PANIC!! We’ve hit the week of our SC league semi-finals – it’s do or die. It’s now or never. The stakes are high.
Fantasy coaches across the land have been rocked with news over the past couple of days that popular selections Joel Selwood and Tom Lynch will have to watch their respective sides finish off the season from the sidelines.
They have to go, no question. Just get rid of them.
However, choose wisely, as a well-made decision could net you league glory or a late surge up the rankings.
REPLACING JOEL SELWOOD – MIDFIELDERS
DAYNE BEAMS Beams still remains at a very affordable price of $492,900, which is roughly $20k more than Selwood. The former Pie has continued to rack up a high tally of possessions on a weekly basis and has a tide 4-week SC average of 111.5. With winnable games against Gold Coast, Melbourne and North Melbourne to come, there’s plenty of scoring potential for the midfielder. However, when considering his scoring, his severe recent injury history should be considered.
ADAM TRELOAR Costing $1k more than Beams, Adam Treloar also has a high chance of coming home with a wet sail. The Collingwood dynamo posted his first ton in 3 weeks against North last week, with a promising 34 touches and a goal. Casting back to 2016, the former Giant was arguably the best player in the competition over the final 3 weeks of the home and away season with massive scores of 148, 131 and 146.
BRYCE GIBBS If you’re strapped for cash, this guy’s your man. Gibbs, who has enjoyed a career-best season, is at a discounted price due to consecutive scores of 45 and 58. In a similar vein to Rory Sloane, it seems Gibb’s output is determined by whether opposition coaches decide to tag him. Nevertheless, the 124 points he scored against Essendon is promising and if he can get back to anywhere near his mid-season purple patch you’ll be laughing.
REPLACING TOM LYNCH – FORWARDS
JACK STEELE Although he was dropped earlier in the year, some better form has seen Jack Steele reassured of a spot in Alan Richardson’s best 22. The big-bodied mid’s SuperCoach scores have been relatively consistent so far this year, with an overall average of 89.9 (although it doesn’t sound amazing, it’s not too shabby for a forward this year). What’s more is that the former Giant is coming off his best performance of his career on Sunday and will be looking to contribute towards the Saints’ charge to September.
LIAM JONES I’d never think I’d say it but the long-tried failed forward has suddenly reinvented himself as a defender and has emerged as fantasy-relevant. The big man plays a relatively SuperCoach friendly role, encouraged to take plenty of marks by Brendan Bolton. As is the case with most defensive players, he is prone to the odd stinker but many of us will just have to roll the dice.
JOSH J KENNEDY Despite the Eagles being much maligned in 2017, we would never question the quality of player of Josh Kennedy. The spearhead brought up the big milestone of 500 goals over the weekend and is sure to add plenty to that tally and he tries to keep the slim hopes of a finals campaign alive. This week he plays his former side, Carlton, at Domain Stadium. If that doesn’t tantalise the taste buds I don’t know what will! Get on board!
The talk of the town so far this week has been Brodie Grundy, who has received a two-week punishment for his controversial “perfect” (according to Nathan Buckley) tackle which left Ben Brown seeing stars. If you’ve got the big man, I don’t see much merit in waiting for him to return in Round 23.
Jason Johannisen was a very late out with a back problem before the Dog’s clash with Brisbane on Saturday. He has a 6 day break this week, but fortunately for owners, his Friday night game allows us to assess the situation before the rolling lockout begins. Even if he misses this week, it’s hard to imagine such an innocuous injury will see him miss multiple weeks
Another victim of the MRP’s sanctions was Zach Merrett, whose brain fade will cost him a week on the sidelines. However, it’s only one week and one would imagine he would be extremely motivated to redeem himself when he returns.
Shane Mumford‘s aggressive predisposition will cost him a week off again after a clumsy high bump on Max Gawn. In a similar vein to Merrett, it’s a pain to trade someone who’s only missing one week, but the ruck line is a lot harder to cover than the midfield. If you can, I’d trade Mummy to avoid a donut.
Gary Ablett is now a week-to-week prospect, and has again been ruled out with a soft-tissue injury. If you’ve around 4-5 trades left, then I’d encourage moving on the champ, as late withdrawals are a real concern and could be catastrophic for your SuperCoach side.
Verdict: TRADE (as long as you have multiple trades remaining)
Josh P Kennedy and Jarrod Witts also face tests, so keep an eye out for their selections on Thursday night. At this stage, they’re probably not the most pressing concerns, so I’d back them in to make a reasonable return for their owners.