Week 1 of finals is in the can and depending on how you went you either:
- Have the week off
- Are preparing for a sudden death semi final
- Started your research for 2020 (in Damo’s case he started this about 8 weeks ago)
Sudden death semi finals are my focus. This aint the time to half-ass it, if you’ve got trades in the bank put them to good use.
There is a caveat to this. No matter how screwed you think you are, there’s probably someone else in a deeper world of pain. Scope out your opponent first to check out their team. If you fancy yourself to get up without too much hassle, then perhaps hold off until next week when trades will be even more important…er.
With a podcast name of ‘Episode names are hard’, you just know Patch has given up at this point. It’s still a good listen though. Barron is back on board with his preview of 2020, Hawthorn, Melbourne, and North Melbourne are under the Baz-o-scope™️. Damo’s captain graphs were a hit, so get more of it into your eyeballs here, and Matty’s cheat sheet is your port of call if you have trade or two still sitting in the bank.
The BIG News
Slight change of format this week with a focus on team changes that will have some bearing on your fantasy fortunes this week (either draft or long form)
Jeremy Cameron is back tonight for the Giants. Loop him if you can but his fortunes have improved with injuries to Harry Himmelberg and Jeremy Finlayson. Jono Ceglar will lead the rucks for Hawthorn as Ben McEvoy is injured. Grant Birchall is out.
Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn will go mano-e-mano on Saturday after Melbourne let go of Brayden Preuss and Collingwood lost Mason Cox due to another injury. Dane Rampe will return for the Swans against Port. Gold Coast have again dropped Jack Martin, there’s something fishy there. Expect him to be linked with Hawthorn later this week. Dyson Heppell returns for the Bombers on Saturday night against the Dogs in a raft of changes. Adam Saad, Darcy Parish, and Will Snelling are all injured. The Dogs are also reeling from injury, Caleb Daniel just can’t get that hamstring right and Tom Liberatore will also miss out with knee troubles. Jordan Clark has an injured elbow and will miss the Cats v Roos on Saturday night. Luke Dahlhaus makes his return.
Dan Hannebery and Jack Steven look set to return for the Saints on Sunday. Jade Gresham and last weeks DPP rookie, Doulton Langlands, have picked up injuries. Sam Jacobs has been added to the Crows squad for Sunday, and word is that he’ll play, Reilly O’Brien is on the extended bench.
Changkouth Jiath (DEF – 123.9k) comes off the category B rookie list and will debut tonight against the Giants. Like most NEAFL footballers, James Bell (FWD/MID – 123.9k) has very good numbers at lower level, averaging 20.8 possessions and 5.4 tackles from his 15 games this year. Caleb Graham (DEF/RUC – 117.3k) will debut for Gold Coast. He is a versatile key defender/forward/ruck and isn’t much to get excited about from a fantasy perspective. Marlion Pickett (MID – 102.4k) played his first game at VFL level last week and gets a chance to debut on Sunday.
The House of Evil
These rookies come with a free frogurt! (that’s good)
These premiums come with Potassium Benzoate (that’s bad)
Smooth Kevy’s Lock of the Week
As I said above, if you’re sitting pretty this week there’s no point rushing into a trade. There’s still two weeks to go after this one and who knows what the SuperCoach Gods will throw at us. If you need a cheap midfield reinforcement this week, Dusty is really standing out to me. A noted fast finisher (he averaged 111 and 127 over the final four rounds in 2018 and 2017), he smashed out a season high 138 last weekend. His opponent this weekend? Carlton; a team he averages 132 from his past four against. If history repeats, his represents incredible value for money at only 489k.
Hey Now, You’re a Draftstar
I swore off Essendon after the Shaun McKernan debacle a few weeks ago but this Essendon vs Bulldogs matchup is hard to ignore. Essendon were flogged last week and must win this one to keep the chasing pack at bay.
Zac Clarke is somehow still in this team and attending a vast majority of Essendon’s ruck contests while McKernan stays forward. The Dogs have kept key forwards fairly quiet in recent times and I’ll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I ever recognise Clarke, so Tim English it is.
Caleb Daniel will miss tonight so again it’s roulette as to who gets his points. Taylor Duryea returns in his place and smashed out a 129DS last time Daniel missed. Suckling and JJ should also see bumps. Essendon have also lost a bit in the back half, which may open up increased opportunities for Conor McKenna and Mason Redman.
Aaron Naughton is threatening to explode. After a bit of quiet patch he’s reeled in 10 marks in each of his past two games. Bailey Dale is at a similar price and will be a low owned pivot from Naughton. Sam Lloyd blanked last week against the Lions but prior to this he was on a very consistent stretch of 80+ scores. Jake Stringer has a revenge narrative (if you buy into that) and is starting to put it all together more consistently.
On ruck, defence, and forward lines, the most expensive player is 11.4k, so you should have no problem taking two of Macrae, Dunkley, or Zerrett (or even all 3 is possible). It will be interesting as to who Dylan Clarke goes to, the consensus is that he takes Bontempelli, although Bont can go forward where he’ll have a 7kg and 6cm advantage over Clarke. Will Hayes replaces Tom Liberatore tonight and has hit 8x value in 3 of his 5 matches, although all of those have come playing alongside Libba. Regardless, it should open up some additional CBA’s for Hayes and possibly Bailey Smith.