What a week of football it has been. The Suns rose in the west, the Giants knocked over the Cats and MIGHTY DONS GOT UP. AWW YISSSS.
Hot diggidy damn that win felt good, and if Joey and Zach Merrett fire against a very depleted and downtrodden Port side tonight, you might just see me leaping over the moon with joy.
But, it was an even bigger week in Supercoach. Mouses have been hovering over the names of Barlow and Rockliff all week, and Papley and Adams are the names on everyone’s lips to bring in.
Beyond those four names, we’ve had to panic to correct out-of-whack sides that two short weeks ago looked set to bring home 50k worth of bacon. A couple of very fantasy-relevant OUTS this week and some ill-timed rookies have set that panicked, burnt-rubber smell in the air.
But it’s okay, because we’ve left the stove on, forgotten to turn the bath off and come down to the Panic Room to sort out the important thing in life – Supercoach.
Top of the news reel – Michael Barlow has been saved.
Michael Barlow’s been scoring as if he’s playing in WWII-era France, but now a crack team of Freo players are here to save him. Freo captain and centre-square linchpin David Mundy is OUT of the Derby this weekend, leaving the gateway open for everyone’s favourite bit of trade-bait and general lump of forward line cash to run – albeit slowly – through the middle of the ground. If he can’t ton up this week he never will.
Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff continues the bad run of calves in the AFL, and is out of the Lions’ clash with Geelong, and I’ve heard whispers Daniel Rich won’t make the trip for Sunday night’s game. However, Mitch Robinson returns for those who held him.
Big news surrounding Adelaide’s Brad Crouch who will miss this week’s game with hamstring tightness.
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I don’t have him, but would be concerned after his start to the season didn’t exactly set the world on fire. If you don’t have bigger issues, I’d personally flick him.
As I’ve mentioned, Port have been hit with injury. The only fantasy-relevant injury is Chad Wingard’s niggle. I feel if it was a big game he’d have got up, but as The Crouching One’s slipper warned us, sides will rest blokes against Essendon.
We’ve had a hit on the rookie front, with Jade Gresham, Brent Macaffer and Caleb Marchbank (a smokie from GWS I had my eye on) all out – the first two dropped, the latter injured for two months with a dicky ankle. They’ve all got to go for whichever bloke you missed – which I’ll get to in a minute.
We have some debuts this week with Darcy Bryce-Jones from Port lining up for his first game, and both Josh Wagner from Melbourne and Tom Ruggles from the Cats being named on extended benches. Daniel Rioli also returns. Watch and wait.
Melbourne decided Angus Brayshaw was slightly to underdone and have sent him back to the reserves, and Jacob Townsend from the Tigers has felt the axe.
Daniel Menzel has been named on a forward pocket, which will impact the score of fellow small forward Lincoln McCarthy – who has been named on the ground, so no danger there this week.
Breakevens are now in effect as prices begin to change. For those people who may be new to Supercoach, a breakeven dictates how much a player’s price will go up or down. This breakeven is based on complex numbers that may as well be written in Urdu.
Basically if a player reach their breakeven they stay the same price. If they are higher than the breakeven, they go up in price; if they score lower they will drop. So, I’ve got the list of the highest and lowest (relevant) breakevens. Eddie Murphies, like their namesake from the classic film Trading Places, are on the up, while Dan Aykroyds’ stocks – and prices – are on the way down.
-149 – Tom Papley
-110 – Ben Kennedy
-72 – George Hewett
-149 – Marcus Adams
-112 – Sam Kerrdige
-52 – Connor Menadue
174 – Nat Fyfe
202 – Sam Jacobs
163 – Shane Mumford
177 – Josh P Kennedy
167 – Scott Pendlebury
194 – Heath Shaw
174 – Michael Barlow
THE TALKING POINT
This is the week we fix our teams – but what are the priorities? Lek’s cheat sheet covers pretty much all I could this week, so check that out.
Otherwise, the rookies I consider must haves are Marcus Adams, Ben Kennedy, Sam Kerridge and Matthew Dea. Goalsneak Tom Papley is coming into my side, but with McGlynn back I think his best scores are behind him, and he’s purely to ride on those coattails. I don’t see him as essential, but if you can get him in, do so.
In terms of mid-pricers, Tom Liberatore is a must for those who – like me – tried to outsmart the system and start without him. Lekdog’s man Aaron Hall is also a must-have in my view. I don’t see Bulldog’s runner Jason Johanissen as essential this week. He’s due for his first big test this week, and will only rise some 60k. I do have him, but I’d give him one more week.
Tom Rockliff, Michael Barlow and Daniel Rich were all discussed extensively in the podcast. I don’t have Rich, but would hold if I did. Barlow has been saved due to the news Mundy is out – the last time Mundy missed, Barlow ended with 35 touches. Tom Rockliff is gone for me.
The lazy man’s captain pick – done by the lazy man, for the lazy man.
My smokie this week Aaron Hall against the Blues – he’s in brilliant form.
I need to have the VC on someone from tonight’s game – Robbie Gray the obvious option here. For those with a nicer loophole, I’d try Scott Pendlebury.
For the big orange C, I’m going with Nat Fyfe in the derby, but he, Patrick Dangerfield or Gary Ablett could get the C very safely… I hope.
Anyway, enough of my dithering! I should be around the comments this afternoon, so I’ll see you in the trenches!