Flesh for Fantasy – Round 17, GAJ Special
Our worst SuperCoach nightmare has become a reality. The greatest fantasy player to ever play the game, and one of the AFL’s absolute greats will require surgery after a shoulder dislocation which will rule him out for the remainder of the season.
This is worst possible injury, as for many, the C is left on Gaz weekly and we log back in at the completion of the round to see a 280-300 score. We cannot hold onto him unfortunately, Gaz must be dealt with.
Trading Gaz this week will be the most important trade of the season. No longer is everyone in the same boat of owning Gaz. Coaches will go in different directions and whoever you bring in for Gaz could be the difference.
So this week is a Gary Ablett special, helping in decide what to do with the legend himself.
What most will be doing is trading out Gary for a player of similar form and price. This, I believe, is the most suitable option you’re content with your team and don’t require $$$ for further upgrades. Here are the options.
Nathan Fyfe (FRE) MID – $639,300 SC
- Next 5 Games: GWS (H), STK (A), CARL (H), GEE (A), HAW (H)
- Recent Scores: 109, 128, 143, 158, 125
- Breakeven: 98
In unbelievable touch this season, there is a fear amongst many in the AFL that this bloke may win the Brownlow, but be unable to go home with the medal after being suspended for 2 games in round 2. But what we do know is that Fyfe is a bonafide SuperCoach star this season, dropping under 100 just once. His last 4 weeks have been outrageous, pumping out Ablett-like numbers. His game against the West Coast Eagles was sensational, collecting 31 touches and laying 7 tackles for 158 SC points. Fremantle’s run of games coming up should see Fyfe continue this form, but that said, it is irrelevant who he plays, he will score 100+ no matter what.
Scott Pendlebury (COLL) MID – $640,400 SC
- Next 5 Games: ESS (A), ADEL (H), PORT (H), WCE (A), GWS (A)
- Recent Scores: 112, 139, 121, 131, 134
- Breakeven: 117
Owned by over 51% of player, if you don’t have Scott Pendlebury, you’ve either opted for Gary Ablett or you’ve decided on some PODs. There is not much for me to say about Pendles except 100+ scores in EVERY GAME THIS SEASON. In case you didn’t get it the first time, in every game that Scott Pendlebury has played in this season, he has scored 100+. If you want to get really messed up, he has dropped below 110+ once (102), and 120 four times (102, 115, 113, 112). The safest of options, most will already have Pendles, but if you don’t, get him in!
Josh P Kennedy (SYD) MID – $593,300 SC
- Next 5 Games: CARL (H), HAW (A), ESS (H), PORT (A), STK (H)
- Recent Scores: 126, 102, 118, 130, 72
- Breakeven: 152
Much like Pendlebury and Fyfe, if you look at JPK’s season progression, he has scored 100+ in every game bar round 1 and the most recent. So in terms of scores, JPK is pretty much a walking 100. What is most interesting to note about JPK is who he plays in finals. Week 1 he will play Port Adelaide, but from there plays St Kilda, Western Bulldogs and Richmond. This could be quite significant, as you want the best players to maximise their scoring in finals (Captain Obvious). This is what makes JPK an interesting prospect and definitely one to consider for Gaz.
POINT OF DIFFERENCE
Another way to go is to bring in an option different to the rest, a point of difference. This option is best for those who need to make up ground to finish either in top 4 or in the top 8. They are guaranteed points that other coaches won’t have, as we are used to Gary’s score being cancelled out by our opposition.
Michael Barlow (FRE) MID – $547,000 SC
- Next 5 Games: GWS (H), STK (A), CARL (H), GEE (A), HAW (H)
- Recent Scores: 98, 99, 114, 111, 124
- Breakeven: 91
Netting yourself $100k+ for a player that has scored 110+ in 5 of his past 7 games makes Barlow an option for Gaz. Owned by just 3.6% of teams, Barlow was sensational on the weekend v Melbourne, laying a game high 9 tackles to go with 29 touches. He is doing a bit of the in and under work, amassing a good number of tackles to go with his 25+ touches. He won’t score 120+ every week and may be prone to the odd score below 100, but he will be $100k+ in the bank, no one really owns him and has a nice run of games to come. Definitely worth considering.
Matthew Priddis (WCE) MID – $598,000 SC
- Next 5 Games: BRIS (A), RICH (H), ADEL (A), COLL (H), ESS (A)
- Recent Scores: 144, 132, 91, 128, 131, 110, 123
- Breakeven: 123
Before you say, “Crimmo, Priddis is hardly a POD”, that is true, but none of you blokes actually own him so he is a POD in my eyes. Just 2.33% of coaches are banking Matthew’s 120+ scores, and while you won’t pocket the same $$$ as you may have with Barlow, you will get better scoring. Much like Barlow, Priddis is laying a lot of tackles – 8 v Sydney, 9 v Fremantle, 4 v St Kilda, 7 v Gold Coast, 8 v Hawthorn, 9 v North…you get the picture. With 30+ disposals to go with the tackles, Priddis is in ripping touch and with no one owning him and a nice run of games coming up, I would make Priddis your priority if you want a POD for Gaz.
Finally, for those who are in desperate need for cash to upgrade players, sending Gaz down to generate $150k+ might not be the worst idea in the world. Granted, you will lose upward of maybe 40+ points a week, but will gain that around the ground in areas you upgrade….if that makes sense. These are more risky types and should only be considered if you’ve truly got balls of steel
Steve Johnson (GEE) MID – $505,300 SC
- Next 5 Games: MELB (A), GWS (A), NM (A), FRE (H), CARL (A)
- Recent Scores: 92, 84, 88, 114, 119
- Breakeven: 68
A very disappointing season given what we’ve come to know and expect from Stevie J, but there is still a chance for him to finish the year strong. His statistics on the weekend were massive, 25 touches and 14 tackles, but did give away 4 free kicks which hurts. The week before, 25 touches and 6 tackles starting forward. So Stevie is certainly starting to work his way back into games. The next two games couldn’t have come at a better time to continue the form. Melbourne you’d expect him to continue the tackling given the style Roosy likes to play, and against GWS, Stevie could go very big. I’d bring him in with absolutely 0 confidence given how much he has let us down this season, but a profitable risk.
Shane Savage (STK) MID – $366,400 SC
- Next 5 Games: NM (A), FRE (H), GCS (A), WB (H), SYD (A)
- Recent Scores: 31, 94, 104, 119
- Breakeven: -5
Been somewhat a revival since coming back into this outrageously bad St Kilda line up. I don’t expect any of you to get Shane Savage in for Gary Ablett and I deserve to be laughed out of the room. However, Shane is pumping out some big scores in his new role off halfback – collecting 25+ touches and the freedom to push forward and kick goals outside 50. I don’t think he’ll emulate anywhere near the scoring of the greatest fantasy player of all time, but a healthy $300k+ into the kitty is kind of tempting….
Harley Bennell (GCS) MID – $536,200 SC
- Next 5 Games: WBD (A), BRIS (A), STK (H), CARL (A), PORT (H)
- Recent Scores: 100, 77, 167, 76, 110
- Breakeven: 134
Form no where near as consistent as his teammates, but someone in that Suns line up has to step up and take over from Gaz…why not Bennell? Harley’s best games are brilliant, while his bad aren’t flash. He started forward for his 110 v Collingwood, while against Geelong he was simply that good – kicked 6 and had 27 going between the midfield and forward line. I expect Bennell to get more time in the guts now Gaz is out, just a question of whether he has the tank to play like he did v Geelong. I suspect he may just do so and is serious value at $536,200 – pocket a cool $140k. Definitely worth a thought, someone in that GCS side needs to step up and fill the void.
Anywho, whatever decision you make RE Gaz, I’m sure you’ll nail it and get back on track for SuperCoach glory.
All this best this weekend community,