I know many of you are still overcome with nausea after enduring the sight of Essendon’s jumper last week but it is now time for some serious study. If there is one thing that the Jock Reynolds Fantasy Footy Community is known for it is for laying the cards on the table when the chips are down at the pointy end of the season with all guns blazing.
We have some headaches with absences to Buddy Franklin, Dustin Martin, Brendon “Lamb Of” Goodard and Beau Waters to contend with just to name a few. If Pendles has another week on the pine I will fair dinkum spew up, surely he will get a gig this week?
Fear not – there is as always some excellent Supercoach and Dreamteam value to be had this week. The value is always there folks… with experience you too will become adeptated at pulling those Fantasy Footy diamonds from the rough like Jock and many others from the Fantasy Footy Community that I know and love.
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BACKSSpecial of the Week: Chris Yarran – Carlton $293,300 | Avg 65 | breakeven -32 Fantasy Footy Finals opponents: BRL, ESS, GCS, STK
Was bloody superb against the old enemy last Friday and dished up a beefy 114 for those who jumped on last week as advised from this old Supercoach and Dreamteaming humble genius. North Melbourne this week and a nice Fantasy Footy finals run. A lovely young kid and a delight to watch. Still don’t believe he has it in the tank to come home averaging 100+ in Supercoach but a steal at this price and at this stage and in this formOthers to consider: Chris Newman – Richmond $384,400 – Avg 82 – breakeven 57 Finals opponents: BRL, FRE, ESS, PTA
Waiting faithfully for this old warhorse to kick into gear this season. Surely the time is now.. I can feel it in the depths of these old waters. Gold Coast this week and has a very nice finals run as well with Bulldogs, Freo, Essendon then Port. For those after that point of difference to snap away from their opponentsSam Fisher – St Kilda $405,600 | Avg 85 | breakeven 79 Finals opponents: MEL, GEE, GWS, CAR
Its bottom of the price curve time for my old mate Chips. In his favour is the fact that this will be his 3rd run back since injury and he really should hit his sizeable straps now folks. Lining up against the improving but still off-the-pace demons in week 1 of finals would give him a real chance of breaking out a fair score for your mob. Was reasonable in his Supercoach 88 v Essendon last week but ready to kick on now.Andrew Carrazzo – Carlton (also MID) $471,400 | Avg 96 | breakeven 83 Fantasy Footy Finals opponents: BRL, ESS, GCS, STK
Was splendid with his 108 last week – a real heart warmer for the many community faithfuls who picked him up before lockout. Still exceptional value. Was 100% effective with his disposal last week. Consider if you missed him last week.Grant Birchall – Hawthorn $478,800 | Avg 97 | breakeven 71 Finals opponents: PTA, GCS, SYD, WCE
Was good with a solid 109 over the weekend. A real plus for the muesli man is his finals run with Port and Gold Coast in the first 2 weeks of his finals. Proven consistent performer and a real consideration.Pearce Hanley – Brisbane $500,100 | Avg 94 | breakeven 63 Finals opponents: CAR, ADE, PTA, WBD
Has now churned our scores of 151, 124 and 119 in his last three and is the best performed defender of the last month or so. I knew we had something special when I cast my eye over this Irish Bull in his days playing for Ballaghaderreen in the Gaelic Athletic Association. Has kept improving since old mate Leigh Matthews gave him the nod in 2008. A serious consideration for your backline.
Roughie of the week:Bachar Houli – Richmond $360,300 | Avg 81 | BE 53 Finals opponents: BRL, FRE, ESS, PTA
Fresh from a ripping 133 last weekend young Bachar could be just the remedy for those of you clutching at straws in the run home. Has Gold Coast this week which should provide the eager to please young colt with a good opportunity to cut sick.
Special of the Week:Scott Thompson – Adelaide $539,000 | Avg 118 | breakeven 87 Finals opponents: FRE, BL, MEL, GCS
Has been is sizzling form and backed out a 143 last week. Runs into the anti-might of the GWS this week and his price will begin to soar into 600K+ territory by seasons end. Dream finals run for the Crows and no reasons not to pick him up if you don’t have him already
Others to consider:Bryce Gibbs – Carlton $424,200 | Avg 89 | breakeven 55 Finals opponents: BRL, ESS, GCS, STK
Mark my words folks.. last week was the turn of the tide for young Bryce and I expect a sterling run home for him. Should play plenty more midfield time and mentally will have every morsel of his bloody fibre geared up to prove a lot of people wrong. The perfect time to jump onboard a Fantasy Footy prospect.Christopher Judd – Carlton $471,700 | Avg 106 | breakeven 37 Finals opponents: BRL, ESS, GCS, STK
Never write a champion off folks. Old Jock has told you this many times and many times over I am proven right. With Murphy and Carrazzo back in the mix Judd loses a few sacks of spuds worth of responsibility and with his 126 last week I anticipate some solid output for the rest of the season. Finals friendly.Nick Dal Santo – Saints $514,200 | Avg 105 | breakeven 130 Finals opponents: MEL, GEE, GWS, CAR
Cmon Dal time to fire son. Get on him at this price and with his run home. Will have a Supercoach and Dreamteam finals frenzy including the prospect of feasting on Melbourne in the crucial first week of finals.Matthew Boyd – Western Bulldogs $528,100 | Avg 112 | breakeven 67 Finals opponents: RICH, SYD, GEE, BRL
Just like an old Fantasy Footballing legend I know very well he just keeps on keeping on. Striking form at the right end of the season (personally) with 123 v Fremantle and 133 v Essendon over the last few rounds. A stable, conservative rock hard and reliable option into the arse end of the season.Matt Priddis – West Coast Eagles $547,200 | Avg 108 | breakeven 48 Finals opponents: GEE, PA, COL, HAW
170 on the weekend Hair Hat you little ripper son! Yes you have featured in just about every edition of the Cattle Market this season but I just love ya son and a footballer, as a person, as a drinker and as a man or substantial hair. STILL huge value and reliability here folks of you haven’t jumped on yet. Finals run is not flash but for a player of this ilk in a team of this ilk it is not a concern of mine.
Special of the week:Jarryd “The Orange Roughie” Roughead (FWD) – Hawthorn $532,500 | Avg 104 | breakeven 88 Finals opponents: PA, GCS, SYD, WCE
A very valid trade for Jonathan Giles holders this week. His last 3 have wielded 129, 112, and 126. One concern might be that with Big Lance on the sidelines he will attract a better defender. My thoughts? This bloke is underrated and will relish being Boss Hogs in Lance’s absence. Peter Higginbotham discussed the very interesting option of trading him into your forward line, providing you the option of swinging him into your ruck and trading Giles for a forward if need be at a later date.. listen into the genius of Peter Higginbotham here:Sam Jacobs – Adelaide $499,100 | Avg 100 | breakeven 56 Finals opponents: FRE, BL, MEL, GCS
Carlton would be spewing they let this boy go. A real developing talent and has been busting out big numbers. Lovely finals run gets him into the market this week
Others: Nic Nat, Ben McEvoy, Dean Cox just too pricey to worry about for mine but what a bloody machine!
Specials of the week (2 of em – can’t split them for value)Adam Goodes (mid) –Sydney $446,900 | Avg 97 | breakeven 48 Finals opponents: COL, WBD, HAW, GEE
Cometh the business end of the season cometh the man. Goodesy was back last weekend and smacked a Supercoach 148 down on the table to make his intentions for the rest of the season clear. A daunting finals run for the Swans are the only question mark here but this end of the season specialist is just too good an option to pass over. Buy.Matthew Pavlich (mid) – Fremantle $543,900 | Avg 97 | breakeven 45 Finals opponents: ADE, RIC, NTH, MEL
A massive 175 on the weekend and the time to strike on this annual must is now. Joins Adam the Goodes as the FWD selection of the round. Plays Melbourne twice between now and the end of the season as well as both GWS and Port Adelaide. Dream run home and a dream dual position selection. Buy.
Others to consider:Colin Sylvia (mid) – Melbourne $390,500| Avg 66 | breakeven 37 Finals opponents: STK, GWS, ADE, FRE
Has average about 100 over the past 3 weeks now and really seems to have turned a corner with his ferociousness, intent, and attitude. Has finally purchased the Neeld play book and is reading a page or two over his coco pops of a morning. A highly recommended trade. Still to play Port, Gold Coast Suns and GWS in week 2 of the fantasy footy finals.
Bald Spud:Jordan Murdoch – Geelong $106,600| Avg 72 | breakeven -78
Has shown a bit in his first 2 games at the Cattery – especially with his first up 88. A nice trade down cash free-er-up-errer if named in the Geelong squad this week. Far from a certainty for games for the rest of the season but one of the few true rookie options coming through.
Also consider… Ryan O’Keefe, Brent “Boomer” Harvey, Nick Riewoldt, Cyril Rioli, and a smoky? Crow Ricky Henderson from Adelaide.