AFL SuperCoach: Round 3 Studs and Duds


Written by Nicholas Wealands (@Nick_Wealands) on 20 April 2017   

If hell is something like round four of the 2017 season, then I don’t want to go there. What we have just witnessed is one of the great struggle rounds in SuperCoach history, with premium output at a season low. So, let’s unpack who were our studs and duds for this week.

Studs

Tom Rockliff ($626,000 MID) Score: 176

Rocky went big in what was a thumping for the Lions, with 35 disposals and a whopping 11 tackles. It has been unprecedented to see Rockliff score so high, so early, as he usually saves his best scores till later on in the season. If you are lucky enough to be in the 6.46% of coaches who own him, well done and consider him as a regular for the captaincy.

Luke Daulhaus ($551,100 MID/FWD) Score: 145

Daulhaus really stood out in what was a thriller at Etihad Stadium. His 145 consisted of the 32 disposals and 2 goals where he was obviously the most prolific Bulldog. His dual-position swing makes him a must have this season and if you were crazy enough not to select him in your initial squad of 22 then GET HIM IN!

Lachie Neale ($590,000 MID) Score: 140

Fyfe’s right-hand man could have gone a lot larger on Saturday if he were to not commit some bad blunders with the ball. He finished the game with 33 disposals, 4 goals and 3 free kicks in his favour. But, only 20 of those disposals were actually effective thus leaving him with a score of 140. Is a reliable scorer but leaves a lot to be desired.

Shane Mumford ($557,700 RUCK) Score: 135

It was always going to be Mumford’s night with no Ryder to contest him in the ruck contest. He had a monstrous 46 hit-outs to go along with a modest 13 disposals and 6 tackles. When healthy he can be one of the better ruckmen in the competition and a more than viable Supercoach option. For those with a Goldstein or Gawn, look and consider Mumford as he’s flying well under the radar.

Stefan Martin ($552,300 RUCK) Score: 131

If Fagan doesn’t play Archie Smith at all this season (likely) then Martin will finish as the no.1 ruckman for 2017. Unlike other ruckmen in the league, he is just so mobile whilst still being an asset when leaping into contests and getting the ball to the ground. He amassed 52 hit-outs and 18 disposals in what’s become a regular showing in 2017. 

Honourable Mentions

  • Jeremy Howe ($501,900 DEF) Score: 130
  • Luke Shuey ($594,000 MID) Score: 127
  • Mitch Duncan ($539,000 MID) Score: 125
  • Rory Sloane ($647,400 MID) Score: 124
  • Marc Murphy ($560,300 MID) Score: 123

Duds

Dustin Martin ($609,900 MID) Score: 54

After three of the best scoring weeks imaginable, the Martin express has now been stopped at the station. He’s in some doubt for round 5 with a niggling injury that he most likely picked up against the Eagles and could see a few more low scores to his name with better opposition on the horizon. Had the 16 disposals on the weekend with 3 behinds due to him being kept up forward. If you were looking for a shark move, trading Dusty would be a very profitable one.

Alex Rance ($507,400 DEF) Score: 55

Someone who has found a list like this all too often this year with a minor tweak to his role. Used more as a lockdown player and nowhere near as damaging off of half-back with his decision-making being seemingly careless at times. Only had the 10 disposals and over 4.5 disposals down on his average for last season. Will see more of it though as the draw toughens for the Tigers.

Steele Sidebottom ($527,900 MID) Score: 64

Was absolutely putrid on the weekend in the way that he disposed of the footy. Had 31 disposals of which 22 were kicks and still only managed a measly 64 points. The other problem with Sidebottom’s performance was that 27 of those disposals were uncontested (not Supercoach friendly). Could struggle with Wells returning as well as De Goey shortly after. If you own him, be concerned.

Callan Ward ($522,400 MID) Score: 65

The man who looks like and is as beautiful as Hercules, could not get it done on the weekend. Only had the 15 disposals and looked to be getting locked down. Hasn’t been himself this season after that injury in last year’s preliminary final, which will hopefully change once Coniglio returns. Hold for now.

Dyson Heppell ($518,100 MID) Score: 67

With Essendon struggling to get any rhythm with a lack of defensive cohesion and hold on the contested footy, Heppell was kind of hung out to dry. Don’t get me wrong, he can win his own ball, just not at the reliability of the likes of a Selwood or Sloane. The feeling is that there is a strong correlation with Essendon winning and Heppell’s scoring output, as shown so far in the season.

Dishonourable Mentions

  • Nathan Jones ($534,900 MID) Score: 67
  • Robbie Gray ($563,400 MID) Score: 69
  • Adam Treloar ($562,200 MID) Score: 72
  • Leigh Montagna ($539,500 DEF) Score: 77
  • Sam Mitchell ($520,300 MID) Score: 77

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