Women’s round – It’s only fitting!
Welcome to a special edition of this week’s Bullets. I’ve been handed the reins this week whilst Tbetta takes a well deserved break. This week was a nightmare for some (Team FLOSSY!!), whilst others continued on with solid scores as we get closer to finals action. Scoring around the 2000 mark looks to be the average this week, but many of us were stranded on sub 1900 scores. It was the round we were all looking forward to, as the lowly Port Adelaide had the bye, but it turned into a round many of us want to forget as soon as possible.
This week I’ll cover a quick update on the DT Talk Allstars league, look at why many of us performed poorly this week and what this means for the run home, and I’ve put together my own makers and breakers. Enjoy!
Unfortunately it’s almost over for Team FLOSSY this year. I’m sitting 3-6, having lost my last 5 games, including this weeks to Chopper (1839 vs 1906) . On the winners list this week are Calvin, Tbetta, Phillip Molly (CoachesBox Podcast), Brodie (Pure bs), m0nty (FanFooty EDT), Nathan Grima (Snake on jelly) and Daniel Harford (HARF SERIOUS). Roy is definitely the most hard done by coach, sitting 8th on the ladder, but first in overall points scored.
And I think it’s safe to say none of us should ever be looking to Alex’s f*cking sweet team for advice as he sits on the bottom of the ladder with 0 wins this year and a 1730 average… Ouch!
Midfield status = DECIMATED
What a week it was for midfielders! We all knew we’d be without our favourite captain in Swan, but when the team sheets came out many coaches were facing the prospect of being down 2 premiums with Montagna also missing. From there it only got worse. Stanton was a late withdrawal from the Essendon vs Fremantle game and the carnage continued after Mundy went down with a serious leg injury. He was subbed off for a grand total of 2. From what I hear he’s looking at 6-7 weeks on the sidelines, so he must be traded out. Heading into next week, the outlook is bleak. We’re still without Swan and due to the Collingwood bye this means no Pendles either. There’s still a question mark over Montagna returning this week and to top it off, Selwood will be rubbed out for atleast 3 weeks by the tribunal. Think very carefully about your trades here, in particular what you choose to do with Selwood. If you’re going for a league win, be aware that of the 10 remaining rounds (excluding MBR’s), he’s only going to be available for you in 6 of them at most and he has the bye in DT finals. Let me know in the comments if your midfield copped it this week like mine did and what your plans are going into finals.
What a letdown!
Not only did injuries and omissions hamper our efforts this week, but a number of popular picks significantly under performed. Chappy’s 76 was his equal lowest score of the year and Goodes continued his frustratingly inconsistent year with a 60. Much loved rookies Darling and Heppell, and ex DT-slut Gibbs, all pumped out their lowest scores for the year with 27, 52 and 66 respectively. Finally, Adcocks fall from grace is gathering more speed with every week with his horrible scoring of late capped off with a score of 50 this week.
Makers and Breakers
All though most of what I’ve covered has been the doom and gloom of rnd 12, we do owe thanks to a few blokes.
- Ablett (146)
- Boyd (143)
- Shiels (144)
- Muprhy (128)
- Harvey (138)
Ablett is back to his elite best this year with a huge 146 this week. Its the form we have all been waiting for but if you’re going to get him in, you’d want to it soon. He has a BE of 60 so without a doubt his price is going to keep going up for a few weeks to come. He’s still down almost 60k from the start of the year, so at $434,500… jump on!
Boyd takes out the number 2 spot this week as he too was back to his best in the absence of the great man, Swan. I got him in last week and was slightly underwhelmed with the 96 he rewarded me with, but all was forgiven this week.
It comes as a big surprise to me that Liam Shiels is only in 3% of teams. This week’s score of 144, his highest ever, gets him into 3rd spot on the makers this week. His lowest is only 71 with an average of almost 106 this year. Anyone that had him from the get go would be over the moon with his output this year, as his overall price change is + $184,000. It’d cost you 60k, but of coaches looking to trade out Mundy, Shiels looks like solid and unique option.
Murphy has continued his killer form of late, smashing out a healthy 128. Though he’s going to cost me an arm and a leg, he may well be making his debut for Team FLOSSY this weekend.
Finally, I just had to include Harvey in the makers this week. Though not as popular a selection as he was in years gone by, Harvey rewarded his 26,000 loyal followers this week with a 138. Not only a great player for the North Melbourne Football Club, but a reliable Dream Teamer for many years. Cheers Harv!
Now for the breakers.
- Mundy (2)
- Adcock (50)
- Gilbert (30)
- Darling (27)
- Hodge (51)
I’ve already covered the impact that Mundy, Adcock and Darling made on teams this week, so that is why they’re included in the breakers. I feel bad putting Mundy in the number 1 spot. He’s served me well since I traded him in, but that 2 points was the final nail in the coffin for Team FLOSSY this week. As a result, he’s dropped 44k so he’s hardly a straight swap for anyone worth getting. Trading him to premiums such as Pendles or Muprhy is going to come at a huge price.
Many coaches are slowly losing patience with Adcock, but there isn’t a lot you can do about it. I know he is playing in a side that’s struggled this year, but let’s hope he gets some form back and soon!
Gilbert’s 30 would have hurt many coaches this week. Whilst he hasn’t set the world on fire this year, 30 is well below his average of 70 this year. In the 3 weeks prior he’s produced scores of 92, 97, and 83, leading many coaches to look at him as a bargain and a genuine backline target. I feel for you if you’ve recently traded him in. 30 just isn’t good enough.
I don’t want to get stuck into Darling too much. It is his first year and he had some kind of groin issue on Saturday. But again, it was just not the week to be scoring a 27. So many coaches needed all the help they could get this week and have come to rely on Darling as their 7th forward. For those of us that are keeping him, let’s hope he is back to his best next week.
Hodgey, Hodgey, Hodgey. One of the most talked about trades of recent weeks. And unfortunately he let many coaches down big time this week. To be fair, I don’t think he’s 100% right and Hawthorn were playing Geelong… but he gave away 5 free kicks! Not that a score of 66 is anything to write home about, but it sure as hell would have been better than 51.
Well that’s it for me! I’ve had fun writing this so I hope you lot enjoy it. Remember that Collingwood have the bye this week so make sure that Krakouer, Pendles and Swannie are all riding the pine.
Best of luck in rnd 13! Amanda xx