Community, welcome to International Donut Day.
A joyous occasion, Donut Day is the day where we take joy in guiltlessly shoving our face holes full of donutty goodness; whether your poison of choice is jam, iced, cinnamon, or Todd Goldstein.
Now – big Goldmember has been named. We’ll get this out of the way first. He was ginger at training today, and was the last one onto the track, but he is expected to play.
However, the threat of a late withdrawal is still there. If he were a mid it’d be no worries. In any other position, we’d be fine.
But threatening to pinch one of our rucks is like feigning a punch in the groin – you just flinch instinctively.
And so we hope that tonight we are not going to witness the premier screening of Supercoacher Getting Hit By Football
Coaches were nice to us this week, with very few big name outs and some handy ins.
Crow defender Rory Laird tops that list of ins, alongside Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff and ex-Melbourne captain Jackson Trengrove, back for his first game in over two years. At 156k, we should all keep a close eye on him.
Jack Trengove averaged 29.4 disposals for Casey in his last 5 games. #supercoach
— Sgt. Supercoach (@SgtSupercoach) June 2, 2016
However, Carlton skipper Marc Murphy will miss this week and the next two or three, so he needs to be flicked if you have him as a point of difference.
Melbourne frustration Ben Kennedy has been dropped after his putrid performance last week
Speaking of PODs, those who have Jack Viney will need to flick him as the youngster is out for a month.
Rhys ‘Beast Mode’ Mathieson has been dropped from the Lions just as he gets onto the bubble, so reverse that trade!
If you brought him in last week, feel free to renew your membership to the “bringing in a rookie who stops playing two games later” society.
In Beast Mode’s place, we’ve been re-gifted Fremantle rookie Darcy Tucker, who with scores of 67 and 34 in rounds 5 and 6 hasn’t set the world on fire.
Geelong bring back three somewhat relevant players in Tom Ruggles, Lincoln McCarthy and Daniel Menzel for those that held any of that trio.
We also see Elliot Yeo, Andrew Gaff, Kade Kolodjashnij and David Mundy return this week.
We have two debutants in the midfield at basement 102k price this week in Kade Stewart (from the Hawks) and Jesse Joyce (from the Suns). Don’t touch ‘em yet.
Tom Lee has been named for the Saints, but with Hugh Goddard named at full back, I think we’ll see Tommy lifted from that side and placed on the emergency list by 5pm this evening. Furthermore it looks like West Coast kid Tim Cole might not make the cut on Sunday either.
Essendon have for some unknown reason “rested” James Kelly against Fremantle and dropped Mark Jamar for Matthew Luenberger. I’ll admit I’m bemused by the decision.
THE TALKING POINT
I’m pressed for time this week, community, so I want to hear how many trades you will have left once lockout hits tonight (after this week’s trades)
I’m sitting on 16, and feel that’s two less than I would like. Feeling 17 or 18 left is around par – we’ll see how right I am.
Otherwise, I’m seeing huge value in Chad Wingard, Brodie Smith, Gary Ablett, Robbie Gray, Luke Parker, Joel Selwood, Jasper Pittard, Zac Williams and Jarryd McVeigh this week. Also have a blind, stupid feeling Justin Westhoff will thrive playing through the backline over the next month but for the love of god chuck him in your CoachKings side and not your long form.
You know how this shindig works
-61 – Tom Lee
-32 – Darcy Tucker
-21 – Ryan Davis
-17 – Dougal Howard
6 – Chad Wingard
8 – Daniel Gorringe
9 – Christian Petracca
16 – Jacob Hopper
19 – Brodie Smith
229 – Steve Motlop
159 – Patrick Dangerfield
155 – Joel Selwood
151 – Adam Treloar
141 – Kade Simpson
132 – Zach Merrett
131 – Callan Ward
He’s the noblest of captains, McCaptainface. Anywho, you can’t go past Dan Hannebery this week against the Suns. If you’ve got him, lock him in. Friday night isn’t friendly, and I’d probably skip on Goldmember with his knee.
Lachie Neale, who is a big roughie to come into my side this week, could go bananas against the Dons, and Sam Docherty is the only man in the comp to have four 120 scores back to back over the last month – he’s currently my VC and could go large against his old side.
However, Paddy Dangerfield and Scott Pendlebury are the standout – if unoriginal – options this week. Feel clubs will have learnt their lesson re: Heath Shaw and he won’t get off the chain this week.
If you’re feeling dicey though, take a punt on Big Maxy Gawn. He’s at the G this week, which can give him the yips, but he scored 160 there against the Tiges several weeks ago, and with McEvoy getting on and the Hawthorn defence stretched he could go large. I won’t go there, however.
She’s a short one this week, and I won’t be able to make it to the comments – I hate not being able to make the comments, but these next two weeks are a mongrel for me.
Good luck community – may we all check our phones on Sunday night to see scores of 2400!
5:00 UPDATE: As expected, Saints Big Man Tommy Lee hasn’t made the cut for Sunday’s game, and for the 1.7% of you that Tom Cole has been omitted. Reminder – this means Brad Crouch is still out.
6:00 UPDATE: HAPPY DONUT DAY, SUPERCOACHERS. Sam McClure (no relation to Troy) is reporting Goldstein is out. Nothing is confirmed yet from either North or the AFL, Either way, it’s irrelevant. You either have cover or you don’t.
DO NOT trade cover in expressly for this week and this week only. DO NOT go out of your way to trade Kurt Tippett or Daniel Gorringe or Trent West or a potato into your side to score a 30 for this one week. If you’ve been intending to trade a ruck replacement in – a Scott Lycett or Kurt Tippett – at some stage, this may be the week to do it. But make sure you look longer term than this week.
However, both these gentlemen I’ve mentioned, being Lycett and Tippett, are in good form. Tippett should have scored more than he did last week and is the #1 Sydney ruck. He’ll struggle this week in the wet but is in sparkling form. Scott Lycett has flown under the radar with two 110s in the past fortnight. With 5 tons for the year and an average of 95, he’s not a bad option. The 460K pricetag does worry me, however.
As TLC immortalised in their 90s classic Don’t Go Chasing Low Quality Ruck DPPs To Cover Todd Goldstein For One Week, I think we should heed their Supercoach wisdom and not go chasing law quality ruck RPPs to cover Todd Goldstein for a week.
(Unless your name is Jock bloody Reynolds, in which case you can follow Maso’s advice and trade him to Max Gawn.)
6:10 UPDATE: yeah nah time to Panic, he’s out.