Ellis-Yolmen, miss. Heeney, gawn. Saad. Miss. Hogan. Late out. Cripps. Late out. Clark. 53. Lever 38. vandenBerg. 37. McKenzie. 31. Salem. 16. LONIE. JACK LONE. THREE. THREE WHOLE POINTS.
I spent Sunday night in the foetal position, weeping softly into my pillow.
But you know the carnage. You lived it. We all lived it. We’re all in this together, community. Let’s try and survive it.
There is a lot of good news this week; but as always we do not escape unscathed.
The good news is Cam Ellis-Yolman, Adam Saad, Patrick Cripps Jesse Hogan, Jordan Lewis, Ollie Wines, Josh Kelly, Kade Simpson and The Sidebum are all BACK. This will give a lot of teams a lot of relief this week, after a few weeks of unabated carnage.
In bad news, Christian Salem will miss 2-3 weeks with a hamstring twinge that saw him subbed out for a measly 16 points. Josh Glenn from the Suns has also not been named, while Dom Sheed from West Coast will miss a week or two with a fractured hand. With a breakeven of 32 he still has cash to make, but it’d be within reason to give him the chop.
Ryan Griffin will play for GWS this week, which is bad news for those of us with him. He’s been rotating good scores with bad, but as Lek said this week in his video, he’s not the same player he was. He will lose cash over the next few weeks with his 116 BE. Consider trading if you can.
All the gents concussed on the weekend will miss, with Jack Lonie, Nick Riewoldt and Brodie Smith to all miss. Lonie can go, and doubts surround Riewoldt’s return, but you’d have to hold Smith – everyone will have him in a few weeks and he’s lost too much cash to ditch now.
Matthew Jaensch will miss the rest of the season after doing his knee. While bad news for those with him and are now forced to trade him, it opens a spot for popular rookie Jake Lever, who is on the bubble with a breakeven of -38.
North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow has been rested this week, due to be back in a week or two.
Mitch Duncan will miss three months with a broken foot. While very, very few teams have him, he has been integral to the Geelong midfield and will leave a hole. This hole could be filled by a huge number of players rotated through there; Jake Kelly, Andrew Mackie coming back, or Stevie J could float through the middle. It could be a young player like Corey Gregson, Stevie Motlop or others. Watch this space.
If I’ve missed anyone, let us know. I’ve struggled to get out of the foetal position this week and haven’t had as much time as I’d like to peruse the news.
THE PATCH UP
The Patch-Up has been shut down this week as the pun is well passed its use-by date and should be ashamed of itself. However, the weekly wisdoms, from Barron von Crow’s brilliant (as always) in his scouting report to the Dex Files on Jack Zeibell, to Lek’s video to the podcasts, will have you covered.
-67 – Josh Glenn*
-38 – Jake Lever
-28 – Harry Schade
-16 – Nathan Krakouer
-13 – Dan McKenzie
31 – Matt Priddis
*not playing this week
184 – Scott Pendlebury
163 – Rory Sloane
155 – David Mundy
152 – Dan Hannebury
THE ROOKIE RUMBLE
Let’s get straight into it.
Saad slots straight back into the #1 spot, while Lever should fill the role of Jaensch. Kelly looks to be the sub, while McKenzie has scared me off after last week’s 30-odd.
You’ve got to look at Cripps as the only promising player in a poor Carlton side. Ellis-Yolman back is lovely, while Miller has been consistent.
RU- actually, nevermind.
That’s it from me community. Under the pump this week so I’ve done the essentials and had to cut down on the flair, but I should be back in full swing next week, with a revived patch-up and more extensive look ahead to the byes.