How bloody good is footy?!
Round 20 is in the can and what a magnificent can it was.
Five of the games were all decided by 4 points or less which was a record amount for a single round. Then Carlton came along on Sunday and ruined it (not a record, Carlton are known to ruin things)
Round 20 also saw the beginning of SuperCoach finals and tales of triumph and woe hit Twitter on Sunday night. Popular Panic Room roasting target and podcast enthusiast, PatchtotheMax, got one up over our Mad Irishman and hoo boy, he was humble about it
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) August 5, 2018
Then there was Community member Cam, who found out the hard way that Buddy can and will do whatever he wants at any given time.
@PatchToTheMax @LekDogSC So I used my advantage over my opponent (having trades left) to trade out Franklin on Thursday. My opponent was stuck with him. Happy days I thought. He’s been scoring terribly. Happy days.
Why can’t I have nice things?
— Cam (@RedFromNZ) August 4, 2018
Round 21 has arrived with it’s own set of problems and where there’s a problem a wild Lek and Patch will appear to solve it in their weekly podcast. South Australian royalty, Barron von Crow, looks at some South Australian draft royalty in this weeks Around the Grounds. If you’re playing this week you’ll need to nail your captain choice to get any further, Patch looks at some options over here, and Damo’s cheat sheet juggernaut rolls on this week.
As a special gift to the Community, dead set legend Michael Chamberlin (of Junktime Footy podcast fame) has joined Lek and Patch for a special podcast where they shoot the breeze on all things sport (and a bit of SuperCoach too). Cheers, Chambo!
Alright, bringing back a meme from 8 years ago to describe this round.
Let’s get into it…
St. Kilda’s already questionable uh… “ruck department” took a further blow during the week with Tom Hickey ruled out. Lewis Pierce (RUC – 125.3k) makes his season debut. Patch’s boy, Rowan “my boat” Marshall is back along with Ben Long and Bailey Rice. Ben Paton (DEF – 117.3k) will make his debut. Nick Coffield and Hunter Clark are amongst the outs. No changes for the Dons.
Saturday see’s Hawthorn’s Conor Nash replace WhiteX for the first game of the day. Ryan Abbott is one of five outs for the Cats, making way for the returning Rhys Stanley. Mark O’Connor will play his first game since round 2. Tom Stewart is another significant returnee for the Cats. Toby Nankervis is OUT for the game against the Suns, but they will be at almost full strength with the returning Jack Graham, Dion Prestia, and Bachar Houli. The Suns have made six changes themselves, recalling captain Steven May, David Swallow, and Jarryd Lyons. Sam Powell-Pepper is the big name out for Port. Dom Sheed is replacing Andrew Gaff at the Eagles. Jordan de Goey is straight back in for the Pies as the prepare to face the Lions at Etihad. Tom Cutler returns for Brisbane in the place of Ryan Bastinac. Toby Greene is injured again at the Giants; Brett Deledio and Dawson Simpson join him on the injury list. Tim Taranto and Dylan Shiel will return. The Crows have shuffled the magnets a bit, Riley Knight, who may have given some attention to one of the Giants’ gun mids, is out injured.
North have named Shaun Higgins and LDU on Sunday for their game against the Dogs, who have named Tim English on an extended bench and a possible debut for Callum Porter (MID – 117.3k). Freo have named Sam Switkowski (FWD – 117.3k) on an extended bench in one of seven new names. Carlton have given themselves a chance by dropping Cam O’Shea. Kruuuuuuze has been named on an extended bench. There’s only one confirmed out for the last game of the week between Melbourne and Sydney, and that’s Joel Smith. Hanners is chance to return for the match.
THE HOUSE OF EVIL
The House of full to the brim in a week that doesn’t really matter for rookie downgrades. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of options that can offer you some downgrade cash if you’re desperate.
These guys come with a free frogurt (that’s good!)
Jack Madgen – MID – 66 last week
Aiden Bonar – MID / FWD – 82 last week
Nathan Freeman – 64 last week
Brandon Starcevich – MID / FWD – 55 last week
-41 – Kane Farrell*
-21 – Fergus Greene*
-17 – Alex Morgan*
-12 – Will Walker*
These premiums contain potassium benzoate (that’s bad!)
173 – Stef Martin
165 – Jeremy Howe
160 – Goldmember
147 – Rory Laird
146 – Tom Mitchell
144 – Jayden Short
140 – Tomahawk
SMMOTH KEVY’S LOCK OF THE WEEK
No more needs to be said on the Andrew Gaff debacle, if you own him in SuperCoach he needs to be replaced. You’ve more than likely got a FWD / MID floating around that you can swap into the midfield as well.
If looking at a straight mid for mid swap and have 21k in the bank, Jack Redden will swallow up some of Gaff’s points despite being a different type of midfielder. He’s been on bloody fire lately, flashing a huge ceiling of 137 and 154 (twice). He comes up against Port this week, a team he scored 134 against back in round 7.
If you’re chasing a forward, Josh Dunkley has shifted into the midfield of late and pumped out scores of 105 (29 touches), 147 (27), and 132 (33). He faces North and Carlton under the roof over the next fortnight before the Tiges in the SuperCoach grand final.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
Geelong and Hawthorn have played out some absolute crackers over the years and both teams seem to lift for this matchup. Our mates over at Fantasy Insider have had a look at the numbers and given us this ideal lineup:
Rhys Stanley returns this week Geelong and was in pretty good form before his injury. His price is somewhat prohibitive as Hawthorn are only giving up on average 76DS to opposite rucks since round 15. Geelong are the best in the business at limiting opposition key forwards so that puts a line through Rough for mine.
That leaves Jono Ceglar. His past 3 has seen him average 85 and Geelong give up, on average, 92DS to opposition rucks.
Not a lot happening in defence. Both teams have been superb in locking down opposition defenders over the past month so I’m looking down the list to try and save some cash. Ben Stratton (8.5k) had 93DS and 11 intercepts v Essendon. He averages 10.6 of them over the past 3 games. Lachie Henderson is slowly getting back into it, he scored 106 last time out against the Hawks. While I’m not expecting that kind of return, he’s low risk option at 6.4k
Of the pricier targets, Shaun Burgoyne doesn’t mind playing against the Cats. He’s been extremely consistent over the past month, scoring between 78 and 93.
Helllllo midfielder forwards against Hawthorn! They’re giving up the second most fantasy points to the position over the past month and Geelong have a bunch of options. Gaz averages a lazy 143DS over his past 5 against the Hawks, Danger 120DS, and Sam Menegola hasn’t dropped below 82DS since May. May!
If you’re looking to spend down a bit, Dan Menzel is my pick. He loves to sneak out the back and snag a cheap goal. He’s scored 101DS (4 goals) and 90DS (3 goals) in his past two against the Hawks
Fire (up) the Worpedo! James Worpel’s price hasn’t quite caught up to his little purple patch. The same can be said of Harry Morrison. Tim Kelly is quickly becoming my second favourite opposition player to watch (Love you Fyfey!). His 57 against Brisbane two weeks ago has kept his price down to 12.9k, his 5 games around that score saw him average 109.8. Scott Selwood is another who doesn’t mind this matchup. His floor always appeals to me because of his love of a cuddle and I expect this to be a hot game of footy.
If you’ve followed me so far you’ll have the cash to splash to a certain guy by the name of Tom Mitchell. Many will blanch at his 21k price tag but he’s just too hard to fade at the moment. On a single game slate he’ll be the top scorer against a team that isn’t known to apply a heavy tag. The man scored 146DS last week against Essendon which are the best team in the comp at limiting opposition midfielders.
That’s it for this week, Community. For those in prelims enjoy the week off while the rest of us deal with do or die semi final games.