The Panic Room – Round 4
With Foz making his debut as Panic Room writer last week threatening my place in the group chat, I’m back on deck this week. It seems I can no longer just lob in occasionally with an on point snappy Simpsons reference (I don’t see why not? Patch has been doing that for years). Patch’s “contributions” aside, I’m back this week as your bearer of bad news, your carrier of consternation, your provider of PANIC! LETS GOOO
Newz you can Uze
Thursday games are constant pain for the Panic Room so we’re just going to gloss over that. There was a debut for Louis Butler (49SC), a cheapie def/mid you can use to swing with Starcevich or Rivers if he holds his spot next week. Bont went huge, Heeney disappointed and Justin McInerney scored a handy 74.
Tonight the Giants regain Greene and Jelly for their game against the Pies. They are also sending out a sacrificial lamb in the form of Shane Mumford to get slaughtered by Brodie Grundy instead of Sam Jacobs. Rookie Jye Caldwell has been dropped. The Darcy Cameron experiment lasted all of two games, dropped in favour of Mason Cox.
Port aren’t doing much at the selection table but the Eagles are making a mini statement after a slow start by making four changes, but I think we can all agree that Tom Hickey is never the answer. JGov is back though. The Tiges have made a similar statement, dropping four for Maddie’s Game against the Saints. Marlion Pickett is out and will hurt most of us, but Dusty is back in for those that held. We’ve got a new rookie! Sam Philp (MID – 121.8k) is making his debut against the Dons who have lost Dyson Heppell (ankle) for the clash. There’s a newbie at Freo too, Caleb Serong (MID – 175.8k) will debut alongside the returning Stephen Hill. As expected, popular rookie Sam Sturt is out with an ankle injury. Gold Coast are *gasp* unchanged.
On Sunday, the magnificent Mr Zorko has been named with potential debutant Connor Ballenden (FWD – 123.9k). Adelaide have turned to *checks notes* Bryce Gibbs as they attempt to salvage something from the season. Shane McAdam (FWD – 123.9k) could make his debut. In expected but ultimately frustrating news, Harley Bennell is being managed at the Dees. Kosi Pickett is amongst the possible ins. The Cats are throwing Darcy Fort at ruck behemoth Max Gawn after losing Rhys Stanley to a knee injury. Brandan Parfitt returns after impressing against the Hawks in round 2. In the final game for the week, the Hawks have added four names without making any outs. Their opponents, North Melbourne, could unleash Jack Mahony (MID / FWD – 117.3k) and Tristan Xerri (RUC / FWD -123.9k) for us. Ben Cunnington has been named to return.
A slightly (significantly) shortened collection of breakevens this week as Footywire had a bad week and has given up.
These players come with a free frogurt! (That’s good)
These players come with Potassium Benzoate! (That’s bad)
Smooth Kevy’s Lock of the Week
We’re all scrambling to to get those sweet, sweet premium midfield points. There’s been some massive scores on this line so far (and some not so massive, looking at you Jelly!). While your Real Deal Lachie Neale’s and your #FyfeIsLyf’s will set you back a pretty penny, value is the name is of the game this year.
My previous experience with North Melbourne players comes in the form of Todd Goldstein (pretty good) and Shaun Higgins (no good, very bad, awful) but young Roo Jy Simpkin has an average of 125 across the first 3 games of the season. Last week in absence of Ben Cunnington, the 59-gamer put the midfield unit on his back on his way to a monster 140-point haul. His midfield time looks pretty locked in to me, he’s still under 500k and any future tag will likely go the way of Cunnington, leaving Jy to strut his stuff for the remainder of the season.
(BONUS: If you don’t have Matt Rowell yet, ignore all that and grab him. The kid is a freak)