Round 16 Review

Written by Thommo on July 9 2018

I have just enjoyed what most parents know as a “gastro” weekend. Whether you have children or not I am sure you can appreciate those fun weekends where gastro spreads like a technicolour storm from one child to the next and you spend your time cleaning vomit from walls, floors and ceilings. My children have no aim!

There’s a lovely mental image for your Monday morning!

In between bouts of cleaning, I watched enough footy to appreciate something I haven’t really noticed before: the unsung heroes. Well, hero is a strong word, let’s say the unsung players who are important to your club but relatively ignored in the media and fantasy football. For a change I decided to have a brief look at the players who don’t get enough love from Supercoaches and the media. Feel free to highlight your favorite under-appreciated player: I’m sure you all have one or two at your club just like I do at Hawthorn!

The Weekly Rant

Over the weekend I noticed the debate raging over the goal kicking shot-clock. Is it just me or is the AFL completely incapable of making a sensible decision at the moment? I hadn’t planned on going off on a rant today but I was surprised to hear discussion from the AFL about cracking down on time wasting if players look to be milking the clock. When they implemented the rule, didn’t they foresee that eventuality? It seemed obvious to me that players would milk the clock when the rule was created! Just because the AFL finally worked out the obvious flaw of the shot-clock, that shouldn’t give them the right to change the rule interpretation in Round 16. During the Bulldogs vs Hawks match, I was staggered to see Dan Howe called to play on when he was having a shot on goal from 52 metres because the umpire didn’t think he could kick the goal. Not only did Howe make the distance and kick the goal, he barely took any time preparing himself, kicking the ball with 11 seconds left on the shot-clock… just as the umpire called play-on. What gives the umpire the right to judge a players kicking ability?

This is yet another mess created by an AFL completely out of touch with reality. While it is likely the shot-clock should be shortened to 20 seconds, such changes can wait until the off-season. It is time for the AFL to set the rules for the season and then stick with them for the entire year. No more tinkering in-season!

GEELONG 8.23 (71) def SYDNEY 9.5 (59)

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Jake Lloyd (SYD) 141 – I must admit I don’t own Lloyd and it is painful to watch him rack up possessions every week. Win or lose, he has the ball on a string and opposing teams don’t mind. This week he gathered 33 possessions at 78% DE and committed just 2 clangers.

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Lance Franklin (SYD) 60 – If you told me that Buddy would kick 4 goals against both Richmond and Geelong I would have predicted SC scores of 80+ each week but poor disposal efficiency and clangers have hurt him. We all expect Buddy to have a huge score at some stage but he is pumping out far too many dodgy scores to be worth owning him. Remember the mantra for 2019: do NOT select key forwards!

UNSUNG HERO

Tom Stewart (GEE) 95 – With the retirements of Mackie and Lonergan, the Cats’ backline has lost a lot of experience but Stewart has really stood up this season. He is scoring well enough in Supercoach to interest some coaches but it is more his importance to their structure that has caught my attention. We all talk of Selwood, Dangerfield and Ablett, but if it weren’t for Stewart and Blicavs, the Cats would be no chance for finals in 2018.

RICHMOND 15.13 (103) def ADELAIDE 8.8 (56)

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Tom Doedee (ADE) 120 – When Adelaide drafted him at pick 17 in 2015, many of us raised an eyebrow as they seemed to be ‘paying overs’ in terms of draft position. We are not saying that any longer! The guy is an absolute champion and one of the few shining lights in a horrible year for the Crows. This week he had the elite stats of 28 possessions at 89% DE despite 11 of those being contested and he took 8 marks, 3 of those contested. I really wish I hadn’t traded him ahead of Murray!

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Bryce Gibbs (ADE) 61 – Wow, Gibbs really seemed to struggle with the Tigers’ heat! He still found plenty of the ball with 25 disposals but he ran at just 56% DE despite 18 of those disposals being uncontested and he committed 6 clangers. Maybe he needs to talk to Doedee about how to use the ball effectively?

UNSUNG HEROES

Dylan Grimes (RIC) 66 and David Astbury (RIC) 83 – So much emphasis is placed on Rance, Martin and the forward pressure of the Tigers but Grimes and Astbury are crucial cogs in Richmond’s premiership defence. In fact, both are probably better one-on-one defenders than Rance which allows Rance to play a more attacking defender role. If you don’t believe me, just ask the key forwards at the Crows how good they are!

BRISBANE 18.12 (120) def CARLTON 7.13 (55)

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Dayne Beams (BRI) 148 – He is injury prone but when he’s on song, Beamer can really rack up the SC points. With the Lions starting to show some consistent form, Beams was everywhere against the hapless Blues with 40 possessions, 20 contested, 8 clearances, 9 marks, 1 goal and surprisingly just one tackle. Imagine what this could have been if he hadn’t added 6 clangers! With Beams still costing just over $500k, is he worth trading in for the run home?

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Charlie Curnow (CAR) 38 – After showing such amazing form last week, a few Supercoaches traded Curnow in and copped this pearler. You can’t really criticize Curnow who kicked 3 goals in a losing side but he only recorded 6 possessions for the entire match so you can’t expect much! Let this be a reminder to us all that we shouldn’t choose forwards from struggling sides as they tend to catch a cold in these heavy losses.

UNSUNG HERO

Kade Simpson (CAR) – Murphy was given the nod for the captaincy and there was a lot of attention on his contract status but all Blues’ fans know who the ‘spiritual leader’ of the Blues is! So with Simmo being so important to Carlton, was this a case of tanking by the Blues? They are so reliant on Simmo’s leadership yet they leave him out with a ‘sore calf’ despite playing a fellow cellar-dweller. Teams claim that they don’t tank but they certainly ‘list manage’ the hell out of some matches!

PORT ADELAIDE 12.14 (86) def ST KILDA 7.8 (50)

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Steven Motlop (POR) 136 – Yes Motlop played well in game 150 but do we really care? If he hasn’t found consistency by this end of his career, he never will! I would be curious to hear from any Port supporters if they even like having Motlop in their team. Maybe I am too harsh but I can’t see Motlop being the player to push Port deep into September!

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Ollie Wines (POR) 62 – So where are those Supercoaches boasting about selecting Ollie Wines? As expected, his form has fluctuated wildly since the byes with his best being massive and his worst ugly. Surprisingly, given his poor disposal efficiency, Wines copped a tag this week which held him to 18 disposals but a tag shouldn’t happen again after this week. Hopefully!

UNSUNG HERO

Darcy Byrne-Jones (POR) 115 – He doesn’t look like much but DBJ is such a sweet user of the ball that he is really important to Port’s ball movement. With Pittard struggling with fitness and form, DBJ is turning into the backline general for the Power and he has improved so much this season that he may even become relevant in Supercoach in 2019. This week he gathered 26 possessions, but committed just the 2 clangers. Bonner wishes he was Byrne-Jones!

HAWTHORN 19.8 (122) def WESTERN BULLDOGS 9.5 (59)

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Luke Breust (HAW) 165 – Like most Hawks’ members, I was really unhappy when I heard the Hawks has placed Breust on the trade table in the off-season. Crazy! The guy is a gun! This week he kicked 4 first quarter goals, finishing with 6 total, but he also pushed up the ground to gather 24 possessions, 15 contested, took 8 marks, 2 contested, recorded 7 tackles and also gave 2 goal assists. A massive match despite 5 clangers. Unfortunately he won’t do this every week!

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Tom Mitchell (HAW) 79 – The Bont performed worse than Mitchell with Howe tagging him to 67 SC points, but Tom Mitchell was the captain for many SC sides so his 79 points was far more painful! Despite copping a Dunkley tag, Mitchell still gathered 27 possessions and 9 clearances but 5 clangers prevented a better score. These captain selections are becoming season-defining for many SC sides!

UNSUNG HERO

Harry Morrison (HAW) 69 – Many people won’t even know Harry exists but he is fast becoming a really important player for Hawthorn. Where I have always seen Ben Stratton as our most important underrated player, Harry is doing a job for Clarko every week. This week he shut down Johanissen while setting up many forward forays for the Hawks in the third quarter when they were on a rampage. His stats page says he only gathered an underwhelming 12 possessions but don’t expect to see him dropped anytime soon!

MELBOURNE 13.24 (102) def FREMANTLE 7.6 (48)

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Clayton Oliver (MEL) 154 – After struggling last week, Oliver needed a decent match to maintain his premium status and boy did he deliver. He gathered 35 possessions, kicked 2 goals and recorded 7 tackles against the struggling Fremantle. Like the Dees, Oliver has yet to truly prove his elite status by scoring consistently across 4 quarters and against better sides. When he puts together 4 quarters every week, he is going to become the best fantasy player without exception.

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Lachie Neale (FRE) 78 – Without Fyfe, Neale was meant to dominate but unfortunately logic doesn’t always pay off in Supercoach! He only managed 18 possessions, just 5 of them kicks, and barely racked up any other meaningful stats. Don’t panic though! He was brilliant in 2017 when Fyfe missed the season so surely he’ll be back next week!

UNSUNG HERO

Neville Jetta (MEL) 49 – We are all so obsessed with stats that we often ignore the form of the nuggety defender… unless he’s shutting down your SC forwards! Jetta will never be Supercoach relevant but he is rarely beaten by his direct opponent and with such a young backline at Melbourne he is very important to holding the backline together and holding Melbourne’s finals hopes together.

NORTH MELBOURNE 14.11 (95) def GOLD COAST 8.10 (58)

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Scott Thompson (NOR) 139 – Another SC score that is largely irrelevant. Thompson had the ball on a string, racking up 31 possessions and 9 marks on Sunday, in what was a reminder of the days when he averaged over 90 points for the season. Good luck selecting this one in Perfect 9!

SC DUD

Jamie Macmillan (NOR) 61 – Two years ago Macmillan was voted the defender most likely to succeed in Supercoach but it never happened. He has the odd good score but overall he has disappointed.  This week he actually had 19 possessions and 8 marks but he gave away 5 frees and a total of 8 clangers to really tank that SC score.

UNSUNG HERO

Ben Cunnington (NOR) 98 – The man with the unfortunate name is not afraid to get his hands dirty, epitomizing North’s shinboner spirit more than just about any other player (with perhaps the exception of the captain!). He may not be the most gifted footballer but he racks up contested ball like few others and will never give less than 100%. On Sunday he played a typical Cunnington match with 30 possessions, 17 contested, and 6 tackles.

COLLINGWOOD 12.6 (78) def ESSENDON 9.8 (62)

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Scott Pendlebury (COL) 163 – Rumours of his demise have been greatly exaggerated! Even though 19 of his 34 possessions were contested, Pendles went at 85% DE! When you add 11 clearances, 9 tackles and 2 goal assists, he was a clear BOG in a tight match.

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Taylor Adams (COL) 81 – I gave Adams a wrap last week and expected big things from him in the midfield but he just makes too many errors for useful SC scores. This week he gathered 27 possessions and kicked an important goal but committed 7 clangers which prevented a SC tonne. My gut tells me that unless he is named as a defender or forward, he just won’t be SC relevant again.

UNSUNG HERO
Will Hoskin-Elliott (COL) 21 –
This was probably not the week to nominate Hoskin-Elliott after he copped a knock to his knee in the first quarter and limped to 2 possessions and 1 goal, but his polish is just so important to the Pies. I believe he is the only player to have kicked a goal in every match this season which highlights just how well he capitalizes on limited opportunities. An underrated gun!

WEST COAST 13.8 (86) def GWS 10.15 (75)

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Jack Redden (WC) 154 – For a player not renowned for his clean ball use, this was a remarkable match for Redden. He was everywhere for the Eagles, racking up 32 disposals at an elite 84% DE, kicking a goal and giving another 2 goals away. After a few years in the football wilderness, he is finally recapturing the form he once displayed for the Lions when he was part of the Redrock Burger combo.

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Dylan Shiel (GWS) 74 – You know those players whose career you watch with interest waiting patiently for them to break out to the uber elite… and it never happens? This is how I feel about Shiel. He seems to have all the tools to be an absolute beast but unfortunately I reckon he is destined to hang around a 100 point average. He has the odd huge game but too often he struggles when tagged or struggles to get into the contest. This week he managed 25 possessions but few were contested and he didn’t hit the scoreboard.

UNSUNG HERO

Brad Sheppard (WC) 61 – Is anyone starting to see the trend here? The hard working defenders are so important to their clubs but so unimportant in fantasy land. I can’t speak to the minds of the West Coast fans but every time I watch West Coast, Sheppard stands up and plays well. McGovern gets more love due to his marking prowess but I’d be surprised if the Eagles’ brains trust don’t love Sheppard just as much! Even when he only touches the ball 9 times like he did on Sunday!

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32 thoughts on “Round 16 Review”

  1. Great write up again Thommo! Always very informative. Couldn’t pick a captain to save myself this weekend, despite having Gawn, Pendles, Yeo, Merrett. CD does frustrate though , next to Pendles, Heppell looked the clear next best on ground yet could only scrape 90 pts all up. The SC gods appear to destine some possies as clangers for some players that are ‘effective’ for others.

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    1. Dev Smith was handy too but tends to cop a hiding for efficiency in Supercoach. Pendles is a Rolls Royce though!

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      1. Pendles is pure Rolls Royce and to be honest CD haven’t been overly kind to him either, perhaps the umps see it differently.I hardly ever see him waste a possession. Very surprised to see him at $101 for the Brownlow .Got a piece of that.

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  2. Spot on with Grimey & Astbury, Thommo! Grimes is rarely beaten one-on-one, takes on small goalsneaks as well as the big gorilla forwards, never stops with the 1%ers. Astbury continues to be underrated despite consistently towelling down opposition forwards over the last three years……brilliant intercept mark as well. Unfortunately just not too SC-friendly, not mentioned much on our site 😉
    Great stuff, Thommo!

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  3. Have 4 trades left and not wanting to use any more before the finals, BUT, is Guelfi to Shuey a good trade? It would bring me to full premo (if you can call Shuey a premo??) and 3 trades for the finals. Worth the trade??

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  4. Excellent Thommo. Couldn’t agree more with AFL laws being held consistent through a season.

    Spot on re Tigers defensive duo. Am near certain it’s this structure that will give Jayden Short the chance to be a top 6 SC DEF in 2019 (5-Rd ave.=100).

    Oh, and hope the house smells fresh this morning!

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    1. My wife was away for a girls weekend but she’s back and I’m at work so I have officially tagged out!
      Agreed on Short, he’s flourished in his new role.

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  5. Feeling like a I made a huge mistake choosing Neale over Gaff. What happened to Neale? #ificouldturnbacktime

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  6. Unfortunately Hoskin-Elliot didnt get a goal last week vs Gold Coast so his streak is over however he is still 7th in the coleman

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  7. Nice review Thommo.
    Liked the “clubs don’t tank but will list manage the hell out of some games.”
    Hope the Poocano has stopped erupting in your house.

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  8. Great summary, Thommo! I’m not prepared to totally put a line through Buddy, he’s more consistent than most key forwards and is still averaging 95. But I do take your point that you have to get him at a low point in his price cycle.
    I brought in Beams last week and have absolutely no complaints, but bloody hell Pendles was good in the second half against the Bombers. He’s stepped right into the Treloar vacuum, and should be top of your list if you’re still looking for a Fyfe replacement.

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    1. You’re right Chillo, I should have said to only select Buddy when he’s super cheap or during an easy run.

      I’m considering Beams, Pendles or Crouch for Fyfe at the moment.

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  9. Nice review Thommo.

    A tad late on my part reviewing your review with Wimbledon & the WSOP taking up a bit of my time at the moment…

    I wonder if there is any other competition in the world where they change or have changed rules mid-season?

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