THE PANIC ROOM – Round 8
Well. That was something.
The round eight teams dropped last night, and they let an almighty splash up from the bowl which gave our buttocks a good licking before sliding back down with what remained of our forward lines.
Daniel Wells, Marcus Adams and Lincoln McCarthy are gone, injured. The delicious specimen that is Cyril will miss this week. Shaun Higgins is gone for three months. And oh.. add Bachar Houli to the mix now. Just for fun. He’s out too.
Toby Greene is sore after overexerting himself against Fremantle.
Michael. Bloody. Barlow. Has. Been. Dropped.
Never again will I select a player in a team coached by Ross Lyon. I don’t even have Barlow and I’m pissed.
I can’t imagine how poor Higgo feels.
It’s carnage. CARNAGE.
I’ve already run through the big ticket items. Michael Barlow has been dropped just two weeks after scoring 135.
Toby Greene has “general soreness” after dutifully returning to butcher duties in Perth and will miss the clash with the Gold Coast.
Shaun Higgins is out for the count and Daniel Wells is going to be missing one or two after he injured his quad against the Saints last week. I reckon if Norf were playing the Hawks he’d had got up, but they’ll be toying with Essendon this week so they’ll be fine without him.
However, North have also selected Majak Daw this week – will Goldy be managed? I’ve heard nothing to suggest that will be the case, I’m just asking the question. I hope the answer to said question is “shut up Patch, you silly bugger”.
Champion rookie swingman Marcus Adams is the same and will miss one or two. I’m moving him on this week, but with a breakeven of 68 he’s still got a little bit of cash to make, so you’d be within reason to keep him.
Lincoln McCarthy is out this week. I’d cut and run on the Prez, his breakeven is off the charts and he won’t be making us sweet, sweet dosh any time soon.
Livewire Cyril Rioli has family matters to attend to this week, and I hope everything ends well for him on that front.
Higgo’s darling pick of the week Courtenay Dempsey has twinged a hamstring, so don’t trade him in for the love of god. Jonathon Simpkin is also on the long term injury list after badly doing his hammy. However, Darcy Parish returns.
Jacob Hopper has been named to make his debut for the Giants. At nearly 200k we’ll give him a miss for the moment, but keep your eyes on the Giants’ top pick from last year. Said to be an absolute jet, despite a lacklustre NAB cup.
And for anyone still hanging onto James Aish, he’s been dropped after Champion Data named him the worst midfielder in the AFL. Head up, Jimmy, you can bounce back mate.
AND in late news, Bachar Houli will miss this week with a wrist injury – at this stage the injury seems indefinite – and Josh P Kenedy from the Swans is out.
It’s crazy, it’s madness, it’s Friday the 13th.
THE TALKING POINT
Is it just me, or does the midfield make very little sense this year? Nat Fyfe was an unmitigated disaster, Gary Ablett and Scott Pendlebury have been completely unlike themselves, Matt Priddis and Robbie Gray have been unable to next steps.
Middling breakout option The Real Deal Dylan Shiel hasn’t been the Real Deal and Ollie Wines and I have had words. Liberatore hasn’t quite hit the mark we expected him to.
Only Dangerfield (god bless his soul), Luke Parker and Callan Ward have repaid the faith. Dan Hannebery and Joel Selwood have stormed from nowhere, but beyond that… it’s been disappointing.
But this gives as an opportunity to snaffle these fallen premos in the midfield for crumbs in coming weeks. Robbie Gray – who isn’t back yet – has a BE of 200, Priddis is at 150. Ablett is stagnating at a cheap price. Look to bring these blokes in over the next few weeks, because we know they are quality.
They will also be cheap, and the name of the game is value for money. I’d back those three blokes to match it with Hannerbery and Selwood all the way home, and they’re much, much cheaper. Keep your eyes firmly locked on them, community!
After being sent of Canberra last week, Trading Places is back!
-75 – Christian Petracca
-53 – Ben Keays
-43 – Josh Smith
-18 – Mitch Brown
-18 – Tom Ruggles
18 – Tom Papley
27 – Ben Kennedy
28 – Connor Menadue
67 – Mitch McGovern
74 – Sam Kerridge
101 – Lincoln McCarthy
209 – Brett Deledio
201 – Todd Goldstein
184 – Sam Mitchell
152 – Gary Ablett
152 – Matt Priddis
124 – Chad Wingard
114 – Jarryd McVeigh
Look, I’ve had an absolutely shocking experience with captains this year. Awful. Last week was Luke Parker’s 89 against the Dons, the week before was Goldy’s 49.
I had a long, hot shower this week community. I did some thinking.
I have lost any pretence of authority on the captaincy selection front – so I’m telling you who I’m going so you can avoid then.
Since Dangerfield’s 155 in round one I’ve had underperforming captain after underperforming captain. So I’m looking at Danger VC this week, and Heath Shaw as C, because he can’t be any worse than what I’ve had so far.
So my captaincy advice is to avoid Shaw because I have cursed him. Absolutely VC Dangerfield though. Beyond that, Ablett is due to bounce back against GWS (who he has a massive average against), Pendles looks to have hit form and BIG MAXY GAWN is ON FIRE.
And I’m done! Best of luck community, Supercoach Gods know we’ll need it.