We’re almost there guys! Just one bye round to go. And it’s not going to get any easier for us.
This is the big one. Round 14. When we were preparing to let our teams for 2018 go into the big wide world of SuperCoach the round 14 bye looked to be the “challenging” one (read: total carnage). Adelaide, Freo, Geelong, Richmond, Saints, and Sydney will sit out this week. No Fyfe. no Danger, no Dusty, no Laird, no Heeney, and most devastating of all, no Jack Billings! He was cruelly robbed of three figures to finish on 99 this week so my folder of Jack Billings jokes better not go to waste! Move him back to forward pocket, Richo. Come on! How dare you experiment by playing one of your most talented footballers on the list in the guts.
We’ve got another week of Thursday night football and I just checked the fixture. Four more weeks of this? The Panic Room does not support Thursday night footy. To make matters worse, televised Thursday footy means no televised Sunday footy. In a cruel twist of fate, St Kilda VFL were instead televised and they didn’t bother to kick a goal for the entire match. Thank Gaz the AFL have scheduled Collingwood v Carlton for this Sunday, now I just need to make friends and do something with them (me and Patch aren’t on speaking terms, he tried to come between Nat Fyfe and myself. Homewrecker!)
Okay. I’ve rambled long enough. Patch and Lek are in the love shack, baaaaaaaby love shack this week in the podcast. Barron continues to make us other site contributors look silly with another information-laden rookie round up. I’ll hazard a guess that Titch will see the VC/C for all his owners this week, check out who else we have in Captain McCaptinface, annnnnnnnnd *drumroll* Damo has a face! Also a cheat sheet. Which is also beeeeeeeautiful.
As the ancient proverb states, “the SC Gods giveth, the SC Gods taketh away” or something, I dunno, I don’t know proverbs. I’m not even sure it is a proverb? Anyway, no Macrae and no JJK will hurt a few this week, but we get back Coniglio and Dev Smith will be right to go after hurting his calf in round 12.
Thursday night footy is happening over at Optus stadium this week and you can submit your own Optus joke in the comments. Best one wins a good ol’ fashioned thumbs up from Patch. Team wise, Essendon will go in unchanged. Jarrod Brander is one and done for the Eagles and Dom Sheed has been dropped. Schofield, McInnes, and Hutchings are the ins. None of that should affect anyone. Hutchings will probably go to Zerrett, so maybe loop him if you can.
Over at Port, Tom Jonas comes straight back in at the expense of Jack Hombsch. At the Dees, good news for some because Tim Smith is in! For others, it’s bad, because Charlie Spargo has been dropped despite making the flight over. Dom Tyson is the other change while Cam Pedersen sits out.
The Hawks have replaced Kaiden Brand with James Frawley. The Suns are handing Jacob Dawson a debut (MID – 102.4k) I’m as excited as you are by this, but the Suns haven’t been so great in giving their rookies extended opportunities. 2m Peter Wright will make his season debut. Forgotten beckman Jeremy Finlayson returns for the Giants in their clash against Brissy. Dawson Simpson returns to lead the ruck duties at the expense of the injured Rory Lobb, and Stephen Coniglio returns after missing round 12. Harry Perryman and Daniel Lloyd are the others to make way. The changes for the Lions will, once again, cause no problems for you. The Dogs are taking on North Saturday night and Toby McLean’s shoulder is… okay! We knew of the injuries to Jackson Macrae, Easton Wood, and Lukas Webb already. Shane Biggs joins the trio on the sidelines and they’ve regained some backline steel in the form of Dale Morris, Marcus Adams, and recalled rookie Aaron Naughton. Josh Dunkley also returns. The magnets have been shuffled at North but none of the changes will cause any panic.
In the lone Sunday game. In news that sent shockwaves through Twitter, Daniel Wells is out injured. The names added are all on the extended bench. Most notable of the bunch is Flynn Appleby and a possible debut for Brayden Sier (MID – 123.9k). For the Blues, Sam Kerridge is a confirmed out. Of those added, Cam Polson (MID / FWD – 130.8k) has been named in the forward pocket and is on the bubble. Aaron Mullett is the other named on the field at half back.
THE HOUSE OF EVIL
Rookies continue to slowly arrive on the bubble as the bye rounds mess up the ability for them to be named for 3 straight rounds. Tim Kelly and Tom Doedee have served us well this year, but it might be time to cut the cord and let them to go.
These guys come with a free frogurt (that’s good!)
-71 – Brody Mihocek*
-67 – Paul Ahern*
-45 – Sam Taylor*
-7 – Tom Murphy*
13 – Cam Polson*
On the horizon
Mason Redman (1 game so far)
Joel Smith (1 game so far)
Josh Battle (2 games so far – BYE this week)
These premiums contain potassium benzoate (that’s bad!)
186 – Toby McLean
175 – Luke Shuey
164 – Andrew Gaff
161 – Jeremy Howe
158 – Big Maxy
157 – Paddy Cripps
154 – Dayne Beams
148 – Brodie Grundy
SMOOTH KEVY’S LOCK OF THE WEEK
Plenty of buzz this week about three top midfielders coming off their bye: Clayton Oliver (my pick), Adam Treloar, and Josh Kelly. All are great choices if you’re looking to upgrade your mids. I’m looking elsewhere though. As Western Bulldogs’ season lurches from your garden variety letdown Optus level of letdown, Marcus Bontempelli is the only one left standing at the moment (albeit with a bung knee). With Macrae out for a month Bevo better not dick around and just play Bont in the guts thank you very much!
In 11% of teams and priced at 532k, five of his past six games have been between 120-145SC. If you already have Oliver I really like the Bont this week. I can’t do Treloar again after last year and Josh Kelly has only beat up Gold Coast this year.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
*shakes fist in Thursday footy general direction*
As was the case last week I’ll update this section a later tonight / tomorrow as it takes a little while for the lineup cruncher to update. I avoid all responsibilities to get this article out to you wonderful people before the bounce and I ain’t got time for dat.
Draftstars time! As always our mates over at Fantasy Insider are gosh darn brilliant and we love ‘em to pieces. Here’s the famed lineup cruncher’s ideal line up for tonights game.
Okay, straight up, this game absolutely sucks from a value standpoint. If you want to cash leftover to target some of those sweet, sweet midfield guns we’ll need to get creative…
… And this means fading Big Maxy. By all means pay up for him if you can find the value because I can easily see him being the top scoring ruck. He averages 115 in his past 3 against Port and 120 in his solitary game at Adelaide Oval. Instead I’m going for Deadman Dixon. At the times when he shows a flickering of life, he’s not that bad. Mason Cox made the Melbourne backline his b-word (it rhymes with itch) on his way to 6 goals, 8 marks and 129DS last time out. While I’m not expecting a legally dead person to get that kind of score, there’s at least hope.
I’m going all in on Port’s tall forwards to cause some havoc so Todd Marshall at 6.6k gets a gig. You’ve got your usual plethora of Port MID / FWD’s to throw at the wall and see what sticks here, for mine, it’s hard not to be impressed by The Chad lately. Now that I’ve talked him up Ken will chuck him back forward, you send your hate mail to Patch.
Legit not a fan of anyone here. Chasing Joel Smith’s 80 from the other week will be a popular play and one I will go with instead of trying to be cute. Tom Jonas returns to the team this week and I like his price. He’s the general in that Port backline and racks up the kicks and marks with ease.
Ollie Wines is the lockiest of locks that’s ever locked after two great weeks of 130+. Robbie Gray loves the Dees, posting 4x 100+ scores in past 5 games against them. I’m a bit of a sucker for Jack Viney, he’s had 4 weeks back in this Melbourne side now and should be starting to get back into some match fitness. I’m not ballsy enough to go anywhere near Tom Rockliff in long form fantasy, DFS provides you an excuse to do just that. If he spuds you’ll only live with the regret of picking him for a few hours.