My goodness community, I don’t remember it being this cold when I left! Snow in Queensland? The world really has gone mad.
What was almost as mad was that Crouching Tiger’s boot camp kicked my team into gear while I was gone, as I racked up over 5000 points in two rounds. Although, of course now I’m back in the country I will plummet back to mediocrity, my captaincy choices will flop and all my premiums will falter. If you also own Wines, Picken, Dahlhaus, or any other player from my side, I am so sorry.
But enough about this, on with the show!
There wasn’t a huge amount of calamity in the news this week, which means the Supercoach gods are saving them all for late outs over the weekend.
Rumours are floating around about Nat Fyfe and Dayne Beams under an injury cloud, and I’ve heard Beams won’t last a month with his shoulder. Fyfe will likely sit out one of the next two weeks as Ross the Boss is want to do, but Beams is another matter. Do you bite the bullet early and swap him for Gary Ablett? Do you hold a few more weeks? I’ve had a lot of luck from holding Beams so far – a quick shout-out to all those who traded him in round 3 – and will do so this week and reassess. Plans might change before lockout but this is where I’m sitting.
The Spud of 2015, Joel Selwood is back for Geelong, and will be back on the field in your side serving you up a 90. What a champ. Rory Sloane has also made a quick comeback from injury, so if you’ve got him be excited.
Popular downgrade option Tom Fields has disappeared from Carlton’s line up this week, as has Nathan Krakouer from Port’s. Krakouer seems to have done a hammy in the dying seconds (possibly even the last kick) of the showdown, and will miss two weeks, while Fields has been dropped.
Harley Bennel is back following his suspension, and last week it appears the reanimation department up on the Gold Coast brought Josh Glenn back to life, which is great news for Dead Equality Rights everywhere. Rimmer would be proud.
Anyone with Jamie MacMillan in their backlines will need to move him on, as he has done a hamstring injury, and anyone with swingman Jeremy McGovern will need to trade after he is out of the side with a nasty hamstring injury. Likewise, Travis Cloke is gone and Isaac Heeney is back for anyone who suddenly decided to check their team for the first time since round 6 and was after some good news.
THE PATCH UP
I’m going to talk about trades. At this time of the year, they are running dangerously, dangerously low. In years past would always say you need 4 trades for finals. But in years past we didn’t have 15 trade-worthy injuries by round 13. In years past we didn’t have as many premiums underperforming as we do now. So some people have as few as two.
For what it’s worth, I still think four trades for finals is where it needs to be. I have four left and unless injury strikes, I won’t be using them. If you need a second wind to make finals, then you might have your hand pushed. But conserve them. As said by the great philosopher Homer, “A trade is like a beer. They smell good, they look good and you’d step over your own mother to get one.”
Breakevens are rapidly losing their relevance, but those last few trades might want to take into account price rises and drops, so Eddie and Dan will continue their show!’
-47 – J. Kolodjashnij
-23 – T. Nankervis
-17 – K. Lambert
-16 – B. Maynard
-6 – S. Edwards
74 – G. Ablett
174 – N. Fyfe
147 – D. Martin
147 – L. Parker
141 – L. Montagna
140 – D. Heppell
The rookie rumble is well and truly over now, so that brings the Panic Room to a close for another week. It’s good – if cold – to be back, so best of luck to you all this weekend, community!