Worst. Round. Ever. Rest assured that I was on the internet within minutes registering my disgust throughout the world.
Round 14 is finally the end of this tortuous 3-week period known as the byes, but more importantly it’s the last of three trades in a week. Take advantage of this if you can and cut any dead wood in your side. Start thinking of having mid/fwd and def/mid swings in place for when the inevitable late year ‘general soreness’ hits and trades are either gone or at a premium.
With two thirds of the comp now off their bye there’s a heap of premium options available for pick up. Which ones do we target? Well Patch, Damo, and Lek dived right in on the podcast this week to find ours and yours best options on each line. Snaring a late season rookie for much needed cash gen is a huge advantage now, keep tabs on who is dominating at the lower level with Barron’s Around the Grounds. Get your all important captain fix with Damo and don’t forget to get Statty’s beautiful looking cheat sheet into ya.
For tonight, the Eagles have made six changes to the side that was humbled by Sydney in round 12. Shannon Hurn and Elliot Yeo are the big name inclusions, and there’s a debut for Jarrod Cameron (MID/FWD – 117.3k). Josh Rotham and Willie Rioli are among the outs. Essendon are replacing the injured Jake Stringer with Mitch Brown.
JPK returns for the Swans tonight and the Hawks have recalled Jarryd Roughead after a few weeks in the twos. Ben ‘Pinchy’ Stratton misses with suspension and Tom McCartin has been dropped. Does this set things up for a Buddy classic?
No change for Freo on Saturday arvo against the Dees. Jake Lever is injured again as is Michael Hibberd. While Jay Lockhart gets a timely recall to help those def/mid benches. St. Kilda coach, Alan Richardson, has finally finished his rebuild of Dan Hannebery’s legs and he’ll make his club debut. Jake Carlisle will also make his first appearance for the year. Brisbane have dropped Archie Smith among three changes, Allen Christensen will play his first game since round 5. Port Adelaide have gone whack! Dropping Paddy Ryder, Justin Westhoff, and Sam Powell-Pepper for their clash against the Cats. Ollie Wines and Brad Ebert makes their returns. Charlie Dixon has been resurrected yet again and will line up at full-forward. Joel Garner (DEF – 123.9k) will play his second game. Geelong have replaced the injured Esava with Darcy Fort (RUC – 117.3k), who is on the bubble.
There’ll be at least 4 changes between the Dogs and the Pies on Sunday. Libba and bubble boy Ryan Gardner are out for the Dogs, as is Bailey Dale. Jaidyn Stephensen is out for Collingwood. There are three new names on team sheets. Rhylee West (MID – 117.3k), Max Lynch (RUC – 123.9k), and Isaac Quaynor (DEF – 153.3k)
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
As our teams reach full premium and we set up for the run home, you absolutely want the the best midfielder and probably a top 5 player overall in your team at the end of the year. That man is Lachie Neale and you need to get him in your side if you don’t already. At 578k this is the cheapest he’s been at all year, which is remarkable considering he started the year priced at 607k. He’s had a few “quiet” weeks has Lachie, but you can’t keep a guy averaging 123 down for long. With Brisbane pushing for a top 8 berth he’ll be a big part of that.
Hey Now, You’re a Draftstar
From a fantasy point of view Port Adelaide’s moves at the selection table made this slate a lot more spicier. Only .8 separates these two sides in points for after 12 rounds, while Port concede an average of 34DS more per game. It should be a fairly even contest.
All three rucks are in play tonight and all three have RUC/FWD status. I suspect the solo rucking Scott Lycett (FWD – 10.2k) to be most popular, while Darcy Fort (FWD – 6.4k) should have no problems hitting value if he can hit the scoresheet. This makes Rhys Stanley (FWD – 11.4k) a contrarian play. Rhys has shown a hundred upside twice this year and with multiple 15k studs available in the midfield, he is not a bad play if you want to make your lineup a bit different.
Both these sides are fairly stingy in limiting opposition defenders. Looking right down the bottom of the list, Joel Garner (5.7k) had 11 kicks and 5 marks in his debut, if he can back that up he is a 10x value pick. Dan Houston (11.1k) and Xavier Duursma (MID – 11k) are in great touch, in games where Duursma has 5 or marks he’s gone 71, 102, 90, 84, 99, 97, 86. Tom Stewart (13.3k) is Mr. Consistency but his lack of ceiling puts me off him.
Robbie Gray (MID – 10.8k) is way too cheap for mine. He should stay in the midfield rotations even with Wines back. Port have largely been solid against key forwards this year, but have given up recent three figure scores to Jesse Hogan and Jack Gunston. Tom Hawkins (11.1k) has kicked 20.4 in his past 5 and is priced well if you think he can get on top of Port Adelaide’s defence. Patrick Dangerfield (MID – 15.4k) is always in play, his record at Adelaide Oval is stuff of legends. Averaging 124 in his past 5 at the venue. Brad Ebert (MID – 13k) returns tonight and was in pretty good touch before his injury.
Port’s midfield is all over the shop this week, decoding that will go a long way towards nailing your midfield picks. They have also given up some huge totals to opposition mids this year, and my game script is that Geelong should put the Power away tonight. Tim Kelly (14.9k) is a freak with a huge ceiling, as is Mitch Duncan (15k). Like Danger, Travis Boak (15.4k) has a brilliant record at Adelaide Oval this year, averaging 119DS. He’s been named on the ball alongside Wines. Karl Amon (9.6k) is still a good value pick if you really want to cram in as many studs as you can.