We get a soft introduction to our impending doom in the coming weeks with only Port Adelaide and Gold Coast given a week off after their AFL-funded junket to China. Robert the Gray, The Hoff, Riley Bonner, Dom Barry, and Nick Holman are the popular guys (above 10% ownership) that we’ll need to find cover for this week. Some round 10 bye round rules:
- *crickets chirp*
There are none. This week will be just like any other except there are two teams less. No best 18. No three trades. However, all Port / GC players will be locked in at 4:40 Sunday (the time of Freo v North) so you can use these guys as captain / emergency loophole players. Patch will be putting a dollar into the “Can you loop Gold Coast and Port players” jar every time the question is asked on Twitter to fund the end of season trip, which is a good way of tricking into getting him to pay for something he was going to anyway.
Can we talk about Jackson Macrae real quick? I’m a non-owner (and Patch is, he sends out group emails every hour reminding us). I haven’t seen this level of SuperCoach-ing since before Sir Gazzlington’s shoulders fell off. He had no right to score 177 in those conditions on Friday yet here we are. Oh, and, he’s 23 years old. TWENTY-THREE. We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!
I do enjoy roasting Patch each week in the Panic Room, but I need to give him and Lek some credit with what they’ve done with the podcast in three or so months. After a rocky start they’re both really finding their feet at this level. Barron’s reserve report will take on extra significance in the coming weeks. Bulk outs may mean going early on a rookie or two so you need to know what you’re getting. Get around some good ol’ fashioned captaincy chinwagging this week right here and Damo continues to mine the depths of SuperCoach to uncover more diamonds in his cheat sheet.
The big news this week has been AFL’s decision to accept laundry bags full of cash in exchange for naming rights to Etihad stadium, now to be known as Marvel stadium from September 1st. Twitter has, of course, taken the news the only way it knows how.
As of September, Docklands stadium will officially be a Mickey Mouse operation.
— AFL Integrity Unit (@IntegrityUnit) May 23, 2018
But I digress, huge amount of team news to get through. For tonight, tagger and noted pest Levi Greenwood gets a recall from from whatever bush league footy team he was playing for to try and curb the influence of Jack Macrae. Ben Reid and Josh Daicos are also ins for Fasolo, Wells, and Sam Murray (ouch #1). The Dogs have also made three changes, dropping Mitch Wallis after 10 tackles last weekend, but handing a club debut to Josh Schache.
During the week the Saints took the unusual step of fingering their middle tier players. The players reported back saying that much like the senior players on the team, they couldn’t find the goal either. It hasn’t had the desired effect (whatever that may be) as they’ve made five changes, Nick Coffield and Rowan Marshall have been dropped, as has David Armitage. There’s a bunch of ins that have no relevance at all, except for a debut for Logan Austin (DEF – 159.7k). The Tigers have made three changes themselves, Jack Higgins straight back in is the most notable. Callum Moore (FWD – 133k) has been rewarded for strong VFL form. The Swans will debut Ryley Stoddart (DEF – 117.3k) but have lost Callum Mills for their clash against Brisbane after he “tripped and fell” and broke his foot. Sure you did, Callum. I can’t help but feel this is somehow Jordan de Goey’s dogs’ fault. Brisbane go in unchanged. The Cats will welcome back Esava and Brandan Parfitt for the clash against Carlton, as well as debuting Jemaine Jones (FWD – 123.9k). No Scott Selwood for this game. Marc Murphy is out again for the Blues, but they get back the Curnow brothers. Jarrod Garlett has been dropped. Josh Kelly has been found, alive and well, but hoooo boy, Jeremy Finlayson (ouch #2) has been dropped and if you went premature on Cumming see a doctor and he’s been dropped too. Lachie Keeffe is also on the cutting room floor. Jono Patton is back. The Bombers are swapping Dylan Clarke with Andrew McGrath.
On Sunday, the Hawks have added James Frawley and Jaegar among 6 changes. James Worpel and Kaiden Brand are confirmed outs so far. The Eagles have no confirmed outs yet, however they’ve named Jarrod Brander (DEF / FWD – 148.8k) and Matthew Allen (FWD – 123.9k) on an extended bench. Brayden Ainsworth is a chance to play his second game. Elliot Yeo has been… named but I’m not confident that he’ll play. Matt Crouch has been named to play Melbourne in one of four potential changes. Reilly O’Brien could shake things up a bit if he plays. TMac has been named for Melbourne. Watch for a late out here, I doubt any risks will be taken with his troublesome foot. The Dees have four potential changes too, but none that’ll force you into a donut. For the final game of the week, both Freo have North have named five new faces with only one confirmed out. For Freo, that’s Mitch Crowden. For North, it’s Majak Daw. Stefan Giro (MID – 102.4k) was exciting to watch in the AFLX, Damo says he’ll play so it’s Damo’s fault if he doesn’t. Not much SuperCoach significance elsewhere, unless you’re still hanging onto LDU, he’s been named on an extended bench.
THE HOUSE OF EVIL
It’s like opening the cupboard the day before pay day this week. A few packs of 2 minute noodles and a can of baked beans will have to do. Ed Phillips is your only hope for high cash gen this week thanks to his 87 in round 8.
Rookies playing their second game this week: Tim Smith (91 in his first game), Jordan Ridley (76), Brayden Ainsworth (66), Bailey Rice (55), Tim Mohr (68), and Mitch Lewis (39). So maybe wait a week to jump on the best option.
These guys come with a free frogurt (that’s good!)
-61 – Ed Phillips*
-5 – Myles Poholke
-1 – Tom McCartin*
3 – Matt Eagles
These premiums contain potassium benzoate (that’s bad!)
Gaz – 179
Adam Treloar – 167
Josh Kelly – 165
Michael Walters – 157
Pendles – 157
Nat Fyfe – 156
Jelwood – 153
Cal Sinclair – 145
James Sicily – 138
Rory Laird – 137
Can I go now?
Ave / b.e
Jeremy Finlayson 78.9 / 79
Sam Murray 72.7 / 81
Nick Coffield 57.3 / 40
Lachie Murphy 56.5 / 6
Tim Kelly 94.1 / 120
Bailey Banfield 58.3 / 56
Andrew Brayshaw 54 / 57
Dom Barry 46.4 / 23 (Bye)
Paddy Dow 53.9 / 63
Jack Henry 59.1 / 87
Jarrod Garlett 45.4 / 59
Jaidyn Stephenson 69.6 / 69
ZGL 53.8 / 24
Darcy Fogarty 47.2 / 23
SMOOTH KEVY’S LOCK OF THE WEEK
If by some miracle you’re not completely stuffed for the round 14 bye, there’s a couple of Swans you need to add to your watchlist. The Swans have Brisbane (A), Carlton (H), and St. Kilda (A) in a dream run over the next three weeks, then West Coast at home before their bye. Isaac Heeney has dropped below 500k for the first time this year and has 6 tons from 9 games for an average of 103. His b.e heading into this round is 118. While on the high side Isaac has passed that mark twice this season with scores of 120 and 123.
Buddy Franklin is averaging 104.3 this year and is another under 500k. While his b.e of 136 suggests you could get him cheaper in the coming weeks. there’s this…
Buddy’s most recent #SuperCoach score vs his next four opponents – 160, 183, 86 and 175. WOW!!!
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) May 23, 2018
A word of caution regarding his heel, he played 75% last week against Freo, whereas his usual TOG% this year is mid to high 90’s. Is he 100% fit?
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
The Lions “clawed” (sorry) their way off the bottom of the ladder last week with a 56 point “mauling” (sorry, again) of Hawthorn. They’re back at home this week against the 5th placed Swans. Despite their opposing ends of the ladder, I’m hoping to see a competitive game. Our overlords at Fantasy Insider have fired up the Lineup Cruncher for this week, giving us this ideal lineup:
I’ve got other plans for my cash this week so Oscar McInerney gets a gig. The Swans typically struggle against big key forwards, giving up 100+ scores to Westhoff, Hawkins, and Tex so far this year. While McInerney doesn’t come close to fitting into that sort of company, standing 204cm and weighing in at 103kg makes him difficult to move out of the way.
The crowds will flock to Buddy and rightly so. He’s kicked 16 goals in his last 3 vs the Lions. Last time out he kicked 8 goals on his way to 133DS. Brisbane give up the most amount of points in the comp to small/medium forwards this year. I’d love to fire up Ronkey Kong! but his price is heading a bit too far north for mine. Tom Papley as a MID / FWD can go into my mids, and I’ll take Will Hayward.
Brisbane absolutely leak points to opposition midfielders. Luke Parker got back on the horse with Buddy returning last week. Isaac Heeney hasn’t hit the higher gears we all know he has, but 13k is a good price for his potential upside. We know Cam Rayner has the talent but it hasn’t all clicked for him as yet. If Brisbane are to win this one it’ll need to be a shootout, hopefully this is his week to get on the end of a few.
While I’m hoping for some competitive footy, I don’t think it will be. Sydney will overwhelm a young Brisbane outfit. Some Brisbane running backs will be popular targets. Harris Andrews is going to see a lot of the ball coming his way if he gets the job on Buddy. He’s scored 80’s these past two weeks so nabbing him at under 10k is a good get. Tom Cutler is averaging 24 touches and 10 marks these past two weeks. I suspect he’ll see a lot of action as well. Jake Lloyd is in crazy touch right now, the only way you can afford him is by fading Buddy (or by doing something stupid in your mids). I don’t mind this play if you think Buddy will falter as he’ll be highly owned.