Welcome to the bye rounds, players missing left right and center and our teams looking more and more like a (Warne) dogs breakfast each time we open the fantasy team team. With mega consistent players such a Stephan Coniglio and Rory Laird adding to the list of players already on the bye, the easy round is looking much more difficult. Let’s check out all the major INs and OUTs!
Leading a rather underwhelming list of INs this week is Jasper Pittard who returns this week for Port, whilst Anthony Miles and Jason Castagna return for the Tigers. For the Saints, Nicholas Coffield has been recalled, alongside Josh Battle, Luke Dunstan and fantasy flop Nathan Brown. Cam Zurhaar returns for the Roos this week, whilst journeyman Matt de Boer comes back in for the Giants. The Suns have recalled Brad Scheer and Jack Leslie, notably choosing not to recall Jarryd Lyons. Heading into the Sunday games this week, Dylan Clarke has been included in Essendons squad, Aaron Sandilands comes back in for Fremantle alongside Hayden Ballantyne, Brandon Matera and Mitch Crowden. The Crows regain skipper Taylor Walker, who returns from injury, as well as Jordan Gallucci and debutant Patrick Wilson. Collingwood have again included Sam Murray in their squad for their Monday Queens Birthday clash with the Dees; Jeremy Howe is a shock inclusion, making an earlier than expected return from injury. Joel Smith, Cam Pederson, Jayden Hunt and first gamer Harrison Petty round out this weeks list of inclusions.
Co-captains of our OUTs list this week are Giants onballer Stephan Coniglio and Crows rebounding defender Rory Laird. In a time when we needed stability from our premiums, the exclusion of these two through injury hurts us more than ever. Joining them in this weeks ‘leadership group’ is Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe, who’s one game suspension was upheld by the AFL tribunal this week and Dustin Martin, who is set to miss this week with a calf strain. Aaron Hall has been ruled out for the Suns clash with the Giants this week, citing a pectoral injury, whilst fantasy whipping boy Jack Billings has finally been dropped by the Saints. Sydney rookie Ryley Stoddart has been dropped as has Essendon product Jordan Ridley. Cash cow extraordinaire Tim Smith has been dropped this week by the Demons, as has Jake Lever who ruptured his ACL last week.
Teams on the bye this week are Carlton, Hawthorn, Western Bulldogs and West Coast. Make sure you’ve got these players on the bench and as many playing onto the field, in an effort to have your best 18 scores counted this week. Good luck to everyone over the coming weeks, hopefully we don’t face carnage like this again anytime soon! Kick off discussion in the forum bellow or you can reach me on twitter @JelmsDT.