Wow! I like these bye round thingy’s
(do do do do, do, do do, dooooo)
My highest score for the year paled in comparison to some absolutely monster efforts over the weekend. A few 2600+ scores were doing the rounds on Twitter. Our own cheat sheet extraordinaire, Damo, is now breathing down Patch’s neck challenging him for office supremacy. Patch doesn’t like this, not at all, and has “promoted” Damo to the basement where he’ll be “head bee guy” for the week.
We’re back to normal proceedings this week with all 18 teams lining up before the storm takes hold. Before you go looking into trading in your Gaff’s, Simpson’s, McLean’s etc this week, players from Carlton, Hawthorn, West Coast, and Western Bulldogs have the week off next week. Check your team balance to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for disaster.
We’re in the awkward position this week of having rookies, fallen premo’s and post-bye players to target and there’s not enough trades to do what we want. Whack in the earbuds and let Lek and Patch unpack our options this week in the podcast. Barron once again provides us with awesome rookie analysis in the around the grounds article. Captain McCaptainface is still alive (???) for some reason and Damo gives us his first post bye cheat sheet right here.
More Friday night gold this week as Carlton will once again grace our screens. In the lead up to this match the big news was the return of Jack Silvagni, which should give you an idea of the excitement levels surrounding this match. The Swans are giving Tom Papley a rest and leaving out Tom McCartin for Gary Rohan and Nic Newman. Harry McKay is the one to make way for Silvagni.
The Dees will go in unchanged tomorrow against the Dogs, who are welcoming back Dale Morris. Dave Mirra is out again for Hawthorn’s match against Port, as is Mitch Lewis. Port have named an unchanged lineup after returning from China. The Suns have done the opposite and gone bang! Jack Martin, Tom Lynch, and Sam Day will come in to the side. As will Will Brodie! (MID – 187.7k) I guarantee you had this guy in your preseason team so we get a few weeks to look at him before jumping on. Jarryd Lyons is one of the more higher profile names to make way, and bad news if you jumped on Brayden Crossley, he’s been omitted. The Cats have named the man with all the hair, Wylie Buzza, as Esava’s replacement. Lachie Fogarty gets another go. Luke Shuey is back for the Eagles but they’ve given Dom Sheed a rest for their game against the Saints. I wondered what all the expletives coming from Patch’s office were about, he’s been on the blower again to Richo to give his boy Rowan “My boat” Marshall another crack. Luke Dunstan is out injured. Michael Hurley is in for the Dons and Dylan Grimes for the Tiges for the Dreamtime at the G game.
Big news on Sunday, Paul Ahern (MID / FWD – 123.9k) will play! I’ve been tracking this guy since he was drafted in 1924 or whatever, the bloke has had a terrible run with injury and if he has any sense he’ll wrap himself in cotton wool until game day. There’s also a possible debut for Tom Murphy (DEF / MID – 124.9k). Ryan Clarke is their only confirmed out. For the Lions, they’ve added some names that are pretty meh, Matt Eagles is out. Jeremy Howe is out injured and my team is in disarray as the Pies host Freo, a lot of us are feeling it!
Jeremy Howe out makes me want to snap my phone and put my remote through my TV. I can’t take a trick this year #Supercoach
— Dan (@danza109) May 31, 2018
The Pies have lost Ben Reid and Travis Varcoe as well to injury. Brody Mihocek (DEF – 102.4k) has been confirmed to debut by Bucks. If he plays next week the Pies have the round 13 bye, he could be a perfect round 14 downgrade option. Sam Murray is on an extended bench. Michael Apeness and Scott Jones (RUC – 117.3k) have been named by Ross to cover the loss of Sandi. Taylin Duman has been named on field and Mitchell Crowden on an extended bench. Stefan Giro (MID – 102.4k) gets named on an extended bench for the second consecutive week. The Seed is back for the Crows and Lachie Murphy is on an extended bench for the last games of the round. The Giants have named two new faces; Sam Taylor (DEF – 117.3k) and Brent Daniels (FWD / MID – 117.3k). Tim Mohr is the only confirmed out.
THE HOUSE OF EVIL
Tim Smith has a frankly ridiculous breakeven of -118 this week. He’s going to make bucketloads of cash very, very quickly. If you want him, move this week because he’ll be around the 200k mark after this weekend. Elsewhere we’ve got Ridley and Rice as defensive downgrade options. A few backline injuries at the Bombers has strengthened Ridley’s job security, but I don’t see an awful lot between the two so it may come down to a bye structure as to who suits you best.
These guys come with a free frogurt (that’s good!)
-118 – Tim Smith*
-51 – Jordan Ridley*
-49 – Bailey Rice*
-5 – Pat Kerr*
19 – Dylan Buckley
These premiums contain potassium benzoate (that’s bad!)
172 – Luke Shuey
170 – Bont
164 – Gaz
160 – Maxwell Gawndog
157 – Jackson Macrae
154 – Clayton Oliver
154 – Josh Kelly
151 – Lachie Neale
149 – Michael Hurley
147 – James Sicily
136 – Tim Kelly
SMOOTH KEVY’S LOCK OF THE WEEK
The percentage play this week is to target Port and Gold Coast players coming off their bye. Gold Coast don’t have anyone averaging north of 100 points this year. Aaron Hall has scored 110 and 137 in his past two games and could be a sneaky POD, but his mid-only status kinda puts me off that idea.
Port have a few more solid targets. Robert the Gray is averaging 110 this year but his breakeven of 136 this week means you can potentially wait a week or two. Just about every SuperCoacher in the land has a “I got burned by Tom Rockliff” story, he’s not a bad pick, but Damo had some good advice on him in this weeks cheat sheet. “Don’t let him complete your midfield”.
That leaves The Hoff. Boasting MID / FWD status this year, Westhoff is averaging 107 this year with two games of 140+ and no score under 82. Paddy Ryder continues to be managed with his Achilles injury. Excluding the round 1 game when Ryder was hurt, in the games they’ve played together Westhoff has scored 85, 116, and 89.
Westhoff could be a handy F6 with a high ceiling and dependable floor. Along with 3 rounds of coverage during the byes.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
Draftstars has a shiny new look but nothing has changed under the hood. The scoring system is still the same. You’ll need to download an app update to continue playing, the online site is good to go. Essendon v Richmond is the crown jewel of Indigenous Round, our mates at Fantasy Insider have cast their critical eye over the matchup and given us this ideal lineup:
Bit pushed for time this week so I’ll give a quick take on the game. Bachar Houli is a huge out for the Tiges, and Essendon generally struggle to contain running backs. Jayden Short, Connor Menadue, Nathan Broad, and Nick Vlastuin will need to step up and are all good plays here.
Pay up for Nank. Belly offers nothing around the ground. Hitouts to advantage count for diddly squat in Draftstars. His 119SC last week was worth just 63DS
Floggard loves a Dreamtime. His last three Dreamtime games? 99, 134, 104.
Dusty also loves this clash. His last three have been 133, 123, 107.
Essendon have let a few MID / FWD’s get off the chain this year. Josh Caddy is in great touch but on the expensive side. Shane Edwards could be worthy of a punt.
Dev Smith hasn’t scored below 91DS for 7 weeks.
Bit of backline carnage around this week so best of luck to you all. Last week before the byes begin in earnest so my advice would be set yourself up the best you can this week. Cop a donut or two.