Chicko’s Check In – WHO STRUCK GOLDY?!
G’day Community! Not since Buddy, and his “THIRTEEN, THIRTEEN” goals in Tassie in 2012, have we seen someone crack the magical double hundred (whilst we are at it, hats off to Steve Smith for doing the same against the Poms!), but Goldy’s performance was something to behold! Who knew a ruckman could produce such bloody big numbers?
Goldy’s numbers were so big that our man Dex put out a tweet at the significance of the event stating that Goldy improved his season average by 6 points in one game, going from 121.29 to 127.93, and boosting his career average against the Bombers from 87.43 to 102.88 – that is downright ridiculous!
There are quite a few coaches who put the VC on the giant Gold member and, using the loophole to their advantage, were duly rewarded with a mammoth 442 as their captain! Well done to those coaches, they would have gained a considerable amount of spot! 39% of teams own the big finger of Gold, and it is incredible to think he is priced higher than the bald beast Gary Ablett Junior, and is the highest scoring player in the comp! Speaking of GAJ, the 16% of coaches who could afford to bring him in, they were hugely rewarded with a 189. I did bring him in, I did have the VC on him to loop his score, and then somehow stuffed it up to end up getting Fyfe’s skinny 92…. It typifies the year I have had – leaving a huge amount of points on the sidelines.
Other notable trading moves for the week included nearly 4% of coaches bringing in Rocky (I suspect it was coaches who could not afford GAJ) whilst 4% of coaches decided to beef up their backlines with Hodge. Interestingly, it looked like a lot of coaches were focused on their backlines with another 4% of coaches choosing either T-Mac or Cowboy Rance to strengthen their defence.
So what is this week’s dilemma?
I have been at full premium for a few weeks now, but that’s if you include Thurlow and Smith as premiums – their output would vehemently argue against that. Thurlow’s output has gone south since he signed his contract extension and Smith has been through a hell of ride this year but geez he has been a value trap. So much so, that I am now faced with the dilemma of upgrading them, or somehow using them to build some flexibility into my squad in the run up to finals. Fortunately, I’ve got swing sets in place that will help me with that flexibility. Now is a good time for all coaches to implement some bench cover and flexibility into their squads as they prepare for the last push – finals are close on the horizon!
The good news is that there are some tasty options that might allow us to do so. The one that has me most keen is a possible combination of Hugh Goddard and the artist formerly known as Burnman Higgins – both FWD/DEF DPP. I’m also watching Yeo (MID/DEF DPP), Birchall and Popped Testicle Kelly as possible cheap options – all have seemingly bottomed out and in Kelly’s case is available for a price in the $300’s. Would also love Hodge (and his DPP) but his price might be beyond me. At the other end of the field, BJ Goddard looks to have bottomed out and getting him in the low $400’s could be a steal. I’m also keeping an eye on Ziebell and in particular old man Boomer, as his price will have the sub-affected score in the rolling average for one more week.
So what am I thinking about this week?
Last week I brought in the combo of Maynard (for Hamling) and the bald beast (for Boston). This week, I’m actually thinking about sitting on my hands and doing nothing OR doing a straight upgrade of Smith.
What are you thinking about community?