Patch’s Panic Room – Round 19
Welcome to Supercoach finals. What a warm welcome it has been, too. Stars missing, injuries aplenty and the nice old surprise rest have all reared their ugly, unwelcome head at the end of what has been a thoroughly unrewarding year.
In fact, this week was so painful the website itself had to take a moment to lie down and have a cry. There is no shame in this community. We need to cry for each other, for the coming weeks will turn friend against friend, colleagues against colleague, partner against partner, and will fracture these relationships on the bounce of a funny-shaped ball.
I myself am at the end of my tether; a two point loss in one league sent me spiralling from third to sixth, and now injuries to Wines and Beams leave me with zero trades. (You know how I said you need three for finals two weeks ago? Ha. Hilarious.) Wines is especially painful, as I’ve held him all year, and was rather keen to be rewarded by the Supercoach gods for keeping faith, but it’s just been that sort of year. For those of you who have been hit especially hard and have missed finals, I salute you. You also get 4 week’s head start on the rest of us in 2016 research. As for those who are left, let’s look over the burning wreckage that makes up our teams and see who might actually play this week.
We’ll do the bad news first, because there’s a lot of it. Dayne Beams, as we know, has done his shoulder and will be getting a reconstruction. He’s out for the year. Ollie Wines has also done his shoulder, will also be getting a reconstruction and is also out for the year. They’ve eaten my last two trades, and will need to eat some of your trades too.
Nat Fyfe is going to miss another week due to Sam Mitchell’s f#&@ing knee and have to sit on our benches again. Few have the trades to flick him, but I imagine Ross is using this time to unsure the superstar is ready to run home playing every game. Hold.
And to rub salt into the wounds, popular bench cover Josh Glenn has been dropped.
As his back problems continue, Lance Franklin won’t play against Geelong. Might be a travel thing, but no-one seems to know how bad his back is. I’d be looking to trade if you had enough trades left (more than two) and in a cutthroat final.
Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy has been ruled out of the Dog’s game against Port. Haven’t heard why but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be out more than one.
Luenberger has done an AC joint, Seedsman has been dropped, Zac Merrett has a stress fracture in his foot and likely out for the year, while Stevie J and fantasy gun Zac Dawson have both been suspended.
At this point the Supercoach god seemed doped up or dying or something, so if there was ever a time to ask them for something, now seemed to be it. I asked them for an extra trade and in return got news that Brett Deledio hadn’t made the flight to Adelaide last night, and was ill despite being named.
UPDATE: Is on plane to Adelaide. UPDATE: LIDS IS NOT PLAYING
Oh no, our teams.
This is the part where I should get to the good news… but there isn’t any unless you’ve got Nick Riewoldt, who has returned.
It’s tough to patch up a side with no trades left. But there are some people who have been thrifty, lucky or both who need options for Beams or Wines. Selwood, Dangerfield, Rockliff, Lewis and JPK are all options to be considered.
Up forward, I really like both Wingard (especially with Wines gone) and Dayne Zorko (with Beams out), but am really tempted by Taylor Adams, averaging 118 over his last 3 and 117 over his last 5, and in only 4% of teams.
176 – T. Goldstein
175 – D. Zorko
166 – P. Dangerfield
157 – N. Naitanui
146 – D. Armitige
-51 – L. Hunter
-46 – T. Barrass
-28 – S. Biggs
-25 – K. Langford
-6 – J. Laverde