Panic Room | Round 18
This footy seasons seems to have flown by, crazy to think we only have a handful of rounds left after this week. Trades are hard to come by now, so make sure you’re making good decisions so you don’t have to trade in Levi Casboult as your F6 this year.
Newz you can Uze
Matthew Parker will make his Richmond debut after he was selected in the mid-season draft. Kane Lambert and Toby Nankervis will return to the Tigers line up, while Riley Collier-Dawkins, Tom Dow and Pat Naish were dropped for the Lions clash. Brisbane has brought in Tom Fullarton, Ryan Lester and Jaxon Prior to replace Marcus Adams, Eric Hipwood and Callum Ah Chee.
Josh Dunkley will make a late-season return from his shoulder injury. Personally, I hope he stinks it up to end the year so I can start him for less than 700k next season. Aaron Naughton is back, as is Hayden Crozier and Roarke Smith. Jamarra Ugle-Hagan survived the axe, but Mitch Hannan, Tom Liberatore, Anthony Scott, Mitch Wallis and Lewis Young did not. Noah Anderson, Josh Corbett and Caleb Graham will replace Hugh Greenwood, Sam Day and Oleg Markov for the Suns.
Melbourne has not made a change for its clash with Hawthorn, but Ned Reeves, Mitch Lewis and Tim O’Brien will return for the Hawks. Jon Ceglar, Jack Scrimshaw and Changkuoth Jiath are all missing through injuries.
Zak Butters, Steve Motlop and Connor Rozee will all miss Port’s clash with the Saints through injury, while Tom Clurey was dropped. Riley Bonner, Peter Ladhams and Boyd Woodcock come into the side. St Kilda will be unchanged.
Ben Cunnington declined the offer to fly to Brisbane, instead staying with his family. It is unclear whether he plays again in 2021. Atu Bosenavulagi, Tom Campbell, Kyron Hayden and Lachie Young come into the North squad. Kyle Langford will miss with hamstring awareness, opening the door for a potential return to one of Nick Bryan, Dyson Heppell, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, and Sam Durham, who would debut if selected.
Will Kelly is the only forced change for Collingwood, with one of Mason Cox, Caleb Poulter, Tom Wilson and Jack Ginnivan pencilled in for a game. Will Setterfield has been dropped by Carlotn, with Liam Jones, Zac Fisher, Josh Honey and Lochie O’Brien coming into the squad.
Adelaide will make one forced change, with Tom Doedee out with injury. Darcy Fogarty, Elliott Himmelberg, Tom Lynch, Andrew McPherson and Taylor Walker come into the squad for Sunday. Brendon Ah Chee and Tom Barrass will both miss for West Coast, with Connor West already announced as debuting, and one of Harry Edwards, Mark Hutchings, Xavier O’Neill and Bailey Williams returning to the side.
GWS has swung multiple changes for multiple reasons, with Lachie Whitfield and Shane Mumford injured, Bobby Hill managed and Lachie Ash dropped. Stephen Coniglio will return for the Giants, while Matt Flynn, Tanner Bruhn, Xavier O’Halloran, Zach Sproule, Jake Stein and Matt De Boer will fight for the other three spots. The Swans are yet to make a change.
When a price breaks, it don’t Breakeven
What am I s’posed to do, when Imma lose some cash from holding you:
- 199 – Marcus Bontempelli
- 179 – Dayne Zorko
- 177 – Stephen Coniglio
- 167 – Steele Sidebottom
- 157 – Jarryd Lyons
What am I s’posed to say, when you’re making coin by scoring okay:
- -99 – Ned Reeves
- -68 – Lachie Bramble
- -36 – Max Lynch
- -28 – Riley Garcia
- -22 – Harry Edwards
Oh Captain my Captain
Jack Macrae has been in some seriously good form this season. His ceiling is as high as ever, and his pairing with Bontempelli has been dangerous this season. The Dogs will play Gold Coast, and it’s expected for the midfielders to have a day out. Macrae’s form against the Suns is one of the best in the league; he scored 146 against them in round five, which followed 169, 139 and 189 in his three matches against Gold Coast before this season. He has only dipped below 100 once this year, which was a 97.
Walsh is officially Batman, and Cripps is his injured Robin. Walsh has been dominant this season, slotting into the top eight averaging midfielders comfortably. Four sub-100 scores this season, but his last three have been above 130 and he’s coming up against Collingwood, who he has scored 105, 113 and 70 in his only three matches against the side. Walsh has been in great form this season, and is worth consideration.
Grundy has found his form in recent weeks, and is coming up against a Carlton side missing its best ruckman. His last four scores against Carlton have been strong, with 135, 127, 141, 154 spanning from this season to 2018. Tom De Koning will be shouldering the ruck load with a combination of pinch-hitting forwards, so expect the Blues, who conceded 193 to Sean Darcy, to allow Grundy to have his way.
The St Kilda captain has really exploded in the last two months since Luke Dunstan returned to the side; with 126 being his lowest score in the last six weeks. 105 and 114 against Port in his last two isn’t super attractive, but his form in the second half of this season is what we’re looking at. Another great captaincy option.
Max Gawn is no longer the uber-captain option that he used to be. His performances have still been solid, but Luke Jackson is rucking 50% of the time, leaving Gawn to find points elsewhere. He’s coming up against Hawthorn, who he loves to dominate, with 172 and 185 in his last two, and a 127 and 112 before that. If he rucks more than half the game, he’ll be in for a big game, but that remains to be seen.