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Fantasy Finals Frenzy – Week One (Geekin’ Out – Fantasy Footy)

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Will Half Back Flanker trouble the engravers for the second season in a row? Well, we are about to find out!

It’s a little taste of September action right here in August! That’s right – it’s finals time for fantasy football geeks all over Australia and Half Back Flanker is primed for another shot at a virtual premiership! Well, we have five opportunities to win so hopefully we can go all the way in one comp at least!

And if there is such a thing as fantasy form, we definitely have it. The final round of the regular season was a triumph for our AFL Dream Team squad – we scored our highest ever weekly total on the way to victories in all three leagues, securing the double chance for each one in the process. The top four was already out of reach for our Herald Sun Super Coach team but a comfortable victory was also achieved against a side we now face again in the elimination final. A repeat performance will see us remain alive for another week…but it’s hard to see us running the table for the premiership.

But the biggest result last round was a shock top-four finish in our Premium Dream Team comp! After registering an upset win over the second-placed team, a few other results fell our way and we will now participate in a qualifying final this weekend – something we would never had envisioned after our disastrous start to the season. Can we make the most of our outrageously good fortune and challenge for top honours?

At this time of year, injuries play a major role in any team’s progression through the finals and with only a few trades left, every personnel decision is crucial. But, oh my goodness…there were some huge omissions announced on Thursday night that will have many coaches scrambling to field a full side! We only need to trade one forward in order to field twenty-two fit players in Dream Team but our  Super Coach squad has been decimated. On the other hand, some of our opponents for this weekend also face some major headaches and if they don’t have any trades up their sleeves, I might benefit greatly!

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While Francis Leach’s fantasy team is out of the running, our top four finish in his SEN league gives us a good shot at glory!

Dream Team 35,010 points overall, 10,444th place – another season-high overall ranking, close to cracking the top ten thousand.

Last Week: 2,282 points – another season high, 230th place for the week!

Good:  Only one score under 70 points was a major factor in this season-high result. It included ten 100-plus scores with two Dockers, Greg Broughton (129) and Matthew Pavlich (120), and two Pies, Scott Pendlebury (129) and captain Dane Swan (122), the pick of the bunch.

Bad: That score under 70 was Tarkyn Lockyer’s 68 while three of our forwards (Hayden Skipworth, Ryan Houlihan and Simon Hogan) all finished in the seventies. Can we win our way through to a grand final by playing all three of these guys in attack?

Ugly: Watching Buddy Franklin spraying shots at goal all over the shop in Adelaide on Sunday! Hopefully he is primed for a big one this week but he is facing the stingy Saints…won’t be easy!

Public League – defeated Finals or Bust (1,670). Massive win for us and our opponents didn’t Bust either by scraping into eighth spot.

Ladder Position – 3rd place (11-4, 120.00%) – Highest points scored in the league and best percentage…now for the real stuff!

The Finals 2nd Qualifying Final – 2nd placed Woosha Warriors  (1,847 last week). Will be seven players short if current squad remains the same for this weekend. Either he is out of trades or waiting until now to upgrade…and even if he makes two trades, he will still be five short. Looking good here…

SENFrank01 – defeated mansnotacamel (1,961). Would have finished in fourth regardless of the result but the win was nice…

Ladder Position – 4th place (10-5, 106.15%) – Great result in a tough league…a massive challenge faces us this week.

The Finals1st Qualifying Final – 1st placed Princess Superstar (2,040 last week). Below par score last week and, if she is out of trades, will be three players short! Primed to  spring a major upset and make the prelim…or am I speaking too soon?

Twitter DT – defeated Hybrid Flyers  (1,443). The percentage boost was nice but a loss by the D Team lifts us into fourth place!

Ladder Position – 4th place (11-4, 109.17%)  – Snuck up to fourth giving us the double chance in all three Dream Team leagues.

The Finals1st Qualifying Final – 1st placed BigAl’s Bombers (2,122 last week). The best performed of our three opponents last round but will be six players short if out of trades.

Potential changes/trades: While all our opponents are guaranteed to be short, we can have a full team by just using one of our last three trades! We could go all out and swap Skipworth for an elite like Brent Harvey or Alan Didak…but that would use up the rest of our salary cap.

Otherwise we could bring in promising (and cheap) young Doggie Brennan Stack for Liam Jurrah and have 230 grand left for our final two trades. We are leaning towards Stack and hoping that HBF can earn the week’s break in all three leagues!

Captain: Swan has been extremely reliable this season but there is something about facing the Crows at AAMI Stadium on a Saturday night worries me. So the captaincy might be passed to Geelong’s Joel Selwood with Bryce Gibbs as deputy.

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Paul Chapman can use that pillow to rest up for the next couple of weeks…but it’s the last thing I needed heading into an elimination final!

Super Coach 37,178 points overall, 17,605th place – tiny drop but just treading water this week before the finals.

Last Week: 2,071 points – around my average weekly score, need to be well above average from here!

Good:  Ten 100-plus scores, including captain Gary Ablett (115) but seven players managed to score higher than him. The best…vice captain Swan (170).

Bad:  Seven scores under 60 points; including three of my defenders and a rusty Steve Johnson (32).

Ugly: A hamstrung Darren Jolly (24)…after trading up for Jolly in round 17, the last thing I want to contemplate is using one of my three remaining trades to replace him. At least Melbourne’s Jake Spencer is getting a run again…but if you are relying on him to win you a fantasy final, that’s not great!

GMHBA – defeated Hardy’s Heroes  (1,821). Solid win and, as luck would have it, have the chance to repeat the dose this week.

Ladder Position – 5th place (10-5, 106.39%) No double chance, need to go the long way to have a shot at the flag.

The Finals – 1st Elimination Final – 8th placed Hardy’s Heroes! Difficult to tell how many short they will be. There could be as many as five missing but they have trades to use, and both Alex Rance and Peter Burgoyne could make the cut for Sunday, so they might be just one player short.

Potential changes/trades: Even if you include our two trades this round, we will be three players short. So we have to go for it! Jed Adcock will make way for his teammate Josh Drummond – not only does he own the third-highest average per round for defenders but he is around 50 grand cheaper and has a date with the spluttering Essendon this Saturday night that might lead to a big total.

With plenty of cash in reserve, we can swap Skipworth or Jurrah for a forward the calibre of Leon Davis, Jonathan Brown or even Harvey who is running into form for the Roos but doesn’t have the hefty price tag. That way, if we are fortunate enough to survive another week, we will have a little cash to use for our final trade.

Captain: Pinning our hopes on Ablett to have a huge game. Our opponent does not have Gazza in their lineup so if he produces, the double points might be enough to save my arse for another week. Pavlich has been red hot since his return from injury so he will be the vice captain.

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We asked Aker to  fire up…and he delivered big time! More please…

Premium Dream Team

Last Week: 1,596 points – Second best weekly score for this comp, couldn’t have been timed any better!

Good:  Jason Akermanis delivers a massive 142-point game while 100-plus efforts from Gibbs (119), Jack Grimes (109) and Adam Cooney (100) contributed to the win.

Bad:  All that effort to nab Colin Sylvia didn’t pay off after he was banished to the reserves after serving his suspension. Also the switch of Saint Jason Blake from backup ruckman into defence didn’t pay off…just 34 points!

Ugly: The Brent Prismall captaincy experiment failed (78) while the tradition of the benched Bomber midfielder outscoring the on-field Bomber continued…Jobe Watson’s 121 going to waste!

Public League – defeated TheDream Team (1,512). Caught them on a bad week and took full advantage!

Ladder Position – 4th place (5-4, 98.35%) Losses last week by the fourth and fifth placed teams sees us sneak into the four!

The Finals 1st Qualifying Final – 1st placed Teal Power  (1,559 last week). Players out – Leigh Montagna, Lenny Hayes, Leigh Harding and Hayden Skipworth. Those first two are major blows and one will need to be let go in order for them to field a full team. Or will they play short rather than dump one of their key Sainters?

Potential changes/trades: In order to field a full team, we need to trade either Goddard or Grimes. Didn’t particularly want to lose either but will make a last minute trade for a new defender and hope they are still there when I try to trade them back in at the end of the round.

Captain: Carlton’s Gibbs to take on the responsibility this week with Brad Sewell as vice captain.

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Fifth Disease! (Geekin’ Out – Fantasy Footy)

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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…

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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!

League Results

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!

Ladder Positions

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.

Next opponents:

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!

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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!

League Results

GMHBA – defeated Champs (2,058). It wasn’t by much but an important win with one less player that guarantees finals action.

Ladder Positions

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…

Next opponents:

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.

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Last Week: 1,393 points – Just when we were getting better with every week…disaster!

League Results

Public League – lost to Shellys Boys (1,562). No nailbiting finish this week…this one wasn’t even close!

Ladder Positions

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.

Next opponents:

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.

You Snooze, You Lose! (Geekin’ Out – Fantasy Footy)

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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?

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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.

League Results

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!

Ladder Positions

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!

Next opponents:

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.

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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.

League Results

GMHBA – lost to Grenaguns (2,103). Potentially damaging loss but top four not out of reach.

Ladder Positions

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!

Next opponents:

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.

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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.

League Results

Public League – lost to peckin away (1,525). Too distressed to talk…

Ladder Positions

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?

Next opponents:

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.

The Matthew Pavlich Blues (Geekin’ Out – Fantasy Footy)

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The Dockers will have to face Wharfie Time without Pav…that can’t be good!

Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich sent many a fantasy coach into a tailspin last Saturday afternoon when he limped out of the Collingwood match early with a calf injury. A fantasy footy fave, Pav’s lack of output hit many team owners hard…and the news that he will miss at least a fortnight will tempt a few coaches to hit that trade button. Will Half Back Flanker be one of them?

Well, not in our Herald Sun Super Coach squad. With only eight trades left, we are trying to build the best side we can for the finals…which appears a certainty after we won our league match this week with little from Pavlich and no Dean Cox. Pav will be back in time to contribute in the final weeks but with Cox out again and Taylor Walker’s omission at Adelaide, we need to trade one forward to avoid being two players short this round. But it won’t be Captain Wharfie…

What about AFL Dream Team? Pav’s early exit and a no-show from Leon Davis cost us victory in our Twitter DT league and we are ranked no higher than sixth in any of our three Dream Team leagues. Can we afford to be down one elite player at this stage with finals spot on the line? If we do trade Pav for a star, it could help us in the short term but with only seven trades left, that’s one less opportunity to strengthen the squad during the business end of proceedings.

While we don’t have the Pavlich dilemma in Premium Dream Team, we do have continual injury problems. With Josh Drummond and Cyril Rioli injured, we have had no substitutes in case of a forward or back being a late omission…which cost us when Bret Thorton was again a late scratching from Carlton’s side. But, somehow, we managed a third straight win in our league and will shoot for a fourth this weekend with Jobe Watson joining Drummond and Rioli on the sidelines. But at least we should start with eighteen fit players this time…hopefully!

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Paul Hasleby loves Captain Wharfie…will he step up in his absence?

Dream Team 24,459 points overall, 20,948th place – can’t see myself tearing up the overall standing from here!

Last Week: 1,865 points – only topped 2,000 points twice all season. Not fantastic.

League Results

Public League – lost to Roberts Rollers (2,127). Carnage…this one wasn’t even close!

SENFrank01 – defeated Demon Revival (1,756). Important win over top eight rival and behind fourth on percentage only.

Twitter DT – lost to Soaring 09 (1,909). Davis withdrawal and Pavlich injury costs us the win…and perhaps a top-four spot as well.

Ladder Positions

Public League – 8th place (6-4, 117.63%)

SENFrank01 – 6th place (6-4, 101.55%)

Twitter DT – 6th place (6-4, 104.41%)

Good:  Seven players over 100 points – with the added bonus of the captain being our highest scorer, Brendon Goddard (128). Paul Hasleby (121) has been a bit up and down but pulled out a massive game this week.

Bad: Beau Muston (38) couldn’t deliver in the absence of Scott Pendlebury while choosing Courtenay Dempsey (43) over Shannon Hurn (79) in defence didn’t work for the best.

Ugly: Pavlich with 16 points was ugly enough but Taylor Walker could only manage 24 in place of Leon Davis. We lost by 44 points in the SENFrank league. Now that is ugly!

Next opponents:

Public League – 3rd placed NoobsRUs (1,813 last week). Would have beaten them on last week’s scores, desperate to win in order to keep top four in sight.

SENFrank01 – 12th placed Leica Hawk  (1,858 last week). Already one forward short and could also have Cox and Pavlich missing. How they cover these losses could determine who wins.

Twitter DT – 3rd placed The Irish Invaders (1,921 last week). Outscored me last week despite having the Cox/Pavlich blues.

Potential changes/trades: We have three forwards out (Pav, Walker and Steele Sidebottom) and only seven trades. We cannot afford a quality forward unless we trade Pav and really want to hold onto him for the finals. So we will cash in Sidebottom, who might struggle to break into Collingwood’s best team from here, and buy young Demon Liam Jurrah. Hopefully he can have a productive couple of weeks until either Pav or Walker are back.

Captain: Bryce Gibbs should find enough of the ball against Freo at Subiaco to be worth a shot at captain.

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Gazza is on fire…let’s hope he doesn’t end up like this again this year!

Super Coach 26,565 points overall, 18,464th place – surprisingly up by quite a few thousand.

Last Week: 2,191 points – four weeks with over 2,100 points – went in one player short and scored second-highest tally for the season.

League Results

GMHBA – defeated Jamesisfullofcrap (2,025). End two-game skid and probably assured of finals action now.

Ladder Positions

GMHBA – 3rd place (7-3, 110.24%)

Good:  Eight 100-plus scores including a massive double century from the one and only Gary Ablett (206). And yes, he was our captain!

Bad:  And here’s the weekly Shane Mumford gripe…just 29 points!

Ugly: Apart from Pav,  we had another case where the emergency defender we dumped from the team last week (Heath Grundy – 69) outscored the guy we brought into the team as his replacement (Stephen Hill – 39).

Next opponents:

GMHBA – 6th placed Cool Cats  (2,159 last week). Plenty of Saints and Cats…but needs to cover the loss of Pavlich and Giansiracusa.

Potential changes/trades: With Pav out, Walker dropped and Jack Ziebell injured, we need to add a forward…especially with Cox still sidelined and our reluctance to trade him out just yet. Who’s out? Well, Pav will definitely play again this year, Taylor probably will but Ziebell and his broken leg probably won’t. Ziebell out for a cheap, short-term option to fill the void until Pav returns…we’ll go with Jurrah again.

This move gives us 394 grand in our salary cap…and our patience with stand-in second ruckman Shane Mumford has run out. We can give away Mumford and 97 grand and turn it into Melbourne’s Mark Jamar, who has averaged 89  in two games and is back this week against a Cox-less West Coast. These moves still leave us one player short this week but when Cox is back, this will be a formidable ruck tandem.

Captain: Gary Ablett. Don’t care if St Kilda tag him with Stevie Baker, Lenny Hayes and Tony Liberatore at the same time…you just have to pick Gazza!

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Chin up, Aaron Davey. Your team may lose but while you keep touching the footy, I win!

Premium Dream Team

Last Week: 1,548 points – Exceeded last week’s season-high with just 17 players.

League Results

Public League – defeated Dirty Sanchez (1,525). A win despite being one player short…though Mr Sanchez was two players short!

Ladder Positions

Public League – 3rd place (3-1, 100.37%)

Good:  Aaron Davey (133) picking up cheap possessions down back for Melbourne is working out well  for me while five other players hit triple figures, including the red hot Shannon Byrnes (100) and reliable mids Brad Sewell (113) and Bernie Vince (110).

Bad: The Bombers were great on Friday night but an ankle injury to Jobe Watson (53) ruined what could have been a massive night for him. Newly acquired defender Dustin Fletcher (45) didn’t have a great night stats-wise…shame that touching shots at goal inches before they cross the line do not register as points in Dream Team!

Ugly: Managed to trade out Bret Thornton just before the lockout in round 12 but was halfway to the ‘G when I heard he was a non-starter last weekend as well. Very lucky that it didn’t cost me victory…

Next opponents:

Public League – 6th placed Brady Way Big Hits (1,555 last week).

Potential changes/trades: Pre-empted the dumping of Collingwood’s Shannon Cox by trading him for Hawk defender Campbell Brown on Sunday night. Almost bagged Robert Murphy for Ryan Houlihan too but Murphy appeared to be picked up by another team before I could complete the trade!

Captain: Brad Sewell will be required to do a mountain of work for his Hawks to beat the Doggies. Here’s hoping for a massive score.

Round Thirteen – An Unlucky Number For Some!

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Unlucky number 13? Not for Andrew Lovett…it’s his incredibly f$@#ing lucky number!

It is an unlucky number for some people. In fact, fear of the number 13 is officially recognised as a fair dinkum phobia! It’s called Triskaidekaphobia…and clearly Brendon Fevola suffers from it if Friday night is any indication. Actually, he must have plenty of phobias that have caused him to not give a shit during various games in his career. The poor bloke…

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Speaking of lucky numbers, Nick Naitanui makes it great to love the West Coast number 9 again!

Obviously, nobody from Geelong or St Kilda is afflicted with Triskaidekaphobia as both clubs have started the season undefeated with thirteen straight wins. They face each other next week…you might be made aware of it this week. Approximately 458 times! So beware…

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Ah, Barry? Are you serious? Are you that bloody stupid? Yep. appears so!

Adelaide’s Ben Rutten was also a little unlucky on Saturday when his number was drawn out at random in the Barry Hall Brain Fade Sweepstakes. First prize was a smack in the head! Hall has done worse during his career; much, much worse; but you can pretty much guarantee that the number of AFL games he has left with the Swans is less than thirteen!

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Sure I just broke my leg but…man, this pain whistle is freakin’ awesome! I’m the luckiest man alive!!!

Once the morphine wears off, young Roo Ben Warren will be feeling more than a touch unlucky. Jade Rawlings will now be feeling a little bit unlucky…that his side doesn’t play the West Coast Eagles in Melbourne every week. But the unluckiest people from last week…Michael Jackson fans who had bought tickets for his comeback tour! And don’t forget the Farrah Fawcett fans too…

The Games:

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Hey, none of this is my fault! If you pricks just kicked the ball exactly where I want it every single time, I can just kick goals and be a legend. So wake up to yourselves boys!!!

Look out, Carlton is coming…undone! Essendon destroyed the Blues by 69 points in front of a massive crowd at the ‘G on a night where the Bombers could do no wrong. Even their bad news was relatively good. The loss caused major embarrassment for the favoured Blues and the coach might be getting a little fed up with his flakey, disinterested, sook-arse full forward. Would they dare drop him? Yeah, right!

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Well, you guys try telling Barry that he’s being a dickhead…I’m not gunna do it! Do you think I’m crazy?!

Barry Hall and Sydney hit Adelaide with everything they had but the Crows fought back late to win a vital game that could just about sink the Swans for 2009. With the freakish Brett Burton due back shortly, the Crows appear finals bound…and no team would want to visit the city of Adelaide in September!

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Heath Shaw shows that it’s much better to fly than to lie!

See what happens when the dickhead element at a footy club is reigned in? Pay attention Carlton and Sydney! Swan, Didak and Shaw come up big as the Pies bulldoze Fremantle in the second half and stick it to all those nasty, nasty critics. The Dockers also lost Matthew Pavlich to injury and are fast running out of excuses. Nah, Mark Harvey will come up with a few more yet…

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Unhappy? Vossy looks fairly happy to me…but then he has always been pretty pleased with himself!

Melbourne may have picked first in the 2008 draft but Brisbane may have been the biggest winner by selecting Daniel Rich. The Lions were also easy winners on Saturday night as the Demons continue to stink up the competition. But fear not, loyal Dees fans – Gary Lyon will come back soon and fix everything…as if he would leave his cushy media gigs to coach that lot!

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Charming! But she was right…LeCras missed the shot so it was only worth one finger.

Hawthorn’s attempt to defend their 2008 premiership was already looking shaky….and it just got a whole lot worse! Nic Naitanui, the Fijian-born rookie who did stuff-all for three quarters, sparked the West Coast Eagles with three final quarter goals for a famous win that leaves the Hawks in all sorts of bother. Once John Worsfold figures out what to make of the kid, he should be a beauty!

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Yes, Mrs Murdoch, I am wearing Bonds! They’re very comfy undies!

Geelong warm up for the St Kilda game with a cruisey win over Port Adelaide and continue to put together an amazing sequence of sustained awesomeness. Mark Thompson has now extended his contract for another couple of seasons…wonder how many milliseconds he took to mull over that one? Mark Williams, on the other hand, must be pissed that his contract situation is blowing up in the midst of his team’s sucky streak. That’s probably why he has gone into Terry Wallace salesman mode in order to save his own arse…

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STACKS ON!!!

It was a hard slog, and the coach thought they were a little bit sleepy, but the Westen Bulldogs stayed in the box seat for a top four spot with a win over the Crockeroos. The new North Melbourne coach was pleased with the direction his team was taking and one rookie in particular. Well, he didn’t break his leg so that gives him an edge over their other first year players!

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Sorry Max, it’s too late to take you to the hospital…we have to deliver this baby right here, right now!

If you’d have said that one team would fail to kick a goal in the first quarter of the St Kild-Richmond game, it would have to be Richmond, right? Wrong! The Saints were down two goals to zip at quarter time! Of course, they responded by keeping the Tigers away from goal for about 90 minutes or so and kept their unbeaten reord intact for another week. Now they play Geelong and coach Ross Lyon is getting excited…if he is, it might just be for the first time in his life!

It Could Have Been Worse! (Geekin’ Out – Fantasy Footy)

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Thought that Scott Pendlebury’s season and all my Dream Team matchups were completely screwed at this moment. In the end…not that bad!

Fortunately, the Scott Pendlebury knee injury is not season-ending so bigger things await the Magpie star later on in the year. But what about Half Back Flanker – do bigger things await our fantasy teams come finals time? We are still in contention for all our leagues and even managed two wins from three in our AFL Dream Team leagues despite the Pendlebury injury.

Our Herald Sun Super Coach defeat was heartbreaking…a mere 35 points away from beating the third placed team, who now replace us in second spot on the ladder. With Jack Ziebell’s season all but over and an injury to ruck star Dean Cox, we have a few interesting decisions to make in order to break our two-match losing streak.

Our highlight for the weekend though was a last-gasp victory in the AFL Premium Dream Team. And when we say last-gasp, we mean it! We looked gone for all money until Geelong’s Shannon Byrnes five-goal haul against Fremantle saw him rack up a massive 140-point game…giving us a 23-point win and renewed hope for our chances in this league. Hopefully, some upgrades in the trade market this week will keep us in contention until our injured duo of Josh Drummond and Cyril Rioli are back and firing.

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Let’s hope Brendon Goddard gets all X-Men style on the Tigers this round!

Dream Team 22,594 points overall, 20,351st place – back below 20 thousand overall

Last Week: 1,886 points – ok score considering we lost an elite mid in the opening minute of one game.

League Results

Public League – defeated Piss Off GC17&WS18 (1,487). You can bet that the real GC17 and WS18 will be a little better than the fantasy version…what, with all those concession draft picks coming their way!

SENFrank01 – defeated Sicilian Vespers (1,826). Upset win that keeps us well and truly in the finals race.

Twitter DT – lost to BigAl’s Bombers (2,226). Totally outclassed but still a shot for a top-four finish.

Ladder Positions

Public League – 3rd place (6-3, 122.24%)

SENFrank01 – 6th place (5-4, 101.06%)

Twitter DT – 5th place (6-3, 105.20%)

Good:  Seven 100-points games with two Dockers clearing 120 – Matthew Pavlich (expected) and Greg Broughton (not quite so expected)!

Bad: Buddy Franklin (32). I’ve held onto him all season, just expecting him to start firing at some point. Still waiting!

Ugly: The opening minute of the Collingwood-Sydney game! But at least Dream Team now allows any player with a zero score to be replaced by a reserve, even though Pendlebury started the game.

Next opponents:

Public League – 5th placed Roberts Rollers (1,935 last week). Also with a 6-3 record…along with four other teams. A good win here would keep us ahead of the pack for now.

SENFrank01 – 7th placed Demon Revival (1,783 last week). The loser of this one might struggle to finish in the eight. Must win game!

Twitter DT – 9th placed Soaring 09 (2,103 last week). A few injury concerns with Cox,  Ziebell and Simon Goodwin but a solid team overall.

Potential changes/trades: Saving our remaining seven trades until the business end of things so will just move Pendlebury to the bench for a week or two, Hawthorn’s Beau Muston to take his spot. Taylor Walker will also become an emergency in place of the omitted Steele Sidebottom.

Captain: Brendon Goddard (102.67 avg.) should have a field day against the Tigers at the Dome on Sunday so the captaincy is his.

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How do you replace a broken Cox? The answer…very carefully!

Super Coach 24,374 points overall, 21,129th place – up by a couple of thousand.

Last Week: 2,105 points – third week in a row with over 2,100 points.

League Results

GMHBA – lost to Kervos Heroes (2,138). The Ziebell injury proved very costly as we lose our second straight game.

Ladder Positions

GMHBA – 3rd place (6-3, 110.50%)

Good:  Ten 100-plus scores, four of those over 120. Chuck in six other scores over 90 points and that’s a pretty good week. However…

Bad: …Ziebell’s 10-point outing and another sub-50 score from stand-in ruckman Shane Mumford. Remember – we lost by just 33 points.

Ugly: Went with Demon Kyle Cheney (36) on field instead of Docker Stephen Hill (89). That selection decision alone was the difference between winning and losing.

Next opponents:

GMHBA – 11th placed Jamesisfullofcrap  (1,885 last week). The team itself is not full of crap but they have the same decision to make as us with the injured Dean Cox.

Potential changes/trades: With Cox out, Mumford is our only ruckman playing this round. So what do we do? Trade Cox? Trade bench guy Sam Jacobs for Nick Naitanui or Tyrone Vickery? With eight trades left, any move we make should be geared towards either cashing in or buying stars to help us win the league…and neither of those moves help strengthen our squad. So seriously thinking of leaving the team as is and playing one short in the hope that Cox is back next round, bigger and better.

Captain: Gary Ablett had a rare sub-100 game last weekend but we can’t see it happening two weeks in a row.

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Shannon Byrnes saves the day for Geelong…not to mention our Premium Dream Team!

Premium Dream Team

Last Week: 1,542 points – Our best score so far…though that’s not exactly a great achievement.

League Results

Public League – defeated Baywatch Manboobs! (1,519). Snatched victory from the jaws of defeat!

Ladder Positions

Public League – 5th place (2-1, 99.98%)

Good:  Apart from Byrnes, captain Adam Cooney, Jobe Watson, Aaron Davey and Hamish McIntosh all topped 100 points.

Bad: Steven Dodd was drafted in late after Bret Thornton’s late withdrawal two weeks ago. Didn’t waste any time bringing Thornton back at Dodd’s expense this week!

Ugly: He had been serviceable before this but Ben McGlynn’s horror week was enough to trade him away.

Next opponents:

Public League – 10th placed Dirty Sanchez (1,411 last week). Both ruckman are out and a couple of other injury woes will make it easier for us to win three in a row.

Potential changes/trades: Made two trades on Sunday night – Thornton in for Dodd and Bulldog Jarrod Harbrow in for McGlynn. The third trade was used to upgrade the defence with young Blue Dennis Armfield making way for Bomber veteran Dustin Fletcher.

Captain: Adam Cooney retains the captaincy as he looks to be nearing Brownlow form again and should do well against the Kangaroos.