Community. In the vein of last night’s podcast, I would like to request a quiet moment to in honour of James Kelly’s right testicle.
This is a triple premiership winning testicle. It has played 250 games. This testicle has been a fantastic servant of the game, and I would like to take this moment to let James know we are thinking of him.
I’d also like a moment to mourn my Supercoach side, and the thousands other out there like it. Many of these, like mine, are now formally pronounced deceased in the race for the 50k, and, as a consequence, a long shot at winning a flag in 2015. You are *sniffles* and always will be *tears well up* in our hearts. I think I’m getting emotional so we’ll cut to the news.
Wait, this isn’t the news, this is just a list of my team?
Rory Sloane – subbed out last week for just 69 points with a calf complaint. he didn’t train on Thursday. Has been named and has declared himself fit to play in the media, but still a chance to miss. Emergencies required.
Cam Ellis-Yolman – missing with a hamstring, possibly out for two. If you want to swoop on a tasty fallen premo, go for it. I will be holding. There are rumours circulating that he may miss for three, but there is little news as of the time of writing. On the plus side, Isaac Heeney is back but it’s him or Jake Lloyd to be the sub for Sydney and my teeth are gnashing.
Jordan Lewis – to give him credit, Todd Goldstien’s head is the same shape as a football. Unfortunately, footballs don’t tend to have hair and eyes and noses and such, which the tribunal expertly picked out. Two weeks’ holiday means Lewis will miss two. Hold if possible.
Luke Hodge (and Sam Mayes if you’ve got him) – missing three for slightly more serious offences, although Mayes’ case gets into particularities about the bump which I won’t go into here. Three weeks is just too long to hold. Swap ‘em over for as high a scoring premium as you can afford.
James Kelly – ruptured right testicle. Not a fate I’d wish upon anyone, ever. No training for three weeks, which means he will miss four games minimum, but possibly up to six. He’s got to go, which is unfortunate because he looked a good selection. As I mentioned in the Thursday Night Podcast, Jasper Pittard at $451k looks a very handy replacement.
Tom Rockliff – Owch. KO’d in the first few minutes of last week’s game with a score of 0. Has been named and should play, but watch closely. With a breakeven still near 300, he might plummet below 500k in no time and possibly reach 450 at the back end of the byes. Delicious.
Brett the “Aw, alright, I’ll give this football thing a shot” Deledio – He’s back. He’s a risk of the red vest. If you held him this long I admire your resolve.
Harley Bennell – football confuses me these days. You’re supposed to give up enjoyment, life outside football, relaxation, for ten to fifteen years of your prime? Regardless of the ethics, the Gold Coast Leadership group have shown some spine and suspended Bennell, alongside Trent Mckenzie and Brandon Matera for one match. Hold.
Mitch Clark – IN! YES. GOOD NEWS IN THE NEWS SECTION. FINALLY.
Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna – Speaking of good news, big ins for the Saints this week. This should have a good impact on anyone with Paddy McCartin or Jack Newnes, as the pressure comes off them.
Brett Goodes – He’s back, but on the bench and with a BE of 90. Will leak cash. If you’re going to move him do it now.
Paul Seedsman – Dex’s tip was a cracker last week, until about three quarter time when Seedsman came off nursing his glute. Will miss this week, which will hurt Supercoachers in a similar area. Hold. Let’s hope his analysis of Travis Boak breaks that curse.
Ricky Henderson – the crow will miss this week’s game with a pectoral injury. Upside is we get our first look at Jake Lever, who has a lot of folk down at the Adelaide Oval very excited.
Richard Douglas – will miss 4-6. Not overly Supercoach relevant but needs to be mentioned.
Josh J Kennedy – the West Coast forward is weighing up whether to have surgery that would end his season, but possibly save his career. However, he’s going to deliberate while playing this week, apparently. They might withdraw him later this week, so be warned. There’s something in the water at West Coast that does funny things to key forwards, with The Big Q (Quentin Lynch) have a finger poking the wrong way and Daniel Chick losing one completely.
Matthew Pavlich & Michael Walters – both concussed last week, both named, both at risk of being withdrawn. Beware.
Jared Polec – to miss 8 weeks. Gotta go if you’ve got him.
That seemed like it could go on forever. And I’m sure I’ve forgotten players. If I have, shout out in the comments!
Injuries first. If you’ve escaped them, well done – you get the special conundrum of deciding if you want to upgrade your rookies or build the warchest. This week, there are three rookies on the bubble, and none of them inspire confidence for our Supercoach sides. Midfielders Will Hams (with an average of 25), Blaine Boekhurst (33) and key West Coast forward Fraser McInness (45) are all we’ve got line up. While McInness has good job security, especially with uncertainty around JJK, no-one but van Berlo looks like losing cash so we have one more week to wait and assess.
Next week, Dan McKenzie and Josh Glenn look like tasty rookies, so I’d recommend trading down then and only up this week. If you can’t go up, don’t go at all. We’re about to get a crop of cheap, cheap premiums in the midfield, so save that cash!
-54 – Robbie Tarrant
-36 – Patrick Cripps
-35 – Lucas Webb
-30 – Jack Lonie
-30 – Nathan Krakouer
Significant others: A Oxley (-2) J Hogan (9), P Seedsman (8)
(one day I won’t have to google his name every time I type it)
290 – Tom Rockliff
220 – Matthew Lobbe
215 – Rory Sloane
192 – Jarryd Roughead
189 – Joel Selwood
Significant others: K. Jack (147), S Jacobs (141), J Watson (140)
THE ROOKIE RUMBLE
We’re approaching the point where I will list players who have been traded out. Eventually players will drop off the list, but this will happen well after most have moved them on, so rest assured I will try to list as many as possible.
Oxley has to start after last week, and Saad is filling a hole for the suns in the midfield. The backline is getting a lot easier to pick now McIntosh has slowed down the scoring. I will still be loopholing Adam Oxley, simply because I can. Dan McKenzie a slight sub risk. Kelly a big one.
Josh Glenn made a stellar debut last week against Brisbane, scoring 103. However, I liked his game. Lots of kicks, 7 contested possessions, 5 tackles, accurate. Miller too stood up in the absence of the whole Gold Coast midfield. Heeney looks like he’ll be the sub, but if he’s not, switch him with Krakouer, Miller or Glenn as soon as you can.
Cam Ellis-Yolman is missing 2 weeks due to a hamstring problem – possibly more. Still has 100k to make and has been scoring tons – if you can, hold him.
What the ruck? (Yeah, because that pun hasn’t been used enough… Sorry. I won’t use it again.) I don’t get to make a paltry attempt at crying over a lack of rookie rucks this week. On the bright side, Peter Wright has been named for the Gold Coast. If you’ve got him, congratulations on winning the ruck lotto this year. If not, well we sit here and watch him for a bit. He’s an ask at $187,300, so see how he goes.
Not liking the look of Salem against the swans. It will be wet in Melbourne this weekend and that’s not good for his disposal efficiency, which he depends upon. However, with Dawes back we should see a better score from Hogan – even if it’s wet. He did score 110 against Richmond in torrential rain. Lonie has also been scoring well of late. If you can loophole Clark, do so!
Good luck community. By the looks of this year, we’re going to need it.