Panic Room | Round 8
Gday folks, it’s your boy Patchy back in the panic room hotseat this week alongside your pal FozDaddy. And oh boy is there some panic in the air. You can smell it, like an oncoming storm. The wind may be calm now, but the skies are dark and angry and will cause a heck of a lot of damage between now and the end of the weekend.
So, on that cheery note, let’s duck into the news, presented by Patch.
NEWZ YOU CAN USE
Spoiler alert – it’s not good this week, folks.
George Hewett is not back – and, word is he might not be back next week either with the corked thigh doing a bit more bleeding than most corked thighs tend to do. I’m not a doctor but that’s not good.
All your West Coast players are probably going to miss this week – teams won’t be officially named until later tonight but we know our sweet prince Greg Clark has the spicy cough and will miss. If you were planning on trading him in, I’d reverse that trade quick smart. Luke ‘what’s Strnadica with you?’ Strnadica will also miss.
Connor MacDonald and Kaine Baldwin will miss this week, with the former rested and the latter dropped, so if you’re relying on them for cover I’d consider other arrangements.
Gosh, good thing you don’t own Marcus Bontempelli, eh? The Dogs’s skipper is being rested – rested! After four weeks at full forward! – for Friday night’s game, meaning Jack Macrae will probably play out of the goalsquare or something. I dunno.
If you own Matt Crouch, one – why? And two – he’s been dropped like a sack of spuds this week. Joel Selwood will also miss, in news which will affect five Supercoachers.
Sean Darcy is back if you held him, and while there are a host of Dockers out, none of Blake Acres, Griffin Logue, Lloyd Meek, Micahel Frederick, Rory Lobb or Travis Colyer are fantasy relevant.
Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin are back for the Tiges, meaning Jayden Short, fresh off inking a five-year deal, might head back to the backline. Reef McInness is back out for the Pies.
Paddy McCartin is back for the Swans alongside Logan McDonald, while Alex Davies will miss after being omitted. After four years without an AFL game, Rory Thompson will return as a 123k rookie defender. Keep an eye on him.
Mitch Hinge will return for the Crows, having been named on a wing.
Patrick Dangerfield is back this week, and at 480k is an option to look at. Cooper Stephens will make his debut in the blue and white hoops.
A bevy of Demons headlined by Luke Jackson will return on Sunday, while Rowan Marshall has also been named.
Patch is back in charge which means we do the Panic Room how god intended, by referencing the 1983 film Trading Places despite it being an outdated film and no quite fitting the premise. Also Patch you haven’t even seen the entire film!
Shut up, okay.
-48 – Paul Curtis
-41 – Robbie McComb
-36 – Sam Hayes
-31 – Neil Erasmus
-26 – Toby Bedford
-14 – Malcolm Rosas Jr
-13 – Braydon Pruess
-11 – Josh Gibcus
200 – Jack Macrae
168 – Nick Hind
157 – Andy Brayshaw
152 – Tom Mitchell
144 – Brad Crouch
139 – Jorden De Goey
134 – Bailey Smith
Now I’ll leave it to Foz to take over for the captaincy choices.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
If you’ve got Lachie Neale, you have to captain him. Or vice captain him. The Brisbane jet will score 200 at a bare minimum against a decimated West Coast side.
Max Gawn will face Rowan Marshall, and has scored 137, 135 and 126 the last three games against the Saints. His teammate, Clayton Oliver, also provides good value as a captaincy option, scoring 133 and 134 in his past two (108 in 2019).
Pat Cripps has stunk it up against Adelaide recently (65 and 98) but is averaging 121.3 for the year and Hewett’s missing again. With no Bont, does Jack Macrae play pure mid?
Probably doesn’t affect him too much, with Bont sitting up forward all year, but Macrae has scored 115, 113 and 113 in his past three against a competitive Port, and they look average this year.
Andy Brayshaw should score well against North, but as a non-owner who wants him in the next two weeks, I’m hoping he doesn’t tear them apart.
No Alex Witherden means Jeremy McGovern could be really rogue, he’s averaging 102.8 this year and the ball will spend 99 per cent of the time in their back six. One to ponder, but if you’ve got Neale then that’s definitely a safer pick from that game.