It’s what we’ve whispered of for months.
A great sweeping plague, sent in the dead of winter, sent to pick off a third of our teams a week.
We said to be ready, we said to plan, to stow players away for this dark time. Most listened. Most set aside nights to frantically scrawl out names and numbers, trades and tips.
But oh my sweet summer child, if you didn’t scribble down a plan, you didn’t look ahead to this dark, pregnant cloud that envelops us, you are about to learn why we prepare.
The byes are here.
The biggest hit this week has been in the rucks, and for some three trades are almost needed in that line alone. Crouching’s favourite leaper Nicholas Naitanui this week had surgery on his troublesome Achilles, sitting him out for the next six to eight weeks. He needs to be traded. This week’s Patch Up is looking at what we can do on that front.
Just as his ownership was rising and many were jumping on, big man Kurt Tippett has done his hamstring, and badly. He’ll sit out the next six weeks minimum and also needs to be given the flick.
Shane Mumford has been rested against the Dons, with his ankle flaring up in last week’s win over the Swans.
To add to the Eagle’s woes, Scott Lycett, has been dropped for disciplinary reasons.
There’s shit timing, and then there’s Scott Lycett
— Daniel Cherny (@DanielCherny) June 16, 2016
Should only miss a week, so would absolutely hold. He should leap in scoring with NicNat out and will be a solid pick up in a week or so for R3/F7. Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus has done a knee and is expected to be out for a month. I don’t know what’s in the water bowl down at the kennel but it’s not got enough… knee… strengthening… protein… yes, that’ll do… in it. I’m totally a doctor. I mean I go for Essendon. Sports science is my ~thing~ Anyway, I’m supposed bring you news, not bring you love, or bad jokes, or Simpsons references. Bloody tricksy timing from Mr Dahlhaus, especially considering his form. If you’re able to hold him – if you’ve planned out and know you’ll have 18 each week – hold him. If you can’t, I’d consider bringing in a rookie, making cash out of the rookie and once Dahl is back trade straight back into him.
Our backlines (or forward lines) receive a boost this week, with Marcus Adams and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti returning for their respective sides. Both swingmen are fairly crucial for us and their clubs so it’s nice to see them back. Michael Hartley also returns to help out an Essendon backline that will be bombarded on the weekend.
Stevie J will miss an extended period, which while isn’t significant on its own may see the likes of Jack Steele and Toby Greene play deeper forward.
For those that got exhausted jumping on the bandwagon, Jarryd Waite will miss this week, as will Norf captain Andrew Swallow.
And, because we’re not quite done with ruck news yet, Trent West has been dumped, leaving Stefan Martin as the solo ruck at Brisbane.
THE PATCH UP
It’s all happening in the ruck this week as all our big men fall, or in the case of Scott Lycett trip over his own shoelaces. There’ll be some looking at two trades involving NicNat and a ruck/forward. So, how do we patch it up? There are a few ways to do this. You could try to go up to whichever of Todd Goldstein and Maxy Gawn you don’t have and just lock them away and toss the key in the pond – assuming the pond hasn’t frozen over. This is the easiest, safest and likely the best way to deal with the problem. If you’ve got a second trade needed, look to a quality forward – or to a rookie with eyes to upgrade next week. The second way to do this is to make the most of the last tidbit of information from The News. Do you bring in Stefan Martin?
This is a shark move, and I love it. It’s been overlooked that Stefan was the clear #2 ruckman last year, averaging 110. His average with Trent West in the side over the past month has been under 60, and has been knocked about up in the Sunshine state.
But, he averaged 105 in his first three, and was on track for a 140 in round 4 before he got cleaned up by the Suns’ Steven May. He might not bounce back this week, but after a week off – which he hasn’t had, despite the hit – I think we might see the Stefan of old roaring through the ‘Gabba.
I don’t think he’ll average 110 from here out, but I think 95-100 will easily be in reach for the big man. If he doesn’t hit his breakeven of 82 I’ll eat a shoe.
Oh, and he’s under 350k. I’ll just leave that there.
The third way is taking a punt on a cheaper ruckman, like a Daniel Gorringe or a Majak Daw to see you through until your rucks return. But this is a silly option. Don’t do it.
In general bye-related advice, I subscribe to the Peter Higginbotham school of two or three downgrades this week, and going BANG BANG next week.
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) June 14, 2016
Really touch choices this week, community. Stewart concerns me, and the old maxim ‘Never trust a Hawthorn rookie’ is ringing in my head. But he’s like a siren, wailing of his cash generation. With Hodge and O’Rourke to come back he can’t be assured a place, but… he’s played really well.
Hawks must like what they see with Kade Stewart. Ranks =3rd at the club for fwd half pressure acts across the past 2 rounds. #SuperCoach
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) June 16, 2016
Also a special guest in this week’s Eddie Murphys as we are visited by a premium!
-100 – Kade Stewart
-61 – Jarrad Jensen
-51 – Logan Austin
-48 – Jack Trengove
-43 – James Rose
-40 – Majak Daw
-37 – Sam Collins
-22 – Will Hams
-4 – Oscar McDonald
4 – Tom Rockliff
20 – Christian Petracca
199 – Bryce Gibbs
184 – Josh J Kennedy
168 – Lachie Neale
168 – Adam Treloar
165 – Todd Goldstein
160 – Josh P Kennedy
153 – Lance Franklin
150 – Dayne Zorko
136 – Heath Shaw
130 – Jeremy Howe
125 – Luke Parker
Jeez putting the VC on Paddy Dangerfield paid off last week. Wow-wee. What a game. You’d lock him in for the C again this week, right?
Hold that though. We’ve had two 200s so far this year, and the week after each of them we’ve seen Shaw crash to an 81 and Rockliff to a 102. When players have games like that, opposition analysts tend to notice.
Is Danger above that? There’s no doubt he’s a step above the rest of the competition, but I can’t see the Dogs letting Danger get off the chain that easily. Worthy VC option, but I think Dan Hannebery is the go-to VC option this week, with Max Gawn – (sorry Jock) the most viable captaincy option.
Going up against Callum Sinclair and a rookie, as well as being likely to unhinge his jaw like a snake and ingest some poor bastard whole, Gawn is also playing interstate. Thanks to this lovely table provided by Dex this week which shows Gawn’s record interstate and in Victoria.
Max Gawn is a lovely shade of orange for me this week.
Notable other options include Heath Shaw – playing a frankly terrible Essendon, and Matt Priddis, who treats weaker teams like the Lions (who they’ve got this week) like a snake on whacking day. Pity Barry White isn’t the pre-game entertainment. However, Priddis will be marginally down without NicNat and Lycett.
That’s it from me, community, but before we go – for those who are slightly confused by the byes, a refresher.
The top 18 scores count in your final score. If you have someone on the bench with an E and an onfield donut, they will come on and be counted if their score is top 18. Players with the bye are not locked out until the final game starts. They can be used for the captain’s loophole. We’ve got three trades each week during the byes. Any further questions, hit me up below.
RIGHTEO guys and gals, let’s hit these byes right in the face. Let’s see some 2000s as we show the byes who is boss.
Rip it a new one, community.