We’re 6 weeks into the season & by now you’ve got a realistic picture of how your season is going. With just a few hours remaining before lockout commencing let’s discuss some of the big decisions facing coaches this week.
Bye Bye Beams
Wednesday afternoon news came through that Brisbane Lions Captain Dayne Beams had suffered a quad injury and will miss the next fortnight. If having to deal with this injury wasn’t enough the fact the club says he’ll be ‘reassessed’ after this time certainly doesn’t fill fantasy coaches with any hope that it’s only a 2 game thing. Brisbane has the round 11 bye round it means Beams will only play a maximum of 2 games in the next 5 weeks, of course it could be less if he suffers any setbacks along the way.
While trading Beams certainly isn’t a ‘must’ for the owners it does sadly remind coaches of his injury history. Since moving to Brisbane several years ago, he’s never played more than 16 games in a season & you have to go back to 2012 since he played over 20. While injuries may not be ideal they do create opportunities and with plenty of other carnage happening for coaches already this round Beams out could be a blessing in disguise. If you’re one of the 50% who own Toby Nankervis you could utilize his DPP and rather than trading him out to avoid a 0, you could turn Beams into the premium ruck you need and bench Nank Up forward. Many teams own at least one of Jack Steele, Jackson Macrae & Luke Dahlhaus so using their MID/FWD DPP and bringing them into the middle can help fix the gaps in your side.
Of course, if the rucks aren’t your dilemma you can use Beams’ money to get you to the premium you need who’ bottomed out in value. Whether that be the defensive line and picking up Heath Shaw, going forward and snagging breakout candidate Isaac Heeney or picking up the cheap Dan Hannebery or the current #1 scorer Rory Sloane. Yes, injuries aren’t ideal but they can be blessings in disguise.
Carry Me Through
Next week the first ever AFL game for premiership points played in China happens between Port Adelaide & Gold Coast. Due to this international clash these sides will have a bye round the following week (Round 9) and we’ll be without our premiums and cash cows from these side that week. During this week the salary cap formats of the game won’t into ‘Best 18 scorers’ as per usual bye rounds, so if you own a Port or Sun during round 9 you’ll be looking to bench them for the week or trade them out.
The big positive of these 2 clubs having an early bye round is it gives us 2 sides who’ll play every game through the multi bye rounds of 11, 12 & 13 and gives us upgrade targets to chase after who’ve already had their week off.
In the backline you’ll be able to target Jasper Pittard and Kade Kolodjashnij who have both at times shown strong scoring potential. However, I’m not convinced they average enough to score within the range of the best buys in the backs. In the midfield Gary Ablett & Ollie Wines are having strong seasons and Michael Barlow or Robbie Gray could also be unique options in DreamTeam or SuperCoach. One thing is for certain both Barlow & Gray won’t be unique in AFLFantasy, both were recently awarded Forward status last week and will be popular forward premiums. Speaking of forwards Chad Wingard has done it before, and while he’s certainly suited more to SuperCoach he’s a solid DreamTeam & Fantasy option. Touk Miller is another who if given the midfield minutes could score well. In the rucks Patrick Ryder & Jarrod Witts were popular starting squad options, however, I would advise against trading either in as I can’t see them matching it with the best rucks for the remainder of the year.
The key here is to target the best available players that can help you Structure your team and get you closer to a completed side quicker.