Ugh. The less said about that round the better
Round 12 gives us our first taste of the 2018 byes (unlike that fake bye round where everyone scored 2400+). Four teams are having a rest: Carlton, Hawthorn, Western Bulldogs, and West Coast. This week your best 18 onfield players make up your score for the round, so if you’ve got a full forward line of 6 players your forward line emergency score won’t count.
The lack of relevant round 12 rookies should make this week pretty easy to get 18 on the park, but we’ll be hurting on the premium end with popular picks Tom Mitchell, James Sicily, Crippa, Elliot Yeo, Kade Simpson, Nic Nat, Toby McLean, and Jack Macrae all having a rest. Did you think the SuperCoach overlords would make things easy for us? Did you? Hahahaha, oh my dear reader, of course not. We’ve been dealt further blows which I’ll discuss further below.
But first, currently sitting number #1 in the charts for most half baked introduction to a podcast ever, the Lekdog and Patchy SHOWWWWWW spew forth more SuperCoach gold this week than you can poke spew covered stick at. Barron continues his quest to provide you with the best SuperCoach rookie article in the land. No premo’s and no captain choices make Patch something something this weeks Captain McCaptainface, and Damo continues to find relevance in a round where all our premiums are gone in this weeks cheat sheet.
So, yeah, those “further blows” I alluded to? It’s more one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead. Poor Ben Higgins will be relying to Kelly and Holman to lead his midfield this week.
So my #SuperCoach midfield is shaping up beautifully this week.
I think tomorrow’s Fix My Team will be reversed, you all tell me what to do. pic.twitter.com/DlAEIXssgl
— Ben Higgins (@ben_higgins84) June 6, 2018
Let’s break down the carnage, one game at a time. Dusty kicks off the Round of DeathTM as he has buggered off to NZ when we need him most. Jack Graham has been dropped and in come Castagna and Anthony Miles for his first crack in 2018. The Power are replacing Jack Hombsch with Jasper Pittard.
Not much happening at GMHBA stadium this weekend with the Cats unchanged and the Roos replacing an injured Jed Anderson with Cameron “Don’t mess with the” Zurhaar. Stephen Coniglio hasn’t shaken off the affects of concussion in time and is replaced in the side by Matt de Boer for GWS’ clash with Gold Coast. Aaron Hall is out for 3 months and still no Jarryd Lyons for the Suns. Stephen May will miss as well. The Saints have finally DROPPED Jack Billings. Nick Coffield is one of four ins. Bailey Rice and Logan Austin have survived the cut. The Swans will have Tom Papley back but there’s not much else happening from a SuperCoach standpoint.
On Sunday, Mitch Robinson was a sneaky trade in target for a few people but he’s out because he surprisingly didn’t belt someone, just busted his toe. There’s a possible debut on the cards for Brandon Starcevich (MID – 126.3k). Essendon have lost Zaha and Jordan “The Riddler” Ridley for the clash. They’ve added 7 to their squad, Dylan Clarke is on an extended bench and will play his second game if he makes the cut. Out west, I bloody told Nat Fyfe to whip off the shirt to avoid suspension and look what happens?! He’s gone for a week. Sandipants is straight back in. The Crows will be banning Patrick Wilson (MID / FWD – 105.4k) from bringing his own footy to the SANFL game this week, hopefully he can replicate his form at senior level. Tex is back. Oh, and *checks notes* some guy called Rory Laird will also miss. Providing the cherry on top of what promises to be a very trying round.
Hey! A positive. Jeremy Howe is back for the Queen’s b’day / Freeze MND game on Monday. In a round where we’ll need our premo’s to step up you can lock in a 50 from Jeremy this week. Sam Murray has made the extended bench. For the Dees, Tim Smith will go down in rookie burn man folklore. 91, 102, 26, dropped. Get in the bin, Timothy! Jake Lever is out injured and there’s a possible debut for Harrison Petty (DEF – 117.3k)
** Melbourne v Collingwood **
The Dees have replaced the injured Jake Lever and omitted Tim Smith for Cam Pedersen and Joel Smith. For the Pies, Flynn Appleby is unlucky I reckon, replaced by the returning Jeremy Howe.
THE HOUSE OF EVIL
Logan Austin is the pick of the rookies this week but make sure you’re not too round 14 rookie heavy before jumping on. If you’re after a cash grab, Jacob Heron may be your best bet. He’s had his bye, is the cheapest possible rookie price, and will likely sit there at D7 or D8 slowly making you cash. I’ve excluded players having their bye this week.
These guys come with a free frogurt (that’s good!)
-102 – Logan Austin*
-48 – Callum Moore*
-32 – Jamaine Jones*
-27 – Jacob Heron*
0 – Josh Daicos*
These premiums contain potassium benzoate (that’s bad!)
189 – Jack Riewoldt
168 – Sandipants
157 – Brad Ebert
151 – Robbie Gray
150 – Michael Hurley
145 – Lachie Neale
141 – Jake Lloyd
141 – The Hoff
136 – Big Maxy
133 – Josh Kelly
RE ”FRINK” THAT ONE
We’re right on the cusp of upgrade season as we aim to have a full team of premiums post byes. I’ve given the lock gets a break this week to dive into a selection that we should think twice about before getting him into our teams.
*WARNING*: MATHS BELOW
Robert The Gray is averaging a tidy 108.4SC so far this year, ranked second overall amongst forwards based on average (behind Tom McDonald). In fact, he is the only “pure” forward (not a DPP) averaging more than 100 this year. I know what you’re thinking, “Kev you flog, why wouldn’t we be trying to get this guy into our team?” The answer? Thomas bloody Rockliff.
By his own admission, Rocky wasn’t ready for the start of the season. A calf injury before round 5 followed by two weeks in the SANFL to find some touch saw him return to senior team in round 8 where he tallied 31 disposals. Below is a table of Gray’s form from round 2-4 when Rocky was being awful vs rounds 8-11 when Rocky returned to being a (sort of) midfield pig.
Gray v Rocky – Round 2-4 (Averages)
Gray v Rocky – Round 8-11 (Averages)
You could look at that and see Gray’s numbers are way down, but his average goals are way up, so he’s still a safe pick. A 95 average is nothing to sneeze at in a year of meh forwards. Breaking it down further, he kicked 6 v Adelaide for 122SC and 4 against the Hawks for 96SC. In the game against Gold Coast where he went goalless? 67SC.
There’s also this. Which, yeah, that’s not great. Like, at all.
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) June 4, 2018
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
Another year, another snub to Queen Lizzy’s big birthday bash. I heard they’ll be attaching kegs to the fountains outside of Kensington Palace this year. No matter, Draftstars is hosting another yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge 100k contest on Monday. I’ll be back over the weekend to give you all the team news from Melbourne and Collingwood plus a run down of this game.
Monday footy is good and all, but it really prolongs our suffering for this week. Looking forward to getting some round 12 premo’s in my team. Fantasy Insider are the best in the business and they’ve updated the lineup cruncher to give us this ideal lineup for tomorrow.
Interestingly, Fantasy Insider are fading both Gawn and Grundy and instead stacking the midfield. The battle is something I’m really looking forward too, giving me a solid reason to watch a Collingwood match. From a Draftstars perspective, Big Maxy is priced at almost 2k cheaper than Grundy. The Dees are yet to give up a 100+ score to an opposition ruck. The highest being Tom Hickey’s 89 back in round 7.
With a lack of cheapies it’s a difficult slate, but I can’t bring myself not to include one of Gawn or Grundy.
Some fantastic options here at the top end, namely Angus Brayshaw, Jack Crisp, and Jeremy Howe. However, both teams are pretty good at limiting the impact of running defenders. Neville Jetta was super last week with 24 possessions and 9 marks so I’m hoping he can back it up. Michael Hibberd has 80’s for the past two weeks, the absence of Jake Lever could see him get a slight bump.
Expect to see him huge midfield games from the elites. It’s reflected in the pricing with 5 options over 15k. You could make a solid case for any but I like Tom Phillips right now. He’s running hot and has a three game average of 128. When Jake Melksham finds the big sticks good things usually follow. The Pies have a bunch of mid / fwds priced around the 9k mark. Daniel Wells, Josh Daicos, and Jaidyn Stephenson could all have good days. They could also tank horribly.
Not many at the top end excite me so I’ll pay down at this position. Cam Pedersen is named on the pine, but if he slots into the role vacated by Tim Smith and Sam Weideman before him, he’ll be a great value pick at 8.2k. The mid / fwds I suggested above can slot in here.
Good luck this week, Community. We’re in for a tough week. Assume the position to make things as comfortable as possible.