Good evening folks!
It has been an intensive 72 hours and I am happy as a lark. Stacks of fantasy worthy talent was strutting around like bloody roosters over the weekend. I thought I would provide you with a few of the most fantasy relevant stories as I saw them on the weekend.
Of course I’m assuming by now you’re all listening into the weekly podcast? If you’re not – I love ya – but your mad as shook up box of frogs. Click here to listen on the iTunes or just listen in right here from the website.
Righto – the biggest stories for mine:
Bryce Gibbs – DEF/MID – CARL$510K Supercoach, $473K AFL Fantasy 110 Supercoach points on the weekend – 12 contested possessions!
It isn’t often that we get on the front foot with regards to lacklustre performances. But when I assess the situation and determine that a bit of stick is required it is delivered. Last season we gave Bryce Gibbs more than his fair share of stick for not being willing to get the hard contested ball.
I’ve been gobsmacked with his transformation. Over the past two weeks he has collected just as much contested ball as uncontested. He had 20 touches running through the midfield – 12 of them contested over the weekend!
I’m here to tell you that he is locked safely away in my backline.
Travis Varcoe – FWD/MID – GEEL$269K Supercoach, $234K AFL Fantasy. 17 disposals, pumped it inside 50 five times
I wrote about Travis’ claims for a position in you fantasy teams before Christmas and he has ticked every box so far. What I wanted to see out of him before round 1 was consistent game time and no injury. Tickety tick folks.
Being tested in the fantasy lucrative set up half back roll aka Chris Yarran and real potential to average around 95 Supercoach points this season. I’d select him to give my team some real value for money zip with a view to being one of the last players that I upgrade to a premium mid season.
Patrick Dangerfield – MID – ADEL$636K Supercoach, $525K AFL Fantasy 31 disposals – 22 of them contested – 149 Supercoach points
Mick The Mad Irishman wrote about the possibility of Dangerfield taking it to Gary Ablett like levels a month or so back. He presented us with an absolute ball tearing display of Australian rules football on the weekend.
In the mould of your Swan’s and your Ablett’s and your Watsons he is now one of those thick trunked players that are very bloody difficult to stop. Throw him in the mix with Pendles and Ablett as your Ultra Premium selections this season.
Basted Chicken, Cunnington and Ziebell – MIDS – NTH$408-434K Supercoach, $388-406K Dreamteam 110 Supercoach points for Bastinac, which one will break out?
I’m convinced one of these blokes will break out this season – but I’m not sure enough to risk selection of any of em. All have showed sparkling form this preseason and all fit the profile of a player likely to take his game from a mid priced, middle of the road scenario up into premium territory.
Peter Higginbotham’s statistical profile of a likely break out player identified that the Kangaroos have no less than 11 players that fit the profile this season… might be worth a flutter on the Roos to make the eight this year I reckon folks.
Kane Mitchell – MID – PORT$126K Supercoach, $119K AFL Fantasy 26 touches of the pill in his first full game at AFL level
Not since my debut for Karingal’s senior team as a 12 year old has a first timer showed such command at his craft at such an early juncture in his career at the highest level. Kay-ne Mitchel-son (as The Crouching One refers to him) has locked a spot in my midfield with his performance on the weekend and he needs to be locked into yours as well folks.
I should mention Ollie Wines as well here who was bloody sensational in his first full game at this level with 10 bloody clearances! Goes against my policy of not paying top rookie premium dollar for first year youngsters – I wont select the kid this season at $170K Supercoach.
Lewis Stevenson – DEF – PORT$116K Supercoach, $109K AFL Fantasy Another defense option emerges
Impressed the trousers off me with his 20 disposals for a rookie infested Port Adelaide outfit. Mature age option who had a run with West Coast a few season back before killing em over in the WAFL for the last couple of years. Good boy.
Jake Neade – FWD/MID – PORT$116K Supercoach, $109K Dreamteam Little man… maybe a bit too little folks?
Things are looking a bit thin up forward for us this season and Jake has emerged as an option. Was especially impressive last week and begun very well again this week. Faded yesterday – and with his bloody small build (sorry Jake old son) I am not sure he has the physical attributes required at this level just yet. Not for me at this stage but I’ll look forward to seeing if he bucks up again next week.
If you’ve listened to this week’s podcast you’ll know that plenty more cropped up over the weekend…
What made you sit up and take notice this week kids?