Panic Room | BYE WEEK 1
Most teams have spent the past six weeks preparing for the next month of football.
But you’re locking yourselves into the panic room, because you’ve done zero planning.
That’s okay, come to papa.
Let’s work through this together.
Newz you can Uze
Firstly, elephant in the room. Six sides will miss games this week.
GWS, Port Adelaide, Richmond, St Kilda, Carlton and Essendon players will not take the field, to play either the real or fantasy football.
The good news is that you can use your bye players as loopholes, as they are not locked out until the final game of the round. So if you have, say, Greg Clark playing Saturday and Robbie McComb on Friday night, you can see if McComb drops a 70 and then swap Clark onto the bench for Mitch Owens. Same goes for captains.
The Western Bulldogs have brought back Bailey Smith after he missed last week with illness. He’s a good player at Marvel Stadium, so expect him to be a good scorer. Jordan Sweet was dropped from the Dogs, so Tim English will ruck by himself against Mark Blicavs and Rhys Stanley, who was brought back from his ankle injury.
Patrick Parnell will make his debut for Adelaide. The baby-faced killer(?) was drafted in last year’s mid-season draft. Taylor Walker also returns. Shannon Hurn will play for West Coast, while Jeremy McGovern doesn’t go out despite being subbed out last week on 37.
There is literally no SuperCoach news from Gold Coast v North Melbourne, and will probably be as boring a game as this paragraph on it. Hopefully Touk Miller scores 300 points.
Melbourne has swung the axe after its first loss of the season. Steven May goes out with injury, but Toby Bedford, Jake Melksham, Trent Rivers and Sam Weideman were dropped. Christian Salem returns, which could impact Jake Bowey, while Adam Tomlinson, Ed Langdon, Tom McDonald and James Harmes all come in as well.
Matt Roberts was dropped after scoring 8 on debut, so better than Mitch Owens but also it stunk pretty bad.
Ned Reeves is back to provide some relief for Hawks’ ruck stocks, while Jaeger O’Meara and Jack Gunston are both set to return. Collingwood have not made any changes.
I love having the best game of the round on a Sunday afternoon… Heath Chapman won’t play for the Dockers, with Ethan Hughes and Lloyd Meek coming in alongside Bailey Banfield, while Hugh McCluggage has returned to the Lions side at the expense of Callum Ah Chee.
When a heart break, it don’t breakeven
What am I s’posed to do, when the best part of me is owning you?
-77 Joel Jeffrey
-72 Luke Strnadica
-67 Luke Cleary
-18 Rhylee West
-18 Jake Soligo
What am I s’posed to say, when I’m losing cash when I have you stay?
204 Christian Salem
173 Touk Miller
171 Dayne Zorko
170 Tom Hickey
168 Jeremy McGovern
(My team’s) Falling to piecessssss, yeah
Oh Captain my Captain
Out of all the Bulldogs, Marcus Bontempelli has the best history against Geelong. His previous two scores were 143 and 122, while Jack Macrae and Josh Dunkley (both great players and could score well) haven’t cracked the ton against them in recent times. Tim English had a great game last week and is a solo ruck, but Geelong has not conceded more than 110 points to a ruck outside of Reilly O’Brien, who only rucked against Mark Blicavs and Shannon Neale. Rhys Stanley is back for the Cats, so one to contemplate.
Rory Laird against West Coast could go large. His previous two scores are 120 and 104, and has dropped below 100 once this season. Touk Miller has good history against North Melbourne, with 131, 123 and 110 his previous three. He hasn’t been his usual self in recent weeks, so careful on that. But hopefully he goes large.
Clayton Oliver is in roaring form at the moment. His history against the Swans is also good (125, 130) and he typically gets up for big games. Christian Petracca was sick last week, Goodwin said he’s feeling great now, but I’d want to give him a miss as a captain. Max Gawn v Tom Hickey might be good, he’s scored 112, 150 and 113 in his last three against the Swans.
Lachie Neale is up against his old side. Last time he played them (2020), he scored 171. He could go huge back in Perth.