Community, welcome back to The Panic Room.
Not to toot our own horns, but we had over 1100 comments last week, which was HUGE.
We had a big old panic, and now we get to do it all again a week later.
Today’s panic room comes post-Thursday Night Footy, which is absolutely awful to deal with from a Supercoach perspective, but is a bloody ripper for CoachKings. On the bright side, we’ve seen both Carlton and Collingwood lose Thursday night footy, so that’s at least brought some solace to the idea.
But I digress – we’re here to panic.
We’ll get the good news out the way: David Swallow is back after being a late withdrawal last week, and Jake Lever will have another week before coming into the Adelaide lineup.
Pretty much everything else is bad news.
THE LATE, EDITED NEWS: is around Sunday Rookies: North Melbourne have decided new blood isn’t for them, and as such have dropped Mitch Hibberd, Brayden Pruess and Declan Mountford. The Cats have held faith with Brandon Parfitt, and Melbourne have similarly hung onto Mitch Hannan. Jake Spencer is an emergency.
Nick Riewoldt is gone for a minimum of two weeks, up to a potential six with his knee. He’s gotta go – my pick would be Buddy, as we’ve already largely missed the JJK boat in my opinion.
— AlexieLekdogBeovich (@LekBlog) March 29, 2017
Luke Hodge returns for the Hawthorn Footy Club, with them axing a troop of second and third year players for younger players, including the uncapped Teia Miles.
Speaking of debutants, Sydney are blooding three of them, with JLT prodigy Nic Newman (123k def), Robbie Fox (102k mid) and Will Hayward (121k fwd) all donning their guernseys for the first time tonight. Don’t trade any of these blokes in until we have a gander at them.
Sadly, Pearce Hanley will spend the next little while in Ireland after his little brother Tommy passed away this week.
GWS have given wunderkid Tim Taranto another week to prove himself, but Matt Kennedy will play his 429th game in the NEAFL after again being dropped by the Giants. Jacob Hopper comes in.
However, once again we face the potential for Sunday carnage, with North Melbourne naming Pruess, Hibberd and Mountford on the extended bench for Sunday’s game. For the love of god, keep them off the field in case the worst happens. I’d like to think Pruess and Hibberd get another shot, but AFL Coaches rarely exist in the same world I do.
To add to that, Brandon Parfitt has also been named on the extended bench with some handy ins, and SO HAS MITCH HANNAN. I can’t see Hannan dropped, and if there is there will be stern words had with Simon Goodwin. Parfitt however… hmmmm. I’d hope not.
Bernie Vince has been suspended for a week, so will have to sit on the bench. And, as pointed out by Panic Room champion SC Addict in the comments, big Max Gawn has had a rough week, and there is the possibility for Jake Spencer to come into the side to give him a chop out. I’m not too worried, but as Addict pointed out, we’re here to panic, so panic we shall!
Port Adelaide are claiming “two possible debutants” for their Sunday match against Freo, with Joe Atley (117k mid) and William Drey (117k mid/fwd) named on the extended bench, but “possible” in my books is they won’t play. However, Jarman Impey has come into the side at the expense of popular rookie Brett Eddy.
For telling which rookies are the best to play, we’d normally fly into the Rookie Rumble – but, that won’t be appearing in The Panic Room this year as Barron von Crow, the rookie maestro, has it all covered (including BEAUTIFUL power rankings) in his Scouting Report!
COACHKINGS ROUND 2 FIXTURE
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The Stock Exchange, like the one from the classic* 1983 comedy, is not yet open – we are waiting for the report that shows rookies and cash generation – much like the Duke’s desired orange juice – will be low during the winter season. Next week we open for business and everyone throws money at everyone else and panics like no-one else’s business.
Until then, this week Trading Places is only here so I remember to include it next week, and so I get a practice run at writing Dan Akyroyd Akyroid (google pls help) Ayyykr-ohffs Aykroyd’s name. However, keep your eyes on Dan Hannebury, Robbie Gray, Patrick “Corn Boy” Cripps, Tom Hickey, Rory Sloane, Shaun Burgoyne and Matt Priddis, who will all have big price drops unless they come out with 120+ scores this week.
The Panic Room’s newest member made her debut last week, and she’ll be back for at least the first part of the season, tracking which ruckmen are dealing well with season 2017 and which… are not. Now, this time last week, I was expecting most of these bars to be red, with Jake Spencer, Billy Longer, Archie Smith and any of Keegan Brooksby, Dan Currie and Tom Nicholls wreaking havoc on our ruck stocks. It looks to have been much ado about nothing, with everyone bar Hickey providing an… acceptable… start, and those who ran #NANKILANDS would be absolutely stocked, closely followed by those like yours truly who ran Gawn, Sandi and Nank.
And – as of last night – a Cox-less Grundy smashed it.
Considering how many of us have gone in with a mid-priced ruck, hopefully Rucking Hell lets us keep track of who we want to trade in and who we don’t.
VICE CAPTAIN McVICE-CAPTAINFACE
Paddy Dangerfield scored 229 last time he played North Melbourne. If you haven’t locked him in, I’m breaking into your house, logging on and locking him in for you. It’s for your own good.
— Barron Von Crow (@BarronVonCrow) March 29, 2017
Barron von Crow has again done the hard yards on who to put the VC on, but Geelong playing the first game on Sunday cuts down our options, and unless you really rate your trigger finger to make the call before the Port v Freo game at 4.40, we’re stuck with the previous games.
Thursday had a huge great big smorgasbord of VC options on offer, with Adam Treloar, Scott Pendlebury, Taylor Adams, Dusty Martin, The Nank and dead set jet Jesse White all on offer.
However, none of them really offered captain-worthy scores. I assume Adam Treloar has accidentally run over the dog of someone at Champion Data. Actually, based on last night, maybe replace the word “accidentally” with “repeatedly” and “dog” with “son”.
History suggests the Doggies and the Swans don’t have a huge amount of fantasy relevancy when they play, despite ripping contests each and every time. However, without Dale Morris or Joel Hamling, a sneaky Buddy Franklin VC might not go astray…
Saturday is where the meat of the round is: Adelaide’s Rory Laird started the season like a house on fire with 147, and is every chance of backing it up against a despondent Hawthorn lineup. Tom Mitchell played far better than his 117 on Saturday suggests, and I can see him going top 10 this year – if only I’d seen it two weeks ago and not now.
However, the big game for mine – although I’m a tad biased – is Essendon taking on Brisbane. Tom Rockliff loves tearing us apart, and Dyson Heppell looks very, very, VERY good. Dayne Zorko is also a sneaky option in the wet up there.
Also – JJK doesn’t need an introduction. He’s on the table against a one-dimensional Saints defence. Have a gander.
Let’s saunter on into round 2 with our heads held high, community. Back your selections, hold your trades, go play some CoachKings – and importantly, have a ripper weekend.