THE PANIC ROOM – Round 16
It should have been a week like no other. The post-bye feeling should see the sun rising high and warm, with beautiful days to signal the end of winter, and the emergence of spring.
We should all have a spring in our step and a smile on our lips, and That Morning Song (you know the one) should be playing soothingly in the background as we prance through the meadows, hand in hand with our premiums.
Everything should be looking up Milhouse.
“Boy it is lovely to have the byes over”
*looks at Barlow, Wells and Phillips in the forward line*
“Son of a-”
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) July 7, 2016
This Supercoach game is truly a cruel mistress.
Thank god we’ve been blessed with the CoachKings, am I right? If you haven’t had a shot during the last 3 Thursday night games, where the bloody hell are ya?
The thing is, you don’t even have to be good! I mean look at me – I’m loving the damn thing and haven’t come close to the top 300 on stay at home nights. I’ve picked my team of 9, watch three of them go ballistic and scream loudly at the other six potatoes I was stupid enough to pick.
Down the pub is even better. Sit round with mates, sinking Carltons and competing for Fantasy Footy supremacy without the season-long wait that is your regular season long gig.
Gary Ablett bless you, Messrs Jock and Higgo.
ARGH. MICHAEL. BLOODY. BARLOW. Popped up during the week to say he’d be making a shock comeback against the Dees, which got many very aroused at the thought of FINALLY having complete teams.
However, it seemed actually pulling his finger out caused more strain than he thought, so he’s still out. ARGH. Hold. You’d think he’d be back next week, but I also thought Jock was a shoe-in for PM last weekend and we’re still stuck with this ‘Malcolm’ bloke.
Daniel Wells still isn’t back. We were warned about this, and I was one of thousands who laughed it off and said he was over his injury history. You can take the man out of the medical room, but you can’t take the medical room out of the man without serious surgical procedures. I don’t even know how you fit a medial room inside a human body. Science, probably.
Yeah, that’s the stuff. *sniffs deeply* Love me the smell of science in the morning.
The Pies have dropped a bombshell this week; well, a bombshell better known as Tom Phillips. He soared in his first few weeks, like a majestic Gary Moorcroft, but came crashing to earth last week with a paltry 26 points. That crash had enough force to bury him in the turf around Olympic Park, and I believe they’ve had to send in excavation crews to dig him out.
On top of that, Texan Superstar Extraordinaire Mason Cox has been managed this week. The implication was he’ll be back, but Bucks is gaining Ross-like form of stuffing our sides around.
Speaking of rookies, for those with Ciaran Byrne will need to dish him off. The poor kid’s done an ACL and is done for the next 12 months. Additionally, Nathan Broad has been dropped by the Tigers.
For the Doggies, Marcus Adams has done his foot again and is out. Got to go.
Coming in, we have Ruben William playing his first game for the Lions and Oleg Markov and Liam McBean playing their first games for the year with Richmond. Ryan Clarke has also been named for the Roos.
Dayne Zorko returns for the Lions, and Jack Steele and Devon Smith do likewise for the Giants. Taylor Adams also comes back into the Pies’ lineup.
David Zaharakis has been suspended and will miss a week, leaving a seriously undermanned Essendon midfield behind him. For those of us with Zach Merrett, be grateful the Saints don’t like to tag.
Essendon have also named Sam Michael, who won’t be fantasy relevant, and Aaron Francis, who will be. I feel Francis will have another week in the VFL, but is absolutely not far off.
(From the 5:00 edit) – Matthew Leuenberger will miss for the Dons with injury this week. Not overly serious, but if you’re one of the 7% – I know, right? – of coaches still with him, it’s an irritant.
THE PATCH UP
This is mostly me agreeing with the podcast this week, but for where our teams will be at – we should be looking at having about 6 trades and holding until finals, barring injury. That means if you have 6 trades left and have Libba, I would hold. Same for Rich, Brodie Smith, Matty Suckling and the like. Hold.
Love to know how many you’ve got left! I’m at 5 now I’ve traded Wells.
- 8+ (25%, 182 Votes)
- 5 (18%, 126 Votes)
- 6 (17%, 124 Votes)
- 7 (14%, 102 Votes)
- 3 or less (14%, 98 Votes)
- 4 (12%, 84 Votes)
Total Voters: 716
If you have six trades and a premo goes down, use a trade to get a new one in. I’m with Jock – Daniel Wells has gone down. He needs to be traded. He’ll be back at some point, but I’m not letting Brads Scott muck me around on the eve of finals, when we’re competing for out leagues.
If you’re hanging around here looking for rookies, have a gander at Barron von Crow’s rookie write up. Absolutely solid rolled gold.
-97 – Patrick McGinnity
-70 – Jack Silvangni
-29 – Sam Collins
-22 – Jack Trengove
–16 – Tom Phillips
-6 – Connor Menadue
-1 – Stefan Martin
8 – James Rose
Far fewer Dans this week as most of us look to trade now, not waiting for prices to drop. Regardless, here are a few to look at.
187 – Heath Shaw
170 – Tom Mitchell
161 – Trent Cotchin
145 – Sam Docherty
134 – Max Gawn
Last week’s Danger/Ablett VC/C combo went well* so I’m going to do it again. I actually am. Gary loves a good Q-clash and Danger is bloody huge this year. Not expecting a 160 but will go with it.
*nope. No it did not.
However, Maxy Gawn is playing a ruck-less Freo outside of Victoria… could go “YUUGE,” to quote a toupee wearing orangutan from the States. I’m not game, but if you were it could pay off big time.
I’m done for the week, community. Bless your souls, and may you be showered with 2500 scores in Supercoach, and break the 1000 in CoachKings this weekend. Because getting out and having fun is what this life caper’s all about.
Speaking of getting out and about, Imma go catch me a Squirtle down the park (plot twist, I’m actually twelve), so I’ll be intermittent in the comments this arvo.
5.00 UPDATE: As expected, we’re waiting another week for Aaron Francis. Tom Lee is out for the Saints and Jason Ashby will miss for the Dons.
Jed Anderson is in for North, Majak is out, which covers most of the major news in the Sunday sides.
No Squirtles were caught.