Well, it’s here.
Finals time. What we’ve been preparing for. It’s what we play this beautiful game for. A win can lift you into the upper echelons of society. You’ll walk taller than the common folk around you. What happens here on in will define how you live your life.
A loss and you’re kicking empty cans around all summer thinking what could have been, why I traded him in, how did he beat me?
As mentioned in previous weeks, every decision you make here on in, there’s no turning back. Make the right call, and you’re on the road to glory. Make the wrong call, and it’s going to be a long summer.
Let me help you make the right call.
Here is this week’s Flesh, with a video to get you pumped up!
“GET HIM IN”JOBE WATSON (ESS) MID – $420,600 DT/$502,200 SC – Next 4 Games: WCE (H), NM (H), CARL (A), RICH (H),
– Recent Scores: 79, 130, 127, 24, 115
Pumping out 115 on return from injury, in driving rain, against a relentless Collingwood outfit s enough for me to be convinced about Jobe Watson. He’s a proven points scorer who will score big regardless of the opponent. 31 touches, 3 tackles (with a dodgy shoulder) and 6 marks in first game back from injury shows not just how good his is, but how important he is to Essendon.
Many will argue the case that the ASADA circus has finally hit Essendon and they’re cooked. That’s all well and good for the players, but Watson is fresh coming off a 3-week break. If you’re looking for an upgrade to Tom Mitchell, and have cash to turn, Jobe Watson is the ideal trade in option this week.AARON SANDILANDS (FRE) RUCK – $381,000 DT/$488,700 SC – Next 4 Games: GWS (H), MELB (A), PORT (H), STK (A)
– Recent Scores: 31, 74, 84, 88
It’s the biggest (no pun intended) punt you’ll make all year. Do you risk trading in the towering giant to help win you a SuperCoach premiership/overall ranking? Many will say no, and it’s a valid call given the injury history he has. However, he is a proven point scorer as well, and we only need his body to hold up for 4 more weeks.
In his return 2 games from a lengthy lay off, Sandiman has scored 84 and 88. If you break down his scores, you can see there’s potential for him to score higher as the weeks go on. He’s guaranteed to amass high number of HOs, but what’s more interesting are his disposals. He’s averaged 4 kicks in his last 2 games, yet still managed to weed out an 84 and 88. Give Freo’s run home, he’ll continue to monster the remaining ruckman, and is a SuperCoach smoky heading deep into finalsSAM MITCHELL (HAW) MID – $436,100 DT/$469,500 SC – Next 4 Games: STK (A), COLL (H), NM (A), SYD (A)
– Recent Scores: 118, 125, 51, 96, 125
For those unable to afford Jobe Watson, another upgrade option is Sam Mitchell. The Hawthorn champion has gone under the radar, which is surprising given his recent form. Take out that 51, and you have a 116 average over last 5 weeks.
Trading in Sam Mitchell should be a tactical one to help win you your first final. He’s got St Kilda this week, who has packed it up for this season, so there’s potential for him to score big. Then, for those who win straight through to the preliminary final, he’ll face up against North Melbourne – a side he scored 137 on earlier this year. Again, like Jobe, a good trade in option for Tom Mitchell if he’s your M8.PEARCE HANLEY (BRIS) DEF – $421,500 DT/$480,200 SC – Next 4 Games: RICH (A), GWS (H), WBD (H), GEE (A)
– Recent Scores: 86, 117, 105, 113, 108
After a mid-season slump of some sorts, a couple of easy games has seen Pearce return to form and become a must have. He’s found more of the ball in recent times, gathering 27 touches in his last 2 weeks. Before you say, it was only against St Kilda and Melbourne, that’s significant because he’ll play against GWS and Western Bulldogs in the SF and PF, so you want someone who will score big against weaker opposition.
If you don’t have him yet, and keen to upgrade Gibbs/Duffield, Hanley is your man and probably the safest defensive option in a year where the defenders have failed us.
“GET HIM OUT”
At this time of year, unless you have trades to burn, you’re almost forced to go into finals with the premiums you have. Using up potentially 2 trades to dump a JPK or a Gibbs isn’t worth it if some sides decide to rest key players. However, there’s one player that has to go this week…TOM MITCHELL (SYD) MID – $399,100 DT/$417,100 SC – Next 4 Games: COLL (H), STK (H), GEE (A), HAW (H)
– Recent Scores: 106, 113, 80, 106, 48
He’s been a revelation this season, coming in and pumping out premium scores at a time where the rookies were beginning to dry up. However, it’s time to say goodbye to Tom. There were warning bells when he scored 80 against the Eagles, and the 106 delayed the inevitable.
The fact the Dogs sent a tagger to Tom just shows how far he has come in his short career. Not only am I expecting the trend to continue, I also expect a Vlastuin-type demise and a drying up of high scores. It’s the perfect time, right on finals, to send him to Jobe Watson or Sam Mitchell as mentioned above. If you’ve got Tom as bench cover, keep if he plays, but if he gets dropped, cash in that $$$ and upgrade Gibbs or any other underperforming players.
– Brent Harvey (NM), BE 70
– Sam Mitchell (HAW), BE 70
– Trent Cotchin (RICH), BE 99
– Dustin Martin (RICH), BE 81
– Brett Deledio (RICH), BE 85
– Dean Cox (WCE), BE 44
– Nathan Fyfe (FRE), BE 47
– Tom Rockliff (BRIS), BE 70
– Pearce Hanley (BRIS), BE 77
– Kieren Jack (SYD), BE 48
– Chad Wingard (PORT), BE 58
– Hamish Hartlett (PORT), BE 44
– Steve Johnson (GEE), BE 142
– Jimmy Bartel (GEE), BE 116
– Jarryd Roughead (HAW), BE 138
– Lance Franklin (HAW), BE 102
– Gary Ablett Jr (GCS), BE 175
– Trent McKenzie (GCS), BE 126
– Matthew Kreuzer (CARL), BE 139
– David Mundy (FRE), BE 124
– Michael Barlow (FRE), BE 121
– Jack Steven (STK), BE 150
– Ryan Griffin (WBD), BE 133
– Josh P Kennedy (SYD), BE 135
– Patrick Dangerfield (ADEL) BE 185
– Scott Pendlebury (COLL), BE 168
– Jobe Watson (ESS), BE 172
Unfortunately, the inner sanctum of the pub has gone into lockdown in preparation for week 1 of the finals. No pub talk this week, but next week will be back in operation.
Remember community; send your questions to @Mr_Crimmins or the other esteemed members of the community. Good luck this weekend ladies and gentlemen. Do your community proud.
**ALSO, A SPECIAL GOOD LUCK TO MICK THE MAD IRISHMAN, WHO’S CURRENTLY DEEP IN CONTENTION FOR THE OVERALL PRIZE AT #10. GO SON**