Ever stopped watching a footy game after two minutes to start researching fantasy trade options? I have…
David Hille’s season-ending knee injury sent shock waves through me last Saturday afternoon. Mainly because I’m a Bombers fan and wondered how the heck we could get through the match (as well as the entire 2009 season) without an established ruckman…which they managed to do for a couple of hours!!! But thoughts did also turn to fantasy football and with Hille in all of my fantasy teams, the prospect of virtual victory seemed remote. And yep – that’s how it turned out!
Half Back Flanker only managed one victory in our three different Toyota AFL Dream Team leagues – and that was in the league we care about the least. My marquee battle against SEN’s Francis Leach ended badly (though that has more to do with the fact that one of us does not have Gary Ablett!) leaving me winless after two rounds in that league.
But things got even worse in Herald Sun Super Coach when Brent Harvey joined Hille on the injury list without registering a single fantasy point! My score was the lowest for the season and now I have two big trades to make with elite players who have dropped markedly in value due to slow starts this season. Great…
Is your arm supposed to bend at that angle? No, didn’t think so…
So this week, I haven’t been focused on all those footy stories that I’m supposed to care about. Grant Thomas said something controversial…whoop dee-doo! Jeff Kennett is waging war against the umpires…well, he has to fight with somebody. No – it’s all about how to fix my bloody fantasy teams. Perspective in life is overrated…but you follow footy too so you know that already!
Dream Team 9,345 points overall, 26,619th place – our worst overall position so far this season
Last Week: 1,786 points – too many poor performances to cover the loss of Hille and post a competitive score.
Public League – defeated Sydney Cats (1,239). My only win for the weekend…and these Cats are clearly not trying!
SENFrank01 – lost to Frank’s Fruitcakes (1,985). Some high-scoring Saints and captain Gary Ablett give Frank a comfortable win. So much for bragging rights…
Twitter DT – lost to Didak’s Left Foot (1,866) Didak out late, Harvey injury…but they had lil’ Ablett as captain, I didn’t. Another loss!
Public League – 1st place (2-0, 158.23%)
SENFrank01 – 15th place (0-2, 92.32%)
Twitter DT – 7th place (1-1, 103.46%)
Good: Matthew Pavlich (114) and Luke Hodge (100) finally joined the 100-club scores while mid-priced guns Ryan Houlihan (124) and Shaun Higgins (106) keep racking up big numbers.
Bad: Apart from losing your starting ruckman for the entire season? That and six other scores under 55 didn’t help, three of those in defence. Also chose the wrong substitute for the hamstrung Skipworth – went with Taylor Walker (31) instead of Mitchell Brown (64).
Ugly: 2nd minute of the Anzac day game…’nuff said!
Public League – 9th placed figjamers (1,256 last week): Should be another win. Honestly, when your only success is in a Public League where nobody seems to be trying, you have problems!
SENFrank01 – 13th placed The Black Dog (1,732 last week): Decent looking team…could be 0-3 after this!
Twitter DT – 12th placed T.O Saints (1,767 last week): Blake and Simmonds in the ruck is a problem for them but they have Ablett…so anything is possible!
Potential changes/trades: Hille out for…well, good question! I have two strategies in mind…one is to go for a mid-priced young gun who will hopefully improve as the season wears on, like Matthew Kruezer at $253,800 which will leave me 100 grand in the cap. The other is grab bargain basement Cat Shane Mumford, who has played two games since Brad Ottens went down with a knee inury, and raise close to 250 grand in the cap to make a major move…Ablett in the midfield maybe? Mumford’s value will rise from next week and it looks like he will play as long as Ottens is out so he might add up to a tidy profit later in the year.
Super Coach 10,267 points overall, 25,934th place – a drop of almost 14 thousand spots in just one week…what a freakin’ disaster!
Last Week 1,751 points – let’s just move on…
GMHBA – lost to Yogi’s Supastas (1,870): they played without three starters and still won…how embarrassing!
GMHBA – 5th place (1-1, 123.02%)
Good: Six 100-plus scores including a massive 164 from Dean Cox, a 144 explosion from Matthew Pavlich and Jimmy Bartel’s 139 in Geelong’s rout of Brisbane.
Bad: Choice of captain..went with Chris Judd instead of Cox! And Freo rookie Stephen Hill (74) would have been my second highest scoring defender…had he actually been in my team instead of Petrenko (11). Those two decisions alone cost me victory in the end.
Ugly: Injury toll – Hille…Harvey…Richo…Hasleby. Surely it can’t get any worse, can it?
GMHBA – 6th placed Tigers09 (1,954 last week): Solid looking team who also have the David Hille issue to resolve.
Potential changes/trades: With no viable ruckman on the bench and already carrying Skipworth in the forwards, Hille and Harvey both need to go now. My Hille strategy is sorted (Kruezer or Mumford) but what to do with Harvey? I missed the Nathan Krakouer bandwagon earlier in the season but even now at 400 grandwith a 100 per game average, he’s a viable option. Otherwise, I could take the bargain basement option and trade Harvey for Robin Nahas and go with two rookie forwards every week until Skipworth comes back. Hille for Mumford and Harvey for Nahas would leave me with over 500 grand in the cap. That could turn somebody like Brent Reilly into Gary Ablett later in the season and plenty of spare change to help in other areas, maybe turn the inflated price of Mumford into a stronger second ruck when Ottens comes back.