Community, I have a confession. I hate Thursday Night Footy.
While in a perfect world, being able to sit on the couch and watch footy every night of the week would be incredible, it consistently messes with our Supercoach sides and plays absolute bloody havoc with the Panic Room.
I’ve heard of numerous people being caught unawares by the lockout; making trades they thought could be reversed, losing captaincy loopholes, not being able to keep up with team sheets. It’s just a mess.
Speaking of messes: our fantasy sides. Well, when I say ‘ours’, I mean mine, which didn’t crack 2000 this week. So I’m heading away for the weekend and having a good, hard look at myself.
Before I do that, though, I need to have a good, hard look at the teams.
GET YOUR JAEGER PUNS HERE!
Every conceivable play on Jaeger O’Maera’s name is in play this week after it’s emerged he has… you guessed it – knee problems, and will miss Monday’s clash with the Cats. What do we do? Well if possible, go back in time and don’t select him like I told you. If you can’t do that, trade. Up or down, I don’t care, but get rid of him – feel going to David Swallow will be a popular and solid move.
Mind you – he should be back next week if you’re happy with him and want to hold. However, I’ve been concerned about that knee for a long while, and this will dog him for the rest of his career, let alone his 2017. You’ve been warned.
To twist the midfield knife, Brisbane have dropped Jake Barrett after a brilliant, 10-tackle game last week. Because of course they have. Midfield donut, anyone?
Port forward Brett Eddy has also been dropped for the returning Jasper Pittard. Keep an eye out though – last time he was omitted, he was a late in and ruined lots of people’s captaincy loopholes. Sam Durdin has also been dropped.
Ben Long, Troy Menzel, Jy Simpkin, Cedric Cox and Zac Fisher have all been named this week, giving us even more rookie options, with Long, Cox and Fisher debuting. Pity we aren’t getting more trades to go with them…
Jake Spencer comes in for the injured Max Gawn, and at 280k is worth a watch if he gets a run on.
Paddy Ryder misses with suspension, and the Giants’ loss of Stevie J and Ryan Griffin ensure the survival of Tim Taranto for another week.
Somehow, Jarrod Pickett has kept his spot, too.
Collingwood heartthrob Jamie Elliot comes into the Pies’ side for the weekend alongside Jarryd Blair and Lynden Dunn, who will obviously be a must-have in 2 weeks*
*he will not.
Now as I’m away, I don’t have the technology or internet access to edit for extended benches this week, so head on over to afl.com.au tonight for the news, or check Pat Keane on twitter!
The stock exchange is a very busy place this time of year. Remember, the breakeven is the score someone needs to hit in order to increase in value. Eddie Murphy is on the way up, Dan Aykroyd is on the way down.
For even more rookie news, hit up Barron von Crow’s wonderful scouting report.
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) April 11, 2017
-106 – Nic Newman
-87 – Andy Otten
-86 – Braydon Pruess
-62 – Robbie Fox
-61 – Will Hayward
-43 – Jarrod Witts
-42 – David Swallow
-41 – Tim Broomhead
-41 – Dan Houston
-38 – Brandon Parfitt
-36 – Ryan Burton
4 – Teia Miles
5 – Tom Stewart
8 – Jarrod Pickett
9 – Tim Taranto
15 – Olvier Florent
We’ve got a few defenders and a few Kennedys to pick off in the next few weeks if you can hold off. Higgo’s podcast selection of Marchbank to one of these blokes is extremely viable in a round or two.
209 – Max Gawn
186 – Todd Goldstein
181 – Kade Simpson
174 – Heath Shaw
165 – Josh J Kennedy
160 – Gary Ablett
154 – Josh P Kennedy
146 – Rory Laird
144 – Tom J. Lynch
144 – Dan Hannebery
I didn’t quite envisage this segment being as relevant as it has turned out to be.
I thought I might have a nice little graph tracking how rucks have been going; and finding who the best ruck selections will be for those who went in looking to upgrade as the year went on. Just an easy little segment. Yeah well so much for that.
Panic? Don’t mind if I do!
Firstly, those who went locked and loaded in the rucks this year have seemingly made a HUGE mistake. Despite the past three years teaching us going low value picks in the rucks is fraught with danger, this year the top dogs have fallen.
Max Gawn has stuffed his hamstring and is out for 3 months, and unlike Nick Riewoldt, he’s not coming back after a week of frolicking around.
No ifs or buts, he’s got to go.
Todd Goldstein has suffered a massive fall from relevance with the arrival of Braydon Pruess and – yet again – a niggling injury.
I’m of the personal opinion Goldstein has no chance of being a top 5 ruck this year and as such should be flicked before you lose mad cash on him. Plenty will disagree, and there’s no doubt Goldstein can be damaging as anything, but unless Pruess makes way, he will struggle.
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) April 11, 2017
So who do we go to? If you don’t have The Nank, stop reading this and go trade Nankervis into your side right this instant. If you’re sane and normal and started with Nankervis, the problem becomes trickier.
As discussed last week in the Panic Room and on the podcast this week, if you’re trading a premium out, replace them with a premium.
But – that can absolutely be a premium on another line. If you want Taylor Adams and can work some crazy DPP magic to get him in for Gawn or Goldstein, go for it. As for going down to bucketloads of cash, I prefer going one up, one down.
For reasons stated in the podcast, I’m not a fan of going to Jarrod Witts at this stage. He won’t be a top 3 ruck, and we’ve missed the large chunk of his price rise, so I’m passing. If you’re going purely for cash, go to Brayden Pruess.
If you’re going for a premo in the ruck, I’d look at Stefan Martin, who looks phenomenal, and is possibly the best all-round ruckman in the game at the moment – in ruckwork, work around the ground, as a forward, as a midfielder. He’d be my pick. Brodie Grundy is a close second. Would steer clear of Tom Hickey despite his form reversal – he needs a few more weeks of consistency before I’d look for him.
We’ve only got 2 games before our captaincy loophole in Strndica is locked out, so if you haven’t had a gander at Dan Hannebery or JPK last night, try hitting up The Bont tonight.
Patrick Dangerfield should again be your C but for those being dicey, or holding Jaeger – giving you another vc loop player –
Aaron Sandilands will have free reign against Jake Spencer on Saturday, and Nathaniel Fyfe could be the beneficiary with a big score. Nick Riewoldt could set the Saints alight on Sunday, and Dustin Martin speaks for himself. Rory Sloane is also a smokey at the Adelaide Oval.