We’ve made it! SuperCoach Grand Finals across the land are just days away
Top 8, bottom 8, cash league, whatever it may be. Congrats for making it this far. It’s been another cracking year of SuperCoach full of many highs (Jackson Macrae) and frustrating lows (Michael “Never again” Hibberd). Patch is not even hanging around for it and has started his mad Monday already.
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) August 19, 2018
It’s never too early to start your preparations for SuperCoach 2019, take a screenshot or jot down some players that are fresh in your mind at the moment. It will save you some time when SuperCoach reopens in January. We’ve got one more week to get through and we finish not with a fizzle, but with a bang.
The podcast this week is Patch-less, I repeat, Patch-less. However Lek is joined by the absolute lad that is Teddy. Sitting 9th overall and a real shot at being 50k richer come Sunday night. Barron has delivered his regular goldmine that is Around the Grounds and has stepped in to cover Captain McCaptainface this week. Damo has had a brilliant debut year in the cheat sheet hot seat. This week it’s the People’s cheat sheet of your best and worst starting selections for SuperCoach 2018. Have a gander right here.
Rocky’s disappointing fantasy season has ended prematurely after stuffing his shoulder, he’s one of three changes for tonights game against the Bombers. SPP is back and Billy “Peter” Frampton (RUC/FWD – 123.9k) will debut. Tommy Bellchambers will miss, giving Leuy a chance to impress.
The Cats have dropped Jackson Thurlow and brought in Jed Bews in the only change as they host the Suns on Saturday arvo. The Tiges are going full dress rehearsal for what is essentially a dead rubber clash against the Dogs. Astbury, Cotchin, and Dion Prestia are all back at the expense of Garthwaite, Baker, and Sam Lloyd. At the Dogs, Bailey Williams adds some muscle down back. The Pies are unchanged for their trip out West to play Freo. Michael Walters is now number 1 with a bullet on my never again list, missing with injury again. Stefan Giro will also miss which might hurt a few that were relying on his bench cover. Buddy Franklin has made the cut at the Swans. Heath Grundy replaces Robbie Fox in their only change. Potential Buddy minder James Frawley is out injured, but Roughie will return along with Ricky Henderson and Dave Mirra. Adelaide are handing Elliott Himmelberg (FWD – 123.9k) his debut but will lose Tom Doedee to injury. The Blues have their own injury concern in Paddy Dow, replacing him with Sam Kerridge.
Sunday is your usual “add a whole bunch of names but don’t omit anyone” situation. There’s potential debuts for Connor Ballenden (DEF/FWD – 117.3k), Corey Lyons (MID – 123.9k), and Matthew Allen (FWD – 123.9k) at Brisbane and West Coast, respectively. Big news and possible SuperCoach 2019 ramifications at the Giants with Zac Williams named on an extended bench. Josh Kelly and Sam Reid have been named on field. The Dees have added Tom Bugg (lol) and four new names to their squad. Will Walker is the only confirmed out as the Saints prepare to host Norf in the last game of the week. Jake Carlisle is among the ins and has been named on field.
THE HOUSE OF EVIL
The house is officially closed for 2018. It may return in 2019, it may not. It’s entirely dependant on any other terrible puns I can think up between now and nest year (suggestions welcome)
SMOOTH KEVY’S LOCK OF THE WEEK
If you’ve been lucky enough enough to make it to the big dance with trades in the bank there’s no point keeping the powder dry. Trade, trade, trade! First point of call is obviously covering any on field donuts (Walters!) or questionable rookies that you’re being forced to field.
For the last game of the year you may as well target specific matchups to get the most out of your trade. Adelaide are playing Carlton so hello Matt Crouch. Geelong have Gold Coast at home so a target of any of their fwd/mids/anyone really (Ablett, Danger, TK, Menegola, Tomahawk). Also have a look at Barron’s captain suggestions to get an idea of who has a decent record against their opponent this week.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DRAFTSTAR
As a neutral I don’t mind a bit of the Swans v Hawks rivalry. With a win and a few other results going their way both teams can finish as high as second, but way more likely it is a battle for 4th and the double chance.
JR wouldn’t have been possible this without the lovely people at Fantasy Insider. For the last time this year I’ve fired up their famed number cruncher for the ideal lineup for this matchup.
Really not keen on picking a ruck this week. Cal Sinclair has had a solid fantasy year but hasn’t seen a Draftstars ton for 6 weeks. Big Boy should win the hitout battle but doesn’t offer much around the ground. The Swans are +11 against key forwards and Roughie has a serviceable record against the Swans but his record at the SCG is pretty atrocious. Take your pick!
It’s a tricky forward line too for this one. Jack Gunston is in play for the same reasons as Roughie and Buddy could be a sneaky choice after a week of will he/won’t he rumours, The Swans will be looking for him and many in the community have learnt the hard way not to write off Buddy.
George Hewett will be chasing Tom Mitchell all night so he’ll be seeing plenty of the ball. Kieran Jack delivered a 10x value game last week so you could try to chase his points and Ben Ronke famously kicked 7 against the Hawks earlier in the year (but hasn’t done much since) He’s always an option if he brings his tackle game to what will be a fairly hot contest of footy.
Jake Lloyd is an option but he’s priced too heavily for mine in a slate where there is little in the way of reliable value.
Shaun Burgoyne is just amazing isn’t he? He’s scored a ton in three of his past 4 against Sydney. His last 3 visits to the SCG has seen him average 113 and he’s only dropped below 80 once in his past 7 games. Lock. From here you could throw a dart at Nash, Mirra, Miles or even Rampe and hope for a random value breaking score but they have been few and far between this year.
Heath Grundy returns this week which will allow Aliir Aliir to play the third tall.
Other than the DPP’s I’ve mentioned above, once again I’m going back to the well that is James Worpel while he’s (still) under 10k. George Hewett will go straight to Tom Mitchell so he’s an easy fade for me. Liam Shiels has two 130’s to his name from his last three visits to the SCG. Nic Newman is having a nice end to the year, his 3 game average of 96.7 is a 21.8 point bump on his season average.
That’s all she wrote, folks. Been an absolute delight bringing the Panic Room to your eyeballs this year. Good luck this week and catch you next year! Xx