It’s here, folks! Round 11 marks exactly ONE (1) week to go before the dreaded 3 week period known as the apocalypse / bye rounds hit and proceed to decimate our sides. In my view, there’s only one solution – we all start a new life under the sea.
In all seriousness, community. These next few weeks are not the time to be living in a world of make believe, with flowers and bells and leprechauns and magic frogs with funny little hats. If you’ve taken a #YOLO approach so far, so be it, but, potentially, the next 11 trades you make can shape how you go in these byes. Sit down for half an hour, open up Excel and make yourself a plan of action. Who do you want? How will you get them? And when is the right time to make your move?
Big news at the Tigers this week with Trent Cotchin to play his first game since round 3. Darcy Moore and Jordan de Grey return for the Pies and Dan Menzel will play his first game of the year in new colours against his old side. Jarrad McVeigh makes his return. Tom Rockliff won’t play despite travelling and Brisbane have ruined everything!
For tonight, Rhyce Shaw comes in for Brad Scott in the only change at North. Three changes for Richmond with Ivan Soldo returning from suspension and Dan Butler replaces Dan Rioli, and the aforementioned Cotchin replacing Connor Menadue.
The Giants have recalled bubble boy Lachie Keefe (DEF – 190,500) for Sam Taylor. The Suns have made two forced changes, one of which is Josh Schoenfield, who will play his first game of the year. Travis Varcoe joins Moore and de Grey as ins for the Pies. Rupert Wills is one to make way, there are no changes at Freo. Esava is back for the Cats, but it comes at the expense of Darcy Fort. Danger is also back after his week off. The Swans lose JPK to injury but regain the experience of Jarrad McVeigh. Mitch Hannan will play his first game for the year, but bubble boy Harrison Petty and popular rook Jay Lockhart are out with injuries. Still no Matt Crouch at the Crows, they’ve have recalled some tall targets in Tom Lynch and Josh Jenkins. Bryce Gibbs is also back into the side. Brisbane have ruined our trade plans by dropping Mitch Hinge in 1 of 4 changes. Archie Smith is among the ins which could spell trouble for Stefan Martin owners. Jack Scrimshaw is out for the Hawks with injury.
On Sunday, despite team sheets and the 12 hour flight to China, Tom Rockliff will not play against the Saints. Scott Lycett is back in and Hamish Hartlett has been named for the first time this year. Peter Ladhams is the only confirmed out at this stage. The Saints have added 4 names, one of them being Darragh Joyce (DEF – 123.9k), who is on the bubble. Plenty of changes for Essendon vs Carlton, aka Patch vs Lek. The winner will be showered with praise. The loser will be taunted and booed until my throat is sore. The Bombers lose Jake Stringer and Dylan Shiel to injury, but there’s a possible debut for Irving Mosquito (MID/FWD – 117.3k). Will Setterfield is amongst the ins for the Blues, who are managing Kade Simpson. There’s also a possible debut for Angus Schumacher (DEF – 123.9k). The Dogs have confirmed Ryan Gardner (DEF/FWD – 102.4k) will debut and have named Rhylee West (MID – 117.3k) in the squad. Mitch Wallis is among the outs, which opens up some extra midfield time for someone. No outs at West Coast as yet, Lewis Jetta is back in the squad which might be their only change.
The House of Evil
These rookies come with a free frogurt! (that’s good)
These premiums come with Potassium Benzoate (that’s bad)
Can I go now? (Trade bait)
Smooth Kevy’s Lock of the Week
With the news of Mitch Wallis’ leg injury potentially keeping him out until later in the year, this is the injury we’ve been waiting for for Josh Dunkley to get more stable mid time. Of course, Luke “Mr Magnets” Beveridge can and will do anything he damn pleases, he cares not for our petty little SuperCoach competition. At 553k, Dunkley’s ceiling is simply to enormous to ignore. He’s 35k cheaper than David Mundy (they share the same bye) and is nearly 100k cheaper than Josh Kelly.
Hey Now, You’re a Draftstar
With Gold Coast stepping away from the China experiment, the Saints have whipped out their passports and will join Port Adelaide at Jiangwan Stadium on Sunday. With both teams sitting outside the 8 on percentage, this is a good ol’ fashioned 8 point game. Let’s have a look.
Port have done an excellent job of choking opposition rucks this year. Even the man himself, Brodie Grundy, “only” managed a 99 against them (their highest conceded so far). Rowan Marshall (12.6k) needs a 100 to hit value and I don’t see that happening against Port. Scott Lycett (9.3k) returns this week. He doesn’t have the best form line but has enjoyed playing against the Saints while at West Coast, averaging 90 from 2 games.
St Kilda have had their issues with lead up forwards so far this year. Depending on where he lines up, this could open the door for Justin Westhoff (RUC / 11.5k). He has a 90 average (2 games) in Shanghai and an 87 (3 games) average against St Kilda. The slightly cheaper Connor Rozee (10.2k) is also an option. Robbie Gray (MID / 10.7k) loves playing against the Saints. He returned last week for 27 touches and 7 marks.
I’ve had success in targeting medium forwards against Port before and the Saints have a bunch of them. Jade Gresham (MID / 11.4k) is in cracking form at the moment. Jack Billings (MID / 13.1k) had a stumble last week but was generally okay before that. If you’re feeling brave, Dean Kent (8.4k) is exactly the type of player than can trouble Port if he can kick multiple goals.
The top 1 medium defenders have found scoring against both these sides pretty easy in 2019 (St Kilda 102.1; Port 101.8). Shane Savage (11.9k) is your pick of St Kilda defenders, the fit again Jarryn Geary (10.7k) is also a big part of St Kilda’s defence. DBJ (12.4k) is the standout at Port but there’s several 10k options such as Duursma (also a MID), Houston, and Burton that you can use to save some money.
With Tom Rockliff confirmed out Travis Boak (15.6k) will be the popular pick. He’s dominated in his matches in China with scores of 113 and 153. That said, St Kilda are actually the 3rd stingiest side this year in giving up points to opposition number 1 mid, there’s also a possible Jack Steele (14.3k) tag (he is also an option). Luke Dunstan (12k) has had a really good month, as has SPP (11k), who hasn’t dropped below 71DS for 6 weeks.