The byes are finally here, community. Eugh. Yuck. The looming cloud is here. Players from Adelaide, Brisbane, Carlton, Hawthorn, the Bulldogs and Richmond will miss this week.
We’ve finally got the green light to ditch Bellchambers, but some other pain has come with it – key rookies will be missing this week.
Fortunately, Jock is BACK this week, after escaping the flu. So with our spirits high, let’s sail into the storm.
BREAKING NEWS: Brodie Grundy has been stretchered off and sent to hospital following an incident at training this morning. He was in very good form as a mid-pricer before ANZAC Day and finds himself in 15% of teams. Being stretchered off at training is a bad sign, and I neck braces were sighted. I doubt he will play – Collingwood seem to be indicating that’s the way it will go. However, he is reported to be okay, which is relieving news. Check the comments or twitter for more updates – I’ll chuck them in when I can!
1:00 UPDATE – Collingwood haven’t ruled Grundy out of playing on Sunday.
Tom Bellchambers has been dropped like a sack of potatoes. It seems Supercoachers aren’t the only ones who are running out of patience with the big man. Will leave NicNat to possibly monster Jake Carlisle and Joe Daniher on Sunday, and leaves me – as an Essendon fan – desperately hoping Shaun McKernan gets upgraded after round 12, where each club is able to elevate one rookie to their senior list. However, Bellchambers has to go. I’ll cover this in the patch up, so on with the news!
While discussing midseason rookie elevation, word is, this rookie at Port Adelaide could be Nathan Krakouer, so if you still have him it might be worth holding on to next week. Furthermore, Jack Sinclair could be elevated after his bye as he has been dropped back to the rookie list, hence his omission this week.
For two weeks now, the Gold Coast twitter has had Josh Glenn slated to return from his ankle injury. He has not been sighted since. This is ominous. The last time a plater went missing up on the Gold Coast, Charlie Dixon returned to us as a reanimated shadow of the footballer we once knew (he is also back this week). Which leaves the question that needs to be asked of the Gold Coast Suns is not ‘When will Glenn be back’, but ‘Is Josh Glenn deceased?’
Speaking of Gold Coast and people being deceased, Harley Bennell’s continued absence from their side is leaving a lot of teams lingering on the brink of death. However, Nick Malceski returns, so one to keep an eye on. Especially as he is rumoured to be the sub!
Aaron vandenBerg will miss the next three to four with an injured hamstring, meaning he has to go from our sides. Karl Amon has been hit with a calf injury (not dropped as initially thought), while Mitch Clark has not yet recovered from his calf strain. There’s not a huge amount of intel on when these two will be back. Ruck rookie Keegan Brooksby has injured his calf and will miss.
Hugh Goddard is again on the extended bench and could play, as has Brayden Maynard at Collingwood. Shaun Edwards has been named for the Dons, alongside Orazio Fantasia (who looks to be the sub) and Elliot Kavanagh, but with Hocking, Winderlich, Myers and a ruckman still to come into that side in a few weeks, I wouldn’t be going near one of the Essendon rookies. See how Edwards goes – I reckon he’d be the most likely of them to get extended game time.
THE PATCH UP
The byes are here, but there are those wiser than I who have said wiser things than I can on them. Check out Dex’s guide to the byes and Lekdog’s exquisite video, as well as the triumphant return of the Thursday night podcast. I will instead help solve the question of what we do with Tom Bellchambers.
Bellchambers has been dropped, as mentioned in the news, which renders his position as backup ruckman and 6th or 7th forward redundant. I have agreed with the logic of Jock and Lek – keep him as backup. He is no longer backup. He is a sack of potatoes weighing down our sides. He has to go. This week. But to whom?
On top of the ruck table, there are six players averaging more than 100.
If you’ve got the cash, go as high up this table as you can. Goldstein is offering great value at $512’700 for the #1 ruck in the comp, who should be the #1 ruck by the end of the year. Pick him, or anyone else on that table. If, however, you don’t have cash, or desperately need to conserve cash for the byes, you’re in a pickle. Brooksby is missing and Wright scored 35 in his first game, so rookie rucks are off the cards. Mid-pricers are looking threadbare at best. Tom Nicholls is at $472’000, and is averaging 92 (101 over his last three) and looks the top dog at the Suns, but isn’t much cheaper than the best players.
The best we can do to approach a straight swap is looking at Max Gawn from Melbourne. Scored 98 in his first game, with 31 hitouts, 11 possessions and two tackles. At a massive 208cm, he has the jump on all but one ruckman in the competition, giving him a better shot at the crucial hitouts to advantage. (If anyone knows where to find HO/A stats, give me the head’s up!) Now he won’t score 98 every week. He played 9 games last year for an average of 63 and 13 in 2013 at 67.
Now keep in mind, Melbourne might not give him a long run at it – Jake Spencer only got 4 games (averaging 93 points, nonetheless) before he got switched to Gawn. Mark Jamar still lurks around the Melbourne Footy Club, and while they’re investing in youth, Gawn may only be a game or two away from falling back into the twos. Take a good, hard look at your team, community. You go up to Goldstein, Mumford, Martin and co and you don’t have to trade again. I bring up Gawn as a last resort – no more. You have been warned.
Another week of trading places, another week of Googling how to spell Dan Aykroyd’s name properly.
-67 – Josh Glenn*
-60 – Andrew “The Bun” Boston
-55 – Joel Hamling
-43 – Trent Dumont
-27 – Dan Robinson
-27 – Alex Pearce
12 – Dan McKenzie
18 – Lance Franklin
23 – Mitch Wallis
*missing, believed dead. We tried getting the Suns to organise a search party, but had to explain search parties are unlike the parties they’re used to up there. We’ve confiscated the alcohol and they’re out there searching now.
171 – Josh P Kennedy
168 – Lachie Neale
166 – Steele Sidebottom
164 – Matt Priddis
142 – Jobe Watson
141 – Robbie Gray
THE ROOKIE RUMBLE
This segment won’t be active during the byes. If he’s playing, he’s on the field. Supercoach takes your BEST 18 scores that are onfield. So if you have nineteen playing, your lowest score will not be counted.