Bye round 2: Electric Boogaloo
If the sequel is rarely as good as the original, it’s going to take something epic to wash the stain that was round 12 out of our minds / underwear. I really don’t want to imagine how much worse that week can get. On some level we knew it was going to be awful but the four teams having their bye, premiums outs, and premiums just straight up sucking created the perfect storm of suckiness. I’ve seen premo’s suck before but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.
(actual scenes from Jock HQ over the weekend)
One thousand five hundred was a good score this week. ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED. Let’s just forget about that week, sweep it under the rug and let’s keep on going. Premiums are entitled to being sucky from time to time. Let there be a thousand blossoms bloom, as far as I’m concerned. But I ain’t spendin’ any time on it, because in the mean time, we’ve got a STACK of fantasy relevant options that will get us through these byes.
Before we get to that, Damo has been roped in to this weeks podcast with Patch and Lek to try and make sense of this bye malarky. Join Barron as he does a whip around on who is dominating at reserves level. The return of Thursday night footy has seen the return of Patch’s uncontrolled rage in this weeks Captain McCaptainface, and Damo cuts through the confusion to bring us another edition of the cheat sheet.
For the 1% of teams that took a punt on Tom Jonas will be disappointed, he’s out with a hammy tonight in the only bit of SuperCoach relevant news. Fire up Ryder in Draftstars because the Dogs have dropped Jordan Roughead. Jack Watts is another to feel the cold, sharp blade of the selectors. The footy community is hoping the returning Todd Marshall has a blinder, and Lindsay Thomas is back to do something stupid.
Liam Ryan is back the Eagles tomorrow night in one of four changes. At almost 200k I would struggle to justify bringing him in despite his -85 breakeven. Midfielders Luke Shuey and Chris Masten are fit, and Jarrod Brander (148.8k DEF / FWD) gets his debut as expected. Not much happening in the outs column, although Tom Barrass would’ve gone to Buddy. For the Swans, Jarrad McVeigh is out and Daniel Robinson omitted for Allir Aliir and Kieran Jack.
On Saturday, Freo welcomes back Sandi and Nat Fyfe for game 150. Apeness and Giro have kept their spots. Walters is the notable out with suspensions. The Blues have done some things that won’t matter for you. Jarryd Lyons is back for the Suns as they take on the Saints. On the flip side they’ve dropped Jacob Heron and Will Brodie (whyy???). Nick Coffield is the main out at the Saints that will worry you, but fear not, Jack Billings is back baby! Billy Longer replaces Tom Hickey in the ruck. The Hawks haven’t done much for Silk Burgoyne’s game 350, replacing Tim O’Brien with Will Langford. For the Crows, still no Rory Laird and popular rookies Lachie Murphy and DFog have been dropped. Patrick Wilson (105.4k MID / FWD) is confirmed starter.
On Sunday we have just the one game, Geelong vs Richmond. The Tiges have gone BANG and have brought back Dusty and Jack Graham. Premiership hero and future father of my children Danielson Rioli will make his season debut. Ivan Soldo, Corey Ellis, and Ryan Garthwaite (123.9k DEF) have also been added to the squad. Confirmed outs are Menapoo and Anthony Miles. At Geelong, Aaron Black is the only confirmed out after his knee resembled the TwistiesTM I’m eating right now. They’ve added some names but none of them are exciting.
THE HOUSE OF EVIL
Our top 3 rookies on the bubble all have their bye this week. Brody Mihocek (-71), Paul Ahern (-66), and Sam Taylor (-45). If you need to go early on one of them, Paul Ahern would be my pick. It leaves us with only two bubble boys this week, but be careful, check you’re not trading yourself into a round 14 corner before bringing them in.
These guys come with a free frogurt (that’s good!)
-85 – Liam Ryan
-41 – Michael Apeness*
-40 – Stefan Giro*
On the horizon
Mason Redman (1 game – BYE this week)
Joel Smith (1 game – BYE this week)
Josh Battle (1 game)
These premiums contain potassium benzoate (that’s bad!)
219 – Jack Macrae
194 – Paddy Cripps
175 – Luke Shuey
171 – Sandipants
170 – Caddyshack
167 – Trent Cotchin
154 – Bont
154 – Danger
146 – Jake Lloyd
146 – Elliot Yeo
143 – Jimmy Webster
142 – Toby McLean
SMOOTH KEVY’S LOCK OF THE WEEK
Before hitting that trade button we ask ourselves, “Will this player finish a top 8-10 player in their position.” We are in luck this week with folks, with the four teams coming off the round 12 bye there’s players on all lines you can target. In brackets I’ve include their current positional ranking based on average.
DEF: James Sicily (3rd), Kade Simpson (4th), Elliot Yeo (7th), Shannon Hurn (8th)
MID: Jack Macrae (1st), Tom Mitchell (2nd), Ed Curnow (6th), Crippa (7th), Andrew Gaff (10th)
RUCK: Nic Nat (4th), Ben McEvoy (6th)
FWD: Toby McLean (2nd)
Whoever you target this week will be on a needs basis, but upgrading the defence and midfield look particularly juicy and I like both Ed Curnow and Andrew Gaff this week. At this point I like to target players on winning teams that have a good chance of playing finals, so for that reason, Andrew Gaff is my lock of the week.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
Ugh, actually, Patch is right (don’t tell him I said that). Thursday night footy suuuuuuucks. In my efforts to get this baby out before the bounce tonight the lineup cruncher hasn’t updated as yet so I’ll update this tomorrow with a look at the Swans v Eagles clash. 1st v 3rd. Can Eagles play away from home? Will Buddy kick 8 again? Will there be a third, yet to be decided metaphorical question? Stay tuned.
Okay, here we go. The absolute lads at Fantasy Insider have given us this ideal lineup for West Coast v Sydney:
Straight up, I’m taking advantage of the two 5k guys tonight. I like the prospects of Brander more so than Allir, but it enables me to stock up elsewhere.
I’d only bother with Sinclair or Nic Nat tonight. In round 1 Nic Nat won the Draftstars battle 113 v 106. It’s worth mentioning Sinclair has kicked 5 goals in his past two and will head forward to create problems for a West Coast defence that will have their hands full with Buddy, that said, I don’t think you’ll lose a lot by taking the slightly cheaper option.
Gun and rook will be a popular play in defence. There’s a bunch of players that are in the 8-10k range that don’t excite me at all. Jarrad McVeigh out leaves a rebounding hole and I’m all over Jake Lloyd here. Dane Rampe could also see a bump if you’re feeling creative.
Word of warning regarding JGov, he averages 57 away from Optus stadium this year. Avoid.
I suspect Buddy will be highly owned tonight. In the past Tom Barrass has gone to him but he’s out for this game. Buddy monstered the Eagles in round 1 with 8 goals and 151DS points. As always, Sydney’s fleet of small forwards are in play: Ronke, Papley, Hayward. Though they seem to take turns in having a big game and I always pick the wrong one!
If you’ve followed me so far then Andrew Gaff is too pricy tonight, he’ll likely get some attention from Hewett as well. If West Coast are going to be a chance for this then their mids need to step up massively. Luke Shuey returns and is a bargain at 11.5k. I love Jack Redden’s price and is ceiling is high when he gets it all together. Luke Parker dominated the game between these two in round 1. Finally, Dom Sheed has had a good month, dropping under 80 once. His price is nothing special, but I prefer him over other 10k options.