It’s a special Thursday edition of the Panic Room, as for the next few weeks we have Thursday Night Footy on our hands. The plan is to release the Panic Room on Thursday and update it on Friday morning with the ins and outs from team selection, so make sure you check back in from midday tomorrow!
Bring in it, community. Jog it in. Come on. Huddle up. It’s half time of our Supercoach season. It’s a dark time. We’ve been smashed by injuries. We’ve been smashed by the byes. We’ve been smashed from all sides, all year. It almost makes you want to give up.
I personally have sat through thirteen trade-worthy injuries – not including the one or two week injuries and general soreness. I go into next week with 11 trades. Yes. 11 trades. For the rest of the season. I am at my wits’ end and times are tough. But we stick together, community. All of us here are in the trenches, fighting not for greatness, not for glory, but to field a bloody side each week. Make no mistake – it’s not war. It’s not the end of the world. But my god it feels like it sometimes.
We can do it. Band together. Let the wisdoms of Jock Reynolds, the Father of Fantasy himself; pour in through your raw and bloody ears – torn by the bombshells, week after week, of premiums dropping off – in the Thursday Night Podcast. Get your eyes feasting on Lekdog’s video – who has procured an absolute masterpiece this week. Johnny Bruin is back in the trenches with us. Dex has delivered again. Chicko is back. The comments section is going off. Get in amongst your community. We will not be beaten. We will not give in. We can do it. Now let’s tear this game an absolute ripsnorter of a second half.
Before we get into the news, we need to talk about how to deal with Thursday Night Football in the Supercoach sense. Teams come out at 6.00 on Thursday. Lockout will begin – I assume – at about 7.40. Over the next four rounds, any trades involving players from the Thursday night game will need to be completed before Thursday lockout. During the lockout, you can’t reverse trades. You can still trade after the Thursday match, you just can’t trade anyone who played in that game. So keep that in mind! Right, let’s get going.
Shane Mumford’s ankle has given way and he is out for the year. While this will probably crush any reasonable expectation of the Giants to make finals, on a more serious not it leaves many a team down a ruckman. As Lek mentioned in his video this week, the main three options are Ivan Maric (ave 105), Stefan Martin (108) and Sam Jacobs (102). Blicavs has his bye next week, but can be considered. I’ve picked Martin. He does more round the ground than the other two. I’ll go into Max Gawn in the Patch-Up.
Jack Steele will FINALLY make his debut this week for the Giants, and Leon Cameron has said that both he and fellow first gamer Caleb Marchbank ($197,300 DEF) will start on the field, avoiding the Kermit vest. Significant relief. Normally advise against trading in players who haven’t played but if it’s it saves a donut, of course you pick him. We’ll all have him just after his bye. Definitely wait on Marchbank though.
Jake Lever and Mitch Clark are both going to miss with ankle injuries. Lever should be back next week and Clark after his bye. I hope. Both have achievable breakevens so I am holding, and recommend you do the same to squeeze as much cash out of them as possible.
Potential upgrade Jeremy McGovern is likely to take the field this week for the Eagles, but beware of the late out if you’re one of the 7% of teams that have him!
Port Adelaide speedster Matt White will miss 4-6 weeks, which leaves a hole in the Port midfield. This hole was filled by The Chad (Chad Wingard) on the weekend, and with a 5 round average of 107 he is very, very likely to slot into my side after his bye.
Grant Birchall will not return this week for the Hawks. At $462’000, averaging 90, could be a decent pick up if you were looking for a POD in the backline.
Mumford was not the only year-ending injury from Tuesday, with Dale Thomas and Cam Pederson also undergoing season ending surgery.
FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE!
News from the team drops last night were a lot nicer than we’ve become accustomed to in recent weeks, but there’s still enough there to cause grief.
The Krak is Back. Nathan Krakouer comes straight back off the rookie list and back onto Port Adelaide’s bench. He could be the sub, but might escape it, too. However, Karl Amon hasn’t returned for the Power, with no word on him being omitted or nursing his lingering calf injury.
A few other rookies have also dropped off, with Tom Cluery being replaced by Jackson Trengove and Lions pair Liam Dawson and Harris Andrews missing from their respective line-ups.
Both Rory Lobb and
Andrew Phillips* have been named as rookie rucks for the Giants, but I feel Lobb will play forward more than ruck from how they used him last year. If any Giants fans out there (*sniggers*) has any Intel, shout out in the comments!
*Scratch that, Phillips has been withdrawn from the match.
James Kelly is obviously missing for Geelong after doing an ankle – which is expected to keep him out for 6-8 weeks. Speaking of veterans, Nick Dal Santo returns for North. If you’re as quick and sneaky as Dex is, you might pick him up in SC Draft before anyone notices, but at this stage he’s unlikely to be relevant to our regular SC teams for a month or so.
The Bont – Marcus Bontempelli – is back for the Doggies, alongside my sneaky Thursday night trade-in of Liam Picken, fresh off a resigned contract and projected to score no lower than 91 on the way home (with 8 scores of 110 or above). I know the SC Gold projections are “occasionally off”*, but I’m pretending they’re not to make me feel better about myself. Back to team news, Lin Jong and Stewart Crameri will miss.
*sort of in the same way Melbourne are “occasionally off” their game
I mentioned Maxy Gawn last week as a potential option to swap Tom Bellchambers to. Lek covered Gawn in his video, an while I’m slightly more optimistic, Gawn relies heavily on hitouts to advantage – which is not good for us. Once he comes up against Todd Goldstein, Stefan Martin or Aaron Sandilands – which he will soon – he will drop serious turds in our sides. I think he presents huge value, but I will not trade him in. In my situation, I can’t afford to.
Otherwise we are presented a huge chance to Patch Up our sides. I’m going to list some guys on each line who are have their bye, two of who are rolled gold and one cheaper option. The cheap option is for those who – like me – might not have the option Johnny Bruyun has pushed this week in getting proven premos in.
value; Sloane & Lewis
Eddie Murphy too cool to be going down, so he’s on the way up. Dan Aykroyd – while also cool – is on the way down. Players with a bye will have an asterisks next to them.
-67 – Josh Glenn* (who is still missing)
-55 – Joel Hamling
-41 – Andrew Boston*
-40 – Elliot Kavanagh*
-26 – Karl Amon
-20 – Orazio Fantasia*
-15 – Max Gawn
5 – Adam Oxley*
38 – Corey Enright
181 – Steele Sidebottom
169 – Robbie Gray
158 – David Armitage
154 – Eddie Betts
151 – J. J. Kennedy
141 – Elliot Yeo
137 – Matthew Priddis
THE ROOKIE RUMBLE
Play your rookies. All of them. The best 18 count.
Let’s hope we get to 18 when the teams drop tonight.