Gday folks – if you’re reading this you either just bloody love me.. or you’ve made it into week 2 of finals. Either way I dip my hat to you this week.
I’ve settled down considerably since my uncharacteristic lambasting of certain players in this weeks podcast. Its important to let bogans be bogans in this caper. For me to approach Finals week two bearing a grudge would be unprofessional. I’m back on deck and feel the cool.. calculating.. merciless brilliance returning to my trade finger.
In this weeks Supercoach and AFL Dreamteam Cattle Market I first list the locks. At this stage of the season and with your obvious talent to come this far these blokes go without explanation. Then I’ve listed a few on each line to scratch your chin about.
In other news I’ve been over on the Twitter tonight and I wanna draw your attention to a Tweet from good mate and podcast partner The Crouching One… well worth consideration this week if you ask me:
The Locks: If you don’t have these blokes I’d be looking first and in this order Brett Deledio and Brendon Goddard, Heath Shaw Otherwise think about…Heath Scotland (mid) | CARL | $509,000 Last 3: ESS, GCS, STK Last 5 scores: 119, 89, 117, 127, 96
Very solid selection this round. Plays Essenson who he averages 122 against then will line up against the Suns the week after. Averaging 110 over the last 5. Just needs to haul his old body through a few more games for us Supercoach and Dreamteam coaches. I know you’ll do it for us Heath.Corey Enright | GEEL | $454,500 Last 3: STK, WBD, SYD Last 5 scores: 98, 70, 103, 88, 108
Look – on face value you might look at his last month and wonder if he’s got what it takes to warrant a spot in your mob. But consider this my friends – he averages 113 against the Saints, 123 against the Doggies and 111 against the Swans (he cranked out 123 against the Swannies in round 13). My hunch is that Corey has a bit left in the tank this season and I like the lad as a pick.Grant Birchall | HAW | $452,700 Last 3: GCS, SYD, WCE Last 5 scores: 134, 66, 75, 105, 106
Enjoyed himself against Port this weekend and should have another picnic against McKenna’s mob this weekend at the MCG. Facing Sydney at the SCG in finals week 3 which is a concern.Paul Duffield | FRE | $419,700 Last 3: RICH, NTH, MEL Last 5 scores: 134, 96, 113, 85, 40
Has cracked into some decent form over the past month or so and was very bloody impressive v Adelaide. Like his run home – especially Melbourne in Fantasy Footy grand final weekBeau Wilkes | STK | $207,900 Last 3: GEEL, GWS, CARL Last 5 scores: 121, DNP, 49, DNP, 7
Wanted to add Bouncing Beauy Wilkes here for those who want to squeeze a semi-upgrade into their defence. Was played for the first time in the true Nick Riewoldt king pin role to magnificent effect last weekend. Don’t expect output like that for the rest of the season.. but while Riewoldt is out expect good bang for your buck at this proce.
THE LOCKS: If you don’t have these blokes I’d be looking first and in this order Gary Ablett, Scott Pendlebury, Jobe Watson. Then think long and hard about…Trent Cotchin | RICH | $563,700 Last 3: FRE, ESS, PORT Last 5: 175, 115, 106, 98, 141
Put on a display that had The Crouching One’s tracksuit pant front resembling a Flemington racecourse corporate tent on Sunday. Has been delivering supremely all season and has soft games around the corner against a soft tissued Essendon and the Port rabble.Scott Thompson | ADEL | $491,900 Last 3: BRL, MEL, GCS Last 5: 94, 78, 106, 92, 118
Has not been too crash hot these past few weeks. Racking up some possessions but not notching the fantasy scores we would have liked him to. Massive value here. Averages 150 against the Lions and then has Melbourne and Gold Coast in the last couple. One worry – has played every game this season so must be half a sniff at getting a rest. ConsiderChris Judd | CARL | $524,200 Last 3: ESS, GCS, STK Last 5: DNP, DNP, DNP, DNP, 159
Could be very very special over the next 3 weeks. Nice run home.Marc Murphy | CARL | $546,400 Last 3: ESS, GCS, STK Last 5: 117, 109, 160, 108, 112
Will benefit from the return of his wing man Chris Judd this week. Tell ya what – he has overachieved in my eyes since he returned from injury. I’m forecasting him to average 120 in his last 3. Judd before Marc JUST for mine due to his freshness
RUCKSNic Naitanui | WCE | $562,400 Last 3: PTA, COL, HAW Last 5: 153, 81, 164, 111
I don’t have Nic Nat. I can honestly say for the first time I’m uneasy when I see him named in my opponents team. Will be the most locked in player in Supercoach and Dreamteam 2012 and will go ballistic against Port this weekend. Love the bloke. 4 120+ scores this season but more impressive – averaging 113 for the season
THE LOCKS: If you don’t have these blokes I’d be looking first and in this order at Dayne Beams, Patrick Dangerfield, Steele Sidebottom & Matthew Pavlich otherwise have a think about…Steve Johnson | GEEL | $452,100 Last 3: STK, WBD, SYD Last 5: 140, 107, 3, 136, 148
Take his precautionary 3 out of the picture and this is career best Fantasy Footy form. We can reap the benefit of that score of 3 this week while it still remains in his price calculationRyan O’Keefe | SYD | $565,200 Last 3: WBD, HAW, GEEL Last 5: 121, 96, 143, 117, 142
That’s average of 124 over his last 5. You little ripper Rhino!! Should continue along his merry way against the doggies this weekJordan Lewis (mid) | HAW | $463,800 Last 3: GCS, SYD, WCE Last 5: 114, 66, 88, 116, 103
A nice return to Supercoach and Dreamteam form last week albeit against Whiskas mob. Should enjoy the outing against the Gold Coast this week.Brent Harvey | NTH | $521,600 Last 3: COLL, FRE, GWS Last 5: 118, 125, 130, 107, 71
Great to see Boomer go about his business like a young buck. Spring in his step and now and shouldering less of the responsibility with his teammates now lifting to AFL level. Plays his next 3 at Etihad where he absolutely loves it.