It’s not just us SuperCoaches freaking out about this three-week period. Brendon Bolton has joined Brad Scott on the coaching scrap heap for 2019. Lek was down at Princes Park immediately for crisis talks with the powers of the club. He shared his presentation for the vacant coaching position with the JR Crew in the group chat Tuesday morning and despite wanting to enforce mandatory sleeve’s on match day and every player must have luscious 70’s pornstar mo’s before being considered for selection the Blues decided not to be pioneers in coaching for 2020. Weak.
Back to the footy. With most being able to field a full 22 players this week it’s an opportunity to be aggressive with your trading. Don’t @ me if I’m wrong but guys like Bewley and Gardner have pretty strong job security I reckon. A sneaky downgrade or two to build cash now could allow for a triple upgrade next week.
Along with his usual captain’s article, the byes call for a voice of reason and Damo was that voice of reason on the podcast this week. Barron has crammed more information than you can poke a rookie sized stick at in Around the Grounds. Matty has given a change up to the cheat sheet this week, looking at your best round 14 options if you find you need to make your team a bit more even.
Before I get into the teams, a few quick bye round FAQ’s.
- Your best scoring on field 18 players make up your score. So if, for example, you have all 6 forwards available and a F7 emergency, that F7 won’t count towards your score (unless one of those forward is a late out).
- You can use players that are on their bye as captains loopholes as they will be locked out at the end of the round.
- You will have three trades per week that will not rollover. For example, if you only use two in round 12 you will not have four the next week.
Okay, here we go. Richmond are decimated on the injury front. Brendon Ellis and David Astbury join an already lengthy injury list. Their pain is our gain however, with Patrick Naish (DEF – 123.9k) making his debut. Shai Bolton has been dropped. Geelong have recalled Gary Ablett after his week off after a busy fortnight of elbowing people.
Carlton have made four changes for David Teague’s first match at the helm. Kade Simpson and Dale Thomas are amongst the ins. Liam Stocker is one of the outs. At Brisbane I have no idea who Jacob Allison is but he replaces Ben Keays. Some pretty uninspiring changes in what will probably be an uninspiring game between Gold Coast and North Melbourne. A few have Jack Bowes as a POD (why?), he will miss this week with injury. Let’s all breathe a collective sigh of relief for Rory Sloane, who is right to go this week. Matt Crouch has also been named and he should just not move between now and game day in case he injures himself. Bryce Gibbs has again been omitted. GWS actually doing what they said they would is both amazing and suspicious, Zac Williams is in for the injured Lachie Whitfield.
Only one Sunday game makes me sad. Darcy Cameron (RUC – 135.7k), Ryley Stoddart (FWD – 136.8k), and James Rose (FWD – 165k) come into the squad for Sydney, along with James Rowbottom. He is not on the bubble but still affordable at 131k. As expected, Shannon Hurn will miss for West Coast, Josh Rotham (DEF – 123.9k) is in the squad and averages 77 from his two games earlier in the year. A word of caution however, Jackson Nelson has also been named. Jarrod Cameron (MID/FWD – 117.3k) could make his debut.
On Monday’s celebration for Queen Lizzie’s big day that isn’t her actual real birthday. Pre-season buzz boy Isaac Quaynor (DEF – 153.3k) is in the squad for Collingwood. Dayne Beams is again out with injury. Marty Hore has been named on field for the Dees in positive signs. Steven May and Jake Lever will play their first game together for the club.
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
For 87,000 of us, finding a replacement for Lachie Whitfield is at the top of the ‘to-do’ list this week. You might be able to get away with holding him this week and trading him to Luke Ryan (523k) or James Sicily (491k) once they’ve come off their byes. If you’re keen to move him on this week and keep your bye structures in place then a trade to Rory Laird is probably your safest bet. At 504k, he’s not the Laird of 2018 that was smashing out hundreds for fun, that said, he hasn’t dropped below 84 so far this year.
Hey Now, You’re a Draftstar
Huge game tonight between the Tigers and the Cats at the G. Richmond was embarrassed last week week against the Roos at Marvel, but if you’ve listened to 5 minutes of Channel 7 commentary during a Richmond game this year you’ll know how good their recent record is on the hallowed turf.
There’s a clear winner in the world of fantasy however, with Geelong being 5th in total points this year and 15th in total conceded, compared to Richmond’s 15th in total points scored and 3rd in total conceded. Keep that in mind when you build your lineups.
If you want to fit in the Geelong midfield studs tonight you’re probably not looking too hard at Rhys Stanley (11.3k). Ivan Soldo (8.4k) has had 10 tackles in his two games but won’t give you much in terms of possessions. Noah Balta (7.8k) has played at his best at the MCG, his last two there are 82 and 79. However, Draftstars have changed him to a ruck only which lessens his appeal somewhat. Richmond flat out suck against tall marking targets and with David Astbury out there’s no obvious matchup for Esava Ratugolea (5.9k).
This is a hard position to pick tonight as both sides are bottom 3 in conceding points to the opposition number 1 defender over the past month. However, we’ve still got some studs on offer. Bachar Houli (14.5k) is averaging a ridiculous 132 over his past 3. Tallying 38, 37, and 35 touches in those games. Mitch Duncan (MID / 15.4k) has defender status and averages a lazy 119 over his past 6. If you’re paying up, I prefer Houli. Tom Stewart (13.3k) is a safe floor of 80 but there isn’t any value in him. Sydney Stack (10.1k) is at an awkward price but looks very composed the ball in his hands.
If you wanted to avoid the studs all together then Jordan Clark (8.2k) is your first value pick. That 27 two weeks ago has kept his price down despite games of 77, 84, and 95 in the past month. Patrick Naish (5k) debuts tonight at minimum price. He has averaged 26 disposals (19 kicks) and 4 marks in 8 VFL games this season.
As mentioned in the rucks, tall forwards = Richmond’s kryptonite. Tom Hawkins (11.2k) has kicked 16 goals in his past 4 games without really lighting things up in the Draftstars column. I’m predicting a physically hard game tonight; in games where Liam Baker (9.9k) records at least 5 tackles he has scored 82, 96, 112, and 90. Tom Atkins (7.3k) is in the same boat. The ‘G has been a happy hunting ground for Gary Ablett (12.9k), who returns tonight. Forward eligible midfielders Tim Kelly (14.7k) and Patrick Dangerfield (14.5k) are also in play. Dusty (MID / 13.3k) will need to be switched on if the Tigers have any chance for this one.
If you couldn’t stuff Danger, Kelly, or Dusty up forward chuck them in here. Jack Graham (9.8k) returns tonight and he’s the only member of the under 10k club that I’m interested in. He’ll be under instructions to tackle anything that moves so I like his floor. Trent Cotchin (10.7k) would’ve been better for the run last week but it’s hard to trust him yet. Cam Guthrie (10.9k) is another member of the ‘if he tackles, he’ll score well’ brigade and has been named on the ball tonight. Good luck!