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We get ever closer to our fantasy finals, with most coaches getting their final rookies off the field, or fixing up injured premiums like Lachie Whitfield and Kyle Langford. I have just Whitfield so I like many coaches are contemplating whether to hold him for this week or trade him to another premium.
Thursday Night Footy – Fremantle vs Geelong @ Optus Stadium
In a one sided affair in wet conditions over in Perth, Geelong conformably won by 69 points, and we got some decent scores out of it as well.
Sam Menegola (129) – This is exactly what sort of score I have wanted to see from Menegola since Duncan has been out of the team. I think after a game like this, he could be a cheap option if you can’t get to anyone else. He has a proven history of scoring well, will have a low breakeven to make some coin, and his next 2 games are against Richmond and North Melbourne.
Cam Guthrie (118) – Another underpriced premium who could be an option for coaches next week. He was back to his best with 35 touches, 7 marks but only 2 tackles. He also had 2 behinds so this could have been a massive score. Will be around 740k or so next week and if Neale and Adams rise too much this week and you can’t afford them, Guthrie I think is still a great option.
Patrick Dangerfield (105) – Great game from Danger tonight, considering he played a fair bit forward I think due to Geelong winning comfortably. Only scored 8 points in the 2nd quarter so if that was bigger, he too could have been massive. Still in my eyes a top 6 forward.
Sean Darcy (103) – A great night turned into a disappointing night for Darcy owners. He was on 102 at 3QT and you thought this could be a 130, then injures his knee within the first few minutes of the last quarter. It looks like he could be out for a couple of weeks with MCL damage. Just keep an eye on it as he was injured earlier this year and played the next week. but I think the injury is a little more severe this time unfortunately.
Andrew Brayshaw (96) – Considering the Freo midfield was battered all night, did a nice job to finish on 96. Has been great all year, and he should continue to do his thing for the rest of the season.
Isaac Smith (91) – Probably isn’t talked about enough with the top 6 forwards, but I think he is there about, maybe not top 6 but at least top 10. Has been super consistent all year, as he has only gone below 74 on 1 occasion. He has 11 scores out of 17 this year above 90, including 6 tons, but nothing above 112. If you can’t afford a Dunkley, Zorko, Josh Kelly or someone like that, I think you can do a lot worse than Isaac Smith.
Tom Stewart (81) – Had a big 1st half with 66 points but faded in the 2nd half with only 15 points due to a fair amount of rain in the 2nd half. Regardless of the circumstances, he is just about the safest player to get to 80 points.
Nat Fyfe (64) – Not a great night for Fyfe, due to getting well beaten and his banged up shoulder. I would put a line through getting him in this year, and if you own him, I would trade. He could get a knock in the 1st quarter of a game, score 10-20 points and get subbed out and lose a heap of cash for you. A sideways swap to Isaac Smith could be a move to consider.
Now, let’s get into the rest of the Weekend Forecast.
Richmond vs Brisbane @ Metricon Stadium
Around 12°C, cloudy with light rain (75% chance of rain)
Kane Lambert, Toby Nankervis, Matthew Parker (Debut)
Riley Collier-Dawkins (Omitted), Thomson Dow (Omitted), Patrick Naish (Omitted), Jack Ross (Medi-Sub)
Tom Fullarton, Ryan Lester, Jaxon Prior
Marcus Adams (Injured), Callum Ah Chee (Omitted), Eric Hipwood (Injured), Rhys Mathieson (Medi-Sub)
Players to Watch
Can the champ bounce back? I hope so as he has been really underwhelming for a while now. He hasn’t gone over 100 since round 12, with a highest score of 88 in his last 3. Brisbane and Geelong in the next 2 are tough, but with the Tigers almost down and out, they need a big game from their star and I think we could see it tonight.
Congrats on making it to game 300 Jack. Amazing career so far and have a decent year after having a down year in 2020. I have a sneaky feeling that the Tigers are going to get up for you as well.
Making his debut for the Tigers, has had some great VFL numbers since joining them through the mid season draft, but at 308k, I don’t think he is an option in classic. You could take flyer on him in draft though.
One of the best underpriced options to bring in this week. Looked to be over his injuries with a 116 last week, and now has 3 tons in a row.
Gold Coast vs Western Bulldogs @ Metricon Stadium
Around 21°C, sunny
Noah Anderson, Josh Corbett, Caleb Graham
Rory Atkins (Medi-Sub), Sam Day (Injured), Hugh Greenwood (Injured), Oleg Markov (Injured)
Hayden Crozier, Josh Dunkley, Aaron Naughton, Roarke Smith
Mitch Hannan (Omitted), Tom Liberatore (Managed), Anthony Scott (Omitted), Mitch Wallis (Omitted), Lewis Young (Omitted)
Players to Watch
Still a decent cheaper option in defence, and backed up his 98 two weeks ago with a 93 last week. Since Collins has been back in the side, Bowes has done less of a rebounding role and more of the role we saw him thrive in at the start of the year. If you can’t afford anything else, I think Bowes is a decent option.
I am quite nervous about what we might see Hunter do this week. He has a good matchup, but with Dunkley back in the team and Roarke Smith also back, will we see Hunter return back to his half forward role?
I am expecting a big bounce back here from Macrae, and what better to do it against one of his favourite teams to play. He averages 120.4 in his 10 games against Gold Coast.
Could you bring him straight into your team? I don’t know, but what I do know is if he does what we saw in the first 6 rounds, he will be a great option to bring into your team throughout the final 5 weeks of the season.
Melbourne vs Hawthorn @ MCG
Around 13°C, steady light rain (85% chance of rain)
Tom Sparrow (Medi-Sub)
Mitch Lewis, Tim O’Brien, Ned Reeves
Jonathon Ceglar (Injured), Oliver Hanrahan (Medi-Sub), Changkuoth Jiath (Injured), Jack Scrimshaw (Injured)
Players to Watch
3 tons in a row, and looks like a great option to bring into your defence for 698k. The big thing I like about Salem is he has a ceiling, with scores of 119, 112, 141, and 126 already this year. Not many defenders have that sort of ceiling, and he has been consistent too, with only 3 scores under 76 all year, and lowest score of 98 in his last 4.
Can we please see the 110-120+ Clayton Oliver from the first 11 rounds of the year? I hope so, because as an owner, as you are probably aware of, I have not been able to enjoy the experience thus far. Only 1 ton in his last 5, that being only a 104, and has now dropped to 743k.
With both Jiath and Scrimshaw injured, it looks like Bramble will continue his role from last week off half back. he gathered 27 touches, to go along with 6 marks and some kick ins to get to 99 points. Still great to use as your final or one of your final rookies on field.
Ned is finally back in, and a relief for owners. He has a breakeven of -22 so he is sure to shoot up in price over the next few weeks.
St Kilda vs Port Adelaide @ Marvel Stadium
Around 11°C, light rain expected (75% chance of rain) ***NOT SURE WHETHER ROOF WILL BE OPEN OR NOT***
Josh Battle (Injured)
Riley Bonner, Peter Ladhams, Boyd Woodcock
Zak Butters (Injured), Tom Clurey (Omitted), Steven Motlop (Injured), Connor Rozee (Injured)
Players to Watch
Hasn’t set the world on fire this year, due to injuries but has looked better, along with the Saints over the last couple of weeks with scores of 91 and 79. Priced at only 562k and a breakeven of 90, if we see something good this week, could be an underpriced option we could jump on. Also good cover in your forward line for Gawn and Grundy in case of an injury.
With Bonner back into the team, hopefully we see a better Dan Houston this week. He tends to score better with Bonner in the team, and hopefully for his owners that comes to fruition Saturday night.
North Melbourne vs Essendon @ Metricon Stadium
Around 20°C, sunny
Atu Bosenavulagi, Tom Campbell, Kyron Hayden, Lachie Young
Ben Cunnington (Managed)
Nick Bryan, Sam Durham (Debut), Dyson Heppell, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher
Kyle Langford (Injured)
Players to Watch
Could you take a punt of Stephenson? If you have De Goey, or should I say De Goat, already, then he could be a potential option. After scoring a massive 150 last week with 38 touches, he now has a breakeven of 46. You could ride that for a few weeks as I think he will continue his good form with games against Essendon and Carlton in his next 2.
A bit of a watch here for Ridley as Heppell is back in the team. We know that when all of Ridley, Heppell, Hind and Redman are back there, they all tend to score between 60 and 90, with Heppell normally scoring the most.
Collingwood vs Carlton @ MCG
Around 14°C, cloudy
Mason Cox, Jack Ginnivan (Debut), Caleb Poulter, Tom Wilson
Will Kelly (Injured)
Zac Fisher, Josh Honey, Liam Jones, Lochie O’Brien
Will Setterfield (Omitted)
Players to Watch
Jordan De Goey
Still underpriced and a great option to bring in this week. Has been great over the last 5 weeks playing in the midfield, with 4 tons in those weeks, and 124 and 117 in his last 2 which had 32 and 29 disposals respectively. And if what De Goat said in the podcast from last night is anything to go by, it should continue.
Another one of these underpriced premium options with the likes of Neale. Tough call between Adams and Neale, and to be honest, you can’t go wrong with either. Adams should be great again this week, and continue to rise towards 800k.
Has an amazing run of games to finish the year, starting with Collingwood on Sunday arvo. Has been great since his tagged score of 55 in round 14, with 123, 128 and 132 in his last 3, while people have tried to tag him the last 2 weeks.
Adelaide vs West Coast @ Adelaide Oval
Around 14°C, mainly cloudy
Darcy Fogarty, Elliott Himmelberg, Tom Lynch, Andrew McPherson, Taylor Walker
Ben Davis (Medi-Sub), Tom Doedee (Injured)
Harry Edwards, Mark Hutchings, Xavier O’Neill, Connor West (Debut), Bailey Williams
Brendon Ah Chee (Injured), Tom Barrass (Injured)
Players to Watch
Every time I see Gaff score under 100 points and Steele score over 100, I just think what could have been, as I had the choice between the 2 when Rockliff was named out in the first round. I went with Gaff and besides rounds 3, 5 and 8, I have been really disappointed. But lets look ahead shall we. The Eagles need to respond, and do it quick smart if they want to stay in the top 8. The Eagles next 5 games, Adelaide, St Kilda, Collingwood, Melbourne and Fremantle. Lets hope we see a good run from Gaff, because us owners need it.
Just a watch on Tim Kelly, as he left the track early on Wednesday with what looked like him grabbing at the same knee he injured this year. 568k is a bargain for a guy of Kelly’s quality, and I had him coming in this week, but that injury has me worried so I will wait week to see how he goes.
Another mid season draftee making his debut, and this time it is Connor West. Has great numbers in the WAFL this yeas, averaging 104 across his 3 games for West Coast and West Perth. Even has shown a ceiling, with scores of 132, 124 and 118. Great option to bring in this week, most likely for bench but could play him or do a bit of loopholing with guys like Amartey and Bianco.
GWS vs Sydney @ Metricon Stadium
Around 20°C, clear skies
Tanner Bruhn, Stephen Coniglio, Matt Flynn, Xavier O’Halloran, Zach Sproule, Jake Stein, Matt Boer
Lachie Ash (Omitted), Bobby Hill (Managed), Shane Mumford (Injured), Lachie Whitfield (Injured)
James Rowbottom, Callum Sinclair, Dylan Stephens
Players to Watch
With both the game being moved from windy MARS Stadium and Lachie Ash being dropped, I expect Isaac Cumming to return to form this week. The 2 games Ash didn’t play this year were in rounds 14 and 15, and Cumming scored a 119 and a 106 respectively.
Underpriced, and looked to be back to his normal role taking the majority of kick ins. Scored a 116, which included 12 kick in where he played on from all but one of them. The only other player to take a kick in for the Swans was Harry Cunningham, and he only took 1. With Dawson moving to a wing, if that continues, Lloyd should return to similar form of the last few years, and at 673k, and a juicy run of games to finish the year, great option.
Newcombe/Jones/Bianco -> West
Poulter -> De Goey
So simple downgrade upgrade this week. Bringing in West, whether that is for Newcombe, Jones or Bianco I am unsure. At this stage, I think Newcombe is the one out of the 3 I will trade out, especially seeing he is an emergency and could be the sub. I have also thought about going Sam Durham over West but leaning towards West at this stage, but that could change, especially with Durham being named. Then I am upgrading Poulter to De Goat. Good to have De Goat as part of my team again!
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Good luck for the round 18!