It is the weekend where champions are born and legends are immortalized. Ultimate bragging rights are on offer this weekend, a summer of your mates buying you beers within touching distance.
To those who have made the grand final or in contention for the overall prize, congratulations and good luck. To who missed out, again, congratulations on making it this far – one more step next year and you’ll be dealing with the stress of grand final week.
This week is all about match ups. Not only getting in those who play well against their opposition, but those against weaker sides could go big and win you a premiership.
GET HIM IN
Shane Mumford (GWS) MID – $534,000 SC
- Last Game: WBD (A)
- Recent Scores: 99, 87, 112, 165
With Todd Goldstein OUT for the grand final, many coaches will be in search for a replacement. Priced nearly $100k less, Mumford has had a stellar couple of weeks, including a massive 46 hitouts and 165 SC points against Collingwood on the weekend. This weekend he faces the prospect of Will Minson and the Western Bulldogs, which could see him go big again. Definitely the ruck choice to think about if you do need to move Goldstein on.
Drew Petrie (NM) FWD – $491,000 SC
- Last Game: MELB (H)
- Recent Scores: 149, 98, 112
As a forward option, reason I throw up Drew Petrie’s name is due to his opposition. North is up against Melbourne this week, and last time they met – Petrie kicked 1.5 and clunked 11 marks for 101 SC points. This time, he meets a much weaker Melbourne side, desperate for the season to end so the possibility for him to go big his quite high. Petrie’s most notable game of his recent form run was against GWS 3 weeks ago, where he kicked 5.3 and took 9 marks. He likes to go big on the weak, so if he can straighten himself up this week, he’ll win you a grand final.
Brad Crouch (ADEL) MID – $524,900 SC
- Last Game: STK (H)
- Recent Scores: 121, 117, 91, 109
Come Sunday, a position in the top 8 may come down to percentage. For Adelaide, a home game against St Kilda could be the recipe for finals footy. Adelaide will need a big win to make up the % if West Coast defeats the Suns. The Adelaide boys will be lining up to get the footy and a cheapish midfield option worth looking at is Brad Crouch. An outside the box selection, his recent form has been very good – has become a tackling machine collecting 20+ disposals, and if Adelaide are to make up the ground on West Coast, they’ll need to be hard at it against the worst team in the competition. A strategic selection in good form and one worth some thought.
GET HIM OUT
Todd Goldstein (NM) DEF/MID – $472,400 SC
- Last Game: Out
- Recent Scores: -
Out this week, so MUST be traded.
Jimmy Bartel (GEE) MID/DEF – $451,300 SC
- Last Game: BRIS (H)
- Recent Scores: 76, 101, 89, 68
Feels so wrong suggesting you dump Jimmy Bartel for a grand final, but his form of late has been disappointing. Last week was his worst game in some time stat wise, collecting 21 touches and scoring 68 from just 97% game time. His last big score was 123 back in round 15 and last time he played the Brisbane Lions, only managed the 83. You’d be silly to trade out Bartel without having a think, but given Geelong’s date with destiny is already locked in, the foot may be eased from the peddle somewhat. Consider.
Unfortunately, I’ve had to close the Pub for this week. However, tweet me at @Mr_Crimmins and I will try address any questions you may have.
Good luck this weekend community
The Grand Final Is Here. Who Will Win? Who Will Reign Supreme?