Pick any fantasy football league that Half Back Flanker is involved in…and all you see is this number!
Apparently, fifth disease is a minor illness that young kiddies get that makes them look like they copped a football to the face…just like Sam Mitchell against Collingwood last week. But I may have just discovered a new strain of the disease that only affects fantasy football team owners! It’s kinda like the disease that Richmond reportedly suffers from where they have to finish ninth…
What are the symptoms? Well, we entered five different leagues over three separate competitions and this week, we sit in fifth spot on the ladder in every single one of them! At least Half Back Flanker has managed some consistency during the 2009 fantasy football season. And with only two rounds remaining in the regular season, every match is crucial for making the top four and ensuring a double chance in August – the ‘Virtual September’!
But if we want to claim a spot in the top four for these leagues, we will have to earn it. And what better way to achieve this than to knock off the fourth-placed team…a task we face in three of our leagues this round! Amazingly, the fifth-placed Half Back Flanker plays the team directly above them in the Public and SEN leagues of the AFL Dream Team competition and the GMHBA league of the Herald Sun Super Coach competition. Fifth verses fourth…win and we are in! Lose and face the possibility of being ‘one-and-done’ in the finals.
But to give us every chance to finish in the top four, it might be time to reach into our collection of remaining trades and cap space to boost our squad. We have some big names Jimmy Bartel and Matthew Pavlich back this week but still no sign of Steve Johnson for my Super Coach squad…and now that ruckman Mark Jamar is out too, we either need a back-up or a straight trade with him! Didn’t need that right now…
Luke Hodge is firing again…can you feel the love!!!
Dream Team 30,513 points overall, 16,116th place – crept up a couple of thousands spots overall, nice little bonus.
Last Week: 2,187 points – a season-high weekly result…just when I needed it!
Public League – defeated Superstars (1,688). They struggled big time without Peter Burgoyne and Aaron Sandilands.
SENFrank01 – defeated Soti’s Superstars (1,653). Not a bad score for them considering the number of injured stars out.
Twitter DT – defeated Comsroom Killers (1,594). Only two 100-plus guys and another two missing really gave them no chance!
Public League – 5th place (9-4, 119.70%) – One win behind third and fourth but have the best percentage in the comp.
SENFrank01 – 5th place (8-5, 103.85%) – Less than one percent behind fourth…which is probably the highest we can get.
Twitter DT – 5th place (9-4, 106.49%) Equal with fourth on wins but percentage not good enough. Need the extra win for a double chance.
Good: Hawk duo Luke Hodge (138) and Lance Franklin (106) among our ten 100-plus guys this week. Our risky choice as captain paid off with Hamish McIntosh racking up 120 points while our trade for Geelong’s Simon Hogan (104) paid immediate dividends.
Bad: The loss of Jed Adcock in defence leaves us a little vulnerable when our inexperienced guys like Greg Broughton and Jack Grimes don’t pull big numbers. Shannon Hurn (54) is not producing either but he will either be an upgrade target or an emergency come finals time anyway.
Ugly: Every week that Matthew Pavlich misses with his calf problem. He has selected to play this week and would love him back firing for the finals rather than breaking down again and us burning one of our final trades to replace him.
Public League – 4th placed 2009t1 (2,038 last week). Hawk heavy team that is also loving the resurgence of Hodge and Buddy!
SENFrank01 – 4th placed HARDCORE HARRY (1,691 last week). Would be even more hardcore if Jimmy Bartel, Steve Johnson, Pavlich and Cox had played. If they are out of trades then we might be fourth next week!
Twitter DT – 6th placed Germinators (1,971 last week). Must win against a team that should improve if Steve Johnson plays.
Potential changes/trades: The injury to Jack Grimes has forced our hand in defence as we have seen that playing Courtenay Dempsey and Shannon Hurn together doesn’t usually end well…plus we have no emergency defender. Time to cash in Jed Adcock for an elite…how about Tarkyn Lockyer? Rarely fails to produce and, believe it or not, actually costs less than Adcock so we have a few extra grand for later! This move allows us to bench Hurn and provided Grimes will be back in time for the finals, the back line looks good.
If we make a second trade, it would be to upgrade the midfield. There has been doubt over Paul Hasleby all week and with Daniel Rich still powering on, the temptation is there to cash in Hasleby and turn him into Dane Swan. We have the funds and would still have plenty to spare for our final three trades of the season…
Captain: Scott Pendlebury is very reliable and now that the Hawks had success with tagging Alan Didak, the Blues might follow suit. If this allows Pendlebury to rack up the stats, great for us!
James Bartel was sidelined last week…hopefully he has a big one in store on the weekend!
Super Coach 32,734 points overall, 20,217th place – again down slightly, suffering from playing short.
Last Week: 2,136 points – not bad for just 21 players…and three definite forward line starters out!
GMHBA – defeated Champs (2,058). It wasn’t by much but an important win with one less player that guarantees finals action.
GMHBA – 5th place (9-4, 107.12%) Could finish anywhere between fourth and sixth…but most likely to stay in fifth and miss the double chance.
Good: Eleven players over 90 points with Daniel Rich (149) leading the pack and looking like a keeper the whole way – rare for a rookie. Dane Swan (140) was next best while captain Gary Ablett (124) is still great value even during his quieter games.
Bad: Patrick Dangerfield has had a good year but unlike Rich, he doesn’t score big every week. His 42 point effort didn’t quite fill the shoes of the injured James Bartel.
Ugly: My face if Pavlich and Hayden Skipworth do not play this upcoming week. Steve Johnson is out already so we would be a player short yet again…
GMHBA – 4th placed All Champs No Duds (2,381 last week). Unfortunately for us, the name is pretty accurate. If they all fire, we are toast!
Potential changes/trades: Pavlich and Skipworth (Sunday squad) are both named so we have cover for the absence of Johnson but have none for Jamar in the ruck. He is listed as out with a quad…which is potentially a number of weeks. We were hoping to use our final four trades on upgrading rather than replacing but we can’t afford to be one player down. Jamar out…and Sydney’s Darren Jolly in!
We also have a Grimes/Adcock bench in defence and Melbourne’s Kyle Cheney is in the Sunday squad but no guarantee of playing. So time to cash in on Adcock…but do we go with Lockyer here as well? He is significantly cheaper so we stand to make a nice profit but Adcock’s Brisbane teammate Josh Drummond is slightly cheaper again and one of the few defenders with a 100-plus average. However, Drummond is injury prone so while the payoff could be high, Lockyer is a safer bet to survive the season.
Captain: Whispers of injury troubles for Gary Ablett will have plenty of owners nervous but we will stay with him as captain, Swan is a more than capable vice captain should Ablett sit this one out.
Premium Dream Team
Last Week: 1,393 points – Just when we were getting better with every week…disaster!
Public League – lost to Shellys Boys (1,562). No nailbiting finish this week…this one wasn’t even close!
Public League – 5th place (4-3, 99.06%) Behind fourth on percentage only but top three out of reach.
Good: Hamish McIntosh (120), Adam Cooney (108) and Sam Gilbert (100) were the few shining lights, Cooney’s double points as captain proving handy.
Bad: Only one midfielder topping the 100 mark with Jobe Watson (38) and Bernie Vince (49) well down on their averages. Sub-50 scores from Bret Thornton and Josh Drummond didn’t help either…
Ugly: Should have known that whoever I benched out of Bombers Watson and Brent Prismall, the benched guy will score higher. And sure enough, I missed Prismall’s 91 point effort.
Public League – 3rd placed Silly Fairies (1,628 last week). Really good team. Think I’m in line for a third straight loss…
Potential changes/trades: Justin Koschitzke’s one-match suspension and far from stunning scores saw him kicked to the curb this week, Freo’s Dean Solomon coming straight in. Jared Brennan has been selected to play but if he pulls out late, Cyril Rioli is waiting in the wings. Campbell Brown will also start in the place of the injured Grimes.
Captain: Adam Cooney will need a big game against the Saints to help get the Doggies home – he is my captain again so I’m banking on it! Hamish McIntosh takes Bryce Gibbs’ spot as deputy.