The Sunday evening knee jerk – Round 18 edition

It’s nearly that time…. A couple of rounds left until the finals, anyone starting to panic yet? It’s like being at school….. We have spent the year stuffing around flicking elastic bands at people instead of paying attention… then we realise its nearly time for exams. So for the past few weeks we have been cramming like crazy, busily trading, perfecting, making the finished team….soon the finals will hit; the big exam. Did I do enough? Did I study the right things? Is it too late to try and cheat?? Most of us have crammed all we are going to cram and our team is ready to go, too late for last minute changes, ready or not here we come finals! Before we look too far ahead, let’s have a quick look at what happened this weekend, lets knee-jerk.

The Legend

It’s around this time that the legends start to steadily separate themselves from the years pretenders, All those players that we thought were guns earlier in the year have dropped away leaving us with the same old suspects smashing out ton after ton. Effectively the DT season is a nightclub… Everyone looks good in the dark… But its 4AM closing time and the lights have just been flicked on. The bird you thought was good looking actually has 3 eyes! You thought Stanton (62), Sloane (77) and Grimes (81) were guns… they aren’t. So who has stayed a glamour as the lights turned on? Who is our legend this week?  Well we had some nice numbers, Swallow (160), Swan (159), Ablett (152), Riewoldt (133), Goddard (120 and back in form!) But I’ve really got to give it to Treloar (121) this week. The guy has really slipped under the radar and is saving our bacon  as he fills in for our injured stars. Last weeks 109 was where we thought his ceiling was but we were pleasantly surprised! As the season wears on his average is pushing 80 and will stand well against most other rookies of the year. thanks Adam, and thanks Sheeds for not resting him!

The Sunday chop

I was so impatient; I was that guy who walks off the train with the unlit cigarette already in his mouth… just can’t wait 5 seconds to light up. All I wanted to do was dump Clokes arse from my team, and I could hardly even wait for lock out to do it. Then as the week went by I started hearing reasons why I shouldn’t do it….. Oh but he’s playing GWS!  Oh but the contract talks have stopped! I’m like the poor old wife who gets beat up by the drunken husband but keeps giving him another chance and believes his every sober excuse. After Thursday teams my hand was forced anyway…. He played, but I can assure you he wouldn’t have if he wasn’t needed. Shock horror, he scored a 125!!, the giants played him into form! (or he has been scared into form by Collingwood calling his bluff on the contract talks) Why is he in the chop section you may ask? Well I am so used to putting him in the chop category that I just left him here….. 3 more like this mate and ill let you out on day release.

The Clown

I’d love to call Jacobs a clown for not toughing it out and giving me a second zero.. but he has been great for me this year so i can’t. I’d love to call the Richmond defence clowns for letting McLean get one through from outside 50 (cant kick over a jam tin) but i can’t cause my team let in 27 on Friday night. I’d love to call so many people clowns but.. i’m a clown. I admit it, my experiment to go without Swan has backfired horribly and i’m coming out of it looking like the biggest clown ever. Each week i sit there cringing each time i look at the Collingwood scores… he always gives me hope.. he may be on about 20 in the first quarter but at some point the after burners come on.. and hes gone……. and so are my chances of winning anything. Next year FIRST PICKED.

The this game sh*ts me

The definition of frustrating…. Trying to get the plastic wrap off your rolled up delivered newspaper then finally getting it off and having to read it like a parchment because it keeps rolling up on you…Definition of DT frustration… Tom Couch. Without putting too finer point on it I am f***ing pissed off! Nobody else believed in Tom, everyone ditched him, but we stuck together… Like good waffles do. I held on to Tom through his darkest hours… week after week after week…. Through the non-selection, through the demotion… All of it! I Stood by Tom and let him get a free ride on my bench. It cost me 3 donuts through byes but it’s not about that, I’m a humanist, I care for people. Finally Tom got himself a game, and I was first to congratulate him, but it just so happened I had Treloar and Zorko also playing so I let he and Treloar get acquainted on the bench. Week 2 I again let him get used to things in my team, he sat on the bench again with Treloar but expressed that he was ready to play this week. So here we are…. Robbo, Buddy and Sidey are all out… Tom, step up.. It’s your time to shine!!! I need you to play in the forward pocket and ju….. Excuse me… You’re what? You’re not playing??? *sigh* another zero thanks to couch……and to rub it allll in just a bit further I have Gibson (133) stranded on the mid bench while teams with lesser coverage get the bonus on the field…..

And that’s why this game sh*ts me.

The Other bits and pieces

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So that’s about it for the knee jerk this week, we are one step closer to the finals, let’s hope we can get some of our big names back! I’ve scored around 2220 this week with 2 donuts…. it must be a crap score because ive been beated by a league muppet who can’t play…How about you? Got any clowns, legends, chops or reasons why this game sh*ts you? Get it out now!

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  • rule #1, ablett/swan for perma captain.

    • Rule #2
      Never doubt zorko

      • Rule#3
        Rockliff is not a premium

        • Rule #5 Being a CHF against GWS is like being a ruck against Carlton. If you play ordinary you’ll still get that ton

          • Bad luck mate! I don’t have him thankfully/haven’t had him this season.

            I just laugh at people who think he’s a premo mid, when there are soo many other options available.

        • totally agree. i coulda had either scott thompson or tom rockliff and who do i choose…?

      • rule #3 never doubt swanny, unlike myself

        • *rule #4 never doubt swanny, unlike myself

          • Ayan! Never take off captaincy off Ablett. 2 weeks have stuffed me up as I have gone Beams and Cotchin. In My league we have from 3 rd placee to like 12th seperated by just one win. Scored 2113 with Jacobs (Donut), Johnson (Donut), Franklin on sidelines and still got Lee spurr in there.

          • Never Take Captaincy off Ablett because It has cost me 2 easy League games! Went Beams and Cotchin. In my league we have 3rd to 12th seperated by one win, very interesting. Scored 2113 with 2 donuts Jacobs and Johnson, and still got Franklin on sidelines and Spurr on field!

    • Rule No#7 Don’t listen to muppets..A player that avg 108 in last 27 games is always a premo

      • Rule No 8 – if you don’t rate the coach, don’t pick the player #Vossisanarseclown #Lyonisalyingnumpty

  • Might go and get Sam Fisher in fro Darley, for additional bench cover. Fisher is dirt cheap for a player of his quality and Darley is struggling to get games even though GWS keep getting smashed

  • Great article as always Adzman !

  • 2570 :-D

  • what I have learned this year
    start next year with both SWAN and ABLETT
    never pick goodes or mumford again

    • Goodes has been a massive let down since I got him in after his price drop. Expect better seeing as though they’ve been smashing everyone these past few weeks.

      Not happy, not happy at all.

      • Yeah, same. Got in Goodes.

        How I wish I could take it back so I can trade in Fyfe…

        • I was thinking the exact same thing whilst watching the Fremantle game…

          Get Goodes they said… Cheapest he’ll ever be they said… :P

  • 2430 this week with franklin (Smith cover-100) and sidey (delololololio cover 49) ….happy with that I reckon, also had bloodygibson o. The bench with his133!! So glad I took my own advice and refused to trade out Giles until he was dropped…I reckon quite a few would have gone giles ——–>bellchambers or giles ——-> Jacobs. The rucks other than coxy and Maric are all too unreliable this year, be it injury or form I just haven’t had the kahoonas to trade giles to anyone else just yet….

  • Anyone getting Fyfe?

    Wish I had more than 4 trades so I could trade him in…

    • Yup, been my plan for last fwe weeks….darley out, Johnson back and fyfe in

    • I love Fyfe, just cant justify the trades. Maybe if Sidebum, Franklin or Robbo injuries turn out to be LTI i might get him in.

    • Considering doing a dusty to fyfe trade but I’ve got porps scoring 100 every round… Will wait a round and see I guess

    • Fyfe was one of my “100% lock no matter what” players since planning began last year, the kid’s a freak. Had i the spare trades I’d bring him back without a thought. if anyone has the capability then BRING HIM IN!

      • Gonna bring him in using 2 trades and 1 left. would u reccomend the risk. 1 should be enough for an LTI, right? ive got good cover.

        • I think that’s at your own discretion as to whether you consider that within your capabilities or not. Depends largely on if you have a weak link in need of replacement elsewhere instead and whether or not you think its really worth it being left with just a single trade for the rest of the season.

          Personally, I would only do it if my forward line wasn’t complete and I had no other weak links elsewhere. If it’s purely a luxury trade it’s probably best to hold off.

  • got 2501 but it would have been 2596 if i’d played giles and hurn instead of smith and lake…aaaah lollies and nuts…still, shows what you can do if you stick to your no essendon or collingwood scumbags policy…btw would 2501 be the highest ever score sans scumbags???

    • lol – I have traded in Carazzo and Scotland over recent weeks. It feels dirty. Still don’t have that dawg Robinson though – which is helping at the minute. Unlike not having Swan’s 324 in the past fortnight…

      • ha ha, how can you sleep at night? yes it is tempting every time he scores 150+, but i think there are enough good players in the other 16 clubs to allow me to stick to my principles…and i’ve got robbo in my team and he’ll be there until he retires, even if he only scores 60 a week!

  • Nice Adz, same story at my end with 2 stupid donuts and stanton… f**k haha that has backfired big time, expected some poor scores but his highest on my team has been 120, WTF! And i’m stuck with Hargrave for another 5 rounds so that pretty much sums it up, bring on FPL pleaseeeee :(

  • Great Sunday read Adz, look forward to it every week.
    Ended up with 2539 with Birchell my only real complaint and Gibson on the bench, but its pretty hard to pick him over Swan, GAJ, Boyd, Pendles, Watson and Redden. So bench cover of that catagory can never really compain about (unless one of my onfielders score a sub80 or something)

    ps. would this score put me into the top 100 this round? its the first time I’ve cracked the 2400 mark this year and the first time ever for the 2500!

  • Highest score was 2668 huge!H

  • should I trade Giles to Maric or Roughead?
    Is Maric over his injury worry?

  • 2316 with a donut and Stevie J

  • I have 620k who should i trade for stanton

  • Tom Swift…

    Nahhh, who ya got?

  • Thought this round was gonna be mini carnage with Robbo, Buddy, Sidey all out plus Stevie J’s 1. Instead it’s the highest par round of the season……imagine if those guys played FFS

  • Respect to Porps.

  • VENT:
    Had 3 donuts on the park (actually one of them was Stevie Js 1 but i’ll count it as a donut for the sake of it) and scored 2231. lost my league game by 52 points. Now I’m sitting equal first with a 4% better percentage and I should beat the guy I’m playing in the final round.

    Anyone know how far away Franklin and Robinson are? Also are Sidebottom and Stevie J injured?

  • Make no mistake, the great ranga purge is coming. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but if Julia Gillard wasn’t reason enough, then the Giles and Jacobs debacle from the weekend has definitely pushed forward the date.
    That has got to be close to my biggest trade blunder of the year, and all after being sucked into believing that my LTI and ruck woes were behind me for the season. Such is DT

  • When is Ryder expected back?
    Has been sitting on my bench costing me points. Should I trade him, or hold onto him for the time being?

  • Thinking of doing the unthinkable to maximize my team going into finals. Trading out Franklin or robbo for a couch or similar freeing up 3 final trades for upgrades from 3 shit players to 3 premos… Anyone think this is madness?

  • Note these are Supercoach scores –

    Last week Swan has 49 possies (63% DE) and 2 goals for 143. Stevie J gets subbed off just after half time yet scored 136 for 22 disposals @ 53% DE. Adding further confusion, Goddard had 1 less possesion than Stevie J with a slightly better disposal efficiency yet one scores 136 and the other 57 … whattha???? That makes the 2 goals SJ got worth 80 points …

    Again from last week, Ablett scored 150 for 37 disposals and 1 goal going at only 57% efficiency. This week Swan had 37 touches @ 68% DE with 5 goals yet only scored 141. The scoring system is an absolute joke ….