An actual quote from my team reveal the other week:
“I don’t think he (Laird) can hurt me by not having him in the same way not having Docherty did.” Then Friday night happened…
I’m actually trying out a new strategy this year of hitting absolute rock bottom early because I can only go up from there, right? Right…? *furious whispering* Patch has just informed me that he has hit rock bottom loads of times and no, it does not work like that. Should be a fun year then!
Round 1 was a bit of a mixed bag. Some absolutely massive scores came from members of the Community, an outstanding effort when you consider 6-7 of those were on field rookies. For others, no Danger was always going to suck but he’ll be ready to rock and/or roll this week. Kruze rucking against Grigg was a laugh until he got hurt. Ryder’s achilles injury will force owners into an early trade. Zerrett getting knocked out didn’t help. Zorko put in an absolute stinker and those who put the C on Fyfe wouldn’t have been impressed. I’ve seen teams suck before but the Doggies need to lift in round 2 if they expect to be contenders in 2018.
If you copped a whack in round 1 remember there is a loooooong way to go. Still another week before league games kick off so unless there’s a really pressing issue with your team (like a Ryder/Libba LTI, or the .8% of coaches that have Docherty for some reason?) I wouldn’t be looking at trading this week. Give your rookies another week, if they make it to round 3 when the price changes start you can be pretty confident of their job security moving forward. Also, don’t be that guy that trades out Nat Fyfe?!?!! #FyfeIsLyfe
— The Phantom (@ThePhantomSC) March 26, 2018
We’ve currently got four confirmed rookies this round. Mitch Crowden; a 117.3k MID/FWD, Adam Cerra – MID – $184.8k, Ed Richards – 135.3k DEF, and Cam O’Shea – DEF – $166k.
Willie Rioli – FWD – $123.9k, Ben Ronke – FWD – $123.9k, Jack Henry – FWD – $123.9k, and Brayden Ainsworth – MID – $117.3k have all been named for Sunday / Monday. If any of these four are confirmed to debut I’ve missed the memo, double check when Sunday teams are confirmed tomorrow night.
For tonight, Adelaide have kept their three debutants from round 1 in Doedee, Fogarty, and Murphy, as well as welcoming back Tex Walker. The Tiges have lost Vlastuin to a delayed concussion but regain Houli.
Friday night footy will give Saints v North – which is probably only exciting if you are a fan of either. Neither side has made changes.
Saturday sees season debuts for Aaron Hall, Matt Scharenburg, Tom Scully and Stephen Hill. Mason Cox is amongst the outs but there’s really nothing SuperCoach relevant about those omitted. Ross Lyon has kept Brayshaw and Banfield in the team despite the two new debutants.
On Sunday, Libba, Crozier, and Ryder make way because of injuries. Robbie Gray and Tom Boyd are the big name inclusions. McKenzie and Trengove could make their debut in Port Adelaide colours
Patrick Dangerfield and Nakia Cockatoo have been named by Geelong. Hawthorn have added four players, Marc Pittonet have a nice JLT series so we’ll see if he can play some games for the Hawks this year.
There’s been no big name rookie culls, Community. You can breathe a sigh of relief in what is a somewhat short ‘news’ section
SMOOTH KEVY’S LOCK OF THE WEEK
With Post_MaSloane smashing it on Wednesday with his captain’s write-up, space has opened up in the Panic Room for a new segment. The best idea I’ve got is to open myself up to ridicule by highlighting player/s that you need to consider, only to watch them go down in flames horribly in the next round.
“I just don’t trust that guy”
Straight up, I wouldn’t be looking at trading this round. Don’t go chasing rookie s
cores, or that midpricer that scored well this week. Give it another week and wait until they are on the bubble. However, the 12% of coaches that took a punt on Ryder will need to trade. He’ll be out for 4-6 weeks with his achilles blowing up which is far too long for him to sit on your bench. So what do you do?
If you would like to keep your bye structure you’ve only got one option. Jarrod Witts had 25 disposals (21 kicks), 34 hitouts, 7 clearances and 5 tackles on his way to a mammoth 131SC Saturday night. Yes the wet weather did mean there were more stoppages, but a man that stands 209cm has no right to score 131 in what was essentially a pool. He’s seemingly got the first choice ruck position sewn up at Gold Coast.
Goldy and Stef Martin are also good options, but the threat of Preuss and Archie hanging over them makes me nervous. Nic Nat flashed the talent we all know he has, scoring 113 from only 54% TOG. However, that was against Sinclair, and he’s said that his game time will continue to be restricted in the coming weeks.
Need a few more recommendations? Damo is on cheat sheet duties this year and his first one is definitely worth a look right here.
THE UPSIDE DOWN
The information will be turned up to Eleven (heh) as the all-important breakevens will return next week. Barron is dropping his reserves articles again this year and they are much better than anything I can do. If you haven’t already, have a look here
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
It’s Grand Final rematch time! In case Barron has forgotten, Richmond won the last time these two teams met by a cool 48 points. Dusty kicked 2 and had 29 touches, Laird had 27 himself and rumour has it there’s still an imprint of Matt Crouch on the half forward flank of the MCG after Jacob Townsend buried him there on the cusp of half time.
Fantasy Insider has crunched the numbers and come up with the “ideal” lineup for tonight’s clash.
As an eager player of DFS (but not always the best!), here’s a few other selections to consider for your entry.
Toby Nankervis – RUC – $12,650: Big Sauce typically bosses Nank in the ruck (49 and 50 hitouts in his past two games v Richmond), but as we saw last week Nank offers much more around the ground. At almost 2k cheaper I don’t mind paying down in this position.
Paul Seedsman – MID/DEF – $11,400: Pay up for Laird if you like as he enjoys playing against the Tiges (averages 28 disposals in his past 3 v Richmond) but The Seed got the job done last week. Likes a tackle and prefers to kick it – both great for DS scoring.
Jack Graham – MID – $11,550: God I love him. 87DS last week on the back of 13 (THIRTEEN) tackles. If he gets his hands on the ball a bit more his ceiling is huge. Worth a punt I reckon
One of Richmond’s mosquito fleet forwards typically goes off, although neither Butler or Castagna have great recent records against the Crows. Bolton was a disaster last week so I’m not going there again. Mr Brightside himself, Jack Riewoldt – FWD – $11,150, saluted for 100DS last week. Will probably get Talia in a tough matchup, but his forward pressure means he doesn’t need to rely on kicking a bag to score well.
That’s the Panic Room for done another week folks! What are your plans for this week? Trades? Captains? Jump in the comments and tell us what you think!