Category - 2012 – Round 3
In keeping up with price changes from now on the cut off for all players that I write about will be $180,000 in AFL Dream Team or $200,000 in SuperCoach. The reason for this is to write about players that are still attractive trade in options. For example, even though prior to last week players like Paul Bower and Marty Clarke were still cheap enough to consider trading in, but the horse has bolted on those guys after the price rise.
CARLTON VS. COLLINGWOOD
No rookie priced players in this game.
RICHMOND VS. MELBOURNE
Brandon Ellis – DEF, $151,600 DT, $159,500 SC (65 DT, 49 SC) – It wasn’t a bad game from Ellis, but he’s still finding his feet at AFL level and the pace seems a bit hot for him at stages. He put up solid numbers across a few categories for a well rounded statistical game. He may just serve as handy back-up, rather than the starter I was anticipating.
Steven Morris – DEF, $141,300 DT, $157,100 SC (57 DT, 64 SC) – Morris has looked impressive in the last two games. His ferocious attack on the ball is well known, but I liked the way he was getting up the ground to receive on Saturday. It looks like he’ll be a handy defence rookie this year, particularly since it’s a pretty underwhelming group.
James Magner – MID, $166,500 DT, $180,600 SC (48 DT, 61 SC) – Even though he had a quieter sort of game, I wouldn’t get too worried about his ability to score. He only picked up nine touches, but I wouldn’t expect too many of these games from him. Seriously, it’s not too late to get him in, but I don’t suppose too many would’ve ignored him last week and then by considering him on the back of that game.
PORT ADELAIDE VS. SYDNEY
Chad Wingard – MID, $168,900 DT, $193,900 SC (46 DT, 42 SC) – I feel bad that I keep missing most of the Port games. The bits of the game I saw he looked classy, but only had nine touches. Considering he’s spending a bit of time up forward it’d be good if he was converting for more goals – his one behind really should’ve been a goal.
Jarrad Redden – RUC, $149,400 DT, $171,300 SC (65 DT, 69 SC) – Redden held up really well against a quality ruckman, bouncing back from being dominated by Ryder the week earlier. He lost the hitouts 40-26 against Mumford, which isn’t anything to be ashamed of. 16 touches, but mostly handballs. He’s an excellent bench option.
No rookie priced players.
FREMANTLE VS. BRISBANE
Josh Mellington – FWD, $154,800 DT, $178,600 SC (47 DT, 38 SC) – Well, this recommendation was a complete flop. He kicked 1.3 on the weekend, so better conversion obviously would’ve seen him score significantly better. Unfortunately he left the game with a hamstring issue, which as it turns out required surgery and he will be out for about three months!
Billy Longer – RUC, $148,200 DT, $161,600 SC (59 DT, 85 SC) – What a lion hearted effort (no pun) by Billy Longer having to pretty much ruck solo against Aaron Sandilands and Zac Clarke all day on debut. After Leuenberger went down early, Longer did well to win 19 hitouts. He couldn’t stop Sandilands from winning 54, but I think it’s fair to cut him some slack on that one. With Leuenberger out for at least six weeks (sounds optimistic for a big man and an achilles, if you ask me) Longer will get plenty more opportunity. With plenty of good rookie ruck options he’s not an essential buy, but if you have two premium rucks you could consider downgrading one to Longer and play Giles as your second ruck.
WESTERN BULLDOGS VS. ST.KILDA
Ayce Cordy – RUC, $178,100 DT, $180,000 SC (60 DT, 50 SC) – Seven tackles for a 204cm kid playing in the forward line is very impressive, especially considering the ball wasn’t spending very much time in that part of the ground on Saturday night. He’s probably a little too pricey, but I thought he was pretty good the other night.
Clay Smith – MID, $149,100 DT, $155,300 SC (42 DT, 30 SC) – He looks tired and even though this was the first game he wasn’t subbed out, he was running on the spot in the last quarter. His big score in his impressive debut was boosted greatly by four goals, which he’s unlikely to match. I still think he’ll score well in some games, so the big hope for his owners will be that he gets a couple of 70s close together for a sharp price rise and to sell him.
Jamie Cripps – FWD, $176,300 DT, $161,100 SC (37 DT, 22 SC) – He started as the sub and was activated at half time for an injured Sam Gilbert. In what was junk time the whole time he was on, he didn’t do a heap to stamp his authority on the game and actually dropped $1500 from his starting price in SuperCoach.
Terry Milera – FWD, $170,300 DT, $182,800 SC (53 DT, 37 SC) – He wasn’t able to find as much room as he had in his first two games, but still picked up 15 possessions and five marks. Three frees against and a couple of skill errors really hurt his SuperCoach score and his 37 was disappointing. His 53 in AFL Dream Team was nothing tragic, and those who traded him in wouldn’t be too unhappy with that.
Jack Newnes – MID, $98,700 DT, $106,600 SC (61 DT, 54 SC) – In his second game didn’t really do enough to put his hand up as someone you need to get in. He was attacking the contest a little clumsily and gave away four free kicks, including one tackle on Luke Dahlhaus that slipped a little high and resulted in a good old fashioned (accidental) hair pull that I hadn’t seen since Tom Alvin’s tempting ponytail graced the Carlton midfield.
GOLD COAST VS. ESSENDON
Karmichael Hunt – DEF, $157,100 DT, $207,400 SC (39 DT, 57 SC) – It was probably his best game in the AFL, which pretty much spells the end of him as an AFL Dream Team option. Despite winning a career high 16 touches, he only managed 39 points. His SuperCoach score was pretty solid and he laid Angus Monfries out, which should’ve been worth heaps of extra points because it was awesome.
Sam Day – FWD, $151,900 DT, $185,900 SC (13 DT, 16 SC) – Slow comeback for the talented big man, who didn’t really bother the stats sheet last season either.
Aaron Hall – FWD, $131,600 DT, $147,100 SC (66 DT, 72 SC) – This is more the performance we’ve been looking for. He played mostly forward with plenty of energy and finished up with two goals, including an important late one (until Essendon kicked more). He showed the signs we saw in the pre-season to restore faith for those who have kept him.
No rookie priced players.
GWS VS. WEST COAST
Devon Smith – MID/FWD, $180,800 DT, $178,600 SC (87 DT, 79 SC) – Probably his best game to date and definitely his best fantasy game. He filled numbers in all of the columns and got involved up the ground a bit more. It was a very promising game and one that bridges that gap just a little with Adam Kennedy as far as I’m concerned (I still have Kennedy ahead as an option, because he play back and the ball is there a lot).
Tomas Bugg – BAC, $176,000 DT, $187,100 SC (93 DT, 92 SC) – It was another excellent performance from Bugg in both a football sense and for AFL Dream Team and SuperCoach. He’s a ripper and while his price has just stayed within my guidelines for this article, he’s probably getting a touch expensive to jump on.
Adam Kennedy – MID/FWD, $175,600 DT, $190,700 SC (58 DT, 74 SC) – Despite his lower score, he still had a good game. Unfortunately he wasn’t looking after fantasy coaches, with his 20 touches only coming with one mark and two tackles. At least he’s still showing the footy and as I mentioned earlier, I still have him slightly ahead of Devon Smith.
Tim Mohr – DEF, $151,100 DT, $173,500 SC (42 DT, 52 SC) – It was another solid game in defence for Mohr, who kept the rampaging Josh Kennedy to only six touches and two goals. As I said last week, these are the sort of scores you’ll get from him most weeks with the peace of mind that he’s the Giant rookie most likely to play 22 games.
Jack Hombsch – DEF, $150,200 DT, $172,600 SC (75 DT, 75 SC) – Hombsch is one that I must admit I didn’t talk about too much, but I was very high on him. Perhaps I should’ve been sprouting about him instead of Josh bloody Mellington. Anyway, he’s doing a good job as a third tall defender for the Giants, while scoring well at the same time.
Dylan Shiel – MID, $144,100 DT, $160,200 SC (74 DT, 79 SC) – He’s a really good player, but just not a fantasy player yet. It was easily his best game in the AFL on Sunday, racking up 28 touches, but only moderate scores in both AFL Dream Team and SuperCoach. He’s going to keep making money for a bit longer, but if he doesn’t start getting a better return for 28 touch games he’ll be the first rookie mid on the chopping block for a lot of fantasy teams.
Adam Tomlinson – DEF/FWD, $143,700 DT, $156,600 SC (70 DT, 60 SC) – A much improved performance than his debut game. He played forward, kicked a goal and did enough to earn a game and a price rise next week. He’s probably not going to make a stack of cash for his owners though.
Jeremy Cameron – FWD, $132,000 DT, $133,800 SC (19 DT, 18 SC) – After the excitement of a four goal effort against North Melbourne he could only manage two touches before being subbed off. He’s an awesome prospect for the future, but you’ll get these sort of stinkers from him now and then. He smashed Bradd Dalziell in the second quarter – it was good to see an 18 year old key forward attack a contest like that.
Jacob Townsend – DEF, $132,000 DT, $133,400 SC (42 DT, 31 SC) – The tough little bugger put in another workmanlike performance and posted another score similar to what we’ve seen from him in the past couple of weeks.
Curtly Hampton – MID/FWD, $130,800 DT, $126,300 SC (26 DT, 21 SC) – He started as the sub and personally I think he could use a bit of time in the NEAFL.
Israel Folau – FWD, $106,700 DT, $116,700 SC (4 DT, 8 SC) – If he took the free kicks out of his game his score would more than double! Big Izzy is battling to get involved, but more exposure will get him there. He’s too talented not to at least start showing signs. Pretty soon you’ll be able to get him for a rookie listed price.
Adam Treloar – MID/FWD, $104,200 DT, $113,200 SC (66 DT, 73 SC) – It was an impressive debut and Treloar is already in quite a few AFL Dream Team and SuperCoach teams. He’s going to be a very popular downgrade target over in a fortnight.
Koby Stevens – MID, $104,200 DT, $135,500 SC (83 DT, 81 SC) – It was a good game from Stevens, but keep in mid he was only playing GWS and that West Coast rested quite a few. This game does nothing but boost his money making potential early on, but it’s still an unknown if he can do that against stronger competition, or if he can even keep his spot when the likes of Priddis and Rosa come back this week.
HAWTHORN VS. ADELAIDE
No rookie priced players.
Brodie Martin – DEF, $174,100 DT, $199,500 SC (40 DT, 49 SC) – He’s awkwardly priced, but plays a very good fantasy game, especially for AFL Dream Team. It wasn’t a brilliant day for Martin though, but it was probably a worse day for Luke Breust, who Martin poleaxed late in the game.
Sam Kerridge – MID/FWD, $98,700 DT, $106,600 SC (6 DT, 5 SC) – He started as the sub and didn’t really get a look in when he came on in the third quarter. This practically gives him an extra week to rise in price because a score this low will go a long way to keep his price down. We could get another two looks at him before his price really goes up. His first price rise will probably be very moderate because of this score.
NORTH MELBOURNE VS. GEELONG
No rookie priced players.
Cameron Guthrie – DEF, $167,900 DT, $206,500 SC, (47 DT, 32 SC) – He’s priced out of relevance to be a trade in option and didn’t score well enough to impress his owners. I’m tired and can see the end of this article.
Tom Gillies – DEF, $138,500 DT, $176,200 SC, (55 DT, 71 SC) – He’s likely to make way for Matthew Scarlett anyway, but it was a solid performance from the young key defender. He’s likely to be more of a SuperCoach option anyway, but his heftier price tag wouldn’t make him a great option even if it looked like he was going to get a block of games.
George Horlin-Smith – FWD, $104,200 DT, $113,200, (58 DT, 46 SC) – He had a good impact coming on as the sub in the third quarter with 12 touches, six marks and a goal. As a FWD only option he’s worth keeping an eye on, however Adam Treloar debuting in the same week will probably take away from the crowd that might have also gone after GHS.
Orren Stephenson – RUC, $98,700 DT, $106,600 SC, (77 DT, 81 SC) – The Big O will be glad to know that not all AFL games are against people as tall as Aaron Sandilands or too wet to play two ruckmen. He got into this game more than he had any NAB Cup game. It was good to see him running around, winning a few hitouts and getting his hands dirty with five tackles too. It was an uninspiring pre-season, but I still feel those that stuck with him will get the safe bench option they were hoping for.
Winners & Weiners: Round 3
Well, after four years of the Weekly Wrap, I’ve felt it’s time we give it a bit of a refresh. Rather than naming the best and worse of each game, I thought it would be best to run through the ‘Winners’ and ‘Weiners’ for each club from the weekend, giving you all a chance for more input along the way. Hopefully you like the new format and I look forward to your comments:
Collingwood vs Carlton:
Dane Swan gets the nod here – whilst he doesn’t appear back to his best just yet, his game against the Blues was certainly his best yet. He spent a bit more time behind the ball and continued to provide a good link-up player through the midfield. He finished with 31 disposals and 8 marks and was one of only two Pies to crack the ton.
The Weiner for this game is surely Scott Pendlebury. His first two round have been fantastic, making many coaches confident when making him captain. Alas, he totally bombed, being tagged right out of the game by Andrew Carrazzo. He ended up playing much of the second half in the forward line, as he was close to useless in the midfield (i.e. he just couldn’t get near it). He owes us big time next week!
Marc Murphy played an exceptional game for the Blues, totally ignoring the fact he has a pretty ordinary history against the Pies. He absolutely tore the Collingwood midfield apart with some of the best form we have ever seen from him. With the Blues having a rampaging start to the year, surely Murphy will be capable of finishing within the top-5 midfielders by years end in both Dream Team and SuperCoach.
Paul Bower suddenly looked very shaky against the Pies, with the return of Duigan and Jamison. We were expecting Bower to make way this week for his aforementioned teammates, but a great game last week really saved him. Unfortunately, he just couldn’t nail down a position this week, switching between defence and up forward. Fingers crossed he gets a guernsey again next week, but I wouldn’t be holding my breath.
Richmond vs Melbourne:
Reece Conca was a name many Dream Team and SuperCoach coaches were considering prior to round one, but he went and got himself rubbed out for the entire NAB cup, meaning many didn’t take a ‘blind’ punt on him in their initial squads. He had a super game against the Dees, picking up 29 touches, 6 tackles, 8 marks and booting 2 goals – all through the midfield. There is a dearth of defence talent this year, so form like this should not be ignored – especially when it comes from someone as cheap as Conca.
Dustin Martin finally earns my wrath. I have kept my cool on him over the first two rounds due to his tough opposition, but I expected much more from him against Melbourne – especially considering he spent the majority of his time in the midfield. He seemed to have very little effect on the contest, only managing 19 disposals and never really commanding an influence. I’m not going to trade him, but he needs a cracker up his arse.
Jeremy Howe impressed me, and not for the first time. I have had to sit through many sessions of Dan telling me how much he likes this kid – so it was great to see him have a game like this, where he managed 23 disposals (20 of which were kicks, mind you), 12 marks and 2.1 floating across the half-forward line. With the Demons current form, 2012 shouldn’t be a year where we expect stacks from Howe, but the talent is definitely there.
So many choices… But I’m going to run with Mitch Clark. He has booted 9.4 from his three games this year, including 2.3 in this outing, but I am still not sold on him as a forward. Clark is, without any doubt, a ruckman – so why isn’t he getting played there, with a resting role up forward. We saw him dominate matches for an average Brisbane side as a ruckman, but he has never looked much more than an average ‘mark-kick-goal’ type forward when playing up front. I really hope no one took the punt on him this year.
Port Adelaide vs Sydney:
Brad Ebert has had a fantastic year so far for his new club, finishing best on ground for Port once again, with 22 touches, 12 marks and 2.2. Port’s midfield really took it up to Sydney’s midfield, just as they did to St.Kilda and Essendon the past fortnight, and Ebert is a big part in this consistent effort and form. He is delivering as both and inside and outside player and his DT and SC scores are reflecting this. A big pat on the back to those who took the risk and started him this year.
Cameron O’Shea came on as the sub in the final term and clearly didn’t adjust to the pace of the game, fighting off any chance Port had to win the game with several costly turnovers. Amazing that he even managed his one SC point…
Luke Parker bounced back after a couple of mediocre performances in the first two rounds, picking up 30 disposals in a great display which really confirmed why so many coaches decided to start him in their Dream Teams and SuperCoaches in the first place. He is a tough unit and covers the ground very well – fingers crossed he can continue to improve from here.
Ryan O’Keefe is probably the closest to fitting in this category – although I’m not overly disappointed. He has now had two pretty quiet games in a row, meaning that next week his price with nosedive. With very little pre-season he will take a while to warm into the season, but when he does, pounce. He is a great Dream Team and SuperCoach player on his day and it looks like he will be a bargain very soon.
Fremantle vs Brisbane:
Greg Broughton, surprise surprise, came out and silenced his critics. Well, at lease for this week. Broughton looked to have a lot more life in him against the Lions, especially in the second half, playing the majority of game time through the midfield. He finished with 23 disposals, 7 marks and 7 tackles – but the question is, can he back this up next week?
The injury we have been worried about for a long time finally happened… Nat Fyfe’s shoulder popped out once again. Unfortunately, this means one of two things – either he is nursed through the year, with the worry of it happening again, or he is checked into surgery which will rule him out for at least 3 months. Neither option is particularly good for us, but at least if he does go into surgery we know where we stand. Looks like we will be focussing on forward options this week.
It’s hard to find a winner when there are no DT ton’s and only one in SC for the entire team. That said, Tom Rockliff was a clear winner with a decent bounce-back from his game last week. He picked up 22 disposals and laid 7 tackles in a nice return to the midfield. With his average score from last week in his rolling average, I daresay he will be a popular pick when he bottoms out in a fortnight or so!
Matthew Leuenberger was another important player to suffer a game-ending injury very early on in the piece, looking to hurt his ankle. There is no time yet on when how long he will be back, but a score like 7/8 in his rolling average is going to mean his price will fly down in the coming weeks.
Gold Coast vs Essendon:
This is almost too easy… Gary Ablett was unbelievably, sitting just two points shy of 100 points at half time, then going on with it in the second half to finish on 160/182. Once again, taggers do absolutely nothing to stop him and he ran rampant all game, picking up 44 possessions (his third 40+ possession game in a row!), 7 tackles and booting 2.1. Screw playing around with captains – it’s almost time to just lock him in every week!
Yes, that’s right, a double Winner! Aaron Hall deserves a mention for his 12 disposal, 2 goal effort. Whilst it was probably not a totally eye-catching game, it was good to see Hall, who is sitting on so many forward benches, have a performance that really proved he is in their best-22. He is a very good player when in form, so it would be great if we could see more games like this through the year.
Jobe Watson had a fantastic Captains game, helping to drag the Bombers across the line late in the game. He had 25 disposals, 5 tackles and booted two goals himself. He has had a fantastic start to the year and is proving one of the SuperCoach bargains of the year so far.
David Zaharakis was frustratingly quiet, considering he was up against one of the weaker teams in the competition. He floated across the half-forward line and didn’t manage to see much of the ball at all, only racking up 12 touches for the game. His early form has been promising, so don’t be too disheartened – although it is annoying when he has a quiet one against a side that typically leak plenty of points.
St.Kilda vs Western Bulldogs:
Lenny Hayes comfortably wins this one – Lenny was back to his best, playing with his typical aggression through the midfield. His game was highlighted by one of the best tackles of the year, when he pummelled Easton Wood front-on to cause a turnover and subsequent goal. There are no signs that he is troubled by his knee reco, so those who punted on him this year should be feeling very justified.
And for those who missed the moment…
Jamie Cripps has been a bit of a disappointment so far this year, starting this game with the subs vest on. He showed fantastic signs as a running half-back in the pre-season, but unfortunately it appears like that role doesn’t exist for him anymore now that the year has started, with Watters preferring to play him across half-forward. He certainly has talent, but at this stage it doesn’t appear to be translating into DT or SC.
Matthew Boyd (who I daresay will be the winner on many occasions this year) was fantastic through the midfield, going head-to-head with Hayes. He picked up 40 disposals, 8 marks and 6 tackles for the game. The Saints typically leak points to inside midfielders, so it was great to see Boyd get off the leash and rack the points up – it’s just a shame he didn’t have many willing to do it with him.
Brian Lake makes this list not for his score (which was pretty respectable), but for his stupid punch on Tom Simpkin late in the game. In the heat of the moment, Lake gave Simpkin a bit of a knock across the jaw – not with much force, but enough to warrant a report. He’s lucky that Simpkin didn’t do a Ballantyne and fall to the ground, but still, my expectations are that Lake may be sitting in the stands for a week or two, unfortunately.
GWS vs West Coast:
Tommy Bugg had a great game again for the Giants, being used as a tagger through the midfield, whilst also spending a bit of time behind the ball. He seems to be one of the Giants’ kids with a decent tank, meaning he is still running around and presenting late in the match when many of his teammates are off cramping. He is so far a defence rookie shining bright amongst an otherwise disappointing crop.
Dean Brogan is back in the team and unfortunately it has meant reduced game time for Giles. The positive is that Brogan wasn’t actually that good, and Giles was actually pretty impressive when he did get his chance. Broges made a few silly errors amongst an otherwise ok performance. Hopefully his spot in the team will just be an occasional one.
Luke Shuey was fantastic, racking up plenty of ball and providing plenty of damage on the scoreboard with 5.1 – all from the midfield. He was just way to classy for the young Giants midfield and was allowed way too much space. This kid is a jet and is every chance of being a premium option by seasons end.
Josh Kennedy surely could have kicked 10 goals against GWS? But no, he only managed 2.1 from 6 disposals. A real surprise. He seems to be one of those players who plays better the stronger the opponent.
Hawthorn vs Adelaide:
Josh Gibson was insanely good in defence for the Hawks, seemingly able to either spoil or mark everything that came near him. He progressed so far from the player who was drafted from North two years ago – at the time I wondered why they gave up so much for him, but now it seems pretty obvious. Whilst I wouldn’t consider him for DT, with form like this, he could be a great SuperCoach pick.
Cyril Rioli was kept very quiet by Doughty, finishing with just 10 touches and 2 goals for the game. Unfortunately, this has always been typical with Rioli – a few good games in a row and then one where you hardly see him.
Kurt Tippett was virtually unstoppable up forward – there didn’t seem to be any Hawthorn defenders capable of beating him in a one-on-one battle all day. The issue was, Adelaide struggled to get it down to him after half time. Still, he finished with 16 touches, 7 marks and 3.3.
Taylor Walker was largely unsighted all game; he had a couple of shots on goal early in the match but missed them before disappearing. It was somewhat surprising when they subbed Lynch out instead of Walker and Lynch was certainly having the better game of the two. DT and SC simply aren’t his game just yet.
North Melbourne vs Geelong:
Jack Ziebell returned from suspension with a fantastic game, dominating the midfield with 27 touches, 9 tackles and four goals, including the sealer. He is a tough nut capable of getting his own footy, but also spreads well to get the ball outside packs when needed, meaning he is going to be very good at DT and SC. It’s just a shame he’s not Mid/Fwd as he could be the perfect replacement for Fyfe.
Drew Petrie was absolutely smashed by Harry Taylor, being kept to just 7 disposals and no goals. He is definitely a deserved winner of the ‘Weiner’ tag considering he was a goalless full-forward in a team that kicked 20 goals – a very tricky feat!
Joel Selwood (another who will likely feature here a bit) was solid through the midfield, trying to push his side late in the game, even when the match appeared unwinnable. He had 29 disposals and four tackles for the game and was easily the Cats’ best. In fact, I don’t think he has had a bad game since taking over the captaincy – get on!
Steve Johnson had a very quiet game, being kept goalless by Sam Wright, who played his breakout game as a small defender. Johnson just couldn’t manage to work into the game, only getting himself 13 disposals for the game. On the bright side, a score like this will make him very appealing in a fortnight when his price bottoms out!
Damn you, Scott Pendlebury… Damn you!
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Happy Friday all!
The full episode from last night’s show is ready for viewing below! In this episode the boys discuss the Winners & Wieners from Round 2, have a squizz at the most juicy boys on the bubble options, look through the Round 3 lineups, discuss the all important captain choice as well as have a debate about what we should do with those under performing premiums… should we keep or trade them???
Again, for those looking to locate particular content from the show, we’ve edited the episode into several smaller clips, which can be accessed further down the page.
The Footy Tragic Show (Full Episode):
Winners & Wieners:
Boys On The Bubble:
Under Performing Premiums: