To start us off for the week, Dane wondered on Monday if Dom Sheed had been slightly hard done by with his 25 disposals (11 contested, 88 percent DE, 265 metres gained, 9 score involvements), 7 marks, 7 clearances, and a goal netting him 91 points. I’ll second Dane’s original opinion here: it was probably the zero tackles that held him back, continuing a theme this year of players racking up plenty of the ball but being held to a lower score as a result of not tackling anybody.
In a near reversal of the previous situation, Cameron Zurhaar was certainly eye-catching on Friday night, but one can’t help but wonder if his 108 points might have been a little excessive for 11 disposals (8 contested, 82 percent DE, 293 metres gained), 11 tackles, 2 clearances, and 7 inside-50s. The 11 tackles, as well as having 7 score involvements and 4 goal-assists, must have boosted his score significantly.
While some were reliving the nightmare of his round 1 and 2 scores, the rest of David Mundy’s owners were probably wondering why he ended up on just 40 from 19 touches (9 contested, 277 metres gained), 3 tackles, 3 marks, and 3 clearances. In this case, the answer is fairly straightforward: 37 (!) percent DE, 5 clangers, and only 1 score involvement.
A few people may be wondering about the difference between Stephen Coniglio (207) and Josh Kelly’s (138) scores on the weekend, given they both had 36 disposals, 15 score involvements, near-identical metres gained (mid-500s), and fairly similar numbers in most other stats. What probably set Coniglio apart is that he had slightly higher DE (83 percent to 78), a lot more kicks (29 to 21), and kicked 3 goals to Kelly’s 1. Having an extra 6 marks, 3 tackles, 3 goal assists, and 2 inside-50s may have also helped.
He’s had an unusually good year so far, and after getting 97 points for 19 disposals (7 contested, 79 percent DE, 275 metres gained, 2 score involvements), 3 tackles, 2 clearances, 5 marks (1 contested), and a goal on the weekend, I’m starting to wonder whether or not Ricky Henderson might be CD’s new golden boy. Surely, he can’t keep this up for the whole season?
There aren’t many players who can scrape together 89 points from 11 disposals (9 contested, 91 percent DE, 97 metres gained, 2 score involvements), 8 tackles, 3 marks (1 contested), and 2 clearances; fortunately for the 125,742 coaches with him in their teams, Patrick Cripps is one of them. No doubt the high DE helped, but it was probably the tackles that saved his score on Sunday. Well, either that, or he was Champion Data’s captain last week!
Speaking of that match, the young man who held Cripps to just 11 touches, Dylan Clarke, managed 99 points for his 23 disposals (9 contested, 78 percent DE, 217 metres gained, 2 score involvements), 10 tackles, 4 marks (1 inside 50), 6 clearances, and 6 inside-50s, which, overall, seems fair enough. But I can’t help but feel that anyone who can restrict arguably the best player in the competition (and certainly one of the most un-taggable) so successfully deserves to have that effort recognized in their score. I said much the same thing about De Boer a couple of weeks back; it’s really more of a system anomaly than a traditional scoring one, but it still bears mentioning once again. In any case, at 20 years and 8 months, and $147,700, he could be a great downgrade option if he can hold his spot post-bye.
Were there any statistical quirks you noticed on the weekend? Perhaps a score that seemed inexplicably high or low? Let us know in the comments below!
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