Dream Team Extra: Round 19
Who’s hit the headlines this week? What’s the fallout from the weekend? Let’s take a look at a few newsworthy snips, and maybe a bit of juicy goss, that may have an effect on your Dream Team this weekend!
Dream Team 2012 is a tale of opposites. You’re either cracking epic scores each week with minimal effect from the ongoing carnage or you’re sinking fast with low trades and weekly donuts. The fade out in the participation rate tells me that there are a decent number in the latter category who are already in Preseason 2013 mode. Fear not though – the crew at Virtual Sports have already got their thinking caps on for changes to next season to keep all coaches keen until the end. I have to apologise in advance as this week’s news roundup is a couple of hours late and also pretty short and sharp, mostly due to my desire to hit the pool here in warm, sunny Bali, so let’s get into it!
In not-too-unexpected news, Buddy Franklin misses another week as the Hawks take the conservative route of saving their spearhead ahead of their finals campaign. With such a well-balanced group of goal kickers, they were never going to risk him, but it sure does hurt the majority of DTers who will have big Buddy riding the pine. The twatter is that Robbo and Sidey should be back to bring much-needed relief to the FWD lines of many coaches. And, of course, there is always The Zork for cover…
Gregory Got Fingered
When he’s good, he’s very, very good, but when he’s bad, he abandons his coaches, which pretty much sums up The Gregory’s fantasy footy relationship. No Daniel Chick heroics here as Broughts gets his dodgy digit fixed and misses the rest of the season. The question of whether to hold or trade is tricky if you’re low on trades, so you can only consider this based on your team’s situation and depth and your strategy for the DT Finals. Greg Broughton, #neveragain?!?
Coaches hoping to catch a break after those first two snips of bad news will be happy to hear coach Sanderson proclaim the two Sam’s (Shaw and Jacobs) as firm starters for this week’s
anticipated shellacking match against Essendon.
So there’re two donuts dodged this round with Shaw being handy cover for those carrying the dead weight of Broughton and those who missed Big Sauce last weekend. Another Crow in-flight is popular gun MID Scotty Thompson, who is free to play after the MRP decided to let him off for his bump on StevieJ. Good news if you have Thommo, but bad news if you have StevieJ, who will likely miss this week.
I’m obliged to repeat the obvious this week: Nat Fyfe has dropped to $380k with a BE of 80. If you have the need for a forward upgrade or if you’re trading for depth across MID/FWD, just get him. You know he’ll deliver for you every week and I’ll keep preaching depth in these last few rounds of Dream Team until I’m blue in the face (or out of trades!)…
Anyways, that’s the rub for this week. Trading? Heard any juicy news bits, gossip or rumours? Got a rant or a rave? Stick it in the comments and let’s get some healthy chatter going ahead of team lists tonight. See ya next Thursday for another bout of media trawling and good luck this weekend!
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