Thumbs up for fantasy football season!
The 2009 fantasy footy season has actually been running for three weeks now but this Friday night signals the opening round for each of the fantasy league competition. Unless you are in contention for the highest overall score for the season and a substantial cash prize (um, not here…) then the fun begins now!
Having spent the offseason basking in virtual premiership glory, Half Back Flanker will again have squads entered for leagues in both the Herald Sun Super Coach and Toyota AFL Dream Team competitions and this year we have a little added incentive. In AFL Dream Team, we have entered a couple of leagues – an AFL Twitter league created by fellow web-based footy geeks and a league created by sports radio station SEN 1116 in order to take on Francis Leach, co-host of the drive program The Run Home.
We will give a full wrap of our opening round clashes next week but this is a quick review of the state of play for Half Back Flanker in both major fantasy footy comps after three rounds as we prepare for the opening matches of league play!
A breakout season from Essendon’s Courtenay Dempsey would do wonders for Half Back Flanker!
Scores: 5,693 points overall, 18,280th place – jumped up a few thousand places this week after topping 2000 points in round three.
Defenders: Chad Cornes, Brendon Goddard, Jed Adcock, Luke Hodge, Courtenay Dempsey, Kyle Cheney, Jared Petrenko, Nick Suban, Andrew Raines.
Elected to hold onto Raines while he recovers from his knee injury but that leaves us starting two rookies for the moment. Hodge has started slowly but Goddard has kicked ass so far and good performances from Adcock and Dempsey last weekend were very promising
Midfielders: Bryce Gibbs, Chris Judd, Joel Selwood, Scott Pendlebury, Daniel Rich, Paul Hasleby, Patrick Dangerfield, Liam Anthony.
Traded Daniel Kerr for Gibbs last week to join fellow Blues ‘fab four?’ member Judd. Rich and Hasleby have shot up in value and Dangerfield’s form could create a selection headache in the coming weeks. Hoping that keeping Liam Anthony stashed away on the bench will pay off later in the season.
Rucks: Drew Petrie, David Hille, Sam Jacobs, Jake Spencer.
Both starting ruckman have performed a touch below expectations so far. Jacobs has played all three, Spencer just the two – neither looks like a fantasy sleeper but might be needed if injury or suspension strikes.
Forwards: Brett Deledio, Hayden Skipworth, Ryan Houlihan, Shaun Higgins, Lance Franklin, Matthew Pavlich, Scott Lucas, Taylor Walker, Mitchell Brown.
Brought in Houlihan last week for high-priced struggler Brent Harvey and, added to Skipworth and Higgins, created over 115 grand profit from just three players! In fact, only big names in Pavlich, Franklin and Deledio lost value after three rounds.
Great Decision: Mostly the obvious cheaper options like Skipworth, Higgins, Rich and Houlihan plus all rookies apart from Spencer have played the opening three games and jumped in value. Trading Harvey for Houlihan just before the price change may have cost one trade but Harvey lost 40 grand, Houlihan gained 31 grand and we have still 133 grand left in the cap.
Bad Call: Of the established ruckmen who lack quality support, went with Bomber allegiance (Hille) rather than the two cheaper options of Darren Jolly or Josh Fraser…who are now the two highest-ranked ruckmen after three rounds.
Ugly, Ugly, Ugly: Another injury in defence…though all three rookies are playing every week, they don’t appear to be long term fantasy starters. We have cash but some shrewd trading is still required to boost the back half.
Boomer or bust? Already axed from our Dream Team, we have kept faith in Harvey for Super Coach…for now!
Scores: 6,376 points overall,12,588th place – improved by over 24 thousand spots after pulling out a 2,433 in round three.
Defenders: Brendon Goddard, Sam Gilbert, Chad Cornes, Jed Adcock, Courtenay Dempsey, Heath Grundy, Kyle Cheney, Jared Petrenko, Stephen Hill.
Apart from a slight decrease for Cornes, every defender increased in value – with massive leaps up for Gilbert, Petrenko and Dempsey. If both Dempsey and Grundy continue to improve, and a good deal can be done with either Cheney or Petrenko, the backline could work out very nicely.
Midfielders: Chris Judd, Dane Swan, Daniel Rich, Jimmy Bartel, Paul Hasleby, Brent Reilly, Patrick Dangerfield, Liam Anthony.
Probably one gun midfielder short so thinking about cashing in Reilly or Hasleby for a rookie to raise cash for a big name. Went against picking Gary Ablett initially, would need to raise a lot of money to bring him in now.
Rucks: Dean Cox, David Hille, Sam Jacobs, Jake Spencer.
Cox is currently ranked third and always reliable, Hille not in the top ten is a worry but at least he has no competition for game time at Windy Hill.
Forwards: Matthew Richardson, Shaun Higgins, Ryan Houlihan, Hayden Skipworth, Matthew Pavlich, Brett Deledio, Brent Harvey, Taylor Walker, Jack Ziebell.
Harvey survives as we decided to trade Lucas for Houlihan last week, hopeful that the Roos captain can improve dramatically.
Great Decision: Trading the injured Raines for Cheney after round one gave us enough funds to add Sam Gilbert (for rookie Matthew Suckling) and Houlihan for Lucas. The resulting boost to our score last week and overall team value was dramatic.
Bad Call: Reilly as a mid-priced midfielder was not a terrible decision, and his price did increase slightly after three rounds, but is the lowest ranked of my starters and even teenage Crow teammate Dangerfield is performing better and might even replace Reilly as a starter. A fully fit player worth 300 grand on the bench? That’s not good management…
Ugly, Ugly, Ugly: A loss of 148 thousand bucks from under-performing stars Pavlich, Deledio and Harvey after three rounds. You would expect each of them to get better as the season wears on but if something drastic happened to one of them…ouch!