A wise man once said; “trade ass off”
For those playing for league glory, whether by choice or because a decent rank is completely out of the question, round 19 marks the end of the SuperCoach home and away season (where has the time gone?!). If you are jaded at this point, convinced that no matter who you bring in they are just going to get injured anyway, at this point of the year half assed over trading is infinitely better than your half assed under trading during the year.
Patch is still MIA this week. We miss him but we also get to blame everything on him. The parking fine I received this week? I put him down as the nominated driver so Patch if you’re reading expect the fine soon. The mooted 6-6-6 rule? Bloody Patch! In his absence, Damo has been the real MVP this week, joining Lek and Barron in the weekly gold that is the podcast. As well as his usual comprehensive coverage of the state leagues, Barron casts his experienced eye onto the 2019 season in Around the Grounds this week. Damo gives Captain McCaptainface a breath of fresh air and backs it up with his usual sheet of cheaty goodness.
Jordan Dawson (MID / FWD – 123.9k) gets his first taste of senior action for the Swans tonight after a casual 23 tackles last week in the NEAFL. Heath Grundy returns as well. Essendon have got Jake Stringer back for the must win clash. Will be nice be nice to see Aaron Francis getting a run as well. The much maligned Shaun McKernon is actually a pretty big out.
Hearing we will finally see Swan Jordan Dawson for the first time in 2018 against the Bombers. The 21-year-old had a HUGE 23 tackles, along with 29 disposals and 3 goals in the NEAFL last week. Might ruin his 2019 #SuperCoach price, though.
— The Phantom (@ThePhantomSC) July 26, 2018
Tiges v Pies Saturday arvo at the ‘G! What are can you ask for? Jordan de Goey is Jordan de Goeney this week and probably next with bone stress in his leg. Darcy Moore is back after being a late out last week. Liam Baker (FWD – 103.9k) gets his reward after some serious form for the Tigers VFL side while Jacob Townsend comes in for his first game since round 9. Moore and Menadue make way. The Cats have replaced small forward Jamaine Jones with another in the form of Lachie Fogarty. Brisbane welcome back some backline experience in the form of Luke Hodge and Harris Andrews. Sam Taylor replaces Lachie Keeffe at the Giants. The Saints have done us no favours, dropping popular bench coverage players in Ed Phillips, Hunter Clark, and Bailey Rice (and also David Armitage for some reason??) Nick Coffield is amongst the ins. Tex replaces The Dood at the Crows in the only change in the match against the Dees. The Suns have strengthened their midfield and Carlton regain Dale Thomas for the most anticipated game of the year as they line up against Carlton. There’s 8 changes between the clubs but I feel if you have any of them you gave up in round 5.
Will Walker (MID – 117.3k) will make his debut this week against the Eagles. The injured Alex Morgan is their only out so far. The Eagles have lost Lewis Jetta for the game, Jack Petruccelle would be the obvious name if the Eagles don’t want to lose any pace. Freo have named Sean Darcy and Andrew Brayshaw, as well as experienced duo Stephen Hill and Ballas. No confirmed outs as yet. Jaegar is back for the Hawks as so is Mr Silk himself. Daniel Howe gets to book his European holiday early. Getting real tired of these wholesale changes in Sunday games… Dollhaus and Tom Boyd are missing at the Dogs. Ze Bont is back. Fergus Greene (FWD 123.9k) has been named in the forward pocket and Callum Porter (MID – 117.3k) on the extended bench. Port have got back Tom Jonas and Paddy Ryder, Billy Frampton (RUC / FWD – 123.9k) and Kane Farrell (DEF / MID – 117.3) take their rightful place on the extended bench as they’ve done for weeks now. Can you just play them Ken so I can stop writing their names?
THE HOUSE OF EVIL
As was the case last week, if you need to downgrade to make cash then waiting that extra week for them to be on the bubble is a waste.
These guys come with a free frogurt (that’s good!)
Jarrod Lienert (92 last week)
-89 – Colin O’Riordan*
-30 – James Worpel
-11 – Brent Daniels
-4 – Jacob Heron
These premiums contain potassium benzoate (that’s bad!)
169 – Maxwell Gawn
166 – Brodie Grundy
166 – Kade Simpson
163 – Jelwood
163 – Luke Breust
162 – JPK
159 – Llooooooooooooyd
147 – Pendles
145 – Dayne Beams
141 – Cal Sinclair
141 – Andrew Gaff
SMOOTH KEVY’S LOCK OF THE WEEK
At the peak of his powers Jackson Macrae was sitting at a frankly ridiculous 727k, had a 5-week average of 152, and just generally making a mockery of us idiots who didn’t hitch our star to his (band)wagon. Well he’s 540k now, had two weeks back from a hamstring (scoring 131 and 74) and faces the Saints and Carlton during SuperCoach finals.
Oh, and he’s only in 7.8% of teams. Jump. On.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
If Tigers v Pies at a packed MCG on a Saturday arvo doesn’t get you wet I don’t know what to tell you. This should be an absolute cracker and a possible elimination final preview. In true AFL style, it won’t be shown on free to air, so luckily we’ve got Draftstars instead!
Saturday afternoon. The game of the season.
— 7AFL (@7AFL) July 26, 2018
Our mates / beautiful humans at Fantasy Insider have crunched the numbers and given us this ideal lineup for tomorrow:
Only 3 options but I actually think it’s quite tough. At 17k I feel like Grundy is way overs. He needs 136 to even begin to hit value, a mark he’s crossed only twice this year. Nank took the choccies in his last matchup against Grundy in round 6, winning the battle 131DS to 115. Collingwood gave up 130DS to Stef a week later, but since then haven’t conceded a 100+ score. This includes matchups against the likes of Gawn and Goldy. Mason Cox is your only other option at 8.4k, while he’s had a quiet month, he scored a respectable 73 from 10 touches and two goals last time against the Tigers.
Lock in? Cox
The Tiges don’t do the whole defending at rebounders thing very well. Jeremy Howe helped himself to 30 possessions / 12 marks / 131DS last time and I’m tempted to fire him up. Sam Murray returned with a 79 last week. Shaz and Maynard are other Collingwood backs that will enjoy some freedom tomorrow. Of the 3, I like Sam Murray the most. At the Tiges, Jayden Short has turned himself into a reliable fantasy option in all forms of the game. His 12.3k price is starting to worry me as he hasn’t shown much of a ceiling as yet. He’s a good play just not a value one.
Lock in? Pay up. Howe and Shorty
I really want to play Liam Baker today. Call it gut feel but I reckon he’ll grab this opportunity a run with it. When Jacob Townsend broke into the side late last year, he had a 16 possessions / 6 goal / 107DS game. He’s another one that will look to nail down a spot as finals approach. The Pies struggled with the pace of Dan Butler in round 6, Jack Higgins has stepped into that mid / fwd role of Butler. He can hunt the ball, Jack, he just needs to combine that with a few Snags and he’ll be pushing 85-90. At the top, Dusty and Kane Lambert lead a bunch of mid / fwd options. Have laid eyes on Dusty for the past few that 12.7k price looks in serious Danger of being made to look silly. Former member of The Killers, Jack Riewoldt, hasn’t got an obvious matchup and will smash value.
Lock in? Salary relief in Baker. Jack, or any of the mid / fwds on offer
Both teams are pretty lax at limiting opposition midfielders. Collingwood give the 3rd and Richmond the 5th most amount of points to midfielders. The high ceilings of Sidebum, Pendles, and Phillips appeal. Dion Prestia finally cracked the a Draftstars 100 last week, at 12k that’s a great price for a man in a serious purple patch.
Lock in? Any of the fwd / mids you missed. Higgins. Expensive Collingwood mids
That’s it for me this week, Community. Have a super week and I hope you make the 8 in all your leagues.