Here we go, community, the last week before finals.
This is where we hit the home straight and start pumping out 2400+ scores and showing the mates in the office who’s boss.
Or we would if our teams weren’t falling apart at the seams.
This week doesn’t have as much widespread carnage as last week, but there’s still plenty enough pain – and panic – to go around. Especially in everyone’s favourite line, So let’s get into it.
I told you last week North wouldn’t survive with Majak Daw flying solo in the ruck. They’d need to rush a big body back into the side to aid him and I wasn’t wrong in that regard. Where I was wrong was picking the man they’d rush back – Brayden Pruess has been named this week for North, not Todd Goldstein.
And just for added pain, many of you went from Goldstein to GWS’ real life giant, Shane Mumford. He’s going to miss with an ankle injury. Should only be a week, but at this stage of the season that’s 20% of games left. UGH.
The Nank Train is set to derail this week, with Jack Riewoldt’s absence from the side meaning Toby Nankervis has been named at centre half forward, and is likely to spend most of the day there while Ivan Soldo shoulders the ruckwork.
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) July 27, 2017
Dayne Zorko and Toby Greene felt the wrath of the tribunal this week, with Zorko the Magnificent given a week off, while The Butcher of Blacktown was given two. Hold Zorko, trade Greene. And never trade him back in.
— Pete Goodwin (@IAmPeteGoodwin) July 27, 2017
Dion Prestia will miss a week or two with knee soreness, Chad “The Chad” Wingard will miss up to three with an ankle knock and Koby Stevens is injured.
The old bastards are feeling the pinch this time of year, with Nick Riewoldt and Matt Priddis both missing this week, while Joey Montagna may have played his last AFL game after tearing his hamstring.
Jarrod Berry and Hugh McLuggage have been rested, and while Hugh Greenwood is on an extended bench, I’m reasonably confident he’ll be named.
Eddie Betts had his appendix removed and won’t play this week, while
Matt Brad Crouch (which is the Crouch you don’t have, if you have a Crouch. Coming from someone who also gets confused) will miss with a cheekbone fracture.
Eddie Betts has had his appendix removed in one of the most exciting operations ever.
— Titus O’Reily (@TitusOReily) July 24, 2017
In the slim pickings of good news, Gary Ablett is back, and Max Gawn has been named. So two have Fremantle Rookies Luke Ryan and Brennan Cox.
And coaches are content to ruin 2018’s rookie picks by naming more debutants. Max “Power” Spencer, Luke “We’ll Drive Into The City And” Parkington, will debut, while we’re a chance to see Joshua “Fridge” Begley, Josh “Got Lost On Bring Your Kid To Work Day And Never Left” Daicos, Myles “Totally Not A Wildling Name” Poholke, Sam “SEYMOUR” Skinner, Jacob “Of Corn” Allison, Corey “Nice, Garry” Lyons, Sunday teams dependant.
There are also whispers that Michael Hurley is under an injury cloud. While expected to play, keep your emergencies ready just in case.
THE PATCH UP
After the last two attempts to give advice ended in Dayne Zorko and Bryce Gibbs completely falling apart (Gibbs taking out Rockliff in a double whammy), and general recommendation for Shane Mumford, I’m not going to advice on a particular player lest they fall in a manhole and never be seen again.
Instead – this is the time of year where you trade your arse off. Unless you’re firmly ensconced in your top 4 of a league, you should be trading. A player missing a week now is missing 20% of the season, leaving you with 20% less points from that bloke until the end of the year.
We absolutely cannot be holding blokes if you are in a mad scramble for the top 8, or in a mad scramble for the big dance. Especially if those blokes – *glares at Priddis and Nick Reiwoldt* – are underperforming.
If you’ve been saving your trades, the next two weeks are when you fire away, not with a week or two left. Trade while you’ve still got enough time to make a difference.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
There was some great discussion in Higgo’s Draftstars article last night, but I’m most interested in the discussion surrounding the midfield. Hutchins will negate one of Beams or Rockliff, and based on last week, it won’t be Rockliff, who may again be a tagger himself.
As such, I’m avoiding him, Beams and Luke Shuey, scared off by the tag threat, and have heavy bookends and a light-weight midfield. Mathieson, despite his many flog-like qualities, has quietly been accumulating form in the midfield, and I think he’ll step into Zorko’s void this week. Barrett and Witherden should also get more midfield points, making them bargains.
This has allowed me to use Shannon Hurn and Jeremy McGovern, who should mop up across half back as Brisbane’s forward 50 entries haven’t been as efficient as they could be, hopefully resulting in more posessions. My forward line and ruck line speak for themselves. Who are you looking at, community?
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If you’re one for poetic meaning, The Two Kennedys could bookend your captaincy weekend. JPK plays game 200 against the Hawks, his old club and his family’s club, while JJK is playing Brisbane, which is less poetic and more “I might kick 12”.
However, being poetic won’t get you far in this game, especially when Paddy Dangerfield sits in the middle of them, playing Carlton no less. We even sent Lekdog to be our Torquay correspondent this week to look after old mate Danger.
— AlexieLekdogBeovich (@LekBlog) July 27, 2017
He needs to be either a C or VC this week – but which one?
If you have Tom Mitchell, the Titch-Danger combo will be popular and sensible, with Titch surely fired up to show Horse Longmire how much he really gave away. The same could go the other way, with Buddy Franklin a chance to kick 6 or none against his old side.
Max Gawn against a Goldstein-less North side could be worth a VC shout, but not much else stands out on Saturday afternoon unless you have a GWS midfield POD, or fancy Fyfe or Neale away at Spotless.
Danger playing Carlton rules out Kreuzer and Docherty as options, while Sunday gives us the chance to plonk the C on Zach Merrett, The Bont and Sloane. However, Collingwood will certainly send Greenwood to counter Sloane’s influence, so I’d give him a miss.