With the most intriguing round of the year so far in the books, it’s time to check out how the premium players of the league fared and how their value is holding up after the crucial first price change of the season.
Rory Sloane ($611,700 MID) Score: 168
The player of the round and showdown stallion did not disappoint. He amassed 31 disposals of which 24 were contested to go along with 9 tackles and 6 intercept possessions. Sloane is approaching the ‘best in the competition’ territory and should be considered as a direct Brownlow medal threat to Dangerfield. As for Supercoach, don’t expect to see him dip below the $550,000 mark anytime soon. If you are one of the 3.6% lucky enough to own him, give yourself a big pat on the back.
Leigh Montagna ($538,100 DEF) Score: 164
The theory that players decline with age is absolutely obscene where Leigh Montagna is regarded. His 30 disposals of which 24 were kicks allowed Montagna to reach a whopping score of 164 with ease. Will be a top 5 scoring defender this year with his ownership of 0.7% only going to increase as the year plays out.
Nick Riewoldt ($549,500 FWD) Score: 161
After what looked like a career-ending injury, Nick Riewoldt has magically recovered in a week to dish out one of the best performances in the competition. His 28 disposals and 3 goals were crucial in the St Kilda victory and even more so with his score of 161. Many (including myself) traded him out after round 1 fearing the worst. This will no doubt bite us all in the arse as the season goes on with Riewoldt’s ability to cover the ground making him a scoring beast.
Marc Murphy ($510,200 MID) Score: 158
Moves from the mid-price to the premium category after a staggering first few weeks of scores in excess of 130+. Has caught many coaches by surprise, especially after last year’s injury and the form he showed prior. Looks like a much more determined player as can be seen through his tackling effort on the weekend where he acquired the 10. Could be a top 10 finisher at this rate, be wary of the opposition tag.
Dustin Martin ($628,100 MID) Score: 155
Once again, Martin enters this list off another piece of pure dominance. His 155 points were acquired through 40 disposals and 2 goals where Martin was by far the best player on the ground. His ability to make it count on the scoreboard and impact the game make Martin a Supercoach recipe to die for. Could he win the Brownlow in 2017?
- David Mundy ($526,600 MID) Score: 143
- Patrick Dangerfield ($716,000 MID) Score: 138
- Shane Mumford ($532,00 RUCK) Score: 137
- Marcus Bontempelli ($609,100 MID) Score: 133
- Brendan Goddard ($549,900 MID) Score: 133
Todd Goldstein ($588,400 RUCK) Score: 52
Wow! Looks as if he’s fallen out of favour with Brad Scott and rumoured to be used as part of a trade at the conclusion of the season. If he’s on your team he’s to be traded immediately. This isn’t a phase or a slump. Too many ruckmen are situated in the North Melbourne side for Goldy to accomplish anything. Must be rid of ASAP!
Bernie Vince ($501,100 DEF/MID) Score: 53
Vince looked about as awful as Melbourne’s set shot kicking at goal. Woeful. Has always been inconsistent throughout his career and will most likely never change. The lack of positions was quite worrying with him only amounting 14. Could be used more as a defensive runner against teams with a gun midfielder such as Sloane or Dangerfield. Watch closely.
Sam Mitchell ($551,400 MID) Score: 65
Started the game on fire with 13 disposals in the opening quarter. He was then tagged and only managed a very inefficient 25. Could see a lot more attention in the upcoming weeks as it’s become evident he’s a vital part of setting up both Kennedy and Darling in the forward 50. Opposition teams will be the ones who decide his Supercoach value.
Josh J. Kennedy ($537,400 FWD) Score: 66
The rain was Kennedy’s kryptonite in this one and we can’t put too much blame on him. Will go high and go low all year long among many similar key-forwards. If you didn’t start him in round 1 there is no need to trade him in now. He’s already had the one whopping big score to open the season, there is only so many of those.
Kade Simpson ($5333,800 DEF) Score: 73
Played better than last week, but still, makes the list. Managed to gather 21 disposals of which 17 were kicks, but still only scored 73 due to the slop. Can forgive him for a game like this as the conditions were out of his hands. Will get better as the season goes on and the ball is barrelled into the Carlton backline as if it were on a loop. Hold!
- Lance Franklin ($515,500 FWD) Score: 74
- Lachie Neale ($585,400 MID) Score: 84
- Rory Laird ($527,600 DEF) Score: 86
- Matthew Boyd ($519,400 DEF) Score: 86
- Heath Shaw ($542,500 DEF) Score: 89