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THE PANIC ROOM – Round 17

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PatchCoachKingsLogoJEEZ. What a cracking game of footy that was. Sitting on the couch, Dog snoring on my lap, CoachKings buzzing in my hand, footy on – is there more to life than that?

You bloody ripper.

I tip my hat to Hawthorn. I mean I hate Hawthorn. It’s bred into us Essendon fans at birth, and this hatred has been slowly bubbling away for years. They just… keep… winning. It’s infuriating. But my goodness gracious me, if they’re not one of the best football sides we’ll ever see I don’t know what it.

Silk Burgoyne, Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis and the delicious CYRIL… good grief.

JOCK’S FREO v GEELONG COACHKINGS LINEUP

If anything is going to remind us life goes on despite seeing Gary Ablett fall back with us mortals, it was this. I love this sport.

THE NEWS

The big news, as mentioned, is obviously Gary Ablett and His Holy shoulder. For the third year in a row, he’s been dealt a season-ending injury. And for the third season in a row, we’ve been forced to make the hard call on who to trade him to.

Tom Liberatore will also miss this week after his huge clash of bodies last week. The Dogs say he would likely have played had the game against the Suns been in Melbourne, but Tom won’t be making the trip to Cairns. Not vital to trade, but if you want to offload him and have the trades to do so, now is the time.

Geelong have kicked into gear and “managed” Jimmy Bartel this week, which will see him sit out for the week. Irritating, but not overly unexpected for old blokes and this time of the year.

NINJA EDIT (from a train if you don’t mind!) – RORY LAIRD is a late out for the Crows, to kick another boot into our ravaged backlines. Hells bells. Hope you’ve either got cover or have a trade up your sleeve.

However, Michael Barlow has returned after threatening to last week before pulling out. Now watch him dish up a 60 for us as Ross plays him on the bench for a half, then leaves him forward pocket for the second.

Daniel Wells is also back for those that held onto him. More pain on the rookie front this week, as we saw James Rose dropped by the Swans for last night’s game. Furthermore,

Mason Cox will not return for the Pies, and neither will Tom Phillips as the Pies reward the playmakers from last week’s win over the Giants.

On top of that, Darcy Tucker is out, as is Lukas Webb from the Dogs.

David Zaharakis returns for the Dons – thank God – as does Matthew Luenhameneggenburger.

Saints hard nut Shane Savage is out with concussion for those that brought him in, and the rest of Gold Coast’s midfield – being Michael Rischitelli and Dion Prestia – also likely wrap up their seasons this week (Rischitelli definitely does with his ACL blown).

Burn men Sam Gray and Jesse Lonergan come back into their respective sides, but should under no circumstances enter ours – although what’s left of Gold Coast’s midfield could be worth a gander.

Caleb Marchbank is back for the giants, and I’m considering a sneaky trade in to open a DPP DEF/MID option, but it’s unlikely. At 215k, he scored 91 in round one and 31 in the first 40 minutes of round two before doing his ankle.

The Giants also offer two debutants up in their squad of 25 – Daniel Lloyd and Harrison Himmelberg – although neither will spend a long amount of time there before finals.

THE PATCH-UP

Gaz is the big trade this week. He’s the one we need to take care of. The podcast went into depth, as did Lekdog’s majestic cheat sheet, which I highly recommend you check out ASAP, if not sooner.

Some are throwing up some point of difference selections to replace Ablett, like Seeker’s done on Twitter.

As much as I love a good POD, I’m not sure now is the time to be bringing a POD into your midfield. The top names being thrown around are Lachie Neale, Marcus Bontempelli, Rory Sloane and Dan Hannebury. None of these are bad options, but one tweet from The Phantom explains who I’m going.

Or at least it was – but this is for something called SueprCoach. I hope scores translate well across formats, because if it does, Sloane is a lock! (In all seriousness, I love your work Phantom… please don’t smite me.)
Now obviously Sam Mitchell, Dan Hannebery and JPK are all locked away from Thursday night football, but explore the best uber premos you can get.
As I said in The News – Tom Liberatore is not an urgent trade this week, but if you’ve got 5 or more – go for it. Bring in the best premium you can get!

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“I need the biggest premium you have… No, that’s too big.”

TRADING PLACES

At this stage of the year, making loads of dosh no longer matters as much as it used to. As such, breakevens become mainly useless. However, if you’re desperate for rookie cover, head on over to the write up from best damn Rookie Scout in the business.

CAPTAIN McCAPTAINFACE

Many VCs would have been deployed last night – Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker and Sam Mitchell have all played, and none of them offered up a captain-worthy score.

Patrick Dangerfield should have either your VC or your C – no question. Beyond that, Rory Sloane is in ripping form and playing at the Adelaide Oval, Dustin Martin is playing a lowly Essendon and Scott Pendlebury has been playing masterfully.

Even though Max Gawn had a huge week last week, the Saints have done a good job quelling opposition rucks. Stay clear.

RIGHTEO – that’s it for me, Community. I’m out and about so I doubt I’ll be around much today, but good luck for the weekend, and I’ll see you next week!

Lots of love,

Patch

1:00 Ninja Edit – in case you missed it, Rory Laird is OUT for the Crows.

7:30 Slightly less ninja edit – Lewis Jetta has been dropped for Jack Redden for the Weagles – but nothing to be concerned about there.

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God

Ecstatic with the Hannebery pick up after last nights game

jezzahill

The good thing is that lots of people have him, so we can all share the pain together. Hardly played in the guts last night which was strange but hopefully he bounces back next week.

TRIGGER HAPPY

Quality patch as always. Gives Fridays a lift to get u through to the weekend.

OK who took my advice and put the VC on JPK? Look for those with a satisfied grin slapped across their face. What is it about the hawks? JPK goes to another level against them as if to say this this is what u traded away.

OK show of hands who traded god to hannas? (Meekly raises hand) not happy Jan. What a time to put in a stinker!

Gr8 contest finals like, let's hope they meet again in September.

philbobaggins

Very Happy with your advice Trigger. Traded Gaz to JPK and put the VC on him.

C-J

Neale or Bontempelli for Ablett? Already have Danger, Pendles, Hanners, Sloane, Parker, Selwood, and Rockliff in the guts. 6 trades left, full premo and sitting alright in the 100s for rank but more concerned about my cash leagues right now…

jezzahill

I'd be going Neale. Plays four of his last five games at home, although Freo have a nightmare run home he should still score well

Big Axe

Bont. The kid can play

pod

I would go Neale. If the Bont gets some attention could get ugly.

Tom

When Bont cops a tag he goes down forward and kicks 2 goals.

Locked and Loaded

How long is Dahlhaus out for as of now? Anybody know?

Have the opportunity to trade Gaz –> Sloane AND Dahl –> Merrett

Leaves me with 5 trades and one defender spot to fill

Thoughts??

God

I'd go BANG BANG on those trades, the return time for dahlhaus seems fairly uncertain still

Locked and Loaded

Cheers!! Confirmed what my trigger happy fingers so much desire lol

Tom

Hold imo, AFL website says 1-2 weeks. Personally I have Aaron Hall as my cover so I will definitely keep holding

Locked and Loaded

How will he be after missing 6-8 weeks of footy? Something else to ponder

Northernsoul74

Dahlhaus pencilled in for the Geelong game at end of the month.

I N Pieman

All week I was going JPK & Bont. Decided to only go one risky pick & got Hanners instead of JPK. And he leaves that turd. Absolutely burnt to a crisp! One angry Pieman today. Love your article as always Patch

Derek

same here Pieman, went hanners. i didn't really care though, was at the game, right behind Cyrils last kick, never looked like missing !

God

If you're winning your cash leagues at the moment Neale seems the better (safer) pick but if you need a big couple of weeks The Bont could be the big risk big reward player you need

NorthMelb

What about goldie against port with no ruckman, pastime he did that was against carlton and got 170 odd.

Hazey

As a Roo's fan I watch pretty much every game. I'll eat my hat if he's not carrying something. He's not going getting around the ground well at all, thus not getting monster scores.

Should have Daw playing to support him, but B-Rad is too stubborn, stupid or both!

Patch

I'm in this boat, North. Love the guy but he's not his usual self. Happy to be proven wrong, though!

Grahame Lebroy

Any chance Luke Parker could work on his DE at some stage at training this week. He lost some decent points with some putrid field kicking, bloody lift Luke.

richard

Finally nailed a good POD vc loop from last nights game JPK – 140

Kevin Skywalker

My tweet made the Panic Room write up!

Easily my Supercoach highlight of the year for someone ranked 9057. By the way I didn't go with Sam Mitchell in the end before last night due to issues of structure, However, it wouldn't have been the worst decision after his 120 points against Sydney.

As to my selections I was hoping to get rid of Kerridge this week as my final upgrade, now I need to replace GAJ too, or instead. My options are as follows:

1) GAJ to almost anyone (I have Danger, Jelwood, Pendles, Hanners already)
2) GAJ to Sloane & Kerridge to Hall
3) GAJ to Neale or the Bont & Kerridge to N Riewoldt or JJK
4) GAJ to Sidbum or R Gray & Kerridge to Zerrett

1) saves trades (I got buuger all) 2) relatively safe option, 3) biggest risk/reward 4) another bargain Mid + Zerrett

Would love any feedback, thanks community

God

2

Wattsieesq

2

Patch

Cheers mate! Loving the sage wisdom from the Twitters!

I'd go option 2

Saalih

Bont jack steven or merret. Regret not picking jpk.

tuxCS

I'd go the bont mate, wish I had enough cash to fit him in my side

Danners

Merrett if you don't have a MID/FWD swing in your midfield. If you do, Bont

Moustachio

Don't play a m/f in your mid. You should have a m/f on the bench so that you can swing someone from fwd to cover mid.

Derek

went to the SCG last night, wow what a cracking game. Sat right on the boundary where Cyril had his final kick from, screamed my head off. brillent stuff. didn't even care that i brought hanners in this week for Gaz. fantastic game.

btw…JPK played ok (but i'm not allowed to keep talking about him)

I N Pieman

Anyone else here sick of Hawthorn. Boring

Cameron

i reckon 90% of footy fans are to be honest

Harley

Yup! I'm so over hawthorn. They don't ever seem to have any bad luck or much go against them. Sure they are a good team but it's just boring for football in general unless you're a Hawks supporter of course. It's so annoying. Hopefully the crows play them in the GF and knock them off 🙂

MY TWO CENTS

Not sure about that. Lost roughie 4 the year, hodge was missing for part and lots of others. They do get bad luck and injuries but they have so much depth they can cover these losses ie Sicily 4 roughie. They come in play and know their role. That is what makes them the team they r and makes them so great.

But yeah would love to see someone else take it out this year. Dogs would b extra special but like the crows.

pod

YES.. I'm so over the one sided umpiring decisions that always fall Hawks way.

Derek

I get a lot of non-hawk fans say that to me, I just don't get what the problem is 😉

Kash

A MEMBER of the AFL’s Laws of the Game committee has admitted umpire Shaun Ryan made a “bad error” in awarding a 50m penalty against Sydney that gifted Hawthorn a goal after the three-quarter time siren in Thursday night’s thriller at the SCG.

Sam

Boyd or Laird?

I N Pieman

Bad news peoples. Rory Laird will be a late out with a Hip problem. Bugger it

hedski

Who to play for him tonight, collins or ruggles?
Can't loop them which is a pain.

The Ranger

Go with Collins mate and pray he knocks out a big one!

The Ranger

Groan…with Bartel out as well that means I'm playing Collins and Austin onfield.
Could do with a big one from Collins this week.

tuxCS

I am in exactly the same position as you are mate. I wouldve been fine with Collins because he is looking like a decent player, but Austin just doesn't play a fantasy friendly game.

Westy

I've been Laird astray. 🙁

Marvin

Got a couple of trades left but pretty much near final team need def. gaz out, dpp swing and def in. Question comes down to Zac Williams v t mac. Scenario 1 Williams this week. Logan to Heath Shaw next. Cash supply means of Logan gets be and Shaw drops 40k I will need to keep hoping Shaw drops and Logan has a huge game to go direct (or use final trade) Other scenario is tmac this week making shaw to Logan a traitor swap next week unles he gets 180 odd. So is Williams that much better than t Mac that it's worth the risk?

Patch

TMac in astonishing form, would go the second option

CapTkAos

I've already moved Gaz on and have 8 trades left, with 60k still in the kitty. I'd like to move Kerridge on this week as well. Im looking at 2 options-

1. Straight to Hall and play him as F6. Might see a bit more action without Gaz and his dpp is very useful. Nicely priced.

2. Get Lycett in and play him as my F6. He is too valuable to just sit on the pine. My ruck line is Gawn, Goldy (Cox). I've run the whole year so far with no ruck/fwd swing in the forward line. But all of a sudden Cox is gone and who knows when he will be back. Lycett appears to be at the low point in his price cycle. But should I just get him later if I need to?

Option 1 or 2?

Gus

Definitely Option 1 that's what I'm doing. He should score big this week

Gibbs

Who do I trade out for Ablett out of Trelore, Bontempelli or Sloane? Leaning towards the bont as I love him but my head says Sloane!

What do I do community?

Danners

Sloane, read Phantoms tweet above

Gus

Now Laird OUT – boy o boy. Lucky I've got cover M Brown and Joyce on field – praying for one out of the box from at least one of these guys (more than likely Brown).

jackoo

ranked around 200th
should i trade petracca to hall
or wait and trade him to dalh or deledio in the next week or two

do we think hall with gaz out will knock out 100's most weeks or safer going a proven premo like the later?

Danners

Hall should be able to pump out big numbers. But in your position, only consider for M9/F7

Erich

Rory Laird is out
GO CROWS! !!!!!!

Roger

Just traded out Bartel for Williams.
Had laird as well and as I'm going for league, couldn't put Austin and Collins both on.
More frustrating trades but still have a few trades left.
Gotta back your judgement.

Derek

Dont

little help

Trade tracca or kedge?
Also have Adams who is going to be out till Rd 21.

So downgrade tracca or kedge to SOJ and then Adams to? Zorko?

Patch

Truck (Petracca) first mate. Just.

Mac

How many people are "full premium" with bench cover. Not classing Rich/Libba as premos but they fit in as bench cover?

Mac

and how many trades do you have?

Derek

1 more upgrade. Have Brodie in defence. 6 trades left

The Ranger

Down to 4 trades after this week, got Lycett which gives me half decent cover across mid/ruck/fwd lines but only Collins as cover down the back.

tuxCS

Was full premium with 4 trades left, but had to get rid of Gaz, and i wanted to get rid of Libba. Now down to two, lets pray.

Patch

As Erich said – Laird is OUT.

I'm currently on a train, so if you hear pained screaming winding its way through suburban Melbourne give me a wave!

Derek

Gaps appearing everywhere. Will have to put Collins and Joyce onfield this week. You can't be serious!

Rivo

Season unraveling now. After trading Ablett & Libba to Hanners (useless VC) and Gray, stuffed with another donut now Laird is out. Bench rooks not playing and can't reverse trades. Damn you SC Gods!

Danners

Great article once again Patch! Seems like the Supercoach Gods are unleashing everything on me. Libba, Bartel, Laird, Dahlhaus all out. Had to wield the axe though on Libba…

Bruce

Rocky or selwood in?

Ben

Selwood. Rocky hasnt shown enough yet

Ben

If you were ranked in 20, would you take brands 48 as cover for bartel, or alternatively trade bartel to boyd?
Only 4 trades left

Derek

take it. Short term pain for longer term gain

Ben

Just realised laird is out too. Sadly doing the trade to avoid a donut

Ben

Cruel game this supercoach

Derek

have you got anyone else in the midfield you can trade out, and then using DPP swing bartel to the midfield.

what rest of your team look like.

Redgumwon

Look below at some of the guys I've mentioned in my post. I have the same problem

Ben

Could trade Gresham or Jansen and have 80k. Any good def/mids?

Either way I've got to use a trade, but decent bench cover would be nice too

Tommo09

249/3
Dusty into Rocky/Shaw
Ranked 4300
Does anyone else hate the new update for the SC app?

Kev

Looks great. Much easier to navigate the gameday section. Not giving Danger the vc tonight?

red5

I hate the players section. Can't sort things or do any meaningful research like you can on the computer.
However, I like how you can do Gameday section how you can look at the up coming week.

Tommo09

Actually on second look it's not shocking
Am worried about a Barlow tag and want a POD captain

Locked and Loaded

Anybody know if Lairds injury is long term??

Redgumwon

They say a week. Pulled up sore with a hip niggle.

Adam

Start of the round has been very disappointing. Ablett to Lycett trade gave me cover on every line except the defence and now I'll have to cop a donut with Bartel rested, Laird late out and Collins as only bench cover as T Lee wasn't selected. To make matters worse I've got 1 trade left and ranked 354. I could trade Jansen to E Yeo or J Harbrow to avoid the donut but I would have no trades left and I want to hold the trade so I can bring a POD Mid Premium under 550,000 in the next month.

Redgumwon

I have K. Collins on the bench. I need cover for Laird & Bartel out. Looking at one down on the bench. I can trade out either K. Collins, Phillips or Trengove.
Which of these cheap picks would you bring in? I'm leaning towards Reuban Williams at $102,400 here are the others to look at

Hammerman, Castagna, Mitch Brown, Josh Cowan or can you have another suggestion It must be a defender or DDP mid / def

red5

Will Trengrove, Stewart, Phillips and Crocker play again ??
No bench cover!!!

Patch

Hoping Trengove does but I'm not convinced. Look at Clay Smith (230k mid/fwd) as cover?

Jonny jo

So glad with my last minute move to JPK instead of hanners

pod

He played like JPK of old, always does against the Hawks. Can he keep going? Hanners is on the struggle bus but I reckon he will get off next stop.

TRIGGER HAPPY

Trengove to Clarke. Flick bartel into mids, Clarke on field in Def. Also opens up DPP.
not on the bubble but desperate times …

I'm bringing on Clarke next week in mids and the week after bartel to create a DPP and cover.

Confused

Clarke on field in Def ?
Which Clarke ?

Redgumwon

thanks for the advice but I'm looking for a defender or a DDP mid/def

wet aggit

RORY LAIRD IS OUT….. if anyone knows why please let me know ASAP…. I am NOT doing this Laird out for 2 really 5 weeks crap or Wells out for 2 really 4 weeks crap anymore.

If Laird is out for 2 then I am trading him out.

Thanks in advance.

Dee

yes please someone tell us…. is it only one week or more? bloody hell now I'm stuck with no emergency down back….

Mac

Sore Hip.

Marvin

More like sore vagina

Dee

so should only miss a week?

David

Should I take brands 48 or roll the dice with logan austin?

Liam

austin

pod

Brand looked ok but made some errors. Clarko didn't like a few of them but hoping he forgives. You have to go Austin, surely he can beat 48?!

Don't Blush Baby

With Laird & Bartel out hopefully my coverage of Tippa & Collins can get at least 150 between them

pod

Collins will be busy tonight.

Mal

6 Trades left – 27k.
Def: Shaw, Mcveigh, Simpson, Rich, Collins, O McDonald (LAIRD, BARTEL)
Mid: Danger, Pendle, Hanners, Rockliff, Gray, Priddis, S Thompson, J Smith (ABLETT, Trengove, Petracca)
Ruck: Gawn, S Martin (Grimley)
Fwd: D Martin, Wells, Montagna, Deledio, Hall, Zorko (T Phillips, Tippa)

Any suggestions? Obviously Ablett is out for the season, Bartel and Laird hurts me this week and wish I could switch Tippa back. Thanks

Big Axe

I'd go Ablett to Bont and that's it. At least you have cover for Bartel and Laird

Simbo jones

Trade ablett. Swing bartel into mid. Swing tippa into def. Swing petracca into fwd. Buy mid.

Big Axe

Facing a donut with Laird, Bartel and Adams down back. My fwds are set with Hall as my swing M9/F7, who is cover for Libba (M8) this week:

Option 1 – Kerridge to JJ or Rance (via Adams)
Option 2 – Kerridge to Silvagni, cop a donut as I'm ranked 4K but solid in the league. Plans to upgrade Adams to shaw next week and Libba to a pre I
Option 3 – Libba to a sub 500k def via Bartel. Hold Kerridge although his price will fall

Thoughts??

Patch

Have you got the cash to go Adams up this week? Even to someone like Harbrow who is coming off 3 90+ scores and will run through the mids?
If not, consider going one up one down on Adams and Libba, Big Axe!

Patch

Clay Smith an option in the middle for a few weeks, too

Cliffy

Have had to revise my trade plans so much this week, particularly with my backs being decimated with Tucker, Bartel, Laird all out and me facing a donut on that line.

Gaz – Sloane I will lock in as my first trade, but unsure what I will do with the second trade now…

Option 1:

Libba – Boyd (via Bartel DPP, means Bartel becomes my M8 for the rest of the season, and I have plenty of cover in my Mids to cover Bartel this Round)

Option 2:

Cop the donut for this Round and look to finish upgrading the team to reach Full Premo (Tippa is the last rookie spot I have to upgrade at D6).

Cheers coaches!

Big Axe

I'm almost in the same predicament. I reckon if you are going for league win, assess your game this week and position in the league, and cop a donut if you can

If you are going for overall, you cannot afford a donut

Wayne

Joyce dpp

The Prince

Hey Community need your help

Menadue or Petracca traded for Zorko or Deledio?

Money not a issue

James

Menadue to Zorko

Nervous Coach

Fantastic work Patch. All the best Laird plans down the drain. Thankfully have coverage. Aside from the GAJ trade, which of the following trades should I also make or should I just hold fire and rely on Kerridge and Hipwood to get me over the line.
1) Kerridge to T Lynch (GC) or
2) Z Smith/M Cox to Goldstein or any other ruckman.
If I make two trades this week, it leaves me with nine with still two weeks before finals. Thoughts

Nervous Coach

Other alternative for Option 1 is Z Merrett instead of Lynch.

John

Should I put Ruggles or Hipwood on the field for Laird?

SCaddict

If you're talking Supercoach use the emergency loophole my man. Put the E on the Rugmuncher and see what happens tonight.

I'll be doing likewise with Collins with Brown (ESS) the somewhat questionable backup plan if Collins spuds it ha ha.

Jacob

Community, I am ranked 249th with a full premo team. 5 trades left. Have both Bartel and Laird.
I can use Collins and Logan Austin this week which will likely put me totally out of the race for the top 10, which is my miracle goal.
Or I can trade Bartel, who has been significantly disappointing over the last fortnight, to Kade Simpson and only have to play Collins on the field.
Thoughts greatly appreciated, I really have no idea what to do.
Cheers.

Ben

Im ranked a bit higher and got rid of bartel.

Agreed that you have to have a full prem team every week to win it from here. The only people questioning your trade should be those ranked in the top 200. Sure, you can keep the trade and it will probobly serve you well in the later rounds, but you have to give the prize a shot.

Patch

Sage stuff in this thread mate. You've got to make the most of your time near the top! Go hard or go home

Marvin

That's a no brainer. Trade him and avoid the stench of logan austin on your title aspirations

Jacob

Thanks fellas appreciate the input, flicked Jimmy for Kade and feeling better about the week ahead.

Connor

Community, this is a simple question…
M. Barlow
OR
Z. Merrett

Can't decide myself, thoughts appreciated!

Patch

I'm not the most impartial of commentators on this one – Zachy Boy Merrett <3 reckon he'll nab 110 average on the run home

Hoot

Have ppl considered a trade out for Bartel considering he may get another week off later on in the year before rd 23?

SCaddict

It's a difficult one as it's all dependent on cover, remaining trades and where you are trying to get to in rank and/or leagues.

I'd be pretty surprised if Jimmy gets rested again in the final 6 rounds. Everyone has a week off before the AFL finals anyway. So if he misses again it will probably be for form or injury niggles not general fatigue.

Cats also have a very soft draw coming up during the Supercoach finals so you'll kick yourself if he starts belting out tons again.

But I can't say trading out Bartel isn't a viable option for some coaches in certain situations.

Derek

Nope. Just a long way to Perth for the old guy. Do they travel again?

SCaddict

Gabba Rd22.

Hoot

I'm taking a risk and trading.

Keeping Bartel.

Libba Out. ( hoped to bench him as he was cover)

Harbrow in. DPP. will be able to swing him with Bartel on a given week.

Things we do to climb the ranks hey.

SCaddict

Good on ya Hoot. Hopefully Bartel repays your faith but I reckon it's the right thing to keep him.

Tommo09

Left-field captain choice this week
Dusty into Shaw/Rocky

johnno2908

What do you think is better. Out Ablett and Rich, IN:
Option 1: Steven and Williams
Option 2: Neale and Howe/JJ
Option 3: Ward and Boyd

OzSonic

Tough.

Option 1 gives you some decent POD's

Ward, Boyd seems the safest though.

Sully321

IMO 2 and I like Howe

Wedge

jason johannisen, yeo or rance?

Ben

Out of those, johannisen. But all three are not top 6

Derek

I'm not going to put VC on Dangerfield. I think Barlow might keep him relatively quiet.

pod

Hang on, am I on a different site?

SCaddict

Titch was supposedly going to tag Sitch to bits too. Not sure Barlow is worthy of carrying around Danger's Powerade bottles but I'll guess we'll see hey! 🙂

Huge POD call to keep the VC off him. Could pay off nicely or backfire big time if he clocks another double ton. Cats badly need to win and hopefully boost that % … I know that much. Hopefully Jelwood gets off the chain for my various fantasy sides although don't have the plums to risk a VC/C on it.

Danger (VC) into Dusty (C) for me this weekend. How about you Derek?

Ben

Very true. Im still going danger as vc due to the massive risk of him pumping out a double ton. But you're absolutely right. Caution to those putting the C on him

Derek

Not as big risk just the VC.

Might go safe

pod

Ross says no tag tonight AND Dawson given green light to run

Maestro

Error! Big last qtr and he could go large.

SCaddict

Derek got off lightly. Only 45 odd points in the 2nd half.

135 is a gettable C score although we can now bank the 135 and sleep easy tonight and watch others fumble around with their VCs and Cs for the rest of the weekend.

Derek

there are some good VC options. Dusty vs Essendon? Sloane or Pendles.

And back it up with the bearded giant on Sunday?

SCaddict

Yep plenty of great options. Perhaps too many to choose from.

Our teams are so chock full of stars this time of season we're spoiled for choice. Good problem to have I suppose.

My backup plan was Dusty as C but any of those guys you mentioned could go huge.

OzSonic

Ablett and M. Adams out
Ward and Z. Williams come in.

Thoughts?

Patch

Not sold on Ward but Z. Williams is a good pick

OzSonic

Ward alows me to get Williams. Any other sub $500k worthy?

Adam

Should I trade Jansen to Rance to avoid a donut in the backline. Currently ranked 354 but the only problem with trying to avoid the donut is I will have no trades left but Lycett/Collins covering all the lines.

Derek

Roll the dice I reckon

Shake n bake

Would it be crazy to consider Cripps $448 for Ablett $590k Carlton last 4 games are Saints Melb Bris Ess!?

pod

not crazy very risky, how much is Gibbs?

SCaddict

I wouldn't consider it myself but if you believe it could make your overall team better especially using the substantial cash savings elsewhere then do what makes most sense to you.

There's nothing quite as satisfying like a value POD coming home strong but on the flipside it could leave a bitter after taste if he doesn't fire whilst you watch all the more popular options going large.

I was tempted with Hodgey as a budget replacement option although glad I didn't at this point and went with Titch for a little more coin instead.

POTS

Gaz out for Neale or Selwood?

pod

toss a coin, Selwood heads Selwood tails

saalih

ruggles or collins on field.

Derek

Freo defence might see a lot of the footy tonight

Saalih

I'm just gonna flip a coin so I won't regret my decision.

hedski

Im going ruggles because everyone else is playing collins. No doubt it will backfire.

Derek

Cats might get a scare tonight

Tony

C on Goldy or the Bont guys??

SCaddict

Out of those two I'd go the Bont against a GC outfit with the cupboard bare in the midfield.

I have Goldy so I hope I'm wrong and he annihilates Port. And if he was fully match fit and consistently punching out huge scores I'd be tempted to put the C on him myself.

Ben

Gold

Hoot

BOTH EMG players (highlighted) in the Mid will take the points if 2 players (MID) are not playing yeah?

Moustachio

Yuppers

Sully321

Who out of Bont, Sloane and Neale and I'll probably bring another one of those three next week so who would you bring in this week and then next week out of the three previously mentioned players?

SCaddict

Sloane with that tantalising draw although the Doggies remaining draw aint that bad either. Freo have a horrendous run during the SC finals although it still may not bother a bull like Neale.

But they are all excellent options so maybe get the guy with the lower BE (i.e. The Bont) since you plan to plan to bring another one of these guys in next week, if you just can't decide between the 3.

johnno2908

Freo not going to tag Danger. Have to put the VC on him now

Saalih

Have 1 trade remaining this week and 3 total. I have full premium team with no players like rich or libba. Only bad thing is I have no decent cover. My bench players are Ruggles Collins trengove Stewart Gresham grimley rose Phillips. Should I trade Gresham to a fwd/mid dpp like clay smith and hold 2 trades for injuries or just make the trades when I need cover?

Cam_H

It's mid-July …. hold your trades until you need them!

Saalih

Needed some sense kicked into me

Neverweaken

Hopefully everyone has C or VC on Danger. 91 before half time.
And Motlop has stepped up. Yay

Derek

not happy about Barlow. Wasn't he suppose to miss a month.

SCaddict

Barlow with some shoulder issues if that's any solace. 😉

SCaddict

Hopefully Derek isn't near a TV or radio tonight. Could be an agonising 2nd half for our forum friend if Danger keeps this form into the 2nd half.

Saalih

I'm burning about Barlow as well. I think danger is a must vc/c now. I think we are transitioning from Ablett to danger as best player in the comp.

Derek

Only watched it to half time, wasn't looking good. Came back and saw Barlows night ended early and Danger was kept to 135.

And Zac scored 1pt in second half.

The Blitz has been a major disaster this year. Just doesn't kick the ball. Oh well, better than Lobbe.

SCaddict

You're not having much luck in the ruck dept this season after kicking off with the Lobbe fiasco.

I have Blitz in AFL Fantasy and can't wait to get rid of him but have had other trade priorities so far. Very disappointing as he was one of my few great trade ins last season. Just way off it lately.

Derek

His first 6 weeks before I traded him in was good

hedski

Not Barlow again come on.
He was killin it

ethan

It's been a season from hell for Barlow
Gotta feel for the fella

Northernsoul74

Doesn't look good for him.

SCaddict

Not great optics that's for sure. Looking like a multiple weeker although we'll need to wait for the official prognosis obviously.

The Ranger

When I grow up I want to be Corey Enright.

hedski

Superstar

hedski

Glad I took a bit of a risk and played the Rug over Collins to cover Laird, paid off 😉

pod

The little rug muncher has secured his spot, he's become a very good D7

Neverweaken

Take Motlops 82 over Petracca?

pod

I would, the Trac needs to lift

nervous coach

Who should I upgrade Kerridge to – Lids, Z Merrett, T Lynch (GC) or anyone else. Should I take Collins score or roll the dice with KK?

Shake n bake

Didn't watch no footy last night as l have a really early morning start. Reading the comments looks like danger started really well again then faded but ended up with 140 & Barlow hurt himself again. Well lucky I don't have Barlow and traded danger in just before the bounce for Ablett and stuck the vc on him. Was goin to wait 1 more week to bring him back with a BE of 193 but glad I didn't.

smart as s

lol u didnt hav danger?!!!

Shake n bake

I got rid of him on his bye rd for Sloane glad I did Sloane
got 140 that week & last week got 120 odd. The plan was to sell Libba this week for him but because Ablett went down went that way instead.

Peter

How do you find your first year mate? Here's your first lesson Never trade out a premo…

pod

lol Peter did you have a few last night, feeling a bit sideways today??

Shake n bake

Ranked 370 think I've been doin this for more than
a yr! Still have 7 trades left after this rd. I think I knew what I was doing!

johnno2908

Take Ruggles 86 over Rich? Or trade Rich to JJ/Howe. 6 trades left.
On another note… really hating Lachie Neale (God replacement) and Dan Hanneberry right now!

pod

most have both so we're all in it together

Kev

Actually Neale only has a 8% ownership

pod

that's great thanks for that stat

Tommo09

I am having the worst week ever
587/7 with Barlow injured, Hannebery, Franklin, Neale and Collins playing poorly and not VCing Danger
Parker and Danger only good scores so far
I'm ready for a big slide down the rankings

pod

I feel for you Tommo, it only takes one bad week and it seems over. Mine was week 3 of the finals, hard to make up ground this late in season.

pod

* week 3 of bye rounds

Tommo09

Already way out of it at 4300 but wanted to finish top 1000

pod

I'm just ahead of you around 3850, I'll be happy to with top 1% this season.

johnno2908

Ranked 30th and same shit. Now can add Deledio to that

Neverweaken

One trade left for the year!!! Team is.
Def. Shaw, Docherty, Simpson, Boyd, Rance, Suckling, (Ruggles, Collins)
Mid. Danger, Selwood, Parker, Sloane, Treloar, Priddis, Liba, Rockliff. (Motlop, Petracca, Stewart)
R. Gawn, Hampson. (Currie)
Fwd. Martin, Kennedy, Montagna, Franklin, Hall, Wells, (Hipwood, Phillips)
Lots of DPP cover except for Ruck.
Obviously holding off trade for a while, but if and when I do, should I chase another gun mid or Mid Forward (like Merret) Or get Ruck Forward cover (like Lycett)
229k in the bank

jacob

what should i take

suckling on field, or sub phillips onto the field and bank motlops 82?

pod

tough one go with your gut

Don't Blush Baby

Gladly take Dangers score and it was a relief as I couldnt make up mind out of Dusty,Goldy or Gawn to put the C on as I believe they will go large also

Derek

How many SC points would Cyril's goal have scored a few years ago? 70 maybe. I sorta liked those a days when your player was having a poor game but there was always hope he would kick the winning goal from outside 50 to win the game.

I remember reading Leo Barry's mark would have scored 100, not sure if true.

pitch72

it was about 25, it was on supercoach show in 2012.

I N Pieman

Seeing a couple of opponents this week not taking danger score. Madness

Jay

I haven't pulled the trigger yet, I like lulling my opponents into a false sense of security. But I'd better not forget to make the change before the Pies game starts!

Liam

Still have my VC and C to play.
I've narrowed it down to Dusty, Goldy and Pendles.
Which two should I choose ?

Peter

Don't understand why you need to ask that….its round 17 If you can't make that decision you shouldn't be in this game…DUMB

Liam

Just trying to get a different point of view.

Peter

Back your judgment and go for it!

tuxCS

Peter, in short, dont be a prick 🙂

Peter

Sound like my wife tuxCS

tuxCS

haha, sorry mate, I'll lay off a bit 😉

pod

VC Dusty & C on Pendles safe as houses..

Liam

Went Dusty VC, pretty chuffed about that. No need for the C this week. :))

pod

Nice one ; )

pod

This year it seems every round has a kick in the guts to go with it. So far hoping doesn't get any worse than Hanners & Neale off to spudsville. SC prediction start of round 2300 with Bartel and Laird out, already down to 2175 including Danger C and sub par performances.. sigh : (

OzSonic

Forgot about Gray. Can just fit him in as well. Hmmm

Crowcentral

What was wrong with Neale last night?he didn't score in the 3rd quarter

pod

Cats tagged him, and with Barlow going down, maybe why Cats got up.

pod

LOL I hear there's a waiting line

Tony

Yeah pod-there would have to be a line up!!! Ha ha

Peter

REALLY. ..so you like it in the back door?I think you should get back to the ward

jimmy

very good week for me so far i'm 732 from 5 players have had jpk (c), hannebery, lewis,Enright, Danger finally my PODs are doing something

Peter

I wouldn't call those players you named as pods except maybe Enright

Tony

One last midfield spot guys. Sloane or the Bont??

pod

Sloane has better run and is a little champ

Hoot

Harbrow (GCS) as a DEF/MID option…? – (cover for Bartel&Laird)

PROS:
great past few weeks
ball more in Def now that no Ablett etc..
runs free in def
cheap
DPP

CONS:
poor avg
risk – waste trade
may not be top 10 def from here.

excluding Doch/Simps/Rance/Shaw/Bart/Laird