THE PANIC ROOM – Round 7
It’s the house of our democracy. Inside is a copy of the Magna Carta – the foundation document for our current political system.
Yet the place has blocked SuperCoach on the public WiFi.
— Guff Dardens (@jesseSPANNER) May 4, 2016
Too bloody right. I spent six bloody hours in budget lockup, and when I got out I was suffering serious withdrawals.
It’s been years since I went more than six hours without SuperCoach, and I was feeling it. Flick open the app – nope. Blocked.
Malcolm, I know you’ve been following Jock for years, that you look up to him as a leader of men. You told me so yourself when you called me a few weeks ago asking what to do with Matt Suckling. But you’ve got the power to stop this madness, this suppression of freedom.
The nanny state has gone too far.
But enough of this – let’s dig into what we can control – namely, our teams.
— Barron Von Crow (@BarronVonCrow) May 5, 2016
We dodged a bullet this week. Scott Pendlebury, Tom Liberatore, Todd Goldstein, Sam Kerridge and Marcus Adams were all rumoured to be injured or sore – although Adams was a case of confusion between him and his Collingwood counterpart.
Thankfully, all these men have been named to take to the field this week, and we can sigh in relief. There are still rumours they may be late outs – for Goldstein and Kerridge in particular – but I think we’re safe. I hope.
The big news of course is Rory Laird, who has broken his toe and looks to be out for two, likely three weeks. Hold him, but damn that’s annoying.
Late outs from last week Elliot Yeo and Patrick Cripps are slated to return, and Caleb Daniel has been named. Also – finally – we get a gander at Brad Crouch, who has come into the Adelaide outfit at the expense of Higgo’s man from a few weeks ago Jarryd Lyons.
We have a few debutants this week, with Kaidan Brand coming in for the Hawks, Ben Crocker a confirmed starter for the Pies and pre-season wunderkind Darcy MacPherson finally entering the Gold Coast line-up.
On top of this, Tom Ruggles is back to much rugs for those who started him.
On the flipside, Darcy Tucker, Ryan Davis and Sam Grimely have all left their respective sides, and Jacob Weitering will miss with a shoulder injury. He’s gotta go, as his breakeven indicates he’ll lose price when he’s back next week or the week after.
Taylor Adams is still injured, Trent Cotchin has fractured a cheekbone and will miss two weeks and Kane Lambert has badly knocked his ribs up and will miss an extended period.
And of course, Collingwood’s best player and future Brownlow medallist Jesse White is back, giving much needed comedic relief to everyone who doesn’t go for Collingwood. You watch him lose the Pies the game. You just watch.
Oh it’ll be glorious.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) May 6, 2016
THE TALKING POINT
She’ll be a short one this week community as I’m running on no sleep. But I’m having a gander at the backline because that’s where my upgrades are this week. I’m bringing in Heath Shaw and Matthew Boyd along the backline, simply because all our alternate plans for the year have fallen through.
The mid-brand of 400k players I put so much faith in has failed. Johanissen was crippled by injury, as was Murphy. Suckling is down, Hurn has given me a Burn, McGovern and Yeo haven’t inspired success, Rich has been inconsistent but the closest we’ve got to a good 400k selection.
The stalwarts of defence from years gone by are getting the job done, and I think we need to prioritise getting these gangly old bastards into our sides in the backline.
Also worth noting Dustin Martin and Michael Barlow are both 500k in the forward line, and I think we’ll need both the pricks by the end of the year and this is the cheapest we’ll get them both for some time.
Yes, that does mean we need to suck up our pride for those of us that traded Barlow out. However, I refuse to feel guilt for that trade. If Fyfe hadn’t gone down, Barlow would still be scoring putrid 50s and 60s in the forward line. I feel no shame for that.
Or at least I keep telling myself that.
Both Trading Places and that captain segment are being given a spell this week as parts of my brain swing between states of general soreness and complete and utter agony.
The captaincy corner is possibly out for good, considering my complete and utter inability to pick a captain who can ton up, which for the record are Goldstein (49), Fyfe (53), Gawn (105), Fyfe (115), Dangerfield (77) and my exception that proves the rule in round one Dangerfield (155).
I’m picking Luke Parker as captain this week – so you’ve all been warned.
And on that bombshell, farewell community. Stick up for each other in the comments – I’ll be back refreshed and revitalised next week – and get on down to a CoachKings venue. We’ve got the damn things coming out of the wazoo now!