Forward Thinking (Geekin’ Out – Fantasy Footy)

This guy has all weekend to play with his balls…but he is missing out on an important game for Half Back Flanker!

It was a great weekend for all the Half Back Flanker squads in the fantasy footy world. Our newly formed Premium Dream Team squad tallied the highest score in its league on the way to an opening round win while we are still undefeated in the AFL Dream Team competition. And we have rebounded in our Herald Sun Super Coach league, a third win in four outings putting us back in the top eight. But it may not be for long…

Not only do we face the top team in our Super Coach league this round, we do so without the suspended Robert Murphy and with four first year forwards on our roster…none of which scored higher than 35 last week. Trading for a new forward is a priority…the decision could be the difference between an upset win and sliding back out of the eight – possibly for good!

Premium Dream Team: 1,995 points, 130th place overall – great start…but it always helps when you have 22 fit players!

League: 4 points (1-0), 156.96% – 1st place. A big win to start but no need to get carried away as there are eight spots in the finals and only ten teams. And one of those teams has no players at all!

Last Start: Defeated Sox F.C. 1,995 to 1,271 – opponent had four players not available this round, including Luke Hodge and Jobe Watson, so that helped…

Good: Dean Cox delivers as captain (304) while Alan Didak (128 ) and Matthew Stokes (111) cashed in as their sides won easily. We gambled on Matt Priddis and Andrew Mackie falling down the draft order and it paid off, each topping 100.

Bad: Our last pick in the draft was Dean Solomon and a 39 was not the best start for us. Hopefully, he will not be made an example by his coach as Freo try to find a winning combination. Brad Sewell (51) and Brad Green (60) were also well down on their average scores.

Ugly: Watching Chris Judd being picked up and slammed into the Telstra Dome turf on Saturday night. We already have concerns that Juddy may not last the season, particularly if/when Carlton can no longer make the finals. The last thing he needs is to be back-slammed into the rock-hard surface at the Dome!

Next opponent: 8th placed Busan Superstars…playing short with Shaun Burgoyne and Aaron Davey definitely out and Scott Lucas still on the comeback trail.

Potential changes/trades: Only if one of our later picks is dropped or injured…but interesting to note that whoever had Brett Burton has let him go because of the suspension. If he is still there after this round, should we nab him early and play one man short for a week before he becomes available to play?

Super Coach: 20,051 points, 12,755th place overall – down a few hundred places.

League: 16 points (4-3), 102.02% – 7th place. Back in the top eight after five weeks but there is very little between 5th and 10th so not getting too comfortable.

Last Start: Defeated Roc Roc Xaviers 2,049 to 1,942 – two straight wins now to give us some hope of finals action again.

Good: Brisbane pair Jono Brown and Daniel Bradshaw with huge games along with Dean Cox, unfortunately he was not captain this week, Marty Mattner and Alan Didak. Bachar Houli chalked up a 117 on his return while Nick Stevens and Rhys Palmer both topped 100.

Bad: Rookie forward Cyril Rioli was quiet while Kurt Tippet was even quieter. Tigers ruckman Troy Simmonds could only manage a 26! Chad Cornes (57) yet to get back to top form since his return.

Ugly: Another down performance from Heath Shaw (31), who would have been out-pointed by both bench players, David Myers (66) and Sean Dempster (47). Great for the Pies that they are winning big without his influence…but shithouse for Half Back Flanker!

Next opponent: 1st placed Tommy Dreamers – top-ranked team is one of four with six wins but would have only beaten us by 36 points on last week’s scores.

Potential changes/trades: With Murphy out, it’s time to add another forward and there are a few upgrade options. Tippet, McKinlay and Hill are the three main ones, want to hold onto Rioli for now. Hill is the only one not getting a game right now and the other two look likely to play every week and with the extra cap room, should we grab Matthew Bate, Matthew Lloyd, Steve Johnson or Dale Thomas?

Heath Shaw has no reason to smile at the moment with his low numbers! But Dale Thomas does…so is it worth adding him to our forward line?

Dream Team: 17,785 points, 16,551th place overall – and to think we were in the high 2000’s just five weeks ago…

League: 28 points (7-0), 112.56% – 1st place – not only back in top spot but now the only unbeaten team in the League!

Last Start: Defeated Whysie Boi 1,796 to 1,732 – we were behind going into the Fremantle v Port Adelaide game but like the Power, we finished the stronger!

Good: Dean Cox as captain saw him top 300 points and this made the difference between winning and losing! Brett Deledio scored big again while Nick Riewoldt racked up the stats against the Dees. Daniel Bradshaw, Chad Cornes and Garrick Ibbotson leading the defence and solid numbers from all midfielders in the absence (again) of Paul Chapman.

Bad: Three rookie forwards all under 50 points while Troy Simmonds’s score reflected the fortunes of his Tigers up in Sydney. Our decision to hold off trading for a top forward last week was, in hindsight, pretty silly!

Ugly: Watching Dustin Fletcher spoil Kurt Tippett time and again, leading to another terrible score for the Crow. Andrew McLeod scored better but nowhere near the level he should be. Late switch of David Myers (82) to the bench for Damien Drum (45) didn’t pay off.

Next opponent: 4th placed Heroes 2…who topped 1,800 last week and won against the only other unbeaten side. The perfect record is under serious threat…

Potential changes/trades: Houli or Bryce Gibbs to make way for Chapman if he is right to play. Upgrade in the forwards with four rookie forwards and one dodgy hamstringed veteran (Stuart Dew) in line to trade and 200 grand left in the cap. Josh Hill would give us enough to land Buddy Franklin while the slightly higher value of Dew would allow us to take Didak. Why we didn’t make this a week ago is amazingly crazy!

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