Round 6 Review

Written by Thommo on April 30 2018

UPGRADE SEASON

We are moving into upgrade season but all is not as fine and dandy as it should be because I am noticing a distinct problem: Rookies are either too good to trade out (hello Doedee, Finlayson, Kelly and Murray) or premiums are too uninspiring to select.

I have all of this cash burning a hole in my SC wallet but who do you trade out and who do you bring in?

Being a coach who avoided Dangerfield, I want him at some stage but he’s barely outscoring Tim Kelly and he still has a high break even. So do you spend up to grab an in-form Macrae or is he too expensive or just Fool’s Gold?

Hell, I am so unconvinced I might even just sit on that cash for another week to see if an obvious trade in (and out) candidate arises.

Is anyone else struggling with this decision and who do you plan to cull and trade in?

Western Bulldogs 11.14 (80) def Carlton 8.11 (59)

The Best

Marcus Bontempelli (WB) 145 – Due to his extended time forward this season, the Bont hasn’t racked up a decent possession count. That changed this week with more midfield time leading to 30 possessions, 5 marks and 7 tackles and his best score for the season.

The Worst

Caleb Marchbank (Car) 43 – Marchbank wasn’t a bad selection until injury struck. I hope his owners didn’t hold him for this 11 possession return to the side! Sometimes you just can’t beat bad luck!

Honourable Mention

Patrick Cripps (Car) 143 – Cripps just edged past Jack Macrae (141) for the honourable mention because when the game ended he was level with the Bont on 143 SC points and only just got done by weighting. Back-to-back monsters (151 last week) for Crippa and another 24 contested possessions and 12 clearances from 32 possessions.

Dishonourable Mention

Tim English (WB) 44 – English may be showing signs of wear with only 1 kick, 9 handpasses and 0 marks this week. He has been a great back-up and filler for some coaches but I recommend a real ruckman!

Sydney 12.14 (86) def Geelong 10.9 (69)

The Best

Callum Sinclair (Syd) 128 – Grundy and Gawn are the flavour of the month in the tall department but Sinclair deserves a mention for his stellar form. This week he beat up the Geelong (so called) rucks with 18 possessions at 83% DE, 14 of those contested, 4 clearances and 39 hit-outs.

The Worst

Zach Tuohy (Gee) 25 – 2E is known for his reliability but with only 13 possessions at 38% DE, he was lucky to score a SC point.

Honourable Mention

Josh Kennedy (Syd) 125 – Many punters have questioned his pace and whether his career is over but he gave a timely reminder that he can play the game with 33 disposals, 17 contested possessions, 12 clearances and 9 inside 50s. JPK is not done yet, folks!

Dishonourable Mention

Luke Parker (Syd) 79 – Whether he’s in the midfield or forward line, Parker is just not getting his hands on the ball like he used to. This week he only gathered 19 possessions, laid 6 tackles and kicked 1 goal all of which was offset by 5 free kicks against.

Port Adelaide 15.12 (102) def North Melbourne 10.9 (69)

The Best

Justin Westhoff (Por) 147 – Don’t mess with the Hoff! He had one of his huge weeks that tempts all fantasy coaches. 25 disposals (12 contested), 8 marks (2 contested), 1 goal and a huge 3 goal assists.

The Worst

Jack Ziebell (Nor) 39 – I gave him a wrap recently and then he produces this tripe! 11 possessions yet he managed 5 clangers and 0 goals as a forward. The win against Hawthorn seems so long ago now!

Honourable Mention

Sam Gray (Por) 124 – The best Gray in the league in Round 6 who gets a mention because we are always so preoccupied with the more attractive (fantasy-wise) Robbie Gray. 19 disposals and 4 goals this week. Another Port player who can go large or go missing in any given week.

Dishonourable Mention

Ollie Wines (Por) 57 – Look, I didn’t watch this match but didn’t Robbie Gray cop the Ben Jacobs tag? What happened to Ollie? Did he play poorly out of sympathy for Robbie? Only 20 possessions at 65% DE and 2 tackles. You’ll never be a true premo with those figures Ollie!

GWS 10.17 (77) def Brisbane 5.13 (43)

The Best

Dayne Beams (Bri) 130 – Did anybody hold Beams this long? He didn’t win a lot of contested ball but used it well with his 29 possessions running at 83% DE and he kicked one of the Lions’ few goals.

Mitch Robinson (Bri) 130 – I haven’t checked his averages but Robbo seems to be killing it as a forward in SC this year. This week he racked up a huge 20 contested possession from 28 total disposals and pumped out 9 clearances. Great selection for those of you who jumped on!

The Worst

Dayne Zorko (Bri) 46 – A story of two Daynes. The crap Dayne is currently hating life with taggers bending him over weekly. Sadly he was outscored by Giles-Langdon this week who was injured before half-time!

Honourable Mention

Brett Deledio (GWS) 111 – The lid is off! Deledio is back doing what he used to do in his prime, racking up 28 possessions and taking 11 marks. Those brave souls who have jumped on will enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Dishonourable Mention

Oscar McInerney (Bri) 54 – No, he didn’t perform badly but he did affect the output of one Stef Martin (Bri) 92. Yes, Stef still scored 92 this week but you can see that he will struggle to score if McInerney remains in the team.

Hawthorn 13.11 (89) def St Kilda 7.12 (54)

The Best

Isaac Smith (Haw) 143 – He hadn’t kicked accurately since missing that goal during the 2016 prelim final, but Smith finally put that inaccuracy behind him with a 24 possession (at 91% DE if you don’t mind), 4 goal and 2 goal assist match in greasy conditions on Saturday night.

The Worst

Jack Billings (StK) 47 – To jump off or not to jump off was the question that has faced many coaches this season. I elected to jump off a few weeks ago and I am relieved after watching Billings flay the ball with 6 effective possessions from 15 total and 4 clangers.

Honourable Mention

Jimmy Webster (StK) 112 – Sack the St Kilda kicking coach and pay Webster to run a skills session! The guy can seriously use the ball, distributing 25 possessions at 92% DE in Launcestion. A gun and by far the Saint’s best ball user.

Dishonourable Mention

Luke Dunstan (StK) 46 – Actually, I am not giving Dunstan a clip, instead I am giving Richo a clip. This kid can play the game yet he is being made to tag and follow other players around rather than finding his own ball. Let the kid play, Richo!

Adelaide 16.14 (110) def Gold Coast 9.8 (62)

The Best

Tom Lynch (Ade) 127 – Here is a case study in why you should select forwards from top teams! Lynch pushed up the ground for 25 possessions but still got on the end of 3 goals of his own.

The Worst

Tom Lynch (GC) 51 – While the Adelaide Lynch ate roast beef, this poor Lynch had to stay home, touching the ball only 10 times yet somehow committing 4 clangers. 2 goal assists prevented an massive stinker.

Honourable Mention

David Swallow (GC) 104 – The coach said Swallow carried his team in the first half so I thought we’d give Swallow a pat on the back for his 32 possessions and 3 goals. Well done, old chap!

Dishonourable Mention

Jarryd Witts (GC) 53 – Remember when Witts was dominating in the first few rounds and we all wished we had selected him? Well, normal viewing has resumed and he’s only an average ruckman again.

Melbourne 16.12 (108) def Essendon 10.12 (72)

The Best

Max Gawn (Mel) 168 – 23 hit-outs to advantage! 23! That is huge! And he kicked 2 banananas from the boundary line! Legend! Isn’t it nice when we can all own the same legendary bloke and just love watching him together?

The Worst

Flog in the Crowd – WTF? How was the F-wit in the crowd giving it to Maxy? If you don’t love Max Gawn there is something seriously wrong with you, mate! Maybe you are the only Supercoach who didn’t start with him?

Honourable Mention

Michael Hibberd (Mel) 96 – For anyone game enough to hold Hibbo, he finally looked more like his old self, gathering 24 possessions, 8 marks, 10 rebound 50s and amazingly 4 tackles.

Dishonourable Mention

Christian Petracca (Mel) – This guy must do his coach’s head in with his antics. Actually, for his childish behaviour he deserves a childish, Dr Seuss-style rhyme!

I can get injured shooting hoops,

I can get injured drinking soups,

I can get injured scratching my butt,

I can get injured playing with my mutt,

I can get injured anyhow,

Just to shit you, I am injured now…

Richmond 16.17 (113) def Collingwood 10.10 (70)

The Best

Adam Treloar (Col) 149 – Where was this form last year, ya blonde muppet? Sorry, I meant to say, “Well done, Treloar, on your 42 possessions at 81% DE.”

Ya Muppet!

Jeremy Howe (Col) 149 – If he doesn’t win mark of the year this season there will be a riot! 31 possessions and 12 marks made for a huge SC score but the hanger is what we all love most about Howe.

The Worst

Steele Sidebottom (Col) 71 – Did anyone jump on Sidey after his recent great form? As our highly ranked Father Dougal would say, he has started to revert to his mean this week!

Honourable Mention

Toby Nankervis (Ric) 125 – Nank the Tank was widely predicted to be handed his own arse by Grundy but actually outscored him in SC due to midfielder-type numbers of 29 disposals, 10 marks to go with 17 hit-outs.

Dishonourable Mention

Dustin Martin (Ric) 88 – Dusty had a bit of an old-Dusty match where a big possession count is ruined by clangers with 29 disposals, 10 clearances and 10 inside 50s offset by 6 clangers and a 55% DE.

West Coast 13.11 (89) def Fremantle 12.9 (81)

The Best

Lachie Neale (Fre) 151 – It has been a long time coming, but Lachie finally turned up for season 2018 with one of his patented leather poisoning efforts. 35 possessions, 8 marks (3 contested), 8 tackles and 2 goal assists finally overshadowed Fyfe.

The Worst

Michael Walters (Fre) 17 – Walters was worst for reasons of injury, not form, as Walters went down with a knee injury after just 2 possessions and 1 goal. Bad luck to all those coaches who made a good decision to start with him.

Honourable Mention

Scott Lycett (WC) 109 – Vardy who? Some coaches were all over Lycett in the preseason and chickened out of starting with him but he would have made a great mid-price option. 18 possessions and 20 hit-outs against the man-mountain, Aaron Sandilands, was a great feat!

Dishonourable Mention

Nic Naitanui (WC) 70 – Rumours were that NicNat was about to up his time-on-ground but he again only played 61% TOG for 8 possessions and 32 hit-outs. Maybe West Coast will continue to manage him for as long as they keep winning?

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38 thoughts on “Round 6 Review”

  1. Excellent. Dr Seuss loved in this household.
    I noticed a band aid next to Ollie Wines name on fanfooty, but can’t check what it’s for in mobile format. Someone will likely know, but may it explains his low output.

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      1. I was at the Port v Cats game the week before & Olly had to be assisted off with 2 trainers. He must have been jabbed & returned in the 4th, but injury would still have been there.

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  2. Love your work Thommo.
    The condensed review has reduced my DVT substantially this year.
    Three honourable and four dishonourable mentions in my team currrently. ( I also got rid of Billings)
    I might have to look at Treloar but also have I’ll feelings after last year.

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    1. Thanks DD, happy to hear I’ve reduced your risk of stroke. Dropping Billings was my best move of the season so far. Not sure I can ever trust Treloar the Clanger King again in SC.

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  3. Great write up Thommo, got my doubts with that stadium over in the west, even if Walters is only a couple of weeks, which is unlikely, I’m happy to trade out.God knows what it’s doing to the likes of Nic Nat’s knee but will hold him at this stage.

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    1. I read that Walters is a low grade medial tear, 3-4 weeks. Trade or hold?

      Pav said that Optus oval was a hybrid of grass and artificial turf, made it sound like astroturf!

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      1. With his bye, he’ll miss 5 of the next 8, and for an injury prone player that could become 6-7 weeks pretty easily. Will be cheap after his bye aswell so I’m thinking a trade seems the safest bet.

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    1. If you were running both you would have selected English against Phillips rather than Lycett vs Sandi I reckon.

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  4. Started with lycett but decided to offload him to grundy 2 weeks ago….he’s now pumped out two 100s in a row 🙁

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  5. 2158/Titch

    Walters injury ruined what was going to be a respectable score, now I’ve got him and Buddy ruining my plans

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      1. Rank increased 26 spots to 1278, just disappointed as it looked like I was going to post my first “above (under? I’m not a golfer) par” score since rd2

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    1. I’ve heard his NEAFL form was brilliant last year for Brisbane. Turning 24 this season and played for Casey in 2016 I think.

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  6. Im in a boat where i have to trade Walters but theres no one good for under 490k! Can be any foward or defender via sicily.
    The best options look to be :
    – lambert
    – taranto
    – savage
    – howe
    Only other option is to bring in a rookie a week early and cull someone else a week earlier ? Thoughts coaches?

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    1. Tough one. I’ve got Franklin as well so will bench Walters this week, so he and a fattened calf can become a genuine premo and bubbler next week.
      If you need to do it now, then I have to agree with Nateo. Savage most likely of the list. Have you got Deledio?!?!

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      1. I’m currently planning on getting Boak after r10 as f6. Like Robinson who I have too, great pods and both dpp.

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  7. Yeah great call Thommo regarding cash/upgrades. I’ve got a wad of cash and Armo waiting to be cashed in but I can’t decide on an upgrade as yet? Gray (looming bye), Crouch (wait to drop in price) Premo DEF, rookie DEF’s all killing it, Lycett UG (2 x 100’s) in a row!
    Still got 26 trades so the finger’s getting itchy

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    1. Holman is almost ready to go but I only have 2 midfield spots left and like you said, Crouch is coming down still as is Danger, Macrae is a bit pricey and I don’t know that Zerrett is good enough.

      Decisions!

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  8. Holman can get stuffed. And it would be nice if Isaac Heeney could start his games earlier than QT. Jeremy McGovern threatens to go big yet too often plods to an 80’ish score.

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  9. Excellent write up Thommo.

    Beams is certainly tempting at only $472K. Question is whether he is worth the risk…..Merrett perhaps safer option at $506K.

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  10. Am I right in saying McLean is hardly ever on the ground q1…..frustarting to see his slow SC starts then raise the bat. he should be pulling some 120+’s

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  11. Zorko. What to do with him?

    TU – Trade him out now! Yesterday!
    TD – He’ll come good, don’t waste a sideways trade on a premium

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  12. I had Sicily, Josh Kelly, Parfitt, Petracca & Franklin on the bench for a total of 1935. There were a few other poor performers and my VC (Danger) and C (Dusty) choices were poor. Fingers crossed for next week.

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