THE BLUNDSTONE SCT GROUP PRIZE
Wognuts put up a solid 1844 points in the first bye round to jump into the top 100 and hold sway for top place in the race for the Group Prize.
I forgot to mention this last week, but Huttabito is representing the lame Supercoach writers like an absolute champion by jumping up to 385th place overall.
Please note that I am only listing the teams from the group with @SCT because only they are eligible for the overall prize!
SUPERTALK COACH CHAMPION
Last week, we Supercoaches voted for:
5 – Patrick Dangerfield: The love remains strong for Danger with back-to-back 5 votes.
4 – Adam Treloar: Again his relieved coaches reward Treloar for any semblance of life.
3 – Rory Sloane: Unlucky not to receive the 5 votes.
2 – Joel Selwood: He’s due for his annual mid-year revival.
1 – Scott Pendlebury: After a rough month he’s also posted back-to-back high scores.
The top 10 overall stands as follows:
So who did you like in Round 10?
I know it’s early but I have started to think about prospective 2018 premiums. As we have seen this season, when rookies are sparse we need to start taking a moneyball approach so cheap premiums are becoming more valuable every season.
Right now I have pencilled in a few players for my starting 2018 squad:
DEFENCE: Sam Docherty (Car) just has to be in my side (every side in my books) and Tom Langdon (Col) could start very cheap.
MIDFIELD: This is turning into a Carlton love-fest but Patrick Cripps (Car) is cheap if his back holds up, Clayton Oliver (Mel) is turning into an absolute beast, Stephen Coniglio (GWS) will be under-priced due to his interrupted 2017 and lastly, the entire Sydney midfield is having a fire sale.
RUCK: Is it time to return to Goldy Maximus? Otherwise, I might just leave the ruck-line blank.
FORWARD: Let’s just hope they return some players like Robbie Gray (Por) back to the forward line!
Who is everyone else eyeing off for 2017?
HEROES AND VILLAINS FOR ROUND 11
PORT ADELAIDE 13.20 (98) def HAWTHORN 7.5 (47)
Charlie Dixon (PA) 167 – Charlie looked like a man amongst children, gathering 20 possessions of which 15 were contested, taking 8 marks of which 5 were contested and kicking 4 goals with 2 goal assists. Will he be a top 6 forward?
Brad Ebert (PA) 141 – He has one of the biggest melons in football (after Higgins) and he enjoyed game 200 with 34 possessions and 12 tackles. Brad seems to have finally overcome his inconsistent form across a season and is averaging 112 points per week. Tempted?
Hamish Hartlett (PA) 116 – This is what Hartlett was meant to be: A lethal kick with his 24 possessions running at 95% DE. Where did his career go wrong?
Matthew Broadbent (PA) 114 – Broadbent does this now and then. Move along: Nothing to see here!
Tom Mitchell (Haw) 105 – This was disappointing with Mitchell scoring over 60 points in the first half. Still in a losing side it is difficult to do more than gather 30 possessions at 80% DE, take 9 marks and lay 5 tackles. Is he wondering if he should have stayed in Sydney? The Swans are definitely missing him!
Ollie Wines (PA) 105 – Ollie was super cheap at sub-$500k so this score wasn’t too bad for his price. After a slow start he did well to rack up 28 possessions and 10 clearances.
Robbie Gray (PA) 44 – I hate – no I detest – premiums that take it easy when their team is on top! Cash-in during a massacre Robbie! 10 possessions and 1 goal just plain sucks and you are done for season 2017 my friend!
Jaspar Pittard (PA) 58 – See above! Pittard ran around a lot with his luscious locks flowing in the breeze but he only touched the ball 17 times.
Patrick Ryder (PA) 81 – Ryder was not the villain, the statistician who scores this match was. He hit just about every hit-out to advantage yet he was only given 10 hit-outs to advantage from 23 total. Robbed!
Jack Gunston (Haw) 27 – 7 possessions in 87% TOG and 1 tackle says it all! Get involved in the match and bloody do something!
Ben McEvoy (Haw) 63 – McEvoy has nightmares about Paddy Ryder jumping on his head. He has as much leap as Luc Longley!
GEELONG 13.18 (96) def ADELAIDE 10.14 (74)
Joel Selwood (Gee) 151 – He cops a lot of hate for his shoulder shrug that won him so many free kicks over the years but he works as hard as anyone. On Friday night 21 of his 36 possessions were contested yet he ran at 88% DE. Love him or hate him, you should probably have him in your midfield!
Patrick Dangerfield (Gee) 149 – Danger missed 3 shots on goal and had 5 clangers: Imagine if he’d kicked straight and used the pill better. Does anyone else have that feeling in their waters that he is about to go nuts soon? 200+ points nuts?
Or is it just me?
Harry Taylor (Gee) 117 – I have been critical of Harry’s “Forward Experiment” but he is starting to look more dangerous with 2 goals and 3 goal assists this week.
Zach Smith (Gee) 117 – He was touted as the next Dean Cox when drafted but he has given little more than the odd flash of good form. Enjoy his latest run of form while it lasts!
Sam Menegola (Gee) 107 – He worked hard with 16 of 24 possessions contested so expect him to be dropped again soon!
Andrew Mackie (Gee) 107 – Gee he seems to run around with his own ball some weeks with another 27 possessions on Friday night. The Tuohy owners would prefer that he defend while 2E runs free!
Rory Laird (Ade) 59 – Laird only had the 20 possessions at 75% DE but an early head knock may have affected his performance.
Zach Tuohy (Gee) 76 – Tuohy appeared to have a more defensive role but that didn’t stop him from grabbing plenty of the ball (27 possessions). What did stop him in Supercoach was his 63% DE considering he is an uncontested possession specialist.
Cam Guthrie (Gee) 69 – Remember when he was the next big thing for the Cats? What happened? He’s just so… average!
Rory Sloane (Ade) 89 – I feel sorry for Sloane owners. They were onto a winner until the AFL coaches decided to play follow-the-leader and all started to tag Rory. He still tried hard but was clearly beaten by Scooter Selwood.
GOLD COAST 11.14 (80) def WEST COAST 11.11 (77)
Gary Ablett Jnr (GC) 139 – Whether he should have had an extended stay in China or not, the extra time off seemed to do Ablett good with a 36 possessions, 16 contested, effort against West Coast. He probably isn’t spending enough time in the forward line to receive dual position eligibility now though.
Jarryd Lyons (GC) 113 – For the draft leaguers out there only! 29 possessions, 8 tackles, 8 tackles and 1 goal.
Sam Mitchell (WC) 111 – Sammy went about using the ball beautifully like usual yet West Coast still suck. Go figure! 33 possessions at 81% DE and 3 goal assists.
Aaron Hall (GC) 109 – This just shows you what difference it makes when a player is clanger-free. Hall only had 23 possessions at 73% DE and they were mostly uncontested but as he didn’t commit any clangers he still scored well. Take note Ollie Wines, Adam Treloar, etc…
Pearce Hanley (GC) 109 – It’s great to see Hanley back after a rough year personally. He wouldn’t be a stupid loophole option for your bench.
Yes, some of the Suns’ players struggled to perform for their Supercoaches but they can be let off this week because they are not really final contenders. West Coast on the other hand…
Jack Darling (WC) 34 – I know he’s not really SC relevant, but he was really bad. With Kennedy out you would surely expect more than 8 possessions and 0 goals.
Andrew Gaff (WC) 75 – 22 possessions isn’t that bad but his form is indicative of the Eagles as a whole. When they fire, he fires, and vice versa. One day West Coast will find a player who consistently lifts and leads the team to victory on the road.
Matthew Priddis (WC) 80 – The Perminator was around the contest a lot but like the rest of his team, he couldn’t get his hands on the ball consistently or cleanly. Priddis is not averaging less than 100 points: Is this the beginning of the end?
GWS 18.9 (117) def ESSENDON 15.11 (101)
Josh Kelly (GWS) 176 – I feel like I am being unfaithful on my Hawks with how much I love this kid. He racks up possessions, he uses the ball well, the tackles and he hits the scoreboard.
Can someone tell me why Worsfold let him run free?
Zach Williams (GWS) 145 – As a defender, Williams was in the “meh” basket. Whether you owned him or not, you weren’t going to lose much sleep. But in the last two weeks he appears to have moved into the midfield and gone large with scores of 109 and 145 points.
If you need a D6, you could do a lot worse. Hell, if you need a D4 you could do worse!
Zach Merrett (Ess) 118 – He just did what he does. Another 29 possessions to add to the total.
Lachie Whitfield (GWS) 112 – Now that he’s out of the doghouse, Lachie is one of the best wingmen in the AFL. Perhaps more suited to AFL Fantasy though.
Dylan Shiel (GWS) 105 – One of the many young midfielders suffering from Treloaritis, a condition involving fits of possessions offset by bouts of clangers.
David Myers (Ess) 46 – He’s here because he’s too old to be a rookie so he’s fair game. Stop wasting the ball, Myers!
Shane Mumford (GWS) 78 – Mummy found Bellchambers to be a tougher opponent than expected with Bellchambers winning the hit-outs, having more effect around the ground and kicking 2 goals.
Brent Stanton (Ess) 63 – Another player who has lost relevance in Supercoach. He’s no longer a rollercoaster, just a straight-up flat-line.
Callan Ward (GWS) 79 – He’s going to be cheap next season but do you dare touch him after his 2017 form?
Michael Hurley (Ess) 77 – His red-hot month of form has ended with back-to-back poor scores. He used the ball pretty well with 21 possessions at 81% DE and 9 marks but 4 clangers still hurt him.
Dyson Heppell (Ess) 83 – Hep D has given us pretty much what we expected with a 103 point average this season. He might score better if his teammates could actually hit him with a pass!
RICHMOND 14.17 (101) def NORTH MELBOURNE 9.12 (66)
Dustin Martin (Ric) 165 – Dusty came home like a freight train last season and the signs are good that he’ll repeat the dose this year. 38 possessions, 9 clearances, 2 goals and 1 goal assist.
Bachar Houli (Ric) 139 – Another decent defensive option to finish the season: Not only does Bachar win the ball (31 possessions), he now tackles too (7 tackles).
Trent Cotchin (Ric) 131 – He hasn’t enjoyed playing North for a while so this was a nice change for Cotch with 32 possessions, 8 clearances, 12 tackles and 1 goal.
Dion Prestia (Ric) 118 – The Meatball finally returned to form even if it did take him 35 possessions to get the job done.
Jamie Macmillan (NM) 107 – Draft only: Macmillan used it well on Saturday night for his 26 possessions but he’s too inconsistent to risk.
Connor Menadue (Ric) 35 – Just for old times’ sake!
Shaun Higgins (NM) 62 – Aah, Higgo. You’re such a tease!
Alex Rance (Ric) 62 – Anyone else pick Rance up in the last two weeks? I hope you feel as dumb as I do!
Toby Nankervis (Ric) 83 – Nank the Tank has really dropped off since his suspension. Hopefully a week off does him good.
COLLINGWOOD 15.15 (105) def FREMANTLE 12.13 (85)
Adam Treloar (Col) 128 – As a Treloar owner I’m happy to take this score but I was a little surprised he top-scored for the Pies with his 35 possessions at 68% DE given he committed 7 clangers. Maybe the 3 goal assists and 1 goal helped?
Connor Blakely (Fre) 114 – I highlighted him as Fyfe’s replacement next season but he’s outscoring Fyfe right now! 26 possessions at 53% DE this week scored highly because the kid likes to kick the ball (20 kicks).
Steele Sidebottom (Col) 109 – Like Treloar, Sidey turned it over a lot (6 clangers) but scored well from 32 possessions and 9 marks. For me, Pendle’s game seemed better but who am I to judge?
Scott Pendlebury (Col) 108 – 30 possessions, 1 goal and 1 goal assist with only 3 clangers so I would like to know why he was rated so poorly.
Darcy Moore (Col) 108 – The ultimate “Cyril” match. Only 12 possessions, 9 marks (3 contested), 2 goals and 1 goal assist equating to a tonne. Nice!
Most of the accepted premiums fired today so the only disappointment was in rookies, Luke Ryan (37) and Scharenberg (46), and left of centre options like Michael Walters (81) and David Mundy (83).
However – you knew there would be a however – FURL deserves a villain mention for his late withdrawal of Sandilands. Thanks for the notice, a-hole!
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