As a person who asks what day it is at least three days a week, I love the footy. It means the weekend.
Patch: It’s Monday Kev.
With two games left in round 5 the Panic Room is still open for business. It has been a pretty solid round so far with popular selections scoring some big numbers. A storm is brewing just off the horizon though, mounting injuries and the tribunal lotto forcing a few to assume the position for round 6 teams.
The Panic Room will return on Friday with all your *cough* favourites *cough*, but for now, let’s tuck in to teams for Tuesday and Wednesday.
After convincing so many to hold Bailey Fritsch because it’s fine, he won’t get dropped. He has been DROPPED. Hooooo boy that’s gonna hurt some. Cop his donut or go the with Jack Higgins and his questionable job security? Fritsch is one of four changes; Jordan Lewis, Tomas Bugg, and Sam Frost all making way for Dom Tyson, Billy Stretch, Sam Weideman and Jayden Hunt. The Tiges have lost Josh Caddy and Nick Vlastuin to injury and Jack Graham to suspension, recalling Sam Lloyd and premiership winning defender (I’ll never get tired of saying that) Nathan Broad, as well as the aforementioned Higgins.
On ANZAC day the Pies have named an unchanged lineup. Over at the Bombers, BT will be devastated by the news that Oooooo-raaaaz- E-O didn’t get up, replacing with Jackson Merrett.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
This is the big one, folks. $100k on offer. First 1,500 places getters guaranteed cold hard cash. You rarely get something for nothing in this world, you want to buy into this contest it will set you back twenty bucks. Not an insignificant amount if you don’t know what this DraftStars caper is all about.
Luckily for us, the lads and lasses at Fantasy Insider do know what they’re talking about. It’s quite hard to switch off your SuperCoach brain and pick players that are better suited to the Draftstars scoring system, so every bit of intel helps. You can get around their podcast here and you can give them a follow on Twitter here.
Also a shoutout to @thatsjustrood on Twitter. Writer of the esteemed Value Hunter articles for Fantasy Insider, he’s pretty good at finding a diamond in the rough.
Okay, that’s enough chitchat, what’s the Fantasy Insider ideal lineup for Wednesday’s contest?
Here’s my take:
It’s extremely risky fading Brodie Grundy ($16,300) is his current form (3-round average sits at 119.5), but Tom Bellchambers (11,950) has a 77 under his belt against Sam Jacobs. Grundy struggled in his games against Essendon last season, recording 12 touches and 35 hitouts in the ANZAC clash, and 13 touches and 24 hitouts in the return match in round 16. Bellyache really opens up your salary cap, but it could also send you straight to the liquor cabinet.
There’s not a lot of sub 10k options that I like. Andy McGrath just sneaks in a 9,750 and has gone good, bad, good, bad so far this year. If you believe in that sort of thing, he’s due for his good game this week.
There are six 10k options. I loathe to cheer on a Collingwood player but the loins begin to stir when Sam Murray ($10,350) tucks the footy under his arm and has flashed a 90DS upside. James Aish ($10,850 – also a mid) hasn’t dropped below 80DS yet.
Dev Smith is far and away your best forward option here but he’ll set you back 13k. There’s more value here than there is down back so I think I’ll fade him. Matt Guelfi ($8,300) better get an invite to the Brownlow because I want to see him in a suit. He also had a pretty good introduction to Draftstars last week. Callum Brown ($8,600 – also a MID) has back-to-back 70’s. Joe Daniher ($10,050) has been a bit rubbish so far, but he took home the ANZAC medal last year on the back of 16 touches (14 kicks), 8 marks and 3 goals.
Jaidyn Stephensen ($8,650 – also a FWD) isn’t going to kick 5 every week but it would have done great things for his confidence. I love a bit of The Hyphen when he pops up. Will Hoskin-Elliot ($11,400) plays that important MID/FWD link up role at the Pies and he loves a kick, while Jordan de Goey ($10,600) is a bit of a flog but the flog goes alright. He’s capable of snagging multiple goals and loves some junk time stats. At the top tier, Sidebum is probably out of reach if you’ve gone with Grundy, flip a coin over Adam Treloar ($15,700) or Dyson Heppell ($15,950). For me, tails was the call, Heppell it is.