You might have noticed I’ve been away from my regular spot for the last couple of weeks. Jock, Higgo, Croughing and I thought it would be a good idea to take a sabbatical to concentrate on getting “Mad Mick’s Mayhem” to number one and take out the ultimate fantasy football prize.
In that time I have been inundated with best wishes from many inside the Jock Reynolds community, and I just wanted to say a big thanks to you all. Great to know others have invested in my team and want it do well. It is for that reason I will be providing a little light reading from now on to give those who are interested an insight into the “Mayhem”
The team went a little backwards this week but still only 162pts off the overall lead and still feeling upbeat with my chances from here. Put it this way, if someone at the start of the year had offered me a chance to be 163pts from the top with four weeks to go, I would have snapped that offer up without thinking about it. I’ve been taking the glass half full approach all year and I’m not going to change it now.
The weekend in review
So this is how my team took to the field over the weekend.
The Defensive Line
The first 5 guys in my defense will pick themselves and even though Gibbs’ form has been shocking of late, the fact every man and his dog have him means it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that I have a massive selection headache for my D6 position. I could have went with Staker, Clisby or Burnman Broughton over the weekend and as you can see from the team above I went with Staker. His form of late has been magnificent, he was playing in his 150th game, and he was playing a bottom four team. I had made my mind up early in the week I was going with Staker and I amn’t too annoyed that I left Clisby on the bench with 101pts. My rationale was correct, but just didn’t get the desired result.
Very happy to have Hanley back in my side – and Harlett finding some of that early season form again is a bonus. Surprisingly however Harlett isn’t that much of a POD and is in a lot of the top 10’s sides. An interesting side note that we can all learn from is the top ranked teams stuck with their premiums during those spells of mid season blues.
Going forward I might need to address this D6 position and I may potentially pull the trigger on Staker this week while his price is still reasonably high. With money in the bank I can get in any defender of my choice. The problem is finding one I can trust. Having Thurlow as a loophole player is also a bit of a problem with Geelong having a lot of early weekend games. If they had played on Sunday this weekend I would have Clisby’s 101pts instead of Staker’s 42pts.
The Midfield Line
Really happy with my Midfield even though this has been their lowest total output since the bye rounds. Priddis being a late out hurt me badly this week as my worst fears came to fruition with Marc Murphy coming in to take his place. When I heard Ryan Crowley was going to Murphy I knew what was coming and on 2pts at quarter time I actually thought the outcome could have been a lot worse. It was a massive letdown but on a positive note I had only traded Murphy in for Mitchell last week and Murphy did outscore Mitchell.
Going forward I am not too worried about my M8 position. I am yet to hear if Priddis will miss any more weeks but even if he does I am not overly concerned with Murphy in this spot. In fact I have a good feeling Murphy will come home very strong. Malthouse publicly had a go at Murphy after the game against Fremantle stating the difference between the good midfielders and the elite, is that the elite get tagged every week and find a way to break through tags by winning their own ball. I think this was genius my Malthouse. This current set of Carlton players have a soft underbelly and the time has long past for wrapping them in cotton wool and protected from criticism. Marc will be incredibly disappointed with his game and by those comments from his coach and things can go one of two ways from here. He can go back further into his shell and hide or he can come out like a raging bull to prove to all the naysayers that he is the elite midfield player he promised he could be. Call me naive if you will, but I am still going to back Murphy in to produce the goods over the next four weeks. Expect his contested numbers, tackles and clearances will soar this week against the Dogs as he goes about proving a point. I may add that last player to get properly “Crowleyed” was Joel Selwood in round 14 where he scored 54pts. His next four games produced scores of 151, 133, 137 and 151pts. Will we see something similar with the Smurph ??
If I am proven wrong this week and Murphy doesn’t score 110+ against the dogs I will pull the trigger on Priddis and bring in one of Watson, Jack, Beams, Barlow or Fyfe as my last midfielder. Also hoping Colquhoun will get dropped pretty soon so I can run the loophole with Murphy over the last few rounds. Feels strange hoping one of your players doesn’t get named on a Thursday night but that’s where I am with Colquhoun.
This was actually the worst combined score from my Ruck duo since round 1 when I had one Paddy Ryder in my team. Most of the top teams have Goldstien so his score doesn’t really worry me from week to week. However I am pretty sure no other top 10 ranked team have Kreuzer which makes him arguably my most valuable POD. When he scores well I will make up ground but if he has any more scores like the 72pts at the weekend I won’t have any chance of bringing home the top price. I had always brought Kreuzer in to fill a hole in my team and had always planned to go Kreuzer to Sandilands for the run home. However Kreuzer has outperformed my expectations of him and this trade would now represent a huge risk. I haven’t ruled it out and if Sandilands goes big this week and Kreuzer bombs out again then I might just have to take the punt and pull the trigger next week.
The Forward Line
Overall I am reasonably happy with my forward line. Cox and Rockliff will be massive on the run home but they do not represent any POD has every other team have them. Walker has been quite over the last few weeks but I have every confidence he will return to form and will have at least one more massive 130+ score on the run home. Martin is in all the top teams as well so his scores interest me very little, but his form has been wonderful of late and I don’t foresee that changing. Stevey Johnson is in all but one top ten team so he also isn’t of much interest to me, but like Martin is in great form with little to suggest he won’t average 110+ on the run home.
My only major concern in my forward line is Roughead. I traded him in 3 weeks ago and have regretted it every week since. I broke my own rule getting him in, and have now paid the price. NEVER EVER BRING IN KEY POSITION PLAYERS. I know Roughie is more of a utility player who can ruck rove, play forward or back but in the last three weeks he has played predominately forward and hasn’t got involved in games like he had been from rounds 2 through to 16, where he was averaging 106.42pts a game. Since I brought him in he has produced scores of 69, 84 and 67 and is fast becoming my very own burnman. You might think I am starting to collect them with Broughton also on my forward line bench. Roughead is also only in one other team in the top 10 and is now a very important POD for me. If he can’t reverse his form very soon my chances of climbing the ladder will be all but gone.
I could send Broughton back to the back line and trade in a Harvey, Bartel or Pavich for Staker up forward and loophole them with Roughead on the field. Again will probably give Roughead a week to prove his worth before I make up my mind on this trade.
Well that’s a little inside look at what is happening with “Mad Mick’s Mayhem”. I hope you enjoyed the read and maybe it even helped you somewhat with your own teams. For all those who made it through to finals I wish you all the very best in the weeks ahead, and for those who missed out, stick with us here at the Jock Reynold’s Community and you will see your numbers rise.
On a final note I would like to wish Justin (Project Mayhem), John (DimmaWitts), Amit (Slobs), Jason (Holzman’s Heroes), Pear (The Gooches), James (Primeros Ministros), Steven (QPR) and Jarrod (Razor Sharp Lions) all the very best over the next four weeks as it is extremely likely that one of you will be crowned the 2013 Supercoach Champion.
Mick the Mad Irishman
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