THE PANIC ROOM – Round 18
Hells bells, community.
Here I was, trying to sneak in ahead of time due to my very busy Friday, and cheekily write the intro to this week’s panic room as “a few light holes, but no major news” before the teams came out.
Admittedly the carnage isn’t incredibly widespread, but it will hit some teams very, very deeply and I can’t help but feel partly responsible.
It’s the penultimate week for league games before finals kick off in round 20, so if you need to make some drastic moves to catapult yourself into the eight, make those bold moves. Have a gander at other blokes’ sides. It’s now or never for your shot at glory.
But, on with the hastily-written, bleary-eyed show!
Brett Deledio will in fact miss this week with a calf complaint. He was a will-he, won’t-he conundrum for much of the week, but I reckon we consign him to the injury riddled basket. He won’t be out for long, mind you, but I’d consider moving him on if you had the trades.
Speaking of the injury-riddled, never again basket, Michael Barlow has given us the finger he injured a few weeks ago and raised us a shoulder. Out for the year, but as Lek said this week in his majestical cheat sheet, until he moves clubs he’s a never again prospect.
On top of this, we lose Jarryd McVeigh to a groin complaint. Hopefully he’s missing as more of a precaution against the Blues, and we see him back next week. However, we do gain another MID/DEF DPP in the form of Jimmy Bartel.
Adelaide also give us the gift of Rory Laird this week, so we should be able to field six.
Rocket Eade seems to be taking notes from the Ross Lyon Book of Arseholery, as we see Aaron Hall missing again this week. I mean to be slightly fair to Rocket, Hall does apparently have a hamstring niggle, but I mean…. *marge groan*
Bulldog midfielder Tom Liberatore returns for the Dogs, but he replaces Jake Stringer in their lineup. Libba has been named in the forward pocket, however. If I were a Libba owner, I’d be concerned by this development.
Essendon will finally unveil their top 10 pick Aaron Francis against the Lions. I am keen as a bean to see him in action after he’s torn the VFL a new one over the last few weeks. Give him a week before we trade him in, but CoachKings LOCK on Sunday arvo.
Jack Steele will miss for the Giants with a hand complaint, Shane Savage returns for the Saints, Hayden Ballantyne misses and The Pav gets a rest in the best of the rest.
THE PATCH UP
I’m going to talk briefly about cover in this week’s Patch Up, which is nice because I’ll discuss literally patching up your side for the first time ever! Only taken us two years, but here we go!
How much cover should our fantasy sides have? Well, as much as possible, but that’s the cheap answer. Besides, if you’ve got a mid-bench of Callan Ward, Adam Treloar and Leigh Montagna, you’re a hacker extraordinaire, not a fantasy footballer.
Right – so in an ideal world, most Supercoachers aim for a cheap premium on the bench on each line. These are often players you started with but didn’t live up to expectations, such as your Shannon Hurn or Ollie Wines; mid pricers a rung below premium like Brad Crouch or Tom Liberatore; fallen premos like Heath Shaw; or your cheap as chips cover like rookies you might not have the trades to cull, like Walla or Marcus Adams.
So ideally, one of these on each line would give you four almost premiums on your bench, plus a rookie or two floating around.
But very, very few of us live in an ideal world. Some men and women can reach this ethereal realm, but most cannot. Like this poor bastard.
Fun fact, that’s a selfie. So, what do we do?
DPPs. Bloody love the things. With decent DPP links you can have one sub-par premo and one playing rookie covering all four lines, which is why we love dicking around with blokes like Matt Sucking, Clay Smith and Scott Lycett. So, Imma give you the players who I consider to be the best cover you’d look to trade in.
Keep in mind, you’d want at least four trades left after trading these guys in.
Scott Lycett [RUC/FWD] has the mantle as #1 ruck at the Eagles with NicNat down, and with Goldy getting more and more concerning with each passing game, the DPP would be a very nice addition to a forward line. At 423k, he’s cheap, averaging 90 (94 from his last 3)
Concerns: On the downside, he has a penchant for doing stupid things, like picking up club-imposed sanctions or being looked at by the MRP.
Matt Suckling [DEF/FWD] stood up for the Dogs this season in the absence of Bob and Johanissen. Has missed 4 with injury, and has had two very poor games, but as bench coverage he’s very nice. His average is only listed at 70, but take the game where he got injured out of the equation and it floats to 86, which is a very handy F/D7.
Concerns: Can go missing in games, with a 30-odd and a 50-odd in his last two months.
Clay Smith [MID/FWD] has come back from three knee reconstructions, and in three games as two 90s and an 80. Looks a force up forward, and probably won’t average 90, but has shown he has the capacity to push up towards the ton. Only 294k.
Concerns: Dahlhaus’ return might shake the side up. While I don’t see him losing his spot, I’m not sure what the impact will be.
Pearce Hanley [MID] isn’t a DPP, but he is a 400k former premium who may be playing himself back into form. After an up and down year, in which he was averaging 110 by round 6 but has cracked the ton just once since then, Hanley doesn’t have the toughest run home and needs to stand up over the coming weeks.
Concerns: Injury history, may drop in form again
Keep in mind – these are not recommendations for on-field players. They are benchwarmers. Think very carefully about if you’re confident in your rookies to cover ahead of burning a trade on one of these blokes.
Danger will go off against his old side. Chuck the C on him. Or the VC, but in the sage words of Shia LeBouf, just do it.
Pendles on a Friday night is always a nice option, as is Hannebery against the Blues at home. However, with the Sydney Slot Machine in full force in recent weeks, I’d steer clear.
PODs aplenty this week, with Neale, Priddis, Gawn and Ward all set to have large games, but my smokie pick was very easy this week.
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) July 17, 2016
I love you community. Get down and play some CoachKings, revel in success and bring home the bacon (up to 2000 dollarydoos worth of it). I believe in you.
Good luck, you beautiful bastards.
5.41 EDIT: WHELP, THAT WENT WELL. Aaron Hall is now out for three according to the Suns’ website so he’s getting booted harder than Bart was supposed to. The pain continues as Connor Menadue has been dumped, as has Jared Jensen. PANIC STATIONS.