G’day community. Last week, our premiums were giving us headaches. This week, rookies are causing the anguish.
While it’s not unexpected, these boys had stepped up to fill significant voids in the absence of guns scoring well, and we had come to trust them.
But alas, Mitch Clark will miss. Heeney will miss. Whitecross is gone. So is Ahmed Saad for the Saints. We have to face the reality that these players will not be scoring 80 for us all year. The last crop of rookies is coming through. This is the crucial last grasp before bunkering down and conserving trades. Let’s get into round 5, community.
Dane Swan and Robbie Gray – On top of our rookie news, Dane Swan spent the week in a moon boot and Robbie Gray didn’t train. Both have been listed and are expected to play, but I’m nervous. Set your forward emergencies. Possibly two of them if you can.
Brett the “Football? What’s Football?” Deledio – Same old. Missing again. Apparently will be playing next week, but we’ve heard that twice already this year and it’s round 5.
Mitch Clark – Clark has inflamed his left foot, which is not the one that has sidelined him for previous seasons. He also has a breakeven of -13, so has plenty of cash to make. He should be back next week, if not the week after. Hold.
Isaac Heeney – I’m personally torn on Heeney and as such will be keeping him. If you’ve got to give someone the chop, make it him. With Tom Mitchell in Sydney’s side Heeney might be relegated to the sub vest, but I’m holding him for a bit. Will play again, and soon.
Ahmed Saad and Brendan Whitecross –While not many have these two, they’ve been dropped and that’s bad news for rookies. This is bad news especially for Whitecross, as Hawthorn still have Lake and Frawley to come back into their defence. If you’ve got one of these two, I’d cut your losses and go to Tarrant, Krakouer or Jake Kelly down back.
David Swallow & Nick Malceski – not just content with ruining their averages for the year, Swallow and Malceski seem to have decided if the linchpins of their midfield – Gary Ablett and Jaeger O’Meara – aren’t going to do any work, they’re not either. They’re out of the team for extended periods. Hit the T button. Good news for Adam Saad, Touk Miller and those of you who held Kolodjashnij.
If you’re looking to patch up your side this week – downgrade. We are seeing some juicy premiums dropping in coming weeks – JPK, Rockliff, Selwood and co. – and we will need the cash to jump to them. So if you have dead wood you need to remove – I’m looking at you, Brett Goodes – go down. Adelaide’s Kelly is on the bubble this week in the backline, while Krakouer and Tarrant are the other two good rookies on offer. As discussed in the Thursday night podcast, Newnes is not dead wood. Hold.
However, if you’re sitting pretty, conserve trades. You want 24 minimum left after this weekend – it is a marathon and those trades are worth so much come the end of the year.
As always, I’ll try and be around in the comments, or you can tweet me on the twitters @PatchToTheMax.
Remember, Eddie Murphy’s price is on the way up and Dan Aykroyd’s is struggling and will dip.
-141 – Robbie Tarrant
-100 – Nathan Krakouer
-85 – Patrick Cripps
-48 – Touk Miller
-44 – Lucas Webb
Significant others – most rookies
298 – Tom Rockliff
196 – Michael Barlow
182 – Kieran Jack
169 – Jack Zeibell
169 – Rory Sloane
Significant others include Mumford and JPK on 163, Lewis on 146 and Fyfe on 145.
THE ROOKIE RUMBLE
We have seen our first rookies fall in the race to the top of the jungle. Ahmed Saad and Brendan Whitecross were proven not up to the task, while Clark and Heeney have fallen due to injury. They are finally learning how tough the rumble in the jungle truly is.
Nothing overly interesting to gape at here. None of them should be made the sub, so this is in order of scoring consistency and potential. However, Jake Kelly is sitting in the second-last spot on an extended Adelaide bench which has me worried for him. If you are looking to trade him in, maybe hold off until Sunday teams are announced.
Once again, reasonably self-explanatory. Duggan should slip free of the green vest if only because he’s had it so often, while I’m not worried by vandenBerg or Ellis-Yolman on the pine. Touk Miller should step up in a depleted Gold Coast midfield. Slip Krak forward if possible.
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning a rookie ruckman.” – Fredrick Neitzche
Even the great philosophers struggled with Supercoach.
You can’t leave the rookie bloke averaging 100 off the field, even if he is playing the reigning premiers. You will probably be disappointed if you expect another ton, but anything over 70 is brilliant for us. Hogan is playing in the wet against Freo, but did so last week against Rance and still scored 118, so I’m backing him for a 65+ here. Webb is on the bubble for the doggies, but I haven’t looked twice at him. Ditto Andrews. None of them bar Webb are in danger of the vest, miraculously.