Panic Room | Round 16
My word, am I panicking now. After a projected score of 2510 before the round started, I forgot to correctly set my loop that I had just traded in and copped CCJ’s 5 instead of looping him with Dev Robertson. On top of that, Dusty and Short apparently suck at football and Richmond will miss the finals.
Newz you can Uze
Gryan Miers and Rhys Stanley have been recalled for Geelong’s Friday night clash with Essendon. Shaun Higgins and Esava Ratugolea have been managed, while Mark O’Connor is out injured. Tom Cutler and Will Snelling come back into the Essendon lineup, while Matt Guelfi and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher are dropped. O’Connor’s absence may mean no attention to Merrett or Parish? Hopefully.
Melbourne has made no changes for its clash against the Giants, however GWS has recalled Tom Green and Shane Mumford, whilst dropping Kieran Briggs and Matt de Boer. I can’t wait to see Green plying his trade in brown and gold next season.
Luke Pedlar will make his debut for Adelaide on Saturday, with Billy Frampton and Nick Murray returning to the side. Darcy Fogarty, Shane McAdam and Will Hammill have been dropped. Jarrod Berry and Grant Birchall return for James Madden and Jaxon Prior, who’s absences will hurt coaches using them for cover.
Nat Fyfe will make his return from that shoulder injury, with goat Matt Taberner out with injury. Tom Williamson and Levi Casboult return for the Blues, with Sam Docherty injured for potentially the rest of the season, and Zac Williams suspended this week.
Connor Nash will make his return to Hawthorn’s senior lineup alongside Damon Greaves, with Will Day, Chad Wingard and Denver Grainger-Barrass out injured. Day is apparently in a moonboot, but Hawthorn said it should just be this week. Who do you trust more, Clarko or Tom Browne? Leave your answer in the comments below. Riley Bonner replaces Dylan Williams for Shaun Burgoyne’s 400th.
Hayden McLean, Colin O’Riordan, Callum Sinclair, and Sam Wicks have been brought into Sydney’s squad, with just Kaiden Brand listed as out at this stage. Luke Foley, Jamaine Jones, Zac Langdon, Nathan Vardy and Alex Witherden have been named in the 25, with Jackson Nelson and Liam Ryan out.
Beau McCreery is out for Collingwood with an injury, with one of Jordan De Goey, Max Lynch, Finlay Macrae and Trey Ruscoe to replace him. Nick Coffield has come out, with Jack Billings, Paul Hunter, Dean Kent, Jack Lonie brought into the extended squad.
Patrick Lipinski, Josh Schache, Jordan Sweet and Lewis Young have been brought into the Bulldogs squad for the clash with North, with Ryan Gardner confirmed out. Tom Campbell, Kyron Hayden, Jared Polec and Bailey Scott may return, while Eddie Ford could debut. Lachie Young and Atu Bosenavulagi have been confirmed out.
When a price breaks, it don’t Breakeven
What am I s’posed to do, when Imma lose some cash from holding you:
- 188 – Tim Kelly
- 177 – Jarrod Berry
- 168 – Tom Hawkins
- 162 – Darcy Parish
- 162 – Rowan Marshall
What am I s’posed to say, when you’re making coin by scoring okay:
- -99 – Ned Reeves
- -54 – Tom Highmore
- -54 – Luke Foley
- -39 – Lachie Bramble
- -20 – Luke Edwards
Oh Captain my Captain
Bontempelli has been in some seriously good form this season. His ceiling is as high as ever, but his floor doesn’t seem to be as low as it once was. The Dogs will play North Melbourne, and it’s expected for the midfielders to have a day out. Bont’s form against North is actually quite patchy; he scored 82 against them in round three, 55 last season and just one ton in his last four games against the Kangaroos. He has scored at least 107 in every game since that round three clash, and hasn’t dropped below 125 since round seven.
If you’re not going with Bont, you should go with Macrae. He didn’t set the world on fire against North in round three either, with a score of 108, and his two previous scores were only 90 and 105. But Macrae is averaging 126.5 on the year, 131.4 over his last five games and is fresh off the 137 last week. Expect a big score.
Dayne Zorko is in the best SuperCoach form of the season at the moment. He has a three-round average of 152.7 and a five-round average of 143. Up against the Crows with Neale on the sidelines, chances are Zorko plays more midfield this week. He hasn’t had many CBAs in recent weeks, but his tackling pressure and score involvements have led to these mammoth scores. He only has a three-round average against the Crows of 91.3, but that includes an injury-affected 47.
Jack Ziebell has become a reliable captaincy smokey this season with some good scores and consistent points. There’s no true data from previous seasons to suggest the scoring continues, but he did score 155 against the Western Bulldogs in round three. His serious defensive liabilities aren’t a factor in SuperCoach because he’s there just to kick the ball forward.
Max Gawn has been somewhat underwhelming this year, yet he still averages 124.8. He faces GWS this week, who will ruck two of Flynn, Briggs and Mumford. He scored 163 earlier in the season against Flynn, and dropped a 150, 149 and 156 in his three games prior to this year. Gawn actually hasn’t cracked 140 since round six, but expect that to change.
I never thought I’d write this name in captaincy recommendations, but Josh Bruce is a bit of a meme selection. After his dominant performance in round three when he kicked 10 goals, Bruce said he loved playing North Melbourne. And who wouldn’t? He’s averaging 68.5 on the year, but he’s scored 172, 138 and 138 in his last three against the Kangaroos. I’m just saying, how crazy do you have to be?