Morning folks! For the record, this is the shortest review I have ever written due to the Hawks playing at that damn 3:20pm time slot on Sunday. I need to buy a Dictaphone so I can write while I drive home from the footy!
At least the long drive was tolerable after a win!
Speaking of records, there were a few ugly and unwanted records set this week. The Lions recorded their lowest ever score with 2 goals, 5 behinds against the Tigers while the Blues managed their first 0-4 start to the season since 1989. It is going to be a long week for those clubs and for poor old Liam Jones who no longer resembles Stephen Silvagni.
I am sure there were a few more records set: Which ones did I miss?
Round 4 Heroes
- Brandan Parfitt (Gee) 168 – WTF! As I was driving I didn’t get to see the Geelong match so I was surprised to see this score from the man who sounds like a dessert. 28 possessions, 16 contested, 7 tackles and 3 goals. Is he the real deal or was this a once off?
- Ben Brown (Nor) 167 – This looked like it could be a 200 point game early in the match when Brown had 4 goals in the first half. He only finished with the 5 goals but 12 of his 17 possessions were contested, 3 of 8 marks were contested and he had 0 clangers. Pretty handy in wet and windy weather!
- Elliott Yeo (WC) 150 – If you traded Yeo out, this would have stung REALLY badly! If you kept him, this was a welcome 133 point improvement on last week! A record 33 possessions for the man who is taking the yo-yo impersonation way too far this season.
- Robbie Gray (Por) 145 – Another case of a Round 1 suspension (and Round 10 bye) preventing us all from selecting a player who we should have in our forward lines. 39 possessions at 84% DE in a losing side. Robbie is back, baby!
- Jaegar O’Meara (Haw) 145 – After looking slow and fumbly last season, the J-Bomb is starting to get back his clean hands and acceleration and could well be a smart selection in 2018. With Mitchell tagged, he gathered 26 possessions, 9 tackles and 2 goals.
- Luke Breust (Haw) 142 – One for draft leagues only. 4 goals, 9 tackles and 1 goal assist. Moving along!
- Brodie Grundy (Col) 141 – We all expected Gawn to take the number 1 ruck mantle this season but Grundy’s ridiculous 33 possessions, 12 clearances and 49 hit-outs was a massive statement that he wants to be the #1 big man in 2018.
- Dustin Martin (Ric) 141 – So Dusty said post-match, “I was getting sat on early so I thought I would go forward and kick a couple.” If that results in a personal best 6 goals every week, go forth and multiply as much as you want, Dusty!
- Aaron Sandilands (Fre) 139 – This was on the cards with Sandi playing against Dawson Simpson and GWS midfield short by a Josh Kelly. 15 possessions at 100% DE plus 40 hit-outs and 1 goal for 211.
- Steele Sidebottom (Col) 138 – Sidey probably thought he was a bit lucky to play after avoiding suspension last week so he obviously decided to make the most of it. I have always rated Sidebottom as a talented fella but he was always too inconsistent due to his uncontested style of play. He seems to be playing more inside now though with 23 of his 43 possessions contested and 12 clearances. So obviously it is time for Bucks to move him to the forward line!
I don’t have time to pay homage to every player who deserves a mention for their hard work this week. Instead I am going to simply mention the two players who I have brought in to Thommo’s Tribe this season and who have immediately had an impact. They are:
Stephen Coniglio (GWS) 116 – I was delighted to see Fremantle tag Whitfield rather than Coniglio. That tells me that either the AFL coaches don’t see Cogs as damaging enough or that he is untaggable. Either way, that works for me! With a low of 116 SC points and a high of 129 SC points, only injury will stop Cogs from being a top 8 midfielder.
Toby McLean (WB) 114 – In the preseason, I decided Libba returning could affect McLean but now that Libba is out for the season, McLean is spending plenty of time in the midfield and has posted 3 straight tonnes. Gun!
In the past I have repeated the words, “Don’t trade your premiums, don’t trade your premiums,” like a good little school child repeating his times tables, but this season I have changed my tune. Too often I have sat back and waited while my dud premiums stink up my team.
This season I have traded out anyone who seems to be playing a role that is not fantasy friendly and, quite frankly, anyone who is annoying the hell out of me! So either I will run out of trades early and finish about 100,000th overall or I will look like a genius come year’s end!
Only time will tell!
So, to help me out, let us know in the comments who you think deserves special mention for their recent performance. I am also curious which coaches are sitting on under-performing premiums this season and playing the long game. And how does it make you feel…?
Round 4 Villains
- Josh Kennedy (Syd) 46 – Kennedy was in the play a lot but he seemed too slow to get his hands on the ball, only gathering 15 possessions and committing 4 clangers. Does anyone own him this season?
- Jeremy Howe (Col) 48 – I owned Howe last season and I hated how he struggled to score in the wet. This week he played well defensively but he only took 4 marks and gathering 12 possessions, not nearly enough to rack up the big points.
- Luke Ryan (Fre) 51 – Ryan was a bit of a POD for some Supercoach back lines but he didn’t take his usual intercept marks in the wet and windy Canberra weather.
- Seb Ross (StK) 55 – All is not well at St Kilda with players like Ross stinking it up with only 20 possessions, 5 contested, from 90% DE.
- Brandon Ellis (Ric) 56 – After a strong finish to 2017 many coaches assumed Ellis would be a great selection in 2018 but he is just not getting near it. 18 possessions at 50% DE despite most of them being uncontested. Come on Ellis, you were playing against traffic cones!
- Rory Sloane (Ade) 58 – There was some mention of Sloane being tagged but he was clearly playing sore and the Crows have since said he has a foot injury. Give the poor bastard a rest Pyke!
- Matt Kreuzer (Car) 60 and Todd Goldstein (Nor) 76 – Again the wet weather struck with Kreuzer and Goldstein struggling to influence the contest and pretty much neutralizing each other. With Grundy killing it, these scores were painful for their owners! The inclusion of Majak may not have helped Goldy either!
- Jack Billings (StK) 65 – Billings is killing his owners. He racked up plenty of the ball with 23 possessions but a 56% DE and 4 clangers cost him. I’m not sure playing GWS next week will make his life any easier!
- Tom Lynch (GC) 66 – Lynch did well from limited supply, kicking 3 goals from just 8 possessions. The usual story: Tall forwards, yada, yada…
- Nathan Jones (Mel) 66 and Simon Goodwin – So let’s get this straight: Goodwin asked one of his best ball winners in Nathan Jones to tag Tommy Mitchell. Jones gathered 20 disposals and 3 clearances versus Mitchell’s 24 possessions and 13 clearances and the Hawks flogged Melbourne. So how’s that tagging working out for you, Goodwin?
Let me know who if I missed any players who really let your SC team down this week. In a tough week, there were certainly a few villains!
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