Half Back Flanker will be lining up in the finals…but will Shaun Higgins be back in time? It’s not looking good!
Round 18 in the AFL is not usually that significant in the whole scheme of football…unless you are retiring like Adam Simpson. But for fantasy geeks nationwide, it’s damn important…it’s the last round of the regular season! And Half Back Flanker will be there at the business end in all five fantasy footy leagues, though our chances at a virtual premiership seem to be limited to the AFL Dream Team competition. Having won in all three leagues last round, we look set for top-four finishes and the valuable double chance in our Public and the Francis Leach SEN leagues. I am particularly happy with fourth spot in the SEN league as it is a pretty tough league (617th in league average score) but our likely first round opponent is the 114th ranked team in the whole competition so that double chance will come in handy!
Our chances for glory in Herald Sun Super Coach took a battering last week with a loss in the Public League, leaving us no hope of finishing in the four. So it will be do-or-die for us in round 19 here…as it will be in the AFL Premium Dream Team, where we are struggling to find consistency and are facing a one-and-done situation in the finals unless we can produce something special.
So the aim this week is pretty simple. No trades and, hopefully, no more injuries so that we can use our final trades on strengthening our squad rather than replacing good players. The Shaun Higgins groin injury is bad enough…let’s hope things don’t get any worse!
Dream Team 32,728 points overall, 13,961th place – highest overall ranking of the season.
Last Week: 2,215 points – topped last week’s season high, peaking at the right time, I hope!
Public League – defeated 2009t1 (2,025). Without last week’s upgrade, this could have been a loss.
SENFrank01 – defeated HARDCORE HARRY (1,757). Win the vital fourth v fifth match and leapfrog Harry on the ladder.
Twitter DT – defeated Germinators (2,104). Sorry Jermayn from Kick2Kick…normally a score like yours is more than enough to knock me off!
Public League – 3rd place (10-4, 118.78%) – Could still finish in the four with a loss this week but would need results to go our way.
SENFrank01 – 4th place (9-5, 105.37%) – Only a massive loss this week could see us drop out of the four.
Twitter DT – 5th place (10-4, 106.39%) – Still a chance at fourth but will depend on other results.
Good: Nine scores over 100 points, including our two new buys Tarkyn Lockyer (103) and Dane Swan (131) who proved a good choice as captain in his debut. However, vice captain Joel Selwood’s massive outing (185) would have been even better…not complaining though.
Bad: Simon Hogan (44) couldn’t reproduce his 100-plus score from the previous week in the blockbuster at the ‘G on Saturday night. But then neither could Hawk Luke Hodge (50)!
Ugly: Watching Shaun Higgins hobble off with a recurrence of his groin problem on Saturday night. Can’t see him back playing in time for week one of the finals.
Public League – 7th placed Finals or Bust (1,759 last week). No bust – they will play finals but need more than Steve Johnson’s return to make any impact.
SENFrank01 – 7th mansnotacamel (2,068 last week). No, he is not…and he might not make the top eight unless they beat us!
Twitter DT – 15th placed Hybrid Flyers (1,591 last week). Pretty much a guaranteed win. And if fourth-placed D Team lose, and they have a tough opponent, we get the double chance.
Potential changes/trades: Higgins and Liam Jurrah move to the bench due to injury but at least we have 22 fit players. No trades this week, leaving us three trades to make during the finals.
Captain: Despite Selwood’s outstanding game on the weekend, the job belongs to Swan.
Super Coach 35,107 points overall, 16,496th place – nice rise in the overall, fourth highest rank for the season.
Last Week: 2,373 points – second-highest score for the season, our best was recorded way back in round three!
GMHBA – lost to All Champs No Duds (2,518). Knocked off by the best team in our comp, no double chance for me!
GMHBA – 5th place (9-5, 105.92%) Will finish anywhere between fifth and seventh.
Good: More than half the team topped 100 points, newly-acquired ruckman Darren Jolly (169) outstanding while Matthew Pavlich’s comeback from injury produced a big 130-point effort.
Bad: Not too much…Hamish McIntosh (63) was well below average while Robin Nahas (55) might need to swap roles with bench forward Jurrah (70).
Ugly: Higgins, obviously, but no Jack Grimes is a bit of a worry for our defence as well. We definitely need him back for the finals…
GMHBA – 8th placed Hardy’s Heroes (1,754 last week). Nothing really on the line for us this week.
Potential changes/trades: Three trades left and saving them all for next week! Higgins, Jurrah and Sam Gilbert all go to the bench but fortunately Steve Johnson and Hayden Skipworth both return so we have a full side.
Captain: Ablett and Swan as captain and vice are the best bets.
Not sure what Aker is up to here…but if it helps him fire up for this weekend, go for it!
Premium Dream Team
Last Week: 1,517 points – Much better than last week’s debacle!
Public League – lost to Silly Fairies (1,731). In the top hundred overall…hence the hiding!
Public League – 6th place (4-4, 97.47%) About right…at best, we are a middle of the road team.
Good: Sam Gilbert (118) and Bernie Vince (109) plus seven other players with 90-plus.
Bad: Scott McMahon (38) not scoring well in the second half of the season while the Dean Solomon experiment failed with a 45-point return.
Ugly: Our two highest scores of the round – both on the bench! Jason Blake (133) and Brent Prismall (123) counted for nought in our score plus Cyril Rioli, who I benched in favour of Solomon, also picked up 90 points.
Public League – 2nd placed TheDream Team (1,783 last week). Looks like we take another hiding leading into an elimination final the following week.
Potential changes/trades: Having spotted Melbourne’s Colin Sylvia without a team, we waited until his suspension ended and pounced on him (Dean Solomon out) as soon as trading became available on Sunday night. The other two trades were used to redeploy our reserve ruckman into defence – Jason Blake and his 100-plus scores the last two matches have gone to waste so we dumped him for the returning Justin Koschitzke and then redrafted Blake for Roo defender Scott McMahon. Cyril Rioli and Brent Prismall are also promoted to the starting line-up.
Captain: Sure, it smacks of Essendon bias…but I’m taking captain duties from Adam Cooney and handing them to Prismall! He’s gone from bench to captain in one week…though this probably means that Jobe Watson (bench) will outscore him this round.