Is The Chad about to get The Chop…from our fantasy footy teams?
A pattern is clearly emerging with all of our Half Back Flanker fantasy footy squads – whether it be the salary cap based games like Herald Sun Super Coach and AFL Dream Team or the draft based Premium Dream Team . When it comes to putting a team together from scratch, we do a pretty good job…But too many trades on low to mid-priced players for profit along with poor cover for injuries has been pretty shoddy!
Both Super Coach and Dream Team squads have failed to hold on to high overall placings from early in the season and they each went down over the long weekend. And while a good win in the Premium DT comp sees us with a 2-0 record, it was still marred by another slide in the overall standings.
Now with major injury problems coming out of the weekend via Chad Cornes and Daniel Bradshaw, and our two salary-cap squads experiencing contrasts in fortune, we will take a different approach in the coming weeks in preparation for finals action. Our Super Coach is outside the eight so we need to make some shrewd decisions now if we hope to crack the eight come finals time. But our Dream Team is right in the mix for a top-four finish and with a weaker opponent coming, we will hold off from making any moves until it is totally necessary.
Premium Dream Team: 1,755 points, 344th place overall – a drop of a couple hundred places, which mirrors the performance of every fantasy team we have!
League: 8 points (2-0), 136.31% – 1st place. One of three undefeated teams after two rounds but neither opponent has won a game yet. Big challenges are still to come…
Last Start: Defeated Busan Superstars 1,755 to 1,480 – it was going to be a matter of ‘how much by’ when opponent went in with three players not available. But a full compliment of players would have made a tight contest.
Good: Highest score for the week: not Dean Cox, not Chris Judd…Freo’s Michael Johnson clocked up a 141! Big men Quinten Lynch (116) and David Hale (102) made their mark in front of goal while Demon duo Brock McLean (118 ) and Brad Green (102) fired in the midfield. Early picks Didak (102) and Richo (97) produced good numbers again.
Bad: Apart from Johnson, no other defender topped 70 points while Solomon and Harding scored less than 50 points in attack. Leigh Montagna was our only trade last week, in for injured Brad Sewell, and 51 was not the best of starts.
Ugly: Grant Birchall averages per week but this week…24 points! We are banking on a much improved performance this week…
Next opponent: 3rd placed Team ManBearPig (1,844 last week)…easily our biggest test to date. Monster midfield includes Swan, Bartel, Cooney and Goodes (how great that he got off that charge!) though Brett Burton will still be suspended.
Potential changes/trades: Matty Knights seems to have given Andrew Welsh stopping roles of late so with Bulldog Ryan Hargrave averaging high 90’s the past two weeks, we have already made this trade. Two more left for the round but we won’t know until the teams are out whether it is worth making more changes. But Dean Solomon might be one out…with an interesting trade option available…
Super Coach: 21,948 points, 16,475th place overall – big slide after two fruitful weeks.
League: 16 points (4-4), 100.74% – 9th place. Out of the eight but only on percentage and seventh is half a win in front due to a draw last week!
Last Start: Lost to Tommy Dreamers 2,056 to 1,897 – couldn’t keep pace with the league leader and yet another reminder that having Gary Ablett in your side is probably a good idea!
Good: Another 100+ performance from Bachar Houli to go with Milburn, Brent Harvey, Nick Stevens, Pavlich, Didak and Jono Brown. New addition Steve Johnson scored 98 on his Half Back Flanker debut.
Bad: Bryce Gibbs did a good job of nullifying Chad Cornes…but it meant both players were well below their scoring average this week! Foley and Brad Johnson were also well below their best.
Ugly: Daniel Bradshaw’s comeback season was too be true…an early hamstring injury resulted in a lowly nine and the possibility of a few weeks out. Once he is fit, he should still be able to score big…but can we afford to wait that long?
Next opponent: 4th placed Crooka\’s Big Guns – lost by three points last week (by the way, good win Euan!) and has Ablett and Franklin! Can we upset the applecart this weekend?
Potential changes/trades: We may need to trade one of Chad Cornes or Daniel Bradshaw…Cornes would make us an extra 15 grand compared to Bradshaw, which is enough for Graham Johncock, otherwise Bradshaw for Nathan Bock or Jake King might be the way to go. Robert Murphy will return from suspension and leaves us with a potent forward line with either Rioli or Tippett as the lone rookie…but which rookie to pick? They play against each other in Adelaide on Saturday night…
Dream Team: 19,576 points, 18,542th place overall – the downward spiral continues…
League: 28 points (7-1), 109.50% – 3rd place – back to third on percentage after losing the mantle of only undefeated team in the league. Finals far from guaranteed just yet but still in a great position.
Last Start: Lost to Heroes 2 1,942 to 1,791 – a below average output from our captain and monster games from Ablett, Franklin, Brown and Bernie Vince proved our downfall.
Good: Kane Cornes and new-buy Buddy Franklin in the 130’s with Palmer, Griffin, Brad Johnson and Deledio clearing 100. David Myers came in as an emergency and his 71 has second best amongst our defenders. Tippett with 70 was our lowest score in attack so the forwards had a good week…
Bad: But our defenders did not! Obviously Bradshaw’s injury was bad enough but then none of Cornes, McLeod, Osborne or Dempster scored more than 56! Ibbotson (75) has been amazing but he shouldn’t be your highest scoring defender every week!
Ugly: Our decision to go with Paul Chapman (59) on return from injury backfired…especially when we could have gone with Houli (111) or Cotchin (87)!
Next opponent: 14th placed K-Mart (1,312 last week) – opponent has clearly lost interest but lots of big names could ruin chances of a massive percentage booster.
Potential changes/trades: Determined to make no trades regardless of injury and selection woes so that defence will be threadbare if Bradshaw and Cornes are both out. With Houli and Cotchin in reserve and scoing well, do we drop Paul Chapman to the bench until he starts to fire…and will Bryce Gibbs be given another defensive role this week?