**Update – Gregson added**
What a tumultuous week!
How’s this for being positioned well at the end of Round 2 – no Ablett, no Pendlebury (although that “blessing” wasn’t a blessing when he fronted Friday night), no Malceski and no Leuenberger with some pretty handy selections in Fyfe, Neale, Lewis and Bontempelli all before the first bounce of Round 1. Yep…my SC life was cruisy as I wondered to myself, “Badger, is this the year you reveal the Truth to 200,000 Coaches of your utter brilliance?”
Yeah nah. Forget that – Ollie Wines, Chris Yarran and a drastic last minute swap of Captain Fyfe to Captain Bartel (“he’s fresh” I said to myself… “a week off and then a return match at Skilled Stadium” I smiled… “It’s W.E.T!” I’m on the ball today… “And he’s playing The Suns!!”… “DO IT!!!”…) I did it. Game Over.
Adam Saad Gold Coast DEF/MID, $188.1K (up by $85.7K).
Round 3 SC Score 76 with 10 kicks and six handballs at 81% disposal efficiency (five contested possessions), five marks and two tackles. Saad also had two rebound fifties, four running bounces and two inside 50’s. Another nice game and proving to be one of the best rookie selections of 2015. Owned by 69% of teams.
Round 2 SC Score 90 / Round 1 SC Score 89
Adam Oxley Collingwood, $199.1K (up by $75.2K)
Not quite as prolific as his previous performance but still a great game in Round 3 with 97 SC points from 13 kicks and nine handballs at 77% disposal efficiency (eight contested possessions), a clearance, three marks, five tackles and a goal. Still under $200K and a must have in your defence if you’re one of the 68% of teams that don’t have him. Owned by 32% of teams.
Round 1 SC Score 31 (SUBBED out) / Round 2 SC Score 116
Kamdyn McIntosh Richmond, $202.7K (up $78.8K)
Round 3 SC Score 64 with eight kicks and six handballs at 71% disposal efficiency, a clearance, three marks, five tackles, a free for, two inside 50’s and two goals. Another good game from McIntosh. Owned by 60% of teams.
Round 1 SC Score 120 / Round 2 SC Score 68
Nathan Krakouer MID/FWD Port Adelaide, $106.9K
Round 3 SC Score 82 with 11 kicks and six handballs at 82% disposal efficiency (nine contested possessions), two clearances, five rebound 50’s, three inside 50’s, two marks, three tackles and two frees for and against. A very impressive return for a guy who’d well and truly turned away from an AFL career. Credit to Nathan Krakouer for what must have been a huge effort to get back in shape. Still has very sharp skills. Already owned by 22% of Supercoach teams.
Touk Miller Gold Coast, $153.2K (up by $35.9K)
Round 3 SC Score 86 with 12 kicks and six handballs at 67% disposal efficiency, three inside 50’s, six marks, five tackles and a goal. A much more influential game from Miller compared to his first two rounds and a welcome return to his preseason form. Owned by 23% of teams.
Round 2 SC Score 35 / Round 1 SC Score 30
Cory Gregson Geelong, $154.1K (up by $36.8K)
Round 3 SC Score 87 from 13 kicks and eight handballs at 62% disposal efficiency (seven contested possessions), two clearances, one rebound 50, five inside 50’s, a goal assist, two marks and two goals. A sensational game from Gregson and a super fourth quarter when it mattered. Showed something special – loads of X-factor, quick, a big kick and plays with a desperation that will inspire team mates. Apologies for the accidental original omission from this Rookie Review.
Round 2 SC Score 35 / Round 1 SC Score 30
Jack Sinclair St Kilda, $173.6K (up by $44.2K)
Round 3 SC Score 78 from five kicks and six handballs at 64% disposal efficiency, two clearances, two marks, four tackles and a goal. Also had two rebound 50’s and an inside 50. In his juniour career Sinclair was a tough midfielder that liked the contest with a bit of outside polish and goal-kicking ability. Sounds good to me. 180cm and 80kg. Owned by 3% of teams.
Round 2 SC Score 72 / Round 1 SC Score 27 (starting SUB)
Adam Saad Gold Coast DEF/MID, $188.1K (up by $85.7K). See Defender Write-up.
Aaron Vandenberg Melboune $199.9K (up $72K)
Round 3 SC Score 65 with 13 kicks and six handballs at 53% disposal efficiency (seven contested possessions), three clearances, three marks, five tackles, two frees against, a rebound 50, six inside 50’s and a hitout. Scores are trending down but he’s still a valuable contributor to our Supercoach midfields. Owned by 41% of Supercoach teams.
Round 1 SC Score 99 / Round 2 SC Score 75.
Isaac Heeney Sydney, $214.8K (up $77.5K)
Round 3 SC Score 96 with six kicks and four handballs at 100% disposal efficiency (five contested), a clearance, two inside 50’s, three goal assists, two marks, two tackles, a free for and four goals. What an absolute gem! I thought he’d stuffed his back when he wrapped himself around the goal post but not only is he skilled he’s also bloody tough. I was unconvinced of his job security being involved with such a gun team. I was wrong. Owned by 55% of teams.
Round 1 SC Score 96 / Round 2 SC Score 65
Cameron Ellis-Yolmen Adelaide, $215K (up $91.1K)
Round 3 SC Score 104 with 10 kicks and 10 handballs at 70% disposal efficiency (11 contested possessions), eight clearances (four centre clearances) a mark, seven tackles, four inside 50’s, a hitout and two goals. Was on the ground 83% of game time which is up on his previous matches. Proving to be a very handy selection, scores are on the upward trend and are good enough as a starting eight in your midfield. Owned by 52% of teams. Brilliant goal from the boundary a highlight.
Round 1 SC Score 78 / Round 2 SC Score 98
Other MID Options:
Jed Anderson Hawthorn, $148.5K (up $7.1K)
Round 1 SC Score 36 (Starting SUB)
Round 2 SC Score 55 (75% gametime)
Round 3 SC Score 9 (Starting SUB)
Owned by 26% of teams
Darcy Lang Geelong, $200K (up $40.9K)
Round 1 SC Score 44
Round 2 SC Score 69
Round 3 SC Score 74
Owned by 2% of teams (*Scores trending up and was great on the weekend).
Nathan Krakouer MID/FWD Port Adelaide, $106.9K – See MID write-up for details.
Robbie Tarrant North Melbourne FWD, $144.7K
First game for the year in Round 3 and a bloody good one at that with a SC Score 107 from eight kicks and 13 handballs at 81% disposal efficiency (nine contested possessions), a clearance, five rebound fifties, five one-percenters, an inside 50, four marks, three tackles and a goal.
Will provide a great trade down target in our forward line, especially if he’ll be racking up disposals playing as a defender. Owned by 2% of Supercoach teams.
Mitch Clark Geelong, $194.5K (up by $39.3K)
Round 3 SC Score 71 with ten kicks and five handballs at 53% disposal efficiency (six contested possessions), three marks, a tackle, just one hitout, one free for and a goal. Poor conditions for a key forward but I was hopeful of a bigger game from Mitch Clark especially with Hawkins being a late out. Turns out the Suns aren’t so bad. Owned by 70% of Supercoach teams.
Round 1 SC Score 78 / Round 2 SC Score 32.
Jesse Hogan Melbourne, $196.5K (up $66.1K)
Round 3 SC Score 62 with eight kicks and two handballs at 60% disposal efficiency (six contested possessions), a clearance, five marks (three contested), two inside 50’s, two frees against and two goals. Hogan appears in 57% of teams – he’s a gun and the contested marks just keep coming.
Round 1 SC Score 79 / Round 2 SC Score 86.
Other FWD Options:
Jack Lonie St Kilda, $151.5K (up $34.2K) – Round 3 SC Score 37. Owned by 15% of teams.
Round 1 SC Score 49 / Round 2 SC Score 61.
Jayden McGrath Brisbane, $164.7K – Owned by 9% of teams.
Round 1 SC Score 70 / Round 2 SC Score 53.
Ahmed Saad St Kilda, $182.2K (up $31.1K) – Round 3 SC Score 64. Owned by 13% of teams.
Round 1 SC Score 21 / Round 2 SC Score 75.
Tim Membrey St Kilda, $199.8K (up $27.8K) – Round 3 SC Score 78. Owned by 7% of teams.
Round 1 SC Score 52 / Round 2 SC Score 87.
Dean Towers Sydney $215.5K (up $5K) – Round 3 SC Score 6 but was subbed on in the fourth (14% gametime).
Round 1 SC Score 62 / Round 2 SC Score 67.
FAREWELL Former Rookie-Priced Player:
Angus Brayshaw Melbourne, $237.5K (up $25.2K)
Christian Salem Melbourne, $228.9K (up $43.9K)
Ben Newton Melbourne, $246.6K (up $31.6K)
Cameron McCarthy GWS $253.1K (up $42.4K)
Nathan Van Berlo Adelaide, $269.9K (up $54.3K)
Dom Sheed West Coast, $239.6K (up $25.1K)
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