ROUND three delivered a bit of everything, with some thumping scores from premiums and rookies alike, but also some shockers from popular cash cows, and the unthinkable happened when the Pig was knocked out in the 40s, while Nat Fyfe's game ended in the same fashion on 78.
Lachie Whitfield somehow continues to avoid a tag and is scoring like an absolute champion as a result. The talented runner has an exceptional ability to find space, and seemingly without a direct opponent again, he made the most of it with a whopping 12 marks. Add to that an impressive 42 possessions and 162 was the result. A defender capable of consistently pumping out huge scores like this while averaging 135 needs to be a high trade priority.
NINE THINGS WE LEARNED Why the Dees are easybeats
Honourable mention: Lachie Neale was at it again for the second week in a row, taking his own footy to the game with 43 possessions, four marks, three tackles and a goal for 135. He is now averaging 124 for the much-improved Lions and he has a nice run ahead with games against the Bombers, Pies and Suns.
After scrambling to get the Pig Tom Rockliff into our sides over the past two weeks, disaster struck when the Fantasy superstar was knocked out on 47. Thankfully due to his good form, he only fell a fraction in value after going into the game with a breakeven of 50. All eyes will be on his availability this week as he has an excellent match up with the Tigers, who have been giving up a huge amount of uncontested marks, playing right into his hands.
AROUND THE STATE LEAGUES Who starred for your club?
Honourable mention: Kade Simpson is a trade that seriously needs to be considered. As much as I love him, there are some worrying signs from a scoring perspective after he collected just 12 possessions and took two marks for 46. It appears the Blues backline is spreading the load more than we have become accustomed to and Nic Newman has been the preferred option kicking out of the defensive 50. He is averaging just 69 for the season and should be used as a stepping stone to Whitfield.
Connor Rozee was touted as a star kid who would be flashy, but not a high scorer. That aged well. He not only continued his outstanding start to the year but he took it to a whole new level against the Lions, snagging five goals to go with 21 possessions and seven marks. Sam Walsh knocked up his first of many triple figures scores with 107, while the rookie trade target is Sydney Stack, who had 17 touches and a goal for 89.
BARRETT'S MARGIN CALL Why Dusty deserves to be banned
What will Rocky score next week coming off a concussion?— GavinM (@gav_mc33) April 7, 2019
His ability to find space for marks around the ground is elite and the Tigers have been giving up a heap. 130.
Should I bring back Heeney? Best to correct the mistake and not rely on Setterfield??— Cosmic Wizard (@CosmicWizard69) April 7, 2019
It’s a horrible thing to do but he is obviously over the ankle complaint that kept him out of the midfield rotation and he is at a bargain price moving forward.
Trade out laird?— Kosta V (@Kosta_V01) April 7, 2019
If it was to Lloyd or Whitfield it would be worthwhile. They are scoring at an extraordinary rate.
Time to get rid of Sicdawg?— Luke Hall (@Lukey_Hall) April 7, 2019
Unfortunately… See above.
Do I keep Worpel and Setterfield or Go for Rozee and Boak— Specky Mcgee (@mcgee_specky) April 7, 2019
It is certainly not panic stations with Worp, he will be fine and will still increase in price significantly. As a pure luxury trade however, yes, you end up with two better players.
Who to trade first Willem Drew or Setterfield— Michael Fiorillo (@xLegends__) April 7, 2019
Mumford yeah or nah— josh (@FCJosh_) April 7, 2019
Yep the big fella was great.
Marshall looks like a massive unique.— Adam (@adza08elf) April 7, 2019
Watch Longer in his comeback to see if he takes the #1 RUC role. He played VFL this weekend.
Unique alright! 1 per cent ownership and back-to-back 100s. For more, follow myself @RoyDT