Before we get into the Panic Room for this week an update on the very important goal that I set for all you wonderful people in last weeks Panic Room. I asked that we banish the #CoxCurse forever by telling Patch to shut up and… it worked! Grundy in particular was awesome after quarter time, piling on 137SC. We should all take this as a lesson to blame Patch for everything and tell him to shut up more often.
Champion Data had a Sunday they’d rather forget. Lachie Neale broke the system and the entire operation came crashing down. The only good thing to come of navigating footy with no stats was Twitter absolutely roasting them for it.
For mine, this is the most important week in SuperCoach. Last week was hold your trades, this week it’s go wild! (within reason). First order of business is to get the right rookies in your team, which we’ll get to a bit later. Second is taking a long, hard look at the premo’s you’ve selected. Two weeks ago you backed them in for long haul, if your reason for trading is “he doesn’t look right”, reassess it. Josh Dunkley has caught the ire of many this week, but he had 17 CBA’s against the Hawks and this week he has the Suns. Sometimes you just don’t get the right bounce of the ball.
On the other hand, Dusty hasn’t laid a tackle in two weeks. In fairness to Dustin, he’s never had huge tackle numbers (averaged 3.5 in the year he averaged 120SC). What is concerning is his clearance numbers, only three centre clearances so far this year and will likely be spending a bit more time forward now that Riewoldt is out for a month. If you picked him with the view that he’s a strong clearance player, this clearly isn’t happening.
If the Jock Reynolds team were promo’s, then they’d be the ultra consistent type you could rely on every week. Barron’s rookie article is equal parts amazing and informative. Statty Matty, our “work experience kid, except 40” is producing a glorious looking cheat sheet. Damo has captain options for the week covered, and if your week just hasn’t had enough of Lek shouting then this weeks podcast is for you.
You know the drill by now, Thursday’s are awful and I’ll update later etc etc. Tonight we’ve got Adelaide taking on the Cats at Adelaide Oval. If the crowd doesn’t encourage Seed to have a ping when he gets it 80m out Crows fans officially suck.
There are two forced changes tonight. Adelaide’s short turnaround has meant Sam Jacobs’ dodgy knee hasn’t come up in time, Reilly O’Brien comes in his first competitive hitout since 2016. At the Cats, Jack Henry has a sore hammy and is replaced by veteran Lachie Henderson.
Plenty of changes at the selection table this week, but luckily there’s not much that will hurt you from a SuperCoach standpoint. Zac Clarke will make his club debut at the Bombers, but as he’ll be timesharing with Bellyache I wouldn’t get too excited. Mitch Brown and Kyle Langford have been dropped. Tom Sparrow, we hardly knew ‘ye. Corey Wagner (MID – 123.9k) is back in after playing round 1. Steven May is out injured.
Carlton have lost Charlie Curnow to injury and dropped Fas and Garlett for their game against the Swans. They’ve made three changes also, bringing in former Cat Jackson Thurlow for his club debut. Josh Kelly is right to go at the Giants. Shane Mumford is also amongst the ins after his retirement/slap on the wrist (aka drug “ban”). Noah Balta is back for the Tigers and there’s also a debut for Sydney Stack (MID – 102.4k). Brisbane will head in unchanged for their game against Port, who are welcoming back Ollie Wines. Collingwood are adding Taylor Adams to an already stacked midfield, Travis Varcoe is the one to make way. There’s a debut at the Eagles for Josh Rotham (DEF – 123.9k), Andrew Gaff also returns after his 8-week suspension.
On Sunday, The Dogs have added popular R3 Jordan Sweet (RUC – 102.4k) to their squad. The Hawks have lost Liam Shiels and Shaun Burgoyne to injury. Dylan Moore (FWD – 123.9k) has again been named for the Hawks. Chad Wingard will make his club debut. Bailey Scott has encouragingly kept his spot despite North adding Paul Ahern and Jed Anderson to their squad. Marley Williams is the only confirmed out so far. Jack Steven is being managed at the Saints, Darragh Joyce has a few owners and is back in the squad.
The House of Evil
Rookies, premo’s, free frogurt, and Potassium Benzoate. All with your choice of topping! What more could you want other than actually useful information like player breakevens?
These rookies come with a free frogurt! (that’s good)
-121 – Willem Drew
-108 – Matt Parker
-97 – Charlie Constable
-83 – LDU
-69 – Xavier Duursma
-63 – Zak Butters
-59 – Bailey Scott
-51 – Jordan Clark
-48 – Jack Scrimshaw
-48 – Gryan Miers
These premiums come with Potassium Benzoate (that’s bad)
221 – Liam Shiels
198 – Max Gawn
194 – David Mundy
193 – Brodie Grundy
190 – Gaz
185 – Elliot Yeo
183 – Buddy
176 – Kade Simpson
155 – Isaac Heeney
152 – Dusty
Full list at Footywire
Smooth Kevy’s Lock of the Week
Rory Sloane has had 17 tackles and 17 clearances to start the year. At 524k this just screams value. What gave him the edge to get into Lock of the Week this week is actually what his teammates are doing. George Hewett is among the top 3 taggers in the game and Horse sent him to sit on Laird and then later on Brad Crouch. If Rory can continue to escape the attention of opposition taggers we all know what he can do. Of course this depends on both Crouch brothers (yes there are two of them, Patch) staying fit and on the park, but until then you won’t see Sloane this cheap again in 2019.
Hey Now, You’re A Draftstar
DFS can be a cruel mistress at times. You’d be happy with the score of 734 on a single game slate. What I didn’t account for though was the top 17 players on the ground being all Magpies, ten of which scored 100 or more.
Tonights game between the Crows and the Cats is a tough one on paper. There are 10 options above 13k (and Menegola at $12,980) so you’ll need to take a punt or two somewhere to fit in the guns.
It’s Stanley (11.7k) v O’Brien (9.5k) tonight in our only options. Stanley’s price is not a lineup breaker tonight, but as I said in the intro you need to save some coin to fit in the guns. O’Brien played two games without Sauce in 2016 for returns of 84DS and 64DS. Not awful, but not great either. Listed as an inch taller and three kilos heavier than Stanley, he should be able to hold his own.
Geelong are yet to concede a 100+ score to a defender this year. I’m hoping coaches flock to Adelaide’s defensive trio tonight so I can nab Tom Stewart (11.4k) under owned. Adelaide gave up 123 to Jake Lloyd last week and 106 to James Sicily in round 1 and as the clear number 1 avenue out of defence Stewart could be inline for a big one. Jordan Clark (7.2k) price remains steady after returns of 60 and 70 in his first two games. Has an awesome kick to handball ratio of 3.6:1 and laid 5 tackles last week against the Dees.
Both teams have been stingy in giving up points to opposition forwards so far this year so either look to find value or target MID/FWD DPP’s. Patrick Dangerfield (MID / 16.5k) is the obvious jewel here. He averages 127 in his last 5 against the Crows and 123 in his past 5 at Adelaide Oval. If you want to deploy him in your mids, Luke Dahlhaus (13.2k) and Tim Kelly (14.1k) have made strong starts to the year. Looking down the list, Reilly Knight (9.4k) was used as a tagger against Selwood last time against Geelong. He put up 77DS himself in that game and I don’t mind him here if he’s following around Selwood tonight.
Clayton Oliver (130DS), Angus Brayshaw (117DS), and Jack Viney (115DS) all enjoyed huge games last week against Geelong. All Adelaide’s midfield premiums are in play here so stuff in as many as you can. Charlie Constable’s (10.5k) price has shot up on the back of 31 possessions last week. I’m not real comfortable paying that amount for a 3rd gamer but he’s hot right now. I’m predicting a high pressure game of footy tonight and Tom Atkins (6.5k) has laid 13 tackles in two weeks. He offers a safe floor and if he can get a few more touches he’ll smash value at his price.