Oh how they test our faith.
These gods that pull the strings of our game, that torment us so, they test our bloody faith.
They sent us to hell in a handbasket last Thursday night with the news every single premium in our sides would miss.
It was an excuse to toss in the towel. I saw strangers crying on the train last week, community, staring up from their phones, glistening eyes, mouthing “not Gary… please not Gary”.
All of us were staring at a sub-2000 week.
Then WHOOSHKA. Todd Goldstein. Heath Shaw. Dustin Martin. Sam Docherty. Scott Dependlebury. Matty Dea. Georgey boy Hewett. Even Mitch Brown, all those who had failed us in rounds past stood up for us.
It was a gift.
They tested our faith, and they’ve strengthened our resolve.
PSSST.. JOCK, HIGGO AND CROUCHING ARE BROADCASTING TONIGHT’S GAME LIVE!
Relief this week, community. A whole host of big names are back which will assuage most of the pain from last week.
At the top of the list of big names are Gary Ablett and Aaron Hall, who return for a ravaged Gold Coast Suns side. However, Darcy MacPherson leaves having done a knee, which is bugger for all of us that brought him in (including myself, because I didn’t check my bloody trades on Friday night and copped a donut because of it.)
Daniel Wells returns from him, the medicos having decided Mr Burns’ “Three Stooges Syndrome” is in full effect. He’s done ankles, knees, calves, hysterical pregnancy – he is the most injured man in Australia. He also has several new injuries that have just been discovered, in him.
You’d think this would be bad news, but all of his injuries are in perfect balance. If I can explain, this is the door into Daniel Wells’ body, and there are the injuries trying to get in. Isn’t the green one cute? It’s James Kelly’s testicle injury from last year. Naww. Anyway, you see when they all try and impact him at the same time, they can’t get through the door! That’s SCIENCE.
Anywho, moving on…
Michael Barlow has made amends for whatever he did to get on Ross Lyon’s bad side and is back in the Fremantle side. With David Mundy and Clancee Wiggum Pearce out this could see significant midfield time, but he’s been named up forward because Ross Lyon is a… nasty word I’d prefer not to say because Higgo’s mum might read this. (Hi Mrs Higgo!)
Half the Western Bulldogs backline returns, including Marcus Adams, Matthew Boyd and for those bastards like myself who held him, Matthew Suckling. This truly is a relief.
Elliot Yeo is out with a quad, and Andrew Gaff is out with concussion after he was hit from behind from Tom Jonas last week. Jonas have been given six weeks for the hit, but unless you’ve got him draft that won’t be a worry.
Courtenay Dempsey is back from a hamstring injury, for those looking at a tasty, cheap POD in defence he could be a go-to with a 3 round average of 90. However, Dempsey is very injury prone and Essendon’s runners haven’t been great SC options of late – see Orazio Fantasia.
Daniel Menzel has soreness for those with him, Jack Billings will miss a few with an ankle and Hawthorn reinforced our mistrust for their rookies by dropping Kieran Brand for Lekdog’s mate Matt Spangher.
We lose on Collins in Kieran Collins from the Dogs, but gain another in Freo’s Sam Collins. Bailey Williams is also on an extended bench, so proceed with caution this afternoon as Sunday sides are named at 5-ish tonight.
THE TALKING POINT
We’ve got a lot of cheaper options floating about this week. Matt Priddis, Brett Deledio and Robbie Gray are all dropping down in price towards their floor (although I’d wait until next week on Robbie), and a few cheaper options like Jeremy Howe, who I had a gander at on Monday and mentioned in the podcast, are flitting around like hummingbirds.
Yet I’m seeing many people chasing cars, looking to bring in uber premiums like Shaw and Pendlebury who are shooting up in price. It’s just too much coin at this time of year. This is the time of year to be plucking fallen premiums.
As for Max Gawn, hold him. I’m firmly team Crouching and Higgo here. Gawn is carrying a niggle, as he’s said himself on the Marngrook Footy Show a few weeks back. He’ll be right after the bye.
Nothing here for rookies beyond Hopper, Williams and Port bubble-boy Doogie Howard, but as Barron von Crow pointed out this week, many of our rookies are back making cash.
-66 – Jacob Hopper
-45 – Bailey Williams
-35 – Dougal Howard
-26 – Mason Cox
-25 – Courtenay Dempsey
-7 – Ben Crocker
-4 – Matt Dea
3 – Josh Smith
236 – Max Gawn
198 – Joel Selwood
163 – Paddy Dangerfield
151 – Sam Mitchell
133 – Alex Rance
130 – Callan Ward
Golly gosh my VC and C calls last week went off their bloody tits. Couldn’t believe my luck with Goldstein’s 170, and you don’t think twice about taking them. Might do so in the future, though.
I’m not saying this instantly makes me Captain Chooser Extraordinaire, but I’m feeling the tables have turned. I’m on the up. Between those captaincy choices and Jock Reynolds himself lifting my pre-season pick of Kurt Tippett into the realms of a Top 6 Forward, I’ve had a pretty good week.
The betting odds are now firmly for me having jinxed myself now, and I’m out to $5.40 to back it up but to channel my inner Lek, yolo.
Heath Shaw will not be given the space he was last week against the Dogs and will have someone marking him all day. He should still crank out a ton, but my gut says he won’t go big. The VC picks abound in tonight’s game, and I’m looking to Luke Parker or Todd Goldstein to hit 130 for us. At the moment Goldy has the nod.
I’m confident Max Gawn will return to form, but not confident enough to chuck the C on him. Ditto Gary Ablett Jnr.
I am confident in Scott Pendlebury, who is likely to get the C, but the newly acquired Matt Priddis against a depleted Suns side (he scored 196 against them last year!) but if I had him, the C would firmly go to Josh J Kennedy against the Suns. Reckon he could kick 15 and score 300 Supercoach points.
That’s me done this week, community, it’s now time to tinker with my trades all afternoon. I’m hoping I’ll be here and there in the comments, too.
Best of luck you beautiful humans!
Bailey Williams is out of Sunday’s squad, which while not unexpected is really, really irritating. This leaves Jacob Hopper and Dougal Howard as the only guys on the bubble worth discussing. Up and coming rookies include Rhys “Beast Mode” Mathieson who’s played the one and Trent West from the Lions who is a 170k RUC/FWD.
Does this change your trades? Let me know! Thanks to those in the comments who were all over this before I got here!