One week down into the season and already we’ve experienced the full spectrum of emotions this game can provide. Whether it be joy of nailing a midprice pick in Jack Steele, starting a unique like Zach Merrett or the disappointments of premiums like Dan Hannebery or the fielding of poor performing rookies in Brett Eddy round one gave us plenty. However, with one of the 9 games already been played it’s time to look further ahead into the round and the moves fantasy footy coaches need to make.
Last night DreamTeam/AFLFantasy coaches were given the opportunity for something that exists weekly in SuperCoach which is to utilize the Vice Captain in a captaincy loophole. Simply by placing your VC on a playing Magpie or Tiger you then (if happy with the scoring output) place the C on a non scoring player on the field and then the player listed as an emergency in that line will have their scores count as well as the VC scores double.
From last night’s game the only players I’d take their scores in SuperCoach would be Brodie Grundy or Trent Cotchin. Scott Pendlebury’s 120 would be under consideration but I think the linked of Danger, Fyfe and Gawn should surpass that. While in DreamTeam & AFLFantasy any of Adam Treloar or Brodie Grundy. While Will Hoskin-Elliott managed to score over 120 in all formats it would’ve been gutsy call to pace the VC on him. If you did, you might as well bank the points and double them up. Bravo!
It’s Your Team
At some point in our fantasy football career, and yes even the most experienced of coaches has done this. You’ve done a trade, made a captaincy selection or benched a player based solely on the opinion of a ‘experts’ advice. Now while getting advice (and from the right people at that) can be critical in the improvement of your side at any point in the season their does come a time when it can become dangerous. When you become a ‘ranking slave’ and only make your move based on that one sole persons opinion and nothing else. When you don’t research, when you don’t look at all the options, when you don’t back your gut, but when you do that move solely because Mr X said “do it” is a dangerous place to be as a fantasy coach. Don’t forget this is your team, and at the end of the day, it’s success and or failure hangs on the moves you end up doing. Back your gut in, back your research and have a crack. Just because I wouldn’t do the move, or Fish, Tim or any other CP member doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. You play the game how you want to. Let me give you an example. Jaeger O’Meara was certainly well below expectations and given the poor showing from cash cows it seems cash generation this year could be more difficult. Is a trade of him (especially in SuperCoach/DreamTeam) down to Andrew McGrath a bad trade? It makes you some money, gets you the cash cow with the best defensive job security and based on last week’s scores probably the best scoring and therefore the cash generation potential. The flip side is you started JOM for a reason (maybe they were the wrong reasons, but reasons non the less) but you could also build a case for why he should be held quite easily. My point is this, sometimes blanket statements and fantasy ‘rules’ don’t apply to every unique team and the variables within their squad. The key is to make moves and decisions that you’ve researched, that fits your side and they way you choose to play fantasy football. At the end of the day you want to enjoy this hobby and play it the way you want.
Will this type of moves come back to haunt you in a few weeks? Maybe, but at the moment it’s all a hypothetical and only hindsight will tell you what was the right move and a bad move. The key is to make the moves you feel comfortable with, and if it goes your way enjoy it, well done to you. If it doesn’t, that’s OK see it as a growth opportunity for future fantasy footy seasons.
Help me St Nick
When it comes to the crunch you’ve got 2 options if you’re a Nick Riewoldt owner, Trade or Hold! As mentioned in the above segment at the end of the day you play this game how you want to, right and wrong’s can’t be judged in round one rather it’s something that hindsight will ultimately reveal to us. Personally, if I owned him in either DreamTeam or SuperCoach I’d seriously consider holding him, he was unique for ownership already and that will only increase as many will trade him out, if he misses only 2 weeks that’s certainly a great win for you if you can cover his on field scores.
If you’ve decided on trading him there are a few options, you can immediately move him onto a forward premium with the same bye round to one of Lance Franklin, Luke Dahlhaus, Jackson Macrae or drop him down to the value of Jack Steele and free up some cash to do another fix up trade either this week or next. You could also maximize DPP whether that be using a Darcy Cameron, Patrick Ryder or Toby Nankervis to move forward and get yourself Max Gawn in the rucks or if you’ve got a MID/FWD or MID/DEF you could go and get the ‘premium you missed’ in either the midfield or defensive lines.
While injuries are never great, what this trade does give you is the opportunity to strengthen a line that you now realize may be weaker than hoped. Whether that be getting Riewoldt in for a like for like forward premium replacement or using DPP to strengthen that other line.
One of the newest additions over the past 2 years especially to the fantasy footy landscape are the daily match day formats of the game. Each week rather than focusing on one specific gameplay format I’ll suggest one player per game I’d suggest locking into your daily formats of fantasy.
Western Bulldogs Vs Sydney Swans
In the opening half last week Zac Jones played as a pure midfielder and his scoring was huge, however he was sent to play half back in the second half. With Nic Newman coming into the side I expect Jones to be allowed to play fully through the midfield.
Adelaide Crows Vs Hawthorn Hawks
The way people play daily fantasy fascinates me, too often people score chase and select last week’s flyer and jump off someone who last week failed them. So expect the ownership numbers of Charlie Cameron, Wayne Milera and the Rory’s (Laird and Atkins) to be massive and the numbers owning Jaeger to dip drastically compared to last week. For that reason I’m backing in Jaeger O’Meara. He certainly looked like someone who hadn’t played for 2 seasons, but he wasn’t the only Hawk guilty of being off the pace last week against Essendon. I think he’ll be better for the run and given his potential to post a 90+ score at his price that’s some serious value.
GWS Giants Vs Gold Coast Suns
The guy for me that is a sneaky option is defender Jesse Joyce. He’s a dirt cheap defender and will barely be selected but he spent a lot more time up the ground. The Suns love his speed and ball use and could post some more solid scores again this week.
Brisbane Lions Vs Essendon Bombers
When Stefan Martin is allowed to ruck solo, he’s a point scoring beast. Added to this is this week he’s up against Shaun McKernan… Yep this could get nasty! While hitouts aren’t where he normally dominates the game he could well do so and post a bumper score.
West Coast Eagles Vs St Kilda Saints
With David Armitage out of the St Kilda midfield with a groin injury that should mean we see Jack Steele maintain a similar if not maybe even increase his midfield minutes. While I expect to see the Eagles dominate this game at home the mixture of his contested ball winning ability and strong tackling pressure means for his price he should return considerably over financial investment.
Geelong Cats Vs North Melbourne Kangaroos
During our round review podcast Rids made the comment that given the lack of quality and depth rolling through the North Melbourne midfield we could see sides with big fantasy premium midfielders land some knock out scores. For that reason and the fact he scored 187 in DreamTeam/AFLFantasy and 229 in SuperCoach last year means I can’t say no to Patrick Dangerfield. A strong score last week in a game that he was far from dominant means if he turns it on this weekend we could see a repeat of 2016 scores.
Melbourne Demons Vs Carlton Blues
This game could get messy, real messy for Blues fans. The way Melbourne played last week, especially in the second half was awesome. While Clayton Oliver and the Melbourne midfield premiums should all racks them up and the defensive duo of Sam Docherty and Kade Simpson should once again be prolific the player I’m suggesting here is Angus Brayshaw. The ability to select him as a forward while he should spend plenty of midfield time means I could see him raising the fantasy footy ton mark this week. I’d also think Christian Petracca, Jesse Hogan, Caleb Marchbank and Mitch Hannan will be popular picks in this game too.
Port Adelaide Power Vs Fremantle Dockers
While he was poor last week I don’t mind getting on a cheaper option here in Brett Eddy. Last week the weather conditions were far from suitable for a tall forward and given many will avoid him due to it and the fact I think Fremantle are a little off the pace we could snag a few goals and hopefully a 60-70 point game from Eddy, and at his price that’s a great output.
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