his calf niggle, finishing with 21 touches and a goal, while Nick Haynes (101) continued his good form.
Charlie Dixon (165) snagged six goals against West Coast, who were clearly affected by the hub… Josh Kennedy (116) kicked four of the Eagles’ six, while Andrew Gaff (112) continued his hot form to the start of the year with 27 touches.
Rowan Marshall (117) was last year’s hottest ruckman, but this week was the first time he had a good game. He had 25 hit outs, 15 touches and two goals in the win for the Saints. Jack Billings (113) had 25 touches, while Jack Steele (114) had 21 and nine tackles. Toby Nankervis (184) somehow scored 184 points, and it may be my shoddy maths ability, but I don’t see how 17 touches, four marks, seven tackles, 26 hit outs and a goal gets you 184. Unless all 26 hit outs were to advantage, but then I would assume the Tigers would’ve been more competitive.
Matt Rowell (114) is winning the Brownlow this year. Confirmed. He had 20 touches and kicked two goals, and is making a real case for being an M8 this season. Jarrod Witts (144) had 38 hit outs and 12 disposals, while Touk Miller (111) had 20 touches (13 contested). Michael Walters (113) had 15 touches and two goals in the loss.
Jordan Ridley (134) is becoming a seriously viable option after his 18 touches at 94%. However, McKenna is free to play this week after his quarantine, so it’ll be interesting to see his role. Adam Saad (131) had 16 touches off half back as well, while Sam Docherty (185) was enormous for the Blues in the win. He had 32 touches and 8 marks, whilst also going at 90%. Levi Casboult (126) kicked three goals from his 14 touches.
Imagine what Lachie Neale (147) would’ve scored if he kicked straight… 9 shots at goal for 0.6. Damn. Still a great score, but we would’ve seen our first 200 of the year. Hugh McCluggage (141) has been hot the last fortnight, but he also can’t kick straight, snagging 1.5. He too would’ve cracked 200 if he kicked 6.0 instead.
Max Gawn (141) finished with 33 hit outs to go with his 17 touches, while Clayton Oliver (111) had 23 touches. Pat Dangerfield (140) is back baby, scoring massively thanks to his 22 touches and goal. Mitch Duncan (120) has been so underappreciated for so long and just continued on his scoring way with 19 touches and a goal.
Tom Mitchell (143) had a great game with 22 touches (13 contested) and eight tackles. Chad Wingard (136) is a genuine star, with just one dud game against Geelong so far this season, while James Worpel (133) may just be the best footballer the world has ever seen. James Sicily (114) also scored well, despite 99 of his points coming in the second half. Shaun Higgins (141) was as classy as ever with 30 touches, while Jy Simpkin (119) is loving the extra CBAs with Cunnington out. Todd Goldstein (116) is only in 5% of teams, but is easily a superb selection.
Isaac Heeney (64) refused to kick a goal, instead snagging two behinds to go with just 11 touches. He’s much better away from the SCG, which was an interesting and obscure stat from Damo. Bailey Smith (93) was a popular in and had 65 at half time, so to finish on 93 was disappointing. Jack Macrae (92) also used the junk time in the second half to get past 50.
Stephen Coniglio (49) had just 11 touches at 54%, while Lachie Whitfield (85) wasn’t able to hit his monster breakeven despite the 24-touch effort.
Elliot Yeo (59) had 18 touches but went at 50%, and only managed three tackles. Shannon Hurn (86) hasn’t loved the Gold Coast so far, scoring sub 100 the entire time he’s been there, while Connor Rozee (53) has disappointed owners this last fortnight now.
Dustin Martin (81) had just 18 touches at 55% efficiency in the loss, while Bachar Houli (68) was also disappointing. Jade Gresham (43) had 10 touches at 90%, but spent a fair chunk of the game not being able to see thanks to one of the better shiners given in recent history.
Owners of Nat Fyfe (71) will be holding their breath and hoping he misses maybe one week, word out of FremantleLand is that he’ll be unlucky to miss (hoping Damo’s intel is correct). Darcy MacPherson (52) sucked us all in during the preseason, but he does that. He sucks. 13 touches at 46%.
The Blues are winning, but Patrick Cripps (81) isn’t dominating. I’m sure the Blues are pleased it’s an even load, but Crippa owners certainly aren’t. Jack Martin (56) had just 11 touches but managed a goal in the win. Devon Smith (70) had 18 touches and six tackles to go with his goal, but his disposal efficiency was at 44%. Zach Merrett (78) had 17 touches and will miss a week this week.
For the second week in a row, all of Adelaide flopped. Seriously, Barron. Time for a new team. Dayne Zorko (47) only managed 3 touches before hurting his calf/Achilles, and looks like he’ll miss a week from reports.
Jack Steven (36) is the biggest waste of a selection spot. He has no impact on games, and should be playing scratch matches to build up match fitness. Quinton Narkle has more impact and should be in the side based on merit. Tom Stewart (18) owners would be fuming at his flimsy collarbones costing them a trade.
Jack Ziebell (20) rolled his ankle, then pinged his hamstring and will miss weeks. Jon Ceglar (86) would’ve disappointed owners with a sub 100 score, but he was up against Goldy and Ceglar is trash.
Pat Lipinski (85) is a player that Bevo clearly dislikes, because he keeps dropping him despite playing pretty well. He had 20 touches at 80%, but he had a similar game in round two and was dropped. Sam Naismith (79) was on track for a good score before he went down with an ACL injury. Prayers up for the big fella.
Brayden Maynard (118) is defying all expectations this year with another great score. It’s unclear how his role will change with Howe out, but I imagine he shouldn’t really be affected. Jack Crisp (115) may play more of that intercepting role that Howe did so well, which should mean his average increases? Who know with Crisp. Harry Perryman (66) didn’t show up despite Damo’s shoutout during the podcast.
Dan Houston (76) is solid for a 70ish score this year, collecting 18 touches at 66% efficiency, most in the last quarter. Tim Kelly (102) has stumbled in price so far this year, but hopefully this ton is a sign of things to come. He had just 18 touches, but 15 were kicks and he also laid 6 tackles. Brad Ebert (107) is still a POD despite his hot start to the year, and he managed to continue the streak going with 16 touches and two goals in his 250th.
Max King (43) was disappointing with just 10 touches and no goals, and will make coaches question whether to upgrade soon. Hunter Clark (90) had a good game off half back, as did Ben Long (91), despite plenty of coaches hopping off.
Connor Budarick (47) disappointed those who started him, managing just 8 touches. Jack Lukosius (102) had 16 touches and a goal, but is a serious POD and I’m sure no one actually has him, prove me wrong in the comments! Stephen Hill (73) quietened right down after finishing the first quarter on 54 points.
Andy McGrath (79) disappointed with 20 touches at only 60%, but he did lay five tackles which is promising. Darcy Parish (62) was also a bit lacklusture with just 10 touches, however he did kick two goals to keep his score somewhat reasonable. Marc Pittonet (94) continued his R3 dominance with 11 touches and 20 hit outs, while Ed Curnow (122) had 20 touches (10 contested) in the win.
Jarrod Berry (150) had 23 touches, seven marks, 10 tackles at 78% disposal efficiency against the Crows, which resulted in his massive score. Brandon Starcevich (64) had just 7 touches but also laid four tackles to help his price nudge along.
Brandan Parfitt (104) would be so locked into my forward line if I knew Chris Scott was going to keep him in the best 22. He’s such a gun. I love him. Trent Rivers (33) didn’t do much with his 12 touches, and scored accordingly.
Curtis Taylor (57) may be at the end of his use by date, with 11 touches and a goal not enough to stop his breakeven creeping up to 39. Jaspar Pittard (113) isn’t exactly a popular selection, but he scored well with 24 touches.
Louis Butler (49) played his first game of his career and featured in the backline for the Bulldogs. He had 14 touches but only went at 21%, and looked very nervous. Hopefully he gets a second game, because he’s one who could be a good player if he gets some confidence.
Tom Green (94) came back into the side and was massive in the dying stages to help secure the win. Lachie Ash (25) wasn’t as impressive, with just 1 of his 4 disposals effective. Hard to see a scenario where he holds his place, but injuries to Williams and Davis may save him.
Caleb Serong (71) played pretty well despite only 12 touches. If Nat Fyfe misses, he may get more midfield minutes and a better role, wait and see.
Sam Philp (32) had just 5 touches, but would’ve had about 20 if he could pick the ball up cleanly off the ground. Clearly nervous, hopefully he can get another go at it.
Tristan Xerri (54) debuted for North which ruined people’s loopholes. Jack Mahony (50) had just 8 touches at 50% efficiency on debut, but only played 59% TOG, so hopefully his scoring goes up as he plays more. With Ziebell out, I expect him to hold his spot.
That’s it from me, Community! Enjoy the rage that will follow you around this week, as you try to fix all your injured players!