Category - 2011 – round 12
A wrap of all DT & SC news from all the weekend’s games.
St.Kilda vs Western Bulldogs:
- Brendon Goddard looks well and truly back into some form, thank goodness! Lyon had him playing purely as a midfielder this week and he seemed to run around without an opponent for a majority of the game, which certainly helped him rack it up. The confidence is clearly back with him so I’d say we can start trusting the great man again. Finished with 26 touches and 9 tackles.
- Jack Steven continues to get better and better with every game he plays – he had six clearances – the highest of any Saint – and certainly isn’t afraid to win the hard ball or even present an outside option. Finally, the Saints look to have snagged themselves a young gun! He won 20 disposals for the game and won a game-high 11 tackles, which was great to see.
- Sam Fisher was great off half-back, despite getting a tag from Crossy. Fisher’s contested marking was the standout from the game, as he managed to get his hands on every ball that came his way – fantastic for SuperCoach. He has been one of the few consistent Saints in 2011 and his form is continuing – looks a good bet in either competition.
- Sam Gilbert was the real disappointment from the game – Lyon started him forward, but when he couldn’t get his hands on the ball he was moved to half-back, then the middle, but to no avail. Lyon even said post-match that he tried getting Gilbert into the game, but he just wasn’t getting near it. Even when he did get a touch, his disposal was well down on what we have been seeing over this past month. Persist if you have him, but certainly hold off if you don’t.
- Matty Boyd was incredible all day, especially for those who had locked him in as captain just 5 minutes before the game! His disposal efficiency was well-down on what we would expect, but thanks to his great contested skills, this seemed not to even effect his SuperCoach score! He was the only Doggie who gave a four-quarter effort with his 39 disposals and 8 tackles.
- Shaun Higgins played the game off half-back, which was a really interesting switch from Eade. He looked great in this position and really controlled the game through the first half, with 21 disposals before the long break. Unfortunately, Steven Baker was moved onto him in the second half and Bakes played one of his best games in a very long time, restricting him to just 6 more disposals, which would have greatly disappointed Higgins owners after he was sitting on 78 DT points to half time!
- Daniel Cross was one of a few senior Dogs to be thrown into an unknown position and unfortunately he was given the DT/SC-unfriendly position of a forward tagger. He spent the game of Sam Fisher and which he was able to compete when the ball hit the ground, Fisher’s marking skills smashed Cross every time it came his way. He managed just 17 disposals and 4 marks for the game – well down on what we have come to expect of him.
- Luke Dahlhaus (the current Footy Tragic cult hero) was handed the subs vest for the game, so we didn’t get to see him until very late in the third term. He came straight on and had an impact – he plays his footy at a frenetic pace anyway, so the transition to senior level seemed not to phase him. He looked cool under pressure and provided a bit of spark, playing mainly through the middle and on a HFF. He certainly did enough to keep his spot, so could be another great trade target over the next fortnight.
Adelaide vs West Coast:
- Scott Thompson, back at AAMI stadium, showed why he loves playing at home so much with a 26 disposal, 8 tackle game, despite copping the Selwood tag. There was nothing too amazing about his game – he kept competing all game, won a lot of contested ball and turned it over a few times. Yet still, he cracks the ton, proving why we love him as a DTer.
- Andy Otten came back from injury and instantly repayed those who had resisted trading him all these weeks (alas, I was one who offloaded him). He played well in the backline, unfortunately ruining many coaches weeks by smashing Darling and keeping him goalless. Otten himself picked up 20 touches and 8 marks in a pretty good rebounding role – looks like there is still plenty of cash to squeeze out of him yet!
- Graham ‘Stiffy’ Johncock continued on his good year to date with another strong performance in the backline. After suffering a cork in the first quarter, he decided to not to a ‘Sylvia’ and actually played on and did quite well, providing plenty of rebound for the Crows to the tune of 26 touches and 6 marks.
- Chris Knights looked like he was going to be one of the higher scoring Crows at half time, as he coasted to the long break on a handy 51 points. Unfortunately, when Tippett didn’t resurface from the rooms at half-time, Knights was forced to spend time much closer to goal and had exactly zero more effect on the game.
- Andrew Embley bounced back into some good point-scoring form after a couple of down weeks this past fortnight. He certainly knows how to find the pill, just as the opposition team always seems to know a way of leaving him to do what he wants. He is great to watch running down the wing at Subiaco, although all the South Australian’s probably didn’t appreciate all the running he did down AAMI Stadium. Finished the game with 29 touches, 7 tackles and 6 marks.
- Mark LeCras had another stellar game (perhaps this is the year he FINALLY gets an All-Australian nod!?), booting five goals whilst playing as a permanent forward. He has spent plenty of time through the midfield this past month, but this game saw him a lot closer to goal, exploiting his match-up with Johncock, and it worked. Probably too up and down for Dream Team, but his influence on each game would see him a bit harder to ignore for SuperCoach.
- Matt Rosa has always been a bit of a favourite of mine… No idea why, but I just like the guy. He has shown some real unseen consistency in 2011 as a result of regular games and Woosha staying consistent in where he plays him. He played purely through the middle and won a game-high 31 disposals, but also grabbed 9 marks and kicked 2.1.
- Jack Darling was the real disappointment from the Eagles camp (I really struggled to justify Cox’s score as being disappointing, although it was!). The kid has had a great year and clearly we are expecting a lot of him, but now after three quieter games in a row his value is starting to slide, and rapidly! He stuggled through the game with a groin issue and was kept to just 9 touches and 1 mark. Perhaps it is time for a rest? That would at least stop him from leaking any more cash!
Gold Coast vs North Melbourne:
- Gary Ablett was the best for the Suns again, although his fourth quarter saw him junk up some pretty big numbers to exaggerate his score… although, who’s complaining!? After a few pretty big scores in a row, Ablett looks well and truly back to being the dominant Dream Team and SuperCoach force we once loved having in our teams. Heck, he’s even looking like pretty good captain material on current form! He racked up 38 touches, 8 tackles and booted a bonus two goals.
- Josh Fraser looks like he is coming into a bit more form after his recent injury. Unfortunately though, this means that Zac Smith was left to play second fiddle all night. Whilst Fraser isn’t a won’t be the star ruckman he once was, he presents a good contest around the ground and moves to space very well.
- Dion Prestia finally played a game without the sub vest, which was great to see and he did very well. Whilst he does look a little lost at times, he has no trouble finding the ball and seems to be a pretty solid mark and kick, meaning they do go to him a bit. As a player that has sat idle on so many benches this year, it is great to finally see him back out there, not only providing a new emergency option, but also earning us some coin!
- Jarrod Harbrow looks to have been the biggest waste of a trade for the Suns at the end of last year – his form this year has been average, but I haven’t seen him as bad as he was against the Roos. He seems to feel obliged to take his opponent on every time he gets the ball, then just blasts away for a turnover every time he gets caught. Unlike many of the other senior players, he looks like he is there for a holiday rather than to help encourage and build a young list.
- Daniel Wells was brilliant again for the Roos, continuing on his stellar season, especially in SuperCoach. He clearly loved playing against the younger inexperienced Suns and his class shone well above the pack. Although it wasn’t just the youngsters he carved up as one passage of play saw him sell the dummy to Ablett before shimmying around him to kick inside-50. Always seems a second ahead of his opponents, so may the good form continue!
- Brent Harvey, in his record-breaking game, was always going to find a way to carve up the Suns. He played through the middle, but ran forward to kick four very ‘Brent-Harvey-like’ goals. Racked up 29 touches for the game and along with Wells, controlled the entire game off his own boot.
- Aaron Edwards looks to be finally showing some consistency up forward. He booted five goals, all from set shots and made the whole thing look way too easy. Unfortunately for Gold Coast, this was one of the games where they really looked like a side destined for the wooden spoon, which clearly exaggerates the quality of the Roos. Edwards isn’t the type you want in your DT or SC, however it is great to finally see someone from the Roos (other than Petrie) put their hands up for a key-position forward role.
- Lindsay Thomas was a real disappointment – he had so many opportunities, but so often looked bereft of any confidence when in front of goals. Finished with 2.2, but it seemed like he had plenty of other chances too.
Geelong vs Hawthorn:
- Steve Johnson continued on his stella past month with another big game. He worked hard up the ground to win plenty of ball, despite copping a knock to the knee early in the game. He kicked two goals and won 21 disposals, although it was his 11 marks that was the most impressive.
- James Podsiadly was the star of the show for the first half, kicking six goals on the undersized Gibson. Unfortunately, he was kept a lot quieter in the second half, not troubling the scorecard again. His contested marking was his strength, but his accuracy on goal was obviously another real plus.
- Joel Selwood had a rather quiet game, playing through the middle, but Chris Scott moved him forward in the last quarter and he was a revelation. He did miss both of his shots on goal, but he showed off some good marking skills and provided an awesome contest whenever the ball hit the ground. The switch to the forward line was one of the main reasons for Geelong’s come-from-behind win.
- Paul Chapman still doesn’t look to be 100% right – he seemed to be fine to half time, but after the break he simply stopped willing himself to the contests and just wasn’t really winning any decent hard-ball. He is obviously struggling with his fitness, so despite his price-tag, I’d say you’d be best to avoid bringing him in until there are some signs of form.
- Sam Mitchell was the Hawks’ best, winning 38 disposals in his ‘extractor’ role through the middle. He worked hard all day, accumulating plenty of hard-ball. Unfortunately though, if there was to be a slight on his game it would have to be the fact he lay only 2 tackles and had only 4 marks, hence his absurdly low DT score for a 38 possession game.
- Liam Shiels had another possession-fest, racking up a massive 35 touches. He set the Hawks up early with a great first quarter and really went on with it for all four quarters. The kid can certainly play. The thing that continues to impress me is his ability to win the contested ball, considering he is built like a 13 year-old girl.
- Lance Franklin got up to play and that in itself was good enough news. The game he then played was actually of very good quality – whilst he didn’t quite take the game by the neck as we know he can, he still looked dangerous, kicking four goals for the night. Didn’t really show any signs that he was still carrying the calf injury, so fingers crossed for next week!
- Luke Hodge just never really got into the game, starting as a HFF and occasionally moving through the middle. In the last quarter, as the Hawks tried to regain ascendancy, we saw a little more of him, but he was far from his best. Hopefully it’s not a fitness issue, considering the amount of coaches that have just traded him in!
Carlton vs Brisbane:
- Marc Murphy was again one of the Blues’ best, perhaps beginning to put a little bit of worry into the hearts of those who sunk a sneaky bet on Judd earlier in the season. His ball-winning and creativity is a massive highlight in his game and he seems to be totally uncaring of any sort of tags. Finished the game with 28 touches, 7 tackles and a bonus 2 goals.
- Andrew Walker continued his somewhat surprising push towards to top of the Coleman medal leader-board, kicking another five goals. He is clearly really enjoying his footy at the moment and has a huge amount of confidence in himself when the ball comes his way, happy to go for big marks or just put himself on the goal-line for a quick handball receive and a goal. His role reeks of possible inconsistency, so you wouldn’t bring him into your team, but great to see him on the park for an extended period of time!
- Zach Tuohy played his second game and was very impressive – he played a half-back role and is not at all afraid to take the game on or trust his own skills. He even took a couple of kick-ins which surprised me! The Blues seem to love him and he is certainly talented enough to keep his spot, so he could definitely be one looking at this week if you are in need of some cash.
- Bryce Gibbs played his 200th game as a key back, mainly stationed on Retzlaff. He actually played very well and used the ball exceptionally, hence his good SC score, but unfortunately for all the DTers, he just wasn’t winning enough of it, finishing with just 21 touches and 3 marks.
- Jack Redden was my favourite of the Lions – never stops trying his guts out, and as is becoming the way with plenty of good inside mids, he also has the ability to spread from the contest and provide a good outside option too, meaning he has the ability to win even more of the ball. Still pretty cheap for those looking for another mid, so he shouldn’t be discounted from your thoughts!
- Mitch Golby actually looked pretty good in his first game – he played on Gartlett in the backline and provided some good defensive pressure with his running and tackling. Racked up 17 touches for the night and also lay 5 tackles – hopefully Voss can keep him around.
- Jonathan Brown continued his slow comeback from injury, although I think it is more just the form of his midfield than his own form or injury that is stopping him from dominating. In fact, this week Jamison can be held accountable for Brown’s quietish game, quelling him very well for the majority of the game. Brown’s price does look very tempting, but with the average supply he gets from his midfield, I would be looking elsewhere for a forward-line bargain.
- Jed Adcock has once again turned up a pathetic dream team game. Those who have had him from the start of the year and have been gloating about their ridiculously good selection are starting to question their own judgement after his third stinker in a row. He is just playing way too deep in defence and keeps being given ‘roles.’ He few kicks he did do were great and to advantage, so why the hell isn’t he freed up and given the ball more!?
Sydney vs Richmond:
- Ryan O’Keefe was the Swans’ best for the majority of the game, despite copping Jackson’s tag through the midfield. He has now shown a couple of consistent weeks, with his clearance work and contested ball again a highlight. There has been much talk about Goodes vs O’Keefe this week, and if this was the game to be judged on, O’Keefe would be winning, hands down.
- Mark Seaby had his best game for the Swans, if not for his entire AFL career, winning 38 hitouts and 21 disposals in a commanding ruck display. Richmond’s rucks are very young and inexperienced though, so that should be remembered, also Mumford should return next week too. So for those tempted by Seaby’s low price, it should be worth remembering the above and perhaps looking elsewhere.
- Adam Goodes is starting to really get on my nerves this year… His form just hasn’t been amazing – dropped marks, inaccuracy and he is also playing way too close to goal for a good DT score. Unfortunately, with Bradshaw all but retired, there doesn’t look to be much of a chance we will see Goodesy venturing up field too much this year. But the real issue in this game was that he actually had his chances to give us a decent score, but missed every one of his shots at goal, kicking four behinds for the match.
- Kieren Jack had his first game back from injury and surprisingly started the game as the sub and not coming on until the third quarter. Fortunately, he still scored brilliantly for the amount of time he spent on ground, but his price will still skyrocket down for those who kept him. And a note to those people – you’ve kept him this long, so you must persist – I’d say his scoring will be back to what you’d be wanting for next week.
- Dustin Martin looks back in some form, with a hard-working midfield game as he went head-to-head with McVeigh. Martin won the battle with 8 clearances amongst his 24 touches, suggesting how dominant he will become over the next few years as he continues to develop.
- Brett Deledio continues on his very good year, again lining up across half-back and winning 27 touches. He’s consistency in 2011 has been a major bonus for the Tigers and also all the DT & SC coaches that jumped on him at the start of the year. For those that didn’t grab him, his price is still fair and he is one of the few defenders justifying selection, so get on!
- Andrew Browne played his third game for the year and again was very impressive, holding his own for much of the game against Seaby. He is a very competitive young guy and reminds me a lot of Sam Jacobs or Mumford – a bit lumberer, but knows how to use his body, loves a tackle and gives a contest in the air.
- Brad Miller was an interesting one this game, lining up in a back pocket, rather than in his typical forward position. Whether is was due to match-up issues or something else it seemed like a strange move, especially as it wasn’t very effective. He played on Sam Reid (who was great), but Reid’s inaccuracy was Miller’s only saving grace as his score sheet read 2.5 at the end of the game.
Fremantle vs Essendon:
- Garrick Ibbotson pulled out a great game from seemingly nowhere, single-handedly (for a while) repelling every Essendon forward entry. He was stationed across half-back and was very solid, winning 28 touches and 9 marks. You’d want to see him do it again before considering him for your team, but it was good to see him successful in a role, as to now he has seemed a lot more like a role player than a true attacking defender.
- Matthew Pavlich started to finally show some form, dominating through the midfield with occasional stints up forward. There didn’t seem to be anyone from Essendon attempt to run with him, so he was virtually allowed to do as he pleased. He finished with 22 touches, 6 tackles and 3 goals.
- Paul Duffield is another Docker looking to have finally started showing some form. His scoring has been much better over this past month and it doesn’t appear to be purely luck – he is back playing the role which he played so well these past couple of years and looks to have much more confidence and attack in his game than earlier in the year. He is still fairly priced and is a defender with a known good DT history, so now would be the time to bring him in.
- David Mundy was the big story from the game, breaking his leg only minutes into the game. The injury should see him sidelined for at least a month, which is a massive blow for both the Dockers and his DT/SC owners. A month is an awkward timeframe, but with the severity of the injury, you would think that trading could be the best option.
- Leroy Jetta was quite easily one of the better Bombers and one of their few four-quarter performers. He is now playing much more time through the midfield, which is great to see, and he also has no real trouble winning the ball in close – in fact, I think he likes it! You almost felt sorry for him early in the game as he would take the game on and work the ball from half-back only for it to be turned over by a teammate straight away and come back over his head – this happened a number of times.
- Paddy Ryder looked much better stationed mainly as a forward, only playing a relieving role in the ruck. This week Hird dropped Tom Bellchambers, meaning that for the first time this year the Bombers played with just two ruckmen, and it worked much better. Paddy kicked four goals for the game and David Hille was very competitive in the ruck. This is certainly good news for those who have stuck through all of Ryder’s ups and downs this year – hopefully the good scoring can continue!
- Jobe Watson came back from injury and was held pretty quiet by Crowley for the majority of the game. He still won 7 clearances and 22 possessions, but was far from his influential best, whether it be fitness issues after his lay-off, or because of Crowley’s tag. Next week Essendon come up against North, who were smashed in the clearances by Gold Coast, so one would hope that Jobe will prove a point and absolutely smash the Roos.
- Michael Hibberd continues to look good in each game he plays, but his spot in the team is clearly under pressure, considering he only played in this game due to Stanton’s late withdrawal. Fortunately though, every time he plays his price rises and he impresses again, but those who have held onto him may feel better cashing him in in a week or two for a much more trustworthy rookie.
**Collingwood vs Melbourne Wrap will be uploaded this afternoon, after the game.
LATE CHANGES to Melb vs Coll:
Melb – Nicholson OUT, Bartram IN (Michael Evans SUB)
Coll – No Changes (Goldsack SUB)
Please use this thread to discuss all your Dream Team and SuperCoach heroes and villains for round 12 – who let you down and who is carrying the weight of your team on their shoulders??
Also feel free to gloat about all your successful trades this week, or perhaps you may like to concede it was your fault for a player’s injury or poor score after you trades them in this week!
Please just avoid obscenities or abuse… as hard as that may be!
Hey all, please see below for our first episode of Footy Tragic TV for the season!
It premiered last night on Channel 31 at 9pm.
Please note that this recording is missing it’s last two minutes… I really don’t know why, but am trying to sort this out if possible. But here is the majority of the show for now! It starts at 1:54 into the video (yes, I taped it off the TV…)
Enjoy, and I look forward to your feedback! (Btw, if you want to see it on full-screen, check out here: http://www.footytragic.com/show.php )
ST KILDA V WESTERN BULLDOGS
ES – Fri Jun 10, 7:40pm
ADELAIDE V WEST COAST EAGLES
AS – Sat Jun 11, 2:10pm
Emg: Ivan Maric, Christopher Schmidt, Aidan Riley
West Coast Eagles
GOLD COAST SUNS V NORTH MELBOURNE
MS – Sat Jun 11, 7:10pm
Gold Coast Suns
New: Rex Liddy (Kenmore QLD/Gold Coast U18)
In: Michael Firrito, Ryan Bastinac
Out: Jamie Macmillan (Facial Fractures), Kieran Harper
GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN
MCG – Sat Jun 11, 7:10pm
B: Josh Hunt, Tom Lonergan, Matthew Scarlett
Emg: Tom Hawkins, Allen Christensen, Josh Cowan
In: Paul Chapman, Darren Milburn
Out: David Wojcinski (Soreness), Josh Cowan
CARLTON V BRISBANE LIONS
ES – Sun Jun 12, 1:10pm
New: Mitchell Golby (Gippsland Power (VIC))
Milestones: James Polkinghorne – 50 games
SYDNEY SWANS V RICHMOND
SCG – Sun Jun 12, 2:10pm
B: Ted Richards, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Alex Johnson
HB: Tadhg Kennelly, Heath Grundy, Martin Mattner
HF: Ben McGlynn, Sam Reid, Josh P. Kennedy
In: Kieren Jack, Jarred Moore, Lewis Johnston
Out: Bradley Helbig
FREMANTLE V ESSENDON
PS – Sun Jun 12, 2:40pm
HB: Garrick Ibbotson, Luke McPharlin, Paul Duffield
C: Stephen Hill, Matthew Pavlich, Nathan Fyfe
F: Ryan Crowley, Christopher Mayne, Hayden Ballantyne
In: Clayton Hinkley, Michael Barlow, Josh Mellington
New: Josh Mellington (Murray Bushrangers)
MELBOURNE V COLLINGWOOD
MCG – Mon Jun 13, 2:10pm
While the options aren’t plentiful this week, there are still a few guys set to play their third game this weekend that I wouldn’t call you crazy for trading in. You could make a case for all options this week. As a bit of a general observation for 2011, I don’t consider job security as important as I did in previous years. By now we’d all have a fair idea as to how our team and more importantly for this article, our bench will look by year’s end.
For example, I’m looking at keeping two of Lower, Puopolo and Stanley in my back line as bench players. I feel I can be a bit more adventurous with my third bench player, so I can’t have as much hesitation downgrading Luke Thompson to someone like Christian Howard or Dan Nicholson. I reckon both of them are a chance to play a bit of footy in the back end of this year, whether that be a big block of games, or even if it’s just here and there I’m not as fussed this year because of the job security I’ll have already developed on the bench ahead of them. That’s just something to think about before I get into talking about the players about to have their first price rise.
Josh Cowan (Geelong, MID)
DT: $97,600. Scores: 53*, 46. Break even: -20
SC: $110,200. Scores: 37*, 41. Break even: 0
The shaggy haired runner from Daylesford has had a solid start to his AFL career. His VFL form across half back and up on the wings had been good enough to earn a senior call up on the top of the ladder team. Ball use is not his strong suit, so turnovers can cost him a few points in Super Coach and I imagine he’d be the sort of player who scores higher in DT than SC, which isn’t too common.
I feel that Geelong have too many players to come back and that at this stage he’s a depth player capable of filling in, but not quite in their best team. He’s getting games for experience and will be better for it, but overall he’s not a high enough scoring player to take that risk on. There’s always a few good midfield options that pop up in the back half of the season, so unless you really need to downgrade in your midfield this week, I’d wait for another option to come along.
Summary: Not the worst pick, but there will probably be better midfield downgrade options in future weeks. I wouldn’t touch him in SC, but would give him a bit more consideration for DT (and ultimately pass).
Dan Nicholson (Melbourne, BAC/MID)
DT: $104,400. Scores: 41*, 57*. Break even: -13
SC: $115,700. Scores: 24*, 46*. Break even: 12
Considering some fantasy coaches trade in dual position players purely because they can be swapped across two positions, the fact that Nicholson is playing makes him a decent option from that perspective alone. Some people (myself included) have Lobbe and J.Tippett as DP links purely to move Petrie around. Recently on our site people have been talking about bringing in Warrick Andreoli (FWD/MID), who is barely holding down a spot in Sandringham seniors. Nicholson provides an extra pivot to swap the likes of Gibbs, Goddard, Scotland, Deledio, Heppell, Hibberd or Jacobs around (hmmm…an all DP backline was almost achievable this year, wasn’t it?).
Now to move away from the handiness of his position eligibility and to talk about Nicholson as a player. He’s started both games for Melbourne as the sub, coming on in the third quarter on debut against Carlton and early in the second against Essendon to replace the injured Col Sylvia. He’s a good tackler and was finding the ball well at VFL level this year. He’s task orientated and might be the sort of player to get tagging jobs for them, but still score well enough for a rookie. I think Bartram is an immediate threat to his spot in the team, but also reckon even if he does get dropped he’ll get some more opportunities this year.
Summary: Even in one position he’d be an option you’d consider, but the fact he has BAC/MID eligibility could be a little cherry on top.
Andrew Browne (Richmond, RUC)
DT: $122,500. Scores: 78, 55. Break even: -34
SC: $160,600. Scores: 58, 62. Break even: -7
Big Andrew Browne played four games near the end of 2010 and also one game in 2009, but he’s still close enough to rookie price to consider and is about to have his first price rise on 2011. I suppose the big question with Browne is whether or not he can keep Angus Graham out of the side. Personally I don’t think the Tigers will play Graham and Browne in the same side.
Browne is a traditional tap ruckman. Three kicks and 21 handballs in his two games this season is pretty well testament to that. He does love to tackle though and is good for 20 or so hitouts. This week there’s been a bit of talk about trading Sandilands down to free up some cash. I think that was a decision to be made as soon as Sandilands was named out, because each week he misses (two now) he’s a week closer to returning.
Summary: He’s a decent option, but will get some competition for his spot from Angus Graham. If you’re set on trading Sandilands then maybe…but Vardy and Bailey are only slightly more expensive than him in DT and they’re both cheaper than him in SC. There’s also Max Gawn on the horizon, but Jamar’s return might see him a short term proposition for your team.
Christian Howard (Western Bulldogs, BAC)
DT: $97,600. Scores: 49, 59. Break even: -29
SC: $110,200. Scores: 45, 43. Break even: -10
The Bulldogs first round pick from the 2009 draft broke into the team after an injury interrupted first year and hasn’t looked out of place. He’s a great kick of the ball and the Bulldogs have been playing a few kids lately, so there’s a spot for him if he continues to improve.
Down at Geelong last week I noticed he was working hard to get lateral, which is handy for fantasy purposes. The Bulldogs may look to utilise his kicking skills across half back. Hopefully they give him a bit of time in the seniors, because there’s not a great deal of rookie backs on the horizon. One thing to consider is that Zach Tuohy and Alex Browne both debuted as subs last week and if they hold their spot will be on the bubble next week, so the last options that I rate as downgrade options in defence are Howard, Nicholson, Tuohy and Browne.
Summary: I’d be more leaning towards him over Nicholson if you don’t need Nicholson’s DP link. Bulldogs are playing a few kids and he’s got talent. Once he gets up to speed with the tempo his kicking skills could make him a handy SC option.
Fair bet that Adelaide will make a couple of changes this week after that shocking effort against North Melbourne. Shaun McKernan was probably the most notable performer for the Crows in SANFL action on the weekend. After being dropped for the first time this year he picked up 20 touches and a whopping 42 hitouts for South Adelaide, to be named second best for them.
Daniel Talia was named third best just behind McKernan with 15 disposals and seven marks in defence. The highly rated youngster, who can play at both ends of the ground will likely be given a chance this year if he stays out of injury trouble. Andy Otten also had a solid game down back for the Panthers with 20 touches and five marks.
Ivan Maric had a very good game in the ruck for the Port Magpies. He controlled the hitouts with 32, along with 12 touches and a goal, but probably is behind McKernan at the moment.
Aidan Riley had 22 touches, mostly handballs and five tackles for Sturt. I’ve been on him for a few weeks now, but it’ll only be a matter of time before he gets a game. Brodie Martin was handy across half back with 22 possessions, though oddly it was Richard Tambling who Sturt named in their best players, despite everyone else at the ground thinking he had a shocker. He had 18 touches, but his ball use was apparently pretty bad, but also collected six marks and six tackles.
James Hawksley was the Lions BOG with 38 disposals across half back. He’d be a big chance at getting a senior recall. Aaron Cornelius kicked another six goals and is banging the door down, while his forward line cohort Patrick Karnezis kicked three.
Amon Buchanan and Ryan Harwood worked hard inside, winning plenty of contested ball. Matt Maguire was solid in the back line and was named in the bests. Broc McCauley made his return after missing two weeks with injury.
Andrew Raines only played half the game to be an emergency standby for the seniors that night. He’s a very good chance to come back in this week, especially after the disastrous game by the seniors last week.
Carlton fans are sufficiently firming up at the thought of Matthew Kreuzer returning to their team after his 19 touch effort, in which he also picked up five marks and 25 hitouts with two goals. This was his first full game after playing three quarters last week and a half the week before that and he’s a good chance to come back as soon as this week.
Lachie Henderson was fantastic once again with 15 touches, seven marks and slotting a cool five goals to be named third best for the Northern Bullants. Brock McLean was dominant against an inexperienced Collingwood midfield, amassing 34 possessions with six marks and five tackles to be named second best.
Marcus Davies was named BOG for his role across half back, while Paul Bower was also impressive back there with 25 touches. Jaryd Cachia had another 32 touches and is in sizzling form, but is stuck on the rookie list, while Ryan Houlihan continues his return from injury with another 28 disposals.
Carlton must be pleased with their remarkable depth. It’s a bit like what I was talking about with West Coast a couple of weeks ago – they’ve got some top performers at VFL level.
Collingwood really struggled against the stronger Northern Bullants. Alex Fasolo continues to push for his debut and with Beams, Swan and Thomas out he’d be a huge chance this week. Luke Rounds was named second best for his role in the backline – it was a bit strange seeing so many fans unimpressed with his game, but he had a lockdown role on the dangerous Ahmed Saad and Rounds kept the livewire small forward off the score sheet.
Jarryd Blair showed a bit of his usual tenacity, laying 13 tackles according to Collingwood’s stats. He did look very classy whenever he got the ball and was named third best for the Pies. Irishman Paul Cribbin is developing well and showed plenty of dash.
Another one who doesn’t mind a bit of linking up is Tom Young. He loves getting a number of touches in one passage of play through his hard running, but he doesn’t have the cleanest skills. Jye Bolton had a red hot crack. It doesn’t sound like Brad Dick did much to earn a recall.
The Bendigo Bombers had a bye, but Jobe Watson and Michael Hurley are expected back this week.
We’re probably not really considering him for our teams this year because of his expensive price tag, but how bloody good is it to see Michael Barlow get back out on the footy field. He played half a game for Peel reserves and picked up where he left off, amassing 15 possessions for 53 points. He was on for another ton. The talk yesterday was that he’s a chance for a shock recall straight into the seniors this week! It’ll just be great to see the champ back out on the park and hopefully he hasn’t lost any of what he showed in that scintillating rookie season.
John Anthony and youngster Josh Mellington showed some good form in the forward line on the weekend, booting three goals each. Rookie listed Ben Bucovaz was solid across half back. His 15 touches don’t jump off the stats sheet, but he’s a fine kick of the ball, though Freo’s aren’t exactly lacking in the rebounding half back department.
Clayton Hinkley’s Swan Districts had a bye, but the rules allowed him to play for the bottom placed reserves side (Peel Thunder) and he was solid in that game. It was only reserves level, but he was an emergency last week and will still be in the mix this week.
Allen Christensen put in a best on ground performance and if Geelong needs to make any changes to their smalls he’d be first in line for a recall. His in and under work really stood out.
Tom Hawkins kicked a couple of goals and found a little bit of form. It wasn’t a dominant display, but he was good and will have got a bit of confidence from that game. Also up forward Mitch Brown presented very well and played a bit further up the ground than usual to be that hit up target. It was a much better performance than his last three weeks.
Tom Gillies was rock solid in defence once again and Matty Egan praised him for not only beating his direct opponent, but also getting off him to help out teammates. Shannon Byrnes is waiting in the wings and was playing forward of the ball, often cheating those 50/50’s to get out into space.
There is a distinct lack of info coming out of this game, but we’ll get that some weeks when Gold Coast play away. Luckily I had a mate who happened to be at the game! This week they lost to GWS at Blacktown and the Suns only named three players in their bests. They listed the exciting Rex Liddy as their best, while Charlie Dixon (two goals) and Jake Crawford being the other two.
Big men Daniel Gorringe and Rory Thompson kicked three and two goals respectively. Josh Toy continues to languish in the reserves and didn’t look to work hard enough. My source was a bit surprised to see Liddy named BOG and thought he looked a bit out of shape, along with Hayden Jolly. Jolly will be a great fantasy option, because he reads the play so well, but hopefully he doesn’t get a look in this year to keep his price tag low for 2012.
The Suns dominated the ruck and if they were to ever give Zac Smith a rest (I really hope not!) then Tom Nicholls is looking really good. Marc Lock is one who has fallen off the radar. Kristian and I almost picked him this year, due to his perceived job security! He put in an honest effort and should get another look in at some stage this year after only playing in their first AFL game and being in the reserves ever since.
The big news for us fantasy coaches is that Isaac Smith made his return from an unusually long bout of “general soreness” and kicked two goals. David Hale also kicked two goals on return, for those who may have kept him on the bench.
Rick Ladson was BOG for Box Hill Hawks playing in the guts. He’ll always look a star at VFL level, but it’s just a matter of whether or not he can find that form in the higher level. He was one of the main users getting the ball into 50 for Box Hill.
Derrick Wanganeen kicked another four goals. He ran hard, put on plenty of tackling pressure and was opportunistic around goals. He’s still on the rookie list, so would need to be upgraded to get a game, but he’s putting together a nice season. Another rookie listed player who showed a bit was Will Sierakowski, who impresses with his hardness and got plenty of touches.
Of the Demons players playing for Casey Scorpions Sam Blease and Matthew Warnock led the way with 29 touches each – what an odd combination. Warnock was solid in defence, as always at VFL level. He had a few clangers, as always at any level. It’s good to see Blease winning a bit of the ball. Typically he isn’t a huge ball winner; it’s more about what he does with it. His disposal reportedly wasn’t as good as usual, but it should also be noted that the conditions were very windy down at Sandringham.
Matthew Bate kicked 4.2 in a dominant display up forward, especially considering it was a low scoring game. His late goals helped Casey to a narrow win, but the big question is whether or not Melbourne dip back into the well after he struggled a couple of times at AFL level this year.
Ricky Petterd was another good performer with 2.3 among 26 disposals and a whopping eight tackles. That sort of hardness and work rate should see him high on the list for a recall, though unluckily for him Melbourne had that good win on Friday night, so you wouldn’t imagine they’d be making wholesale changes.
Robert Campbell got through the game in the ruck in a solid display. Getting through is most of the battle for him at this stage, but if he can keep on the park while Jamar is still injured he’d be half a chance to get some games (though if Gawn’s body holds up I’d keep pumping games into him).
Unfortunately the North Ballarat game was on at the same time as the North Melbourne game, so I haven’t heard any first hand accounts of the game. The big fantasy news though, is that Cam Richardson was named best on ground for the Roosters for his 41 touch and 16 mark effort. It was a massive DT game for him as he scored at least 160 points. Hopefully he can get a recall this week with so much potential carnage in forward line this week – Franklin, Sylvia, Matera, Chapman, Tapscott (thank the DT Gods that Darling got cleared by the MRP!) A Richo return would be timely for quite a lot of teams, however I don’t imagine there’d be too many changes at the Roos this week – only Macmillan (injury), but Firrito returns from suspension.
Ryan Bastinac got through his second game on return from injury (this was his first in VFL Seniors) and was named in the bests, along with Cruize Garlett, Cam Delaney and Aaron Mullett. Marcus White played his first game after a long injury lay off. Garlett picked up 27 touches and laid eight tackles.
For Werribee Ben McKinley was the star performer with six goals off about 20 touches. He also plucked about ten marks, however it’s hard to see him working in the same forward line as Aaron Edwards – they’re both straight line players, who are great on the lead and don’t offer much defensive pressure.
Robbie Tarrant started forward and didn’t have much impact, but was much better when moved back to be named fifth best for Werribee, while Gavin Urquhart had a tough battle with goal sneak Patrick Rose of Port Melbourne. Rose kicked five, but there were a few cheapies in there and Urquhart provided some good rebound. Ben Warren was kept as emergency standby for the Roos.
In tough times for Port they’d be hoping for a few more stand out performances in the SANFL from some young players. Cool, Chad Cornes was named in the bests again for Glenelg – I don’t think the Power care.
Jason Davenport was good for West Adelaide in their Foxtel Cup game against Williamstown. He had 16 touches and five tackles in the shortened game.
Mitch Banner had a very good attacking game for the Port Magpies, with 27 touches and six tackles to be named third best. The query has always been on his defensive side (and ball use) so six tackles is a good start.
Daniel Stewart had 16 touches and pulled down seven marks to go along with nine hitouts and 5.1 in a very complete performance. There’s definitely still something worth persisting with there. Rookie listed Tom Jonas played a defensive game on Paul Thomas and kept him unusually quiet (14 touches). Jonas himself only had it seven times, but his five tackles and negating job were noticed by the Norwood coaches, who named him fourth best.
Richmond’s VFL affiliate Coburg had a bye.
Raph Clarke demanded a recall in a very good display off half back for Sandringham and even played with a bit of mongrel (weird to think). He was named BOG for the second week in a row. Tommy Walsh continues to push his case for a debut, which will excite Toby greatly. He played on Fev, and even though it wasn’t a great day for forward (windy) he kept Fev to one goal and provided plenty of rebound.
Alistair Smith was named third best and provided a bit of dash. If Montagna doesn’t come up he’d be an ideal replacement with his pace. Andrew McQualter was also good and Jason Gram a little better than last week – has anyone held onto him?
Once again, there’s a lot of pressure from WAFL level to keep the Eagles current 22 on their toes. Brad Ebert responded well to being dropped with a BOG performance for Peel Thunder, picking up 26 disposals, seven marks, five tackles and a goal. Just behind him, first year player Scott Lycett was named second best with 10 touches, four marks, four tackles, 13 hitouts and 3.1 He’s shown some good signs this year in the forward line for a struggling side.
There were plenty of other big ball winners with Koby Stevens Tim Houlihan and Bradd Dalziell picking up their usual 31, 29 and 28 touches respectively. The exciting Gerrick Weedon was named in the bests for Claremont with 13 touches, four marks and three tackles, including one highlight reel grab.
The Bulldogs affiliate Williamstown had a bye in the VFL comp, but they played against West Adelaide in the Foxtel Cup. Ben Hudson was dominant in the ruck against the recent addition to my Dream Team Matthew Lobbe – yeah, I’m not banking on him playing any games. Hudson had 26 hitouts and picked up 13 touches in the shortened game to be named second best for the Seagulls.
Luke Dahlhaus continued his impressive run of form to be named third best with 19 touches and four tackles. He’s still on the rookie list, but if he gets a game he’ll be one to keep an eye on, as he was a notable ball winner at junior level.
Andrew Hooper and Patrick Veszpremi were dangerous around goals and rounded out the Bulldogs listed bests along with Jason Tutt, with the trio kicking two goals each. Zephanniah Skinner only had five kicks, but he ended with three goals, including two in the first term, while Matthew Panos presented well and kicked a couple of second quarter goals.
Check out the little promo we recorded for C31 at last week’s rehearsal!
KRISTIAN’S KAPTAINS ROUND 12
Welcome to another weekly edition of Kristian’s Kaptains!
For those that have continued to stick with Dane Swan as their captain for the past few weeks, this round will certainly makes things interesting now that he’s jumped on a flight to Arizona!
Port Adelaide have the bye this week, which means we pretty much have a full list of captains to choose from, bar Paul Chapman (still not sure whether he’ll be back this week), Dane Swan and Lance Franklin.
The match up we always look for is which team is playing the Gold Coast, and unfortunately this week it’s North Melbourne. There aren’t too many options, unless you have Andrew Swallow. Brent Harvey is an option, but I don’t think it’s worth it. Drew Petrie and Todd Goldstein are the other two possibilities, but you’d have to be pretty brave.
I’ll go about this article a little bit differently this week considering there are so many options!
MATTHEW BOYD VS ST KILDA
He’s my ‘safe’ pick for the week as always, and if you’re really struggling with who to pick, then just go Boydy. He will not let you down unless he got struck down with injury, but then even still, it’d be hard to keep him off the ground. Pendlebury and Thomas got off the leash on Saturday night against St.Kilda, two guys who you’d think would be prime candidates for the hard tag. Boyd won’t get tagged, so imagine what he’ll score under the roof of Etihad. His last five games against the Saints he’s averaged 105 DT and 96 SC. Make him vice captain at the very least!
BRENDON GODDARD VS WESTERN BULLDOGS
BJ’s back, with a bang. Awesome form, playing an out of form Doggies, and a good history against them suggests he’s a ‘must consider’ for the captaincy option this week. I’m not exactly sure who’ll run with him, or who can, so he’ll more than likely do as he pleases again at his favourite hunting ground, Etihad Stadium. His last five games against the Dogs he’s averaged 113 DT and 127 SC.
SCOTT THOMPSON VS WEST COAST
In previous years, I would’ve given this a serious consideration, but Scott Selwood has become a really great tagger and he’ll most likely get the gig on Adelaide’s only player at the moment. Still, he gets a mention because his current form is awesome, and so is his record against the Eagles, averaging 117 DT and 106 SC in his last five encounters.
DEAN COX VS ADELAIDE
Todd Goldstein murdered the Adelaide ruckmen on Sunday by himself. Imagine what Cox and Naitanui might do? Cox was simply awesome on the weekend, moving even better than he was in his prime. You can’t go past an average of 111 DT and 111 SC in his last five against the Crows. He’s a safe as houses option.
JIMMY BARTEL VS HAWTHORN
This man steps up for the big games, and there is none bigger than this clash. Jimmy LOVES playing against the Hawks, and he’ll undoubtedly put up a massive score if you have him this week. He averages 119 DT and 122 SC in his last five games against Hawthorn, so expect much the same this week.
SAM MITCHELL VS GEELONG
He’s been in blistering form so far this year, and has very much slipped under the radar of a few teams and fantasy coaches this season. Personally, I’m looking to bring him into my side this week for the run home, and he’ll come into serious consideration for the captaincy as well. His last five games against Geelong (101 DT and 95 SC) don’t necessarily scream out captain option, but this year he’s taken his game to a new level.
MARC MURPHY VS BRISBANE
Again, much like Sam Mitchell, Murphy has taken his fantasy game up another notch this season, and has now become a legitimate captain option. He’s coming up against a rather dismal Brisbane Lions outfit, so it really should be party time for the Carlton midfield and cricket scores could be posted. Murphy only averages 93 DT in his last five against the Lions, but his SC average is very good with 115. Again, history doesn’t really mean a whole lot in this one, Murphy is about as safe as you can get this week.
JONATHON BROWN VS CARLTON
To the select few who have him; his record is amazing against Carlton, although you could mount a case that he’s bullied a terrible Carlton side all these years. An average of 117 DT and 137 SC in his last 9 games against them surely can’t be sneezed at though!
ADAM GOODES VS RICHMOND
As a Richmond fan, I’m really nervous as to what he might do to us this week, as always. He’s capable of the big 150 games, as this is a candidate to be one of those days if he floats through the middle as I’m really not sure who’ll be able to with him everywhere; maybe Shaun Grigg? His record is alright in his last five against Richmond, without being sensational. A big score of 158 boosts his DT average up to 104 and in that same game he got an amazing 223 in SC to sky rocket that average to 118. Take out that game, and his record isn’t that great, which I must say, surprised me.
SCOTT PENDLEBURY VS MELBOURNE
It will definitely be interesting to see how he cops without Dane Swan this week, and that one factor could sway a lot of people away from him. Melbourne do have some good defensive stoppers, and with the news that the Pies will be without Dale Thomas this week as well through suspension, means Pendles will cop the brunt of attention. I am definitely wary this week, even though he is in some scintillating form. His last three games against Melbourne (two before that were only in his first few games, so there’s not a lot to read into) have been brilliant, averaging 133 DT, and 118 SC, so how do possibly ignore that form line?
KRISTIAN’S TOP 5 CAPTAIN PICKS
1. Matthew Boyd
2. Dean Cox
3. Scott Pendlebury
4. Jimmy Bartel
5. Brendon Goddard
Well we’ve been teasing you all for long enough – finally it is time to announce that ‘Footy Tragic’ – a brand new AFL Dream Team and Supercoach show – will be going live from this Thursday at 9pm on Channel 31.
The show will run weekly throughout the year, where Dan, Kristian and Toby run through all the pressing Dream Team issues and what the best solution is for each. They will discuss teams, rookies, premiums and occasionally make mention of Dane Swan.
We will also have guests some weeks – make sure you tune in this week as we interview a To-be-announced Bulldogs star. So make sure to stick the date in your diary, and remember, don’t hit the trade button until you’ve watched Footy Tragic – every Thursday night from 9 O’clock on Channel 31.