The Panic Room – Round 6
Wowee, what a round last week was. Nat Fyfe missed, Rowell did his shoulder and will miss the rest of the season, Bailey Smith got flattened… the list goes on. Somehow, I managed to have all three, and I’m sure there were a few others that felt similar levels of pain.
Let’s jump straight into the room where we all mull over every bad decision we’ve made, offer moral support to each other, and just generally panic. It’s the Panic Room!
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Thursday night footy saw the Cats kicked plenty of goals in a row to dismantle the Lions as the top feline of the competition. Those who traded Rowell to Pat Dangerfield would’ve been rapt, those who traded Rowell to Mitch Duncan (like myself) would’ve spent the night crying themselves to sleep… just me?
Lachie Neale offered a great VC option despite scoring 20 points lower than his average, while Dayne Zorko finally played a decent game of football in 2020. Sam Menegola dominated on the wing with Duncan and Narkle out early, whilst Sam Simpson also took advantage of the CBA’s he attended. I don’t expect him to play such a prominent midfield role, but it was exciting to see him dominate when given the chance. Joel Selwood scored well, while Tom Hawkins kicked three goals. Hugh McCluggage looked as though he broke his collarbone at the end of the third quarter, but he came back on, then went back off holding his collarbone. He did finish on the ground, but Doctor LekDog announced it was an AC Joint rather than a collarbone. Brandon Starcevich has reached the end of his useful life, and if (for some reason) you own Gary Rohan, he’ll miss about 6 weeks through three separate reports.
The Hawks are debuting a couple of players in Josh Morris ($117,300) and Will Day ($153,300), as is Collingwood in Friday night’s game with Will Kelly ($123,900) and Atu Bosenavulagi ($123,900). Yes, it did take me about four goes to get the spelling right. Harry Jones was a stiff omission for the Hawks, whilst Tyler Brown was dropped and Jordan De Goey was “managed.” Isaac Quaynor will also play his first game of the season.
Nat Fyfe is back after a one week hamstring break. Those who dropped him will be scrambling over the next few weeks to try to get him back in, and Blake Acres will play his first game for Freo against his old side. He should be situated on a wing, and was a popular selection in preseason before going down with a bad hamstring. Sam Sturt has been pulled out of the side due to his ankle, and is replaced by Bailey Banfield. Zak Jones comes back in for the injured Dan Hannebery.
Jarrod Brander returns after a non-reported hip injury that confused all owners. He’ll take his spot on the wing after Jamaine Jones came out of the side with a hamstring injury. EDIT: FozDaddy is a sad boi, because he read Jarrod Cameron IN as Jarrod Brander. Now he has made his trades thinking he has a full team, and as a result he got in Mitch Duncan for a 13, instead of Jake Lloyd who he would’ve got instead. So lemme cry for a lil bit.
Luke Shuey will also miss with soft tissue damage, which is becoming a bit of a trend in the AFL… maybe it’s the 12 weeks off we had??? Andrew McPherson ($123,900) will debut for the Crows, while Fisher McAsey is back if anyone held him. Ben Crocker was dropped, while Taylor Walker was injured after having a massive impact last week.
Harley Bennell is finally back! He’s on the bubble still, and has been dominating in practice games. Who would’ve thought on bringing him back in, especially since Melbourne need a player exactly like him? Trent Rivers has been dropped, which will cause plenty to reactively trade him to avoid a donut, while Adam Tomlinson missed out on selection due to poor form, four games into a four year deal. Isak Rankine will make his debut for the Suns, while Brayden Fiorini will come back into the side after getting dropped for round three. Matt Rowell and Will Powell will come out of the Suns’ side.
Zach Merrett and Connor McKenna return for the Bombers on Saturday night. It will be McKenna’s first game since he tested positive for Coronavirus, and it’ll be interesting to see his role alongside Ridley. Ben Cunnington is out after one half in the last three weeks. Tristan Xerri will also miss.
There haven’t been any changes yet for either Port Adelaide or GWS on Sunday, but Cam Sutcliffe, Ryan Burton, Peter Ladhams and Sam Mayes have been added to the extended bench, as have Zac Langdon, Sam Jacobs, Jye Caldwell and Callan Ward. Expect one or two changes each side.
Richmond have decided to bring in a bunch of hyphenated players this week, just to make me write more. Bastards. Callum Coleman-Jones ($195,500), Derek Eggmolesse-Smith ($202,000) and Riley Collier-Dawkins ($123,900) have been brought into the extended squad, with Richmond needing to replace Shane Edwards, Bachar Houli, Toby Nankervis, Dion Prestia and Trent Cotchin. Ivan Soldo will probably get the ruck duties, while Jack Graham, Jack Ross, Marlion Pickett, Shai Bolton and Ryan Garthwaite were also all brought in. Sydney have already announced that Chad Warner ($117,300) and Dylan Stephens ($189,300) will debut, in place of Ben Ronke and Lewis Melican.
Zac Fisher looks set to return for the Blues after being a late out last week, but there have been no confirmed changes just yet. Hayden Crozier and Lin Jong will miss for the Dogs, with Lachie Hunter due to return after his drink driving suspension. Louis Butler has also been added to the extended bench and may return.
These players come with free frogurt! (that’s good)
These players come with Potassium Benzoate! (that’s bad)
FozDaddy’s Lock of the Week
Elliot Yeo has been anything but his usual self… Or has he? Over the last two years, Yeo has averaged 88 and 83 to start the season (rounds 1-5), and round six onwards is when he kicks into gear. Last season he had one ton in the first five weeks, then went 116, 132, 115, 136, 115, 90, 142, and finished the season averaging 107.6. With Adelaide this week, before moving into the Western Australia hub, hopefully Yeo can kick off his year after another false start, and at sub $500k, he’s a premium midfielder at a bottomed out price.
If you haven’t looked at the Cheat Sheet that Statty Matty drew up, it is below here:
And if you haven’t listened to the podcast, do yourself a favour and learn about some potential Rowell replacements, if you haven’t made your trades yet. If you have made your trades, then still listen to it, it’s pretty fun.
Another one to look at is the Captain’s Call, so give that a read if you haven’t decided on your captain this week. Or don’t, I’m not your mum.
Now go, community! Panic all you want. For it is the reckoning, and I hope you’re better equipped than I am. And for the love of God, I hope you have better luck than I do. Avoid donuts, bring in Premiums, and always trust in James Worpel. Much love.