Two down, one to go! The byes
got off to a very friendly start are terribly cruel. Imagine losing to Warnie in the DT Talk writers comp…
ANYWAY we’re shaping up for another exciting week of Fantasy as Tom Rockliff has already been ruled out! Do you have room to trade him around the mass exodus of GWS and Adelaide players from your side? I know I don’t! Fun times ahead!!
Round 14 kicks off 20:10 AEST TONIGHT so have all your players from West Coast and Essendon locked in by then. Partial lockout will turn to full lockout 19:50 AEST Friday night as per usual. The Traders will be reacting LIVE today from 18:15 AEST on the Official AFL Fantasy Facebook page to the team announcements, so think of this article as your text-based companion guide.
As always, this post will be updated as more information comes in, so if you’ve seen some news that I’ve missed feel free to tweet it at me and I’ll follow it up.
West Coast vs Essendon
Wowee the axe has been swung! Nathan Vardy and Willie Rioli are out suspended, they’re joined by Tom Cole, Josh Rotham, Jake Waterman, and Josh Smith who are all omitted. They get back their skipper Shannon Hurn and bring in Oscar Allen, Chris Masten, Elliot Yeo, Jackson Nelson, and Jarrod Cameron (194k MID/FWD). Nic Naitanui and Tom Barrass will return via the WAFL…
Jake Stringer couldn’t recover from his leg injury in time, he’s replaced by Mitch Brown.
Sydney vs Hawthorn
Josh P. Kennedy, Zak Jones, and Will Hayward return from injury. Jarrad McVeigh is out with a hamstring strain, and Jackson Thurlow and Tom McCartin have been omitted.
Jarryd Roughead returns along with Harry Morrison. Ben Stratton has been suspended for two matches and James Cousins has been omitted. Daniel Howe is the travelling emergency.
Melbourne vs Fremantle
Jake Lever, Jeff Garlett, and Michael Hibberd are injured, and Charlie Spargo has been omitted. Alex Neal-Bullen, Harrison Petty (233k DEF), Jay Lockhart, and Tim Smith are in.
No changes for Fremantle!
St. Kilda vs Brisbane
Dan Hannebery is finally back! He’s in with Jake Carlisle. They replace Brandon White and Nathan Brown. Nick Hind lives! And named on field…
The Archie Smith experiment is over for now, he’s out alongside Lewis Taylor and Nick Robertson. In comes Allen Christensen, Oscar McInerney, and Ryan Lester.
Port Adelaide vs Geelong
As disclosed well in advance (I love Port Adelaide this season) Justin Westhoff, Paddy Ryder, Sam Powell-Pepper, and Jarrod Lienert have all been axed. Charlie Dixon, Ollie Wines, Brad Ebert, and Joel Garner return. Tom Rockliff misses again with his hamstring injury.
One change for the ladder leaders, Darcy Fort in for Esava Ratugolea.
Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood
Tom Liberatore has avoided a serious ACL injury, but will still miss 4-6 weeks with cartilage damage. Bailey Dale and Ryan Gardner have been omitted. Added to the squad are Rhylee West (220k MID), Ed Richards, Josh Schache (on field), Lachie Young, Lewis Young, Roarke Smith, and Taylor Duryea.
Jaidyn Stephenson has been suspended for 10 matches (the rest of the fantasy season) for gambling on Collingwood matches. Josh Daicos is his alleged replacement, but for now he’s just one of the potential inclusions alongside Ben Crocker, Ben Reid, Isaac Quaynor (246k DEF), and Max Lynch (170k RUC).