On The Improve (Geekin’ Out – Fantasy Footy)

Judd’s headache might be on the improve but will he take his place in our Premium Dream Team midfield this week? And, if he doesn’t, do we keep him?

The finals in all fantasy footy competitions are fast approaching…and Half Back Flanker might just feature in them all! After a few difficult weeks in our Herald Sun Super Coach league, things are looking up…now back in the top eight and with some winnable games coming up, finals fantasy footy is now a reality. But for our AFL Dream Team squad, there is real hope of a grand final appearance – second spot with a good percentage, top-four is looking very likely. And with both teams playing the bottom side in their respective comps, our position should only improve.

The fate of our Premium Dream Team squad is at an interesting stage. Two wins from four games so far but there are two teams we have yet to play that are guaranteed wins and big percentage boosters. But concerns over key players this week might mean some tough decisions at the trading table…including one massive name!

Premium Dream Team: 7,296 points, 525th place overall – slight rise in overall standings despite the loss on the weekend.

League: 8 points (2-2), 107.20% – 6th place. Only percentage out of the four but a league win this week should get us back up there. With two relatively easy matches coming soon, finals are assured.

Last Start: Lost to Fixymatosis Bunnys 1,902 to 1,810 – the late withdrawal of Matthew Stokes cost us dearly but, as usual, it was the presence of Gary Ablett in the opposing team that did us in!

Good: Our faith in Dean Cox as captain was restored as he scored a 115…as did free agent pick-up Barry Hall! Jordan McMahon topped 100 points while a good group of players scored in the 90’s.

Bad: Injuries affected the output of Chris Judd (61) and Michael Johnson (47) while 50’s from Birchall, McLean, Lynch and Leigh Harding prevented what could have been a winning score.

Ugly: Our reaction to the late withdrawal of Stokes from the Geelong-West Coast game was far from attractive. Watching Gary Ablett carve it up and clock up double points for the opposition was also tough to watch.

Next opponent: 4th placed CARLTON BLUES (1,415 last week)…they currently have injured players (Bradshaw, Salopek) and if Staker is left out for the Eagles, we are looking good! But  this team has Buddy Franklin, who was very quiet last week, so a big game from him would make a heck of a difference.

Potential changes/trades: Choosing to trade out Dean Solomon instead of Leigh Harding has cost us valuable points in the past two weeks so provided Solly is selected to play, a late trade is likely. A bit concerned about the health of Michael Johnson and, of course, Chris Judd…but then he has been our lowest scoring midfielder. It sounds crazy but if he is left out of the team tonight…do we trade him for available players that are averaging close to 100 like Michael Doughty or Daniel Harris?

Super Coach: 25,746 points, 21,118th place overall – a rare improvement in the overall, up a few hundred spots.

League: 20 points (5-5), 101.15% – 8th place. Back in the eight and a friendly draw in the next month (we play four of the bottom five teams) could see us stay in the finals.

Last Start: Defeated The Clungeplungers 2,032 to 1,547 – nice percentage boost and a decent score to boot. Still yet to taste defeat when topping 2000 points…just haven’t done it often enough!

Good: Seven players over 100 points, including a huge return to form for Heath Shaw (158 ) and 136 from both Nick Stevens and Brent Harvey. New midfield acquisition Joel Corey was given the captaincy straight off the bat and while he didn’t crack the ton, we think he will be the consistent high scorer that our midfield needs.

Bad: Injury has hit Chad Cornes and Tadgh Kennelly pretty hard this year and both were under 60 this week. Kennelly still has plenty to play for this season but Cornes might be shevled for the year very soon…or will he? Rhys Palmer (53) will have his ups and downs but last week was a definite down – should bounce back at home against Essendon though.

Ugly:  Two emergencies comprehensively outscoring some onfield guys this week – Tippett with 103 and Kreuzer with 91 would have been awesome compared to Simmonds (44) and Rioli (38). Whether Tippett can replicate that score depends on whether he gets more time in the ruck but does Kreuzer get a gig ahead of Simmonds?

Next opponent: 16th placed Lebanese Gods (1,731 last week) – only one win this season but actually has a pretty good team, including Ablett, though injuries to Scarlett and Croad probably don’t help. Still expecting to win but it could be closer than we would like.

Potential changes/trades: With only five trades left and a friendly draw, we could probably get by without making any trades unless it was absolutely necessary. Even if Chad Cornes is out for the year, we can sub him for Collingwood’s Nathan Brown or Bradshaw if he is fit again.

Dream Team: 23,247 points, 19,019th place overall – another slight drop but with full focus on the League, not a great concern.

League: 36 points (9-1), 113.75% – 2nd place – tiny increase in percentage but comfortable in the top four and a big win this week might just ensure we stay there until the finals.

Last Start: Defeated Neversaydiepies 1,842 to 1,572 – could have been a greater margin had our captain not been the third lowest scorer for our team! See Ugly…

Good:A massive 152 from Nick Riewoldt plus four other 100-plus scores. While plenty of stars stood up (Chapman, Stevens, Cox, Pavlich), high 80’s from Mark Nicoski and rookie David Myers were equally important.

Bad:Cyril Rioli with a 36 – when we look to upgrade at the forward spot come finals time, he will be a likely out. Hopefully he can score a little better and keep his price up before we sell! Rare quiet games from Deledio and Osborne, both in the 50’s.

Ugly: Lance Franklin couldn’t even crack the ton with double points as captain! At least we have a few captaincy candidates in form at the moment, so Buddy will have to relinquish that honour this week!

Next opponent: 16th placed Me And You Kick Ass (1,042 last week) – guaranteed win coming up so will stay in second with a good percentage boost and still have eight trades to go. Probably our best chance at a league premiership!

Potential changes/trades: Only if Chad is out for the year as Bradshaw and Drum are our defenders on the bench and neither have played in recent weeks. If we do trade, Jordan McMahon or Heath Shaw would be the two best options but if Chad does play this week but doesn’t come back after the break, Jake King might be ready to return for the Tigers and would make a good trade option as well.

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