Nearly finished, Community. Just two weeks left! Then we can get back into those around the home jobs we’ve been putting off.
The SuperCoach season may be winding down but JR HQ is winding um… up? as we look ahead to reloading for 2019. If your season has ended at this point it’s advised to reconnect a little bit with any significant others before you disappear into into the vortex that is Test Match cricket and 2019 SuperCoach research. Hopefully good things happen for you if you pay a little bit of attention.
Fingers crossed for BJ.
— Mark Stevens (@Stevo7AFL) August 10, 2018
Lek and Patch take a ride down to injury city this week in the podcast, where our premo’s are dead and our cover is shitty (take, me, homeeeeeee). Barron takes a look at some potential R3 candidates for 2019 in Around the Grounds. Big week for our captain choice and Patch lays it all out for us over here, and finally, Damo forgot the sheet part of the cheat sheet, but we still have a cheat article to get is by.
Quick look at how our SuperCoach teams will be lining up this round…
Changes galore tonight for the Tiges as they look to rest a few of their players before their finals campaign kicks off. Prestia, Lambert, and Cotchin are among the outs. Nank is back after his week off. At the Dons, Dea and Guelfi replace Orazzzziooooooo and McNiece.
Still no Jeremy Howe at the Pies, they are unchanged for Saturday arvo’s game against Port. They’ve lost Dixon and Clurey for the game to injury. Hombsch and Bonner are in. Ryan Abbott will play his second game of the year, replacing the injured Rhys Stanley. Harry Taylor will make his return. Big news at Freo with my husband, Nat Fyfe, clear to play and Michael Walters making a miraculous recovery from a season ending hamstring injury. Although it has come at the expense of the promising Sam Switkowski. Luke Ryan is out injured. The Giants have lost Heater and Josh Kelly as expected for the Battle of the Bridge. The Swans have made some changes to their fringe players. Hugh Goddard will make his season debut for the Saints and those with Logan Austin gathering dust on your bench makes a welcome return. Nathan Freeman has been managed. Big Boy McEvoy replaces Ceglar at the Hawks. In the derby a little further North, Gold Coast have been in the process of who they will cut from their list for 2019 and realised they have Michael Barlow. Jacob Heron also returns and is another who might have been on your defensive bench. Will Brodie is out having picked up a niggle last week. Just the one change at the Lions with Zac Bailey replacing Darcy Gardiner.
Sunday is sort of uninspiring from a SuperCoach standpoint. There’s potential debuts for Carlton pair Tom de Koning (RUC / FWD – 117.3k) and Angus Schumacher (DEF / MID – 117.3k). Eagles duo Francis Watson (DEF – 123.9k) and Matthew Allen (FWD – 123.9k). Crow Elliot Himmelberg (FWD – 123.9k) and Bulldog Callum Porter (MID – 117.3k) has been named in consecutive weeks. Nick Graham and Zaine Cordy are the only confirmed outs at Carlton and the Bulldogs, respectively. No confirmed outs at West Coast. Melbourne have lost Jesse Hogan to injury but regain Michael Hibberd which is good? Maybe? Not really. The Crows have lost Tex to suspension and there’s no confirmed changes for the Roos.
THE HOUSE OF EVIL
A little bit redundant at this point, but if Captain McCaptainface can stick around for as long as it has then the god damn House of Evil will stay alive!
These guys come with a free frogurt (that’s good!)
Ryan Abbott – RUC – 100 two weeks ago
Lewis Pierce – RUC – 97 last week
Conor Nash – DEF – 45 last week
-77 – Jack Madgen*
-54 – Aiden Bonar*
-22 – Brandon Starcevich*
-13 – Liam Baker*
These premiums contain potassium benzoate (that’s bad!)
191 – Tom Hawkins
183 – Tom Mitchell
166 – Crippahhhhh
164 – Maxy
161 – Nat Fyfe
147 – Pendles
143 – Dayne Beams
139 – Goldmember
SMOOTH KEVY’S LOCK OF THE WEEK
If you have trades/money at this point, then firstly; how? Secondly, a jump to Tom Hawkins could win you a final. The Cats host Freo and Gold Coast over the next two weeks, and while Richmond and Hawthorn have kept him in check for the past fortnight, he was averaging a lazy 131 in the four weeks before that.
Not as flush for cash? Then season ending injuries to Dawson Simpson at the Giants and Paddy Ryder at Port have opened up a potential scoring bump for Rory Lobb ($350.6k) and The Hoff ($433.1k).
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
We love a good derby at Jock HQ. Nick Robertson added some zest to the Q Clash by calling Gold Coast “completely soft” and suggesting that their players take a “backward step when blokes go hard at the footy”. A whole day after Chris Fagan and Stewie Dew played down the contest. Lovely stuff.
Mum and Dad, aka, Fantasy Insider, have bestowed on us this ideal lineup for the game.
Both Witts and Stef Martin are priced at 13k and I’m not seeing huge value in either. Brisbane give up the least amount of points to ruckman and Stef hasn’t seen a Drafstars ton since round 15. Key forwards against Gold Coast though? Sign me up! While a Jack Riewoldt-esque 10 goals is probabbbbly beyond Oscar McInerney, I don’t mind the punt on him for 7.5k.
Josh Walker (also a forward) is in a nice run of form, averaging +14 on his season average over his past 5. He averages 9 marks a game over this period. Gold Coast is giving up +16 on a players average to running backs over the past month. Harris Andrews is good value as his price is still low-ish by that injury affected 16. Hodgey doesn’t mind the GC matchup and then there’s the high ceiling of Alex Witherden, but he’ll cost ya.
Eric Hipwood has been a bit up and down over the past month but you could take the Gold Coast are rubbish against key forwards narrative and apply it here. Brisbane have had a hard time locking down opposition medium forwards recently. Throw a dart at which Gold Coast forward will take advantage of this, but Aaron Young can go huge when he snags a few and Ben Ainsworth is named in the opposite pocket.
Calling Gold Coast a Draftstars sieve to opposition midfielders is a bit unfair, a sieve at least puts up a little bit of resistance. Since round 17 they give up a whopping +23 to top 3 opposition mids. To put this into context, that’s 8 more than the 3rd placed team. Teams have preferred to send a tagger to Zorko this year, Touk went to him in round 5, so Dayne Beams is a huge lock for me.
When he’s not handed tagging duties, Jarrod Berry knows how to find the pill. He wasn’t given a job against Gold Coast back in round 5 so I reckon Fagan will let him run free again.
At the Suns, Michael Barlow is somehow priced at 7.8k and hasn’t dropped below 90 in his past 5 against GC. David Swallow is way too cheap at 10.8k and I love Brayden Fiorini’s ceiling, he scored 114DS against the Lions earlier in the year.