It was business-as-usual last round after the previous few weekends of absolute chaos in the Dream Team world, with big scores to be seen around the traps and not too much by way of late withdrawls and injuries. No controversy so far this week either, though it wouldn’t be a regular week in fantasy footy land without a few news snips that will have some impact on coaches, so read on!
Another week, another chop out. This time though, it’s a bit extraordinary as we are saluting none other than the super-durable Adam Goodes. Commiserations to coaches who have him, but you have to applaud his effort as he cranked out a fantastic 103 points before succumbing to injury. For the first time in his fantasy career, he gets the flick as an LTI, but Goodesy, you’re going out to a standing ovation from the DT community for being so dependable for so long.
Definitely Maybe Gary…
Like last week, there has been scuttlebutt galore this week regarding the fitness of the great Gary Ablett Jr, with the man himself tweeting positively about his knee. Here’s a good summary of how he’s going. This is turning into a bit of a War And Peace epic, or more appropriately a ‘whodunnit’ murder mystery mini-series as we keep throwing out the same question: will he or won’t he play this week?
Note coach Bluey’s comments toward the bottom of the article linked above. Dunno about you, but my take on this is that if there is any doubt whatsoever about GAJ’s knee, he won’t play. The Suns won’t risk their best player, particularly one of Ablett’s calibre. This is dragging on a bit, but if he sits out this weekend then he’s just about a lock for the week after to resume dishing out massive Dream Team points!
Cats ‘n’ Mouse
So one Cat comes back this week in Joel Selwood, but another may miss…
To be fair, Scott publicly mentioned and then implemented a ‘resting’ policy for the Geelong squad last season and it looks like continuing this year as he manages his stars. If you’ve got Jimmy in your MIDs, make sure you have a playing Emergency selected even if he is named in tonight’s team list! Yarp, it is a painful process to have to cover your arse like this from week to week, but you could get royally reamed if you don’t…
@al_superfooty Tweeted this tidbit about Tommy’s troubles (try saying that quickly 10 times!) after he missed training on Wednesday.
For the record, Tom Rockliff is officially owned by the terrific trio of @DTTALK. Okay, so maybe not owned, but sponsored by @WarnieDT, @CalvinDT and @RoyDT, who are all heading up north to watch Rocky’s Lions take on Collingwood. Would Tommy dare to stand up his proud sponsors? I think not, but like the query on Jimmy B, make sure you have cover!
Let’s try and find some persons of DT-interest on the official AFL Injury List for this week. Bernie Vince is out for another 1-2 weeks with a broken hand; Dream Team coaches really don’t care. The Pies’ Ben Johnson is out for the long term after a shoulder reconstruction and there’s been a bit of twatter that this may adversely affect Heater Shaw’s role and scoring, so just a heads-up for those of you who have Gamblor in your defence. Sandi’s up and about and should be back this week and dominating against Port in Perth.
Popular recent rookie trade-in Adam Treloar is listed as ‘test’ after being sidelined with foot soreness, with way-out-of-left-field, ultra-smokey Chad Cornes also to be tested. Brogan misses the next 4-6 weeks, which can only be positive for Jon Giles. Sam Fisher is off for 2-3 weeks, but twit-rumours have floated about to say that he may be back this week, so watch the lists and the news. NicNat should be back, which may see Coxy get limited ruck duties and possibly limited TOG.
Kyal Horsely has a BE of -146 and he is on the bubble. That is all.
Pick Me! Pick Me!
The rookie defenders that most of us started with are ready for upgrading this week, with the exception of Bugg, who continues to deliver solid scores, albeit following a high-low-high-low type graph. Ellis and Morris are a fair way behind him. Keep an eye on Lee Spurr this week; he may be the only downgrade target available if the much-anticipated Dayne Zorko doesn’t debut in the next fortnight.
Kyal ‘Horse’ Horsely and Toby Greene are the standout midfield rooks to play, closely shadowed by J-Mac and Coniglio. Shiel is next in line and then Magner, who’s been too busy tagging instead of winning his own ball and is slipping further behind those five. In the ruck, there’s no one else but Jon Giles. Devon Smith bounced back brilliantly from his green vesting and is slightly ahead of Adams and Treloar to fill out your forward line, followed by Cameron.
Anyways, that’s the rub for this week. Pretty confident there will be good scoring this weekend as most coaches will be pulling and upgrade or two this week. Feel free to add any news bits, rants, raves, etc below to keep the motor whirring. See ya next Thursday for another bout of media trawling and good luck this weekend!
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