Molly drags himself out of his sick bed like the Blue and Hawk players will do this week, with plenty to get stuck into.
First we deal with the big industry story of the week, the Dream Team vs Super Coach stoush which made newspaper headlines on Monday.
Then it’s onto the players. Everyone is debating this week over whether it’s a good idea to burn a trade on getting Dayne Beams in for the injured Liam Anthony, so both boys sound off about that, as well as the general issue of whether 2009 is a year to be conserving trades early or whether the smart coaches will be rearranging their team.
Gary Ablett jnr and Jimmy Bartel have been gun captain options for the year so far in SC and DT respectively, but this week GAJ’s historical numbers against Adelaide give cause for concern. For the Saints, the trio of Sam Gilbert, Farren Ray and Jarryn Geary are providing a lot of mid-price value even after price changes have started, while m0nty wonders whether Mitchell Brown should be in front of the forward rookie starting pack this week agains the Bulldogs.
Daniel Rich should not have been benched last week, so both Molly and m0nty make their mea culpas. Darren Jolly has put his hand up for the vacant #2 fantasy ruck possie, while Bryce Gibbs and Mitch Robinson did less well in a loss last weekend than their first two weeks, with Jefferey Garlett getting the chop entirely. On the Bombers side, Courtenay Dempsey and Hayden Skipworth continue to roll on as mid-price improvers, although those waiting to see David Zaharakis‘ second week would have got a dose of reality.
Peter Burgoyne is causing angst for m0nty and all the rest of his owners, though it’s not trading time just yet for the Senior Burger. Kane Cornes is a quiet captain tip, while question marks hang over Wade Thompson’s startability. Kyle Cheney’s place in the Demon squad is looking tenuous, which is putting the wind up a lot of nervous fantasy coaches with back problems. Jack Ziebell has a back problem and Leigh Harding a recurrence of knee issues, but Brent Harvey has no excuse for getting beaten in successive weeks by first-year taggers. Meanwhile, m0nty has a whinge about Travis Tuck’s injury proneness.
Stephen Hill owners breathed a sigh of relief this week, with Paul Duffield coming straight back into a disappointing Docker squad and Greg Broughton out for a week with an ankle injury. Continuing the trend of rookies making most of the news this week, the boys mull over Taylor Walker, Jared Petrenko, Jarrad Grant and Alex Rance.
We didn’t forget a captain segment this week, made all the more important with Ablett’s Adelaide record.