I hesitated with the opportunity to pick up defender Chad Cornes…it ended up costing me victory in Premium Dream Team! Now I feel as dumb as he looks…
Half Back Flanker endured another nail biting finish in the AFL Premium Dream Team comp last week…but this time ended up on the wrong side of the ledger at the end of play. By three points. THREE! LOUSY! POINTS! And this was after missing out on picking up free agent defender Chad Cornes during the week when I had the chance to pick him up. Cornes went on to outscore each of the three defenders I had marked as possible trades for him and it has cost me a fourth straight win. Nice work, brainiac…
It capped a mostly disappointing weekend for our fantasy footy teams – just two wins from our five leagues; both of those coming in AFL Dream Team for our Public and Twitter DT leagues. And now we face a vital three week stretch leading in to the fantasy finals and a real dilemma. We have six trades remaining in both Dream Team and Herald Sun Super Coach, which we were hoping to save for a major splurge during the finals in the hope of winning a virtual flag. But injuries galore in both comps means we might have to upgrade now and hope those players remain fit and firing for the next seven weeks.
Our injury list includes such footballing luminaries as Dean Cox, Steve Johnson, Jimmy Bartel (Super Coach), Matthew Pavlich, Jed Adcock and Hayden Skipworth (both SC and DT). While the decision will be easy on a player like Adcock, who is pretty much done for the year, what to do with the Bartel/Johnson/Pavlich types who are major contributors bu might not play until next week…or the week after…or the week after that?
Yeah, Buddy…about freakin’ time!!!
Dream Team 28,326 points overall, 18,420th place – virtually maintained current spot overall, which is a surprise.
Last Week: 1,856 points – lowest weekly score in a month.
Public League – defeated O’Brien (1,093). Massive win puts me back in the frame for the double chance in the finals.
SENFrank01 – lost to Boost (2,043). Would have needed everything to go right to beat this team…just didn’t happen.
Twitter DT – defeated Bloodbath 1945 (1,850). Lucky. Very freakin’ lucky!
Public League – 5th place (8-4, 118.82%) – Good percentage boost should see us play finals now…and maybe a top-four spot.
SENFrank01 – 5th place (7-5, 101.73%) – Percentage hit probably leaves us out of top-four contention, need a win to stay on track for the eight.
Twitter DT – 5th place (8-4, 104.23%) Equal wins with fourth but behind on percentage. Could still finish anywhere between fourth and ninth.
Good: What a bargain Freo’s Greg Broughton (120) has proved to be…he was clearly our highest scorer this week. Next best was Lance Franklin (113)…and thank goodness for that! It’s been a loooong time coming…
Bad: Benched what appeared to be a tired Paddy Ryder as he faced the Swans…and his 95 points would have made him my equal second-highest defender! Think he might be back in this week…
Ugly: Jed Adcock’s knee…watched it happen on TV and instantly freaked out!
Public League – 10th placed Superstars (1,808 last week). Solid team that could prove tough to beat.
SENFrank01 – 14th placed Soti’s Superstars (1,510 last week). A few missing pieces, including Cox, but Ablett should be back. Probable win.
Twitter DT – 12th placed Comsroom Killers (1,440 last week). Appear to have a number of personnel problems, a loss here would be tragic for us!
Potential changes/trades: We gambled on playing one short last week and, apart from the SEN league, got away with it. We could possibly get away with it again this week but we are only really certain of finals footy in our Public League. By trading Adelaide’s Taylor Walker for somebody like Geelong’s Simon Hogan, we can have a full team this week and make a small earner as well…leaving us a touch over 200 grand in the cap with five trades left.
Captain: This might be a left field choice but Hamish McIntosh is coming off a 100-plus game and faces up against some inexperienced Tiger ruckmen at the ‘G on Sunday. Like his chances of another big score.
A bit like Jed Adcock’s knee…my Super Coach team is falling apart!
Super Coach 30,598 points overall, 19,250th place – plummeted down the overall standing this round!
Last Week: 1,781 points – second worst scoring round of the season.
GMHBA – lost to Grenaguns (2,103). Potentially damaging loss but top four not out of reach.
GMHBA – 5th place (8-4, 107.42%) One win in final three rounds should be enough for a finals berth.
Good: A few that you would expect – Paul Chapman (152), Dane Swan (136) and Brendon Goddard (112). And a couple you would have never expected – Patrick Dangerfield with 138? Liam Jurrah with 133?
Bad: Too many players with below average days…Goddard was my only defender to score more than 70 points! Can’t afford that when you are playing two short.
Ugly: Well, I have Jed Adcock in this comp too…there’s your answer!
GMHBA – 13th placed Champs (2,079 last week). Covered the loss of Ablett, Mackie and Johnson with ease. Tough assignment for a bottom-four opponent.
Potential changes/trades: Can’t afford to be three players short this week so time to make some trades. Can’t rely on Dean Cox to come back in a couple of weeks and tear up the comp so he is out…and the choice of elite replacements has narrowed down with Josh Fraser and Aaron Sandilands injured as well. Hamish McIntosh has the fourth highest average of all ruckmen and only costs 405 grand…done – and we make 143 grand to boot!
The second trade has to be a forward and we have four of them unavailable this weekend. Pavlich, Johnson and Skipworth should all be back in a week or two so the odd man out (again) appears to be Walker, who has been out of the Crows lineup for a couple of weeks now. Lance Franklin’s value is down at 344 grand but he is fresh off a 177 point outing against the Roos. So, believe it or not, we can go from being three players short to just one, add McIntosh and Franklin…and make over 130 grand in profit!
Captain: Gary Ablett is back, he’s at home and he is facing the Dees. I’m sold! Dane Swan is a more than capable deputy but hopefully he is not required…as I have no reserve this week with Bartel injured and Hawk Beau Muston at Box Hill.
His effort on Josh Carr alone is enough to warrant picking up Jared Brennan…now he is back, can he deliver some stats?
Premium Dream Team
Last Week: 1,522 points – Big drop from last week’s season high.
Public League – lost to peckin away (1,525). Too distressed to talk…
Public League – 4th place (4-2, 100.74%)
Good: Jason Akermanis (122) pulled out a big score under the roof at the Dome while Hamish McIntosh (110) picked up plenty in the ruck down in Tassie. Josh Drummond (101) proved he was worth the wait after a few weeks out.
Bad: When you lose by three points, you always wonder “what if…” – playing it safe with injured players by benching Jobe Watson (93) for Brent Prismall (71) is one of those decisions. Campbell Brown’s 38 was also a factor in the loss…especially with reserve Dustin Fletcher’s 81 going to waste.
Ugly: The thought that my decision to sleep on the Cornes trade, and eventually missing out, actually cost me a result…but will it also hurt in the long run?
Public League – 6th placed Shellys Boys (1,389 last week). Contains many inconsistent players, any result is possible here.
Potential changes/trades: Happy enough with the squad for now but Watson moves into the starting midfield for Prismall, Fletcher in for Brown in defence and Cyril Rioli comes out for…Brisbane’s Jared Brennan! Yes, Brennan was available late last week as somebody dropped him due to his suspension. No Chad Cornes style hesitation on this one – gladly swapped him for Ryan Houlihan and this week comes into the side, sending Cyril Rioli to the bench again.
Captain: Adam Cooney could run amok in the Friday night shootout against Essendon so the captaincy is his this week.