Community – I have an apology to make. To everyone who had Marcus Bontempelli before Round 8: I am sorry. I should not have brought him in. I should not have jinxed him.
He had averaged 89 over his past three rounds, and last night he put up a genuinely shocking display. He still managed to put up a score of 92, which I assume must have been on the back of his 11 tackles considering his disposal efficiency was 38% and he had 5 frees against.
Anyway, I’ve learnt my lesson and will not be trading any other premiums into my side ever again. Probably. Maybe. (If you also brought Kruezer in this week, sorry in advance)
A few new rookies this week, with Brennan Cox (117k FWD/DEF) lining up for his debut for Fremantle, Jono Beech (117k FWD) and Callum Brown (117k MID/FWD).
Glad to see Beech in, but hard to see where he slots in. Was obvious spot forward if Otten dropped out, but that hasn’t happened.
— Barron Von Crow (@BarronVonCrow) June 8, 2017
Beyond that, there’s not too much news in the bye rounds. There’s just the minor fact that the three factors during the bye all impact my team, which is going to make me scream.
Surely someone else out there has all 3 of Hardbrow, Sandilands and Reiwoldt? Please tell me I’m not alone — Patch (@PatchToTheMax) June 8, 2017
Jarrod Hardbrow was caught drink driving on Sunday, and as such has a club-imposed suspension this week, which begs the line of ‘it’s only wrong if you get caught’, but that line can sod off considering drink driving is really, really bad. Bad Jarrod. Putting lives at risk AND causing carnage in my backline. Pull ya head in, son.
Aaron Sandilands will continue to miss, at which stage many of us (myself included) are trading. Mi amigo General Soreness discussed the case for keeping him on Twitter, by which he’ll make a good POD on the way home, but I’ve got 15 due to the Hardbrow/Sandi/NRoo saga so I’ve gotta trade him, but I’d hold him if I could. Nick Riewoldt also misses again.
Tom Rockliff returns for the Lions while bubble boy Dallas Willsmore has been dropped, Chad Wingard is back and so is Stevie J.
And that’s about it!
So, you’ve decided to ditch Aaron Sandilands? Who do you go to?
Matt Kruezer has averaged 115 over his last 5 and 123 over his last 3 and is the standout to replace old Sandiballs. Hitting his stride as the Blues hit theirs, and is only 525k. Doesn’t have the greatest run home in terms of rucking opponents but his work around the ground counters that for mine.
The Mummy reviews have been terrible, but that’s because they didn’t cast Shane Mumford. The big man has been the standout ruckman for the year, and I’ve considered bringing him in quite a few times, only to convince myself he’ll fall over and injure himself two weeks after I bring him in. As I won’t be bringing him in, he should be safe. 540k and averaging 105.
Stefan Martin was in ripping form until Archie Smith made his was into the team. Don’t touch him with a barge pole unless Archie is sent back to the NEAFL.
Hold Sandi. In a year of turbulence – if you’ve got the cover, you might as well save the trade. Sandi will be no better or no worse than whoever you bring in for him, and in a month or so could make a very easy straight swap to Max Gawn when he’s on the comeback trail – assuming Gawn cutting his beard hasn’t robbed him of his powers. Would be my preferred option if I had 18 players otherwise.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
Somebody once told me this season’s gonna roll me
Because I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed
But whaddaya gonna do with Shaun Higgins in you crew
Giving you shit stains every weekend
HEY NOW, GO PLAY DRAFTSTARS, GET YOUR GAME ON AND GO PLAY
HEY NOW, YOU MIGHT NOT SUCK NOW, WOULDN’T THAT BE A NICE CHA-ANGE
MID-PRICERS ARE FOOLS GOLD, ONLY SHOOTING STARS WILL KICK THE GOALS
If you didn’t sing that, I’m ashamed of you. So – we have a new segment! I’m taking Higgo’s DraftStars Acadamy and running with it, as I’d like to be good at some form of Fantasy Football by the end of this year.
This week I want to test a theory – the winning team often ends up with the bulk of the points. I had a squiz at the weekend’s games to get some rough stats on what the winners this week all ended up with points-wise
I put that on a graph and correlation between the margin and the number of tons and 90s scored by a respective side is incredibly weak, but it’s reasonably well accepted that sides which win generally score more points. So – I’ve set out to test that this week. I’m backing Collingwood in to win this week – not for any particular reason, more for the sake of the argument. All of my eggs have now gone in the Collingwood Win basket, by selecting 6 Pies and 3 Demons – with two of those demons are selected as defenders.
I’m banking on Brodie Grundy being a monolith in the ruck against stop-gap Cam Pederson, which will give Collingwood’s midfield first use of the ball. As such, Taylor Adams (averaging 118 if you don’t mind) is first picked, with outside runners Tim Broomhead and Tom Phillips (who’s coming off a 98) supplementing him.
Up forward, it’s Darcy Moore and debutant Callum Brown to hopefully kick goals for my side and for theirs, with Moore a chance to frolic through the middle in the ruck.
As much as I wanted to select Michael Hibberd, the salary cap wouldn’t let me, so I have fellow former Bomber Jake Melksham instead, while Oscar McDonald may find himself freer than usual, what with Collingwood doing away with the concept of tall forwards.
The exception, Clayton Oliver, is having a hell of a season and cannot be ignored, even if all the hitouts are going Collingwood’s way, which as Cam Pederson is again rucking solo, they will be.
EVERYTHING’S DIGGING UP MILHOUSE
Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse
Jeez the cupboard is almost as bare as Freo’s, isn’t it? Someone’s obviously taken the rookies out for cleaning.
-62 – James Cousins
-28 – Hugh Greenwood
-26 – Mitch Hannan
-17 – David Cunningham
-14 – Matt Scharenberg
-7 – Scott Selwood
1 – Dallas Willsmore
12 – Jake Barrett
12 – Tom Stewart
18 – Daniel Lloyd
24 – Matthew Perryman
Dig Up, Stupid!
Boy there is a lot of stupid out there in our Supercoach teams this season, but thankfully there’s also plenty of stupid from players not in our sides. Keep an eye on players like Lachie Neale, Rory Laird and Michael Hurley, who have massive breakevens as they head into their byes next week.
188 – Lachie Neale
164 – Jake Lloyd
164 – Rory Laird
159 – Tom Mitchell
158 – Marcus Bontempelli
156 – Josh J Kennedy
148 – Big Boy McEvoy
143 – Michael Hurley
140 – Jack Macrae
I hope everyone listened to me and took Joel Selwood over Paddy Dangerfield last week. I mean I’m not one to brag, but Selwood absolute took Danger to the cleaners, picking up 151 points to Danger’s 149. I mean I don’t know what sort of amateur would have made that mistake, pfffft.
However, not having either of them is a genuine concern on the captaincy front for mine this week, as they’re literally two of the only three players I’ve got who aren’t complete poo. The other one, Scott Pendlebury, is getting the nod from me this week. Averaging 112 over an astonishing 145 games at the G, and scored 124 in the clash last year.
I’ve had the VC on The Bont, hoping he’s shrugged the Kiss of Death I gave him when I brought him in three weeks ago, but we all know how that one went last night. JPK and Dan Hannebury didn’t do much better.
Otherwise, Josh Kelly is in phenomenal form, and now in the discussion of being a top 8 midfielder and a worthy captaincy option, especially with Carlton this week. He’s averaged 127 over his past 5 and tore Essendon to shreds last week with 176.
Zach Merrett, Tom Mitchell and especially Tom Rockliff are all worth a squiz as options this week. Rockliff’s last two scores before doing his shoulder were a 147 and a 148, while Mitchell has been the only shining light in a putrid season for the Hawks, and they have the Suns on Sunday.
I also somehow missed Rory Sloane from this list. At home, against the Saints – you don’t need stats, you just need to put the big orange C on him and lock him in if you’ve got him.