Panic Room | Round 9
My god, it’s happening. Everyone stay calm. STAY F**KING CALM! EVERYONE JUST CALM THE F**K DOWN!
Now that I’ve got my Office quote in for the day, let’s get into the panic together. No time to waste.
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Luke Cleary will make his debut for the Bulldogs on Friday night. He’s a tallish defender, so don’t expect fireworks in his debut. Marcus Bontempelli will return after being rested, while Jordan Sweet will replace Stefan Martin, meaning Tim English owners will have to wait another week. Jack Ginnivan is out with illness in the clash, with Caleb Poulter replacing him.
Bigoa Nyuon will make his debut for the Tigers in the clash with the Hawks. Fellow rookie-priced defender Josh Gibcus is out with Covid, but Nick Vlastuin has returned to the lineup. Sam Butler will also debut in this clash, and is available as a midfielder and a forward. Tom Mitchell has been managed after an illness-affected 40 last week, while Josh Ward was dropped and Connor MacDonald was managed.
Number one pick Jason Horne-Francis has been given a week off after he put off contract talks. Coincidence? Maybe. Tom Powell replaces him, while Hugh Greenwood has Covid.
Jack Billings comes in for his first game of the season, with the Saints set to face Geelong at Marvel Stadium. Marcus Windhager and Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera won’t make any money this week after missing selection. Cooper Stephens, who debuted last week, will miss, but Mitch Knevitt will play his second game. Rhys Stanley has returned for Geelong, which may affect Mark Blicavs (HINT: EXCLUSIVE: It will, per Geelong footy reporter me. Dangerfield said he expected Blicavs to fill in gaps where required, and is working on a cloning machine to pump out a few more Blicavses). Speaking of Danger, he doesn’t expect to be managed for the remainder of the season.
Swans ruck Tom Hickey will return against Essendon, while the Bombers will regain Jordan Ridley and Jake Kelly to play in their backline. Hopefully Ridley can score some big points, please. Kaine Baldwin will miss in the only other SuperCoach relevant news out of this game.
Eric Hipwood will make his return for Brisbane this week. No Daniher, no McStay. Could he be a smoky pick? Definitely not, don’t pick him. Adelaide has swung the axe, with six players to miss. Reilly O’Brien will be replaced by Kieran Strachan, but whether that’s a long-term option I guess we’ll find out.
Charlie Constable and Joel Jeffrey have been brought into the Suns squad. Both are options at a cheap price if they can score okay and hold their spots, if they actually get a game (extended squads). Alex Davies will miss. Nathan O’Driscoll needs to get chopped after news surfaced that the rookie option would miss six weeks.
No changes for the Giants yet, but George Hewett looks like he may return for the Blues, while Jesse Motlop will definitely debut. Paddy Dow is in the extended squad.
Alex Witherden, Greg Clark and Hugh Dixon have been named in the squad to face Melbourne, while the Dees haven’t made a change.
When a heartbreak it don’t Break Even
What am I sposed to do, when the best part of me is owning you?
-92 Maurice Rioli
-82 Jack Carroll
-72 Luke Strnadica
-64 Tom Lynch
-63 Cooper Hamilton
-58 Greg Clark
-47 Robbie McComb
-46 Aidan Beg
What am I sposed to say, when I’m losing money when I have you stay?
201 Callum Mills
175 Jack Steele
166 Matt Flynn
147 Jack Sinclair
146 Steven May
143 Zach Merrett
141 Zac Bailey
139 Tom Hickey
Oh Captain my Captain
Jack Macrae is fresh off a 144 and Collingwood. His last three (118, 103, 110) haven’t been great, but he’s a gun. Jayden Short has moved into the midfield, where the Hawks are lacking, but even if he plays off half back he could go big. His last three against Hawks (120, 117, 126) are all as a defender. Expect a decent score here. Luke Parker dropped a 151 last time against Essendon, with 111 and 109 the other two scores from his past three. Max Gawn could’ve dropped three sub 20 scores against West Coast in his past three and I’d still captain him against Strnadica and Dixon. Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca are also great options against a midfield whose best player is a rookie. Pat Cripps also. Don’t need anything else about him.